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Dollar not alone, rupee breaches key levels across the board

NEW DELHI: As rupee's record fall against the US dollarcontinues to hog the limelight, it has also lost ground and breached key levels against a host of other currencies including British pound, euro and Swiss franc.

Adding to rupee's woes, British pound on Wednesday crossed Rs 106 level, euro went past Rs 92, Swiss franc touched Rs 75 mark, Canadian dollar was at Rs 65, Australian dollar at over Rs 60, while New Zealand dollar, Singapore dollar, Bruneian dollar and Libyan dinar crossed Rs 50 level.

Among even more expensive foreign currencies, one Kuwaiti dinar is now worth more than Rs 240, Bahraini Dinar over Rs 180, Omani rial has went past Rs 175 and Latvia Lat at Rs 130.

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Against the most prominent foreign currency US dollar, the rupee has fallen to a record low of Rs 68.75.

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Kowloon Walled City: Taking a look back at Hong Kong’s “City of Darkness”

It’s been 20 years since Kowloon Walled City was demolished, but amazingly, it remains one of the most dense structures ever built. As many as 33,000 people crammed into the seven-acre plot, known in Cantonese as “the city of darkness,” before they were relocated in 1993.

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LADEE Rockets To The Moon From Virginia In September

In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets.

An artist's concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft seen orbiting near the surface of the moon. 
Artists's concept of NASA's LADEE spacecraft seen orbiting near the surface of the moon.
Image credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry

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Google filing says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy



In motion to dismiss a data-mining lawsuit, Web giant says people have "no legitimate expectation of privacy in information" voluntarily turned over to third parties.

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As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it clear that people who send or receive e-mail via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.
In a 39-page motion filed in June (see below) to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.

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Pirate Bay launches its own web browser to skirt internet censorship

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As the internet grows older, more countries are putting restrictions on certain activities. Some areas of the world are completely shut off from entire chunks of the web. In an effort to combat this, the Pirate Bay has launched the Pirate Browser, a custom web browser that aims to circumvent internet censorship.
Rather than a single program, the

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IBM Looks to Human Brain to Devise New Programming Model

IBM on Thursday announced a new computer programming framework that draws inspiration from the way the human brain receives data, processes it, and instructs the body to act upon it while requiring relatively tiny amounts of energy to do so.
"Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM's new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today's von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures," IBM said in a statement introducing recent advances made by its Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) project.

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Java faces tough climb to catch up to .Net


A couple of weeks ago, I detailed the major features we can look forward to in Java 8 [1]. What I didn't say was that .Net has most if not all of those Java 8 features, as well as many other features deferred to Java 9. I'm not a big fan of adding everything but the kitchen sink to the Java language [2]. However, I think the Java platform (as opposed to the language) should evolve to support these features. I also think .Net is a great technology, and C# and the .Net platform accomplished in many ways what they set out to do, which was to become Java 3. My biggest misgiving is that I've never liked Microsoft's operating system, and I loathe bugs I can't -- in theory -- fix.
A tale of two platformsYou could make the claim that with a smaller install base and a greater willingness to rip the rug out from under developers, Microsoft can afford to move more quickly. Some of that is fair. I remember in the '90s and early 2000s, Microsoft decided we needed to change database APIs almost weekly from ODBC, RDO,

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Lambs That Grow Like Weeds



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NASA will separate twin brothers for a year: one on Earth, one in space

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Of all the members of NASA's current crop of distinguished astronauts, only two have the unique distinction of being identical twin brothers. And now NASA is using an idea proposed by the brothers, Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, to perform

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Nanodiamond thermometer can find the temperature inside a single living cell

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The mercury-in-glass thermometer has served us well for the past 270 years, but sometimes you need something smaller — say to find the temperature inside a single living cell. Researchers at Harvard have discovered a new technique using lasers and diamond nanocrystals to measure temperatures of microscopic structures, recording temperature fluctuations as small as 0.05 Kelvin (0.09ºF) in size.
LASER LIGHT BOUNCING OUT OF A COOL NANODIAMOND SHOWS UP AS A DIFFERENT COLOR

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Sonam Kapoor boob slip at Cannes Film Festival



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Mighty mouse attacks snake to save pal


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A mouse has been given its freedom after it tackled a poisonous snake in a bid to save a fellow rodent at a zoo in China.
The two mice were served up as a live dinner for the snake at Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang province, eastern China

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