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400 reporters kept the Panama Papers secret for a year. Here's how they pulled it off.

Marina Walker remembered when she heard a source claimed to have possession of leaked data "bigger than anything you have seen before."<p>Could it …

Tay: Microsoft issues apology over racist chatbot fiasco

<b>Microsoft has apologised for creating an artificially intelligent chatbot that quickly turned into a holocaust-denying racist.</b><p>But in doing so made it clear Tay's views were a result of nurture, not nature. Tay confirmed what we already knew: people on the internet can be cruel.<p>Tay, aimed at …

Concurrency
Wearable Tech

Ransomware delivered via ads on NYT, BBC and more

A number of high-profile and very high-traffic websites such as The New York Times (NYT), BBC, AOL, MSN, the NFL and more have all been serving up malicious adverts to unsuspecting users that ultimately results in files being held to ransom by the malware, according to Malwarebytes.<p>Malicious ads …

AOL

Who's at the controls of Iran's bot army?

<b>A group of Twitter accounts seems to be designed to pump out crude Iranian propaganda aimed at an English-speaking audience - but the people behind it and their true motivations are a mystery.</b><p>Dozens of accounts tweet to thousands of followers in waves every few minutes throughout the day using the …

Social Media

The godmother of manga sex in Japan

<b>A recent UN report weighed into a debate that provokes intense controversy in Japan, by including manga in a list of content with violent pornography. The BBC's Yuko Kato went to meet one of Japan's leading female manga artists, Keiko Takemiya, seen as the woman who opened the floodgates to</b> …

Anime

Apple hits back at 'corrosive' claim by US government

<b>Apple has accused the US government of trying to "smear" it with "desperate" and "unsubstantiated" claims.</b><p>It comes as the US Department of Justice (DOJ) renewed its demand for access to data on the iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Rizwan Farook.<p>Apple is appealing against a court order that it …

Privacy

French law would fine Apple if it doesn't hand over encrypted data in terror cases

Lower house of parliament approves controversial sanctions as part of judicial reform bill, as encryption debate intensifies<p>France's lower house of parliament yesterday passed an amendment that would levy penalties against technology companies that do not provide access to encrypted data during …

Your Bank Wants to Know Where You Are At All Times

Banks are beginning to use their customers’ cell phone locations to crack down on credit card fraud. By tracking users’ phones, banks believe they …

Is arsenic eating a clever poisoning plot device or recipe for disaster?

The plot of Dorothy L Sayers’s crime classic Strong Poison hinges on whether it’s possible to build immunity to poison with regular doses. Could it work?<p>Giving talks about poisons often results in being asked some worrying questions. I’ve been asked a few times recently about the plot of Strong …

Just When We Thought There Were No New Ways to Cook an Egg...

Just when we thought there were no new ways to cook an egg, along came this soft-boiled meal in a cup.<p>Who wouldn’t want to be coddled? The word alone conjures up visions of fluffy down comforters piled high on feather beds and amiable assistants whose entire life’s work is devoted to fluffing up …

Breakfast

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators face extinction: UN

Climate change, pesticide use and modern farming techniques to blame for rapid population decline<p>Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other …

BBC News - Can suicide rates be reduced to zero?

Can suicide rates be reduced to zero?<p>Presented byMy Perfect Country<p>In collaboration withBBC News Magazine<p>1. Introduction<p>Presented byMy Perfect Country<p>In collaboration withBBC News Magazine<p>Around the world a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. The …

Mental Health

Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data

<b>Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security researchers.</b><p>Millions of Chinese people are believed to have been affected by the data leaks, said security experts at the University of Toronto.<p>The data reveals …

Baidu

How to draw… from your imagination

Ever seen something in your head that you struggle to get right on paper? Richard Collingridge has some great tips on how to do it

Magic dust: Yotam Ottolenghi’s za’atar recipes

This Middle Eastern herb is the smell of my childhood. It also has amazing powers of transformation, adding a pungent savouriness to everything from simple salads to grilled meat<p>Za’atar is a cornerstone of Levantine cooking. It is often paired with tahini (another Levantine essential, which I …

Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers

Is data better down where it's wetter?<p>When your laptop or your smartphone gets hot, you know it's crunching a lot of data. So you can imagine the amount of heat generated by the racks upon racks of servers that store and process the world's digital lives. Keeping these data centers cool is such a …

The EU Data Deal Deadline Has Passed. Here's What Comes Next

Negotiators from the U.S. and European Union have failed to come up with a new agreement to keep transatlantic data transfers legal, despite …

Disease

National Geographic Travel

Now someone can steal your WiFi password from your doorbell

Getting hacked sucks, but there’s something worse than that: getting hacked because of your own smart doorbell.<p>Ring is a popular smart doorbell that allows you to unlock your door from your phone, as well as see and hear visitors via a webcam.<p>Unfortunately for Ring, that same doorbell meant you …

Wi-Fi

An Australian economist wants a $10,000 bet with the 'sell everything' analyst that he's wrong

He's also a guy who doesn't mind a punt if the constant quoting of political betting odds on his Twitter feed is any guide.<p>Today he combined these twin passions to take aim at Andrew Roberts of RBS after all the publicity that his "sell everything" note has generated in the past 24 hours.<p>After …

Betting
CNN

Top 10 beach hotels and B&Bs on New Zealand’s South Island

Beach resorts and retreats on New Zealand’s South Island make the most of dramatic views, as well as offering a tranquil getaway. Here are 10 to suit the calm, collected – and the adventurous<p>Those who visit New Zealand’s South Island in search of a traditional beachside holiday are likely to be …

The 6 Things That Subconsciously Impact Your Restaurant Order

<i>By Korin Miller, Glamour</i><p>Photo: Romulo A Yanes<p>It's no secret that there are a lot of things going on when you eat out at a restaurant--waiters bustle around, music plays in the background, and there's a menu to navigate.<p>While those elements seem completely ordinary, research has shown these factors …

Companies can monitor workers' private online chats, European court rules

Privacy concerns dismissed by European court of human rights after Romanian engineer fired for using Yahoo Messenger to communicate with fiancee<p>Employees in Europe might want to think carefully about using the internet to send private messages during office hours after Europe’s top rights court …

London rejected from the 10 best European cities for investing in property

Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg are top of the property market as the capital is overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul<p>London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects in property for the first time since 2012 to 15th place, thanks to high prices and a …

Real-life Sherlock Holmes: How to earn a living as a private detective

<b>In a smart square a few hundred metres from 221B Baker Street, the most famous address in detective fiction, stands an intriguing shop. In the window is an array of curious gadgets and hi-tech equipment that wouldn't look out of place on a film set.</b><p>Spymaster stocks everything the budding undercover …

Sherlock Holmes

The Best Facebook Resolution You Can Make This New Year's

The turn of December into January is a time to look back at the year gone by, and onward to the one ahead. Countless news outlets will do it — they …