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Vikings season 4 concluded on February 1, 2017, and fans of the hit TV series have been eagerly waiting for the next season to arrive since then. The previous season was considered as the best Vikings season so far as it was filled with thrilling moments, and the next season is said to be even […]

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The man behind the AllOfGarden.com blog wrote Tuesday that he has been granted a “total pardon”—as he described it in a four-stanza limerick.

Said blogger, Vincent “Vino” Malone, is the proprietor of AllOfGarden.com, a website that chronicles a quest to eat as much Olive Garden pasta as possible (via the Never Ending Pasta Pass).

Last week, Malone announced that he had received what appeared to be a legal demand e-mail from Darden, Olive Garden’s parent company, claiming alleged trademark infringement, because he used the phrase “Olive Garden” on his website. Malone ridiculed the demand in a response that he posted publicly, in which he accurately described the concept of “nominative fair use”—the trademark equivalent of fair use in copyright law.

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Police in Greece have arrested a man wanted in the United States for allegedly running a massive Bitcoin-based money laundering operation, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say the 38-year-old Russian man was responsible for converting $4 billion in illicit, conventional cash into virtual currency.

The suspect hasn’t been publicly named, but Reuters got a picture of him being arrested. According to Reuters, he was arrested in the “Greek region of Chalkidiki on Monday on a US warrant.”

The news is a reminder that—like ordinary cash—Bitcoin has a wide variety of uses, both legitimate and illicit. Bitcoin boosters like to focus on potential applications like international remittances, micropayments, and conventional retail sales. But Bitcoin has become the payment network of choice for “dark web” markets for drugs and other illicit merchandise, from the original Silk Road—shut down in 2014—to the recently-busted AlphaBay.

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As of Tuesday evening, Snopes.com, one of the Internet’s most longstanding fact-checking websites, successfully raised over $600,000 in less than 48 hours—an effort to stay afloat while an ugly legal battle is underway.

Snopes’ founder, David Mikkelson, told Ars in a lengthy phone interview that a Web development company, Proper Media, and two of its founders have essentially held the website “hostage” for months, keeping both data and money that should have gone to Snopes’ parent company, Bardav.

Bardav and Proper Media, which also runs other websites including TVTropes.org, made a business deal together that Bardav then cancelled in March 2017. Proper Media sued in May, alleging breach of contract, among other allegations. Mikkelson and Bardav countersued in June 2017.

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All new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from UK roads from 2040, the government will announce on Wednesday in a revised “controversial bomb” air pollution plan.

The Tory government published a draft air pollution plan in May, but it faced criticism from environment lawyers and clean air campaigners for being too floppy at curbing the nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution that causes thousands of premature deaths in the UK each year. The High Court demanded that a final version of the plan be published by the end of July—and so here we are.

In addition to following in France’s footsteps with an internal combustion engine ban by 2040, the plan mostly focuses on empowering local councils to make major changes to their road systems. Reprogramming traffic lights, removing or redesigning speed bumps (!) and roundabouts, and retrofitting buses are all being mooted as possible ways of reducing air pollution.

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Earlier this year, China announced a crackdown on VPNs and proxy services in the country and made it mandatory for all VPN providers and leased cable lines operators to have a license from the government in order to use such services.

Now, Russia is also considering to follow a similar path.

The Russian Federation Council has just approved a bill that would outlaw the use of virtual private


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BALTIMORE—Alongside a former grain pier in a strangely quiet corner of this cargo port, there’s a ship straight out of the future—the future, that is, as seen from the 1950s. Featuring sleek, modern lines and a giant insignia of an atom, the Nuclear Ship Savannah once sailed the world to demonstrate the peaceful potential of atomic energy.

Constructed at a cost of $46.9 million ($386.8 million in 2016 dollars) and launched on July 21, 1959, the Savannah was the world’s first nuclear cargo ship and the second nuclear-powered civilian ship (coming just two years after the Soviet nuclear icebreaker Lenin). Owned by the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) and operated by commercial cargo companies, for nearly a decade she carried cargo and passengers around the world. She also acted as a floating herald for America’s seemingly inevitable, cool Atomic Age future. Savannah boasted all the latest conveniences, including one of the world’s first microwave ovens.

Many critics have since called the Savannah an expensive Cold War-era boondoggle, but she was in many ways a success. The ship was never intended to turn a profit; rather, Savannah was intended to demonstrate what was possible with nuclear power. Design compromises made to get her into service as a showcase ship with passenger service handicapped her value as a cargo ship, but Savannah did demonstrate the advantages of nuclear propulsion. There was no need to refuel or to take on ballast water as fuel was expended, which meant less time in port and less pollution. Ironically, the Arab oil embargo arrived about two years after her tenure, but Savannah could have turned a profit during the situation despite these compromises.

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“Fairy Tail” Season 8 will come on air sometime in 2018. However, the speculations and spoilers are already adrift after the creator of the anime series,  Hiro Mashima recently announced his plans to end the show after the eighth season. Check out in detail! “Fairy Tail” Season 8 will be the final season for the […]

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Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs have been tight-lipped about their engagement even though they have never denied their relationship. However, recently, the “Twilight” actor admitted that he is ‘kind of’ engaged to his talented girlfriend. It means though they have not made it official, the celeb couple consider themselves engaged. Elsewhere, ex-girlfriend Kirsten Stewart is […]

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Married At First Sight Season 5 finale is set to air on Lifetime Network on Thursday. The episode will be the Decision Day for all the three Chicago couples to decide whether they want to stay married or get a divorce. The official synopsis for this episode reveals, “In the Season 5 finale, the time […]

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