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Creditors press Greece for debt plan - Eurozone finance ministers say they expect to hear fresh proposals from Greece after a referendum rejected the terms of an international bailout.

BBC to fund over-75s' TV licences - The BBC will be required to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over 75s, the government confirms.

Murray sees off big-serving Karlovic - Britain's Andy Murray beats 6ft 11in Ivo Karlovic to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the eighth year in a row.

Tax windfall from pension changes - Changes to the pension system - allowing people to cash in their savings - will provide an extra tax windfall, research suggests.

Taser 'contributed' to man's death - An unarmed man died partly as a result of being "inappropriately and unreasonably" Tasered and restrained by police officers, an inquest finds.

The Register

EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart - Legal eagle soared high when the Federation dug deep Top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Michael Ringler helped EMC splash a cool billion dollars buying a rack-scale flash array upstart, The Register can reveal.…

Phew! Brits escape Azure price hikes as rest of world bears the brunt - Microsoft shows the people of Blighty some cloudy love Blighty has dodged the price hike bullet that Microsoft is set to fire into Europe and Australia, which will see customers paying more for Azure cloud services - much more, in fact.…

RM’s core division will soon be resources, not tech, reckons analyst - Future lies in exam tests and curriculum kit The inevitable after-effects of withdrawing from hardware production and dwindling Building Schools for the Future contracts are leaving a huge hole at RM.…

Catalogic brings rank and file into line with copy data cleanup tool - IBM support in September, EMC early in 2016 Undisciplined file copy creation spreads like a weed across data centres. You can deal with the problem in two ways.…

Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other - But we were doing that FIVE YEARS AGO, says exasperated PayPal Apple has filed a patent which uses NFC and Bluetooth to transfer funds when you bonk two iPhones together.…

New Scientist - Online news

Modified mosquitoes begin blitz on dengue in Brazilian city - An eradication programme in Piracicaba, Brazil, is using genetically modified mosquitoes to control disease-carrying ones, and Florida could be next

Tetris blocks traumatic flashbacks even after the memory is fixed - Playing the classic video game a day after witnessing a traumatic event could reduce the risk of developing PTSD

Could electronic parallel currency ease Greece's big cash freeze? - As the cash dries up in Greece, how can economic paralysis be averted? Innovative parallel currencies offer one way to tackle the crisis, says Jem Bendell (full text available to subscribers)

Removing 'elixir of age' could stop memory loss - Blocking a protein that builds up with age has been shown to aid memory and help mouse brains remain young. If true in humans, a drug could halt memory loss

New Horizons hiccup won't affect Pluto mission science - NASA says temporary loss of contact with the spacecraft over the weekend was a one-off and won't affect its historic arrival at the dwarf planet next week

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Slashdot

Japanese and US Piloted Robots To Brawl For National Pride - jfruh writes: Japan may have just lost the Women's World Cup to the U.S., but the country is hoping for a comeback in another competition: a battle between giant robots. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has agreed to a challenge from Boston-based MegaBots that would involve titanic armored robots developed by each startup, the first of its kind involving piloted machines that are roughly 4 meters tall. "We can't let another country win this," Kogoro Kurata, who is CEO of Suidobashi, said in a video posted to YouTube. "Giant robots are Japanese culture." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google's Waze Jumps Into the Ride-Sharing Business - An anonymous reader writes: Waze, the online mapping company owned by Google, is testing a ride-sharing service in Israel called RideWith. The service will allow commuters to pay drivers for rides to and from work. This is a hard limit — drivers can give no more than two rides per day. If the restriction remains after the initial test, it could be a simple way to avoid pseudo-professional drivers, and all the taxi-related legal problems that go with them (see: Uber). "RideWith calculates a cost based on the anticipated fuel consumption and 'depreciation' based on mileage, and the driver is free to accept or decline the ride accordingly." One can't help but speculate about future involvement with Google's autonomous car project. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Slashdot: Have You Tried a Standing Desk? - An anonymous reader writes: Evidence is piling up that sitting down all day is really bad for you. I work primarily from home, and as I grow older, I'm starting to worry about long term consequences to riding a desk full-time. We talked about this a few years ago, but the science has come a long way since then, and so have the options for standing desks. My questions: do you use a standing desk? What kind of setup do you have? There are a lot of options, and a lot of manufacturers. Further studies have questioned the wisdom of standing all day, so I've been thinking about a standing/sitting combo, and just switching every so often. If you do this, do you have time limits or a particular frequency with which you change from sitting to standing? I'm also curious about under-desk treadmills — I could manage slowly walking during parts of my work, and the health benefits are easy to measure. Also, any ergonomic tips? A lot of places seem to recommend: forearms parallel to the ground, top of monitor at eye level, and a pad for under your feet. Has your experience been the same? Those of you who have gone all-out on a motorized setup, was it worth the cost? The desks are dropping in price, but I can still see myself dropping upward of $1k on this, easily. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Chilling Effect of the Wassenaar Arrangement On Exploit Research - Bismillah writes: Security researchers are confused as to how the export control and licensing controls covering exploits affect their work. The upcoming Wassenaar restrictions were expected to discourage publication of such research, and now it's already started to happen. Grant Wilcox, writing his dissertation for the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, was forced to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach when it came time to release the vulnerabilities he found in Microsoft's EMET 5.1. "No legal consultation on the matter took place, but Wilcox noted that exploit vendors such as Vupen had started to restrict sales of their products and services because of new export control and licensing provisions under the Wassenaar Arrangement. ... Wilcox investigated the export control regulations but was unable to clarify whether it applied to his academic work. The university did not take part. He said the provisions defining which type of exploits and software are and aren't controlled were written in ambiguous language and appeared to contradict each other." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

First Windows 10 RTM Candidate Appears - Mark Wilson reports that the first RTM candidate for Windows 10 has been spotted: build 10176. Leaks and sources have suggested the company intends to finalize the operating system later this week, perhaps as early as July 9th. This would give Microsoft almost three weeks to distribute it to retailers and devicemakers before the July 29th launch date. "While the RTM process has been a significant milestone for previous releases of Windows, it’s more of a minor one for Windows 10. Microsoft is moving Windows 10 to a 'Windows as a service' model that means the operating system is regularly updated." Read more of this story at Slashdot.