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Top 100 Stories to Know for 18 Feb 2019 - Global

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: an unsatisfied bank programmer discovers the perfect scheme for making an ATM spit out free money. But apparently, this story is true: The South China... Morning Post and China's Daily Economic News report that 43-year-old Qin Qisheng managed to withdraw over 7 million yuan (upwards of $1 million USD) from ATMs operated by his employer, Huaxia Bank -- all by exploiting a crazy loophole. According to the reports, the bank's system didn't properly record withdrawals made around midnight -- effectively spitting out cash without removing the total from a user's account. Normally, that might send up a red flag that a transaction had failed, but Qisheng allegedly inserted scripts into the system...
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Pornstar fined for Tube trainGeorge Mason had sex with his ex-partner and an unknown third man on the Northern Line.
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WATCH: New space discovery hasNewly-discovered repeating waves from deep space have led some experts to question whether aliens are out there.
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The pros and cons of placebo buttons

The Economist - 24 Jan 2019 17:46
SUPPRESSIO VERI, suggestio falsi. Over the course of many years, without making any great fuss about it, the authorities in New York disabled most of the control buttons that once operated... pedestrian-crossing lights in the city. Computerised timers, they had decided, almost always worked better. By 2004, fewer than 750 of 3,250 such buttons remained functional. The city government did not, however, take the disabled buttons away--beckoning countless fingers to futile pressing. Initially, the buttons survived because of the cost of removing them. But it turned out that even inoperative buttons serve a purpose. Pedestrians who press a button are less likely to cross before the green man appears, says Tal Oron-Gilad of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Having studied behaviour at...
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New bank card uses a changeable CVV

Springwise - 22 Jan 2019 19:20
New bank card uses aA new type of bank card features a CVV that changes frequently to prevent fraud. The post New bank card uses a changeable CVV appeared first on Springwise.
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Raspberry Pi Foundation startsThe Raspberry Pi Foundation has started selling products in its first physical store, making it possible for customers to pop in and grab whatever they need without waiting for shipment…assuming... they’re in England, that is. The destination is located in Cambridge, UK, at the Grand Arcade shopping center, where it is open every day of the week. The Raspberry Pi …
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The spam call epidemic isAhead of the FCC's meeting on Wednesday focused on toughening up caller ID rules to make it harder for spam callers to hide their identity, a new report is out that shows the effect such calls are... having on Americans' overall smartphone usage. No surprise, one of the big takeaways is that we're answering our phones less often. The company behind caller ID app Hiya has released its first State of the Phone Call report, which contains some pretty interesting findings. Based on an analysis of 11 billion phone calls, for example Hiya reports that Americans are only answering about 52 percent of all calls to their mobile phones. Dive into that a little deeper, and things get more revealing. Thanks in part to the explosion in robocalls and spam calls, the nearly 50 percent of phone calls that go...
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Tiny robots reduce roadwork disruption

