Daily Archives: May 11, 2018

Black Friday: Spanish public broadcaster employees mourn the death of independent news

For the third week in a row, journalists at the Spanish public-service broadcaster RTVE wore black on Friday to protest PM Mariano Rajoy’s party meddling in their news coverage, which they fear damages the channel’s credibility. The staff at Radio Television Espanola rebelled against the refusal of the Spanish ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) to support the opposition’s bid for ...

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UN nuclear watchdog chief inspector suddenly bows out, sets off speculations

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief of inspections Tero Varjoranta has announced his resignation three days after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. The official did not provide any reason for his departure. Varjoranta was serving as the head of the agency’s Department of Safeguards, tasked with determining whether countries that are party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation ...

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Meet NASA’s robot helicopter of Mars (VIDEO)

A robot helicopter will fly the skies of Mars as part of the 2020 mission, NASA has announced, hoping to replicate the success of the Wright brothers on the red planet. The ‘marscopter’ will be one of the components of the Mars survey mission scheduled to blast off in July 2020, the US space agency announced on Friday. It is ...

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Ring’s doorbell cam allowed video access after its password was changed

This is likely to be a bit of a black eye from Amazon, as the company looks to bolster its presence in the home security space. The Information reports that, until earlier this year, a security loophole allowed users to continue to view a feed from Ring’s doorbell camera even after its password was changed. Ring, which was purchased by ...

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‘They’re trying to kill him’: Pamela Anderson wants Kanye’s help to free Assange

Actress-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has become one of the most vocal allies for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and now she wants Kanye West’s help in setting him free. Cooped up in the confines of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder has not set foot outside out of fear that he could be extradited to the US. Amidst all this, ...

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Israeli-made weapons among arms handed over by militants in Damascus

Israeli-made landmines were found in a large trove of medium and heavy weapons handed over by rebels in southern Damascus, Syria’s state media reported. Damascus has repeatedly accused Tel Aviv of aiding militants. As the Syrian army is driving out the last remaining terrorists from the southern outskirts of Damascus, those who refuse to completely lay down their arms and ...

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Hollywood producer plans to incentivize content viewers with tokens

With so much controversy swirling around the advertising-driven business models typified by Facebook and Google, and the increasing rigors of regulations like GDPR, it’s no wonder the blockchain world is starting to whet its appetite at the prospect of paying users for attention with crypto assets. Now a company involved in the production of Hollywood blockbusters featuring the likes of ...

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'It was either disabled or out of ammo': how Israelis hit the Syrian SA-22 air defense system

A functional SA-22 would never let a missile reach it, a former deputy head of the Russian Air Force told RT. The Russian-made system filmed getting hit by an Israeli missile in Syria was either turned off or out of ammo. Following a massive airstrike on what it called Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ...

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Gaza border crossing set ablaze as Palestinian protesters ‘damage gas pipelines’ – IDF

Palestinian protesters have started fires on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza on Friday, damaging gas pipelines leading to the enclave, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said. Dozens of people took part in the attack, the military said, adding that they believe it was designed to “sabotage humanitarian efforts that Israel & other countries ...

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Xiaomi is bringing its smart home devices to the US — but still no phones yet

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that’s looking to raise as much as $ 10 billion in a Hong Kong IPO, is continuing to grow its presence in the American market after it announced plans to bring its smart home products to the U.S.. The company is best known for its well-priced and quality smartphones, but Xiaomi offers hundreds of other ...

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