Briefly: Spooky Disappearances, Pokemon GO Refunds, Tesla Gigafactory

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Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The five creepiest disappearances of all time, Pokemon GO players request refunds over lack of tracking, why it's going to be an enormous week for the Australian dollar.

  • The Australian dollar has opened the new trading week within touching distance of 76 US cents, leaving it at the highest level seen since July 18. Head to Business Insider for the report.
  • The love affair is over. Pokemon GO players are requesting refunds from the game's makers over the broken tracking functionality. Kotaku investigates.
  • People go missing all the time. Sometimes they want to disappear. Sometimes, it may be someone else that wants them to vanish. Then there are the cases where you can never really be sure what happened. Gizmodo counts down five of the weirdest disappearances of all time.
  • Over the weekend, Tesla held the grand opening of its first Gigafactory for lithium ion battery packs. It's set to be the largest factory in the world. Gizmodo has the report.
  • The evidence is mounting that the disappearance of MH370 was a deliberate act by the pilot. Business Insider has the story.
  • Tesla's new gigafactory in Nevada is finally open. Gizmodo has the photos.


    The evidence is mounting that the disappearance of MH370 was a deliberate act by the pilot.

    I wish that reputable sites would stop spreading rumours. As AvHerald relays the official wording. I find it incredibly pathetic to see that sort of rubbish about "deliberate act" spread and taken as gospel when it's a fabrication.

    On Jul 28th 2016 Malaysia's Ministry of Transport released following statement in response to media reports claiming police had uncovered data from the captain's flight simulator showing a route very similiar to the presumed track across Malaysia towards Andaman Islands and then turning south:

    Give evidence to investigating team if it exists, says minister

    PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is unaware of any evidence that MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished.

    Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said there was no indication that Zaharie had flown that route and authorities here were not aware of such evidence.

    He said criminal investigations were ongoing and he would leave it to the investigation team to examine whatever evidence they had.

    The New York magazine claimed to have obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of MH370, which “showed the strongest evidence Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide”.

    “We don’t have that evidence as of now. If you have that evidence, please hand it over to the investigation team,” Liow said.

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