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ANKARA (Reuters) - Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey`s Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State gunmen are opening fire on men, women and children as they try to flee Mosul under cover of darkness, civilians who escaped the besieged Iraqi city said on Friday.

Good news: The first "Super Mario" game for iPhone and iPad — which finally arrived on Android this week, after a 99-day exclusivity period with Apple — is really, really good. 

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The game is "Super Mario Run," and it`s the first smartphone game starring Nintendo`s ubiquitous mustachioed plumber.

It looks like classic 2D Mario, and it plays like it too.

Super Mario Run

There`s one huge caveat: This isn`t a Mario game about pixel-perfect jumps and deep challenge. Yes, Mario moves from left to right, and there are enemies/obstacles in the way of his progress. But you don`t actually control the speed or direction of Mario`s movement.

Instead, little Mario automatically runs from left to right — your one job is to tap the screen to jump. If you hold after tapping, Mario jumps a little higher. No swiping, no virtual d-pad on-screen, no Bluetooth gamepads connected to your iPhone/iPad/Android phone.

Instead of worrying about moving Mario forward, you`re instead concerned with stomping on enemies and carefully timing your taps to jump at just the right moment.

Super Mario Run

That doesn`t mean "Super Mario Run" is easy, per se.

It`s slightly easier than your average Mario game, perhaps, but there`s still plenty of challenge to be found. If you`ve spent any time playing "Super Mario" games, you`re rarely going to find yourself unable to complete a level in "Super Mario Run" solely because of enemy placement or intentionally challenging level design. 

Much of the challenge in "Super Mario Run" is in the game`s "pink coins" mechanic — collect all five pink coins strewn throughout a given level, and the level moves them to five new, slightly harder to find places. Collect those, and the five pink coins become five bronze coins hidden in question mark boxes, down pits, and in the clouds. I`ve only found all three sets on the very first few levels, and finding the final five bronze coins was genuinely tough.

Super Mario Run

Another layer of replay value to the game`s somewhat meager offering of 24 levels is the ability to play as a variety of other Mario characters. 

In "Super Mario Run," you`ll start out as Super Mario, but a gaggle of his friends also appear as playable characters. Maybe you`re more of a Princess Peach kinda player? Perhaps you identify most with an affable green dinosaur named Yoshi? 

Both are playable characters in "Super Mario Run," with a total of six to choose from. Since each of the characters plays slightly differently — Luigi jumps higher, Princess Peach floats in mid-air, etc. — you could replay levels to get more excitement out of them.

Super Mario Run

So, what else does "Super Mario Run" have to offer?

There are two modes that are distinct from the classic Mario gameplay of "World Tour" mode — they are "Toad Rally" and "Kingdom Builder." In the former, you race against other players to collect the most coins, stomp the most enemies, and generally play as skillfully as possible. If you do better than your opponent, you`re rewarded with new followers (Toads of various types). The more followers you have, the higher your level is; the higher your level is, the larger your kingdom is.

And that last bit is important, because it determines the size of your buildable land in the "Kingdom Builder" mode. If you`ve ever played "Clash of Clans" or "Game of War," you`re already familiar with this game mode — you build stuff using coins earned in the "World Tour" mode. This stuff ranges from decorations (mushrooms of various types) to houses for various Toads. 

Super Mario Run

But let`s be clear: Both Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder are ancillary modes to the meat and potatoes of World Tour mode. Players are coming to "Super Mario Run" looking for classic Mario gameplay, and World Tour mode is where they`re going to find it.

Thankfully, the two ancillary modes serve to complement World Tour.

Kingdom Builder allows you to see the progress you`re making in the game beyond just completing levels; Toad Rally allows you to put your playing skills to the test against other players. Neither is fantastic by itself, but they do a good job of accenting the classic Mario gameplay of World Tour.

So, should you spend 10 on "Super Mario Run"? I think you should, yes.

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There are no microtransactions, so that 10 is an "all-in" price. And for that 10, you get a solid — if somewhat limited — "Super Mario" game from the folks who created the franchise. "Super Mario Run" isn`t going to make anyone`s top five list of all-time Mario games, but it`s certain to please returning fans and new fans alike.

Since I started this with some good news, here`s some more: There`s a free version of "Super Mario Run" that has the first three levels in entirety available to play. Go give it a shot and decide for yourself!

