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Halve the size of your steak if you want to cut carbon emissions and save the planet, says expert 

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:33
An expert has said that steak should take a back seat on your plate if you want to save the planet, recommending sticking to a cut weighing 4oz (stock image).
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Baby girl becomes first child in the UK to be fitted with a portable heart pump

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:25
Grace Westwood, aged 18 months, first became severely ill in March 2020, and was flown more than 200 miles from her home in Birmingham to Newcastle for specialist treatment in May that year.
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Stadiums can ask for proof of vaccine or negative test, but 'Covid passports' will NOT be compulsory

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:23
While stadiums and venues will be allowed to ask for proof of negative test or vaccine, a Government-led review has quashed the possibility of 'Covid passports' being introduced in the UK.
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Apple Admits It Ranked Its Files App Ahead of Competitor Dropbox

Slashdot - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:20
During the Epic v. Apple trial, an email chain surfaced that reveals Apple seemingly admitted "it manually boosted the ranking of its own Files app ahead of the competition for 11 entire months," reports The Verge. This comes after two monstrous reports by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times showed Apple's App Store clearly and consistently ranking its own apps ahead of competitors. Apple claimed it had done nothing wrong. The Verge reports: "We are removing the manual boost and the search results should be more relevant now," wrote Apple app search lead Debankur Naskar, after the company was confronted by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney over Apple's Files app showing up first when searching for Dropbox. "Dropbox wasn't even visible on the first page [of search results]," Sweeney wrote. As you'll see, Naskar suggested that Files had been intentionally boosted for that exact search result during the "last WWDC." That would have been WWDC 2017, nearly a year earlier, when the Files apps first debuted. The email chain actually reflects fairly well on Apple overall. Apple's Matt Fischer (VP of the App Store) clearly objects to the idea at first. "[W]ho green lit putting the Files app above Dropbox in organic search results? I didn't know we did that, and I don't think we should," he says. But he does end the conversation with "In the future, I want any similar requests to come to me for review/approval," suggesting that he's not entirely ruling out manual overrides. But Apple tells The Verge that what we think we're seeing in these emails isn't quite accurate. While Apple didn't challenge the idea that Files was unfairly ranked over Dropbox, the company says the reality was a simple mistake: the Files app had a Dropbox integration, so Apple put "Dropbox" into the app's metadata, and it was automatically ranked higher for "Dropbox" searches as a result. I'm slightly skeptical of that explanation -- partially because it doesn't line up with what Naskar suggests in the email, partially because Apple also told me it immediately fixed the error (despite it apparently continuing to exist for 11 months, hardly immediate), and partially because the company repeatedly ignored my questions about whether this has ever happened with other apps before. The most Apple would tell me is that it didn't manually boost Files over competitors, and that "we do not advantage our apps over those of any developer or competitor" as a general rule.

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How a selfish thief infected with Covid exposed a mother and two young children to the deadly virus

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:18
A callous thief infected with Covid has been jailed after terrorising a Melbourne family in their home when he was supposed to be self-isolating last August.
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FTC approves $61.7m settlement with Amazon for pocketing driver tips

The Register - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:08
Delivery drives to get refund

The US Federal Trade Commission on Friday announced the approval a consent order against Amazon that requires the company to pay $61.7m to resolve charges that for two and a half years it took tips intended for Amazon Flex drivers and concealed the diversion of funds.…

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Arlene Phillips was fired from Strictly at 66 and is now a Dame

Mail Online - Sat, 2021-06-12 00:02
For many years, Dame Arlene Phillips, now 78, was referred to as 'Arlene-Phillips-66' after she was booted off Strictly Come Dancing's judging panel in 2009.
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Family of boy, 16, stabbed to death in Luton are 'extremely saddened and heartbroken'

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:47
Humza Hussain was the victim of a fatal knife attack in Stoneygate Road on Tuesday.
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MI6 analyst Gareth Williams's 'spy in bag' death to be further examined thanks to new forensic lead

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:42
The naked body of Mr Williams, 31, was found inside a holdall, padlocked from the outside, in the bath of his flat in Pimlico, central London, in August 2010. The keys were found inside the bag with him.
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Third Member of US FDA Advisory Panel Resigns Over Alzheimer's Drug Approval

