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James Howells accidentally threw away a hard drive containing the cryptographic "private key" needed to access the digital currency

Memory stick found in pub had details of 26,000 tenants

Neither company was fined, despite around 800 instances of customers' bank details being on the memory stick

Burglars steal 'sensitive' police memory stick

A memory stick containing sensitive information about on-going police operations has been stolen, a force said today.

Seagate buys Samsung division

Seagate Technology is to buy Samsung Electronics's loss-making hard-disk-drive (HDD) business for $1.4bn (£858m) as the US group looks to combat rival Western Digital Corp and arrest price wars that have damaged the industry.

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There are times when the only possible response to genuine raw talent is to drop your jaw and go, "Wow!" And so it was with Little Lost David a few years ago.

Leading article: Miracle in the glen

Adam Potter is one fortunate climber – or rather faller. Or perhaps it was just his lucky day. Missing his footing at the summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor near Ben Nevis, he dropped 1,000ft down an almost vertical slope, landing right-side up and almost unscathed. He was found by rescuers standing on his own two feet, reading his map.

Out of the shadows: A new exhibition sheds light on the photographic darkroom

When photographer Richard Nicholson decided to document some of London's professional darkrooms he had more than 200 to choose from. Four years on, with the project completed, only five remain in business.

Former Warner boss backs new music firm

The former boss of Warner Bros International Paul-René Albertini is backing an innovative new music company that will officially launch in the UK this week with its first talent showcase. Claiming its model is designed to "fill some of the gaps" left by traditional record labels, My Major Company (MMC) was set up at the end of October and this Wednesday will launch its first 10 artists in London.

Council rebuked over lost memory stick

A council was rebuked today for losing an unencrypted memory stick containing the personal details of 40 children in care.

'No anti-terror documents' on lost police memory stick

Anti-terrorism material was not on a lost police memory stick found by a member of the public, senior officers said today.

'Anti-terror data' found in the street

Police were today investigating the contents of a computer memory stick said to contain sensitive anti-terror material which was reportedly found in the street outside a police station.

Lord Davies takes Corsair Capital job

The former trade inister and one-time head of Standard Chartered Bank, Mervyn Davies, is joining US private equity group Corsair Capital.

Internet paedophile from Walsall jailed

A teenage paedophile detained during a police operation which led to the arrest of an American mother-of-four was jailed today.

Movies coming to a memory stick near you

If you're not already bamboozled by the sheer number of different ways you can get your hands on movies, hold on tight because yet another means of movie procurement is about to hit the US and the world.

The Sonnets: 18

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Notebook PC revolution - is it RIP for desktops?

This year could well be remembered as the year that notebook PCs finally bumped off their desktop siblings to become the PC of choice for the majority of computer buyers.

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