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19/02/2020 22:54:23  

IRS wants Zuckerberg's empire to cough up $9bn in back taxes

Facebook has told a court the reason it valued itself at just $6.5bn back in 2010 is not because it was seeking to avoid paying billions in extra tax, but because people had started using their mobile phones more. At the time, the antisocial goliath was reliant on ads on its desktop site.…

19/02/2020 22:54:02  

Bridge theatre, London
Roger Allam plays a father with multiple versions of the same son in a drama that feels like an early noughties Black Mirror

Caryl Churchill wrote A Number in 2002, when debates around human cloning were at fever pitch. The frontiers of that “scary” science brought with it a barrage of ethical dilemmas around genetic replication.

Almost two decades later, cloning is not the issue it was and this play, featuring a father and three cloned sons, does not have the present-day urgency of Far Away, a climate dystopia that Churchill wrote two years before this one, whose latest revival opened last week. But although A Number appears more dated, its underlying questions remain issues of our day, and when applied to debates around technology and artificial intelligence, it begins to feel as contemporary as Black Mirror.

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19/02/2020 22:53:58  

Hans Hateboer scored twice as Atalanta beat Valencia 4-1 in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16, putting the Italian team on the verge of extending their first season in the competition.

Related: Spurs fall to Leipzig's Timo Werner but are grateful for Hugo Lloris heroics

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19/02/2020 22:53:58  

Some good news at last for beleaguered Manchester City – Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League has been cut to 22 points.

Otherwise this was the sort of evening you expect when a game has been rearranged in the middle of a rest period with matters a little more pressing than the destination of this season’s title on the home side’s minds. City performed well enough to win without pulling up any trees.

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19/02/2020 22:53:57  

England coach has Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade back among his options after a less-than-glorious start to the Six Nations

In contrast to Ireland, with their unchanged team and more relaxed managerial regime, things are less serene in the England camp. Some half-decent weather and a good win this weekend could swiftly change all that but with Eddie Jones going through one of his periodic stand‑offs with the media and yet more rain pouring down it would be inaccurate to describe Bagshot as fun central.

In the great scheme of things that should not matter but, at a time when the Rugby Football Union could use some sweetness and light to distract from the Championship-funding saga, there is little of it sloshing . Courtesy costs nothing and, following his trash-talking before the France and Scotland games, Jones’s curt attitude towards broadcasters posing even straightforward questions is not a great look.

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19/02/2020 22:53:56  

The good news for Tottenham is that the damage could have been more severe. Somehow José Mourinho’s side still have hope of reaching the last eight of the Champions League, even though RB Leipzig seemed to be playing a different sport for much of an uneven contest, and their history of escape acts in this competition means turning this tie around will not be beyond them when they travel to Germany on 10 March.

Yet while Spurs recovered from this position in their semi-final against Ajax last season, they are up against it. Whereas Son Heung-min’s fractured arm has left Mourinho without any forwards, Leipzig have Timo Werner. An attacker coveted by Chelsea and Liverpool settled this first leg with a cool penalty, ensuring they emerged with a deserved 1-0 victory. Julian Nagelsmann’s side were superior throughout.

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19/02/2020 22:53:20  

Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is looking for an editor for Mercury magazine
19/02/2020 22:53:18  

Moon Village Association (MVA) and Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for space promoting
19/02/2020 22:53:16  

Nanoracks Completes 17th Commercial ISS CubeSat Deployment Mission
19/02/2020 22:53:14  

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast 19 February 2020
19/02/2020 22:53:13  

2019 Robert J. Collier Trophy Nominees Announced
19/02/2020 22:53:11  

Ball Aerospace-built Geostationary Air Quality Instrument Launches Successfully
19/02/2020 22:53:09  

USSF signs vision for single, integrated Satellite Communications enterprise
19/02/2020 22:53:08  

Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who created the terms "cut," "copy," and "paste," has passed away at the age of 74. Gizmodo reports: Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer science at Stanford University, and after graduation he dabbled in artificial intelligence research (long before it became a deeply concerning tool) and became involved in the anti-war and anti-corporate monopoly movements, with companies like IBM as one of his deserving targets. In 1973 Tesler took a job at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he worked until 1980. Xerox PARC is famously known for developing the mouse-driven graphical user interface we now all take for granted, and during his time at the lab Tesler worked with Tim Mott to create a word processor called Gypsy that is best known for coining the terms "cut," "copy," and "paste" when it comes to commands for removing, duplicating, or repositioning chunks of text. Xerox PARC is also well known for not capitalizing on the groundbreaking research it did in terms of personal computing, so in 1980 Tesler transitioned to Apple Computer where he worked until 1997. Over the years he held countless positions at the company including Vice President of AppleNet (Apple's in-house local area networking system that was eventually canceled), and even served as Apple's Chief Scientist, a position that at one time was held by Steve Wozniak, before eventually leaving the company. In addition to his contributions to some of Apple's most famous hardware, Tesler was also known for his efforts to make software and user interfaces more accessible. In addition to the now ubiquitous "cut," "copy," and "paste" terminologies, Tesler was also an advocate for an approach to UI design known as modeless computing, which is reflected in his personal website. In essence, it ensures that user actions remain consistent throughout an operating system's various functions and apps. When they've opened a word processor, for instance, users now just automatically assume that hitting any of the alphanumeric keys on their keyboard will result in that character showing up on-screen at the cursor's insertion point. But there was a time when word processors could be switched between multiple modes where typing on the keyboard would either add characters to a document or alternately allow functional commands to be entered.

