Why we keep Middle East World Heritage in the West

This UN satellite image reveals the extent of the damage caused by Isis at the site of the Temple of Bel. Unesco has described the group’s destruction of historical sites as ‘war crimes’. (source) Photograph: Unitar/AFP/Getty Images

The reason for keeping Middle East world heritage in museums in London, Berlin, Paris and NYC once proven..

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Wikipedia rocked by ‘rogue editors’ blackmail scam


Hundreds of small British businesses and minor celebrities have been targeted by a sophisticated blackmail scam orchestrated by “rogue editors” at Wikipedia, The Independent can reveal.The victims, who range from a wedding photographer in Dorset to a high-end jewellery shop in Shoreditch, east London, faced demands for hundreds of pounds to “protect” or update Wikipedia pages about their businesses. A former Britain’s Got Talent contestant was among dozens of individuals targeted. Wikipedia has taken action against what it described as the “co-ordinated group” of fraudsters by blocking 381 accounts. An investigation had found that the accounts were controlled by Wikipedia users offering to change articles about companies and private individuals in exchange for payment. In some cases, the requests for money amounted to blackmail, Wikipedia told The Independent.[more]

With power comes great responsibility. It is not the first time Trade and crime meet at Wikipedia.

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Average YouTube session is 40 minutes


We Spend Insane Amounts of Time Watching YouTube on Phones. ‘On mobile, the average [YouTube] session is now over 40 minutes.’ —Omid Kordestani, Google’s chief business officer, speaking during Google’s quarterly earnings call today.In fact, Kordestani says that YouTube now reaches more 18 to 49-year-olds than any single US cable network. Those numbers sound insane, but keep in mind that they probably include people listening to music on YouTube, as well as views on tablets. Still, they represent an enormous shift in how we consume media.

Now we know where the YouTube paywall is coming from.

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Rare Nazi Gold Train found

Nazi gold train is FOUND: Deathbed confession leads treasure hunters to secret location as Polish officials claim they have seen proof on radar A German and a Pole last week claimed they had found the Nazi gold train. Polish official says man who helped hide the train revealed its location, believed to contain weapons, jewellery, artwork and archive documents. Officials have seen radar images which prove evidence of train’s existence. [more]

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