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Obama: Foley video shocks the world - US President Barack Obama says the beheading of journalist James Foley is "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world".

Beheading suspect 'probably British' - It looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in the beheading of US journalist James Foley is British, David Cameron says.

Bank of England split over rate rise - Two out of nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates earlier this month, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so.

Israel strike 'targeted Hamas chief' - Hamas says militant chief Mohammed Deif is alive and leading its response to Israeli air strikes that killed 19 people in Gaza, including his wife and child.

Second arrest over Tilbury death - A second person is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.

The Register

Speedy software upstart PernixData showered in gold by expectant VCs - Whippersnapper gulps down initial funding, greedily tucks into second helping VMware hypervisor-caching software startup PernixData is gorging on cash from VCs as it ramps up development and its go-to-market efforts.…

Samsung bags second Internet of Home Stuff home firm in a week - US electronics division slurps heating and A/C distie Quietside Samsung has announced its second smart home slurp in a week with the acquisition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributor Quietside.…

WTH? Upstart stuffed with ex-VMware bods grilled on Amazon cloud 'rescue' plan - Platform9's co-founder on how they started a new biz Interview Willem ter Harmsel recently spoke with the CEO of a firm started up by several former VMware staffers, Platform9. Here he grills the startup's co-founder about VMware, the new business and its go-to-market plans.…

Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone? - Low end success, high end boredom Analysis HTC gave Microsoft a huge PR coup yesterday during the New York unveiling of the most stylish Windows Phone ever made. Redmond could certainly use some good news right now.…

Hello, police, <i>El Reg</i> here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now? - Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz A Register reporter has been let away with a slap on the wrist after confessing to, what the cops claim, is an act of terrorism.…

New Scientist - Online news

Digital textbooks adapt to your level as you learn - Struggling with chapter 3? Adaptive textbooks will give you extra, personalised help when you need it

Neanderthal demise traced in unprecedented detail - A study of 40 archaeological sites in Europe suggests the Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, much earlier than thought, and that humans played a role

Seals, not Spaniards, first brought TB to Americas - Seals and sea lions may have brought a form of tuberculosis to the Americas, centuries before the Spanish did so

First samples of Antarctic lake reveal thriving life - About 4000 microbe species have been found in Lake Whillans, 800 metres beneath Antarctica's ice sheets, raising hopes for life on Mars and Europa

Today on New Scientist - All the latest on newscientist.com: why we must daydream, ultimate rejuvenation trial, our place in the universe, police in Ferguson, alien heat and more

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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars - New submitter NBSCALIDBA writes: Eeva Haaramo reports on Helsinki's ambitious plan to transform city transportation. From on-demand buses to city bikes to Kutsuplus mini-transport vans, the Finnish capital is trying to change the whole concept of getting around in a city. "Under the plan, all these services will be accessed through a single online platform. People will be able to buy their transport in service packages that work like mobile phone tariffs: either as a complete monthly deal or pay as you go options based on individual usage. Any number of companies can use the platform to offer transport packages, and if users find their travel needs change, they'll be able to switch packages or moved to a rival with a better deal." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist. - bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes Scientific reports have increasingly linked the bacteria in your gut to health and maladies, often making wild-sounding claims. Did you hear about the mice who were given fecal transplants from skinny humans and totally got skinny! Well, some of the more gut-busting results might not be as solid as they seem. Epidemiologist Bill Hanage offers five critical questions to ask when confronted by the latest microbiome research. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds - Via TorrentFreak comes news that Google is now being asked to remove one million links per day (or an average of one takedown notice every 8ms). In 2008, they received one takedown request approximately every six days. From the article: The massive surge in removal requests is not without controversy. It’s been reported that some notices reference pages that contain no copyrighted material, due to mistakes or abuse, but are deleted nonetheless. Google has a pretty good track record of catching these errors, but since manual review of all links is unachievable, some URLs are removed in error. ... The issue has also piqued the interest of U.S. lawmakers. Earlier this year the House Judiciary Subcommittee had a hearing on the DMCA takedown issue, and both copyright holders, Internet service providers, and other parties are examining what they can do to optimize the process. In the meantime, the number of removal requests is expected to rise and rise, with 10 million links per week being the next milestone. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York - New submitter Randy-tanner (3791853) writes A well known New York architect & contractor has begun construction on what is possibly the largest 3D printing related project ever undertaken. He is 3D printing an entire estate, which includes an in-ground swimming pool, a pool house, and a huge 2400 square foot home. The project is expected to take two years to complete, and if all goes as planned the printer will automatically insert rebar into the concrete. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3 - Digia has announced that existing Qt modules will now be covered under the LGPLv3 in addition to the LGPLv2.1, GPLv3, and the enterprise (proprietary) license. New modules will be dropping LGPLv2.1 and GPLv3+ and be released under the LGPLv3 and GPLv2+ instead. This should be a good move: new Qt modules will be Apache license compatible, LGPLv3 code can trivially be converted to GPLv3, and Digia is even releasing a few modules it intended to make proprietary as Free Software. The KDE Free Qt Foundation is on board. The move was made because of device vendors exploiting a loophole in the GPLv2/LGPLv2.1 that denied users the right to modify Qt or write their own applications. Digia has some self-interest as well, since those vendors were exploiting the tivoization loophole to avoid buying enterprise licenses. From the announcement: We also consider locked-down consumer devices using the LGPL’ed version of Qt to be harmful for the Qt ecosystem. ... Because of this, we are now adding LGPL v3 as a licensing option to Qt 5.4 in addition to LGPL v2.1. All modules that are part of Qt 5.3 are currently released under LGPL v2.1, GPL v3 and the commercial license. Starting with Qt 5.4, they will be released under LGPL v2.1, LGPL v3 and the commercial license. ... In Qt 5.4, the new Qt WebEngine module will be released under LGPL v3 in the open source version and under a LGPLv2.1/commercial combination for Qt Enterprise customers. ... Adding LGPLv3 will also allow us to release a few other add-ons that Digia before intended to make available solely under the enterprise license. ... The first module, called Qt Canvas3D, will give us full WebGL support inside Qt Quick. ... The second module is a lightweight WebView module ... There is a final add-on that will get released under LGPL v3. This module will give native look and feel to the Qt Quick Controls on Android. This module can’t be released under LGPL v2.1, as it has to use code that is licensed under Apache 2.0, a license that is incompatible with LGPL v2.1, but compatible with LGPL v3. Read more of this story at Slashdot.