Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… trouble. Perhaps inspired by Wiltshire’s large number of chalk hill figures – it has 13 horse figures alone – they despatched the soldiers to carve a kiwi in the hillside above Bulford Military Camp. It was designed by Sgt Maj Percy Cecil Blenkarne from a sketch of a stuffed kiwi specimen in the British Museum. The figure, the body of which measures 1.5 acres (6,100 m sq), was completed shortly before the troops went home. It was then looked after by the Kiwi shoe polish …

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

… accused of threatening others, racism, and other forms of harassment, and most of them are classified as “right wing,” according to The New York Times. In the U.S., speech meant to threaten is illegal, but hate speech is not. In Germany, both can result in a visit from police. German law prohibits speech that “incites hatred” against a number of groups, including groups defined by race, national origin, and religion. This gives Germany a broader scope to go after …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

… Health and Human Services, and the race had become a proxy for the national political climate and a test of GOP might in the early months of the Trump presidency. Voters were inundated with phone calls and television ads like never before. Growing up in suburban Atlanta as a sports/political-news junkie, I remember “Hammerin’” Hank Aaron hitting number 715 in 1974, Newt Gingrich being sworn in as Congressman in 1979, and CNN launching the first 24-hour news channel in …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

… The initial coin offering (sometimes also called a token crowdsale) is, in certain ways, similar to an initial public offering. Instead of stock, in an ICO a company sells a number of cryptocurrency tokens. Every ICO is a little bit different, but typically there’s a time limit for the sale, and a set number of maximum tokens that will be sold. Once those limits are reached, the sale is done, and the owners can use their tokens as they please. Tokens are different from shares, though. They …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… of growth is equal to about $830 million. What leftover is a situation in which companies are chasing the scraps. Venture capital funding for ad tech companiesthe shorthand for the sprawl of esoteric businesses that orchestrate the buying and selling of digital adsshrank substantially last year as did the number of business deals in the space. They can’t entirely blame Google and Facebook. Pivotal advertising analyst Brian Wieser said ad tech’s woes have more to do with their …

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found. At the scene By BBC reporter, Mark Lobel …

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There’s a serious problem with Twitter’s account security

June 17, 2017

… to protect their accounts, even if their passwords had been stolen, by requiring a second login credential sent via text message. Great, right? Well, kinda. While SMS-based 2FA does provide additional protection, there’s a big problem with it. Namely, SMS itself isn’t secure. A flaw in what is known as Signaling System 7 protocol (SS7) something that allows different phone carriers to communicate back and forth means that hackers can redirect texts to practically any number they …

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

… a strong network signal is becoming increasingly important. The org has issued a new set of guidelines for homebuilders to follow to include wireless networks in their designs, which were drafted with an eye to the needs of a connected future, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance announcement: The requirements consider the increasing number of smart home devices expected in homes over the next decade, and the growing demand for data-intensive usages such as virtual reality and simultaneous 4K video …

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse. Latest updates as fire rips through tower block Eyewitnesses said they saw lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows – some holding children from windows. The Met Police has set up an emergency number on 0800 0961 233 for anyone concerned about friends or family. Media playback is unsupported on your device …

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Love Island: What’s the big deal? – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… First series hopefuls Josh Ritchie went on to star in Ex On the Beach. But there have been other more lucrative successes – last year’s runner-up Olivia Buckland launched her own clothing range earlier this year. She also secured a number of endorsement deals with her Love Island partner, Alex Bowen, including Christmas pudding flavoured condoms. And they do find love Yes they do apparently, although most haven’t. Despite promising to stay together forever on the show, Cara …

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News Daily: General election special – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Hello. Get any sleep? Here’s your election morning briefing. Meanwhile, the SNP, which won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland at the last general election, is predicted to lose 19 MPs. The Liberal Democrats, virtually wiped out in Parliament in 2015, are set for some gains, raising their number of MPs to 14. In Northern Ireland, all 18 seats have declared, the DUP taking 10, Sinn Fein seven and an independent candidate one. The SDLP has lost all three of its seats and the UUP its two seats. …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 6, 2017

… police are confident that the three men fatally shot by officers in the minutes after the assault were the only attackers, but there is "clearly more to do" in the investigation. He says the white van they used to mow down pedestrians on London Bridge was rented by one of the men. Security cordons will remain around London Bridge indefinitely. ___ 4:25 p.m. London's assistant police commissioner says eight police officers fired "an unprecedented number" of bullets at the …

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

… continued, “Having spoken to many, many rape survivors and having many of them in my life very close to me, we know that it is a lifelong process. So Jessica’s story is very much just beginning.” Looking ahead at Season 2, Yorkey remains committed to telling real stories about real issues that teenagers are facing these days. “One of the things that we did well in Season 1 is look long and hard at the real lives that teenagers lead and to go pretty deep into a number of …

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This is what 24 hours at the Cannes Film Festival looks like

