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Decision in Microsoft case could set dangerous global precedent, experts say

A verdict against the company could be troubling, legal experts warn, as governments consider whether they can require tech firms to reveal private data<p>The US government takes on Microsoft in a Manhattan court on Wednesday morning – and if the verdict goes badly for the software giant, the decision …

Apple's encryption means it can't comply with US court order

FBI criticises firm for being unable to read iPhone users’ messages after Justice Department obtains iMessage ruling<p>Apple has rebuffed a court order to hand over in real time texts sent using iMessage between two iPhones because its encryption system leaves the company unable to comply.<p>The order …

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The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

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Who Crashed China’s Stock Market?

Beijing’s top five scapegoats, from journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. federal reserve<p>China’s stock markets continue to stumble, despite the massive stimulus that the government has unleashed to prop them up. The Shanghai benchmark index fell by 1.23 percent Tuesday, after closing down slightly …

Stephen Hawking's New Black Hole Theory Will Blow Your Mind

Maybe you could survive the universe's ultimate calamity.<p>In last year's <i>Interstellar</i>, Matthew McConaughey's character floats past a black hole's event horizon (i.e. the point of no return) and winds up in, ostensibly, a fourth-dimensional observational tower constructed by our future selves. Heady. …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

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Europe’s Olive Trees Are Dying. Here’s Why You Should Care

Olive oil, staple of the much-ballyhooed Mediterranean diet, is about to get a little more expensive.<p>The world’s top producers, Spain and Italy, have faced a series of plagues that led one Italian newspaper to refer to 2014 as “the black year of Italian oil.” Ninety-five percent of the world’s …

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JJ Abrams hints Darth Vader is Star Wars: The Force Awakens 'martyr'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Film,Culture,JJ Abrams,Harrison Ford,Science fiction and fantasy,Star Wars<p>Film-maker expands on idea that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren might be something of an Anakin Skywalker fanboy in new episode of long-running space opera<p>JJ Abrams has hinted that Darth Vader could be a …

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