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12h A happy baby on a train: Dina Alfasi’s best phone picture
The Guardian
‘That the young girl in the foreground was a soldier with a gun on her knee is an integral part of that moment’ Dina Alfasi has often said that her favourite place to shoot is on the train. It’s not only a mobile studio with, as she puts it, great natural light and interesting subjects; it also lends itself to contemplation, to being in the moment. The Israeli photographer was on her way to work in Haifa, Israel when this baby started laughing. It was 8am, on a June morning. The child was seated on the table: the rolling landscape beyond the window and the young women on the seats opposite vying for her attention. When they got her to laugh, the whole coach joined in. “There was a dreamy sense of joy,” Alfasi says, “a pure moment of unity and innocence.” It is that feeling she sought to retain with any image adjustments – the gentle colour, the Magritte clouds, the painterly highlights along chin and cheek. That the young woman in the foreground was a soldier with a gun on her knee is an integral part of that moment.
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26h Canada, China and US were all doomed to lose in Meng Wanzhou’s case
The Guardian
Analysis: After the Huawei chief’s detention, the saga rapidly turned from a narrow legal dispute into an escalating battle The deal
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29h Instagram Stories are being unexpectedly muted on iPhones – but it is going to be fixed
The Independent
‘ We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience’, a Facebook spokesperson said
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30h Facebook ‘overpaid in data settlement to avoid naming Zuckerberg’
The Guardian
Lawsuit alleges settlement in Cambridge Analytica case driven by desire to protect founder Facebook paid $4.9bn more than necessary to the US Federal Trade Commission in a settlement over the Cambridge Analytica scandal in order to protect Mark Zuckerberg, a lawsuit has claimed. The lawsuit alleges that the size of the $5bn settlement was driven by a desire to protect Facebook’s founder and chief executive from being named in the FTC complaint.
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30h Facebook Files: 5 things leaked documents reveal
BBC
Leaked documents appear to present a new problem for Facebook - employee discontent.
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32h Xiaomi phones seem to have a built-in ‘censorship’ blacklist – but it isn’t as nefarious as it sounds
The Independent
The file found by the Lithuanian government may be an advertising blocklist, XDA Developers believes
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32h The self-sustaining house on wheels and other news
BBC
BBC Click's LJ Rich looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.
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32h How long can James Bond resist the call of a TV spin-off?
The Guardian
Experts say it would make sense to expand 007’s appeal into fresh mediums but Barbara Broccoli resists call James Bond’s next mission should be a TV spin-off as
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33h Google’s newest Android update brings a NSFW photo folder, TV remote, and better driving modes to phones
The Independent
Accessability updates, improved file sharing, and and better Google Assistant integration with Reminders are also coming
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33h Updated China says all cryptocurrency transactions are illegal and launches huge bitcoin crackdown
The Independent
All crypto-related transactions are illegal, China’s central bank has said.
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33h Updated Bitcoin price tumbles as China makes crypto transactions illegal
The Independent
The price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has tumbled in the wake of the latest crackdown from China.
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34h China declares all crypto-currency transactions illegal
BBC
Trading Bitcoin and other crypto-currenices is a criminal activity, China's central bank says.
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35h Bitcoin news - live: BTC price tumbles as China central bank launches crackdown on cryptocurrency
The Independent
Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies are tumbling after an announcement from China’s central bank that all crypto-related transactions are illegal in the country.
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36h Experience: our house was moved to a different town
The Guardian
We lived in our dream home. Then suddenly a huge chasm split our town. Rather than buy a new home for the move, we decided to transplant the house I moved to Malmberget – a town in the far north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle – from a nearby village when I was four. My husband Mikael was born there. Our children, now grown up, were born there. I had a secret wish that we could one day live in the beautiful old house in the centre that belonged to my boss. A big green wooden villa, more than 100 years old, with four bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a rooftop veranda with views towards the mountains – my dream home. When my boss put it on sale in 2009, we couldn’t believe our luck and quickly bought it. Malmberget was built around an important iron ore mine, founded in 1741 and today run by the state-owned Swedish mining company LKAB. Most people living there were employed by the mine – and as it grew, so did the town. Eventually the mine grew so big that it began to split Malmberget in two – a huge chasm a kilometre long and 200 metres deep had opened up through the centre of town; it was nicknamed Kaptensgropen (“the captain’s pit”). As the hole expanded, buildings around it had to be demolished. People were offered money to leave; many went to Gällivare, another town three miles away. Others moved farther away.
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36h Chris Pratt, Jack Black to star in new Super Mario Bros movie
BBC
Chris Pratt will be playing Mario with Charlie Day as his sibling Luigi.
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39h It’s-a me, Chris Pratt: Super Mario Bros cast announcement sparks ridicule
The Guardian
The escapades of the famously Italian brothers will be portrayed by a non-Italian voice cast in an upcoming animated film Thirty years since his first appearance in a
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39h Apple iPad 2021 review: still the best tablet for most people
The Guardian
Faster chip, more storage and huge video call camera upgrade keep Apple’s cheapest tablet in front Apple’s updated low-end iPad looks set to continue its dominance of the market with newer chips, twice the storage and a brilliant new video-calling camera. The 10.2in iPad costs £319 ($329/A$499) – £300 for students – making it Apple’s best-value tablet, sitting below the
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40h Best podcasts of the week: paranoia and espionage in the tobacco industry
The Guardian
There’s double-crossing intrigue in Smoke Screen. Plus: the return of Sorted with the Dyers, eclectic album chats in 33 1/3, and an ambitious look at the history of Afghanistan
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23 Sep 11:34pm Bitcoin news – live: BTC price stabilises after surge following Twitter crypto tipping announcement
The Independent
Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies are showing strong signs of recovery following the Monday flash crash, which wiped out nearly $200 million from the crypto market.
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23 Sep 7:03pm Spying concerns fuel the market for more secure tech
BBC
Revelations about spyware have spurred interest in more secure phones and software.
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