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Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

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Rules that grant stopped motorists seven days to present their driving licence at a police station will be swept away under plans to issue officers with hand-held machines that will instantly call up licences.

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Gout cases explode as doctors warn that the condition affects one in 40 Britons

Cases of gout in the UK have “soared” since the beginning of the 21st century, doctors have said, amid warnings that a condition traditionally labelled “the disease of kings” now afflict one in every 40 people – with the most incidences among the poor.

New software makes your pictures more memorable without changing your face

Algorithims created by examining 'facial memorability' database could be used to improve your chances in a job application

NameTag: Facial recognition app scans faces for dating profiles, criminal background

Software for Google Glass culls information from social media profiles, dating sites, and criminal registries - plans for a smartphone app are in the works

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If the slump wasn't bad enough, stand by for the literary misery that's bound to follow

Scientists discover link between downturns and an increase in frequency of words of 'emotional malaise'

Australian hackers' group reports that users of Snapchat app may be exposed to hackers

Snapchat 'vulnerabilities' could leave you exposed, says hackers' group

That risqué Snapchat photo that you thought would self-destruct after 10 seconds could still come back to haunt you.

Controversial practices of the NSA have been in the news since ex-contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents in June

NSA told to dump phone records by Obama review board: Sweeping reforms aimed at restoring public trust in US security agency

Currently, the NSA holds for five years phone records gathered daily from US phone companies

A cultivator of marijuana smelling a plant at his house in Montevideo, Uruguay

In pictures: Uruguay's Senate creates world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana

The Uruguayan Senate voted on a government-sponsored bill legalizing the production and sale of marijuana. The bill has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and parliament's upper house, and makes Uruguay the first country in the world to regulate the cultivation and distribution of the soft drug.

What would I say?: A Facebook App that generates statuses so you don’t have to

New game takes inspiration from your old statuses – and was invented ‘just for fun’ at a US hacking summit

The world’s largest cancer database, which will use computer programs similar to those that forecast the weather to process millions of experimental results in seconds, has been launched by British scientists

Cloudy with a chance of finding new cures for cancer: CanSAR database adapts weather forecasting computer programs

The world’s largest cancer database, which will use computer programs similar to those that forecast the weather to process millions of experimental results in seconds, has been launched by British scientists. The technological breakthrough has the potential to revolutionise the search for cancer cures.

High Court rejects ex-prisoner's DNA sample challenge

Lawyers argued that the request by police infringed his human rights

Police chiefs are working towards having a new nationwide system in place before 2014

Police to create UK-wide missing persons register after IoS campaign

New database aims to offer runaways more protection

Microsoft's Cortana: rival to Apple's Siri named after fictional AI

The next-generation of 'intelligent personal assistants' will step even closer to sci-fi's vision of artificial intelligent, but will this be in name only?

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