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Bear snaps: mauled hiker's last moments captured on camera

Bear snaps: mauled hiker's last moments captured on camera | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
The grizzly bear stares at the camera with a look that appears ominous in the last photograph snapped by Richard White just before the animal mauled him to death in Alaska's Denali National Park.
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Facebook dodged a bullet in not acquiring Snapchat, leaked financials show

Facebook dodged a bullet in not acquiring Snapchat, leaked financials show | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
People are all abuzz about Snapchat's financials, which were leaked online this week. If you haven't seen them, the outlook isn't good: Snapchat lost $US128 million during the first 11 months of 2014. And it took in just $US3 million in revenue over the same period, according to records obtained by Gawker
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Twitter dumps 140-character limit for Direct messages

Twitter dumps 140-character limit for Direct messages | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

Twitter announced on Thursday it would scrap the 140-character limit for its direct message feature, switching instead to a lengthier 10,000-character cap. “We’ll begin rolling out this change today across our Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. It will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks,” the company announced on its website.

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The political storm around Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken a new twist

The political storm around Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken a new twist | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
A political storm around Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken a new twist as the country's anti-corruption body confirmed that almost $US700 million ($962 million) had been deposited into his personal bank account.
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Embattled Asian PM says it was a donation but remains silent on where it came from.

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Child free fashion: a new label aims to end exploitation

Child free fashion: a new label aims to end exploitation | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
A new foundation is piloting a label to guarantee clothes are free of child labour, but campaigners doubt its ability to create change
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Child Labor Free, a new foundation based in New Zealand has introduced a labelling system that hopes to be able to certify clothing as child labour free. Brands that apply for accreditation provide information about their manufacturing, components and sourcing, as well as evidence that they do not use child labour.

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After Germany, San Francisco Rolls Out Walls That Pee Back At Public Urinators

After Germany, San Francisco Rolls Out Walls That Pee Back At Public Urinators | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

San Francisco can soon bid goodbye to the stench and mess of public urination with walls that splash urine back at the offending individuals.

In March, Germany introduced walls that ‘pee back’ at individuals who relieved themselves in public. Seeing that the project took off well, San Francisco was inspired to do the same

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Breaking : Louisiana Theater Shooting: Gunman Opens Fire During 'Trainwreck' Screening

Breaking : Louisiana Theater Shooting: Gunman Opens Fire During 'Trainwreck' Screening | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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USA -  A gunman killed two people and wounded nine others after opening fire Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, police said.

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Americans love the Tim Tam

Americans love the Tim Tam | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

The Tim Tam first hit the market in 1964. Photo: Getty

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Australia’s favourite chocolate-covered biscuit is reportedly a hit in the US. It gets its name from a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 1958, so perhaps it’s about time Australia’s favourite chocolate treat took off in the US. Tim Tam, that small, chocolate brick close to the hearts and stomachs of many Australians, was released via US chain Target in late January, coincidentally at about the same time global giant coffee chain Starbucks introduced the Australian flat-white to their US customers. Californians appear to be the biggest fans, since Tim Tam's launch with plans to sell the biscuit across all Walmart stores later this year

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Men take aim at top female gamer : Bad shooters, sore losers

Men take aim at top female gamer : Bad shooters, sore losers | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

 the lower the skill level of a male player, the less positive he is towards a female player. For men playing with men, this doesn't make a difference.

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People know who I am and when I get into a game with them, I get a lot of hate from them. Mainly around how I look," she said. She's ugly. Ugly slut. F--- slut." And the more she wins on the first-person shooting game, the worse the comments become.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/bad-shooters-sore-losers-men-take-aim-at-top-female-gamer-20150722-giezl1.html

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The great plastic water bottle debate

The great plastic water bottle debate | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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the beverage industry is desperate for us to keep drinking water out of plastic bottles and here’s why.


Soft drink sales are on the decline. The Beverage Council’s Geoff Parker confirms carbonated beverage sales have dropped proportionally for 15 years and declined in real terms by about five per cent in the last five years.


