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Donald Trump says UK 'doing great' after Brexit vote - The US president-elect promises a quick trade deal with the UK after he takes office in four days' time.

Pound falls ahead of Theresa May Brexit speech - Sterling hits its lowest level against the dollar since October's flash crash before later edging back up.

Kyrgyzstan plane crash: Dozens die as Turkish cargo jet hits homes - A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong crashes on landing near Bishkek, killing at least 37.

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies sex assault charges - Barry Bennell denies eight charges of historical sexual assault against a boy aged under 14.

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray reaches second round - Britain's Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam match since becoming world number one but is given a stern test.

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails - From aardvark to Bicholim, the encylopedia of things that never were Sixteen years ago, Larry Sanger had the idea for a wiki-based encyclopaedia anyone could edit: the "wiki-pedia". On January 15, 2001, he and Jimmy Wales launched the site. Today, it's everyone's go-to place for quick factlets.…

Market researchers big up NRAM - Silicon to carbon change could boost Nantero's business A market-research report suggests carbon nanotube storage developer Nantero could be on the verge of a breakout after years of disappointment and struggle.…

Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine - Bringing more audience data to TV advertising Analysis More data means better performance for advertising – at least on the digital side. Increasingly, marketers are looking to inject data-driven decision making into the “dumbest” box in the house: the TV set.…

Calls for's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner - Timetable 'unachievable'. Now, where have we heard that one before? The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme.…

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches - Microsoft security boffins throw fresh CVEs at unpatched OS, emerge smiling Microsoft says its Windows 10 Anniversary Update squashes more exploit delivery chains than ever.…

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We should embrace our ability to harness plant genes - A spray that kills crop pests by switching off genes without changing them offers the chance to reach a consensus on genetic modification. It must not be squandered

Taxi races show black cabs beat Uber on speed but not cost - Racing Ubers and black cabs between London destinations is helping researchers develop a journey comparison app that acts like a "Skyscanner for taxis"

Gadget boom sees e-waste in Asia spike 63 per cent in 5 years - A boom in gadgets and a growing middle class has contributed to a spike in e-waste in East and South-East Asia, raising environmental concerns

Carbon seen bonding with six other atoms for the first time - A pyramid-shaped carbon molecule breaks one of the most basic lessons of chemistry textbooks – bonding with six other atoms instead of the typical four

Mini fire extinguishers inside lithium batteries may stop blazes - A lithium-ion battery with its own mini fire extinguisher that releases its contents if it gets too hot could stop phones and laptops bursting into flames

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Researchers Create A Lithium-Ion Battery With Built-In Flame Retardant - An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones. To solve that issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University created lithium-ion batteries with built-in fire extinguishers. They added a component called "triphenyl phosphate" to the plastic fibers of the part that keeps negative and positive electrodes separate. Triphenyl phosphate is a compound commonly used as a flame retardant for various electronics. If the battery's temperature reaches 150 degrees Celsius, the plastic fibers melt and release the chemical. Based on the researchers' tests, the method can stop batteries from burning up within 0.4 seconds. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft's Security Bulletins Will End In February - Remember how Microsoft switched to cumulative updates? Now Computerworld points out that that's bringing another change. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Microsoft next month will stop issuing detailed security bulletins, which for nearly 20 years have provided individual users and IT professionals information about vulnerabilities and their patches... A searchable database of support documents will replace the bulletins; that database has been available, albeit in preview, since November on the portal Microsoft dubbed the "Security Updates Guide," or SUG. The documents stored in the database are specific to a vulnerability on an edition of Windows, or a version of another Microsoft product. They can be sorted and filtered by the affected software, the patch's release date, its CVE identifier, and the numerical label of the KB, or "knowledge base" support document. Redmond Magazine reports that Microsoft still plans to continue to issue its security advisories, and to issue "out-of-band" security update releases as necessary. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Windows 10 Upgrade Bug Disabled Cntrl-C In Bash - An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: A massive set of changes to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was rolled into Windows Insider build 15002... If this is any hint, Microsoft's goal is nothing short of making it a credible alternative to other Linux distributions... Some of the fixes also implement functionality that wasn't available before to Linux apps in WSL, such as support for kernel memory overcommit and previously omitted network stack options. Other changes enhance integration between WSL and the rest of Windows... [O]ne major issue in build 15002 is that Ctrl-C in a Bash session no longer works. Microsoft provided an uncommon level of detail for how this bug crept in, saying it had to do with synchronization between the Windows and Bash development teams. The next Insider build should have a fix. But for people doing serious work with Linux command-line apps, not having Ctrl-C is a little like driving a car when only the front brakes work. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How A Professional Poker Player Conned a Casino Out of $9.6 Million - Phil Ivey is a professional poker player who's won ten World Series of Poker bracelets -- but he's also got a new game. An anonymous reader write: In 2012, Ivey requested that the Borgata casino let him play baccarat with an assistant named Cheng Yin Sun while using a specific brand of playing cards -- purple Gemaco Borgata playing cards -- and an automatic shuffler. He then proceeded to win $9.6 million over four visits. The pair would rotate certain cards 180 degrees, which allowed them to recognize those cards the next time they passed through the deck. (They were exploiting a minute lack of a symmetry in the pattern on the backs of the cards...) But last month a U.S. district judge ruled that Ivey and his partner had a "mutual obligation" to the casino, in which their "primary obligation" was to not use cards whose values would be known to them -- and ordered them to return the $9.6 million [PDF]. "What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining his skill and intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game," Ivey's attorney told the AP, adding that the judge's ruling will be appealed. The judge also ruled Ivey had to return the money he later won playing craps with his winnings from the baccarat game -- though the judge denied the casino's request for restitution over the additional $250,000 worth of goods and services they'd "comped" Ivey during his stay. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple/Samsung Patent Case Returns To Court To Revisit Infringement Damages - An anonymous reader quotes MacRumors: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six years ago...according to court documents filed electronically this week... Apple's damages were calculated based on Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing Galaxy smartphones, but the Supreme Court ruled it did not have enough info to say whether the amount should be based on the total device, or rather individual components such as the front bezel or the screen. It will now be up to the appeals court to decide. Apple last month said the lawsuit, ongoing since 2011, has always been about Samsung's "blatant copying" of its ideas, adding that it remains optimistic that the U.S. Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right." Read more of this story at Slashdot.