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Modernist art haul, 'looted by Nazis', recovered by German police - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Modernist art haul, 'looted by Nazis', recovered by German police
Modernist art haul, 'looted by Nazis', recovered by German police
About 1500 works, includining pieces by Chagall, Klee, Matisse and Picasso, had been considered lost until raid in Schwabing About 1,500 modernist masterpieces – thought to have been looted by the Nazis – have been confiscated from the flat of an 80-year-old man from Munich, in what is being described as the biggest artistic find of the postwar era. The artworks, which could be worth as much as €1bn (£860m), are said to include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann and Emil Nolde. They had been considered lost until now, according to a report in the German news weekly Focus. The works, which would originally have been confiscated as "degenerate art" by the Nazis or taken from Jewish collectors in the 1930s and 1940s, had made their way into the hands of a German art collector, Hildebrand Gurlitt. When Gurlitt died, the artworks were passed down to his son, Cornelius – all without the knowledge of the authorities. Gurlitt, who had not previously...
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How the 'thigh gap' became the latest pressure point on a woman's self-image - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeand...
How the 'thigh gap' became the latest pressure point on a woman's self-image
How the 'thigh gap' became the latest pressure point on a woman's self-image
Once, only models were determined to make sure that their legs didn't touch. Now it has become a widespread, harmful – and often unachievable – obsession She may have modelled for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, but when a photo of Robyn Lawley wearing a corset appeared on Facebook the responses were far from complimentary. "Pig", "hefty" and "too fat" were some of the ways in which commenters described the 24-year-old. Her crime? Her thighs were touching. Lawley had failed to achieve a "thigh gap". The model, who has her own swimwear line and has won numerous awards for her work, responded vehemently below the line: "You sit behind a computer screen objectifying my body, judging it and insulting it, without even knowing it." She also went on to pen a thoughtful rallying cry for the Daily Beast last week against those who attacked her, saying their words were "just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my body"....
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Metropolitan police detained David Miranda for promoting 'political' causes - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Metropolitan police detained David Miranda for promoting 'political' causes
Metropolitan police detained David Miranda for promoting 'political' causes
Justification for airport detention of partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald alarms human rights groups and Tory MP The detention of the partner of a former Guardian journalist has triggered fresh concerns after it emerged that a key reason cited by police for holding him under terrorism powers was the belief that he was promoting a "political or ideological cause". The revelation has alarmed leading human rights groups and a Tory MP, who said the justification appeared to be without foundation and threatened to have damaging consequences for investigative journalism. David Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who – often in collaboration with the Guardian – has broken many stories about the extent and scope of spying by the US National Security Agency. Miranda was stopped at Heathrow airport in August and held by the Metropolitan police for nine hours while on his way home to Brazil. Miranda, it has been claimed, was carrying some 58,000 encrypted UK...
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Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool | Premier League match report - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool | Premier League match report
Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool | Premier League match report
Premier League gallery: the best images of Saturday's games This was the kind of win that persuades pretenders they can, indeed, be challengers. Arsenal were already top of the league before undermining Liverpool's credentials but Arsène Wenger's side ended the day in splendid isolation at the summit, their advantage from a division that is supposed to contain up to six other contenders an eye-catching five points. The manager allowed himself a little punch of the air in delight at the final whistle, his sense of satisfaction reflected in the chorus of triumph that echoed around the arena. This squad may still feel shallow, with injuries having left inexperienced youth players on the bench, but the first team feels impressive when they click like this. Mikel Arteta was a steadying influence in midfield, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil a blur of inventive intent. Bacary Sagna looks the rampaging right-back of old, Wojciech Szczesny feels assured where last year he was susceptible and, in...
