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Beam me up Scotty: German scientists invent working teleporter, of sorts

New system destructively scans objects transmits them through encrypted communications across any distance and rebuilds it the other sideTeleportation has been the holy grail of transport for decades, ever since Mr Scott first beamed up Captain Kirk and his crew in the 1966 opening episode of Star Trek. Now the technology may have been cracked in real life … sort of.Scientists from the Has

O2 purchase by Three confirmed for £10.25bn as operator consolidation continues

All-cash deal will make Three the largest mobile phone operator in the UK as network consolidation continues across Europe in mobile and beyondThe owner of the mobile network Three has confirmed it is in exclusive negotiations to acquire O2 UK from Spanish telco Telefonica.The deal for £10.25bn in cash, including an initial amount of £9.25bn followed by a deferred £1bn, blocks Sky’s report

It's complicated: why playing a video game is like having a relationship

When you’re engrossed in a game it’s easy to both love it and hate it – as fans of Destiny will often attest. What does that say about the nature of play?_“Nice to meet youWhere you been?I could show you incredible thingsMagic, madness, heaven, sinSaw you there and I thought, oh my godLook at that face, you look like my next mistakeLove’s a game, wanna play?”Taylor Swift, Blank Space_

What happens when most of China visits your website? It dies a horrible death

Chief engineer of small software firm in Greensboro North Carolina woke up to find his company was receiving 13,000 requests a secondWhat happens if a significant proportion of all the web traffic in China gets directed to one server? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is “that server dies a rapid death”.Craig Hockenberry, the senior software engineer for developers Iconfactory, in the sma

Wikipedia bans five editors from gender-related articles

Online encyclopedia’s highest court rules on more than 10 editors deemed to be breaking the site’s rules amid Gamergate controversyWikipedia’s arbitration committee, the highest user-run body on the site, has banned five editors from making corrections to articles about feminism, in an attempt to stop a long-running edit war over the entry on the “Gamergate controversy”.The editors, who we

Vice News debuts 'virtual reality news broadcast' of US Millions March

Digital artist Chris Milk and Spike Jonze’s report was filmed at December protest in New York after death of Eric GarnerThe current wave of interest in virtual reality technology may be fuelled by games, but Vice News is hoping that VR can play a role in news broadcasting too.The online broadcaster has teamed up with digital artist Chris Milk and filmmaker Spike Jonze for a “virtual realit

Twitter encourages 'verified' users to stop posting photos from Instagram

Social network wants celebrities and public figures to post their images directly on Twitter to ‘make sure your fans always see them’Twitter has taken the unusual step of interrupting high-profile users within its own app, to suggest they stop posting photos from Instagram to the social network.A number of Twitter’s ‘verified’ users – accounts held by celebrities, brands and other public f

YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating over Music Key contract

Google’s video service may have agreed music deals with indie labels, but DIY artist says she’s still being pressured to sign unfair termsMusician Zoe Keating has criticised YouTube for threatening to block her channel unless she signs up to new terms covering its recently-launched YouTube Music Key service.Keating is one of the most prominent artists releasing music herself, rather than t

Chatterbox: Blood Bowl 13 live draw day

The place to talk about Blood Bowl and other things that matterIt’s time. From the four corners of the globe they come. The orcs, the elves, the goblins. Drawn, as though by a mage, to this annual Blood Bowl extravaganza. The Blood Bowl live draw. No one really knows what it is, or what everyone is doing there, but by the Dwarven hammer of Glatchlocx, something will be drawn today and live

New Apple executive's $73.3m pay packet dwarfs that of boss Tim Cook

*Angela Ahrendts’s 2014 income boosted by huge sign-on package*Cook received $9.22m, including $6.7m bonusApple boss Tim Cook’s pay package more than doubled last year to $9.22m as the iPhone maker’s share price soared to record levels. But Angela Ahrendts, his new head of retail, took home the biggest award in 2014 – a whopping $73.3m – boosted by a massive sign-on package.Cook’s packag

WhatsApp messenger makes move to the web

New web-based app finally allows users to send messages from a computer to contacts using smartphones WhatsApp can finally be used on something other than a smartphone: a desktop web app.The new platform allows WhatsApp’s 700m users to send and receive free text, picture and voice messages through Google Chrome on a computer, but only if they use WhatsApp on an Android, Windows Phone or Bl

Ship Your Enemies Glitter site sells for $85,000

Site which offered to send foes ‘the herpes of the craft world’ sells after owner asks users to ‘stop buying this horrible product’• ‘Ship Your Enemies Glitter’ founder sells company after begging users to ‘stop’The founder of Ship Your Enemies Glitter, a single-purpose website that lets customers anonymously ship their enemies glitter, has sold his business for US$85,000 less than two wee

Internet filters block websites of sex abuse charities

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4chan founder 'Moot' bids farewell: 'This is it for me. This is goodbye'

Addressing more than 40,000 people, Christopher Poole, who is known as ‘Moot’, said he felt deeply proud of the community he had created Continue reading...

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for 'merely linking to hacked material'

The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine in statement: ‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial complex’ Continue reading...

Need a wee and have nowhere to turn? Yes, there's an app for that

Airpnp claims to have solved the age-old problem of needing to urinate at short notice by connecting users to bathrooms, for a price. But does it actually work? Continue reading...

UN needs agency for data protection, European commissioner tells Davos

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Google to become wireless provider with Sprint and T-Mobile – reports

It’s still unclear when service will launch but offering discounted data plans would bring more customers online and pose a threat to major carriers Continue reading...

Barrett Brown statement: 'This is not the rule of law, it is the rule of law enforcement'

The activist-journalist submitted a statement to the judge who will sentence him on Thursday in which he apologizes for his actions but warns of a ‘dangerous precedent’ in legal action against hacktivists. The full statement appears below*Barrett Brown warns of ‘dangerous precedent’ ahead of hacking sentencing Continue reading...

Kim Dotcom launches end-to-end encrypted voice chat ‘Skype killer’

New MegaChat promises secure, encrypted and ‘private’ video chatting through a browserKim Dotcom’s encrypted file sharing service has added free end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat through the browser.MegaChat, which promises to keep video chats secure and private, has been developed by the Mega “Conspiracy Team” and is being described as a “Skype killer” by Dotcom. Related: Micro

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry. The story goes that Microsoft was once considering introducing cross-platform play between PCs and Xbox 360s

How can I play all kinds of games on my PC?

Hatim wants to play all kinds of games but his PC doesn’t have a graphics card. Jack Schofield offers some pointersCan I play all types of games – including low- and heavy-quality games – without a graphics card on my PC? I have no graphics card at the moment. HatimThere are, very roughly, three types of games: serious games, casual games, and old games written for slower processors. Casua

Bill Gates predicts HIV vaccine by 2030

Microsoft founder tells Davos that vaccine and new intense drug treatments could end most new cases of deadly virus Continue reading...

White House makes reversal over release of personal data from Healthcare.gov

Healthcare website was quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies but outcry in Congress and among privacy advocates led to U-turn Continue reading...

Digital shopfront to make government access as easy as internet banking

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Obama courts YouTube generation in interviews with online stars

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