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Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

Workers banned from using USB sticks at IBM

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Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives.The possibility of "financial and reputational" damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register.Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via an internal network.The decree banning removable storage acknowledges that complying with it could be "disruptive".Losing dataIBM staff were told about the policy in an advisory from Shamla Naidoo, the company's global chief security officer.Some IBM departments had been banned from using removable portable media for some time, said Ms Naidoo, but now the decree was being implemented worldwide. IBM staff ar...
Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

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Tommy Robinson - ex-leader of the English Defence League - has been banned from Twitter.His account is marked as being "suspended", but the BBC has learned that the US company has decided to permanently revoke his access.Twitter declined to comment, but it is understood the decision was taken after Mr Robinson was judged to have breached its "hateful conduct" policy.It had previously temporarily suspended the activist several times.Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, left the EDL in 2013.Most recently, Twitter had blocked his account for a week at the start of March. He said at the time that the reason was that he had posted that "90% of grooming gang convictions are Muslims".The social network had removed his blue verification tick four months earlier.Mr Robinson's @TRo...
Australia captain Smith fined and banned for his role in ball-tampering

Australia captain Smith fined and banned for his role in ball-tampering

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Australia captain Steve Smith has been banned for one match and fined his entire match fee by cricket's world governing body for his part in a ball-tampering incident in South Africa.Smith said the team's "leadership group" had a plan, carried out by Cameron Bancroft, to tamper with the ball to "get an advantage".Smith, 28, will now miss the fourth and final Test of the series.Bancroft, 25, was fined 75% of his match fee and got three demerit points.Smith admitted a charge of conduct "of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game", said a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC)."As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended," said ICC chief executive David Richardson.Hours lat...
Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics – but clean athletes can compete as neutrals

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Media playback is not supported on this device Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi."This should draw a line under this damaging episode," the IOC said.The decision has been widely condemned in Russia, with some politicians urging a boycott of the Games, though other officials have welcomed the chance for 'clean' athletes to take part.IOC president Thomas Bach and his board - who made the announcement in Lausanne on Tuesday - ca...
Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Health
The health watchdog NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.Draft guidelines from NICE say the implants should only be used for research - and not routine operations.Some implants can cut into the vagina and women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex.One expert said it is highly likely the NHS will take up the recommendation.However, the organisation is not compelled to act on findings it receives from NICE.Both NHS England and NICE declined to comment.Media playback is unsupported on your device'Life-changing consequences'In the documents - to be published after consultation in December - NICE said there were "serious but well-recognised safety c...