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"The largest marketplace on the Darknet—where hundreds of thousands of criminals anonymously bought and sold drugs, weapons, hacking tools, stolen identities, and a host of other illegal goods and services—has been shut down as a result of one the most sophisticated and coordinated efforts to date on the part of law enforcement across the globe." So says the USA's FBI. And it is seriously impressive. But, quietly, another investigation, led by Dutch authorities, has done far more damage to the deep web than closing down Alphabay.

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It used to be that a video that got a few thousand views was a bit of an internet sensation. But Google's YouTube, which the company bought after it ran into difficulty paying for its bandwidth, has mutated way beyond those early days. Now, a million views is hardly worth mentioning - and what is fascinating is that some of the really big numbers are not for the stars you hear on the radio.

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The Federal Court of Australia has ordered the winding up of 18 companies associated with the Macro Group, all of which have Desiree Veronica Macpherson as a director.

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Recently, airbnb angered both "hosts" and "guests" by its decision to prevent the making or rejection of bookings on e.g. religious grounds. Then it started to upset "hosts" by delisting properties based on apparently arbitrary criteria. Next, it decided that, in some cities, it would not accept bookings for a property for more than 90 days each year. And within the past few days, a woman has been fined in California because airbnb has entered into an agreement with a California state department. All of this is in addition to long and complex agreements between "hosts" and "guests." The big question is ... how much control is so much control that it turns airbnb from broker to manager...

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A hashtag referring to the expression "the law is an ass" has produced some very unpleasant and disturbing consequences.

A cautionary tale...

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British companies are replacing English with American: today, the 4th July, just a year after declaring Independence from the EU, it's time Britain declared independence over the USA's adulteration of English.

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The US government's CERT division of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement that explains the risks and problems associated with the Petya ransomware virus and details of it.

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Simon Spence wants to be the next Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales. Not only does he stand on a platform of disparaging solicitors, he does it in such a way that he felt the need to clarify his comments. Surely an accomplished advocate should be expected to be clear the first time, to say what he means and to mean what he says? Then the next question is how can someone who fails those basic tests, with a failure he himself demonstrates by his attempts at correction, can be trusted in a position of high-office within a major professional body?

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Leaving aside Vettel's dangerous driving and the stewards' lenient treatment of that, the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a genuine classic with some inspired driving by several drivers and some surprising results.

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Let's be clear about one thing: if a normal person deliberately drives his car into the car of another driver, he goes to jail. How, then, does Vettel get away with an insignificant penalty plus three points on his licence (that will have little or no effect due to points due to expire soon) for exactly that action. The FIA needs to review the Azerbaijan stewards' decision, retrospectively cancel Vettel's points from Baku and impose a meaningful and immediate ban of, say, three races. Also, he should be penalised for causing a collision when he ran into the back of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes causing extensive damage.

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The UK's General Election is all over bar the shouting: there remain a handful of seats to declare but the result is already beyond doubt: even if the Conservatives will all the outstanding seats, they will still not have enough seats to form a majority government. That, Prime Minister, Theresa May, had thought impossible: her objective in calling an election at short notice was so arrogant that her stated expectation was to increase the majority her party had so as to bulldoze her view of separation from Europe without effective opposition. Now, her first job, is to decide if she will even be PM tomorrow morning after the electorate demonstrated that there is a global move towards...

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California, North Carolina, Ohio and the US federal government have been awarded shares of awards made in criminal proceedings brought in the Illinois District Court against DISH NETWORK LLC for making "millions and millions" of calls to people who have recorded their numbers at the Do Not Call Registry. The total fines amounted to USD280 million. It got off lightly: the possible maximum was up to USD24,000 million say some reports. The judge made specific reference to the use of call centres for telemarketing.

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A travel company much favoured by our own team in Asia has closed its doors. It's a shame: we'll miss them.

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When US President Trump announced he thought that the USA had been pushed around in relation to financial regulation, that was fake news generated by paranoid delusion or total ignorance. But now he's made a similar stupid decision raising the question whether it's personality more than capability that's leading him to paint the USA as a victim.

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A Sri Lankan man, legally in Australia, released from a psychiatric hospital yesterday morning was under arrest within hours for making threats aboard a Malaysia Airlines aircraft that had just left Melbourne. The aircraft turned back after passengers overpowered him. Australian police are in wonder at the bravery of the passengers and their resilience at the disruption of their travel.

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