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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66 - British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had colon cancer, has died aged 66, her agent confirms.

PM's EU migrant plan 'by Christmas' - David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of migrants to work in the UK before the end of 2014 as Jose Manuel Barroso warns about leaving the EU.

Fire at power station investigated - Firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.

Kate's second baby due in April - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April next year, Kensington Palace says.

Nigeria declared free of Ebola - The World Health Organization declares Nigeria officially free of Ebola - hailing it a "spectacular success story" - after six weeks with no new cases.

The Register

Sophos to offshore American support operations - Blame Canada? Exclusive Sophos plans to offshore support operations from the US to Canada and the Philippines as part of a wide-ranging restructuring of its support operations.…

QLogic: Healthy fibre boosted our bottom line - Grantley servers help drive sales QLogic has reported second quarter revenues of $127.5m, up 7 per cent on the previous quarter, and 13 per cent on the year-ago period.…

Twitter 'news' spreads faster than Ebola #FakeCures #Malware - Security watchers warn to brace for scams Social media has become a conduit for the spread of fake cures and treatments for Ebola. As if that weren't bad enough, confusion about the epidemic is also being harnessed to push malware and other cybercrime scams, security watchers warn.…

Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty - Guns, or objects licensed as guns? Big difference between the two Analysis The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has claimed that more legally owned firearms were lost or stolen over the last few years than appears to be the case, according to an exclusive analysis by The Register.…

IBM: Please, have our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 BEEELLION - Global Foundries fattens up on IP, engineering Big Blue is going to become slightly less Big and Blue by paying Global Foundries $1.5bn to take on its chip-making business, according to multiple media reports.…

New Scientist - Online news

Wearable tech lets boss track your work, rest and play - How will our lives change as more and more firms digitally monitor their employees' movements and health, at work and beyond. We're about to find out

Europe's new scientific revolution - It's great to see scientists across the continent protesting in unison about funding and jobs, says the editor of a website exploring European research issues

Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions

Oldest genitals found. Went out of fashion for eons - If you're going through a dry patch, it's nothing compared to the entire animal kingdom – it appears to have gone millions of years without copulating

Fetus's arthritis genes can affect the mother - Stowaway DNA which seeps from fetuses to their mothers may raise their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and dads may be to blame

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Slashdot

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection? - New submitter iamacat writes I am thinking of canceling my regular voice plan and using an LTE hotspot for all my voice and data needs. One big draw is ability to easily use multiple devices without expensive additional lines or constantly swapping SIMs. So I can have an ultra compact Android phone and an iPod touch and operate whichever has the apps I feel like using. Or, if I anticipate needing more screen real estate, I can bring only a Nexus 7 or a laptop and still be able to make and receive VoIP calls. When I am home or at work, I would be within range of regular WiFi and not need to eat into the data plan or battery life of the hotspot. Has anyone done something similar? Did the setup work well? Which devices and VoIP services did you end up using? How about software for automatic WiFi handoffs between the hotspot and regular home/work networks? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut - StartsWithABang writes We like to think of the Mercury 7 — the very first group of NASA astronauts — as the "best of the best," having been chosen from a pool of over 500 of the top military test pilots after three rounds of intense physical and mental tests. Yet when women were allowed to take the same tests, one of them clearly distinguished herself, outperforming practically all of the men. If NASA had really believed in merit, Jerrie Cobb would have been the first female in space, even before Valentina Tereshkova, more than 50 years ago. She still deserves to go. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids - PC World (drawing on an article from 3DPrint.com) notes that inventor Pat Starace has released his plans for a 3-D printable prosthetic hand designed to appeal both to kids who need it and their parents (who can't all afford the cost of conventional prostheses). The hand "has the familiar gold-and-crimson color scheme favored by Ol' Shellhead, and it's designed with housings for a working gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, and other "cool sensors", as well as a battery housing and room for a low-power Bluetooth chip and charging port." It takes about 48 hours in printing time (and "a lot" of support material), but the result is inexpensive and functional. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data - fyngyrz (762201) writes It would seem that no matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening. Keeping in mind that this is only what's been discovered so far, and given what's known to be going on, it's not unthinkable that more is as well. Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal? It will be interesting to see if these discoveries result in an outcry, or not. Is it worse than the data collection recently reported in a test version of Windows? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail - An anonymous reader writes with this news from The Guardian about a proposed change in UK law that would greatly increase the penalties for online incivility: Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence. Grayling, who spoke of a "baying cybermob", said the changes will allow magistrates to pass on the most serious cases to crown courts. The changes, which will be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill, will mean the maximum custodial sentence of six months will be increased to 24 months. Grayling told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the six-month sentence. Read more of this story at Slashdot.