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Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

Entertainment
Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86.He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said.During his career he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Homecoming. Sir Peter had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011.There will be a private family funeral, with details of a memorial service to be announced at a later date.Sir Peter Hall: A giant of British theatreSir Peter - from the archive on BBC ArtsSir Peter became director of the National in 1973 and was responsible for the theatre's move from the Old Vic to the purpose-built complex on the South Bank. He founded the RSC at...
Giant X-ray camera takes photos of atoms

Giant X-ray camera takes photos of atoms

Technology
An X-ray camera so powerful it can capture images of individual atoms and make movies of chemical reactions has begun operating today.The X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) can flash 27,000 laser beams per second - each one a billion times brighter than that of conventional X-Ray sources.Scientists from eleven countries will use it to research the molecular composition of viruses and cells, and take three-dimensional images of the universe on a nano-molecular scale.It will drive forward international research by filming chemical reactions and by investigating the processes occurring deep inside of planets.Built in an underground facility stretching 3.4km from the German city of Hamburg to the town of Schenefeld, scientists say XFEL "marks the beginning a new era of research in Europe".XFEL s...
Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

Technology
A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses.The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind.The addresses - and in some cases associated passwords - have apparently been gathered to help spread banking malware.Members of the public can check if their accounts have been affected via the Have I Been Pwned service.Its operator, Troy Hunt, acknowledged that some of the listed addresses corresponded to non-existent accounts.But he added that the number that had been collated still totalled a "mind-boggling amount".Hidden imagesThe Spambot discovery was first flagged by a Paris-based security expert who calls himself Benkow.It was then brought to wider attention by the ZDnet news site.The databa...
Uber hires new chief executive from internet giant

Uber hires new chief executive from internet giant

Technology
Uber has picked former Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive to lead the firm out of a nearly year-long crisis.Mr Khosrowshahi will take on the tasks of repairing frayed relations with investors and making the business profitable after seven years of losses.He replaces co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June over concerns about his behaviour.Image:Travis Kalanick's was ousted from the top job in JuneThe taxi company's board of directors voted to pick Mr Khosrowshahi on Sunday, but an announcement has not yet been made publicly.A Silicon Valley outsider, Mr Khosrowshahi beat chairman of General Electric Jeff Immelt to the top job.He also fought off competition from Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief executive Meg Whitman, who was a leading candidate, according t...
Mobile masts giant Arqiva eyes £6bn float

Mobile masts giant Arqiva eyes £6bn float

Business
The communications infrastructure giant which owns thousands of mobile‎ phone masts across Britain has lined up a quartet of banks to prepare a bumper London stock market listing.Sky News has learnt that Arqiva, which is owned by a consortium of Australian and Canadian investors, has appointed Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan to oversee the plan.The recruitment of the syndicate of banks comes as Arqiva's existing shareholders hold talks with a number of infrastructure investors which have expresed buying the company.The so-called dual-track process - which could result in either a float or a sale of Arqiva - is at an early stage and may not be concluded until next year.Arqiva operates more than 8,000 sites across the UK‎, with its mobile masts used by customers including EE, O2