Daily Archives: October 1, 2018

‘Maneuvered to prevent collision’: Chinese destroyer chases USS Decatur in South China Sea

A Chinese destroyer sent to escort the USS Decatur on a ‘freedom of navigation’ sail-by in the disputed South China Sea has come dangerously close and forced the US vessel to maneuver to “prevent collision,” the US Navy said. The encounter between the US and Chinese Navies unfolded on Sunday morning when Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailing under the ‘freedom of ...

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‘They have to keep us happy’: Trump brandishes his ‘powerful’ tariff stick at India

Already engaged in numerous trade disputes across the globe, Donald Trump has slammed India as a “tariff king” which is clinging to the “privilege” of trading with US and struggling to negotiate a deal to appease Washington. “India, which is the tariff king, they called us and they said, ‘we want to start negotiations immediately,’” Trump said Monday as he announced ...

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French Catholics demand parliament investigate child sex abuse by priests

A group of French Catholics has urged the parliament to establish a special commission tasked with investigating reports of pedophilia within the Roman Catholic Church, which they say continues to ignore and cover the abuse. “We call for the creation of a parliamentary investigative commission to probe the crimes of pedophilia and their concealment within the Catholic Church,” says the ...

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Benchmark is staying focused, targeting $425M for ninth fund

VC powerhouse Benchmark has filed to raise $ 425 million for its ninth flagship fund. While other firms close billion-dollar venture funds despite a history of smaller fundraises, Benchmark is sticking to its guns. The firm, known for its early bets on Twitter, Uber, Snap and WeWork, hasn’t fallen victim to the SoftBank effect. Longtime Benchmark general partners Bill Gurley and ...

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Sporadic clashes & unrest mar Catalonia’s independence vote anniversary rallies (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Massive demonstrations have flooded Barcelona and other cities on the anniversary of Catalonia’s attempt to push for independence. Several rallies ended up in clashes with police as some protesters burned Spanish flags. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated throughout the Spanish northeastern region of Catalonia to mark one year since its attempt to push for independence from Spain. Some 180,000 ...

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What to expect from tomorrow’s Microsoft Surface event

It’s fall. That means every big to mid-sized tech company is holding an event to debut its latest offerings in time for the holidays. Even if said offering is just a laptop made out of leather. Not to be left out, Microsoft’s got an event planned for tomorrow afternoon in New York. As we noted early last month, we know ...

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Powerful aftershocks strike Indonesia days after deadly quake & tsunami

A series of powerful aftershocks, ranging between 5 and 6 in magnitude, have rattled Indonesia just days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc across the island of Sulawesi, killing hundreds. The most powerful 6.0 aftershock was recorded off Sumba Island, some 30 km southwest of Nggongi at a depth of 10 km, after at least four other jolts, ...

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There’s a secret text adventure game hidden inside Google — here’s how to play it

Google loves a good Easter egg. There are dozens upon dozens of different eggs hidden across Google’s product portfolio, from using Google Search to flip a coin to exploring the Doctor’s TARDIS in Google Maps. Think you’ve seen them all? A seemingly new egg has just been discovered: a playable text adventure game, hidden right within Google Search. Here’s how ...

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Lost passenger: Body found after Boeing water-landing makes airline backtrack ‘safe’ rescue (VIDEO)

A body found near the site of the crash-landed Boeing 737 that ploughed down into the sea off Micronesia has forced Air Niugini to go back on its statement that all passengers had been safely rescued from the sinking fuselage. Air Niugini has revised its earlier statement that all 35 passengers and 12 crew escaped from the crash alive, stating ...

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Google’s head of its $110B+ ads and commerce business is leaving for Greylock Partners

Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s head of commerce, is leaving the company after more than 15 years and will be joining Greylock Partners, sources inside the company told us and Google confirmed. Ramaswamy will become a venture partner at Greylock Partners . At Google, his position will be filled by Prabhakar Raghavan, who was previously the company’s VP of apps for Google Cloud. ...

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