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15/12/2018 01:10:12  

The social media giant’s troubles have led to lawsuits, House of Commons hearings and several apologies for ‘mistakes’

Facebook disclosed on Friday that a bug may have affected up to 6.8 million users, allowing app developers to see photos that users had uploaded but never posted – but this was hardly the first mea culpa the social media giant has had to send out regarding data and security as of late.

Related: Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

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15/12/2018 01:10:11  

Concentration of noisy events over festive period poses particular risk, says charity

Wham!’s Last Christmas and other festive hits blasting through speakers could damage your hearing, according to a charity which is urging people to wear earplugs at festive events.

Action on Hearing Loss says people should take steps to minimise the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss when flocking to pubs, bars or concerts, warning that the concentration of events during the Christmas party season poses a particular risk.

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15/12/2018 01:09:24  

According to CNBC, T-Mobile and Sprint are expecting their merger to be approved by a U.S. national security panel as early as next week, after their respective parent companies said they would consider dropping Huawei. From the report: U.S. government officials have been pressuring T-Mobile's German majority owner, Deutsche Telekom, to stop using Huawei equipment, the sources said, over concerns that Huawei is effectively controlled by the Chinese state and its network equipment may contain "back doors" that could enable cyber espionage, something which Huawei denies. That pressure is part of the national security review of T-Mobile's $26 billion deal to buy U.S. rival Sprint, the sources said. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has been conducting a national security review of the Sprint deal, which was announced in April. Negotiations between the two companies and the U.S. government have not been finalized and any deal could still fall through, the sources cautioned. Sprint's parent, SoftBank Group, plans to replace 4G network equipment from Huawei with hardware from Nokia and Ericsson, Nikkei reported on Thursday, without citing sources.

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15/12/2018 01:09:22  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The biggest and perhaps best source of data about what people like to watch on the internet and what they would pay for doesn't come from streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu. It comes from porn. While consuming porn is typically a private and personal affair, porn sites still track your every move: What content you choose, which moments you pause, which parts you repeat. By mining this data to a deeper degree than other streaming services, many porn sites are able to give internet users exactly what they want -- and they want a lot of it. [...] MindGeek is the world's biggest porn company -- more specifically, it's a holding company that owns numerous adult entertainment sites and production companies, including the Pornhub Network. Like other streaming giants, MindGeek's sites analyze user data, but the company has an edge when it comes to producing tailor-made content in-house. With at least 125 million daily visits, MindGeek has a massive range of users to draw data from and create content for. The average user can watch as much porn as they'd like without so much as making an account, let alone paying, but in exchange for meeting desires that can't always be met elsewhere, companies like MindGeek access user data because the user more willingly lets them. And it eventually pays off, when users decide to pay for premium content and the habits of paying subscribers become even clearer. What's more, Pornhub, in particular, operates one of the most sophisticated digital data analysis operations that caters primarily to users and not advertisers. Pornhub Insights provides transparency into its data collection -- on the most intimate of subjects -- by making research and analysis from billions of data points about viewership patterns, often tied to events from politics to pop culture, available to the public. It offers more than many other tech giants do.

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15/12/2018 01:05:59  
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15/12/2018 01:04:57  

Cool Tools Show 153: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
15/12/2018 01:04:53  

DR Congo is using e-voting for the first time, but is it a secure system?
15/12/2018 01:04:52  

North Korea is trying to develop civilian technologies but can it become an innovation powerhouse?
15/12/2018 01:04:50  

Russia's government wants people to have a laugh - as long as it's at its opponents' expense, and not Mr Putin's.
15/12/2018 01:04:48  

The army earlier accused the UN children's agency of spying for Islamists in north-eastern Nigeria.
15/12/2018 01:04:39  

Saturday's front pages feature Brexit and the EU's plan to charge Brits travelling to Europe.
15/12/2018 01:04:36  

The 33-year-old was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by counter-terror police.
15/12/2018 00:06:43  

Utter asshats pull seven-figure heist on Save the Children Foundation

A group of criminal asswipes have managed to steal $1m from the Save the Children Foundation.…

15/12/2018 00:06:16  

In the latest of our exclusive series, the Sydney-turned-New York cook updates a family favourite with big-hearted flavour

Green beans were regulars on our childhood dining table. To me, they symbolise my mother’s commitment to preparing food exactly right. She never cut corners when it came to cooking – one of my indelible memories was her perched at the kitchen bench with two huge colanders and several smaller bowls around her, as she topped, tailed and sorted her beans. It was one of her rituals.

My mother cooked beans to perfection – vibrantly green, with wok-infused smokiness and an unmistakable crunch that signified that her beans were cooked, exactly right. She served her beans stir-fried, usually with a crushed side of garlic which she discarded before eating, and often with a robust, umami-rich flavour like black bean sauce. Beans really were a staple vegetable on our table – inoffensive, dependable and adaptable to the other dishes served.

