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Teacher had 16,000 indecent images

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:13
A teacher from Cardiff who used a spy camera to film youngsters going to the toilet also downloaded more than 16,000 child abuse images, Newport Crown court hears.

Heartbleed hackers hit Mumsnet

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:12
Parenting site Mumsnet and Canada's tax collecting agency say that hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug have stolen data.

Cook & Bell show form with tons

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:02
England batsmen Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, and Test hopeful Sam Robson, score unbeaten hundreds for their counties.

Coulson: Brooks affair was 'wrong'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:41
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson denies his affair with colleague Rebekah Brooks breached professional standards.

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 21 - in 60 secs

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:37
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".

Toddler murder accused remanded

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:36
A 23-year-old man from Blackpool is remanded in custody accused of murdering a two-year-old girl.

Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:35

Luminescent paint absorbs energy during the daylight hours and then glows green in the dark. If widely adopted, the inventor envisions an energy-saving smart highway.

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Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:33

The Pentagon calls the action "provocative and unprofessional." The Russian jet's low-level passes come amid ever increasing tensions over Ukraine.

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Rwandan musician and journalist held

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:21
One of Rwanda's best-known musicians and a leading journalist are arrested over their alleged links to an opposition group and rebels.

VIDEO: Inside seized Ukraine police station

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:20
The BBC has gained access to a Ukrainian police department in Gorlovka, near Donetsk, which was seized by protesters on Monday.

Digital advertisers losing the 'bot arms race'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:15

Cyber-crime is a serious threat to anyone who does businesss on the internet. Some of the biggest heists have involved credit card data and banking information.

But that is changing.

Criminal rings have found a new target, one that is turning out to be very lucrative and less risky than bank and credit card fraud: digital ad fraud. Researchers believe that more than one third of all internet traffic is from bots--software programs, and not actual humans. And all those fake eyeballs are wreaking havoc on the $50 billion digital ad market.

Let's say you are a big box retail store. To get people into your store you place thousands of online ads on thousands of websites. Some of those websites are very secure, but others are set up to generate ad views from bots. So you, the retailer, keep a list of the sites that are viewed by humans and those that could be overrun by bots.

"The problem is those lists are not updated frequently enough," says Dr. Augustine Fou, a marketing science consultant. We are in the midst of what he calls a bot arms race. The good guys can detect bots, maybe by noticing that the bot doesn't move the mouse like a human. But then, the bots get more sophisticated, they learn to move a mouse like a person would. "Once the good guys detect that kind of stuff," Fou says, " then the bad guys now add the next level and they can now simulate those things."

Fou says that between 30 and 60 percent of all display ad views are fraudulent--meaning they're on websites being viewed by bots.

Several companies have tried to recoup ad spending when they discovered their ads weren't seen by humans. They are also turning to companies like White Ops.

"Whenever a page is loaded on the web, we determine in real time whether it was viewed by a human or a bot," says *Tamar Hassan, the chief technical officer of White Ops.

He says criminals are increasingly turning to digital ad fraud because it can be more profitable than good old-fashioned credit card fraud. "Now, the price is around 25 cents a credit card, and you still have to get away with the fraud," Hassan says. Not only that, "when you do, somebody is actually chasing you because the money is missing."

But in advertising the money is just as good if not better than credit card fraud. And no one is chasing you because the money isn't missing. It's the human eyeballs that are nowhere to be found.

*CORRECTION: The original article misidentified an executive with White Ops. He is Tamar Hassan, the company’s chief technical officer. The text has been corrected.

Laws calls for 'education stability'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:09
A "significant period of stability" in schools should follow wide-ranging changes to policy under the coalition government, Schools Minister David Laws says.

Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:08

A telephone box near British spy agency GCHQ is now adorned with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of street artist Banksy.

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Topless men barred by theme park

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:56
A theme park that holds the world record for the number of naked people riding a rollercoaster bans topless customers.

UKIP's Farage finds new French ally

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:44
Eurosceptic UKIP leader finds new ally in Paris

Domenicali quits as Ferrari F1 boss

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:38
Stefano Domenicali resigns as the team principal of Ferrari with immediate effect after their poor start to the F1 season.

Phelps to come out of retirement

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:33
Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian in history, is to come out of retirement at the age of 28.

Commonwealth Games medals unveiled

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:30
The medals that athletes will compete for at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are revealed at an event to mark 100 days till the Games' opening ceremony.

Video link trial for Gaddafi's son

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:26
A Libyan court rules that the late Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and other Gaddafi officials being held outside Tripoli, can be tried via video-link.

Dutch unveil glow in the dark road

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:25
Streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands are replaced by glow in the dark road markings in a pilot project.
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