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  • From the how do you spell bullshit files: Hong Kong officials weren't sure who to look for because the US government got Snowden's middle name wrong in documents filed to back its arrest request.
  • The range of services New Zealanders can access online is set to expand dramatically with the launch of a new Government-backed identity verification scheme that could let people get a mortgage and exchange contracts on properties without ever leaving their couch.
  • Another NZ city looking at removing fluoride. Waikato District Health Board member and Hamilton councillor Ewan Wilson is pushing for a binding referendum on fluoridation of the city's water.
  • From the Oh Really Files: The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
  • Having trouble remembering all those passwords for all those tablets, smartphones and apps? Well, Motorola may have the solution - just pop a pill.
  • A US federal judge has ordered Google to comply with FBI warrantless demands for customer data.
  • And Now For Real News: According to The Huffington Post, Scarlett Johansson is in the running to play former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the upcoming biopic, Rodham.
  • The video says it all. IDIOT
  • The voice-controlled device is so far available only to a select few in the United States - dubbed "Glassholes"
  • Police and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) inquiries are under way into a central Auckland business called Assignment4U after revelations it was using a network of tutors here and abroad to write original essays for Chinese-speaking students attending New Zealand tertiary institutions.
  • Newly released documents from the United States State Department have shed light on one of New Zealand's greatest space oddities.
  • Media commentators are outraged that a photo of the Boston bombings used on the front page of the New York Daily News was edited to make it more palatable.
  • Cotton sees similarities between Bitcoin and Napster, an early online file-sharing service that ran into legal difficulties and was eventually closed, though it was soon replaced by numerous other file-sharing services. Even if Bitcoin doesn't last, other virtual currencies will surely rise in its place, he said.
  • Bitcoin offers an alternative to the conventional, state-sanctioned banking system. Maybe that's why powerful institutions are so wary of it
  • Julian Assange's bid for a seat in the Australian Senate, formally launched on Saturday, faces several uncertainties.
  • The Oscar-winning movie Argo cut New Zealand out of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis credits. Now, former New Zealand Embassy worker Maureen Campbell-White is breaking 34 years of silence to set the record straight.
  • t's not quite the Batplane. But a new Pentagon-backed autonomous "bat drone" that can use a long claw to pluck objects off of the ground is ready for deployment. Earlier this week, California drone developer MLB Company announced that it had completed a project, funded by DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), to develop a specialised V-Bat unmanned aircraft.
  • Real News: The usually publicity-shy Gladiator performer said he captured what appears to be several flying objects whizzing over Sydney's Botanical Gardens earlier this week and he's posted the results on YouTube.
  • Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop.
  • New Zealand and Australian authorities will get the power to cap mobile roaming charges if they don't continue to fall, Prime Ministers John Key and Julia Gillard plan to announce today.
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