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19/02/2020 22:53:07  

A security researcher has pointed out that Microsoft has a problem in managing its thousands of subdomains, many of which can be hijacked and used for attacks against users, its employees, or for showing spammy content. From a report: The issue has been brought up this week by Michel Gaschet, a security researcher and a developer for NIC.gp. In an interview with ZDNet, Gaschet said that during the past three years, he's been reporting subdomains with misconfigured DNS records to Microsoft, but the company has either ignored those reports or silently secured some subdomains, but not all. Gaschet says he reported 21 msn.com subdomains that were vulnerable to hijacks to Microsoft in 2017, and then another 142 misconfigured microsoft.com subdomains in 2019. Further, the researcher also privately shared with ZDNet another list of 117 microsoft.com subdomains that he also reported to Microsoft last year.

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19/02/2020 22:50:07  

The billionaire's past remarks on race and gender and even his personal health have been under fire.
19/02/2020 22:49:48  

Lawmakers in Washington state say they want to avoid a trans-Atlantic tariff war.
19/02/2020 21:54:07  

America wanted a cover-up of Kremlin ties to DNC intrusion, court told

Julian Assange was offered a pardon by the White House only if he publicly said Russia did not hack the Democratic National Committee, according to the WikiLeaks supremo's lawyer.…

19/02/2020 21:53:44  

Travel options have been narrowed by a growing list of countries denying entry to passengers from the ship

The cheers of celebration have faded. The waving of roses has ceased. Having finally reached a friendly port willing to accept them after nearly two weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers stranded in Cambodia by the new coronavirus outbreak are now simply trying to find a way home.

“It’s a weird feeling to travel and go on a trip and you don’t know when you can come home,” said US citizen Lydia Miller, 55, who is camped out at a hotel in Phnom Penh, waiting to hear how she and her husband might be able to return home.

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19/02/2020 21:53:40  

In February 1904 the explorer’s ship was stuck on a shoal being battered by heavy seas and a howling gale

It is February 1904 and Robert Falcon Scott’s ship is on a shoal off the coast of Antarctica. “We were in the worst possible position, dead to windward of the bank, with wind, sea and current all tending to set us faster ashore,” he writes in The Voyage of the Discovery (1905).

“The hours that followed were truly the most dreadful I have ever spent. Each moment the ship came down with a sickening thud which shook her from stem to stern, and each thud seemed to show more plainly that, strong as was her build, she could not long survive such awful blows.”

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19/02/2020 21:53:39  

‘My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth-grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena,’ Klobuchar said at an event in Nevada

On Tuesday, Amy Klobuchar opened the Culinary Union forum in Nevada with a very interesting introduction.

“My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth-grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena,” she said to the room. Presumably she was trying to appeal to the large number of Latinx people present – the Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization, and about 54% of its members identify as Latinx.

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19/02/2020 21:53:38  

I rented a car through the Gig app. But when I lost cellphone service, I found myself stuck by a remote highway

On Saturday morning, I used an app on my phone to unlock a vehicle from Gig, a car sharing startup, and set off for a Valentine’s Day weekend trip to northern California with my partner.

By late Sunday afternoon, we were sitting on the side of a remote highway, a software issue on our smart car rendering it unusable. It was getting dark, we had no way of getting home, and I was contemplating the limits of the sharing economy and the ultimate costs of convenience.

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19/02/2020 21:53:38  

The city council released plans to build an ‘erotic centre’ to prevent rowdy tourists

Amsterdam is considering moving part of its red light district indoors to an “erotic” complex where prostitutes no longer beckon customers through street-front windows that often attract rowdy tourists.

In plans released on Wednesday, the Dutch city said the complex could include a bed and breakfast for prostitutes as well as a sex club, sex theatre and cafes.

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19/02/2020 21:53:02  

An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched the first Android 11 developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes a preview SDK for developers with system images for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the official Android Emulator. While it's the fifth year running that Google has released the first developer preview of the next Android version in Q1, this is the earliest developer preview yet. Android N (later named Android Nougat), Android O (Android Oreo), Android P (Android Pie), and Android Q (Android 10) were all first shown off in the month of March. Last year, Google used the Android Beta Program, which lets you get early Android builds via over-the-air updates on select devices. This year, however, Google is not making the first preview available as a beta (you'll need to manually flash your device). In other words, Android 11 is not ready for early adopters to try, just developers.

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19/02/2020 21:49:58  

The BBC asked people in Wanstead and Basildon for their opinions on the policy.