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  • 2 days ago
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    The Best of Europe’s Web Went Dark Today. We Can’t Let That Be Our Future.

    We’re into the final days before members of the European Parliament vote on the Copyright and the Digital Single Market Directive, home of the censoring Article 13, and the anti-news Article 11. Europeans are still urging their MEPs to vote down these articles (if you haven’t already, call now, and stepping up the visibility of their complaints in this final week.

  • 3 days ago
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    Canada is becoming a tech hub. Thanks, Donald Trump!

    US companies are going to keep hiring foreign tech workers, even as the Trump administration makes doing so more difficult. For a number of US companies that means expanding their operations in Canada, where hiring foreign nationals is much easier. Demand for international workers remained high this year, according to a new Envoy Global survey of more than 400 US hiring professionals, who represent big and small US companies and have all had experience hiring foreign employees.

  • 3 days ago
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    Biker gangs stand guard by NZ mosques at first Friday prayers

    Bikers have vowed to stand guard outside New Zealand mosques as Muslims take part in their first Friday prayer following the Christchurch shootings. Gangs like The Mongrel Mob, King Cobra and The Black Power have promised to protect their local Muslim communities across the country, after 50 people were killed and 50 injured in the attack on March 15. Waikato Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu offered to shield the Jamia Masjid Mosque in Hamilton.

  • 4 days ago
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    EU regulators hit Google with $1.7 billion fine for blocking ad rivals

    The European Union on Wednesday ordered Google to pay 1.49 billion euros ($1.69 billion) for stifling competition in the online advertisement sector. The European Commission said Google had placed exclusivity contracts on website owners, stopping them from including search results from Google’s rivals. It said these clauses were replaced in 2009 by premium payments and in the same year, Google had asked publishers to seek permission on how rival ads were displayed.

  • 5 days ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Woman Quits Successful City Career So She Can Live in the Woods With Over 100 Rescued Animals

    Daria Pushkareva was a successful photographer living in Russia’s capital city of Moscow when she decided to leave the bustling city life behind – which is why she now lives in the woods with over 100 rescued animals. As a child growing up in Russia, Pushkareva had always dreamed of rescuing dogs and opening up her own dog shelter.

  • 6 days ago
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    Manafort gets 7 years, bids for Trump pardon

    Manafort gets 7 years, bids for Trump pardon: Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, got a second prison sentence this week.

  • 7 days ago
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    SpaceX's Crew Dragon could land with abort thrusters in emergencies, says Musk

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that Crew Dragon – originally designed to propulsively land like Falcon 9 – is still technically able to do so, a capability that could give the already uniquely redundant spacecraft yet another level of safety during Earth reentry and landing. While Musk noted that adding or enabling that capability during missions with astronauts would be entirely dependent upon NASA’s approval, the idea would be to trigger Crew Dragon’s SuperDraco abort thrusters in the event...

  • 7 days ago
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    Apple and Stanford’s Apple Watch study identified irregular heartbeats in over 2,000 patients

    Apple and the Stanford University School of Medicine each issued press releases today citing the results of the Apple Heart Study that they jointly announced in November 2017. Stanford Medicine also took its findings to the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo oday. Apple fully funded the study.

  • 12 days ago
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    'No vaccine, no school' in Italy

    Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated. The deadline follows months of national debate over compulsory vaccination. Parents risk being fined up to €500 (£425; $560) if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Children under six can be turned away.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Don’t take Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of Facebook’s future too seriously

    It’s conceivable that Mark Zuckerberg’s Wednesday blog post “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” is a historic document not only for Facebook but for the technology industry, period. Zuckerberg outlines a vision for Facebook where content is encrypted and private. And temporary. And shared predominantly over Messenger and WhatsApp chat sessions rather than via a Facebook wall. In some ways, that sounds like . . . well, the opposite of Facebook as we’ve known it. How often h...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Disney to close “vault” for good as it moves film library to streaming service

    Disney is rapidly preparing to launch its own streaming service, dubbed Disney+, later this year. While the debut date is still unknown, we now know that the service will include the entire Disney movie library shortly after the service launches. According to a report in Polygon, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained the strategy to investors at a meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, pointing at the retirement of Disney's longstanding "vault."

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Game of Thrones' first look: Inside the brutal battle to make season 8

    The great battle is over. The snowy ground is streaked with blood. Beloved heroes lay dead outside the castle gates. Winterfell is quiet. And then… A sudden roar from above. A gust of wind. A blur of low-flying movement. A dragon? No. An ice dragon? Worse. “F—king spoiler helicopter just flew right over the set!” says an alarmed crew member. This could be a disaster. It’s April 2018 on the set of the final season of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Babies cry at night to prevent siblings, scientist suggests

    When a baby cries at night, exhausted parents scramble to figure out why. He’s hungry. Wet. Cold. Lonely. But now, a Harvard scientist offers more sinister explanation: The baby who demands to be breastfed in the middle of the night is preventing his mom from getting pregnant again.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    France Becomes The First Country To Ban All Five Pesticides Linked To Bee Deaths

    However France has gone a step further and set the high bar in the effort to save the bees. Given the importance of pollinators to nature and the survival of the biosphere, this could not happen too soon! Studies have reported that the neonicotinoid pesticides attack the central nervous system of insects, leading to loss of memory and homing skills, in addition to reduced fertility.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    A hidden province of volcanoes in West Antarctica may accelerate sea level rise

    Hundreds of volcanoes could be hiding beneath almost 2,000 meters of solid Antarctic ice, an area twice the size of Texas, according to data collected by a magnetic sensor on an aircraft of Antarctica’s subglacial topography. If these volcanoes begin to erupt, they could accelerate the human-caused melting of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet (WAIS) …

  • 1 month ago
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    Spain will soon overtake Japan in life expectancy rankings. Here’s why

    The importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle has long been acknowledged by healthcare professionals as one of the keys to a long and happy life. And for the people of Spain, the evidence bears this out as they’re about to topple the Japanese from the top spot in the longest life expectancy charts.