Simon Ian Robb

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The woman who brought skull watches back to life

<b>When design student Fiona Krüger first knocked on the door of Swiss watchmakers six years ago, few were willing to give her the time of day.</b><p>After all, the Scot didn't tick the right boxes in the conservative world of haute horlogerie.<p>For a start, she was 20-something, not Swiss and had no …

Watches

UK company linked to laundered Bitcoin billions

<b>A UK company has been linked to the laundering of 650,000 stolen bitcoins worth £4.5bn, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found.</b><p>The coins were taken by hackers from Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, leaving tens of thousands of customers out of pocket.<p>It's not clear who is in control of the …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin price plummets as mass sell-off drives down value of cryptocurrency and rivals Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin

The prices of all major cryptocurrencies plummeted overnight, with analysts claiming a mass sell-off of Bitcoin is to blame.<p>Bitcoin dropped by almost …

Twitter just purged ‘Russian bots’, and Trump fans are crying as their followers vanish

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the #MAGA brigade, as they howl in despair after half their Twitter followers vanished overnight.<p>The reason? …

Bill Gates reveals the two 'crazy things' he purchased since becoming a billionaire 30 years ago

Bill Gates sat down with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the first time this week.<p>Gates is the founder of Microsoft and cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the world's second-richest person with an estimated fortune of $91.8 billion, according to Bloomberg's index.<p>Gates …

Bill Gates

The tactics of a Russian troll farm

<b>The indictment of 13 Russians charged with attempting to manipulate American voters using social media shines a fascinating light on a sophisticated, relentless operation to exploit the internet for political gain. Here's how US investigators say the Russians did it.</b><p>It was 2014, and in a building …

Russia

Tech Tent: Two sides of the crypto-coin

<b>Is the whole reputation of the crypto-currency industry under threat as computers are hijacked to mine new coins?</b><p>On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we ask whether a new breed of environmentally conscious blockchain entrepreneurs can demonstrate that this technology does have a sustainable …

Cryptocurrency

Standard Life Aberdeen sees £100bn contract axed

<b>Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows have ended a £100bn asset management contract with recently-merged Standard Life Aberdeen.</b><p>They said last year's merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management created competition issues.<p>Keith Skeoch and Martin Gilbert, chief executives of …

Lloyds Banking Group

Salon magazine mines crypto-cash with readers' PCs

<b>News organisations have tried many novel ways to make readers pay - but this idea is possibly the most audacious yet.</b><p>If a reader chooses to block its advertising, US publication Salon will use that person's computer to mine for Monero, a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.<p>Creating new tokens of a …

Ad Blocking

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

<b>Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said.</b><p>Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers want to expand operations at two …

Cryptocurrency

BiFab marine engineering yards 'to close'

<b>Union representatives have said the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis could close by the end of June.</b><p>They have been told by managers at the yards that redundancy notices will be given to the core workforce on Tuesday.<p>The Unite union said it expects about 260 jobs to go, with …

United Kingdom

Did couple vlogging on YouTube ruin my relationship?

<b>Two years ago, my boyfriend Jack and I started a YouTube channel uncovering what it's like to be in a gay interracial relationship.</b><p>I remember the moment that we first sat down in front of a camera and tried to make a video together.<p>It took hours for us to record something we were both happy with, …

Social Media

Is social media causing childhood depression?

<b>Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media.</b><p>One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E.<p>"The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted to …

Social Media

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

<b>The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency.</b><p>Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected.<p>He said the affected code had …

Cybersecurity

Bitcoin explained: How do crypto-currencies work?

An estimated £3-4bn is being laundered via crypto-currencies in Europe every year, the director of Europol has told the BBC.<p>It comes as Treasury Select Committee member Alison McGovern MP says much speedier regulation is needed.<p>But what are crypto-currencies? Spencer Kelly explains all.<p>Who Wants to …

Digital Currencies

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

<b>Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said.</b><p>This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland's homes, according to Johann Snorri …

Cryptocurrency

Criminals hide 'billions' in crypto-cash - Europol

<b>Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol.</b><p>The agency's director Rob Wainwright told the BBC's Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem.<p>The warning comes after Bitcoin's …