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Arsenal v Liverpool – as it happened | Scott Murray - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Arsenal v Liverpool – as it happened | Scott Murray
Minute-by-minute report: Another Aaron Ramsey screamer was the highlight of a comprehensive win by the Gunners over an out-of-sorts Liverpool. Scott Murray was watching Scott Murray
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Paul Gambaccini arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in Operation Yewtree - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Paul Gambaccini arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in Operation Yewtree
The veteran presenter was arrested on Tuesday and has been bailed until a date in early January Paul Gambaccini, the veteran BBC TV and radio presenter, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences under Operation Yewtree. Gambaccini, whose broadcasting career spans 40 years at the BBC, was held on Tuesday as part of the inquiry into alleged sexual offences by Jimmy Savile and others. Scotland Yard has refused to name the 64-year-old, but Gambaccini's identity was confirmed by sources on Friday. The DJ, who is one of Britain's best known broadcasters and foremost authorities on music, becomes the 15th arrest under Operation Yewtree since it began a year ago. He was arrested under the "others" strand of the investigation, meaning the allegations are not directly linked to Savile. He was held at an address in south London before being taken into police custody. Shortly after 6pm on Tuesday Scotland Yard announced that the 64-year-old had been bailed to a date in early January...
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Dear Richard Littlejohn – here are all the things you got wrong about me | Jack Monroe - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Dear Richard Littlejohn – here are all the things you got wrong about me | Jack Monroe
Dear Richard Littlejohn – here are all the things you got wrong about me | Jack Monroe
I'm not single, and I didn't quit my job for a life on benefits, but why let facts get in the way of your Daily Mail column? Dear Richard Littlejohn, I've read your trash non-journalism "comment" piece about me in the Daily Mail this morning – not because it is a newspaper I read, but because a friend forwarded it to me. Firstly, I have to commend you for managing to get so many facts completely wrong in a comparatively short article. But that's your style isn't it? Never let the truth get in the way of a good smear campaign, or something like that. So just in case you wanted to attempt to polish that turd of an article with something that resembles the truth, here's some of them addressed: 1. I'm not single – I'm getting married in the spring. 2. When I returned to work after maternity leave, my relationship broke down, and I found it impossible to cover the irregular night shifts 30 miles from home with any form of childcare. Childminders just don't work all night. Her son's father...
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Thom Yorke calls Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Thom Yorke calls Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse'
Thom Yorke calls Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse'
Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman renews his attack on streaming music service for 'trying to become gatekeepers' Spotify celebrates its fifth birthday today, but the streaming music service probably shouldn't expect a present or card from Thom Yorke. The Radiohead and Atoms for Peace musician has renewed his attack on Spotify in an interview with Mexican website Sopitas, describing the company as "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse", and attacking its relationship with major labels. "I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen," Yorke told Sopitas. "But it's all about how we change the way we listen to music, it's all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad." The interview follows...
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West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal – as it happened! | Ian McCourt - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal – as it happened! | Ian McCourt
Minute-by-minute report:  Jack Wilshere's deflected strike salvaged a point after Claudio Yacob's opener Ian McCourt
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Sunderland v Manchester United – as it happened | Scott Murray - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Sunderland v Manchester United – as it happened | Scott Murray
Minute-by-minute report: Two magnificent goals from the Belgian/Albanian wonderkid Adnan Januzaj turned an otherwise average United performance into a memorable victory. Scott Murray was watching Scott Murray
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NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users
• Top-secret documents detail repeated efforts to crack Tor • US-funded tool relied upon by dissidents and activists • Core security of network remains intact but NSA has some success attacking users' computers • Bruce Schneier: the NSA's attacks must be made public • Attacking Tor: the technical details • 'Peeling back the layers with Egotistical Giraffe' – document • 'Tor Stinks' presentation – full document • Tor: 'The king of high-secure, low-latency anonymity' The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself. Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency's current successes against Tor rely on identifying users and then attacking vulnerable software on their computers. One technique developed by the agency targeted the Firefox web browser...
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Sinéad O'Connor threatens Miley Cyrus with legal action after mental illness tweet - http://www.theguardian.com/culture...
