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18/07/2019 23:19:22  

Record revenue reaches Redmond, the result of a booming as-a-service business

Microsoft on Thursday reported record revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 and for its full fiscal year, predictably pushing its stock higher in after-hours trading.…

18/07/2019 23:18:57  

Scientists call for reform, sugar regulation and transparency around dental research

Scientists are calling for radical reform of dental care, tighter regulation of the sugar industry and greater transparency around conflict of interests in dental research to tackle the high and rising toll of oral disease such as mouth cancers.

In a challenge to the global health community, a series in the Lancet medical journal argues that 3.5 billion people suffering from oral disease have been let down.

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18/07/2019 23:18:56  

City document of 1505 may be first record of a still for making aquavite to drink rather than use in gunpowder

Aberdeen could have been the site of the first whisky still, according to researchers who have uncovered a reference from 1505 mentioning apparatus in the city for making aquavite or “water of life”, as it was known in Middle Scots.

The discovery – locating the still 85 miles north of mediaeval abbey ruins where some believe the spirit was first produced – was made during a digitisation project involving the city’s municipal registers.

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18/07/2019 23:18:55  

Operator Camelot Events says teenager was ‘on dry land’ when he became unwell

A teenage boy has died after collapsing at an assault course, Surrey police have said.

Officers were called to Henfold Lane in the village of Beare Green, near Dorking, at 1pm on Thursday following a report that a 14-year-old boy had collapsed.

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18/07/2019 23:18:51  

  • Welsh side win 2-0 at Rugby Park to seal 3-2 aggregate win
  • Crusaders will face Wolves in second qualifying round

Angelo Alessio endured a nightmare home debut as Kilmarnock manager, as the hosts crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Rugby Park was hosting its first European tie in 18 years, with Kilmarnock looking to build on their 2-1 first-leg lead and secure an intriguing tie against Partizan Belgrade in the second qualifying round.

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18/07/2019 23:18:49  

Adnan Sarwar’s open-minded documentary delved into a sensitive subject that seems, to some, very odd indeed

Out of context, most of the things we do seem mad. I just voluntarily ate a combination of sugar, cocoa solids, milk solids and emulsifiers that made me happy at the time but I knew would make me sad later. Then I went for a run that made me unhappy at the time but I knew would make me happy later, because it would allow me to pretend I had not eaten a combination of sugar, cocoa solids, milk solids and emulsifiers. Then I spent 10 minutes painting my nails with more-or-less toxic chemicals so they would be nicer to look at during my day of typing and give the illusion that I was intending to go out tonight. An alien beamed down without any preparatory lectures on human foibles, biology, psychology or grooming rituals would be foxed.

Adnan Sarwar’s documentary about the whys, wherefores and growing controversy around male circumcision (I had an extended metaphor about pulling back the foreskin of the issue to examine the sensitivities beneath, but decided in my infinite professionalism to set it aside) posed the question of when context should be allowed to make sense of a procedure that seems, on the prepuce of it, very odd indeed.

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18/07/2019 23:18:48  

Couple find that in practice they have less support than when they were foster parents

Special educational needs breaking our budgets, warn councils

Jan Ansell has three disabled daughters whom she adopted with her husband Kevin because, as foster carers, they could not bear the pain of handing back children they had loved and cared for.

They cherish their daughters, but are struggling to cope. As well as dealing with the challenges of adoption, they are at the sharp end of a funding and provision crisis affecting thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send).

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18/07/2019 23:18:47  

Home secretary says he knows ‘what it’s like to be told to back to where I came from’

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, will say in a speech that public figures must moderate their language as part of the fight against extremism, noting that he “knows what it’s like to be told to go back to where I came from”.

His comments appear to be a jibe at Donald Trump, after the US president told four congresswomen of colour, all of whom are US citizens, to “go back home” to other countries.

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18/07/2019 23:18:46  

Sharp rise in pupils requiring special support leads to £100m overspend in England

Anything but inclusive – no place for three sisters

County councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets, with local authorities overspending by more than £100m last year to meet the sharp rise in demand.

Research by the County Councils Network found that some councils had recorded a 90% increase in young people being given care plans requiring special support, with 27 county councils overspending by a total of £123m in 2018-19 at a time when local authority purses are under severe pressure.

