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The energy vampires sucking Britain’s grid dry

Powering down energy needs Powering the servers is only part of the data center electrical equation. Intensive calculations required for artificial intelligence (AI) or enterprise IT work generate heat. Cooling fans need to be installed to take that heat away, and with such large numbers of servers in such a small space, data centers need …

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Lastminute.com bosses arrested over alleged Covid fraud

Senior executives at travel booking site Lastminute.com have been arrested in Switzerland over accusations of misusing public Covid recovery funds. The company — which was founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox as part of the British dotcom boom in the early 2000s — has appointed chief customer officer Laura Amoretti as interim chief executive following …

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China attacks national security law after robot camera deal blocked

China has lashed out at Britain’s new national security laws after a deal to share robot camera technology was blocked by the Business Department. The Chinese embassy warned against “discriminatory practices” and called for “fairness and transparency” in the new laws, which are designed to protect against transfers of critical technology to foreign rivals. The …

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Chinese takeover of British microchip factory stopped creation of ‘hundreds’ of UK jobs

A British semiconductor supplier to Apple has said plans that would have created “hundreds of jobs” in South Wales were undone by the Chinese-backed takeover of the UK’s largest microchip plant. Rockley Photonics, which develops tiny semiconductors that are used to monitor vital signs in smartwatches, had been planning to use facilities at Newport Wafer …

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Elon Musk gloats over collapsed Twitter deal as both sides gear up for legal fight

On Friday, Mr Musk’s lawyers wrote to Twitter to cancel the deal, claiming the company had “not complied with its contractual obligations” and ignored requests for information about the number of fake accounts on the social network. Twitter has said fewer than 5pc of users are fake or spam accounts. Mr Musk believes the number …

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India: Twitter sues Narendra Modi government over orders to block content

The social media company has had a tough time in India since last year, spending months locked in a high-stakes standoff with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over freedom of speech. At one point, the company was even the target of a handful of police investigations. Twitter (TWTR) called them “intimidation tactics” and …

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