Cryptocurrency

Redevelopment of Penguins oil field to bring new jobs

<b>Hundreds of jobs are set to be created during the construction of a vessel which will be used to redevelop a North Sea oil and gas field.</b><p>Shell said between 300 and 400 jobs, mostly in Scotland, would be needed to support construction of the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel …

Oil & Gas Industry

Oil prices rise to hit four-year high of $70 a barrel

<b>The price of oil has hit $70 a barrel for the first time since December 2014.</b><p>Brent crude climbed after members of Opec, the cartel of 14 oil-producing nations that accounts for 40% of the world's output, said it would continue to limit supplies.<p>The RAC, the motoring group, has warned that rising …

Oil

Kodak is the latest company to jump on blockchain. And one of the few that make sense

Okay, this one actually makes a lot of sense. Kodak today announced a blockchain platform called KodakOne that will feature a token named KodakCoin. This of course sent its stock skyrocketing, like Hooters before it.<p>Unlike a rewards program for an oddly-themed chain of restaurants (or defunct video …

Blockchain Is Changing Our World: Here Are The Best Practical Examples Of How It Is Used In 2018

The potential of blockchain technology to disrupt nearly every industry in some way cannot be dismissed even though there are still several hurdles to overcome before we see its full transformative impact.<p>Leaders of major financial institutions where security is paramount and change is often …

Blockchain

Offshore platforms 'should be cleaned and left behind'

<b>Oil and gas platforms in the North Sea should be cleaned up and left in position rather than removed, according to a leading academic.</b><p>Tom Baxter, a senior University of Aberdeen lecturer in chemical engineering, said there was no environmental reason for removing infrastructure at huge taxpayer …

Oil & Gas Industry

CES 2018: Kodak soars on KodakCoin and Bitcoin mining plans

<b>Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin.</b><p>The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO).<p>It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help …

Cryptocurrency

Ineos to challenge Scots fracking 'ban'

<b>Petrochemical firm Ineos has launched a legal challenge to the Scottish government's effective ban on fracking.</b><p>Ministers announced the prohibition in October 2017, and it was subsequently endorsed by a vote of MSPs.<p>Ineos Shale has applied for a judicial review of the decision, citing "serious …

Oil & Gas Industry

Jobs lost as James Callander timber firm collapses

<b>A wood processing firm in Falkirk has gone into administration with the loss of 89 jobs.</b><p>James Callander and Son has been trading for 74 years, processing softwood for construction, packaging and fencing.<p>Administrators at KPMG said it was turning over £12m per year, but that it had been making …

Scotland

Fintech firm Previse targets late-payment problem

<b>A start-up which uses artificial intelligence technology to address the problem of late payments for small firms is to set up a base in Scotland.</b><p>Previse plans to create 37 data science jobs in Glasgow, following an £800,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise.<p>Its AI technology is designed to enable …

Artificial Intelligence

Sharp slowdown in house price growth in 2017, Halifax says

<b>House prices grew much more slowly in 2017 than in the previous year, the UK's largest mortgage lender has reported.</b><p>The Halifax said prices rose by 2.7% in 2017 - compared with a 6.5% increase in 2016. On a calendar year basis, that is the lowest rise since 2012.<p>The slowdown was driven by a squeeze …

Housing

Trump plans to expand offshore drilling in Pacific and Atlantic

<b>The Trump administration has proposed a controversial plan to open up protected areas in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for offshore drilling.</b><p>The five-year plan expands drilling to most of the US outer continental shelf, including California and Maine, where drilling has been blocked for …

Offshore Drilling

Whatever happened to 'Jam Boy' Fraser Doherty?

<b>If the name Fraser Doherty isn't familiar to you, then perhaps the sobriquet "Jam Boy" will strike a chord.</b><p>A decade ago, Fraser hit the headlines as the inventor of SuperJam - a sugar-free preserve which went on to become a familiar sight on the shelves of most of the UK's major supermarkets.<p>He had …

Beer Festivals

Exmo Bitcoin exchange manager kidnapped in Kiev

<b>A manager of the Exmo Bitcoin exchange has been kidnapped in Ukraine.</b><p>According to Russian and Ukrainian media reports Pavel Lerner, 40, was kidnapped while leaving his office in Kiev's Obolon district on 26 December.<p>The reports said he was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing …

Kidnapping