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Papers: Banks eyeball alternatives to online passwords

In the papers: Republicans plot euthanasia for Obamacare; Stairway to Tedium; Trump campaign short of cash; USA football team comes to Messi end

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Online passwords for banking sites could become a thing of the past

The banking password may be about to expire forever, the New York Times reports, as banks seek out other, safer forms of identification.

Traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or insecure, or both, so banks are increasingly turning to security systems based on fingerprints, facial skans or other types of biometrics.

After all, no one was ever accused of forgetting their fingertips.

Regardless of the verdict, the debate as to whether Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” was ripped off from Los Angeles rock band Spirit’s song “Taurus” will likely remain unsettled, claims the Los Angeles Times.

Led Zep’s main songwriters Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have a bit of “previous form” when it comes to borrowing inspiration from other songs, but pinning down whether the “Stairway to Heaven” into was a direct lift from “Taurus” is a fiendishly difficult process.

Either way, the least the court could do would be put a ban on the Zeppelin song being played on the radio for, say, 10 years, so we can have a break from it.

Meanwhile, the court room drama must be doing wonders for the back catalogue of the unjustly neglected jazz-blues-rock band Spirit. Plus you got to love a band that has a guitarist in it named Randy California, even if he was given the name by Jimi Hendrix.

Republican Donald Trump enters the general-election showdown for the White House short of money, short on staff and overwhelmed on the airwaves by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, new campaign-finance filings and advertising data show.

The USA Today reports that “the Donald” raised just $3.1mln from donors last month, and may be forced to put his hand into his own voluminous trouser pocket to fund his campaign.

So much for President Obama’s legacy. One of the things – probably the main thing – Obama is recognised for abroad is introducing the sort of national health service that is commonplace in the rest of the civilised world, but the Wall Street Journal reports that Republican law-makers are plotting to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act and replace it with tax credits that could be used to pay for private insurance.

It all got a bit Messi (as in Lionel) for the US football team last night as Argentina thrashed it 4-0 in the Copa America semi-final.

Lionel Messi scored what is known in footie circles as a “worldie” (world class goal) from a free kick to put Argentina up 2-0.

In Europe, where the Euro 2016 tournament has been characterised with a lot of cagey low-scoring matches, spectators must have been watching the goal on their smartphones and sighing with envy.

 

 

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