Honolulu now fines people up to $99 for texting while crossing road

October 26, 2017

Hawaiian city police design punitive fee for when distracted walkers wont stop staring at their smartphones Our smartphone obsession has reached a new low. The Hawaiian city of Honolulu has resorted to fining people up to $99 for staring at the devices, to try and force people to look up from their phones while crossing the road. The new law gives police the power to fine people up to $35…

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The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

October 11, 2017

The long read: In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences or even host their own fake ones The Iran were willing to spend. To show his sincerity and goodwill, the agent put his hand over his heart. Salam habibi, he said. Im from the CIA, and I want you to board a…

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Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss

September 24, 2017

Jamie Dimon claims cryptocurrency is only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in North Korea Bitcoin is a fraud that will ultimately blow up, according to JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, who said the digital currency was only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in places such as North Korea. Speaking at a conference in New York, the boss of Americas biggest…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

September 15, 2017

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global…

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Charlottesville: Trump reverts to blaming both sides including ‘violent alt-left’

August 24, 2017

US president defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Donald Trump has once again defended far-right protesters at the Charlottesville rally, saying they were not all neo-Nazis and white supremacists and laying the blame for the violence equally on what he called the alt-left. The remarks made during a rowdy press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York were Trumps latest…

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US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

August 24, 2017

Privacy advocates call warrant for IP addresses of 1.3 million people who inspected kickoff protest website an unconstitutional fishing expedition The US government is seeking to unmask every person who called an anti-Trump website in what privacy preaches say is an unconstitutional fishing expedition for government nonconformists. The warrant appears to be an escalation of the Department of Justices( DoJ) campaign against anti-Trump works, includes the coarse trial of kickoff…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

August 24, 2017

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would…

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

August 15, 2017

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within…

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Google cancels staff meeting after Gamergate-style attack on employees

August 11, 2017

Firing of James Damore, architect behind contentious anti-diversity memoranda, flickers ire from alt-right reminiscent of 2014 Gamergate harassment campaign Google nullified a company-wide fit on Thursday after several of its employees became objectives of a Gamergate-style campaign of provocation by internet trolls feelings by the firing of an designer who had written a contentious memo about diversity. We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we ever…

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More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap

August 9, 2017

Scandal over discrimination at the company deepens as dozens of current and former staff say they earned less than men despite equal qualifications More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination. James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action on behalf…

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