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Florida shooting: NRA-linked firms hit by consumer boycott
Hertz and Enterprise Holdings are among corporate partners shunning the powerful gun lobby.
Winter Olympics: Billy Morgan wins Great Britain's record fifth medal in Pyeongchang
Billy Morgan wins bronze in the men's snowboarding big air to secure Great Britain their highest medal tally in Winter Olympics history.
Trump-Russia: Manafort 'paid European ex-politicians'
President Trump's ex-campaign chief paid ex-politicians to lobby for Ukraine, an indictment says.
Plan International charity reveals child sex abuse cases
Plan International confirms six recent cases against children involving staff and volunteers.
'Groped by Holy Mosque guard during Hajj' in Mecca
A number of women have taken to social media to say they've been sexually assaulted during the Hajj pilgrimage.
Joanna Demafelis: Employer of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested
The employer of a Filipina maid who was found dead in a freezer is arrested in Lebanon.
Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans 'pure illusion'
The European Council president says reports suggest the UK is still trying to cherry pick its Brexit deal.
UK weather: Spring 'postponed' as big freeze hits UK
Freezing air from Russia could give the UK its coldest February week for five years.
Julian Assange: Ecuador says latest talks on release failed
The country's foreign minister says Ecuador will keep looking for ways to end the Wikileaks founder's case.
Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol resigns
Iain McNicol is standing down to "pursue new challenges" after seven years in the role.
Do people agree with Kylie Jenner on the Snapchat update?
We asked young people what they thought about the Snapchat after Kylie Jenner said she was no longer a fan.
Nigerian president apologises for Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnap
President Buhari apologises for the suspected abductions, as parents say 100 remain missing.
Paper review: Meat safety fears and 'more questions' for Corbyn
The Guardian reports over half of factories had "major" food safety breaches between 2014 and 2017.
Would you take somebody else's leftover medicine?
An app in Greece is helping people donate their leftover drugs to those who can't afford to buy them.
The UK's first male basketball cheerleader
After battling stereotypes, Terrell Lawrence finds his calling as a cheerleader.
Are you suffering from galanthomania?
Do you have "dirty knee syndrome"? Prize snowdrop bulbs can sell for thousands, as experts explain.
What the British think of arming teachers
President Trump says he wants some US teachers to be trained to tackle gunmen. What do British people think?
Which haircuts have been banned from schools?
The "McDonalds" haircut was banned in a Norfolk school - but it's not the first cut to cause controversy.
Stolen Degas painting Les Choristes found on a bus
The pastel artwork was taken more than eight years ago from the Musée Cantini in Marseille.
Criticism of Justin Trudeau's Bhangra dance and outfit choice
The Canadian prime minister took to the stage in Delhi, but not everybody is a fan of his dancing or outfits.
Gogglebox star quits the show to 'pursue a career in TV'
Chris Butland-Steed was part of the Channel 4 show for 10 series alongside his ex Stephen Webb.
KFC's apology for running out of chicken is pretty cheeky
The fast-food chain switched the three letters in its name around to apologise to customers.
Quiz: And Salma's joke was... what?
7 days quiz: It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?
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Why do some Chinese funerals involve strippers?
Chinese authorities are once again cracking down on the practice which have existed for years.
The 'water war' brewing over the new River Nile dam
A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.
Rent burden 'leads to student stress'
Students are suffering from stress and anxiety owing to the pressures of housing costs, a survey has suggested.
Mobile World Congress: Why do smartphones look so alike?
Smartphone sales are falling - could the fact they increasingly have similar designs be why?
'Why we run a boarding house for puppies'
Meet the volunteer puppy "hoteliers" who help charities meet spiralling demand for assistance dogs.
The news that made us smile this week
This week, we had the K-pop Norwegians. And the world's greatest commute. And much more.
Africans at the Winter Olympics: Inspirational - or glory-hunters?
A record number of Africans competed this year - but most of them live in the US and Europe.
The £10-a-game poker player who won $2.6m
Caravan salesman John Hesp plays poker once a month, so it was a huge shock when he went to Las Vegas and won a small fortune.
The trouble knowing how much screen time is 'too much'
Concerns about time spent online are widespread, but knowing how much is 'healthy' is difficult.
Oxfam scandal: Nine charts that show what charities do
The Oxfam revelations have raised questions about the charity sector. But what do they do?
Why Ruth Wilson is having an identity crisis
The actress wonders whether she will escape being cast as characters called Alice or Alison.
Labour and customs union: Evolution not revolution
BBC political correspondent Iain Watson on Labour's Brexit policy 'evolution'.
The low-cost mini satellites bringing mobile to the world
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.
