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Autonomy boss in 'deliberate fraud', court told

Autonomy boss in 'deliberate fraud', court told

Business
The founder of software giant Autonomy, Mike Lynch, "committed a deliberate fraud over a sustained period of time" to artificially inflate its value, the High Court was told on Monday.Hewlett-Packard (HP) is suing Mr Lynch and former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain for $ 5bn (£3.8bn).They claim the two "artificially inflated Autonomy's reported revenues, revenue growth and gross margins".The trial is believed to be the UK's biggest civil fraud trial.Hewlett-Packard (HP) paid $ 11.1bn (£8.4bn) in 2011 for the business. The two men deny the claims and Mr Lynch, who was present at Monday's hearing, has launched a counter-claim for at least $ 125m in damages against HP for "a series of false, misleading and unfai...
Prodigy star Keith Flint died from hanging, inquest told

Prodigy star Keith Flint died from hanging, inquest told

Entertainment
The Prodigy star Keith Flint's provisional cause of death has been recorded as hanging, an inquest has heard.The 49-year-old was found at his home in Essex on Monday 4 March, with bandmate Liam Howlett saying he had "taken his own life" in a tribute post on social media. Image: Flint (centre) with The Prodigy bandmates Maxim (left) and Liam Howlett An inquest into his death has now been opened, with coroner's officer Lynsey Chaffe saying the cause of death has been provisionally recorded as hanging."Police attended, all protocols were followed and his death was confirmed as not suspicious," she told the two-minute hearing in Chelmsford. A post-mortem was carried out at Broomfield Hospital three days after Flint's death, the inque...
NHS told to ditch 'outdated' pagers

NHS told to ditch 'outdated' pagers

Technology
The NHS has been told to stop using pagers for communications by 2021, in order to save money.The health service still uses about 130,000 pagers, which is about 10% of the total left in use globally.They cost the NHS about £6.6m a year, because only one service provider supports them.Health Secretary Matt Hancock called them "outdated" and said he wanted to rid the NHS of "archaic technology like pagers and fax machines". How do pagers work?The pagers used in the NHS today are mostly one-way communication devices that can receive short messages but cannot send replies.To send a message, staff call either an automated phone line or speak to a dedicated operator. The recipient's pager will be...
Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Yambio, South Sudan Sky News has been given special access to child soldiers in the east-central African country of South Sudan - and found worrying signs that some may return to fighting if conditions don't improve soon.Our inquiries also found repeated examples of rape being used as a weapon of war, and we have also spoken to the child soldiers ordered to carry out those rapes. A peace deal and ceasefire agreed by the warring parties last year is still holding, prompting hundreds of child recruits to run away from their captors, while others have been freed. But a further 19,000 children are estimated to still be in captivity in the bush working for the different militias. ...
Social media told to 'purge' harmful content after teenager's death

Social media told to 'purge' harmful content after teenager's death

Technology
Social media companies must "purge" their websites of content that promotes self-harm and suicide, the health secretary says.The demand comes after a father accused social media websites of playing a part in his daughter taking her own life. Molly Russell was 14 when she was found dead in her bedroom in November 2017.Her family said she had shown "no obvious signs" of severe mental health issues but they later found she had been viewing material on social media related to anxiety, self-harm and suicide.In fact, her father said algorithms used by Instagram had enabled her to view more harmful content, possibly contributing to her death. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had written to a number of internet companies to remind them of their duty to act. In his letter, he said: "I ...