Sinéad O'Connor threatens Miley Cyrus with legal action after mental illness tweet
Sinéad O'Connor threatens Miley Cyrus with legal action after mental illness tweet
Public feud rages after Cyrus took to Twitter to mock the Irish singer's struggle with bipolar disorder Read Sinéad O'Connor's first open letter to Miley Cyrus in full In a post on Facebook, Sinéad O'Connor has threatened to take legal action against Miley Cyrus, after the Wrecking Ball singer publicly mocked the singer's battle with mental illness. Cyrus was accused of "stupid and dangerous" behaviour after tweeting a screen grab of O'Connor's Twitter page from two years ago and comparing her to the troubled star Amanda Bynes. The tweets were sent during a period when the Nothing Compares 2 U singer was suffering from bipolar disorder. "I do not at all support or condone the abuse or mockery of those who have been brave enough to openly discuss mental health issues," O'Connor wrote. "Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying." She added: "She has done this in an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt. I wish...
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The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ
The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ
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When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and asked if I would spend a week in New York, reading the GCHQ files whose UK copy the Guardian was forced to destroy. His suggestion was that it might be worthwhile to look at the material not from a perspective of making news but from that of a novelist with an interest in the way we live now. I took Alan Rusbridger up on his invitation, after an initial reluctance that was based on two main reasons. The first of them was that I don't share the instinctive sense felt by many on the left that it is always wrong for states to have secrets. I'd put it more strongly than that: democratic states need spies. The philosopher Karl Popper, observing the second world war from his academic post in New...
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Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus
Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus
After the 20-year-old claimed that Wrecking Ball's controversial video was inspired by Nothing Compares 2 U, the Irish singer was compelled to warn Cyrus that she is being 'pimped' by the pop industry. This is the full text of O'Connor's blogpost Dear Miley, I wasn't going to write this letter, but today i've been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares … So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. Nothing but harm will come in the long run,...
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What services are affected when the US government shuts down - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
What services are affected when the US government shuts down
What services are affected when the US government shuts down
Because Congress failed to avert a shutdown, 800,000 federal employees have been told to stay home. What else is affected? Well, they did it. The US government is officially on a partial shutdown, with Congress having failed to reach an agreement by midnight on Monday. The shutdown will have far-reaching effects throughout the US. Though some services – mail delivery, Social Security and Medicare benefits – are not affected, others, like national parks and routine safety inspections of food, are curtailed as the majority of federal employees tasked with their operation have been ordered not to report to work on Tuesday. A look at how a shutdown will affect other services across the federal government: Federal workers About 800,000 federal employees are not furloughed and will not be paid. Already hit hard by several unpaid furlough days caused by sequestration this year some workers have begun lobbying to receive back pay in the event of a shutdown. While Congress agreed to...
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US government on verge of shutdown - as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
US government on verge of shutdown - as it happened
Senate convenes at 2pm ET today to consider House Republicans' proposal to delay Obamacare for a year. Follow the latest here Tom McCarthy Jim Newell
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Everton v Newcastle United – as it happened | Jacob Steinberg - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Everton v Newcastle United – as it happened | Jacob Steinberg
Minute-by-minute report: Romelu Lukaku inspired Everton to rise to fourth place but their victory was nervier than it should have been Jacob Steinberg
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US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
Trend sparks fears among low-paid workers that they will be hit twice: by having earnings cut and paying more for healthcare Avita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years, juggling a sales job with her studies in political science and law at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old has been the top sales associate for the last three years and works between 29 and 35 hours a week. But over the past few months, she said, she has watched as friends working in stores around her have their hours and benefits slashed – and she's worried that she will be next. Forever 21, the clothing store, told staff last month in a memo leaked to the press that it planned to cut hours and reclassify some full-time workers as part- time. The move, which the company denied had anything to do with President Barack Obama's health reforms, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will nevertheless help it avoid a mandate under the legislation requiring companies with 50 or...
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Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I will not accept online misogyny' - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I will not accept online misogyny'
Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I will not accept online misogyny'
Being part of a band born on the internet means a daily sift through a barrage of sexually explicit abuse. Why are female musicians expected to put up with this? I am in a band that was born on the internet. Although Chvrches formed and began writing in October 2011, we made our first wobbly steps into the public realm by posting a song on Neon Gold music blog in May last year. Since then, the blogosphere and social networks have arguably been the key reasons anyone knows about us at all – labels, media and members of the public included. For that reason, it has always been important to us that we communicate directly with people who care about our band through the social networking sites we run. There are, however, downsides to being known on the internet. Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band's social networks every day. After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people...
