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London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows | UK news | The Guardian
UK capital has the most expensive public transport, second-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 EU cities reveals
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5 hours ago by inspiral
Google sued for 'clandestine tracking' of 4.4m UK iPhone users' browsing data • The Guardian
<p>Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK.

The collective action is being led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones between August 2011 and February 2012 in order to divide people into categories for advertisers.

At the opening of an expected two-day hearing in London on Monday, lawyers for Lloyd’s campaign group Google You Owe Us told the court information collected by Google included race, physical and mental heath, political leanings, sexuality, social class, financial, shopping habits and location data.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Lloyd, said information was then “aggregated” and users were put into groups such as “football lovers” or “current affairs enthusiasts” for the targeting of advertising.

Tomlinson said the data was gathered through “clandestine tracking and collation” of browsing on the iPhone, known as the “Safari Workaround” – an activity he said was exposed by a PhD researcher in 2012.</p>


OK, this is quite weird. It's exactly the same incident that I wrote about back in 2012/3 (here's a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jan/29/google-group-privacy-claim-iphone-tracking">Josh Halliday article on it</a>). Yet no reference in this to that? Or by anyone? Whatever happened to institutional memory?
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yesterday by charlesarthur
Carillion fiasco shows why auditors must be accountable to parliament
Estimating profits and losses on long-term contracts before they finish, for example, involves fine judgment. But this should be exercised by managers and auditors with “professional scepticism”, a principle as critical to sound accounting as the Hippocratic oath is to medicine...however, that when the company collapsed in January the same PwC landed the job as government-appointed special manager, “re-emerging”, in the words of inquiry co-chairman Frank Field MP, “as butcher, packaging up joints of the fallen beast to be flogged off”.For some time now, the “big four” accountancy firms – KMPG, PwC, Deloitte and EY – have put their own finances above guarding their clients.Their senior partners, none of whom made their careers in the unsexy auditing arms of their firms, target fee income rather than financial probity. The commanding heights of business are audited by outfits that are no longer accountancy firms. This major and still under-appreciated fault line through the world economy guarantees future financial earthquakes.The accountancy profession emerged two centuries ago to rein in the financial excesses of the Industrial Revolution. In the second half of the 20th century, it became the servant of the masters of capitalism. Just weeks after Carillion collapsed, KPMG senior partner Bill Michael told one interviewer that his firm had “moved from what we do to clients to what we do with clients”.
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yesterday by thomas.kochi
Fasting diets may raise risk of diabetes, researchers warn
Previous research has also shown that short-term fasting can produce molecules called free radicals, highly reactive chemicals that can cause damage to cells in the body and which may be associated with impaired organ function, cancer risk and accelerated ageing.The São Paulo researchers examined the effects of fasting every other day on the bodyweight, free radical levels and insulin function of normal adult rats over three months. Although the rats’ bodyweight and food intake decreased as expected, the amount of fat tissue in their abdomen actually increased. In addition, cells of the pancreas that release insulin showed damage, while the presence of increased levels of free radicals and markers of insulin resistance were also detected.
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yesterday by thomas.kochi

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