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11 October

Post-Fukushima, a report on the UK nuclear industry found there is no reason to curtail nuclear operations in Britain.

No fundamental weaknesses in licensing or safety assessment principles were found in the report by Dr Mike Weightman into the consequences of Japan’s Fukushima disaster on the UK.

12 October

BlackBerry users across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were without Internet access for days after being hit by network failures.

Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) said its private network suffered a “core switch failure”, leaving angry users without messaging and browsing services.

13 October

An Australian court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of Samsung’s new Galaxy 10.1 tablet, the latest development in the patent battle between Samsung and rival Apple.

Resolution of the case is expected to take months, meaning the leading competitor to Apple’s iPad may never be launched in Australia.

18 October

Salvage teams pumping oil from the Rena container ship off the New Zealand coast were forced to stop due to rough weather in the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

The Rena had been stuck for two weeks on a reef 14 miles off Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, spilling over 350 tonnes of thick, toxic fuel and some of its hundreds of containers into the sea.

19 October

Apple closed its stores to hold a memorial service for the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs, who died on 5 October after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees the service was a celebration to “take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place”.

27 October

Toyota suspended its production in Thailand for the fourth week and planned to reduce output in North America and South Africa after Thailand’s worst floods in 50 years.

Hundreds of manufacturers have been affected by the flooding, and Thailand’s top automaker Toyota was cut off from the supply of about 100 components.

27 October

Cybercriminals took advantage of the death of Muammar Gaddafi by sending scam images of Gaddafi’s body to users in a bid to infect their computers with malware.

Libyan dictator Gaddafi was killed in mid-October and curious surfers were tricked into believing the scam emails came from news agency AFP.

31 October

Belgium decided to shut down its three oldest reactors by 2015 as part of its plan for a complete exit from nuclear power by 2025.

Its two remaining nuclear power stations will be shut down and a government spokesman said the exit was conditional on finding enough energy from alternative sources to prevent any shortages.

2 November

Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co found substances in a reactor which could be due to nuclear fission, a potential setback in efforts to safely shut down the earthquake-hit nuclear plant by the year end.

Xenon, a substance produced as a byproduct of fission, was found in the Japan Fukushima No 2 reactor, and Tepco said it had poured in a mixture of water and boric acid to prevent nuclear reactions.

3 November

India opened bids for a $11bn contract to buy fighter jets for its air force, with European contenders Eurofighter and Dassault leading the pack.

Typhoon fighter-jet maker Eurofighter and Rafale plane maker Dassault were bidding to sell India 126 fighter jets after American, Russian and Swedish bids were rejected earlier in the year.

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