Daily Archives: July 26, 2018

50 arrested after city council session descends into fist-fight in Ukraine (VIDEOS)

A heated debate about a city budgeting issue in Ukraine escalated into a mass brawl, ending with police arresting almost 50 “active violators” in the aftermath. Mass clashes between supporters of Artem Semenikhin, the Mayor of the city of Konotop in northern Ukraine, and his opponents forced local police officers to intervene “to prevent mass riots and civilian casualties,”according to ...

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Facebook acquires Redkix to enhance communications on Workplace by Facebook

Facebook had a rough day yesterday when its stock plunged after a poor earnings report. What better way to pick yourself up and dust yourself off than to buy a little something for yourself. Today the company announced it has acquired Redkix, a startup that provides tools to communicate more effectively by combining email with a more formal collaboration tool. ...

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In symbolic gesture, North Korea returns remains of US service members

On the 65th anniversary of the Korean War, Pyongyang has handed over the remains of dozens of US soldiers who died during the three-year-long conflict, the White House has confirmed. A US Air Force C-17 transport plane picked up the remains of American servicemen in Wonsan, North Korea on Friday morning, before delivering them to the Osan Air Base in ...

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Congress members demand answers from Amazon about facial recognition software

When we called the ACLU’s Amazon’s Rekognition press release an “attention-grabbing stunt” when we wrote about it earlier today, well, consider that attention grabbed. Several Democratic members of Congress have responded with a strongly worded letter to founder Jeff Bezos. Reps. Jimmy Gomez and John Lewis issued a letter to Bezos, after the ACLU noted that the facial recognition software falsely ...

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Genomics startup sold 5ml users’ genetic data to big pharma

A major DNA-testing Silicon Valley company is partnering with a British pharmaceutical giant, saying its database of over 5 million hereditary material samples will help develop new medical treatments. The $ 300 million four-year collaboration project between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and 23andMe genomics company will allow the London-based pharmaceutical to use over 5 million DNA samples from the genetic-phenotypic database of ...

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Microsoft partners with Black Girls Code to help the organization launch Seattle chapter

Microsoft has partnered with Black Girls Code, led by Kimberly Bryant, to enable the organization to launch a chapter in Seattle, Microsoft announced on LinkedIn today. Since launching in 2011, Black Girls Code has introduced technology and computer science to young black girls in 13 cities throughout the country. Seattle marks Black Girls Code’s 14th chapter. Microsoft also deepened its ...

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17yo Palestinian kills 1, injures 2 Israelis in knife attack in West Bank settlement

One person has been killed and two injured in the latest stabbing attack, this time carried out by a 17-year-old Palestinian, who entered an Israeli settlement in the West Bank for his attack and who was killed during the act. The attack by the young Palestinian, who was later identified as Muhammad Tareq Yusuf, happened on Thursday around 9:00 pm ...

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Tech companies can bid on the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract, starting today

On Thursday, the Pentagon opened bidding for a huge cloud computing contract that could be worth as much as $ 10 billion. Given its size, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, known as JEDI, is alluring for major cloud computing companies that might not normally do much business with the Department of Defense. Announced in March, JEDI is structured as ...

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Prosecuting Assange for journalism a move towards ‘dark ages of ignorance’, say whistleblowers

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks perform a valuable public service and should be praised rather than vilified, former CIA and FBI agents told RT America, adding that prosecuting Assange would be a disgrace for freedom of the press. “Julian performs a function that no longer exists in the mainstream press, and he should be rewarded rather than vilified,” former CIA analyst ...

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Female cop who kicked 8-months pregnant woman is charged with aggravated battery

A North Miami Beach Police officer has been charged with aggravated battery and relieved of her duty, after an apparent revenge assault against a woman who was eight months pregnant. On Wednesday afternoon, officers responding to street violence went on to arrest their fellow colleague, 26-year-old Ambar Pacheco. She was witnessed kicking a pregnant woman, Evoni Murray, in her stomach ...

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