Nationalism in heart of Europe needles EU
Alarm over migrants fuels resurgent nationalism in Central Europe, Jenny Hill reports.
Emotions run high on university pickets
Tears and anger on the picket lines as staff begin a strike at 64 universities across England.
Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka wins second gold medal in Pyeongchang
Ester Ledecka becomes the fifth athlete to claim gold in two sports at a Winter Games with a win in the women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom.
Six Nations: England & Scotland rivalry, Wales & Ireland in 'grudge match'
England coach Eddie Jones accuses Scotland of gamesmanship as the teams prepare for Saturday's Six Nations clash and their 136th meeting.
Winter Olympics: Slalom squirrel - snowboarder narrowly avoids furry intruder
Watch as Olympic athletes from Russia's Milena Bykova narrowly avoids a collision with a squirrel on her run in the snowboarding giant slalom at the Winter Olympics.
Six Nations: France 34-17 Italy
Mathieu Bastareaud impresses on his France return as the hosts pick up a comfortable Six Nations win at the Stade Velodrome.
Winter Olympics: Great Britain bobsleigh crews out of medal contention
Both of Great Britain's four-man bobsleigh crews are out of medal contention after the first two runs with Germany leading.
Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager charged for wearing political ribbon
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is charged for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of FA regulations.
Watch the jump that secured historic GB bronze
Great Britain's Billy Morgan seals an historic bronze medal in the men's snowboard big air, making Pyeongchang 2018 GB's most successful Winter Olympics with a tally of five medals.
Winter Olympics: Norway win record 38th medal as Switzerland take team alpine skiing gold
Norway secure a record 38th medal at a Winter Olympics with bronze in the alpine skiing team event as Switzerland take gold.
Winter Olympics: Curling heartbreak, teen sensations and goals galore
Watch the best of the action from day 14 of the Winter Olympics, including Great Britain in the curling semi-final, a figure skating shock and a thrilling ice hockey encounter.
Winter Olympics: Great Britain's women curlers lose 10-5 to Sweden in semi-finals
Great Britain's women curlers lose to Sweden in the Winter Olympic semi-finals and will play Japan for a bronze medal on Saturday.
Zagitova, 15, wins figure skating gold
Alina Zagitova wins Olympic athletes from Russia's first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's single figure skating.
Winter Olympics: Kelsey Serwa wins women's ski cross gold
Kelsey Serwa claims gold in the women's ski cross as part of a Canadian one-two at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Winter Olympics: Watch Germany's 'incredible' trick shot ice hockey goal
Frank Mauer scores with an "incredible" trick shot to give Germany a 3-0 lead against Canada in their Winter Olympics ice hockey semi-final.
Olympic champion crashes out of ski cross heats
Canada's defending women's ski cross champion Marielle Thompson crashes less than 100m into the first heat of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Winter Olympics: Germany stun defending champions Canada to face OAR in men's ice hockey final
Germany reach the men's ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics for the first time by ending Canada's reign in the semi-final.
Winter Olympics: USA end 20-year wait, stunning stone & halfpipe heaven
Watch the best of the action from day 13 of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, including a thrilling women's ice-hockey final and a stunning stone in the curling.
Winter Olympics: Day-by-day guide to Pyeongchang 2018
The Britons, the medals, the highlights - everything you need to know about every day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Winter Olympics: GB's Dave Ryding eyes medal at Beijing 2022 after finishing ninth
Great Britain's Dave Ryding targets a medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics after finishing ninth in the slalom in Pyeongchang.
Winter Olympics: Elise Christie celebrates Sandor Liu Shaolin's relay gold
Elise Christie finally has something to celebrate as boyfriend Sandor Liu Shaolin wins the 5,000m short track relay gold in Pyeongchang.
Ethiopian cliff church gives priest daily test of faith
In the remote mountains of northern Ethiopia, a lone priest scales a 250m cliff each day to reach his church.
The dirtiest place in your kitchen might surprise you...
Lots of us use wipes to keep our kitchen surfaces clean. But is it worth it?
'I took my wife's name - and then the hassle began'
Two men describe the difficulties they experienced when they took their wife's last name.
'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'
Pauline Dakin's childhood was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises - it wasn't until many years later that she found out why.
Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig
The bands of leather are "probably the only known surviving examples" of their kind.
