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US spy bosses face Congress amid spying rift with Europe

America’s top spy chiefs face Congress on Tuesday over fresh allegations the United States has been eavesdropping on European leaders and citizens.<p>General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, will appear before a Senate intelligence committee to explain why it was not …

Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they're now worth $886k

Bought in 2009, currency’s rise in value saw small investment turn into enough to buy an apartment in a wealthy area of Oslo<p>This article was originally published on 29 October 2013. Due to a technical fault, it has been republished here, on a new page.<p>The meteoric rise in bitcoin has meant that …

NSA chief says organisation at centre of spy row acts within the law

The head of the US National Security Agency has countered claims that his organisation collected phone data on millions of Europeans, describing them as completely false.<p>During a Congressional committee hearing General Keith Alexander went on to say the NSA acts within the law to stop militant …

World's first ATM for bitcoins opens in Canada

ATM’s have been around for a while now, but this one in a humble coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada can lay claim to being the world’s first cash machine for bitcoins.<p>The online currency, invented by an anonymous computer programmer about four years ago is now starting to gain mainstream …

Let there be light! Mirrors brighten up sun-starved Norway village

Sunlight is something many of us take for granted.<p>But giant mirrors are needed to ensure it hits one sun-starved village in southern Norway where winters have been dark and dreary for far too long.<p>The locals in Rjukan are celebrating their installation although the concept and the cost took some …

Dark matter stays hidden as detector fails to see a single particle

The world's most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service without catching a hint of the stuff.<p>Sat a mile underground in a defunct gold mine in South Dakota, the …

The currency is virtual as Canada opens the first bitcoin ATM

A familiar scene replicated in towns and cities across the world is the queue at the ATM for cash. But in the virtual world there are of course no coins or notes so outside a cafe in Vancouver the world’s first virtual ATM is ready to swap your bitcoins – as the currency is known for cash or you …

NSA is accused of targeting Google and Yahoo in yet more secret hacking

More fuel has been added to the alleged US spying scandal.<p>The Washington Post is reporting claims that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been hacking into Google and Yahoo data links worldwide.<p>The information was then sifted by a programme called MUSCULAR.<p>The NSA chief has denied the …

Yahoo and Google furious over reports NSA secretly intercepts data links http://gu.com/p/3kxpq/fb Google said in a statement: 'We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping.' Leaked files suggest NSA can collect information 'at will' by intercepting cables that connect Google and Yahoo's data hubs. Photograph: Walter Bieri/AP