The UK government wants to come down harder on serious cybercriminals.
In the Queen’s Speech, her address to Parliament that lays out government agenda, Queen Elizabeth II outlined the administration’s plan for a serious computer crime bill, The Telegraph reports
It would mete out life sentences for "cyberattacks which result in loss of life, serious illness or injury or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof."United Kingdom, Cybercrime, Us World, and World
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago.
In 2009, Greece blocked Google Street View from acquiring new images within the country until the company provided more guarantees on privacy
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After "extensive and detailed" negotiations with the country's Data Protection Authority, which last year lifted objections made to the project years ago, Google officials said the service went live Thursday.
Google's Director in Greece Stefanos Loukakos presents to the media the Street View in Athens on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago.
Image: Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press Read more...More about Google, Google Street View, Greece, Business, and Apps Software
Anyone who grew up on Disney movies (or raised a kid on them) knows the tropes. True love's kiss, saved by a prince, happily ever after — blah, blah, blah.
Now you can enjoy a whole new world of entertainment. By taking out the dialogue and adding punchier captions to classics like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, the self-explanatory subreddit r/disneyoutofcontext has given new life to your favorite old Disney movies.Lists, Disney, Humor, Film, and Gifs
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is consulting with two of his most important European allies — Britain and France — as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power.
Obama plans to meet Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels, then hop a short flight to Paris for dinner with French President Francois Hollande. He was seated in between the two as world leaders gathered first at an EU conference center for the Group of 7 summit.
Topping the agenda was what to do about Russia and its actions in Ukraine. Read more...More about Barack Obama, Us World, Politics, Us, and World
The Nigerian militant group that is terrorizing the country’s north just pulled off one of its bloodiest attacks yet.
Islamic militants aligned with Boko Haram slaughtered hundreds of civilians in northern Nigeria on Monday, witnesses and government officials say, in a string of attacks that targeted at least four villages
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“We believed they came on a revenge mission,” one resident, Bulus Yashi, tells CNN. “It was a reprisal attack over the casualties Boko Haram suffered in the village in two previous attacks.”
“We are still trying to compile a toll of the dead as people on the ground are still counting the number of casualties,” Nigerian lawmaker Peter Biye said. Witnesses say at least 200 lost their lives, and its taken days to get the word out of the region as roads are dangerous and the militants have destroyed telecommunications towers in the region. Read more...More about Us World, World, and Nigeria
Since the beginning of time, musicians have borrowed, paid homage or found inspiration from other compositions
It seems like each musical period picks up bits and pieces from songs and genres of the past, and why not? Shouldn't creative pieces of art such as music inspire us to create new things on our own? That's an argument that fades quickly when there's money at stake.
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Ethics and wallets aside, music blends different cultures and people. It's an ever-evolving timepiece — a noisy, dancing stamp in our history books.
Just take a look at these 10 songs (for better or worse) that would have never been heard without a little bit of borrowing. Read more...More about Music, Copyright, Lists, Copycat, and Watercooler
You’ve probably read before about the key phrases that greatest leaders say every day.
But great leaders are also wise when it comes to the opposite strategy: Sometimes, the smartest thing to say is nothing at all.
I’m not referring here simply to the advice your mother might have given you about keeping your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say. Instead, think of the big moments when people come close to achieving goals, accomplishing great things, or even just developing good relationships and encouraging people to like them more. Sometimes, a simple slip of the tongue can set them back and destroy all they’ve worked for. Read more...More about Speech, Leadership, Negotiation, Business, and Jobs
KIEV, Ukraine — Andriy picks me up in a taxi on the corner of Kiev's Maidan square, the site of the protests that overthrew former president Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year. Dressed in a dark suit, he peppers his speech with corporate lingo as he explains what we are about to see.
After driving for about 30 minutes, we pull up on a quiet side street overflowing with shrubbery. We get out and walk along a path to a large house, and a young girl in her early twenties with dreadlocked hair pulled back in a mottled Samurai knot opens the door and invites us in
Donald Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the Associated Press reports, confirming last Friday's reports that he will relinquish the team peacefully
According to his attorney, Maxwell Blecher, Sterling said he "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences."
Sterling will sell the team to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. He had bought the Clippers in 1981 for about $12 million
Sterling was banned from the NBA by the league's Commissioner Adam Silver after an audio recording of him making racist comments to a woman named V. Stiviano surfaced in April. He was also fined $2.5 million and forced to sell the Clippers under NBA bylaws Read more...More about Us World, Us, Sports, and Donald Sterling
How much text have you typed into various devices last week? If we're talking thousands of line — and it's likely we are — you could be causing yourself permanent hand injury
Now, Elliott Morgan uses this research to explain why he takes so long to text back. No, really, that's the reason
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This weekend, Twitter bot @everyword is set to transmit its final tweet — the supposedly last word in the English language. It is an event seven long years in the making.
Built by New York University professor Adam Parrish, the bot has tweeted a dictionary word every 30 minutes since Nov. 30, 2007. Having reached the Zs on June 1, the account is breezing through the 26th letter at an alarming rate, causing an explosion of tongue-in cheek horror among the accounts 95,000 followers.
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When @everyword finishes tweeting every word, that will mark the beginning of the apocalypse, the end of the world as we know it.Twitter, Social Media, Dictionary, Conversations, and Watercooler
I was at a friend's house when the phone rang. It was mom. She got a Nintendo. I rushed back to find Super Mario Bros. on the living room TV
Video games had arrived in our home.
A few years later, we got a PC — the IBM PS/2 I hacked to pieces in a bid to get more complex games running on its aging Intel 286 processor. Amid an explosion of diverse PC titles, Nintendo's blockbuster franchises and a little thing called the Internet, I was awash in entertainment like no generation before.
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The art of world building enthralled me, and with every software generation, the worlds got richer and more beautiful. Games were the biggest media influence on my creative life, and my pursuit of them taught me many technical skills I use today. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Features, Opinion, and Video Games
Ever since there were shops, people have enjoyed window shopping. But a new phenomenon is emerging that takes the habit to the extreme.
If you save things to your Amazon wishlist without ever actually buying them, browse gadgets, clothes and offers online as a pastime or fill your shopping cart without going through with the payment, you may be a fauxsumer.
This “false consumerism”, particularly prevalent among millenials, is the process of discovering products online without purchasing anything. Shopping without having the goal of actually buying.
The rise of fauxsumerism was revealed in a recent study of 1,300 14-to-34-year olds in the US. These millenials, born between 1980 and 2000 are browsers rather than buyers. The report found they create wishlists, both to engage with brands and for fun, with no intention of actually buying. Sometimes they don’t have the money to make the purchase but save the item anyway. There is even the suggestion that these fauxsumers get the same kick out of saving an item as they would if they had bought it. Read more...More about Amazon, Tumblr, Consumer, Millennials, and Pinterest
From eggs and bacon to pancakes and waffles, none of these morning staples stand up against the all-American champion breakfast food: sweet, crunchy cereal
Fruity, puffy, crispy, flakey — we'll eat the simple snack all with reckless abandon
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We dove into the giant bowl of cereal history to pull up 15 bit-sized facts about this crunchy breakfast staple
Image: Flickr, avrene1. Corn Flakes were invented to discourage masturbation.
In 1894, Michigan-based physician Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented the classic cereal while developing a dietary plan for his patients at the Black Creek Sanitarium. Kellogg believed spicy foods increased sexual desire, and prescribed his patients a diet of bland foods to curb it Read more...More about Pics, Lists, Facts, Watercooler, and Cereal