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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges
<h4>Playpen pervert fails to convince appeals court</h4> <p><strong>ANalysis</strong> US judges have shut down an appeal from a convicted pedophile who claimed the FBI hacking of his computer was an illegal and unreasonable search.…</p>
NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun
<h4>Decorum isn't even visible in the rear-view mirror at this point</h4> <p>Ajit Pai – chairman of America's broadband watchdog, the FCC – is the proud new owner of a handmade Kentucky long gun from the US National Rifle Association (NRA) – thanks to his brave stance in favor of lining the pockets of billion-dollar telcos.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
DropEverything! DropBox DropsDocs to DropStocks
<h4>Cloud file system upstart files for IPO</h4> <p>DropBox today formally filed for its IPO – its initial public offering, its stock-market debut, whatever you want to call it.…</p>
We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?
<h4>Stand up would you, please, Mr Paul Manafort</h4> <p>They are potentially the two most popular file formats in the world – Microsoft Word's .DOC and Adobe's .PDF. And it's fair to say they have caused millions of people billions of hours of frustration.…</p>
Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court
<h4>Sun cofounder Khosla continues fight to keep surfers off public pleasure spot</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> Billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is taking his legal battle to control access to a piece of California coastline to the US Supreme Court.…</p>
Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls
<h4>Mystery solved... behind closed doors</h4> <p>For more than three months now, cops in Sacramento, California, have been baffled by a rash of false-alarm 911 emergency calls.…</p>
The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid
<h4>Bot farming today</h4> <p>An unknown Bulgarian has become the talk of the music industry after a sophisticated and apparently successful attempt to game Spotify.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins
<h4>But don't throw away those physics books just yet, m'kay?</h4> <p>Astronomers at the Space Telescope Institute and John Hopkins University have used NASA’s Hubble Telescope to show that the universe is <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">expanding a little bit faster than expected</a>.…</p>
Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business
<h4>Spam and adverts? You bet</h4> <p>Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards.…</p>
Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course
<h4>Church supports priests' professional development plans</h4> <p>The Vatican cannot be accused of lack of interest in the continued professional development of its staff. Just look at the dedicated exorcism training course it set out this week for clergy interested in advancing their skills.…</p>
UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line
<h4>Part of plans to boost country's woeful full-fibre investment</h4> <p>Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year.…</p>
Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'
<h4>No, your snooping boss did not breach your human rights, Euro court tells sacked Frenchman</h4> <p>A Frenchman who was fired after his bosses discovered porn stored on his work computer has been told his human rights were not violated by his employers' snooping.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood
<h4>Drafts in corp restructuring biz Alix Partners to cut costs, improve margins</h4> <p>Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties.…</p>
A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors
<h4>Dips Zen toes into embedded world with hot new SoCs</h4> <p>The "other" X86 mill-maker, AMD, has unveiled its efforts to position its Zen architecture kit as an embedded solution for networking, storage, edge and industrial devices: a brace of Epyc and Ryzen processors.…</p>
Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on
<h4>Well, guess it's nearly the weekend</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">Stack Overflow</a> went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today.…</p>
Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?
<h4>Paying people better matters just as much. Maybe more so</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> Oh dear. If all this new technology is so amazing, why isn’t it translating into productivity gains?…</p>
IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit
<h4>Rolling out (and scraping) the barrel of computing history</h4> <p><strong>Something for the Weekend, Sir?</strong> Telephone operator, please put me through to… What's that? You want me to address you by your first name? Well, that's jolly friendly. I'm (thinks quickly, decides to use Starbucks name) "Alex". And how should I call you? Right.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price
<h4>Rushing to ship won't get you to the other side</h4> <p>Technical debt: we probably create it every day. It happens when you do things that might get you closer to goal now, but which create problems that you’ll have to pay for later.…</p>
Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it
<h4>Letters to Congress detail the plan to keep CPU flaws secret</h4> <p>Letters sent to the United States Congress by Intel and the other six companies in the <a target="_blank" href="">Meltdown/Spectre disclosure cabal</a> have revealed how and why they didn't inform the wider world about the dangerous chip design flaws.…</p>
Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron
<h4>Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open</h4> <p><strong>Code corner</strong> Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…</p>
Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong
<h4>Chipzilla needs more than its old PC-making pals to win 5G</h4> <p>Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.…</p>
Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?
