Society

Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to the world

© AFP/File | A California man who posted thousands of sexually explicit photos of men and women on a "revenge porn" website was jailed for 18 years in what was described as the first case of its kind in US criminal history
 
 
 
21 May 2015
 With jobs scarce and time on their hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money - hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international calls for a fee. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hacking has been...
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Norway declared the best place for mums

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in Bordeaux April 28, 2010.
 
21 May 2015
Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States, which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday. Somalia is the worst place, just below the...
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Dolphin-hunting Japanese town may start farming them on the side

21 May 2015
A Japanese town notorious for killing dolphins may set up a dolphin breeding farm after zoos and aquariums decided to stop buying their animals caught in the wild, but it has no plans to halt the controversial hunt, its mayor said on...
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Need a ride in busy Beijing? Dial-a-chopper takes off

Customers exit a helicopter during a trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star and China's biggest taxi hailing platform, in Beijing, China, May 15, 2015. 
 
19 May 2015
A trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star Co Ltd and China's biggest taxi hailing platform proved a hit at the weekend in the congested capital of Beijing, the operator said...
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Tweeter-in-chief Obama gets own account

Barack Obama
19 May 2015
"Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." With that inaugural Tweet sent from a smart phone in the Oval Office before jumping on Marine One Monday, the President of...
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British public asked what creative person should be on next 20 pound note

A gallery assistant holds a 2-pound coin with the new portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth following it's unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in London March 2, 2015.
19 May 2015
The British public will for the first time be able to help decide which historic figure - in this case a creative one - appears on the next version of the country's 20 pound note, the Bank of England said on Tuesday. The BoE regularly...
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Photo essay: A look from the niqab, worn by some Muslim women

18 May 2015
Across the Middle East and elsewhere, some conservative Muslim women only look out at the world around them from behind the niqab.   For most, the niqab is a choice. They do so out of their own interpretation of the Quran and the...
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Regulator: Online dating scams top Australian financial fraud

© AFP/File | A California man who posted thousands of sexually explicit photos of men and women on a "revenge porn" website was jailed for 18 years in what was described as the first case of its kind in US criminal history
 
 
 
18 May 2015
Australians were tricked out of Aus$82 million (US$66 million) last year, with online dating scams accounting for the biggest losses, the competition regulator revealed on Monday.   More than 91,000 scam complaints were received in...
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Need a ride in busy Beijing? Dial-a-chopper takes off

Customers fly from Beijing city area to Yanxi Lake during a trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star and China's biggest taxi hailing platform, in Beijing, China, May 15, 2015.
 
18 May 2015
A trial helicopter hailing service jointly launched by Chinese general aviation operator Reignwood Star Co Ltd and China's biggest taxi hailing platform proved a hit at the weekend in the congested capital of Beijing, the operator said...
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Great White Shark Cruising East Coast Becomes Twitter Star

 In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Captain Brett McBride streams seawater over the gills of a nearly 15-foot, 2,292-pound great white shark on the research vessel Ocearch in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Chatham, Mass. A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an unorthodox way. The Ocearch team baits the fish and leads them onto a lift, tagging and taking blood, tissue and semen samples up close from the worldís most feared predator. The real-time satellite tag tracks the shark each time its dorsal fin breaks the surface, plotting its location on a map. (AP Photo/Stephan Sa)
18 May 2015
They're gonna need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they've been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. (at)MaryLeeShark...
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