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Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress - The French president does not dodge differences with Donald Trump, on climate, Iran and trade.

Kim Wall murder: Danish inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence - The Danish inventor is given life in prison for killing the Swedish journalist on his submarine.

Union leader says MPs are 'smearing' Corbyn - The Unite union leader says MPs who attack the Labour leader will be "held to account".

Rose McGowan: 'Weinstein tried to contact me' - The actress says she has received "texts [and] things like that" since going public with rape allegations last year.

Girl has leg reattached backwards after cancer surgery - Amelia Eldred who lost her limb to bone cancer has rare procedure which could allow her to dance again.

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You say Halo and I say goodbye: Microsoft throws the book at unauthorised mod devs - Redmond unleashes DMCA barrage on ElDewrito team Microsoft has come down hard on ElDewrito, a community-made mod for the cancelled Halo Online, lobbing DMCA takedown notices and sending its legal team to have a "brief conversation" with the modders.…

Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter – they may need to update their room key software - Eggheads craft skeleton cards to unlock doors in global chains Infosec outfit F-Secure has uncovered security vulnerabilities in a hotel keycard system that can be exploited by miscreants to break into rooms across the globe.…

TSB boss: We know everything's working, you just can't see that - Web banking still down for half of customers In the latest update from TSB about its continued web wobbles, the British bank has told us that while it knows everything is working, punters might not realise that fact because... internet banking still isn't entirely working.…

World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed - taken down by Europol plod and chums Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world’s biggest DDoS marketplace",, Europol confirmed today.…

There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic! - Are you a hoopy frood? Today, 25 April, marks exactly one month until a truly momentous milestone - but an exclusive El Reg analysis* has revealed that as many as 42 organisations are not yet full of froods.…

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Why the US is wrong to say burning wood is carbon neutral - The US’s decision to regard wood as carbon neutral flies in the face of the evidence and will lead to increased emissions

What to expect from the controversial new choice as NASA boss - Republican politician Jim Bridenstine has taken the reins at NASA after a long battle. What will his appointment mean for the space agency, asks Samantha Murphy

Russia cuts off Google and Amazon by trying to ban Telegram app - Russia has unintentionally knocked out several major cloud services in ongoing efforts to cut access to secure messaging app Telegram

G-spot surgery given to three women to boost sexual pleasure - The “G-spotplasty” is intended to improve G-spot sensitivity, but some worry it will make women who don’t orgasm vaginally think they have a medical problem

Biggest ever 3D map of the galaxy pinpoints 1.7 billion stars - The Gaia satellite has been scouring the sky for years. Over 22 months, it has located billions of stars and thousands of galaxies. Here’s what it found

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8K TVs Are Coming, But Don't Buy the Hype - If the 8,294,400 pixels of resolution on an Ultra High Definition television just don't seem to convey enough detail, fear not: The electronics industry has heard your cry. From a report: Even as UHD TVs, often called 4K TVs for their nearly 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution, approach half of display shipments in the U.S., set manufacturers have been stepping up their demos of 8K sets that, with their 7680-by-4320 resolution, pack in a full 33,177,600 pixels. And Sharp is now expanding its distribution of one such set, the 70-inch LV-70X500E. Following its October debut in China and subsequent arrivals in Japan and Taiwan, this 8K display will go on sale across Europe at the end of April for about $13,800 at current exchange rates. That, apparently, is supposed to be a reasonable price for a set that supports a video format that offers next to nothing to watch, that can't be streamed on most broadband connections or fit onto Blu-ray discs and which can't even be properly appreciated unless you get a set too big to fit in many living rooms. [...] The highlights reel playing on a demo unit of Sharp's 8K set required 300 megabits per second of bandwidth to stream, said Adrian Wysocki, group product manager at UMC, the Sharp-owned firm that builds TVs in Poland for the company. He suggested in a conversation Friday that more efficient formats could cut that to 100 Mbps. Only 23.2% of U.S. fixed-broadband connections hit that speed at the end of 2016, according to to the Federal Communications Commission's latest report on internet access services. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nasdaq 'Would Consider' Creating a Crypto Exchange, Says CEO - The CEO of Nasdaq suggested Wednesday that the company could open a cryptocurrency exchange in the future. From a report: The subject came up in an interview with CNBC, during which CEO Adena Friedman expressed openness to the idea. "Certainly Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time," Friedman remarked, adding: "If we do look at it and say 'it's time, people are ready for a more regulated market,' for something that provides a fair experience for investors... I believe that digital currencies will continue to persist it's just a matter of how long it will take for that space to mature. Once you look at it and say, 'do we want to provide a regulated market for this?' Certainly Nasdaq would consider it." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple's Podcasts Just Topped 50 Billion All-time Downloads and Streams - Apple launched podcasts on iTunes way back in 2005, the same year that the Oxford Dictionary named "podcast" its word of the year. A lot has changed since the early days when iTunes was mostly populated with The Ricky Gervais Show and an assortment of news podcasts repackaged from radio shows. From a report: These days, according to Apple, it is home to over 525,000 active shows, with more than 18.5 million episodes available, including content in over 100 languages. Its podcasts span the globe, covering 155 countries and, per Apple, "29 groupings of localized editorial." In short, if you feel overwhelmed with podcast content -- you're not alone. As content has grown, so has the fanbase: In 2014, there were 7 billion podcast downloads. In 2016, that number jumped to 10.5 billion. In 2017, it jumped to 13.7 billion episode downloads and streams, across Podcasts and iTunes. In March 2018, Apple Podcasts passed 50 billion all-time episode downloads and streams. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Europol Shuts Down World's Largest DDoS-for-Hire Service - In what is being seen as a major hit against cybercriminals, Europol, an international police operation, has taken down the world's biggest provider of potentially crippling Distributed Denial of Service attacks. From a report: Europol officials have shut down WebStresser, a website where users could register and launch DDoS attacks after paying for a monthly plan, with prices starting as low as $18.25. The website, considered the largest DDoS-for-hire service online, had over 136,000 users at the time it was shut down. Europol said it had been responsible for over 4 million DDoS attacks in recent years. Visitors to the web site will now see a notice stating that the site has been seized in conjunction with "Operation Power Off," which is the name of the multi-country operation that took down the site. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft Plans Version of Windows 10 For Devices With Limited Storage - An anonymous reader shares a report: A smaller, more pared down version of Windows 10 was spotted in the latest Redstone 5 preview build. Microsoft is calling it Windows 10 Lean and it's 2GB smaller in size than standard editions of Windows 10 once installed. Missing from this version are the Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, wallpaper, Microsoft Management Console and drivers for CD and DVD drives, and Windows Central notes that the lighter Windows 10 might be designed to ensure tablets and laptops with little internal storage can install Windows 10 feature updates. Additionally, the Redstone 5 preview also features phone-related APIs that support functions like dialing, blocking withheld numbers, video calling, Bluetooth headset support and speakerphone mode, stoking those persistent Andromeda rumors. Read more of this story at Slashdot.