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15/12/2018 00:06:14  

Governor proposes destroying dams, repairing habitats and limiting whale-watching in bid to save struggling creatures

Five months after twin tragedies cast a spotlight on the state’s ailing orcas, Washington plans to spend more than $1bn to stave off extinction.

If enacted, a proposal from the governor, Jay Inslee, would knock down two dams, repair habitat and place a three-year ban on orca watching. Crucially, Inslee hopes to shore up salmon runs that feed the orca while cleaning and quieting the waters in which they live.

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15/12/2018 00:06:10  

Palace host Leicester on Saturday but are missing Wilfried Zaha, without whom they have not won since September 2016

Roy Hodgson was discussing defeat, a numbed sense of disappointment Crystal Palace have had to endure too often this season, when the conversation veered unexpectedly into even gorier territory. “You will never get away from the classic American expression that the winner bathes in the loser’s blood,” he said. “That’s where we are. We’ve lost, so it’s our blood out there at the moment and the winners are bathing in it. I just hope we’ll be doing a bit of bathing in blood ourselves in future.”

Related: Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview

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15/12/2018 00:06:09  

• Manager wants to build foundation for lasting success
• ‘If I’m not as smart as Einstein should I not even try?’

Jürgen Klopp has said silverware is not the only measure of success but Liverpool’s progression as a club should provide the basis for sustained achievement at Anfield.

The Liverpool manager accepted José Mourinho’s latest reminder that “trophies matter” before Manchester United’s visit to Anfield, with his Old Trafford rival making reference to the absence of silverware from Klopp’s tenure in the buildup to Sunday’s fixture. Klopp, however, insists his reign should not be judged on trophies alone but on the clear development of the squad and club since his arrival in October 2015. He claimed life would be “shit” if not finishing first was considered worthless.

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15/12/2018 00:06:07  

Susie Goodall, the only woman in the Golden Globe Race, is unfazed despite being rescued in the Southern Ocean

A British yachtswoman, who was rescued after her boat capsized during a solo, round-the-world race, has said she would do it again “in a heartbeat”.

Susie Goodall’s comments were made after arriving on dry land in Chile, in the southern city of Punta Arenas on Friday, where she was met by her mother and brother.

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15/12/2018 00:05:27  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Apple said it would update the software of iPhones in China (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) to try to resolve a legal dispute that threatens to stop the company from selling older iPhones in the country. Apple and its longtime chip supplier, Qualcomm, have been fighting in court over Apple's use of Qualcomm's technology. On Nov. 30, a Chinese court ruled Apple must immediately stop selling seven older iPhone models in China because it infringed on two Qualcomm patents. But Apple has not stopped selling those iPhones there. The company has argued the phones are not subject to the ruling because they are running new software that was not discussed at trial. On Friday, Apple said in a statement that it would update its iPhones in China early next week "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order." Apple said its update would change the iPhones' software so it did not infringe on Qualcomm patents, which relate to switching between apps and changing the size and appearance of photographs.

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15/12/2018 00:02:46  
14/12/2018 23:06:18  

Severe weather warnings as storm downgraded after it hit land on the western Cape York

Tropical Cyclone Owen has weakened to a category 2 system after crossing the Queensland coast south of remote Kowanyama on the western Cape York.

The storm hit land as a category 3 cyclone early on Saturday, with winds of 120km/h near the centre and wind gusts up to 165km/h, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

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14/12/2018 23:06:16  

Outgoing governor stripped power from the incoming governor and attorney general as well as limiting early voting

Scott Walker, the outgoing Wisconsin governor, has signed a raft of legislation passed by the Republican state legislature that restricts the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general as well as limits early voting in the state.

Related: Courts likely to strike down Republican lame-duck power grabs, experts say

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14/12/2018 23:05:55  

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter
• Chiefs run in four tries to secure bonus point

A week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeared to have scuppered their European hopes. This time it was the Cherry and Whites who experienced a similar sinking feeling as Chiefs finally secured a relieving victory to throw Pool Two wide open.

Related: Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster, Kruis back at Saracens

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14/12/2018 23:05:54  

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis Hamilton

A hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the country’s leading athletes – along with 12,000 paying spectators – gather at the Genting Arena in Birmingham for the 65th running of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Yet, in a break from recent tradition, a woman has a genuine shot at the main prize.

Not since 2006, when Zara Phillips was rewarded for winning the equestrian world title, has the award gone to a woman – and since then the only women to make even the podium are the athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jo Pavey, and the swimmer Rebecca Adlington. Yet the bookmakers rate Dina Asher-Smith as a genuine contender after a dizzying few months, during which she became the first British track and field star to claim a treble of gold medals at a major championships.

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