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How supermarkets get your data – and what they do with it

It doesn’t matter if you are part of a loyalty scheme, pay by card or even cash, ‘Big Brother’ supermarkets know your every move We all know supermarkets use information about our shopping habits to target us with personalised vouchers and offers – but how would you feel about sitting…

Gunman kills four in Santa Monica, shot dead by police

By Dana Feldman SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) – A gunman dressed in black killed four people in a string of shootings through the seaside California town of Santa Monica on Friday before he was shot dead by police in a community college library, law enforcement officials said. Five other people…

Kiefer Sutherland cast as lead in ‘Metal Gear Solid’ film adaptation

Metal Gear Solid V starring role will go to Kiefer Sutherland (via The Christian Science Monitor) The role of Snake in in Metal Gear V will go to Kiefer Sutherland, Konami announced today. (Konami) The starring role in Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain, the forthcoming game from Konami, will…

Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday. The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized…

NSA Internet spying foiled plot to attack New York subways: sources

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secret U.S. intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The sources said…

Kerry renews $1.3 billion aid package for Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry last month approved $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country’s new government, a US official said Friday. All such aid is “carefully considered,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, but it was felt the…

Visitors shrug off unrest as tourism in Turkey takes a hit

Hotel reservations may be down after a week of violent mass protests in Turkey, but plucky tourists on the ground have taken the unrest in their stride. “There was tear gas everywhere. It was quite an adventure,” said one visitor from Iceland. Eva Carla Thorisdottir’s arrival in Istanbul in the…

Google CEO reaffirms company denial of ‘back-door’ access to data

Google chief Larry Page on Friday branded Internet spying a threat to freedoms and called for governments to be more revealing about what they try to find out about people’s online activities. “We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety —…

Bible sales outpacing ’50 Shades of Grey’ in Norway

Norway's hot new title? The Bible, now outselling 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Actors rehearse a scene from ‘Bibelen,’ a six-hour play based on a nontraditional interpretation of the Bible that is currently playing at the Oslo theater Det Norske Teatret in…

Cleveland kidnapping suspect indicted on 329 criminal counts

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women while keeping them trapped in his home for a decade was indicted on 329 criminal counts on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Among the charges levied against 52-year-old Ariel Castro were 177 counts of kidnapping, 139 counts of rape,…

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