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‘Max-fac’ is an idiotic idea that will bankrupt British businesses

I’m not a politician, I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t believe in false promises or rigid ideology. I believe in creating opportunities, good deals and looking out for the people who work for me.<p>I campaigned passionately for the remain side during the Brexit referendum, because the opportunity to live, …

United Kingdom

Unroll.me head 'heartbroken' that users found out it sells their inbox data

Email service developed a side business after it was acquired by Slice in 2014 – selling aggregated data about users to apps they were unsubscribing from<p>The chief executive of email unsubscription service Unroll.me has said he is “heartbroken” that users felt betrayed by the fact that his company …

Apps

Sites block users, shut down activities and flood inboxes as GDPR rules loom

Dozens of websites shut down their activities completely, others forced users to agree to new terms of service, and inboxes have been flooded with emails begging customers to remain on mailing lists as the GDPR rules come into force on Friday.<p>The biggest update in data protection laws since the …

Privacy

Patrick Melrose captures heroin addiction perfectly – it brought my memories flooding back

I never flew on Concorde. I seldom dared leave London during my 20s. I was never sexually abused by my father. (I somehow managed to hate myself enough without being forced to endure that horror.) I never shot up heroin in the penthouse suite of a flash, New York hotel. I shot up heroin in grubby …

Drug Addiction

Fortnite fever: now players can get a university scholarship or filthy rich

In all the recent Roseanne micro-controversies, one incredible statement by Roseanne Barr seems to have eluded her critics. “I have 20 fortnite victory royale wins,” she tweeted back in February.<p>Fortnite: a parents' guide to the most popular video game in schools<p>Read more<p>It’s not clear how serious …

Fortnite

'Recipe for authoritarianism': Amazon under fire for selling face-recognition software to police

In the aftermath of the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of Michael Brown, police departments and policy makers around the country hit upon a supposed panacea to racist policing and police brutality: body-worn cameras.<p>Many hailed the move as a victory for accountability. But among …

Privacy

'I am not a racist,' says lawyer behind racist New York cafe rant

Aaron Schlossberg makes his first public statement since he was filmed verbally abusing restaurant workers for speaking Spanish<p>It’s a dance as old as time. First comes the racist outburst filmed by a passerby and shared across the world, then comes the sheepish Twitter apology and the promise that …

Bands

Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis?

“Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker Wai Li, who rents a 200 sq ft (19 sq m) “nano flat” by herself in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Li’s living area is little more than the size of two standard Hong Kong parking …

Hong Kong

Scientists find secret behind sweet sound of Stradivarius violins

The violins made by the Italian masters Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari are celebrated as the finest ever made, but the secret behind their perfect sound has mystified experts for centuries.<p>Now scientists in Taiwan believe they have hit on an answer. Using software normally reserved for speech …

Flute

How we made The Blair Witch Project

‘We were listed as deceased on IMDb. Our parents started getting condolence calls’<p>Daniel Myrick, co-director<p>I grew up around the woods and swamps of Florida. For a long time, I had this idea of seeing a stick figure hanging from a tree and it creeped the hell out of me. Ed Sánchez, a friend from …

Horror

Of course US birth rates are falling – this is a harsh place to have a family

America’s birth rate has fallen to a 30-year low, let the hand-wringing and finger-pointing begin. It’s those selfish women, wanting careers before kids! Or, gasp, not wanting kids at all! It’s all those abortions! It’s Obama’s fault!<p>The reality is, for all its pro-family rhetoric, the US is a …

Credit Card Debt

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet.<p>The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of …

Blue Planet II

Google sued for 'clandestine tracking' of 4.4m UK iPhone users' browsing data

Collective action seeking up to £3.2bn for claims Google bypassed privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser<p>Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK.<p>The …

Safari (Browser)

Marawi one year after the battle: a ghost town still haunted by threat of Isis

A year after conflict started, residents of the ‘Islamic capital’ of the Philippines don’t know when or if they will be able to return home<p>The green Bato Ali mosque on Marawi’s Gomisa Avenue is a heartbreaking reminder of the fierce battles the military fought to stop supporters of Islamic State …

Asia

Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes

Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’<p>The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to …

Fake News

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.<p>The numbers, from the end of April, were included in a report by China's state-run news outlet Global Times, but it is unclear what offenses those targeted in the travel ban …

Train Travel

Flowy: how a mobile game will combat panic attacks with kittens and robots

Last week <i>Flowy</i>, a game designed to help sufferers of panic attacks, won funding as part of the Social Tech, Social Change initiative. Here's a more …

Mental Health

Cryptocurrencies have a mysterious allure – but are they just a fad?