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:40
A third member of a panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resigned in protest over the agency's decision to approve Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment despite the committee's recommendation against doing so. Reuters reports: Aaron Kesselheim, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School who had served on the FDA's advisory committee for nervous system drugs since 2015, told Reuters on Thursday he was stepping down from the panel. "My rationale was that the FDA needs to re-evaluate how it solicits and uses the advisory committees ... because I didn't think that the firm recommendations from the committee in this case ... were appropriately integrated into the decision-making process," Kesselheim said in an email. He cited FDA's decision to approve Sarepta Therapeutic's drug, eteplirsen, for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2016 as another example of the regulator approving a drug against the recommendations of its advisory committee. On Tuesday, a member of the advisory group who voted against the approval, Washington University neurologist Dr. Joel Perlmutter, resigned from the committee, citing the FDA's approval of Aduhelm. Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. David Knopman said he resigned on Wednesday. The 11-member committee voted nearly unanimously in November that Biogen's drug should not be approved, citing inconclusive evidence that the drug was effective.

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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Eric Clapton ends six-year rift with his daughter Ruth

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:34
RICHARD EDEN: While family and friends feared their estrangement would be irreparable, I am happy to disclose that the guitarist has healed their rift after six years.
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RAY MASSEY drives the Genesis GV80 sports utility

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:30
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Bentley chaps in Crewe should feel flattered by the Genesis GV80's impressive homage to their skills.
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Willie Walsh slams Boris Johnson and Joe Biden over travel restrictions

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:24
Willie Walsh, who now leads industry body the International Air Transport Association, accused the Prime Minister and US President of dragging their heels over the re-opening of transatlantic routes.
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The caring army who refused to be cowed by Covid are honoured by the Queen 

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:00
At the height of the pandemic Amanda Guest, 58, and her brother John Brownhill, 54, sent fresh food parcels to overworked nurses and doctors.
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Global Banking Regulators Call For Toughest Rules For Cryptocurrencies

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-06-11 23:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Global regulators have said cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin should come with the toughest bank capital rules to avoid putting the wider financial system at risk should their value collapse suddenly. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which consists of regulators from the world's leading financial centers, is proposing a "new conservative prudential treatment" for crypto-assets that would force banks to put aside enough capital to cover 100% of potential losses. That would be the highest capital requirement of any asset, illustrating that cryptocurrencies and related investments are seen as far more risky and volatile than conventional stocks or bonds. The world's most powerful banking standards setter warned on Thursday that certain crypto-assets had proved to be highly volatile, meaning they could "present risks for banks as exposures increase, including liquidity risk; credit risk; market risk; operational risk (including fraud and cyber risks); money laundering/terrorist financing risk; and legal and reputation risks." However, it said looser rules could apply to stablecoins -- a new form of digital asset usually pegged to the value of a traditional currency -- that may require only a level of capital rules applied to traditional assets such as bonds, loans, deposits, equities or commodities. The committee's proposals, which will now go out for consultation, are meant to help protect the global financial system in case cryptocurrency prices plummet.

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Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock

The Register - Fri, 2021-06-11 22:57
Couple now definitely past their Prime

The husband of an Amazon financial executive was sentenced on Thursday to 26 months behind bars for insider trading of the web giant's stock.…

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Serial killer who picked on the wrong woman

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 22:50
Naked, blindfolded and bound in her captor's apartment, Lisa McVey had just one thing on her mind - survival. She was snatched at gunpoint while cycling home from her job.
Categories: UK News

Amanda Platell: Carrie's G7 triumph will be galling to Boris Johnson's ex Marina Wheeler

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 22:50
AMANDA PLATELL: What a joyous breath of fresh Cornish air it was to see the new Mrs Johnson walk hand-in-hand with her husband, her wedding ring glinting in the sunlight ahead of the G7 summit.
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Caitlyn Jenner accuses Jimmy Kimmel of transphobia for calling her 'Trump in a wig'

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 22:48
Jenner - who is currently running to become the next Governor of California - took to Twitter on Friday slamming the funnyman.
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MBE at 21 for schoolgirls' heroine: University student is the youngest to receive an honour

Mail Online - Fri, 2021-06-11 22:47
Amika George was made an MBE for her campaign to provide schoolgirls with free sanitary products - which she launched when she was 17.
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