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Star Wars lightsabers finally invented - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
Star Wars lightsabers finally invented
Star Wars lightsabers finally invented
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Scientists in America have 'accidentally' found a way forward to the creation of real-life weapons as used by Jedi Knights • Star Wars pet clothing range has puppies feeling the force Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice, for scientists have discovered that the famous lightsaber weapon wielded by Luke Skywalker and his ilk in the long-running space opera saga might one day exist beyond the realms of fiction. Harvard and MIT physicists writing in the new edition of Nature say they have discovered a way to bind photons together in order to form a new molecule which behaves almost exactly like George Lucas's deadly devices. "Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless and do not interact," said Harvard university physics professor Mikhail Lukin. "What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they act as though they have mass, and bind together to form molecules. "It's not an...
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David Moyes at Manchester United: where is it all going wrong? | Jamie Jackson - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
David Moyes at Manchester United: where is it all going wrong? | Jamie Jackson
David Moyes at Manchester United: where is it all going wrong? | Jamie Jackson
There may be only six games gone but United are 12th and have made their worst start to a season since 1989. Why? The David Moyes mantra was that Manchester United's opening five matches of their title defence were an unfair initiation as the new manager. To have to play Swansea City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City by mid-September was "hard to believe", a claim that forced the Premier League into defensive mode regarding its fixture list process. What Moyes never countenanced was the next outing after this sequence ending as a 2-1 humiliation by West Bromwich Albion in front of the United congregation. This consigned the champions to seven points from six games to stand 12th in their worse start since 1989 that also features City's 4-1 demolition of United in the derby. As the sense grows that United's real fight could be to claim a Champions League place, which they have never failed to do, Moyes has real problems. 1 Is this squad only of average quality? The...
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Sunderland v Liverpool – as it happened | Daniel Harris - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Sunderland v Liverpool – as it happened | Daniel Harris
Sunderland were greatly improved under Kevin Ball, but in the end, the pace and skill of Luis Suárez, and Daniel Sturridge in particular, was a little too much for them Daniel Harris
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Apple isn't dead yet – iPhone 5S and iOS7 have a secret weapon - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Apple isn't dead yet – iPhone 5S and iOS7 have a secret weapon
Apple isn't dead yet – iPhone 5S and iOS7 have a secret weapon
The reality distortion field has gone into reverse, but it's blinding us to the truth: Apple is still leading the way When Steve Jobs was still with us, many commentators – yours truly included – used to complain about the "reality distortion field" that surrounded Apple's charismatic leader. Those in attendance when Jobs launched the devices and services (iPod, iTunes, OS X, iMac, MacBook, iPhone and iPad) that blew such huge holes in the business models of established industries told of events that were more like religious revival meetings than corporate press conferences. As Apple's dominance grew, the man who led it came to be seen as a unique combination of visionary, guru, saint and mogul. But then mortality intervened and His Steveness passed away. The reality distortion field persisted, however, though now in reverse. It led people to conclude that the death of the magician would inevitably lead to the end of the magic that made Apple the most valuable company in the world. In...
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David de Gea 'trained poorly' and 'ate too many tacos', says coach - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
David de Gea 'trained poorly' and 'ate too many tacos', says coach
David de Gea 'trained poorly' and 'ate too many tacos', says coach
• Eric Steele says De Gea initially struggled at United • Former goalkeeping coach also says nothing fazes De Gea • Manchester United 1-2 West Bromwich David de Gea's struggles adapting to life in England are laid bare in a revealing interview that offers a rare insight into the problems the Manchester United goalkeeper has encountered and the frustrations he caused their coaching staff. Eric Steele, the goalkeeping coach widely credited with De Gea's improvement, talks about a goalkeeper who is "lazy" when it comes to learning English and initially had a habit of "training poorly", as well as eating "too many tacos". Asked whether the player is now more settled in Manchester, after intermittent rumours of him wanting to return to Spain, Steele says the 22-year-old understands he is at a good club but there are "still issues". Steele left Old Trafford after David Moyes's appointment in the summer, having been instrumental in De Gea's development since Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from...
