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Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Technology
Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed.On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as possible and to phone their local helpline.It is also asking people who have downloaded the update manually not to install it.The firm said the cases were isolated."Microsoft has paused the roll-out of the update while we continue to investigate reports from some customers," the firm said in a statement.Trust issue"Last night I updated to 1809, and it all went smoothly, but then I find that all my files in Documents are deleted. Gone. Poof. This included many crucial documents and financial info," wrote Stuart D...
Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

World
Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad. Activists say the artifacts, moved from the now-destroyed Jobar Synagogue in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb when it was taken by rebels, were allegedly put into safe keeping to avoid theft and damage in 2013, but twice since then local officials have discovered some are missing. The main missing cache, they say, contained torahs written on gazelle leather as well as tapestries and chandeliers, and was given to a militia by a local council for safekeeping when rebels surrendered the neighborhood to government forces earlier this year. That group, the Islamist-in...
'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

'Golf courses crumbling into the sea' – Open venues could disappear, says new climate report

Sports
Open Championship venues such as St Andrews and Royal Troon could be under water by the end of the century if sea levels rise even slightly as a result of climate change, according to a new report.The Climate Coalition says golf, football and cricket face an "unexpected threat", with cricket to be the "hardest hit".The report predicts "cancelled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea".It adds that rising winter temperatures mean the Scottish skiing industry could collapse within 50 years.The report says six of the UK's seven wettest years on record have occurred since 2000, with cricket's County Championship already losing thousands of overs every season."Climate change is already impacting our ability to play and watch the sports we love," said t...
Criminals worry as dark net markets disappear

Criminals worry as dark net markets disappear

Technology
Four of the largest criminal marketplaces on the dark net were unreachable on Friday, prompting speculation about police activity.All four marketplaces - the Dream Market, the Trade Route, the Tochka Free Market and the creatively named Wall Street Market - allowed anonymous users to trade illicit goods in cryptocurrencies.It is not unusual for such marketplaces to disappear with their customers' cash, which they often hold as an escrow service, but the fact that the four largest have vanished simultaneously has provoked interest.Users of dark net discussion forums on the open web have warned that the sites could be targeted by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack - a way of forcing websites offline."Whether or not it's law enforcement carrying out the attacks is another question,...