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Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

The owner of the Ashley Madison infidelity website, which was hacked in July 2015, has offered a settlement to the people suing the company. Millions of members had their personal details stolen when the site, which encouraged people to cheat on their partners, was breached. Ruby Life has put forward $ 11.2m (£8.5m) to settle a number of class actions. Some of the fund will be used to compensate those with a “valid claim”. Ashley Madison was a dating website for people who already had a partner but were looking…

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GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill in about a week scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But he’s also acknowledging a Plan B if that effort continues to flounder. “If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit concessions that a top priority for President Donald Trump and the entire…

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News: FCO offers tailored travel advice for FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

With less than a year to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Foreign Office has launched a campaign to help fans travelling to support their team. The ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign gives supporters simple advice and tips to help reduce preventable problems and boost their World Cup experience. The campaign launch sees the release of the FCO’s Russia 2018 travel advice, a checklist and a Fan Survey. The World Cup specific travel advice suggests hopeful ticket holders should apply for a FAN ID, which will…

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Ted 2017: Frugal scientist offers malaria tools

Manu Prakash, a bio-engineer at Stanford University, designs cheap tools that can make a big difference in the poorest parts of the world. At the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, he showed off his latest gizmo – a cardboard centrifuge that can spot malarial parasites in blood. Toy-inspired, it costs 20 cents (15p). He also launched a citizen science project to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes by their sound. The “abuzz” project asks people to record the sound of mosquitoes’ wings beating, on the microphones of their mobile phones,…

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Airbnb offers free housing to those hit by Trump ban

Airbnb has offered free accommodation to people left stranded by President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions. On Friday the president signed an executive order barring immigrants and visitors from seven, largely Muslim, countries from the US for 90 days. Some of the biggest US technology firms expressed alarm over the travel ban. Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said the move was “not right” and tweeted that people in urgent need of housing should contact him directly. “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right and we must stand with…

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