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Ireland Says the EU isn’t Justified Asking Apple for €13 Billion in Taxes

Corporations are people. That's what we get told. But unlike actual people they somehow manage to get away with paying what seems like a very small amount of tax. Actual people don't like this, even though the companies themselves furiously defend what appear to be obvious tax-avoidance schemes.  Apple is no different, though it seems to have an ally in the form of Ireland's finance minister. Read More >>

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Parliament Spent £130,000 on Pest Control Last Year

It's no secret that the Houses of Parliament cost a lot of money to maintain, particularly when they're in desperate need of renovation. But it turns out there's another big bill MPs need to deal with: the £130,000 needed to deal with all the pests. Read More >>

politics
Who on Earth Wants to See a Wax Theresa May?

Madame Tussauds, the tourist-ripper-offer extraordinaire, is about to unveil a new attraction. It is working around the clock to try to finish a wax model of Theresa May while she's still prime minister. Read More >>

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Amber Rudd Was Targeted by an Email Troll Pretending to be Theresa May’s New Communications Chief

Pretending to be someone else and conversing with politicians via email seems to be the next big thing in online trolling. Recent victims include members of Donald Trump's family, former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci, and our own nonsense-spewing home secretary Amber Rudd. Read More >>

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New Laws Want to Ensure UK Citizens Get Extra Data Protection Rights After Brexit

Once the UK leaves the EU there's going to be a lot of legislative work to ensure everything goes smoothly, and one of the places that needs it the most is data protection. Well the government is doing something about it, and more than what was initially lauded during the general election and the Queen's speech in June. Read More >>

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The Government Has Issued Stricter Guidelines on Connected Cars

You know how damn near everything can be hacked, including cars? Well the government is a bit worried about that, so it's gone and issued some new stricter guidelines to ensure the security of connected vehicles. Read More >>

security
A Conference of Hackers Totally Pwned American Voting Machines

A noisy cheer went up from the crowd of hackers clustered around the voting machine tucked into the back corner of a casino conference room—they’d just managed to load Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” onto the WinVote, effectively rickrolling democracy. Read More >>

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PornHub Has Spoken Out Against the Government’s Plans for Age Checks on Porn

The government has been after our porn for years now, trying various different methods to ensure that accessing them isn't as easy as it could be. All because they're worried people will be bad parents and not do anything to stop their kids from accessing all the freely available smut. Read More >>

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British Troll Fools Trump Administration Officials With His Email Prank

The Trump administration is not exactly known for its critical thinking skills. Read More >>

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That Viral Photo of Theresa May With The Scream Painting is Totally Fake

Have you seen that photo of Theresa May and her fellow Tories in front of the Edvard Munch painting, The Scream? It’s going viral on Twitter at the moment. But sadly, it’s completely fake. Read More >>

politics
A Microsoft Font Really Did Take Pakistan’s Prime Minister Down

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resign his position immediately following a landmark decision by his country’s Supreme Court. Sharif has been under fire since last year, when leaked documents appeared to show his family had hidden wealth in shell companies overseas. Earlier this month, investigators revealed that crucial financial documents provided by the Sharifs used Microsoft’s Calibri font but were dated from before that font was publicly released. Read More >>

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The Politics of Hacking in the Age of Trump

There are a lot of unusual things to do at DEF CON, the annual hacker conference that draws tens of thousands of security enthusiasts to Las Vegas in the depths of summer—you can learn to lockpick, go fed-spotting, or hack an internet-connected sex toy. But last year offered something new. Jeff Moss, the founder of DEF CON and its more enterprise-focused sister conference, Black Hat, held a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Read More >>

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Lord Foster Plans Temporary Parliamentary Dome for Westminster Repair Break

When or if they ever get around to stumping up the billions needed to shore up the Palace of Westminster, celebrated architect Sir Norman Foster has an idea about what to do with all the MPS. He suggests decanting the lot to a temporary glass dome built just down the road on Horse Guards Parade. Read More >>

politics
The Microsoft Font That Has Scandalised Pakistan’s First Family

Back in April, the family of Pakistan’s scandal-plagued prime minister landed in the crosshairs of an investigation relating to the leaked Panama Papers. This week, the team handling the investigation concluded that documents signed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family were fraudulent due to the fact that they were purportedly from 2006 but used Microsoft’s Calibri font, which wasn’t publicly released until 2007. Read More >>

environment
US Tangles With the World Over Climate Change at G20

Negotiations over the wording of the final communiqué from the G20 meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations carried on late into Saturday morning. The sticking point? Disagreements over the US’s preferred phrasing for the group’s position on climate change and renewable energy. Bafflingly, the US wanted to state that it will help other nations with access to fossil fuels. Read More >>