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Bitmoji, the personalized emoji app owned by Snapchat, is the fastest-growing app in the United States. 

That`s according to measurement and analytics firm ComScore, which ranked the top 11 fast-growing apps from December 2014 to December 2016, though it only measured Bitmoji`s growth since February 2015. 

ComScore found that, in terms of unique visitors over 18, Bitmoji`s growth has skyrocketed in the last two years: Bitmoji is up 5,210% since 2015. 

Bitmoji`s rapid growth isn`t totally surprising, since the app is consistently among the top 10 free apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and it only dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in Apple`s top free apps chart. 

Bitstrips — Bitmoji`s parent company — was purchased by Snapchat in March 2016 for more than 100 million. Bitstrips started as a way to make personalized comics back in 2007, but then pivoted to creating cartoon avatars in addition to the full comic strips. The Bitmoji app allows users to customize an emoji that looks like them and respond with it in messages.

Snapchat officially integrated Bitmoji into its own app in July, letting users link the Bitmoji app to their Snapchat account and send personalized Bitmojis to friends in chat or place them on top of messages like Snapchat`s other stickers and standard emojis.

Bitmoji also expanded beyond mobile in February, adding a Chrome extension that allows users to send Bitmoji in emails, paste them in Google Docs, and more. 

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MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed recently in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached the entrance to the Tabqa dam where they are clashing with Islamic State, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF`s spokeswoman for the campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa, said on Friday.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is asking customers not to overhype the Model 3.

Musk tweeted on Friday that the Model 3 shouldn`t be seen as the "next version" of Tesla in the same way that people compare version 2 and 3 of the iPhone.

"Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology."

He also took a jab at Ford, which foiled Musk`s dream of having a car line-up that spelled "sexy." Musk originally wanted the Model 3 to be dubbed the Model E, but Ford filed for the Model E trademark.

That led to one of Musk`s more excellent quotes at the time: "Like why did you go steal Tesla’s E? Like you’re some sort of fascist army marching across the alphabet, some sort of Sesame Street robber?"

Musk appears to be tempering expectations ahead of the Model 3 launch, Tesla`s first mass-market vehicle priced at 35,000 before tax incentives.

Musk has said the Model 3 will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and have a range of at least 215 miles. That would put the car on par with Tesla`s Model S 60, which Tesla is removing from its lineup after April 16.

But the car will come with Tesla`s new hardware suite that improves Autopilot`s capabilities and will enable it to be fully driverless, pending regulatory approval and further software validation.

Just like the Model S, the Model 3 will only come with rear-wheel drive for early production, Musk said on Twitter.

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Tesla received close to 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 and has sold out a year`s worth of the car. Deliveries are expected to begin at the end of this year and Tesla has prepared the Fremont factory for production.

The automaker recently raised 1.2 billion ahead of the Model 3 launch as the company was getting "close to the edge" on its cash needs, Musk said ahead of the capital raise.

There`s a lot of pressure for Tesla to get its Model 3 out on time. Both the Model S and Model X faced delays and Tesla has said it plans to produce 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week in the fourth quarter.

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Honeywell recently announced that it will join Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies.

This comes after the company opened a software center and office in Atlanta near the Georgia Tech campus last fall. Honeywell joins competitor Stanley Black & Decker, as well as Cisco, IBM, and AT&T in participating in the research center.

Honeywell likely wants access to the talent and resources that a large technical university like Georgia Tech can offer. It could be looking to recruit developers and engineers from the school — by securing a spot on its campus, Honeywell will be able to develop relationships with the high-skilled students that Georgia Tech is grooming before they even graduate. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech’s center offers research and testing labs that Honeywell may otherwise not have had access to.

This lab will only add to Honeywell’s leading status across many IoT segments. Honeywell stands out as a provider of both consumer and enterprise IoT hardware, including smart thermostats and enterprise robotics. The company earned 15 billion in revenue in 2016 from its home & building and safety & productivity units, up nearly 1.5 billion from 2015. Participation in this research center should help the company continue to grow this already large revenue stream by helping it to attract more top talent.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly as companies around the world connect thousands of devices every day. But behind those devices, there’s a sector worth hundreds of billions of dollars supporting the IoT. 

Platforms are the glue that holds the IoT together, allowing users to take full advantage of the disruptive potential of connected devices. These platforms allow the IoT to achieve its transformational potential, letting businesses manage devices, analyze data, and automate the workflow.

