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12
Dec
Bots now 'account for 61% of net traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research. A study by Incapsula suggests 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots. The security firm said that was a 21% rise on last year's figure of 51%. Some of these automated software tools are malicious - stealing data or posting ads for scams in comment sections. But the firm said the biggest growth in traffic was for "good"... [read news]

12
Dec
12 Years leads Globe nominations

12 Years A Slave, directed by Britain's Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor is leading the nominations at this year's Golden Globe Awards. The movie about a man forced to live as a slave picked up seven nominations, including film drama. McQueen will go head to head for the best director trophy with American Hustle's David O Russell, whose film also received seven nods. Ejiofor will vie with fellow Brit Idris Elba for best actor... [read news]

12
Dec
Toyota in line for funding earmarked for departing Holden

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and senior government ministers are holding talks with Toyota in a bid to ensure the car maker remains in Australia following Holden’s decision to cease local manufacturing in 2017. Coming a day after Toyota released a statement saying Holden‘s decision would place “unprecedented pressure on the local supplier network and our ability to build cars in Australia”, it has been revealed that Abbott last... [read news]

11
Dec
Rent arrears fastest-growing problem, says charity

Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust charity. In the first nine months of this year, its telephone helpline received nearly 20,000 calls from people behind with their rent. That is a rise of nearly 13% on the same period in 2011. More than half the calls to the National Debtline service are now from people who are renting their home. A recent survey by LSL property services... [read news]

11
Dec
Renault Clio RS200: pricing and specifications

The all-new Renault Clio RS200 has launched in Australia with its sights set on asserting its authority over a number of new challengers in the city-sized hot-hatch segment. The new Clio RS200 reaches our shores a few months earlier than originally anticipated thanks predominantly to Australia gaining production priority from Renault head office on the back of the popularity of the hotter Megane RS265 – with Australia the second-largest... [read news]

10
Dec
Roy Keane: Sir Alex Ferguson still seeks control at Manchester United

Roy Keane says former manager Sir Alex Ferguson is still attempting to exert his influence at Manchester United. Ferguson, who retired as United manager in May after 26 years and was replaced by Everton boss David Moyes, is now a director at Old Trafford. "Everything is about control and power [with Ferguson]," said Keane, who left United after falling out with the Scot. "He is still striving for it now even though he's not... [read news]

10
Dec
McLaren 12C-based concept revealed

A carbonfibre-clad concept car based on the McLaren MP4-12C has been revealed by the British marque’s in-house bespoke design service, McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Dubbed the MSO 12C concept, the car adds an extensive list of carbonfibre trim upgrades to the standard McLaren MP4-12C. These include a revised bonnet, front wing louvres, rear wing vents, a unique airbrake spoiler, and a roof-mounted air scoop that channels air... [read news]

09
Dec
Hundred thousand genomes to be mapped in Saudi Arabia

Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped in a new human genome project. The research will look at genes linked with diseases, and pave the way for prenatal and premarital screening. The project, funded by the Saudi Arabian national science agency, will create a DNA database to develop personalised medicine. A similar UK scheme is under way to map the genomes of 100,000 NHS patients. Genome studies are... [read news]

09
Dec
Budget deal expected to be completed this week, report says

House and Senate negotiators are expected to agree to a budget deal for the first time since 2011, according to a Washington Post report Sunday.  The agreement is expected to be done sometime this week, the last week that both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session. House Speaker John Boehner has said that he intends to adjourn the House December 13. for the Christmas and New Year's holiday recess.  The report that the deal... [read news]

09
Dec
China loosens grip on interest rates

China has taken another step in liberalising its financial sector by loosening its grip on interest rates. The central bank has said it will allow banks to trade deposits with each other from Monday, using a financial product called certificates of deposit. The interest rate on the certificates will be determined by the market, unlike ordinary deposits, which are subject to rate caps in China. The move is also likely to help improve cash... [read news]


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