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Coin, The Electronic Credit Card, Reaches Its Pre-Order Goal In 40 Minutes

We are, I believe, in an interstitial zone when it comes to payments. Credit cards are still king – just ask Square – and NFC is just a dream in most countries. That’s why Coin is so interesting. It’s a credit-card-sized device that holds other credit cards, allowing you to swap from card to card …

Teachers, doctors and priests among 348 arrested in global child porn probe

More than 300 people, including teachers, doctors and priests have been arrested worldwide on child pornography charges.<p>It follows a three-year investigation into Toronto-based company Azovfilms.com that distributed child porn.<p>Of the 348 arrested, 108 were in Canada, 76 in the United States and 164 …

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Cinema has always had a role to play in exploring complex issues and at this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the problems children face is a common theme. Tahira Yaqoob looks at films nominated for the new Child Protection Award

The call came just four weeks ago, imbued with a sense of urgency. Child protection had been top of the agenda in governments talks, the Ministry of …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) . Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Israel condemns Council of Europe resolution on ritual circumcision

Israel has denounced a Council of Europe resolution opposing ritual circumcision, saying it casts a "moral stain" and "fosters hate and racist trends in Europe".<p>A strong statement issued by Israel shortly after the council adopted the resolution last week was reinforced on Monday by a letter sent …

FBI pranked by furious Bitcoin users since Silk Road shutdown

The FBI has been deluged by more than 200 messages of protest from pro-drugs advocates after a raid on Silk Road, an online marketplace for illicit goods.<p>The agency is attempting to access 600,000 Bitcoins, worth around $80m (£49.7m), accumulated by Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of Silk Road, …

US special forces have carried out an attack on a senior leader of the al-Shabab Islamist group in a raid in Somalia, US officials are quoted as saying by American media http://bbc.in/193NrXm They say a US Navy Seals team targeted the man after approaching a villa in the southern town of Barawe by sea. There are conflicting reports about whether he was captured or even killed. Al-Shabab said it carried out the Westgate attack in neighbouring Kenya which left at 67 people dead.

FBI Seizes Deep Web Black Market Silk Road, Arrests Owner

The feds have caught up to the Silk Road. The underground website long known for drug trafficking and other illegal activity was seized by the FBI who also arrested the owner on three criminal counts. New York State prosecutors charged Ross William Ulbricht with one count each of narcotics …

Deep Web Users Are Ready To Launch Silk Road 2.0

In an interesting post-mortem release by the creators of the defunct anonymous marketplace Atlantis there is information that the former admins and users of the Silk Road are planning to resurrect the service. User RR writes: “We have SilkRoad v2.0 ready to launch and is now in its final testing …

“Bible-based” discipline has led to child abuse

Authoritarian parenting and abusive practices are all too common in some Evangelical households<p>In 2008, Hana Williams was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia and brought to the United States where she died at the hands of her Bible-believing American parents. Their notion of Christian discipline …

Silk Road underground market closed – but others will replace it

Silk Road, the best-known underground marketplace for the trade of illegal drugs on the internet, has been shut down leaving a large hole in the internet's underworld.<p>Described by FBI special agent Christopher Tarbell as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet …

With $3M In New Funding, Memoto Lifelogging Startup Rebrands To Narrative To Go Global

Swedish startup Memoto did well on Kickstarter – well enough to earn the company 11 times its funding goal, or $550,000 to drive the creation of its lifelogging camera. The small camera is designed to be worn on your person, features no buttons and takes pictures constantly while worn, but as of …

Government Shutdown Risks Hurting The Housing Recovery

The government shutdown is here. Whether it’s not being able to get a new Social Security card or visit a national park, Americans will immediately feel the effects. But there’s one bright spot of the economy that stands to be affected as well: housing.<p>One of the biggest questions regarding the …

US shutdown: a guide for non-Americans

Please explain what just happened<p>The US government has begun shutting its non-essential services. Hundreds of thousands of workers are waking up to the news that they are on unpaid leave, and they don't know how long it will last. The shutdown, triggered at midnight Washington time, will bring a …

JPM's Tom Lee: Here Are 21 Cheap Stocks That Offer Double-Digit Returns

"Investor apprehension about this market continues to increase," says Lee. "It is the combination of fears that this was a 'false breakout' to new highs coupled with lingering concerns about the budget/debt ceiling showdown in the US and the possible resulting turmoil."<p>With this in mind, Lee …

2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge Winners

The Marvin Windows and Doors’ Architect’s Challenge winners have been announced and this year, there are some really beautiful winning modern houses. …

Gold...Silver...The Fed...Oh My!

It was another tough day for the precious metals as the December Gold contract once again found itself under selling pressure, trading down .41% to …

Investing

Want to boost your child's brainpower? A new study suggests that one way to help your child is to encourage them to take daytime naps. http://bbc.in/15QXQab University of Massachusetts research suggests that a daily total of 11-13 hours is the optimum amount of sleep for pre-school children. How easy is that to achieve?

The Diner London

PHOTO BY: Paul Winch-Furness<p><i>StyleNest headed to the Islington brand of The Diner London, for an all American feast of burgers, hotdogs and mac ‘n’</i> …

Iran's secret New York City skyscraper seized by US government

The Iranian government has secretly owned and controlled an office building in the middle of New York City for years. Set on Fifth Avenue and close to Rockefeller Center, the 36-story skyscraper houses a number of businesses across its floors. The US government has won a judgement to seize the …

Study Says Yelling Is As Hurtful as Hitting

Parents Who Yell at Teens Can Increase Risk of Depression and Aggression<p>By<p>Andrea Petersen<p>Andrea Petersen<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@andreaapetersen<p>Parents who yell at their adolescent children for misbehaving can cause some of the same problems as hitting them would, including increased risk …

Parenting

The Upside Down World

"Perfect love casts out fear because fear has to do with punishment."

Just A Cat, Dressed As A Shark, Riding A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

You'll be glad you watched this.<p>Delightful. Watch the clip in full.

Domestic Technology

Watch: A 2-Minute History Of American Industrial Design

The design movement that revolutionized consumer goods, explained.<p>If you were born after a certain year, then buying toothpaste that doesn’t come with the promise of whitening your snappers is unthinkable.<p>As explained by the animated short from The Open University‘s series on 20th century design, …

Modern Lake House by John Robert Nilsson

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>A cozy fire pit furnished with comfort-minded seating provides a getaway at the end of a long day spent on the beach.<p>3 |<p>With no distinction …

Most ambitious 3D printing projects

As 3D printing technology becomes cheaper and more widely available, the creations being produced are growing ever more ambitious. Here we look at some of the most impressive.<p><b>Print your own ... rocket engine</b><p>The sky may be the limit for some users of 3D printers, but Nasa are trying to go beyond …

Concept Design

Note to the V&A: a 3D-printed gun still kills people http://t.gu.com/oWYo3 Why are we not allowed to be shocked that the museum has acquired Cody Wilson's 'Liberator' handgun, a working firearm, just as another US shooting occurs? Jonathan Jones writes on art and sensationalism