DoJ charges Autonomy founder with fraud over $11BN sale to HP

U.K. entrepreneur turned billionaire investor Mike Lynch has been charged with fraud in the U.S. over the 2011 sale of his enterprise software company. Lynch sold Autonomy, the big data company he founded back in 1996, to computer giant HP for around $11 billion some seven years ago. But within…

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UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s just as repeatedly snubbed. In the latest high gear change, reported in yesterday’s Observer, the…

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Kencko wants to help you eat more fruit and vegetables

People don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables, that’s despite an embarrassment of options today that include fast grocery delivery and takeout services with a focus on health. A study from the U.S-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last November found that just one in ten adults in…

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Nursing chief apologises over pay mix-up

Only one union, the GMB, rejected the deal. At the time, the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the pay rise was “incredibly well-deserved for staff who have never worked harder”. Nurses had been told by the RCN they would get a 3% pay rise in their July pay packets,…

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TUC: One in 12 workers miss out on holiday

Workers missed out on holiday either because they were set unrealistic workloads that could not be completed on time, or because employers were deliberately denying holiday requests and “managing out” people’s leave, the TUC said. But not granting leave caused stress and mental and physical ill-health, which had knock-on effects…

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Blue badge permit for ‘hidden disabilities’

people who cannot make a journey without “a risk of serious harm to their health and safety” or that of others, such as young children with autism people for whom travel causes “very considerable psychological distress” and those with considerable difficulty walking, meaning “both the physical act and experience of…

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Brexit dream dying, Johnson tells May

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May pays tribute to the two ministers who resigned Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, saying the “dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt”. In his letter resigning as foreign secretary, he said the prime…

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Guardsman first to wear turban at parade

Image copyright PA Image caption Coldstream Guards soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall wearing a turban during a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour A Coldstream Guards soldier is set to become the first to wear a turban during the Trooping the Colour parade. About 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony…

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Drug-Resistant “Super Gonorrhea” Is On The Rise And Going Global

The ongoing arms race between germs and humans is seeing more and more cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea springing up across the world, according to international health agencies. This grim sign of our times doesn’t just mean gonorrhea is becoming much harder to treat, it could also mean that this common…

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids To Swear, According To Science

Scientific research that seems to support the idea that swearing is inherently good certainly seems to appeal to the masses. It’s unclear why, but perhaps there’s something fun about authoritative science types suggesting that we can break social rules like that in a public setting. Research has linked swearing to…

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Otters Are Not Cute, They Are Sick Depraved Jerks

Wednesday May 30 is World Otter Day, a day where your newsfeeds will undoubtedly be filled with cutesy photographs of fuzzy little otters juggling stones or holding hands while they sleep. But don’t be fooled by this PR campaign. Behind those beady eyes lies a dark secret: Otters are assholes. It’s…

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Scientists Accidentally Discover Tea Leaf Nanoparticles Kill Lung Cancer Cells

Scientists from India and Swansea University in the UK have recently discovered that nanoparticles derived from tea leaves can inhibit and destroy lung cancer cells. Although still very early days, the finding – just like many of the best scientific discoveries – was stumbled upon by accident. The discovery is all down…

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Flat-Earthers Just Held A Conference. Their Latest Theory Is Seriously Incredible

Flat-Earthers from around the globe have gathered once again for a conference. Over 200 people attended the conference in Birmingham, UK, hundreds of years after people first circumnavigated the Earth, and thousands of years after we discovered that it was round. As you’d expect from flat-Earth conspiracy theorists, there were…

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The benefits of having friends who aren’t ‘just like us’

Image copyright Getty Images Having a strong network of friends has many advantages, from offering support when we are down, to a group we can share our thoughts with. But could we be missing out if we only mix with people “just like us”? For most of us, the people…

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Hottest April day in UK since 1949

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionExplained: Why this isn’t a heatwave (yet) Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years. The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the…

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MasterChef contestant dies in marathon

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Matt Campbell on the right was running his second marathon in two weeks A MasterChef semi-finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed. Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital. He appeared on…

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