Taylor Swift wasn't backing down in court

Taylor Swift wasn't backing down in court

Taylor Swift has been praised for her “sharp, gutsy and satisfying” testimony over allegations of sexual assault. The pop star claims former radio DJ David Mueller groped her while posing for a photo at one of her concerts in 2013 – a charge which he denies. “Just like her expertly crafted lyrics, Taylor Swift was precise, self-assured and direct,” said Billboard magazine. Speaking in court, Swift refused to back down or give ground to the…

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Rihanna's carnival costume goes down a storm

Rihanna's carnival costume goes down a storm

Social media almost collapsed under the reaction to Rihanna’s costume on Monday as the singer attended the Crop Over festival in Barbados. The 29-year-old had teased fans by uploading photos of her new turquoise hair on Instagram over the weekend. But the look was completed on Monday as she stepped out in a jewel-encrusted costume with green and pink feathers. (And not much else). “We are not worthy,” was one of many fan reactions on…

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US military to shoot down consumer drones

US military to shoot down consumer drones

The Pentagon has given US military bases permission to shoot down or otherwise destroy consumer drones flying overhead and nearby. A spokesman revealed that guidance was issued on 4 August. He said the exact terms of the policy were classified. The move comes days after the US Army ordered its own troops to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI because of alleged “cyber-vulnerabilities”. Privacy worries It became illegal to fly personal drones within…

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China holds drill to shut down 'harmful' websites

China holds drill to shut down 'harmful' websites

China has carried out an internet drill to practise closing down websites the authorities consider to be harmful. State run media said Thursday’s exercise was also aimed at forcing internet data centres to hand over contact details of website owners. China already operates a strict internet censorship regime. Analysts say it appears to be tightening controls ahead of an important political meeting later this year. Beijing also recently began cracking down on VPNs (virtual private…

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Australia police 'foil terror plot to bring down plane'

Australia police 'foil terror plot to bring down plane'

Counter-terrorism police in Australia have stopped a suspected plot to bring down an aeroplane, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said. He was speaking after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney. Investigators said they had information that the plot to blow up an aircraft involved the use of an “improvised device”. Mr Turnbull said the raids had been a “major joint counter-terrorism operation”. He said extra security was in place at domestic and international…

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated. The agency said it believed the…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”. Mr Davis is in Brussels for a second round of formal talks on Brexit. He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU. The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a…

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Property website Zillow backs down in row with McMansion Hell blog

Property website Zillow backs down in row with McMansion Hell blog

A dispute between a blogger and a property website over photo copyright has been settled after the website backed down. Kate Wagner runs McMansion Hell, a satirical blog in which she critiques modern architecture and interior decor by annotating images taken from US property websites. Property platform Zillow claimed that she was infringing copyright, although it does not own the images it posts. Ms Wagner initially shut down her blog. Digital rights group the Electronic…

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