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18/07/2019 23:18:45  

4G mobile technology will launch on Jubilee line and will be extended to other lines

London Underground passengers will be able to use their phones in tunnels between stations from early next year, removing one of the last major public places in Britain without phone reception and creating new challenges to commuter etiquette.

Transport for London confirmed to the Guardian that 4G mobile phone technology would go live in tunnels on most of the Jubilee line from March 2020 and on other lines in the coming years.

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18/07/2019 23:18:15  

Dropbox said it accidentally exposed a new desktop app experience to some users for a short period of time. While the issue has since been resolved, many users were caught off guard after being silently "upgraded" to this radically different version of Dropbox. Ars Technica reports: This new version of Dropbox wants to be... a file manager? Instead of the minimal sync app, the Dropbox icon now opens a big, multi-panel, blue and white window showing all your Dropbox files. It kind of looks like Slack, if Slack was a file manager. You can now "star" folders as important so they show up in the left panel (again, like a Slack chat room). The middle panel shows your Dropbox files, and the right panel shows a file preview with options for comments and sharing. You can search for files, sort by name or date, and do all the usual file operations like cut, copy, and paste. It's a file manager. A big part of the appeal of Dropbox is (was?) that it's a dead-simple product: it's a folder, in the cloud! Put your stuff in the folder, and it seamlessly gets backed up and synced to all your other computers. Part of using Dropbox means installing the sync app to your computer, and to keep everything fresh and up to date, Dropbox has the ability to silently update this app from time to time. Using this mechanism to silently install a bigger, more bloated, completely different version of the Dropbox app onto people's computers seems... wrong, especially with no notice whatsoever. Updates are one thing, but many users (your author included) feel like there was a lack of consent here. Here's the statement Dropbox issued earlier today: "We recently announced a new desktop app experience that is now currently available in Early Access. Due to an error, some users were accidentally exposed to the new app for a short period of time. The issue has been resolved, though there might be a short lag for some users to see resolution. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused." Developer Marco Arment responded to the statement, tweeting: "'That immensely unpopular change we forced onto all of you yesterday? We only meant to force it on *some* of you. The rest of you weren't supposed to get it forced upon you until later.' Doesn't really fix the problem, does it?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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18/07/2019 23:15:17  

On St Simons Island, Georgia in the US, people rushed to push the pod back to sea.
18/07/2019 23:15:05  

A vote by MPs aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit dominates the front pages of many newspapers.
18/07/2019 23:15:05  

From the environment to LGBT rights, the BBC's Nick Eardley explains where Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt stand on these big issues.
18/07/2019 23:15:04  

Fifty years ago, James Burke was one of the presenters leading the BBC's live coverage of the Moon landing.
18/07/2019 23:15:00  

The motor industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint in a number of innovative ways.
18/07/2019 23:15:00  

BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the week's best technology news stories.
18/07/2019 23:14:54  

From a Balkan breakfast to knitting - traders are diversifying to try to buck the trend of falling sales in the high street.
18/07/2019 23:14:53  

A plan to ban section 21 notices - sometimes called revenge evictions - will backfire, say landlords.
18/07/2019 22:19:26  

Martha Blackburn's bill is everything wrong with 2019 in 13 pages

Comment A bi-partisan law bill that promises to give internet users far greater control over their privacy made another appearance in US Congress on Thursday.…

18/07/2019 22:19:23  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat representative, has weighed in on Donald Trump's rally in North Carolina, at which the crowd chanted 'send her back' after he mentioned Ilhan Omar. Speaking at Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez said: 'It is about creating a volatile environment in this country through violent rhetoric that puts anyone, like Ilhan, anyone who believes in the rights of all people, in danger'

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18/07/2019 22:19:02  

President has raised $3.2m in California this year, analysis finds – more than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

Residents of California, the self-fashioned “resistance” state that has sued the Trump administration more than 50 times, has donated more money to the Trump 2020 campaign than to most Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.

Donald Trump raised $3.2m in California since the beginning of this year, according to campaign finance data analyzed by CalMatters, a not-for-profit news organization focused on California issues.

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