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UK Police Trial Mobile Fingerprint Scanners Linked to Criminal and Immigration Databases UK Police Trial Mobile Fingerprint Scanners Linked to Criminal and Immigration Databases

Police in West Yorkshire, England are rolling out mobile fingerprint scanners to instantly identify criminal suspects and people “experiencing a medical emergency.” 250 mobile devices are being deployed in West Yorkshire and the British government says the tech will come to 20 police departments across the country by…

Julian Assange's Options to Get Out of Ecuadorian Embassy Are Rapidly Narrowing Julian Assange's Options to Get Out of Ecuadorian Embassy Are Rapidly Narrowing

The government of the U.K. has denied a motion to grant Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 over fears he could be extradited, diplomatic protections.

Alexa's Future as a Crime-Fighting Virtual Cop Is Still Far Away Alexa's Future as a Crime-Fighting Virtual Cop Is Still Far Away

A police department in Britain has started using Amazon’s Alexa to broadcast daily briefings in people’s homes, with the longterm goal of making the smart assistant a key part of the police force.

The UK and EU Plan to Make Bitcoin Investors Use Their Real Names The UK and EU Plan to Make Bitcoin Investors Use Their Real Names

Bitcoin managed to set a new price record on Sunday, briefly hitting $11,826 per coin. And governments around the world are taking note of the boom in divergent ways. In the European Union, a new plan is expected to regulate cryptocurrencies under the same anti-money laundering laws as fiat money. It’s expected to…

Watch Thieves Hack Keyless Entry to Steal a Mercedes in Less Than a Minute Watch Thieves Hack Keyless Entry to Steal a Mercedes in Less Than a Minute

A new surveillance video from Birmingham, England shows two hackers exploiting keyless technology to steal a sleeping man’s Mercedes—in less time than it takes to order something off Seamless. Released by the West Midlands Police Department on Monday, authorities believe it to be the first footage of thieves…

British Water Companies Are Searching for Leaks With Divining Rods and I'm So Angry I Could Cry British Water Companies Are Searching for Leaks With Divining Rods and I'm So Angry I Could Cry

Imagine if someone came to your house to fix your pipes, then stumbled around your yard blindly with a pair of sticks. Now imagine if you called the company they worked for whose rep said “yep, sometimes that’s how we look for pipes.”

Paradise Papers Investigation Shows StubHub Rewarding Large-Scale Scalpers Paradise Papers Investigation Shows StubHub Rewarding Large-Scale Scalpers

In the most recent case of financial intrigue bubbling up following the leak of the Paradise Papers, an investigation by the CBC and the Toronto Star uncovered evidence of a multi-million dollar ticket scalping operation that StubHub not only permits but incentivizes. And now the ticket reselling platform’s offices…

Britain Publicly Names North Korea as Source of WannaCry Attack Britain Publicly Names North Korea as Source of WannaCry Attack

In a BBC radio interview on Friday, British Security Minister Ben Wallace attributed this year’s WannaCry outbreak to the North Korean government. The ransomware attack crippled roughly a third of Britain’s National Health Care trusts, as well as nearly 300 local doctor’s offices, in May.

British Spies Accused of Gathering Untold Social Media Data on Innocents, 'Unlawfully' Sharing it With Foreign Powers British Spies Accused of Gathering Untold Social Media Data on Innocents, 'Unlawfully' Sharing it With Foreign Powers

British spy agencies have collected and shared huge databases of personal and social media information on millions of individuals, and effectively circumvented the investigatory body tasked with surveillance oversight, according to documents newly obtained by Privacy International, a London-based consumer advocacy…

Uber Board to Vote on Stripping Travis Kalanick's Power Uber Board to Vote on Stripping Travis Kalanick's Power

When Dara Khosrowshahi took over the role of Uber CEO from company founder Travis Kalanick, no one thought it was going to be an easy transition. In just over a month, the new CEO has had to deal with numerous major crises left in the wake of Kalanick’s tenure. Now even more trouble is rocking the company and the…

The New Kingsman Comic Is Delightfully, Achingly British The New Kingsman Comic Is Delightfully, Achingly British

And no, we’re not talking about the one about Brexit this time. That said, The Red Diamond, the official continuation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ original Kingsman: The Secret Service, is a teeny little bit about Brexit, too, because it’s hard to be British in 2017 without mentioning the damn thing.

London Tower Survivors Are Being Forced to Compete for New Homes London Tower Survivors Are Being Forced to Compete for New Homes

British prime minister Teresa May said on Wednesday that the tenants management organization responsible for the Grenfell Estate, where a violent tower fire killed at least 80 people in June, will be stripped of their responsibilities. Why? Turns out they’ve done a terrible job managing the aftermath of that disaster.…

The UK Wants You to Know They Can See the Eclipse, Too The UK Wants You to Know They Can See the Eclipse, Too

Eclipse fever is raging across the United States. Eclipse glasses and hotel rooms are selling out. Seemingly every university in the country has issued a press release in case I had somehow forgotten that, despite happening fairly regularly somewhere on Earth, this time the Moon is going to block out the sun in …

The UK Plans to Ban All New Gas and Diesel Cars and Vans by 2040 The UK Plans to Ban All New Gas and Diesel Cars and Vans by 2040

The days of the good old trusty internal combustion engine, which revolutionized transportation but also maybe helped usher in a looming environmental apocalypse, may be numbered across the pond.

UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

The government of the UK said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams—slightly more than half a pound, for all you ignorant Americans—will need to be registered with the Department of Transport following a report by aviation authorities drones as small as 400 grams could damage helicopter windshields. Drone…

Theresa May's Government Announces Plan to Thwart All Porn-Viewing Minors by April 2018 Theresa May's Government Announces Plan to Thwart All Porn-Viewing Minors by April 2018

Malfunctioning Dalek and British Prime Minister Theresa May, fresh off of securing the support of the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, has reportedly set a timetable for her government’s plan to force all porn sites operating in the U.K. to check the ages of its users.

Everything You Need to Know About Lord Buckethead, the Spacelord Star of the UK General Election Everything You Need to Know About Lord Buckethead, the Spacelord Star of the UK General Election

The United Kingdom has woken up after going to the polls to a shocking upset for Prime Minister Theresa May, and a hung Parliament—an outcome where no party managed to achieve a singular majority. But if American audiences tuned in, they have been less perplexed by the electoral system than Lord Buckethead.

UK Broadcaster Chastised for Airing Gory Alien Scene Immediately After Saturday Cartoons UK Broadcaster Chastised for Airing Gory Alien Scene Immediately After Saturday Cartoons

When British actor John Hurt passed away in January, news editors around the world quickly started broadcasting clips from the actor’s many iconic roles. But it was maybe not the smartest idea for one of them to air Hurt’s most gory (and memorable) movie moment immediately after kids finished watching Saturday morning…

Britain Releases Futuristic New Pound Coin Just in Time For Brexit Britain Releases Futuristic New Pound Coin Just in Time For Brexit

The Royal Mint released 300 million new one pound coins into circulation on Tuesday. The money’s packed with cutting edge anti-counterfeiting measures, including one that British authorities won’t even talk about. Is it a coincidence that this happened the day before British Prime Minister Teresa May triggered the…

UK Testing Out Drone Army to Beef Up Its Already Insane Surveillance State  UK Testing Out Drone Army to Beef Up Its Already Insane Surveillance State 

For citizens of the UK, being watched is just a way of life. Britain alone has one CCTV camera for every ten people. What do you do when you have all the cameras but you want more? Make those things fly, of course.

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