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Nan gets perfect response to her very polite Google search

Earlier this week, everyone fell for 86-year-old nan May Ashworth and her elegant manners.

Her grandson, 25-year-old Ben John from Wigan, had stumbled across one of May’s recent Google searches on her open laptop and he couldn’t resist sharing a screenshot on Twitter.

It was possibly the most polite search request Google has ever received.

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830 Million e-mail passwords were hacked, check out if you are one of them

The short version: I’m loading over 1 billion breached accounts into HIBP. These are from 2 different “combo lists”, collections of email addresses and passwords from all sorts of different locations. I’ve verified their accuracy (including my own record in one of them) and many hundreds of millions of the email addresses are not already in HIBP. Because of the nature of the data coming from different places, if you’re in there then treat it as a reminder that your data is out there circulating around and that you need to go and get yourself a password manager and create strong, unique passwords.

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The World’s First “Flying Car” Is Now On Sale for $600,000

For $400,000, you can buy a very nice Rolls-Royce Dawn. Or you can purchase something slightly less sleek but more versatile: a flying car.

Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the world’s first commercial flying car, the Liberty. The company says that the Liberty models are fully compliant with safety regulations set by global governing bodies, and that deliveries will begin by the end of 2018.

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The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titans—Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—look unstoppable. They are the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon captures half of all dollars spent online in America. Google and Facebook accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America last year.

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How the way you hold your smartphone could allow hackers to steal your bank details

Hidden motion sensors in mobile phones can allow criminals to steal banking details and passwords, new research indicates.

Cyber experts believe hackers can access the information simply from the way a mobile phone tilts while being held.

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In Support of National Record Store Day We’re Giving Away a Fluance Vinyl Turntable

Thanks to hipster culture and an overall renaissance in music appreciation, buying vinyl records is back in a big way. According to The Guardiansales of vinyl records have reached a 25-year high–something once thought impossible in the age of multiple music streaming platforms and the ability to illegally download an album in a snap. Continue reading In Support of National Record Store Day We’re Giving Away a Fluance Vinyl Turntable

China and Europe discuss plans for first human outpost on the moon

The ESA says the proposed “Moon Village” could be a potential launch site for future missions and help develop space tourism.

The European Space Agency and China are discussing a potential collaboration for a human base on the moon.

The talks about a possible lunar outpost were first disclosed by the secretary general for China’s space agency, Tian Yulong, and have now been confirmed by the ESA.

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