Peter Newman, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider`s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on the evolving IoT platform ecosystem. This report sizes the market and identifies the primary growth drivers that will power the IoT platform space in the next five years. It also profiles many of the top IoT platforms by discussing key trends in the platform industry such as platform consolidation. 

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • The IoT platforms market is set to expand rapidly in the years to come, with current leading platforms expanding and others entering the space.
  • We define the key categories into which IoT platforms fall: building block open platforms, closed high-end platforms, and product management platforms.
  • We highlight the ways platforms can help companies reach the full five stage potential of the IoT.

In full, the report:

  • Explains the coming growth of the IoT platforms.
  • Profiles a number of leading platforms.
  • Highlights the central role platforms play in the IoT.
  • Looks to the future of the IoT platforms market.

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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - Captains of small wooden dhows are carrying food and wares from the United Arab Emirates to war-torn Yemen. But supplies are falling even from this centuries-old Arabian sea route that is one of the last lifelines to a country on the brink of famine.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO foreign ministers aim to meet the new U.S. secretary of state on March 31 if no other allies object, alliance diplomats said, ending a furor about Rex Tillerson`s decision to skip a planned April meeting to attend a summit with China.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Five children were among the 12 people killed after a plastic boat carrying 22 Syrians to Greece sunk off Turkey`s Aegean coastal town of Kusadasi on Friday, the private Dogan news agency (DHA) said.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Any U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad`s government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace talks in Geneva said on Friday.

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Apple says that the Mac and iOS vulnerabilities mentioned in a Wikileaks data dump on Thursday were fixed several years ago.

The data dump, which includes CIA documents dating back to 2012, highlights how agents were able to infect Apple devices if they could gain physical access to them.

Agents could allegedly gain access to a Mac`s firmware, for example, by using an Ethernet adapter that plugged into the computer`s Thunderbolt port. They could also compromise "factory fresh" iPhones, according to the documents.

An Apple spokesperson sent Business Insider the following statement:

"We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.

"We have not negotiated with Wikileaks for any information. We have given them instructions to submit any information they wish through our normal process under our standard terms. Thus far, we have not received any information from them that isn`t in the public domain. We are tireless defenders of our users` security and privacy, but we do not condone theft or coordinate with those that threaten to harm our users."

The documents are the latest to come out of the "Vault 7" documents from Wikileaks. The first batch of the documents claimed that the CIA could break into Samsung smart TVs and the iPhone.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - A plastic boat carrying 22 migrants sank off Turkey`s Aegean coastal town of Kusadasi on Friday, killing 11 people and leaving four missing, the Dogan news agency (DHA) said.

Apple might not be a growth stock like Amazon or other tech giants, but investors can appreciate that the company tries hard to raise its stock price through stock buybacks. 

A chart from RBC analyst Amit Daryanani sent to clients on Friday underlines just how much money Apple is spending on its capital allocation program — about 6 billion per quarter over the past three years — powered by its 246 billion in cash on hand:

RBC Apple Buyback

Apple also has a big dividend program. On average, it`s spending 2.9 billion per quarter to pay out dividends since 2012. Here`s the chart:

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Daryanani and RBC Capital Markets believe that Apple may provide an update to its capital allocation programs during its next earnings call.

One possibility, according to the note, is that Apple could increase its dividend by 15% and raise its buyback program from 30 billion to 35 billion. However, this would depend on how it sees the possibility of bringing overseas cash back to the United States after a possible tax cut. 

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Apple has downplayed reports that millions of leaked iCloud logins are in the hands of hackers who could use the information to steal personal information or wipe devices. But sample data seen by ZDNet shows that at least some of the data is valid login information.

The blackmail story began on Tuesday, when Motherboard reported that a group calling itself "Turkish Crime Family" demanded 75,000 (£59,000) in either Bitcoin or Ethereum from Apple, or 100,000 (£79,000) in iTunes gift cards in return for deleting the iCloud user data it claimed to possess.

Apple, however, released a statement denying that its servers had been hacked. Instead, it seems that the login information comes from the 2012 LinkedIn hack.

Game over, right? Apple wasn`t breached, so everything is fine? Well, not so much. Turkish Crime Family handed over sample data to ZDNet, which the publication verified as actual login information. The publication spoke to 10 people who verified their data.

