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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will badmouth Facebook’s use of end-to-end encryption on Monday evening as she links the security technology with paedophilia, terrorism, organised crime, and so on.

The ever-popular politician will say at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) event: “Sadly, at a time when we need to be taking more action, Facebook are pursuing end-to-end encryption plans that place the good work and progress achieved so far [on fighting the issue of child abuse] in jeopardy.”

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Now why didn’t we think of this? While building a dactyl manuform — a semi-ergonomic split keyboard — [dapperrogue] had the life-changing epiphany that keyboards can be any shape or size, as long as there is room for wiring and a microcontroller inside. [dapperrogue]’s first foray into the world of fictional ordnance came in the form of an F-bomb — a round macro keeb made in the classic round explosive shape and covered with function keys. Building on the explosive feedback from that, [dapperrogue] built this bomb of a pineapple keeb,

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There are frequently officially extinct animals that have been sighted well beyond the point when they were supposedly gone off the face of the earth. Some of these are smaller animals, such as the passenger pigeon or the ivory-crested woodpecker. Others are more formidable, such as the Thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf, or the Japanese wolf, both of which I have covered here at Mysterious Universe before. Yet then there are other supposedly extinct animals that are larger and more impressive still, to the point that it is truly mysterious and bizarre to think that they could ever continue to stalk about in the shadows on the periphery past our ability to detect their presence. Here we will look at some of the larger and more formidable of the mystery beasts straight from prehistory, which based on eyewitness accounts could still exist out there, thousands of years after they were supposed to be gone.

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When you’re in an unexplored wilderness, you’d better be quiet, because you never know whether there might be dangerous predators lurking. Unfortunately, Earth has not been following this cautionary principle so far: we’ve been broadcasting radio waves into space for more than a century. If there are technological civilizations within a hundred light-years that monitor their sky with radio telescopes similar to ours, then they may already know about our existence. We could hear from them in the future. Our saving grace might be that chemical rockets, similar to those used in the Voyager or New Horizons missions, would take a million years to traverse that hundred light years. And so, we might be out for prolonged suspense before encountering our cosmic neighbors.

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Chinese technology company Huawei would have had free access to KPN’s mobile network in the past and could eavesdrop on all conversations. De Volkskrant writes this based on a secret report from 2010 which their editorial staff reviewed.

According to the newspaper, Huawei was able to eavesdrop on mobile numbers from the telecom provider at that time. This also included the phones of the then Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, various ministers, and Chinese dissidents. Huawei also knew which numbers were tapped by police and intelligence services.

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Villa Erba, a 19th century villa with a Neoclassical facade built on the shores of Lake Como, now used as a convention and exhibition space, Lombardy, Italy.

L’infante, Odilon Redon, 1880

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

$7.6 billion in crypto long positions have been liquidated over the past hour as bitcoin’s price plunged to $52,000, data from bybt.com shows.


Bitcoin’s price began to trend downwards early Saturday, but the steep plunge began around 3:00 UTC on Sunday.

Bitcoin’s price dropped by more than 10% over the past hour, from $58,000 to below $52,000, during which around $4.3 billion in bitcoin long positions were liquidated.

As of the time of writing, bitcoin’s price has bounced back to around $55,000.

Overall, $9.2 billion in crypto long positions have been liquidated in the last 24 hours.

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