A British IT worker has launched a frantic search of a landfill site after realizing he accidentally threw away a computer drive holding $7.5 million (5.5 million euros) in the online currency bitcoin.
James Howells, 28, obtained 7,500 bitcoins in 2009 when the currency was virtually worthless. Its value has since soared, with a single bitcoin hitting $1,000 for the first time on Tuesday.Full Story
A Spanish court handed two-year jail sentences on Wednesday to three men convicted of splattering cream pies over a top regional politician in protest at plans to build a railway.
Spain's highest criminal tribunal, the National Court, found them guilty of an "attack on authority" by smearing the head of government for the Navarre region, Yolanda Barcina, with sticky white pies in 2011.Full Story
Tamagotchi, the egg-shaped virtual pet beloved of schoolchildren in the 1990s, is making a comeback and is set to hit the shelves of European shops in time for Christmas.
The tiny toy character, which owners have to nurture to maturity, was a worldwide smash the first time around, with maker Bandai selling 40 million units between 1996 and 1999.Full Story
Are you both bald AND lost? Then the new "SmartWig" from Japan might be just what you need.
The techno-toupe, which can read the wearer's brainwaves and direct them to their destination with onboard GPS, is the latest -- and possibly the wackiest -- addition to the world of wearable computing.Full Story
A 60-year-old Japanese man switched at birth says he would like to "roll back the clock", days after winning a lawsuit against the hospital that mistakenly cast him into a life of poverty.
The man told a packed Tokyo press conference that he was shell-shocked when he learnt the truth, saying his life would have been starkly different.Full Story
French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has been ordered to remove a giant trunk put up as a publicity stunt on Moscow's iconic Red Square, an associated department store said Wednesday, after it triggered outrage among Russians.
The boxy brown suitcase-shaped pavilion, covered with the brand's signature "LV" stenciling was erected 10 days ago just outside GUM, a 19th century upmarket department store across from the Kremlin that faces the square.Full Story
French authorities have presented a convicted heroin dealer with an 80,000-euro tax bill on his earnings ... after allowing for his personal consumption and travel expenses.
The dealer, currently in prison in Nancy in eastern France, recently received a demand for payment based on his supposed 2008-11 earnings, his lawyer Samira Boudiba told Agence France Presse.Full Story
An escaped wolf sparked panic in the unlikely surroundings of southern England on Tuesday after a pack of five animals escaped from a zoo.
The timber wolves got through a damaged fence in their enclosure at Colchester Zoo to the east of London in the early hours of the morning.Full Story
A Lithuanian artist who angered Malaysian officials with a street mural depicting a knife-wielding Lego robber has found unlikely admirers across the border in graffiti-averse Singapore for his works on a softer theme.
Ernest Zacharevic, who has been likened to British graffiti artist Banksy, has seen photos of his murals depicting children playing go viral on Facebook as Singaporeans unused to seeing art on outdoor walls expressed their approval.Full Story
Japanese sports officials on Tuesday bowed to growing criticism that a massive stadium planned for the 2020 Olympics was too big and costly, saying they would shrink the building's area.
The proposed stadium, designed by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is intended to occupy a spot in west Tokyo currently occupied by the national stadium, an area with numerous parks and a large Shinto shrine.Full Story