‘Everything points to’ bodies in van in Mexico belonging to WA surfers, girlfriend says

'Everything points to' bodies in van in Mexico belonging to WA surfers, girlfriend says

Friends of two Australians missing for more than a week in Mexico will travel to Sinaloa following a report that the men’s van has been found, one of the friends said Sunday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat) issued a statement confirming that the pair’s vehicle had been found, but did not confirm reports that two bodies had been found inside the burnt out van.

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U.S. solicitor general, 18 states and Harvard back Vermont in health data case.

U.S. solicitor general, 18 states and Harvard back Vermont in health data case.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will make oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 2 in a case about health care price transparency that will set national precedent. The states say access to the data could provide greater price transparency to consumer and ultimately lower health care prices.

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Copyright Industry Still Doesn’t Understand This Fight Isn’t About Money, But Liberty

Copyright Industry Still Doesn't Understand This Fight Isn't About Money, But Liberty

With a lot of people streaming music and video from services such as Spotify, Pandora and Netflix, torrenting is less of a visible conflict than ten years ago. But similar fights continue in the shape of net neutrality and privacy, with the same values: it was never about the money.

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Udemy faces criticism for profiting from pirated online courses

Udemy faces criticism for profiting from pirated online courses

Udemy, an online learning service, has come under criticism for selling pirated courses. The controversy began this week, when security specialist Troy Hunt discovered that one of his courses on ethical hacking was available on Udemy under another author's name. As The Next Web reports, the video had been edited to remove Hunt's introduction at the beginning, but was otherwise unchanged from the version available on Pluralsight, the video's copyright holder.

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Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen Resurface After Being Shut Down

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen Resurface After Being Shut Down

A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site's operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domains and on the dark web.

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Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Is it finally time to get rid of the penny? The question was put to the top currency official in the country this week after comedian John Oliver took a swing at pennies on his TV show. "Two percent of Americans admitted to regularly throwing pennies in the garbage, which means the U.S. Mint is spending millions to make garbage," Oliver said.

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Massive ‘development corridors’ in Africa could spell environmental disaster

Massive 'development corridors' in Africa could spell environmental disaster

"One of the key justifications for these corridors is to ramp up farm and food production, but in fact it appears that massive mining investments–securing access to high-volume minerals such as iron ore and coal–are actually a key driver for a number of the corridors,"

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