<h4>Flip phones - and their users - were both evolutionary dead ends (but the phones had awesome ads)</h4> <p><strong>On-Call + video</strong> Welcome again to On-Call, <i>The Register</i>'s support group for tech support pros, in which we share readers' tales of being asked to do unreasonable things for inexcusable people.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink
<h4>A Frenchman? Running away? Gawd, you don't say</h4> <p>A 41-year-old Frenchman is on the run after a court in his home country sentenced him to two years behind bars, and fined him €83.6m (£73m, $103m), for running a pirate movie website.…</p>
Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped
<h4>Devs stumble into pre-release beta by using command they didn't understand</h4> <p>NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.…</p>
OpenBSD releases Meltdown patch
<h4>And now to see it's an unwelcome imposition or a mere inconvenience</h4> <p>OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's – pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel.…</p>
Bros, in these taxing times, PC culture has had a major effect on HP
<h4>In a good way – Xmas personal computer and printers sales up, tax windfall swells profit</h4> <p>Stronger than expected PC and printer sales, plus a tax windfall, gave HP Inc one of its best quarters in recent history, according to its latest financial figures.…</p>
802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway
<h4>Future Access points will tell clients when to sleep, then make a wake up call</h4> <p>In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Juniper sharpens knife for the carrier network and boxes white boxes
<h4>Suddenly, everyone's using automation to beat back open networks</h4> <p><strong>MWC</strong> Juniper's following Cisco's lead into carrier network automation.…</p>
Who wants to play monopoly with no get-out-of-jail-free card, Qualcomm asks its shareholders
<h4>Get ready for antitrust hell if Broadcom buys us, warns biz</h4> <p>Qualcomm is hoping to scare its shareholders away from considering Broadcom's takeover offer – by predicting regulatory doom and gloom for the combined company.…</p>
As HPE trousers soaring profit, new CEO looks at cost-cutting Next plan and thinks: More of that!
<h4>Neri vows to double down on reorg campaign</h4> <p>Hewlett Packard Enterprise took everyone by surprise Thursday by turning in better-than-expected quarterly financial numbers.…</p>
Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear
<h4>Officials are overcharging us, complains comms slinger as it heads into court to scrap fees</h4> <p>An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses.…</p>
That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it
<h4>Despite demanding world+dog gets one, Uncle Sam lacks tools to check crypto-signatures</h4> <p>Two Democratic US senators have formally asked Uncle Sam's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to get its act together on electronic passports.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!
<h4>Now all we need is accurate info and prices</h4> <p>After four years in purgatory the US government's internet broadband map is back - and it's pretty good.…</p>
SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit
<h4>Birds launched today... but ship-borne catcher's mitt misses payload fairing catch</h4> <p><strong>Video</strong> The first two internet-relaying satellites in <a target="_blank" href="">SpaceX's Starlink constellation</a> have been launched into Earth's orbit – and will begin broadcasting to the world this week.…</p>
Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova
<h4>What are the chances of that El Reg? 1 in 10 MEEELLION</h4> <p>Published today in the journal <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">Nature</a> is a description of a rare and difficult to capture event – the birth of a supernova (and the death of a star).…</p>
A dog DNA database? You must be barking
<h4>Thousands of livestock attacks give police paws for thought</h4> <p>Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database.…</p>
Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos
<h4>MPs want to know what the kids are up to</h4> <p>The UK Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology has begun taking submissions for an inquiry into the "<a target="_blank" href="">Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health</a>".…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial
<h4>First taste of 5G for consumers, but will it make any cash?</h4> <p>O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year.…</p>
Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff
<h4>I SIM, you SIM, we all SIM for iSIM</h4> <p>Arm has made public the designs to shove SIM technology into ever more connected gizmos by building an iSIM, along with a cellular modem and microcontroller, onto a single chip.…</p>
Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever
<h4>Chinese phone giants grow, Apple and Samsung hit</h4> <p>The global smartphone market is shrinking for the first time as choosey buyers in emerging markets hang on to their mobiles for longer.…</p>
Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech
<h4>IT spend will 'reduce overheads'. You mean branch closures?</h4> <p>Lloyds Banking Group is to splash £3bn on IT investment, amid a major outsourcing and cost-cutting programme.…</p>
Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed
<h4>These 'resets take time' says ex IBM head</h4> <p>A review of the UK government's delayed emergency services network intended to replace the national radio infrastructure with a 4G network has itself been delayed by more than half a year.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting
<h4>Pioneering gesture keyboard killed off by owner Nuance</h4> <p>One of the best-loved mobile apps of the past decade, Swype, has been given the bullet. Parent company Nuance confirmed it will no longer develop the letter-tracing keyboard, which will disappear from the Apple and Google app stores.…</p>
SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey
<h4>Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years</h4> <p>Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator.…</p>
Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin
<h4>Digi currencies falling under glare of Treasury committee</h4> <p>Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies.…</p>
Don't worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move...
