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Tech's Message is the Webby Award-shortlisted technology podcast from London-based journalist Nate Lanxon (Bloomberg, Wired, CNET). Hear news, insight & nostalgia inspired by the week's UK-focussed technology headlines, presented with heart, humour and irreverent personalities. Hundreds of five-star reviews don't lie. Listen now!
 
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Lebanon’s central bank governor said he will file legal action against Bloomberg and one of its journalists over a story it published claiming that the US was considering sanctions against him as part of a wider corruption probe. “The governor of the bank, Riad Salameh, will present a series of legal actions inside and outside Lebanon against the a…
 
Indian authorities have reportedly given an ultimatum to US social media platforms, threatening jail time for their local employees if the companies continue to ignore official takedown requests against “damaging” information. Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have each received written notices warning their employees could face arrest should the requ…
 
The French authorities have vowed to increase their presence on the streets this weekend as France struggles to enforce a 6pm-6am curfew amid soaring Covid-19 infections across the country and in the capital. “If the police find groups of people in which respect for social distancing cannot be guaranteed, in particular on the banks of the Seine and…
 
South Africa’s Health Ministry has revealed it’s in talks with the African Union (AU) to buy 10 million Covid vaccines after an initial order of AstraZeneca vaccines proved “disappointing” in fighting the new variant of the virus. Sandile Buthelezi, the director general of the Department of Health in South Africa, revealed to a parliamentary commit…
 
A Japanese study of the effectiveness of various types of face masks has shown that double-masking is not much different to a properly-worn surgical mask in preventing the spread of diseases like Covid-19. “Wearing two masks does not make them twice as effective but only slightly more so,” Makoto Tsubokura, a professor of computational science at K…
 
The World Health Organization has warned that the deadly Ebola virus is highly likely to spread across West Africa, but said some of Guinea’s neighbors are not prepared for a new Ebola outbreak. “There are six neighboring countries to Guinea, and we conducted an assessment of readiness. Two of the countries are not ready and one is borderline and t…
 
Pope Francis has arrived in Baghdad as he begins a historic trip to Iraq, in the first-ever papal visit to the nation and his first international trip in more than a year, after remaining at the Vatican during the Covid pandemic. The Pope was greeted upon arrival by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. He was surrounded by security forces who h…
 
Iran’s IRGC reportedly stopped the attempted hijacking of a passenger plane in the Islamic Republic. The perpetrator, who was arrested, allegedly wanted to take a Fokker 100 aircraft south across the Persian Gulf. The incident happened on Thursday evening and involved Iran Air flight 334 from Ahvaz in southwestern Iran to Mashhad in the northeast, …
 
The first minister of Northern Ireland has issued a scathing review of the EU’s actions over the issue of post-Brexit Ireland, as Brussels threatens the UK with legal action after London made unilateral changes to the agreement. Speaking on Friday, Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster, said that the EU is not interested in the issue of …
 
Another fatality has been reported in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, as security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting against the military government that took power over a month ago. Protests took place across the country on Friday with the people of Mandalay experiencing more deadly violence as police clashed with demonstrator…
 
France could take a cue from Italy and ban the export of Covid-19 vaccines, the French health minister said. Italy blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca jabs to Australia under the EU’s anti-shortfall rules. “I understand Italy,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran told BFM on Friday, when asked about the Italian export ban. “We could do the same.” Ve…
 
German intelligence will tap the phones and spy on the members of Alternative für Deutschland opposition, but a senior party figure says if they can just have their message heard they will pick up even more votes. News that the German intelligence services now have the legal green light to monitor phones of the populist Alternative für Deutschland …
 
Five YouTube channels of Myanmar’s government and military-run TV networks have been suspended, the US tech giant told Reuters. The move comes amid non-stop deadly protests that have gripped the country following a military coup. According to Reuters, the banned channels include MRTV, (Myanmar Radio and Television) as well as the military-owned Mya…
 
The security forces being led by Myanmar’s military junta must halt their violent crackdown on peaceful protestors, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Thursday. “Myanmar’s military must stop murdering and jailing protestors,” Bachelet said, describing as “abhorrent” the reports that police…
 
American Samoa was briefly placed under a tsunami warning and Hawaii on a tsunami watch after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake was registered in the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand. A TSUNAMI WATCH has been issued for Hawaii. A Watch means a tsunami may impact Hawaii. The threat is still being evaluated by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Moni…
 
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which still hasn’t been approved in the EU, has nevertheless seemingly won the favor of people in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, beating the already available AstraZeneca jab, a study shows. The Russian jab which is still unavailable to most EU nations, except for Hungary, has been rated almost twice as positively as …
 
