Monthly Archives: November 2017

Russia won’t be surprised by war in North Korea, it’s been preparing for it – Security Council head

A war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula is one of the scenarios considered by the Russian military, so it would not be blindsided in case it actually happens, the head of Russia’s Security Council said, advocating a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The launch of the Hwasong-15 ballistic missile by North Korea on Wednesday, which Pyongyang claimed is “capable ...

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John McCain backs tax bill, as Senate GOP suspends vote for final tweaks

Senate Republicans are delaying their final vote on tax reform after heated debates nearly sent the bill back to committee. The bill has gained Senator John McCain’s (R-Arizona) support, but other Republicans still need convincing in order for it to pass. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) called to delay the next vote on their version of the ...

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Apple marks World AIDS Day with in-store and in-app donations

After raising $ 160 million for the Global fund as part of its partnership with (RED), Apple is marking tomorrow’s World AIDS Day by offering up a bunch of opportunities to donate. The easiest of the bunch is the company’s promise to donate $ 1 to the fund for every transaction made with Apple Pay at the company’s retail stores, ...

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Explosion at chemical plant in Japan causes injuries, evacuation ordered (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 02:22 Edited time: 1 Dec, 2017 03:29 An explosion and subsequent fire at a chemical plant in the Japanese city of Fuji has caused up to 14 injuries, local media report. An evacuation has been ordered in nearby areas. Images have emerged on social media, appearing to show a thick column of black smoke rising ...

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Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents

Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “in the iPhone X it’s clear you’re looking at a little ghost of the Pre.” It seems that Qualcomm’s legal team was taking note; they cited that ...

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Earthquake of up to 6.3 magnitude hits eastern Iran

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 02:50 Edited time: 1 Dec, 2017 02:58 An earthquake with a magnitude of up to 6.3 has hit eastern Iran near the city of Kerman, seismological centers report. The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10km (6.2 miles), some 40km (25 miles) from the city of Kerman, which has a population of over 800,000, ...

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There are now 25M active business profiles on Instagram

Instagram announced this morning that it now has 25 million active business profiles, up from 15 million in July. The company throws out a lot of different statistics (back in September it said it had 800 million monthly active users, 500 million daily active users and 2 million advertisers), but this one’s significant as a measure of how many businesses ...

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Legendary female Soviet pilot and UFO hunter, Marina 'Madam MIG' Popovich, dies at 86

Legendary Soviet first class test pilot Marina Popovich, dubbed “Madam MIG” for going supersonic in the cockpit of a MiG-21 fighter jet, has died at the age of 86. The aviatrix developed a passion for the extraterrestrial, claiming to have encountered UFOs and a Big Foot. Born in 1937, Popovich enlisted in the Air Force in the post-war years to ...

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“Don’t let it happen to you”: WikiLeaks drops aerial strike Christmas ad (VIDEO)

Published time: 30 Nov, 2017 23:00 WikiLeaks have released their own take on the tradition of Christmas adverts in the form of an anti-war video. The premise is that an aerial strike could destroy viewers’ festively-decorated homes if warmongering politicians are not held to account. “Don’t let it happen to you,” wrote WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Twitter, reciting the ...

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Facebook will temporarily disable a tool that lets advertisers exclude people of color

Facebook has been under fire for its practices and policies that enable advertisers to exclude “multicultural affinity” groups from the audiences they reach via the social network. Now, in light of a ProPublica investigation and pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, Facebook says it’s committed to taking a closer look at its advertising policies, its COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in ...

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