<h4>Oh and a touch of HCI, says data protector as it waltzes into adjacent markets</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> Data protector Acronis is building hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit for release in 2019 and developing a security product slated for 2020 – markets in little danger of being under-served.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Contain yourself – literally. You can't avoid Docker, K8s for long
<h4>Death reports of containerization biz somewhat exaggerated</h4> <p><strong>Comment</strong> Do you remember those guys that invented virtualization, founded a company, got rich and lived happily ever after, remembered fondly by all? Well, that’s almost the story of VMware. But we might see a different story with some of the people behind Docker.…</p>
Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list
<h4>Five carriers make the cut, plus 32 mobile management apps - and four Chinese phone-makers</h4> <p>Google has launched an <a target="_blank" href="">Android Enterprise Recommended</a> program it says "makes it simple for businesses to confidently select, deploy and manage Android devices and services that meet elevated enterprise requirements validated by Google" and has left Samsung off the list.…</p>
Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!
<h4>Don't worry, this technology isn't very convincing... er, yet</h4> <p>Artificially intelligent software can listen to someone's voice only a few times, and then speak just like them, like some kind of creepy cybernetic myna bird... according to a paper <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">published</a> by researchers from Baidu.…</p>
uTorrent file-swappers urged to upgrade after PC hijack flaws fixed
<h4>Don't say we didn't warn you</h4> <p>Users of uTorrent should grab the latest versions of the popular torrenting tools: serious security bugs, which malicious websites can exploit to commandeer PCs, were squashed this week in the software.…</p>

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The Doomsday L Train Shutdown Just Might Save New York City
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Gadget Lab Podcast: A Deep Dive on Apple's HomePod
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Grab Sweet Outdoor Gear Deals: Proof, Nomad, Black Diamond, LTHR
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The Struggle to Predict—and Prevent—Toxic Masculinity
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What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller’s Probe
Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy is cooperating with the special prosecutor, so we may soon have answers to these questions hovering around the Russia investigation.
Facebook's Mandatory Anti-Malware Scan Is Invasive and Lacks Transparency
Facebook is locking users out of their accounts until they download antivirus software that sometimes doesn't even work on their computers.
University of Washington Researchers Can Wirelessly Charge a Phone Using Lasers
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How Trump Conquered Facebook Without Russian Ads
WIRED contributor Antonio García Martínez on why Russia’s Facebook ads were less important to Trump’s victory than his own Facebook ads.
Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Review: Perfect for the Budding World Traveler
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Uber's Express Pool, GM's Super Cruise, and More Car News
Plus: the rise of electric, dockless bike-sharing, Tesla's crypto currency kerfuffle, and more car news you missed this week.
Why We Can’t Let Google Monopolize AI
WIRED contributor Robert Wright on why the government needs to stop Google from monopolizing AI.
This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turk—on the Blockchain
Amazon's Mechanical Turk dominates the market for on-demand microtasks. Gems is using cryptocurrency to appeal to workers and task-requesters.
'Annihilation' Review: A Thrilling, Terrifying Surrealist Trip
Alex Garland’s adaptation is as monstrous as it is masterful—even more soul-shaking than the original.
The Security Command Center Protecting the Winter Olympics
In a windowless room in Seoul, dozens of security experts train—and watch—for the worst.
US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years
For over a decade, US Customs and Border Protection has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software.
Korea’s DMZ is More Than Just Soldiers
One photojournalist was granted rare access to the demilitarized zone. This is what he saw.
Can a Speed-Skating Onesie Beat Physics?
Carving up the ice takes more than muscles. It takes science.
There's No One Way to Explain How Flying Works
You can use Bernoulli's principle to explain how planes fly—but that isn't the only way.
Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses
In a chilly basement room sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment and part like that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in.
Bring Sanity Back to Your Life With These Four Affirmation Apps
These positive affirmation apps help you build a positive mindset simply by opening a push alert.
Review: Honor 7X (Unlocked): You Get What You Pay For
If the $200 Honor 7X seems too good to be true, that’s because it kinda is.
Permafrost Experiments Mimic Alaska’s Climate-Changed Future
In the permafrost zone near Denali, an expanse of tundra bristles with so many sensors and cables that it resembles an outdoor ICU ward.
Airlines Won’t Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board Planes
United's latest experiment with the boarding procedure could make things better—but it's no revolution.
As Protection Ends, Here’s One Way to Test for Net Neutrality
Some states plan to uphold net neutrality principles. How will they know if telecom companies are obeying their own promises?
How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Director Ava DuVernay Became a Creator of Worlds
With "A Wrinkle in Time," director Ava DuVernay merges sci-fi’s embrace of the Other with her own vision for a better, more inclusive future.
Dockless Electric Bike-Share Companies Take on Uber
Jump Bikes, Spin, Limebike, Nere: Startups line up to transform urban mobility. It just might work
Marvel’s 10 Biggest Box-Office Openings
*Black Panther* shattered records—but is it the MCU’s all-time best performer?

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