Despite the advice of security experts, many people re-use passwords over and over, meaning that if one of their accounts (apparently LinkedIn, in this case) is compromised, their others all become vulnerable too. So clearly people are at risk, even if it`s not necessarily the millions of people that Turkish Crime Family claimed are affected.

Apple, however, has only released one statement on the story, in which it denied it had been hacked, and said it is "actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved."

Contrast Apple`s statement with the actions of Reddit and Twitter, which forced password resets on certain accounts after learning that login information for users had been posted online — even though the sites themselves hadn`t been breached.

Apple increased iCloud security in 2014 after celebrities had their private photos stolen and posted online using a weakness in iCloud accounts. It prompted users to use two-factor authentication, which requires a phone number to get into accounts.

Encouraging users to change their passwords or to enable two-factor authentication now, in light of Turkish Crime Family`s claims, could stop users having their accounts taken over or deleted. Apple said in its statement on the attempted blackmail that users should enable two-factor authentication for their accounts, but it has yet to email users or send notifications to their devices that their accounts could be at risk.

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The Irish Giant

Born in 1761, Charles Byrne would grow to seven feet seven inches tall. The world at large knew him as the Irish Giant.

From a remote village in Ireland, Byrne’s family was not particularly tall. As their son continued to grow, they came to explain his great height was due to his conception atop a haystack.

Charles Byrne the Irish Giant

Destined to see the world (and the world to see him) he left for Scotland as a teenager, where he became an instant celebrity. The watchmen, in particular, were flabbergasted when he lit his pipe from the city gas lamps without effort.

As he made his way towards England, his success doubled, and he was paid to make appearances at hotels and at Piccadilly Circus.

Newspapers loved him, he wasn’t just a human curiosity but possessed a charisma that other performers lacked. By 1782, he had even inspired a hit stage show.

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Disorder and Death

Byrne’s claim to fame would also lead to his death. The actual cause of his towering height wasn’t a haystack, but a tumor in his pituitary gland.

Byrne had made a decent living as a sideshow act, but he carried all of his wealth with him. Who would steal from the nearly 8-foot giant?

After a night of drinking at the Black Horse pub, a pickpocket managed to make off with all of Byrne’s banknotes. His poverty, coupled with a bout of bad health, killed the giant at 22 years old.

Fear of Resurrection

John Byrne knew his body would be stolen.

He lived in an era of undertakers working with underground medical research teams bidding top dollar for human cadavers. In hushed rooms and back alleys, they were called “resurrectionists.”

To the lay person, these doctors and scientists-to-be were nothing but corpse grabbing necromancers of their day, and the Irish Giant knew they’d be after the secrets of his body.

He also knew who was likely to end up with his remains: John Hunter.

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Botched Burial at Sea

To prevent his body from falling into the hands of renowned surgeon and specimen collector, John Hunter, Byrne made his friends to promise he would be buried at sea, far from the hands of corpse stealing doctors.

They thought they complied with the Giant’s wishes, but were instead deceived.

Hunter Hunts the Irish Giant

Hunter wanted the Irish Giant’s body. Little had gotten in his way before. Paying undertakers or grave robbers was nothing but an inconvenience, but how would he fish Charles Byrne from the bottom of the English Channel?

Hunter had Byrne’s embalmer snatch the body before it was sealed in a lead-lined coffin destined for the sea.

Charles Byrne’s friends indeed left a coffin at sea, but that coffin was empty.

Secret Study

Hunter kept his possession of the Irish Giant’s body secret for a year. He studied it in the secret confines of his residence, removing the flesh and retaining its skeleton.

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Robert Ripley viewing the Irish Giant in 1935.

The skeleton would end up in the Hunterian Collection, the central display of the museum honoring the 18th-century surgeon.

While there is a great deal of knowledge that John Hunter was able to add to the medical community through his many studies, many more think that the Irish Giant still deserves the burial he asked for.

Despite protests, and swells in public opinion, the Royal College of Surgeons (who officially possesses the museum and the remains contained within) has repeatedly decided to keep their central showpiece in the museum.

To this day, the Irish Giant remains in his captor’s shrine.

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At the center of Hunter’s museum.

