WhatsApp update introduces ‘Statuses’, as Facebook takes features from Snapchat once again

The Independent The feature looks and works almost exactly the same as Snapchat Ryan Falconer, 24, apologised to the 21-year-old on WhatsApp after llegedly raping her iStock WhatsApp has introduced “Statuses”. And it all feels a little familiar. The company has re-invented the status tool – which until now has only offered the option to…

Love-struck prison officer tried to smuggle Salford gangster’s sperm out of jail because she ‘wanted a chocolate baby’

Manchester Evening News She planned to use the Calpol syringe “like a turkey baster” to get pregnant A love-struck prison officer who tried to smuggle a Salford gangster’s sperm from behind bars has been jailed…for nine months. Grandmother Alison Sharples, 47, was caught out when a medicine syringe containing traces of the young convicted kidnapper’s…

UK justice system is racist, suggests one of Britain’s only non-white judges

The Independent Peter Herbert, a crown court judge, says legal system pervaded by ‘casual discrimination’ Peter Herbert had criticised the decision to ban former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman from standing for office PA Archive/PA Images Britain’s justice system is racist and should not be trusted by ethnic minorities, one of the UK’s only black judges…

Investigatory Powers Bill officially passes into law, giving Britain the ‘most extreme spying powers ever seen’

The Independent The Bill received large opposition from petitions, but not within parliament Theresa May addresses the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference in London REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Britain’s intelligence services have officially been given the “most extreme spying powers ever seen”. The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those…