A Renowned Art Detective Just Recovered a Stolen 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic

A sleuth famous in the art world for tracking down works of art thought to be lost or destroyed has delivered one of his greatest finds yet—a Byzantine-era mosaic of Saint Mark that was stolen from a Cyprus church after the Turkish invasion in 1974. Read More >>

Tumblr Disappeared from the App Store Because of Child Porn

On Friday, niche blogging platform Tumblr became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable on Apple’s app store, and since then users posting adult-themed content have claimed their blogs are being deleted by the site without warning despite no official statement from either Tumblr, its parent company Oath, or Apple. The reason, as some had grimly suggested, was confirmed to be because of child pornography being hosted on the site. Read More >>

London Scraps its Unusable Water Cannon Fleet

Here's some great news for anyone planning a mass campaign of civil disobedience in London -- the city no longer has access to three former German rolling water cannons. Not that it was legally allowed to use them anyway. Read More >>

Couple and Homeless Man Said to Have Made Up Story Behind £312,000 GoFundMe Campaign

The strange case of a US couple who raised $400,000 (around £311,500) on GoFundMe for a homeless good Samaritan appears to be skidding into a surprise ending. Read More >>

Couple and Homeless Man Charged With Conspiracy Over £312,000 GoFundMe

On Thursday, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in the US state of New Jersey announced formal charges against the three people involved in a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 (£312,000) last year to help a homeless man get on his feet. Authorities said that “the entire campaign was predicated on a lie.” Read More >>

15-Year-Old Gets Points on Non-Existent Driving Licence for Electric Scootering

The coming of the age of the electric scooter is bringing some tedious administrative problems into the lives of their oblivious riders, what with the popular gadgets not allowed by law to be used on anything other than a private bit of land. And Argos not doing a very good job of communicating this boring legislative fact to buyers. Read More >>

Following Google’s Lead, Facebook Ends Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

With employee action creating creating pressure in the tech industry, Facebook has finally opted to end forced arbitration for employees seeking to file claims of sexual harassment. Where those cases would previously have been handled behind closed doors, allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Facebook workers can now be filed in open court. Read More >>

Banks Are Trying to Hack Themselves Today in Cyber-Attack War Game

Around 40 of the UK's largest banks and financial institutions are having a bit of a fun afternoon of hacking today, with the Bank of England leading a simulated cyber-attack on the financial industry to see what happens. Or what might happen. Read More >>

Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages

Dutch police say they have “decrypted more than 258,000 messages” sent using an expensive chat service, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday, citing a National Police Corps statement that claimed authorities in the Netherlands have achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication between criminals.” Read More >>

Top Cop Says Bill People in Advance for Petrol to Reduce Thefts

The police forces of the UK are tired of racing to the rescue of garage forecourt staff phoning to report that someone drove off without paying for their fuel again, as this is wasting precious investigative time officers could instead spend intervening in a Facebook argument about parking outside a school. Hence a man has an idea. Read More >>

The Psychology of Faking Your Own Death

Why would anyone fake their own death? Some seek a departure from royalty, a career as a pirate, or a quiet life after taking down the Third Reich. Usually, they’re chasing an escape from bankruptcy or bad marriages. But for some, it may seem that staging their own death is the only way to feel like they’re alive. Read More >>

Man Arrested for Attempted Theft of Magna Carta After Display Smashed With Hammer

On Thursday, a 45-year-old man wielding a hammer reportedly smashed through a glass screen protecting one of only four copies of the original Magna Carta. The incident, which predictably has a lot of people making National Treasure jokes, happened at Salisbury Cathedral. The man, who is not Nicolas Cage, is now in police custody. The document remains intact and there are no reported injuries. Read More >>

Report: Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder in Stabbing of Colleague in Antarctica

The Antarctic desolation and cold could be too much for some people—even folks you would think are used to some cold weather. A Russian researcher has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a peer at the Bellingshausen Station on Antarctica’s King George Island. Read More >>

Hackers Allegedly Caught on Video Stealing Tesla Model S, Struggling to Unplug Charger

Tesla owner Antony Kennedy claims he caught some remarkable footage of car thieves hacking their way into his Tesla Model S. The heist would have been pretty slick if the thieves simply understood how a Tesla’s charging cable works. Read More >>

The Government is Thinking About Making Piracy Blocking Easier

The government doesn't like it when people pirate stuff, because the rights holders complain and take up valuable time that could be better spent torpedoing Brexit negotiations or trying to make fun of Jeremy Corbyn. So it's no surprise that it's thinking about streamlining the whole 'piracy takedown' process. That way things don't have to go through the High Court every. single. time. Read More >>