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I've always liked Julianne Moore. I say that even though I've never actually met her. But I have confidence that if our paths ever did cross, I would still feel the same.
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France fiasco leaves Cabinet at war: Sajid Javid is accused of spooking PM adding to Amber-plus list
Insiders say the Amber plus decision was taken at a meeting on July 16 attended by Mr Javid, Mr Johnson and senior scientific advisers, but not Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
Ben Affleck has whisked his sweetheart Jennifer Lopez off for a romantic birthday getaway in Saint-Tropez, just days after the newly reunited couple went 'Instagram official'.
At the heart of English novel The Day of the Jackal is a fraud which exposed how anyone could apply for a birth certificate and passport in the name of a dead child.
The New York Times' On Tech newsletter shares a thought-provoking story: This week, a top official in the Roman Catholic Church's American hierarchy resigned after a news site said that it had data from his cellphone that appeared to show the administrator using the L.G.B.T.Q. dating app Grindr and regularly going to gay bars. Journalists had access to data on the movements and digital trails of his mobile phone for parts of three years and were able to retrace where he went. I know that people will have complex feelings about this matter. Some of you may believe that it's acceptable to use any means necessary to determine when a public figure is breaking his promises, including when it's a priest who may have broken his vow of celibacy. To me, though, this isn't about one man. This is about a structural failure that allows real-time data on Americans' movements to exist in the first place and to be used without our knowledge or true consent. This case shows the tangible consequences of practices by America's vast and largely unregulated data-harvesting industries. The reality in the United States is that there are few legal or other restrictions to prevent companies from compiling the precise locations of where we roam and selling that information to anyone. This data is in the hands of companies that we deal with daily, like Facebook and Google, and also with information-for-hire middlemen that we never directly interact with. This data is often packaged in bulk and is anonymous in theory, but it can often be traced back to individuals, as the tale of the Catholic official shows... Losing control of our data was not inevitable. It was a choice — or rather a failure over years by individuals, governments and corporations to think through the consequences of the digital age. We can now choose a different path. "Data brokers are the problem," writes the EFF, arguing that the incident "shows once again how easy it is for anyone to take advantage of data brokers' stores to cause real harm." This is not the first time Grindr has been in the spotlight for sharing user information with third-party data brokers... But Grindr is just one of countless apps engaging in this exact kind of data sharing. The real problem is the many data brokers and ad tech companies that amass and sell this sensitive data without anything resembling real users' consent. Apps and data brokers claim they are only sharing so-called "anonymized" data. But that's simply not possible. Data brokers sell rich profiles with more than enough information to link sensitive data to real people, even if the brokers don't include a legal name. In particular, there's no such thing as "anonymous" location data. Data points like one's home or workplace are identifiers themselves, and a malicious observer can connect movements to these and other destinations. Another piece of the puzzle is the ad ID, another so-called "anonymous" label that identifies a device. Apps share ad IDs with third parties, and an entire industry of "identity resolution" companies can readily link ad IDs to real people at scale. All of this underlines just how harmful a collection of mundane-seeming data points can become in the wrong hands... That's why the U.S. needs comprehensive data privacy regulation more than ever. This kind of abuse is not inevitable, and it must not become the norm.
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EXPERTS at Essex Weather Centre say there is a risk of flash flooding, frequent lightning and "short-lived tornadoes" on Sunday.
Helen Baxendale, 51, even wrote a personal note to say she loved the eight-bedroom Queen Anne home in Devon, after making an offer way above asking price - only for her to then ghost the owners.
PETER HITCHENS: Being called 'bonkers' by Dominic Cummings is a bit like being called 'fat' by the late Cyril Smith or 'intolerant' by the late Ian Paisley. So not all that deeply wounding.
Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, said 'I do' in front of a hushed congregation in the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, a stunning country mansion with views towards Rome.
PIERS MORGAN: To Wembley Stadium for the Euros final between England and Italy. 'Is this wise?' asked my wife Celia as I headed off sporting a St George's flag waistcoat.
KEN MURPHY: More than four million square kilometres of land - roughly equivalent to the land mass of the Indian subcontinent - is used to grow this wasted food.
Everyone in the public gallery of Court No 1 of the Old Bailey leaned forward to watch as the diminutive figure of a 14-year-old boy, dressed in a school blazer, stepped into the dock.
When Britney Spears married her childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander in a 5.30am ceremony in Las Vegas in 2004, it became a global joke because the marriage lasted only two days.
GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT: Rarely has the legend of Winston Churchill been more outrageously misappropriated than it was by Tony Blair.
'Severe weather possible during Sunday,' say forecasters
Glenn Barrett, 51, was watching England v Croatia at a Grimsby social club when he probably contracted Covid-19. Three weeks later he was dead having earlier rejecting offers of a jab.
"U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home," reports the Associated Press: The "superbug" outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. A handful of the patients had invasive fungal infections that were impervious to all three major classes of medications. "This is really the first time we've started seeing clustering of resistance" in which patients seemed to be getting the infections from each other, said the CDC's Dr. Meghan Lyman... Health officials have sounded alarms for years about the superbug after seeing infections in which commonly used drugs had little effect. In 2019, doctors diagnosed three cases in New York that were also resistant to a class of drugs, called echinocandins, that were considered a last line of defense. In those cases, there was no evidence the infections had spread from patient to patient — scientists concluded the resistance to the drugs formed during treatment. The new cases did spread, the CDC concluded.... Those cases were seen from January to April. Of the five people who were fully resistant to treatment, three died — both Texas patients and one in Washington. Lyman said both are ongoing outbreaks and that additional infections have been identified since April. But those added numbers were not reported. The fungus, Candida auris, "is a harmful form of yeast that is considered dangerous to hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems," they add — and it's spread through contaminated surfaces or contact with patients. Newsweek points out that while it's only recently appeared in America, "infections have occurred in over 30 countries worldwide."
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In what Treasury insiders say would be the biggest upheaval in the monetary system for centuries, the Bank of England would establish a direct digital equivalent to physical money.