At least nine soldiers have died and four more were injured after a Cougar military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey, the country's defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The chopper took off from the province of Bingol at 1.55pm local time, headed for the province of Bitlis, but contact was lost with the aircraft a half hour later…
 
The Italian government has reportedly prevented a shipment of some 250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University from leaving the country for Australia, in the first such action in the EU. Rome's ban on exporting AstraZeneca jabs made at Italy’s Anagni plant for Canberra was first reported by the Financial Tim…
 
The European Parliament has scrubbed plans for its vote on the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU in protest against Boris Johnson’s unilateral decision to change parts of the Northern Ireland agreement, RTE reports. Leaders of Europe’s political groups met on Thursday to agree on a date for the final vote to ratify the EU-UK Trade and Co…
 
Emperor Commodus in ancient Rome experienced a pandemic about 30x worse. Plus, Bitcoin put into historical context — is this a global non-violent currency invalidation? Or just fad? Not medical, financial, or inter-dimensional advice. No warranties or guarantees provided. My book- https://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Way-Decentralized-Cryptocurrency-Abu…
 
Germany has recommended the administration of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to people aged over 65, marking a major change in the nation’s inoculation campaign which has so far seen a number of the Anglo-Swedish shots go unused. “This is good news for older people who are waiting for a vaccine. They can now be vaccinated more quickly,” Health Mini…
 
Manila has said the country’s leader can chose which jab he wants because “he’s the president,” dismissing the guidance of the nation’s vaccine Tsar who urged Filipinos not to wait and get the first shot they’re offered. “Well you know, I think the President is the President and because he is over 70 years old,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roqu…
 
Budapest has announced a series of new measures to stem the spread of Covid-19, noting that despite inoculating people quicker than the EU average, these efforts aren’t enough to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. “If we didn’t close now, the opening would be postponed,” Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday, a…
 
The ACCESS Consortium, an international coalition of regulatory authorities, has announced it will fast-track the approval of modified Covid-19 vaccines for new variants of the virus, avoiding the normal lengthy approval process. In an announcement on Thursday, ACCESS Consortium revealed that it will fast-track any modified vaccines if manufacturer…
 
Beijing dismissed Washington’s suggestion that China is a “geopolitical test” to the US but said it is inevitable that the two nations, with their differing histories, cultures, and political systems will disagree on some issues. “The key is to respect each other, treat each other as equals, and properly manage and handle them in a constructive man…
 
Police in New Zealand have detained two individuals accused of making online threats against two Mosques in the city of Christchurch, both of which were the scene of the country’s most deadly shooting in 2019. “Any messages of hate or people wanting to cause harm in our community will not be tolerated – it’s not the Kiwi way,” said John Price, Cant…
 
A bomb disposal squad has been deployed to Indian national treasure, the Taj Mahal after a phone tip. The police say they are “99 percent” sure it was merely a prank call, but had to act as a precaution. Tourists were evacuated from the world-famous palace in Agra on Thursday morning following the anonymous bomb tip. A search operation was launched…
 
I catch up with Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI, a deep-tech startup, offering a radiation-free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution. I spoke to her back in Sept 2017 (Ep67) when they only had a handful of customers, now they are one of the top deep tech startups in India. In this episode we talk about their core tec…
 
The Israeli government has said Iran is behind a recent oil spill off Israel’s coast which caused huge ecological damage and has been described as one of the worst such pollution incidents in Israel’s history. Israel's Environment Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday that Israeli officials had identified a Libyan-owned oil tanker, cal…
 
The first South Korean soldier who underwent gender reassignment surgery while on active duty – and who was later forcibly discharged – has been found dead at her home, with the cause of death so far unknown. Byun Hee-soo, 23, a former staff sergeant who was locked in a legal battle with the South Korean military ever since her discharge over gende…
 
Brazil's state of Sao Paulo will adopt the country's most severe Covid-19 restrictions this weekend in a bid to curb the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals being overwhelmed, Governor Joao Doria announced on Wednesday. “We in Sao Paulo and Brazil are on the verge of collapse. It requires collective and urgent measures,” Doria told a press co…
 
Alphabet subsidiary Google has pledged it will ditch the third-party cookie-based model of online advertising – and promised not to invent something similar that would allow it to keep slurping up the same kind of data. Google is serious about moving away from privacy-invading micro-targeted ads, Director of Product Management David Temkin insisted…
 