Source: The Irish Giant and a Hunter Named Hunter

AVDIYIVKA/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government troops and separatist fighters have drawn closer to each other at several places along the tense front line in eastern Ukraine, monitors say, raising the risk of violent flare-ups that could wreck a shaky ceasefire.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Influential Shi`ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday that only Iraq`s military should hold territory recaptured from Islamic State, an apparent sign of concern that rival militias might use the gains to expand their influence.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will support a declaration marking the European Union`s 60th birthday but needs the bloc`s backing against International Monetary Fund demands on labor reforms, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said ahead of an EU Summit in Rome.

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The Apple Store website has been taken offline as Apple prepares to start selling its special-edition red iPhone and new iPad.

On Tuesday, Apple announced a raft of new products, including a low-cost iPad and new phone cases — but the star of the show was a red iPhone 7.

red iphone 7The device is part of Apple`s long-running partnership of with the (RED) organisation, with money from each sale going towards HIV/AIDS research and relief efforts. It`s the most interesting-looking iPhone that Apple has built in a long time — a welcome relief from the gold-and-grey monotony that plagues many modern smartphones.

Apart from the new colour, it`s the same old iPhone 7 — but it will be available in only the more expensive 128 GB and 256 GB models, with no option to buy a 64 GB version.

Visitors to the Apple Store website for now will be greeted with a placeholder message saying "we`ve got something special in store for you" and asking you to check back later.

It doesn`t explicitly state what`s coming, but both the red iPhone and the new iPad are scheduled to go on sale Friday.

The store is expected to come back online at 8:01 a.m. PT (11:01 a.m. ET, or 3:01 p.m. in the UK.)

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The Business Insider IGNITION 2016 conference provided invaluable insights from some of the top minds of our time.

One innovator among the many IGNITION speakers was entrepreneur and venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, who has invested in companies such as Uber and Airbnb through his company Sherpa Capital.

His most recent project, Hyperloop One, imagines a new kind of transportation where people are propelled through tubes in self-driving pods at airline speeds.

Hyperloop One is a series of autonomous pods that can pick you up and take you to a Hyperloop station.

“The pods themselves are autonomous vehicles essentially,” Pishevar said. “And like a LEGO set, they fit into the transport system and go up to 700 mph.”

Traveling a distance that would have taken two hours in a car would take 12 minutes in Hyperloop.

Cost will obviously be a huge question on everyone’s minds. The most expensive part of the project, according to Pishevar, is steel. But innovative design could save 70% of the cost. The Hyperloop would be “cheaper than high-speed rail and three times faster,” Pishevar said. Additionally, much of the cost of human transport would be subsidized by cargo transport.

In addition to saving money and time, the Hyperloop is environmentally friendly. The cargo-transport element would get rid of high-emission ships. “The top 15 cargo ships in the world pollute the world more than all the cars in the world combined,” according to Pishevar.

So what does the timeline look like?

Hyperloop is beginning testing this year and plans to break ground in 2018. Hyperloop has signed deals around the world, and the Port of Jebel Ali in Dubai is set to be the location of one of the first cargo loops.

“By 2020, cargo loops should be working,” Pishevar said. “By 2022, we should have people transport working.”

Get Ready for Business Insider IGNITION 2017!

At Business Insider IGNITION 2016, renowned speakers such as Randall Stephenson, Jeff Bewkes, Arianna Huffington, and James Murdoch kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

Over the next few months, we`ll be rolling out an all-star lineup for IGNITION 2017, and we can`t wait to hear what they have to share.

IGNITION 2017 will take place November 29-30 at the Time Warner Center in New York City. We`re currently offering Extra Early Bird tickets and Group Tickets that will save you 1,500, so don`t miss out! 

For more information about the future of Hyperloop, check out the full interview with Pishevar (the segment starts at 4:10:50):

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A man who sped a car down a pedestrian shopping street in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorist murder, Belgium`s federal prosecutors said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, handing her a potential boost to her campaign to win next month`s presidential election in France.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to widen its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Sunday will likely select Beijing`s favored candidate for its next leader who some say will further divide a city where middle class families have become increasingly disaffected by political tension and economic hardship.
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Bitcoin is back below 1,000. Aggressive selling on Friday has the cryptocurrency down 4.1% at 987 a coin as traders remain uneasy over its near-term outlook.

