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One has to wonder whether being listed on Microsoft's Bing search engine is worth the trouble. It's stupid and it slows down websites generating log entries that look suspiciously similar to those created by hackers and spambots. It's time to decide whether to simply block BingBot from all access to sites and accept that means an absence of web presence (except there are a couple of tricks that can keep web presence while keeping BingBot away from active sites).

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An Australian estate agent / property developer Rick Otton and a company of which he was a sole director, told people how they could make money by buying and selling houses. We Buy Houses Limted and Otton have just been ordered to pay a whopping AUD18 million for telling porkies.

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This is just silly. We own dozens of domain names and we manage a handful for friends and family because it's convenient, we can include them on our data protection system and deal with domain admin within our own processes rather than them have to do it. As a result, we get a lot of correspondence from domain hosts and domain registrars, especially as we are moving all the domains and websites, in batches, from one unsatisfactory host to a far better one. In addition, we also get notices from ICANN which really hasn't got a grip on this GDPR thing at all.

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If enough people get to see it, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's press conference in Bourke Street, Melbourne this morning will go down as one of those jaw-dropping moments in politics. It was a no-holds barred, balls-out, unequivocal challenge to "communities" in Melbourne to identify and report indicators of extremism for the sake of Australia and, importantly, for their own sake. A straight-talking poli? Strewth.

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Last year it was FinTech. 2018 was scheduled to be the year of RegTech but the crazy inflation in the value of crypto-currencies at the end of 2017 hijacked that and this year became the year where no sentence was complete without the word "blockchain" somewhere in it, or so it seemed. But the love affair is already turning sour as reality sets in and the buzzword junkies are at last being shown for what they are: opportunists who will be onto the next big thing as soon as someone tells them what it is.

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The irony should escape no-one. In order to work towards the development of on-line courts, the UK will play host to delegates and speakers from "over 20 countries." So, video conferencing is expected to work for court proceedings but not for meetings, then?

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Australia's home grown problems from banking to home insulation are pretty epic but the sheer scale of the Takata airbags scandal is, simply, monumental.

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No-deal Brexit would hit south-eastern European economies hardest among EBRD regions, says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a surprising counter-point to the position espoused by the EU generally .

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Any aeroplane crash is newsworthy. Media organisations, bloggers and opportunists race to publish anything, just so long as it gets picked up by major search engines within minutes. Even venerable reporting organisations fall into the trap of just getting something, anything onto their website so they don't seem to be behind. Grabbing eyeballs is the primary objective. But as the BBC found out yesterday, sometimes that rush to publish leads to questionable content....

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News is breaking as we write of the loss of flight JT610, a Boeing 737 Max 8, the Seattle company's latest variant of its most popular aircraft. The aircraft operated by Lion Air, which has one of the newest fleets of aircraft in the industry, left Jakarta a short while ago and disappeared over the sea en route to Pangkal Pinang in the Bangka Belitung Islands.

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Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT

National Cyber Awareness System:
AA18-284A: Publicly Available Tools Seen in Cyber Incidents Worldwide [ https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/a... ] 11/10/2018 11:19 AM EDT
Original release date: 11 October, 2018

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Bahrain International Airport has a latest check-in time after which check-desks will be closed.

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Tokyo's famed Tsukiji Fish Market closes for the last time in October 2018. The last trade-only auction that allowed in visitors was on 15th September. The last full trading session was on the 6th October. Nigel Morris-Cotterill photographed the wholesale market and the "outer market" in the last days before the wholesale market was closed.

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It's a very long time since Formula One (and many countries) banned tobacco advertising. For a decade, Ferrari have kept the red and white of their previous long-standing tobacco sponsor, Marlboro. Now Malboro's parent company are back, with a white logo, on the Ferraris and a book of Haiku poetry created from the wit and wisdom and sometimes grouchiness of Kimi Raikkonen just before he leaves the team. So what's going on?

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Questions over the future of takeaway food apps and delivery services are raised by the second case of a restaurateur being prosecuted following the death of a customer after an extreme allergic reaction.

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