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Uber accused of 'hiring ex-CIA agents to spy on rivals'

Uber has been accused of hiring a firm that uses former CIA agents to help it spy on rivals overseas. A former Uber security manager alleged in court on Tuesday that the firm used contractors that employed former spies to infiltrate competitors’ computers. US federal prosecutors are now investigating the claims, which have delayed indefinitely the trial between Uber and self-driving tech firm Waymo. Uber has been contacted by the BBC for comment. ‘Overseas surveillance’ The trial, in which Waymo – owned by Google parent Alphabet – is accusing Uber…

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News: Malta Tourism Authority launches new gastro trail to agents

Malta Tourism Authority has launched a new Gastro Trail of Malta and Gozo to highlight some of the best spots for agents to discover a culinary scene unlike anywhere in the world and share with their clients. A blend of Italian and Arabic cuisine, Malta is fast becoming one to watch for foodies and the new trail explores the restaurants, bars, farms and producers across both Malta and Gozo. Epicureans will also delight at the stunning wine offering from the small archipelago, with many producers gaining international recognition for both…

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Football Manager 2018: 15 top free agents in the game

Sunday, October 29, 2017 Football Manager 2018 is out, although only for those who pre-ordered the game, and this means we’re already seeing managers around the globe hunting for bargains. If the team you takeover are desperate to be patched up and you haven’t got the funds for a transfer then bringing in a free agent is the perfect solution. But which players are unattached and available to solve your problems, whether long-term or short? Click the right arrow above to see 15 of the best free agents available in…

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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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New FBI director tells agents: 'You can count on me to stand with you'

Within minutes of being sworn in as the new director of the FBI today, Christopher Wray made a promise to his workforce: “You can count on me to stand with you.” In a private message sent to FBI agents and other personnel across the country, Wray said the FBI “must never allow our work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the Constitution and law, and the pursuit of justice.” “These are our anchors,” he wrote. “We must adhere to them no matter the test. And you can…

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Lifestyle 

PS: Miranda Kerr hands jewellery to US government agents

It is not clear which is more extraordinary: It is not clear which is more extraordinary: that Miranda Kerr managed to date a Malaysian moneybags for nearly a year without being detected or that for the four years since then, she hung on to nearly $ 11 million worth of precious jewels she was apparently gifted from him? This week Kerr’s American spokesman confirmed that the recently married former Gunnedah girl turned global supermodel handed over $ 10.7 million worth of jewellery from her Los Angeles safe deposit box to…

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Culture 

The comic-book roots of the ‘LMD’ on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What are LMDs and why are they doing terrible things to Marvel’s heroes? As seen in the Jan 10 mid-season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an android with artificial intelligence named Aida has become self-aware. She has replaced Agent May (Ming Na) with another A.I. android, called in Marvel Comics parlance an LMD (“Life Model Decoy”). Hijinks are ensuing. Life Model Decoys, as all loyal Marvel fans know, are super-sophisticated androids that can duplicate a human being right down to his or her fingerprints and retinal scans. They’ve been part of…

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