Springwise - 22 Jan 2019 08:10
Tiny robots reduce roadworkThe small size of these construction robots could negate the need for road disruption during pipe repairs. The post Tiny robots reduce roadwork disruption appeared first on Springwise.
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You might already know that AI can put real faces in implausible scenarios, but it's now clear that it can create faces that otherwise wouldn't exist. Developer Phillip Wang has created a website,... ThisPersonDoesNotExist, that uses AI to generate a s...
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Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found.
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NASA sets likely funeral forThe solar-powered rover hasn't called home since being swamped by a massive dust storm months ago.
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The European Union's effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules to take into account online platforms such as Alphabet Inc's Google moved a step forward on Friday when EU countries agreed on a... common position for talks with lawmakers next week.
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NASA lost contact with twoNASA's Mars InSight mission is moving along nicely, with the robotic lander preparing for many months of research that will tell scientists more about the interior of the planet than ever.... Unfortunately, two of the machines that helped NASA track InSight's perfect landing now refuse to answer calls from the space agency, and nobody knows exactly why. The success of the MarCO mini satellites -- named WALL-E and EVE in honor of the futuristic Pixar flick (which isn't as good as A Bug's Life) -- was a long shot for NASA from the start. The tiny CubeSat spacecraft were designed to track InSight's position so that NASA could keep a close eye on its progress as it made its way to the surface. They performed better than anyone could have expected, but we may never hear from them again. Put...
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SpaceX's Starship, Meant forA new, extra-beefy SpaceX rocket is undergoing testing in Texas. Formerly called the BFR, Starship is designed to ferry up to 100 humans to Mars.
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FaceTime bug puts Apple in USIt was really only a matter of time. Given how big the Group FaceTime bug has been, it was inevitable Apple would be slapped with a lawsuit. And since that has already happened, the next step would be... to put the company under the microscope off the US government. That has also just happened with a letter sent by the …
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Chief of Apple Stores IsAngela Ahrendts, hired after leading Burberry to global prominence, was among Apple's highest-paid executives.
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Aliens vs comet junk: NASAPlease be aliens, please be aliens.
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Popular Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp has updated its iOS app today with support for biometric authentication, allowing users to ‘lock’ the app with Face ID or Touch ID. Although the... feature does not work on a per chat basis, enabling the feature does add an extra layer of security to your private WhatsApp conversations. more… The post WhatsApp updated with ability to lock app behind Face ID or Touch ID appeared first on 9to5Mac.
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This Nintendo Switch AudioThe Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio Adapter frees you from the headphone jack.
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China deploys newWhen one of the world's superpowers deploys a robotic ship capable of launching rockets it's safe to assume that it's going to raise plenty of eyebrows. Well, that's exactly what China just did, but... this particular vessel isn't concerned with protecting territory to fending off invaders. The boat, which was designed and deployed by Chinese scientists, is far more concerned with the climate and weather patterns than military goals. The autonomous watercraft successfully launched a sounding rocket, which is a tool used by weather researchers to monitor conditions over a massive area, and its maiden voyage was chronicled in a new paper published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. The vessel is an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle (USSV for short) and it was built by the Institute of...
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DNA testing kit company hasAt-home DNA testing kits were once little more than a fun distraction that might reveal something about your family history that had been long forgotten. These days, however, the battle over who has... access to your genetic testing results is hotter than ever, and a new report alleges that one of the largest private DNA testing companies has been aiding the FBI for months. First reported by BuzzFeed News, Family Tree DNA admitted that it's been working investigators to test DNA samples and potentially match them with suspects or their relatives. Needless to say, this isn't sitting well with privacy advocates. It's no secret that authorities are actively using publicly available DNA databases to solve crimes, some of which have long gone cold. However, in past cases the genetic information...
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3 Things Apple Does That Keep Annoying Us

The Mac Observer - 2 Feb 2019 02:05
3 Things Apple Does That KeepDan Moren at Macworld reminds us that there are some Apple practices that continue to greatly annoy customers. In this case it’s all about revenue, and the argument is that Apple could please us... greatly for not much loss of income. But at least we have a choice: buy or not buy.
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UltraViolet, the digital rights locker that gives you a way to view the movies and shows you purchase from various services, will shut down on July 31st. If you're not familiar with the service, it... stores only licenses (and not the content itself) in...
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Superinsulators to becomeScientists widely accept the existence of quarks, the fundamental particles that make up protons and neutrons. But information about them is still elusive, since their interaction is so strong that... their direct detection is impossible and exploring their properties indirectly often requires extremely expensive particle colliders and collaborations between thousands of researchers. So, quarks remain conceptually foreign and strange like the Cheshire cat in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," whose grin is detectable--but not its body.
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Starting on February 1, 2019, a number of DNS software and service providers will cease implementing DNS resolver workarounds for systems that don't follow the Extensions to DNS (EDNS) protocol.
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