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Swansea 1-2 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Swansea 1-2 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened
Minute-by-minute report: Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey got the goals that sent Arsenal two points clear at the Premier League summit Barry Glendenning
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José Mourinho 'cried' after being overlooked for Manchester United job - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
José Mourinho 'cried' after being overlooked for Manchester United job
José Mourinho 'cried' after being overlooked for Manchester United job
• Chelsea manager allegedly felt let down by Sir Alex Ferguson • Claim made in new book by Spanish journalist Diego Torres José Mourinho is said to have broken down in tears at the news that David Moyes had been given the Manchester United job. The allegation is contained in a book by the respected Spanish journalist Diego Torres, who writes for El País. In the book, Prepare to Lose: the Mourinho Era, Torres says the appointment "provoked an earthquake" and that Mourinho felt let down by Sir Alex Ferguson, who had recommended Moyes to the United board. "Mourinho ... thought that Ferguson was, besides his ally, also his friend and godfather. He was convinced that they were tied by a relationship of genuine trust. He thought that his fabulous collection of titles constituted an 'endorsement' unreachable to any other contenders. When he knew that Ferguson had chosen Moyes, the Everton coach, he was struck by a terrible disbelief. Moyes hadn't won absolutely anything!" Torres said that...
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Manchester United v Liverpool – live! | Paul Doyle - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Manchester United v Liverpool – live! | Paul Doyle
Minute-by-minute report: Follow the Capital One Cup tie – and the return of Luis Suárez – with Paul Doyle NOW Paul Doyle
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Rogue BlackBerry Messenger app delays official iOS and Android release - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Rogue BlackBerry Messenger app delays official iOS and Android release
Rogue BlackBerry Messenger app delays official iOS and Android release
Postponement could last at least a week as BlackBerry struggles to shut out unreleased version which has had a million downloads on Google Play store BlackBerry has postponed the launch of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messaging app on the iPhone and Android platforms, after a rogue version was released onto Google Play over the weekend. The postponement will hold up the official release for at least a week, Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry, said in a blogpost. He explained that the release of an "older, unreleased version" of BBM for Android which was posted on file-sharing sites and then onto Google Play interfered with the company's plans for launch of its official, finished app. The early version "resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways", Bocking wrote. But if the company had gone ahead and released the official version, "we could not block users of the unreleased version"....
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Kenya mall siege: security forces 'continue to secure' site – live - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Kenya mall siege: security forces 'continue to secure' site – live
• Kenyan security forces launch operations • At least 62 dead and 175 people injured • Attack claimed by Somali jihadist group al-Shabaab • Fourth Briton confirmed among dead foreign nationals Tom McCarthy Shiv Malik
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Sunderland sack Paolo Di Canio after training-ground row with players - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Sunderland sack Paolo Di Canio after training-ground row with players
Sunderland sack Paolo Di Canio after training-ground row with players
• Resentments come to a head at training ground • Sunderland at bottom of Premier League table Paolo Di Canio was sacked by Sunderland on Sunday night after festering resentments among his players came to a head at an ill-tempered training-ground meeting on Sunday morning. Di Canio, whose team had taken only one point from the season's opening five league fixtures, called the meeting to analyse the previous day's 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion. When the manager criticised his players, he was answered back forcefully, with Lee Cattermole, the midfielder he stripped of the captaincy, believed to have told him the squad had lost faith in his controversial methods. When details of the row were relayed to Ellis Short, Sunderland's owner, Di Canio's time was up. The Italian, noted for scathing public deconstructions of players, has gone less than six months after succeeding Martin O'Neill and after only 13 matches. It is not thought that Short has a replacement lined up but considerable...
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