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International News Archive - June 14, 2012

Britain Re-opens Google Street View Probe

Google will likely 'escape punishment' for gathering private emails, passwords, medical data, web browsing details and other private information from millions of Britons as it mapped out areas of the country in its fleet of Street View vehicles, experts say.

Does Forest Boy Belong To Your Family?

Berlin Police have released the photo of “Ray,” a teenage boy without parents who wandered into Berlin 9 months ago. Known to Berliners as “Forest Boy,” Ray told police when he first arrived that he had been living in the woods with his father for the past 5 years.

Do Smart Meters Present A Privacy Risk?

Privacy International, a London-based organization that monitors privacy policies both in the UK and worldwide, says that the energy meters are able to collect data such as when users are home, how they spend their leisure time and the kind of medical devices that they are using.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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