Stepping into that void has been bottled water. By most estimates we spend around $500 million a year. Plough through the annual report of a company like Coca-Cola Amatil and you’ll see countless references to what they call the “high-growth water category”. It’s Coke’s big hope for the future.

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Virtual kidnappers are stealing kids on Facebook

Virtual kidnappers are stealing kids on Facebook | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
A majority of virtual kidnappers are teenage girls and young women who use the photos in what is akin to playing a virtual game of make-believe motherhood.
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digital kidnapping involves users on social media stealing photos of babies and young children, and re-posting them for their social media accounts as their own. The trend has even morphed into a small subculture — largely made up of young women — who use the hashtag #babyrp [shorthand for baby role play] to find and share the photos.

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Your phones will soon work with an e-SIM card

Your phones will soon work with an e-SIM card | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
IN THE not too distant future changing phone providers will become a lot easier thanks to a new standard for embeddable SIM cards.
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According to the Financial Times, the world’s two biggest phone makers, Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA about launching devices with these embeddable SIM cards.

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Sinead O'Connor slams Rolling Stone's Kim Kardashian cover

Sinead O'Connor slams Rolling Stone's Kim Kardashian cover | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Unimpressed by the socialite's appearance, O'Connor posted a photo of the cover on her Facebook page, asking followers, "What is this c*** doing on the cover of Rolling Stone?"

"Music has officially died.Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it?"
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Unimpressed by the socialite's appearance, O'Connor posted a photo of the cover on her Facebook page, asking followers, "What is this c*** doing on the cover of Rolling Stone?"

"Music has officially died.Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it?"

 

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'Global Mode' to offer US Netflix and HBO Now as Aussie ISP fights geo-blocking

'Global Mode' to offer US Netflix and HBO Now as Aussie ISP fights geo-blocking | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Aiming to combat piracy, yet impinging on local rights deals, Yournet will help Australians sneak into foreign video services without resorting to a VPN or DNS workaround.
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'Global Mode' to offer US Netflix and HBO Now as Aussie ISP fights geo-blocking | Launching in August, new Australian internet service provider Yournet will only offer a single plan; unlimited ADSL2+ downloads for $129.95 per month. Unlike many budget ISPs, Yournet will boost streaming video performance by ensuring low "contention ratios" – the number of customers sharing a network link. The ISP also intends to offer NBN fibre plans "shortly after launch," says Yournet founder Raj Bhuva.

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Save money with these free, legal Netflix alternatives

Save money with these free, legal Netflix alternatives | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it

The age of streaming video-on-demand is upon us, with Australians spoiled for their choice of entertainment options. A number of free video-on-demand services have grown in popularity recently, thanks to the increasing amount of ways we can now enjoy content. From cult classics to Hollywood blockbusters, genre-defining TV and B-grade blinders: if you can’t find anything to watch, you should check yourself for a pulse.

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Revealed: Australian government pays $14.4M to keep outdated Windows operating systems secure

Revealed: Australian government pays $14.4M to keep outdated Windows operating systems secure | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Federal government departments pay Microsoft millions to continue to support their use of outdated operating systems.
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Australian federal government departments are paying Microsoft $14.4 million to continue to support their use of outdated Windows operating systems for another year because the software giant no longer officially provides security updates or support for them.

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School Boy Becomes A Child Labourer

What happens when a school going kid decides to act as a child labourer? Watch how people on streets react on seeing him holding a placard that reads- "I want to go to school. Will you help me?"
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Babyface? The 12-year relationship of college sweethearts Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Babyface? The 12-year relationship of college sweethearts Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg met in line for the bathroom at a Harvard party in 2003.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child together. 

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Vodafone Unveils Special Umbrellas To Help Women Defend Themselves

An initiative by Vodafone m-pesa to protect and empower women in small towns. A reminder that safety, after all, is in their own hands.
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found via DesignTaxi | In India, it is common for men from rural villages to move to big cities to find jobs. However, this causes them to worry about the safety of their wives and families back home. 

To ease their concerns, Ogilvy Mumbai and Joshua Tree Films have collaborated on a campaign for M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer and microfinancing service offered by Vodafone India. 

The ‘Self-Defense Umbrella’ campaign revolves around giving women special umbrellas featuring pictograms of self-defense techniques they can perform using the umbrella, if they are attacked. 