Traders continue to grapple with a number of headwinds. The future of bitcoin was called into question last weeekend as a rift among developers has created the possibility that a "hard fork," or alternative marketplace could emerge, splitting the cryptocurrency in two. Additionally, traders have had to contend with a crackdown on trading in China, as well as the US Securities and Exchange Commission`s ruling against the Winklevoss twins` ETF

Friday`s selling has trade probing key support in the 1,000 area. Trade briefly broke below that level a couple of times over the past two weeks, but has been unable to close below it. The last time bitcoin ended a session below 1,000 was on February 9.

2017 has been a volatile year for bitcoin. It gained as much as 37%, putting in an all-time high of 1,327 a coin on March 10, but has fallen 25% after the SEC`s ruling on the Winklevoss ETF. Two more rulings are on the horizon with the first due out on, or before, March 30. Neither is expected to pass.

Bitcoin has been the top performing currency every year since 2010 aside from 2014.

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Apple has downplayed reports that millions of leaked iCloud logins are in the hands of hackers who could use the information to steal personal information or wipe devices. But sample data seen by ZDNet shows that at least some of the data is valid login information.

The blackmail story began on Tuesday, when Motherboard reported that a group calling itself "Turkish Crime Family" demanded 75,000 (£59,000) in either Bitcoin or Ethereum from Apple, or 100,000 (£79,000) in iTunes gift cards in return for deleting the iCloud user data it claimed to possess.

Apple, however, released a statement denying that its servers had been hacked. Instead, it seems that the login information comes from the 2012 LinkedIn hack.

Game over, right? Apple wasn`t breached, so everything is fine? Well, not so much. Turkish Crime Family handed over sample data to ZDNet, which the publication verified as actual login information. The publication spoke to 10 people who verified their data.

Despite the advice of security experts, many people re-use passwords over and over, meaning that if one of their accounts (apparently LinkedIn, in this case) is compromised, their others all become vulnerable too. So clearly people are at risk, even if it`s not necessarily the millions of people that Turkish Crime Family claimed are affected.

Apple, however, has only released one statement on the story, in which it denied it had been hacked, and said it is "actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved."

Contrast Apple`s statement with the actions of Reddit and Twitter, which forced password resets on certain accounts after learning that login information for users had been posted online — even though the sites themselves hadn`t been breached.

Apple increased iCloud security in 2014 after celebrities had their private photos stolen and posted online using a weakness in iCloud accounts. It prompted users to use two-factor authentication, which requires a phone number to get into accounts.

Encouraging users to change their passwords or to enable two-factor authentication now, in light of Turkish Crime Family`s claims, could stop users having their accounts taken over or deleted. Apple said in its statement on the attempted blackmail that users should enable two-factor authentication for their accounts, but it has yet to email users or send notifications to their devices that their accounts could be at risk.

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary`s new law to detain migrants in transit zones on its southern border will put children on the move at risk of exposure to sexual abuse, the watchdog Council of Europe said on Friday in a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar`s Rakhine state.

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A bombing in Maadi has killed one and injured two others, announced security forces on Friday morning.

According to Al-Ahram, 35-year-old Hamada Abdel Aty, a property guard, was killed when an unidentified bomb exploded in Algeria Street, Maadi. Abdel Aty had discovered the bomb on the street while he was cleaning around the property he works at.

The bomb also injured Abdel Aty’s 31-year-old wife and his son. The two injured victims have been transported to hospital for treatment.

A security cordon has been set up around the area, with investigators combing the area for other potential bombs and for evidence.

No further information is currently available.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday and told her Russia had no intention of interfering in France`s presidential election.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about Israel`s building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, which she said was undermining progress toward a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinian territories.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh push against Islamic State using new tactics, but operations to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country are on hold, military officials said on Friday.

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For the past four years, Lenovo`s Moto G line has been something like the platonic ideal of an Android phone: cheap and good enough.

It can never compete with an iPhone on its face, but because it sells for a fraction of the cost of a "flagship" device, it`s always easy enough to gloss over its flaws. It has consistently been the most popular Moto phone as a result.

So it goes with the Moto G5 Plus, the latest variant to hit the US. It`s up for pre-order on Friday, with a full release coming on March 31. Once again, it meticulously finds the point where good-but-not-great hardware can become strong value at the right price.

