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In the papers today: 11.01.08

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The Telegraph reports that a 14-year-old 'genius' from Poland has derailed four trams by hacking into the tram system in Lodz.

The electronics geek adapted a TV remote control, which he then used to make trams change track points, causing one to jump the tracks. The unnamed lad claimed he did it ‘for a prank’, which seems a little foolish considering that 12 people were injured.

Kent's vast Ebbsfleet development, featured in AJ 08.11.07, will get the UK’s fastest broadband once built, says the Independent. Fibre-optic cables will support speeds of ‘up to 100 megabits a second’.

The nuclear argument rumbles on. The Telegraph publishes a map showing the areas most likely for new plants, mostly areas which already have a reactor, but with with five brand new sites earmarked for development. But the Guardian remains unconvinced, remarking on the massive public expense that a nuclear industry will entail.

There’s trouble in the art world this morning. Organisations and performers are up in arms over cuts to funding, but the Telegraph writes that a government report has recommended that publicly-funded arts organisations perform free of charge for one week of each year. The Tories have branded the government’s thinking as ‘inconsistent’ – and for once they may be right.

Finally, some good news for Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass. The plans for London’s tallest tower have been dogged by conflict between its backers, but the sale of minority partner CLS’ stake to a consortium of Qatari investors may smooth the way for its development, says the Financial Times.

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