The short film below was shot in Mumbai and Jaunpur village in Uttar Pradesh. 

Read more: http://designtaxi.com/news/378044/Vodafone-Unveils-Special-Umbrellas-To-Help-Women-Defend-Themselves/

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SCAM ALERT : Telstra customers warned about fake bills with Refunds

SCAM ALERT : Telstra customers warned about fake bills with Refunds | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
FAKE telco bills have been sent by scammers to tens of thousands of Telstra customers in an attempt to steal money.
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FAKE telco bills have been sent by scammers to tens of thousands of Telstra customers in an attempt to steal money.

Claims by the scammers that customers have been paid twice and can redeem a refund are written in the email, instructing them to log into their “My Account” via a link in the email. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

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Concert photographer accuses Taylor Swift of double standards with photo waiver

Concert photographer accuses Taylor Swift of double standards with photo waiver | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Swift's refusal to allow her works to be used without payment is contradicted by the way she treats photographers, accuser says.
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Photographers at Taylor Swift concerts must sign waivers handing over the photo rights to Swift. In the contract, which all photographers must sign before being able to photograph Swift, they agree to being paid only once before handing over all rights to Swift, who is able to use any photo taken as many times as she wants for free. (read more..)

 

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Genetic study challenges Americas settlement theories by linking Amazonians and Australasians

Genetic study challenges Americas settlement theories by linking Amazonians and Australasians | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
DID an ancient tribe of Australian Aborigines colonise the Amazon? Unexpected new DNA results may have uncovered a long-forgotten wave of migration some 15,000 years ago.
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researchers sampled a selection of 30 largely isolated native tribes living in Central and South America.
Their results were startling.
Unlike their surrounding cousins, the tribes living deep in the Amazon rainforest produced a distinct Australasian signature. Other surrounding tribes showed ties to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

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‘World’s First’ Smartphone Printer Cost US$50, Prints Photos Without Ink

‘World’s First’ Smartphone Printer Cost US$50, Prints Photos Without Ink | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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‘Introducing ‘DroPrinter’, the world’s first printer made specially for your smartphone, which cost approximately US$50. The portable printer can print from photos and websites, to almost everything else on your phone—turn on the device, and sync it to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Users do not have to worry about replacing ink cartridges, as it uses standard thermal paper, which can be bought at stationery shops. (read more...)

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Protests erupt in Japan as committee in parliament approves security bills

Protests erupt in Japan as committee in parliament approves security bills | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
Opposition lawmakers in Japan swarmed around Yasukazu Hamada, chairman of the committee that voted on the controversial security legislation, in an attempt to block the proceedings. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)
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TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s vision of a stronger Japan moved a step closer to becoming reality on Wednesday when a key parliamentary committee approved legislation that would allow Japanese troops to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II.

 

Under the U.S.-written pacifist constitution imposed on the country after World War II, Japan has not been permitted to maintain a military and can act to defend itself only if facing a direct attack.

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Instagram bans #curvy backfires with unhappy users

Instagram bans #curvy backfires with unhappy users | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
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While #Curvy is no longer searchable in the app or the desktop version, many people have been quick to point out that other, more insidious search terms such as “Thinspo” which encourages girls to post photos of themselves looking skinny, still remain.

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The National Rifle Association attacks Australian gun laws

The National Rifle Association attacks Australian gun laws | Daily News Reads | Scoop.it
The National Rifle Association has criticised the land down under for its “Orwellian” gun laws instituted following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
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UMM -- try there has been NO MASS Shootings since '96. Who asked you anyways NRA? 

 

The National Rifle Association has criticised the land down under for its “Orwellian” gun laws instituted following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. in this article - In a provocatively-titled article, Australia: There Will Be   http://bit.ly/nramyob2015

“Gun rights were, for all practical purposes, gone forever.” In 1996 28-year-old Martin Bryant killed 35 people at the historic Port Arthur tourist site in Tasmania and soon after Prime Minister John Howard led the introduction of strict gun laws in Australia. Since then there have been few mass shootings in Australia."

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