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21/09/2018 03:52:35  

Infosec bod claims he glimpsed sensitive personal info left on unwiped servers

Servers that once belonged to defunct Canadian gadget retailer NCIX turned up on the second-hand market without being wiped – and their customer data sold overseas – it is claimed.…

21/09/2018 03:52:28  

Former head of Australian Medical Association is advising supporters to preference Dave Sharma ahead of Tim Murray

The independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps has backflipped and is now urging supporters to preference the Liberal party ahead of Labor as the battle heats up in Malcolm Turnbull’s former seat of Wentworth.

Phelps, the former head of the Australian Medical Association, said on Friday she would issue how-to-vote cards advising supporters to preference the Liberal candidate Dave Sharma ahead of Labor’s Tim Murray.

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21/09/2018 03:52:27  

After a ‘win for whales’ at the IWC, government is urged to do more but refuses to send ship to monitor Japan’s actions

The environment minister, Melissa Price, has not ruled out taking legal action to challenge Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling hunts.

An international law expert says prospects for a legal case against Japan’s whaling program, which is carried out under an International Whaling Commission clause that allows for scientific whaling, have strengthened after the recent IWC meeting in Brazil, and would get even stronger if Japan followed through on its threat to leave the commission.

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21/09/2018 03:51:40  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sheera Frankel and Mike Isaac [write from The New York Times]: "Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook's campus, an approximately 25-foot by 35-foot conference room is under construction. Thick cords of blue wiring hang from the ceiling, ready to be attached to window-size computer monitors on 16 desks. On one wall, a half dozen televisions will be tuned to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other major cable networks. A small paper sign with orange lettering taped to the glass door describes what's being built: "War Room." Set to open next week, the conference room is in keeping with Facebook's nick-of-time approach to midterm election preparedness. (It introduced a "pilot program" for candidate account security on Monday.) It's a big project. Samidh Chakrabarti, who oversees elections and civic engagement, told the Times: "We see this as probably the biggest companywide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones." Of course, the effort extends beyond the new conference room. Chakrabarti showed the Times a new internal tool "that helps track information flowing across the social network in real time," helping to identify misinformation as it goes viral or a surge in the creation of new (and likely fake) accounts.

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21/09/2018 03:48:20  

Offensive remarks have triggered an online campaign against leading Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
21/09/2018 03:48:19  

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week.
21/09/2018 03:48:18  

What happens when your relationship is affected by Britain leaving the EU?
21/09/2018 03:48:17  

Shots rang out as a family met to celebrate the life of a loved one who had recently died, reports say.
21/09/2018 03:48:00  

The airline's new luggage charges may amount to unfair commercial practice, says competition watchdog.
21/09/2018 02:52:35  

Don't click on the link, people – well, people using the database on a vulnerable installation

The Zero Day Initiative has gone public with an unpatched remote-code execution bug in Microsoft's Jet database engine, after giving Redmond 120 days to fix it. The Windows giant did not address the security blunder in time, so now everyone knows about the flaw, and no official patch is available.…

21/09/2018 02:52:33  

Mediocre malware operator 'fesses up to DC infection

A Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital.…

21/09/2018 02:51:39  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Tesla Model 3 with a five-star safety rating -- the highest possible score. This means that every car Tesla has built has earned a five-star rating. Jalopnik reports: The NHTSA tests cover three primary categories: Frontal Crash, Side Crash, and Rollover, and the Model 3 received the highest ratings in all categories. For some categories, it's easy to understand why Teslas do so well. Rollover resistance, for example, makes sense for cars that carry most of their weight at the very bottom, in the batteries sandwiched in the Tesla's chassis design. Other reasons for the remarkable crash safety may be that, without the need for a heavy chunk of metal as a drivetrain, effective and large crumple zones can be designed in, front and rear. The NHTSA has released videos of their frontal collision test, side pole collision test, and side collision test, for those who like watching these sort of things.

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21/09/2018 02:51:39  

After becoming the third most popular free app on China's App Store, Twitch is now no longer accessible and the Twitch app has been removed from the country's App Store. Engadget reports: While Twitch was available in China previously, it never gained much traction since its service is much slower than it is elsewhere. But when the country's CCTV state broadcaster chose not to air the Asian Games, those wanting to watch the event's eSports competitions sought coverage from other outlets. Now, with Twitch seemingly blocked in the country, it follows in the footsteps of other banned sites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Abacus first reported the news.

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21/09/2018 02:48:20  

Beijing is being penalised for buying Russian combat jets and surface-to-air missiles.
21/09/2018 02:48:13  

Countdown's wordsmith Susie Dent reveals the origins of English phrases about rainy days.
21/09/2018 02:48:13  

The "Croydon cat killer" may not exist but there are steps you can take to keep pets out of trouble.
21/09/2018 02:48:12  

Leader Gerard Batten unveils the party's new manifesto, which urges a "clean exit" from the EU.
21/09/2018 02:48:11  

Chris Grayling warns that the EU must soften its position on its 'backstop' for the Irish border.
21/09/2018 01:58:13  

Apple recently updated its iTunes privacy policy page, making mention of a "trust score" it gives iPhone users on how they make calls or send emails. The INQUIRER reports: "To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase," Apple explained. "The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers." In practical terms, the Cupertino crew will only look at Apple account usage patterns and hoover up metadata rather than more personal, and potentially damning information. [T]he data collection and trust score assigning should help Apple better spot and dodgy activity going on in Apple accounts that aren't in keeping with those of the legitimate users. [I]t's not entirely clear how Apple will use the metadata to actually spot fraud, as it hasn't explained its workings.

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21/09/2018 01:51:28  
21/09/2018 01:50:56  

It has the biggest proportion of babies born through assisted reproductive technology in the world.
21/09/2018 01:50:55  

Confronting the stigma and isolation people with dementia face in some communities around the world.
21/09/2018 01:50:50  

The footage appears to show a man deliberately running down emus with his car.
21/09/2018 01:50:39  

When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion during childbirth, it could have killed her.
21/09/2018 01:50:38  

Even Russians are mocking their own spies over the TV interview with two "architecture enthusiasts".