Here, that price is either 229 for a model with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, or 299 for a model that doubles both of those. I`ve been using the latter for the past week, and I don`t think there is a better pound-for-pound value for less than than 300. Still, it forces you to accept a few clear compromises. Here`s what I mean:

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The Moto G5 Plus` design is best described as "a phone." It`s a black and silver slab with rounded corners and a familiar mix of brushed aluminum and smooth glass. It`s boring, but it`s fine. It`s also a big step up from the plastic of its predecessors.

My colleague Rob Price has talked about the ennui evoked by this kind of design before. This is a Toyota Corolla in phone form: neither fun nor flashy, but hard to complain about once it`s in your hands. The metal back is cool and solid, the rounded sides make it easy to grip, the lone speaker is good enough, and the whole thing is neither too large, too thick, nor too heavy.

Some more soul would be nice, and some won’t like the big camera hump on the back, but "comfortable and inoffensive" isn`t the worst thing for a phone at this price.



That said, Lenovo has cut some corners to keep the price down. There`s no NFC in the US model, meaning you can`t make tap-and-go mobile payments, and you`re saddled with a micro-USB port instead of the faster and increasingly popular USB-C. And while Lenovo says the phone can survive light rain and splashes, it doesn`t have an official water-resistance rating, so you can`t be too careless.

These are not dealbreakers, but they are seemingly preventable annoyances. Such is life with an inexpensive phone. I`ll take the comfort of a sturdy, aluminum frame every day if these had to be the trade-offs. I doubt that`s the case, though.



Quality displays are just about table stakes for smartphones today, and the Moto G5 Plus` screen follows suit. It`s a 5.2-inch IPS panel with a sharp-enough 1080p resolution. It could be brighter, and its colors do not "pop" the way they would on an OLED screen like that of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but it`ll be pleasant enough for most. It doesn`t wash out at an angle, either.



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The Apple Store website has been taken offline as Apple prepares to start selling its special edition red iPhone and new iPad.

On Tuesday, Apple announced a raft of new products, including a low-cost iPad and new phone cases — but the star of the show was a red iPhone 7.

red iphone 7The device is part of Apple`s long-running partnership of with the (RED) organisation, with money from each sale going towards HIV/AIDS research and relief efforts. It`s the most interesting-looking iPhone Apple has built in a long time — a welcome relief from the gold-and-grey monotony that plagues many modern smartphones.

Apart from the new colour, it`s the same old iPhone 7 — but it`s only available in the more expensive 128 GB and 256 GB models, with no option to buy a 64 GB version.

If you visit the Apple Store website today, you`re greeted with a placeholder message saying "we`ve got something special in store for you," and it asks you to check back later.

It doesn`t explicitly state what`s coming, but both the red iPhone and the new iPad are scheduled to go on sale today.

The store will come back online at 8.01 AM Pacific Time — 11.01 AM Eastern time, or 3.01 PM in the UK.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - One man was killed and three others injured in an explosion in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, security sources told Reuters on Friday.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, on a visit to Moscow, cut short a schedule of events in the Russian parliament to go to the Kremlin to view an exhibition of French gothic art, the speaker of parliament told reporters.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar`s Rakhine state.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.

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Apple claims that the Mac and iOS vulnerabilities mentioned in a Wikileaks data dump on Thursday were fixed several years ago.

The data dump, which includes CIA documents dating back to 2012, highlights how agents were able to infect Apple devices if they could gain physical access to them.

Agents could allegedly gain access to a Mac`s firmware, for example, by using an Ethernet adapter that plugged into the computer`s Thunderbolt port. They could also compromise "factory fresh" iPhones, according to the documents.

An Apple spokesperson sent Business Insider the following statement:

"We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.

"We have not negotiated with Wikileaks for any information. We have given them instructions to submit any information they wish through our normal process under our standard terms. Thus far, we have not received any information from them that isn`t in the public domain. We are tireless defenders of our users` security and privacy, but we do not condone theft or coordinate with those that threaten to harm our users."

The documents are the latest to come out of the "Vault 7" documents from Wikileaks. The first batch of the documents claimed that the CIA could break into Samsung smart TVs and the iPhone.

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LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they had made two further significant arrests in the investigation into the attack on London`s parliament and gave the birth name of the man behind the assault as Adrian Russell Ajao.
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Before he killed at least four people in Britain`s deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury hotel and golf resort it is developing near a temple on the island of Bali.
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