May 29, 2017

… You can watch them from screens in the press rooms, but it’s sort of fun to be in the same room as the cast and crew and see how they react to the questions up close. In my case it was also an opportunity to take a borderline-inappropriate number of photographs of Jake Gyllenhaal’s chiselled beard. 11:10am Attempt to befriend Jake Gyllenhaal. Here’s important confirmation that I have now been in the same room as Jake Gyllenhaal. Just look at that sculpted facial hair. …

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Apple launches its first store in Southeast Asia

… the world there’s still a burgeoning market for Apple in surrounding countries, where smartphone penetration is not as high. Demand for high-end devices have increased in the region, according to research from IDC, a marketing intelligence firm. In 2015, more than 100 million smartphones were sold in the region, which has a population of more than 600 million people. The number is expected to grow even more in the years to come, as an estimated 3.8 million people come online in the region …

May 28, 2017
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Don’t look back in anger: Music helps Manchester remember, and forget – BBC News

Image copyright Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock Image caption This was one of a number of home-made signs responding to the past week’s events Music has always brought people together, especially in this city. Image caption These signs including “Mancs never scared 2 B proud” referred to the city’s bee emblem As the gig went on, Fray referred to the week’s events again. “Never stop doing what you enjoy,” he told the crowd between songs. Later, …

May 28, 2017
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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

… set a 15,000 goal for the fundraiser, and donations have already surpassed that. The money will go toward the British Red Cross Society. Those affected by the tragedy are helping out in other ways as well: Manchester-area blood banks have received an overwhelming number of donors following the deadly attack. The suicide bombing Monday at Grandes concert at Manchester Arena left 22 people dead, including an 8-year-old girl and several teenagers. …

May 26, 2017
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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

… having sex, and even join in (singing!!!) the iconic final dance number. While it was nice to get a little more shading in of these characters, this plotline felt rushed. The lack of chemistry between Baby and Johnny Their whole part in the plot was subbed in with Katey Sagals character, a bungalow bunny, framing Johnny for stealing her Rolex. The Schumachers were robbed (pun absolutely intentional). ABC In the original, dancing was everything. In this version, Breslin although she …

May 25, 2017
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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

… replace Obamacare, they were asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russias meddling in the presidential campaign. But even with some of the pressure off, they appear to have made only a little headway enough to identify the key issues dividing them but not to make much progress on resolving those differences. A substantial number of Senate Republicans have made it clear they for the House bill, which would reduce regulations on health insurance, …

May 24, 2017
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M&S annual profits fall by 64% as revamp costs bite – BBC News

… a number of sizeable one-off costs, including 156m to make changes to its pension scheme, 132m on international store closures, and another 49m on changes to its UK store estate and “onerous lease charges” related to that estate. A further 44m was absorbed by M&S Bank being hit by charges incurred in relation to insurance mis-selling. Excluding these one-off costs, profits were down just 10% to 613.8m. Clothing Related Topics Retailing Marks & Spencer More From this …

May 24, 2017
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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt – BBC News

… ones. Police have set up an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is: 0161 856 9400. Sixty ambulances attended the incident and those wounded are now being treated at six hospitals around the city. Manchester explosion: Latest updates Eyewitnesses tell of blast horror Confusion and chaos after explosion What we know so far General election campaigning suspended Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it was “the most horrific incident” Greater Manchester had ever …

May 23, 2017
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Meet the YouTube star behind Overly Attached Girlfriend

… number of memes that have become household names over the years. Overly Attached Girlfriend was the work of one redditor named yeahhtoast, who noticed the potential of the video, took a screengrab of her face, overlaid it with the classic white text. It was the screengrab that launched a thousand imitations. Yeahhtoast held a Reddit AMA, also known as “Ask Me Anything,” in 2014 in which he said he felt slighted by not getting more recognition for his effort. “On one hand, some …

May 23, 2017
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More die in bathtubs than in terrorism. It’s still worth spending billions to fight it

… and on blogs such as Lawfare has revived debate over whether we are spending too much time, effort, and resources on stopping terrorist attacks when very few Americans are killed by terrorists — by some estimates, approximately one-third the number who die each year in the bathtub. We strongly agree with those who consider that comparison a fallacy. Deaths from terrorism — even just attempted acts of terrorism — simply scare people in ways that other acts of violence do not. …

May 22, 2017
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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

… are you crazy? Why do you want to do a show about the one subject that is the most toxic thing? Politics, its just not interesting to people. Theyre turned off about it, its dry, theyre cynical. Do anything else. Do any other show, but dont do a show about politics. And I was like, yeah, lets see. And we found out that, yes, it can be quite entertaining for a very large number of people. So when you moved the show to ABC, did they give you that same pushback even though youd been on the air for …

May 21, 2017
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A Fappening Victim Speaks Out: Teresa Palmer on the Celebrity Nude Photo Hack

… and security questions) executed against Apples iCloud online storage system. In laymans terms, because Apples iCloud service didnt require two-step password authentication, hackers could take an unlimited number of stabs at celebs passwords and security questions. The unprecedented leak, dubbed The Fappening, raised questions about the gaping holes in Apples iCloud security, the invasion of celebrities privacy, and the misogyny prevalent in online culturesince nearly all the victims in this …

May 21, 2017
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