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Smartphone theft drops in London, 2 US cities as anti-theft 'kill switches' installed

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "kill switches" that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said.

Fighting animal cruelty in LatAm, one tweet at a time

Veterinarian Carmen Soto is gently swabbing what is left of Grecia the toucan’s bright beak, preparing to fit him with a prosthesis to replace the part hacked off by vandals.

Website to offer guided tours of supposed no-go zones in Paris

Crowd-sourced tourism is coming to the rescue of the French capital's reputation. Mediatrium, a Parisian digital communications agency, has launched the website to debunk the now infamous myths aired on Fox News.

Social media flurry around blizzard: gripes, jokes and romance

Fear, disappointment and even romantic thoughts about the Northeast's blizzard of 2015 powered a social media storm that raged on the Internet on Jan 27.

Uber limits price hikes in New York City snowstorm

Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service that has attracted criticism for jacking up prices at times of high demand, has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during the snowstorm that began hitting the city on Jan 26.

New York City ends ban on cellphones in public schools

New York City is ending its ban on students bringing their cellphones into the city's public schools, the mayor's office announced.

Chicago plans app so taxis can compete with Uber, ridesharing services

Chicago opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs.

Bondi beach cameras eye more Aussie rescues

Australia’s best known lifeguard Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins knows there’s nothing better than the naked eye to spot the dangers of the surf — rip currents and sharks.

NYC police launch body-camera pilot in wake of choke hold case

New York City police launched a pilot programme to equip officers with body cameras, hours before media reports that a grand jury decided against bringing charges against a white policeman in the choke hold death of a black Staten Island man.

Paris domain names sell like hot croissants

Companies and lovers of the City of Lights snapped up 6,600 ”.paris” Internet domain names in a mere two hours, far exceeding expectations.