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Prosecutors claim Madoff enlisted the help of Joann Crupi to make up trading records

Did Bernie Madoff act alone in Ponzi scheme fraud? Trial of five former employees begins

When Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme first came to light, Wall Street was shocked by the scope of the fraud. At $65bn, it rendered even the most seasoned traders – people who are used to dealing with millions everyday –speechless. But there was more to come, for when the disgraced financier subsequently claimed that he had acted alone, everybody was left wondering how one man could have perpetrated such an immense fraud over so many years.

Could colouring in online text make you a faster reader?

BeeLine Reader takes advantage of our ability to register colours without really thinking to guide our eyes down a page of text

Adobe hacked, reveals loss of 2.9 million users' information

Encrypted data including customers' names, passwords and credit card numbers was stolen

Snapchat adds Stories - but can it take Facebook's crown?

The latest update to the photo and video sharing app allows users to create Stories - rolling news-feeds built from the last 24 hours of apps

Shareholders want Bill Gates's Microsoft exit

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-seventies and went on to build the business into a software behemoth that shaped the digital lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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Microsoft investors call for Bill Gates' departure

Sources within the company have reported that three major shareholders are worried that Gates' influence might obstruct future changes

Valve's rivals dismiss the company's plans for Steam consoles

Online games distributor claims console owners already have the system they want

John McAfee's $100 'anti-NSA' device: 'this is coming and cannot be stopped'

The D-Central would create secure, portable networks around a quarter of a mile in size

Windows Phone posts highest ever European market share

Microsoft's mobile platform finally starting to gain traction, with a double digit market share in both France and the UK

Watch every iPhone speed-tested at the same time

Simultaneous boots show that iOS 7 might not be best for every iPhone out there

Father of iPod brings hi-tech heating to UK

Smart thermostats will help households save money on heating

Apple releases security update for iOS 7 but users are still complaining about motion sickness

Minor updated designated iOS 7.0.2 fixes lock-screen exploit

Apple releases security update for iOS 7 but users are still complaining about motion sickness

Minor updated designated iOS 7.0.2 fixes lock-screen exploit

Free FIFA 14 app released for iOS and Android

This Friday, EA Sports will release their flagship title FIFA 14, ending months of anticipation and excitement amongst a sizeable proportion of the gaming community. Today however, fans have been given the chance to end the wait for a new FIFA a little prematurely – not due to an early release of the console version, but by being able to download a FIFA 14 app for iOS and Android for free.

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