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Earlier this year Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, spent $9,500 (£7,500) on a dress for his wife. That is a lot of money for a dress, particularly when it does not exist, at least not in a physical form.
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The army general overseeing the reconstruction of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has said the building's chief architect should "shut his mouth". General Jean-Louis Georgelin and architect Philippe Villeneuve disagree over whether the cathedral's new spire should look modern or medieval...
The money made by social-media influencers has risen meteorically in the last few years, according to a new report. Marketing firm Izea found the average price of a sponsored photo on Instagram has jumped from $134 (£104) in 2014 to $1,642 (£1,276) in 2019.
Several people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on the grounds of a high school in California, officials say. The shooting took place at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles on Thursday, minutes before the school day was due to begin.
An international inquiry into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 believes high-level Russian officials were directing separatists in eastern Ukraine linked to the attack. Investigators allege a top aide of President Vladimir Putin was in contact with rebel leaders on a regular basis.
You've been doing Drupal permissions wrong for years (probably). And the fix is pretty simple. Drupal permissions are an administrator's nightmare. The settings page is a daunting wall of nondescript checkboxes with overlapping meaning and lots of duplication...
An asylum seeker who wrote a book via Whatsapp from inside a detention centre has finally left the island where he was held for six years by Australia. Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian Kurd, arrived in New Zealand on Thursday, vowing never to return to Papua New Guinea (PNG) where he was detained.
Staff at Mac's Mission, which is predominantly for animals with special needs, have called the puppy Narwhal. They had been told there was "no medical need to remove" the extra tail as it caused him no pain, they said...
Gigantopithecus blacki was thought to stand nearly three metres tall and tip the scales at 600kg. In an astonishing advance, scientists have obtained molecular evidence from a two-million-year-old fossil molar tooth found in a Chinese cave.
Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads.
London blogger The Gentle Author has been photographing the changing face of London, focusing on what is known as "facadism", the practice of destroying everything apart from the front wall and constructing a new building behind it...
The bushfires ravaging Australia this week have brought warnings of "catastrophic" danger. Fortunately, no lives were lost on Tuesday - when conditions were at their worst...
Google has become the latest tech giant to announce a new financial product for users - this time, current accounts. The firm said it plans to partner with banks and credit unions in the US to offer the "smart checking" accounts...
Drone maker DJI has demonstrated a way to quickly identify a nearby drone, and pinpoint the location of its pilot, via a smartphone. The technique makes use of a protocol called “Wi-Fi Aware”, with which the drone essentially broadcasts information about itself.
The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck's jab has now been approved by the World Health Organization...
Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has departed from a faraway asteroid and begun its yearlong journey back to Earth. The spacecraft left its orbit around Ryugu on Wednesday with samples of the asteroid in tow...
The co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil has been detained for growing cannabis on his private island in the South Pacific. Billionaire Guy Laliberte turned himself in to police in French Polynesia.
Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says. The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted...
I recently worked on a project with VAKT, a start-up that is backed by an energy and finance consortium, to build a commodities post-trading management platform built on the blockchain platform Quorum. As someone who works with blockchain technologies, I am often asked “What is blockchain?”.
San Diego State University has suspended 14 fraternities following the death of a 19-year-old student who had allegedly attended a fraternity event. Dylan Hernandez was hospitalised on Thursday morning, the day after the event, and died over the weekend.

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