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Author Jefferson Galt gives a personal view of the weekend's wheeled sport including the Tour de France, F1's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, MotoGP at Assen and World Superbikes at Imola.

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20130613 Few really willing to fight child marriages - IPP Media

This story - which may actually be a thinly disguised re-write of an article from elsewhere, opens the door to a much wider debate - and many more sources of information of varying degrees of reliability
and credibility. But there is an overall thrust....

For all aircrew and other travellers (which is, of course, pretty much all of us) - the US Border Security says that it has the same rights as Australia's Customs to examine the contents of portable data devices without warrant (remember various aircrew have been arrested over pornography on their laptops going into Aus?)

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Internet start up PitchMyBook.com is shaking up the publishing industry with a mission to reduce the friction within the publishing process. In creating the industry's first paradigm shift for at least half-a-century, the service delivers increased performance while reducing both time spent and cost across the publishing sector.

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As if it wasn't bad enough that a BA aircraft went tech and caused huge disruption, then the Royal Air Force had to escort a Pakistan International Airlines flight away from potential areas until it could land at an airport designated for dealing with suspected terrorist incidents.

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The UK has suffered its first fatal terrorist attack since 7 July 2007. Running people down, hacking down people large knives is so common in some parts of the world that it warrants a small note on the inside pages of newspapers. But those attacks are usually related to organised crime or some perceived personal slight. But the murderous attack in Woolwich in south-east London was neither of those.

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Google has announced that its Checkout service is to be abandoned as of 20 November 2013. It's focussing on payments for non-physical goods and shipping other providers off to third parties, signalling a surrender to PayPal and Amazon Payments. It's another example of Google building a product and orphaning users.What's worse - it's gonna cost you. Google has developed what amounts to a corporate social responsibility product that is a huge benefit to, especially, very small businesses. Now, having encouraged reliance on it, it's kicking them in the most tender region.

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Yes, I know it's Wednesday. Yes, I know I'm supposed to write a race report on Sunday night or Monday morning. But it's hard to do that when there wasn't actually a race. The Spanish Grand Prix 2013 was like a NASCAR race with corners and no crashes. At least it didn't last 500 laps.

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Adobe is betting on cloud services. You don't have to take that bet. You can keep your feet on the ground - and you can save your company thousands of dollars. Year after year after....

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Pirelli made a good decision for the Bahrain race: take two tyre compounds that are very similar. That negated pretty much all the pit-lane decisions that have led to what basically amounts to racing by remote control. But all was not rosy.

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Criticism of Margaret Thatcher is often based on flawed reasoning - and false statements that have been too-often repeated. Nigel Morris-Cotterill, Head, The Anti Money Laundering Network, ultimate owner of ChiefOfficers.Net presents a balanced viewpoint. Actually, he says, she created a business-friendly environment. How can that be a bad thing?

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Skytrax has announced the top 100 airports as selected by their readers.

What were they thinking?

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The bombing of the Boston Marathon gained justifiably widespread publicity. But it was not the biggest terrorist event of the long weekend, nor even the event which could have proved the most deadly. But another event went largely unnoticed by the "western" media. Why? It happened in Taiwan.Then there's the 16 killed in an attack in Pakistan.

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There is much talk of successes against terrorism, in part as the justification for placing restrictions on long- and hard-won freedoms from oppressive government. But as the bombs placed at the route for the Boston Marathon shows, identifying and containing terrorist threats is next to impossible.

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