The Pentagon has confirmed that one American died after suffering a “cardiac episode” while sheltering during a rocket attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq early on Wednesday morning. “There are no current reports of US service member injuries and all are accounted for. A US civilian contractor suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering and s…
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced the opening of an investigation into possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories since June 2014. The move has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority. “Today, I confirm the initiation by the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation resp…
 
Homosexuality can be classified as a “psychological disorder,” a Chinese court has ruled, upholding a decision in favor of a textbook publisher. It found only a ‘difference of opinion’ – not fact – between plaintiff and publisher. The inclusion of homosexuality as a psychological disorder in a popular university textbook constitutes “not factual er…
 
The French government has banned ‘Generation Identitaire’, a far-right group which had declared a ‘war on migrants’ and repeatedly tried to prevent people from entering the country, for discrimination and hatred. In a tweet on Wednesday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that Generation Identitaire had been outlawed following a cabinet me…
 
The value layer is rapidly going decentralized, and boomers don’t see it at all. Not financial advice, just my opinion. Their God is MSNBC, Fauci, and anti-crypto attention hungry morons on FOX. Bow deeply to your false gods and leave the rest of us alone ever more, boomers. Live in that media-brewed fear and misery — all on your own. No salt for y…
 
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has quit the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament after EU MEPs voted in favor of a motion that would pave the way for Orban’s party to be excluded. “I hereby inform you that Fidesz MEPs resign their membership in the EPP group,” Orban wrote on Wednesday to the bloc’s ch…
 
Local media claim that as many as nine people have died in Myanmar in deadly clashes between security forces and protesters across the country, with videos showing police abuse. In a day of violence across Myanmar on Wednesday, security forces opened fire on protesters resulting in numerous deaths and many injuries, just one day after a regional di…
 
France’s foreign minister has called for more action from Turkey to fix the fragile ties between the two nations, despite accepting that Ankara has taken steps to cool tensions by ceasing insulting Paris and the European Union. Turkey and the European Union have been in a war of words in recent months, as tensions rise between the two sides, partic…
 
Few anti-fascists were as influential on Portland’s recent protest scene as Sean Kealiher. He rarely missed a protest, and he would have been front and center last summer when the insurrectionary activism he had long advocated for became a staple on Portland streets. But he wasn’t. In October 2019, at 23, he was killed in front of the state Democra…
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has registered its concern regarding increasing acts of discrimination against people of Chinese ethnicity and other Asians in Australia over the last year, calling on Canberra to address the problem. Speaking on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that Beijing was aware of the plight of Ch…
 
A coalition airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar has been struck by at least 10 missiles, just two weeks after a rocket attack on US-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor. On Wednesday, Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US military in Iraq and Operation Inherent Resolve, confirmed that the Ain al-Asad airbase had…
 
South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency has launched an investigation into the cause of the deaths of two people days after receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The two individuals, who weren’t related and had pre-existing conditions, passed away on Tuesday and Wednesday after falling ill shortly following receiving their …
 
Seven Bolivian college students were killed and five others injured after an indoor balcony railing broke and sent them plummeting, some as far as four floors, to the ground. As a large number of students crowded into a fourth-floor hallway at the Public University of El Alto near the Bolivian capital on Tuesday morning, the balcony railing apparen…
 
Instagram’s distinguished ‘influencers’ were sent into a panic after a technical glitch concealed ‘likes’ from many users’ posts, in what the platform called a “bug” as it experiments with doing away with ‘likes’ for good. While Instagram clarified the move was in error – saying it’s been “testing a new experience to hide likes on Feed posts,” but …
 
The Italian government has ordered all schools to close in the areas with the highest Covid-19 infection rates as part of a series of new measures set to last until after Easter amid the threat of more contagious viral variants. On Tuesday, Italy’s new prime minister Mario Draghi signed an emergency decree that will see public health measures tight…
 
Fresh protests have erupted in Lebanon on Tuesday, following the record crash of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar on the black market, as the country lurches further into crisis. Demonstrators blocked off several of the main thoroughfares in the capital Beirut by burning tires and dumpsters, causing traffic jams, including on roads leading …
 
Up to 61 percent of people who previously had Covid-19 could be reinfected with the highly contagious Brazilian 'P1' variant, a new study has found. Scientists say it's too early to know if it's harder for vaccines to tackle. Scientists studying people in the Brazilian city of Manaus, where the P1 variant first emerged, found that out of 100 people…
 
The French health authorities have granted permission for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to be given to people aged 65 to 75. However, a much lower number of doses of the jab than projected have been administered so far. On Tuesday, a French health ministry official said that only 24 percent of Covid-19 vaccines delivered to France by AstraZe…
 
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