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Contesting America? China pumps millions in restoration money into Middle East

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised a massive financial package of loans and aid to Middle Eastern nations, aimed at boosting the region’s economy and stability, while US influence in the region is seemingly fading. Xi, speaking at a meeting with Arab League nation representatives in Beijing, heralded an “oil and gas plus” plan to pour Chinese money into the ...

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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a full read but the gist is this: Sonos, a very traditional speaker ...

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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a full read but the gist is this: Sonos, a very traditional speaker ...

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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the gist is this: Sonos, a very traditional ...

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Beach woman mystery: 53yo found alive on coast 18 months after being dragged into ocean

A missing woman, who was presumed drowned for the last 18 months, has turned up alive on an Indonesian beach wearing exactly the same clothes from the day she disappeared. READ MORE: Bomb threat joke causes panicked passengers to leap from plane wing (VIDEO) Mystery surrounds the reappearance of 53-year-old Nining Sunarsih, who was pulled into the sea by a ...

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Bali volcano explodes, sending rocks & flares of lava into the air (PHOTOS)

A volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali erupted Monday, sending rocks and lava spewing into the air and unleashing a wave of panic across the island. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion as Mount Agung flung volcanic rocks at least 2 km in the air. A sea of lava spewed from the crater, which ignited nearby vegetation. Indonesia’s ...

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Niece of alleged UK poisoning victims Viktoria Skripal makes foray into Russian politics

Viktoria Skripal, the niece of the former intelligence agent and alleged poisoning victim Sergei Skripal, has been nominated to run for Yaroslavl regional legislature by leftist opposition party Fair Russia. “When we were choosing the party’s candidates we made a proposal to her and she agreed, with pleasure,” Kommersant quoted the secretary of Fair Russia’s Yaroslavl regional council, Anatoly Kashirin, ...

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The FBI, FTC and SEC are joining the Justice Department’s inquiries into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica disclosures

An alphabet soup of federal agencies are now poring over Facebook’s disclosures and the company’s statements about its response to the improper use of its user information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have joined the Justice Department in examining how the personal information of ...

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New law requiring Russian internet companies to keep records of client traffic comes into force

A Russian law requiring internet service providers to keep records of their clients’ traffic and hand them over to the state security services on demand came into force on June 1. The controversial legislation, dubbed by the media the ‘Yarovaya Bill’ after its main sponsor – the former chair of the Lower House committee for security, MP Irina Yarovaya (United ...

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‘Bloody’ protesters turn Apple Store into ER ward (VIDEO)

Dozens of activists turned a Paris-based Apple Store into an emergency ward complete with x-rays, surgeons, bloody patients and even a waiting room to denounce tax evasion The elaborate demonstration, staged by the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and for Citizen Action (ATTAC), on Saturday was in protest of Apple’s tax evasion practices and their impact on social ...

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