Attempts to reinvent money such as bitcoin often create excitement, but achieve little<p>The cryptocurrency revolution, which started with bitcoin in 2009, claims to be inventing new kinds of money. There are now nearly 2,000 cryptocurrencies, and millions of people worldwide are excited by them. What …

Cryptocurrency

UK taken to Europe's highest court over air pollution

The UK and five other nations have been referred to Europe’s highest court for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.<p>The European court of justice (ECJ) has the power to impose multimillion euro fines if the countries do not address the problem swiftly. The nations - the UK, France, …

Environmentalism

Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Software

Facebook lets advertisers target users based on sensitive interests

Social network categorises users based on inferred interests such as Islam or homosexuality<p>Facebook allows advertisers to target users it thinks are interested in subjects such as homosexuality, Islam or liberalism, despite religion, sexuality and political beliefs explicitly being marked out as …

Privacy

Today is Nakba day – I hope I never see another like this one

The violent creation of Israel took place 70 years ago, but for the Palestinian people the ‘catastrophe’ continues<p>• Manuel Hassassian is Palestinian ambassador to the UK<p>Today is Nakba day. Nakba is an Arabic word that can be translated as “catastrophe”. It is used by Palestinians to describe the …

Israel

Ronan Farrow: Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein and me

Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia and Woody Allen, is the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose exposé triggered #MeToo. Now, he has written an acclaimed book on waning US diplomatic influence – and he’s still only 30<p>“Thanks for taking the time,” says Ronan Farrow when we meet at a central London …

Woody Allen

Why do we drink so much tomato juice on planes?

United Airlines has reversed their plan to remove the beverage from flights after outrage from customers<p>United Airlines know a thing or two about weaselly management-speak. Last year when a passenger was forcibly removed by police from an overbooked flight, bleeding and screaming, their spokesman …

United Airlines

Prescription pets: 'I got a doctor’s note to fly with my dog'

Going through an airport with Joan gives everything a surreal quality. When we got to JFK in New York one morning a few months ago, the harried pace of checking in and security was slowed because everyone wanted to spend time with her. Sometimes she stopped for a drink of water or to make eye …

Pets

From Windrush to Grenfell, the powerful only see tragedy when it suits them

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving the dead floating in the street and the living stranded on highways and rooftops, a huge crowd of mostly black and poor people descended on the city’s convention centre, where the cameras, but little else, were waiting. When asked why relief …

Grenfell Tower

Palme d'Or winners – ranked!

As the Cannes film festival celebrates its 70th anniversary, here are the 10 best winners – from Viridiana and La Dolce Vita to Taxi Driver and Pulp Fiction<p><b>10 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives</b> (2010)<p>Uncle Boonmee is a sublime film, a realist fantasy that plays with the ideas of the …

Pulp Fiction

'Incredible' bioluminescence gives California coastline an eerie blue glow

An unusual algal bloom, known as a red tide, has drawn many to the beach in the hopes of witnessing the stunning spectacle<p>A dense bloom of bioluminescent algae off the coast of southern California has lit up the Pacific Ocean with an eerie and fantastical neon blue glow, sending photographers and …

Coastlines

Anthony Bourdain show angers Canadians over 'derogatory' nickname

Tweet to promote show provoked a swift reaction on social media: ‘You had me until you called me a Newfie. I find it a derogatory term’<p>Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s TV show has set off a social media storm after it used a controversial nickname for Newfoundlanders to promote an upcoming show …

Social Media

'Astonishing' CIA memo shows Brazil's ex-dictator authorized torture and executions

Newly unearthed document details Ernesto Geisel’s approval of over 100 executions of ‘subversives’, sparking immediate outcry in Brazil<p>Brazil’s former dictator Ernesto Geisel personally approved the summary execution of his regime’s perceived enemies, according to a newly unearthed CIA memo that …

Brazil