rss: reuters

  • Biden says coronavirus may force Democrats to hold 'virtual' presidential convention
    Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday the party may be forced to host a "virtual" nominating convention in August due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.


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  • U.S. enters 'hardest, saddest' week in coronavirus crisis
    The United States enters one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home.


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  • UK coronavirus death toll rises by 621 to 4,934
    The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 621 to 4,934 at 1600 GMT on April 4, the health ministry said on Sunday.


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  • Exclusive: Planned $1 billion U.S. aid cut would hit Afghan security force funds
    A planned $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan would come from funds for Afghan security forces, according to three U.S. sources, a step experts said would undercut both Kabul's ability to fight the Taliban and its leverage to negotiate a peace deal with them.


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  • 'He's a total disgrace': Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog
    President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, saying Michael Atkinson did "a terrible job" in handling the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of Trump last year.


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  • Single passenger flights: The daily woes of airlines, and the crew still working
    When Reuters photographer Carlos Barria boarded American Airlines flight 4511 from Washington Reagan National Airport to New Orleans on Friday for an assignment, he was the only passenger on the 76-seat jet.


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  • How one Silicon Valley factory keeps running in the age of coronavirus
    The managers at Green Circuits ? a small Silicon Valley electronics factory ? thought they would have to close when the San Francisco Bay Area directed non-essential businesses to shut almost three weeks ago.


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  • No parties, no problem: Introverts don't mind sheltering at home
    With her painting, baking and near-constant gardening, Stephanie Hollowell kept busy at home even before efforts to stem the coronavirus pandemic meant she had to stay inside the Dallas, Texas house she calls her little kingdom.


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  • Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance
    In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters.


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  • Trump says he may take drug to treat coronavirus, questions states' ventilator needs
    President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his support for a drug that is still being tested to treat the coronavirus, saying he might take the medicine himself and encouraging others with doctor approval to do the same.


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rss: bbc

  • New York coronavirus cases 'dropping for first time'
    New infections and deaths are down in New York, but officials say the danger for Americans is still high.

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  • Coronavirus: Trump predicts ?a lot of death? as cases pass 300,000
    The US president predicts "a lot of death" but suggests easing social-distancing rules for Easter.

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  • Coronavirus: Why Dutch lockdown may be a high-risk strategy
    As coronavirus spreads rapidly the Dutch official stance has been criticised as cold-hearted.

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  • Romans-sur-Isère: France launches terror probe after knife attack
    A Sudanese refugee is in custody after shoppers were attacked in the town of Romans-sur-Isère.

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  • Coronavirus: Second Greek migrant facility quarantined
    The facility is under "full sanitary lockdown" after a resident tested positive for Coronavirus.

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  • Coronavirus: Queen to urge 'self-discipline and resolve'
    The Queen will also thank NHS workers in a speech to the nation on Sunday, Buckingham Palace says.

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  • Pope Francis marks Holy Week in near-empty basilica
    A small number of worshippers attended the mass, while observing social distancing.

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  • Coronavirus: Australia launches criminal investigation into Ruby Princess
    Passengers from the Ruby Princess disembarked in Sydney without knowing the coronavirus was on board.

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  • Somali outrage at rape of girls aged three and four
    The two cousins were abducted as they walked home from school and now need major surgery.

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  • Five shot dead in Russia for 'talking loudly'
    Police say the shooter opened fire on a group of people gathered outside his house.

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rss: the register

  • COBOL-coding volunteers sought as creaking mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

    Huge surge in applications for financial assistance show Governor Phil Murphy the ugly side of technical debt

    The governor of New Jersey has asked COBOL-capable coders to volunteer their skills as the State?s mainframe computers have struggled to cope with a surge of requests for benefits to help citizens through the coronavirus crisis.?



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  • Watch: Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online

    A glimpse of life at Whaddon Hall

    Vid An astonishingly rare film documenting British intelligence personnel, linked to the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, has been released by the park's trust, offering a glimpse of unsung heroes who helped win the Second World War.?



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  • Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

    Video calls also routed through China, probe discovers

    Updated Zoom has faced increased scrutiny and criticism as its usage soared from 10 million users a day to 200 million in a matter of months, all thanks to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.?



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  • NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts ? the same spyware it's suing us over

    Antisocial network sought surveillance tech to boost its creepy Onavo Protect app, it is claimed

    NSO Group ? sued by Facebook for developing Pegasus spyware that targeted WhatsApp users ? this week claimed Facebook tried to license the very same surveillance software to snoop on its own social-media addicts.?



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  • Oracle teases prospect of playing nicely with open-source Java in update to WebLogic application server

    'Low cost of ownership'? This must be an April Fools

    Oracle has chosen this week of all weeks to foist on the world an update of its application server WebLogic, festooned with new features addressing Java EE 8, Kubernetes and JSON.?



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  • Things that go crump in the night: Watch Musk's mighty missile go foom

    Testing times for SpaceX as another Starship prototype implodes

    Video Yet another of SpaceX's Starship prototypes, SN3, was left in pieces last night following tank testing.?



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  • Microsoft brings Mixed Reality toys and other improvements to 'citizen developers' using low-code Power Apps platform

    Mobile compatibility issue fixed and working with data in grids made easier

    Microsoft has updated its "citizen developer" platform, Power Apps, adding Mixed Reality support, fixing a compatibility issue with the mobile app, and improving options for working with data in grids.?



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  • Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

    Teachers trek high and low to uncover cola geyser secrets

    Did you know that the popular Diet Coke and Mentos soda geyser experiment works better at higher altitudes? Or that the average size of the bubbles formed on the scotch mints is about 6?m? Now you do, thanks to the wonders of science and those with a bubbling passion for it.?



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  • ESA missions back doing science after precautionary pandemic plug pull: We talk to space boffins about Mars Express emergency command line

    Meanwhile, three-quarters of NASA staff now staying at home

    ESA's mission operations centre in Germany has got back to doing interplanetary science after a short stand-down due to COVID-19.?



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  • Motorola casually trots out third UK release in as many months: This time it's a 'Lite' take on the Moto G8 Power

    No MWC, no problem

    Hello again, Moto. In the past month, the Lenovo-owned mobile maker has announced three new smartphones for the UK market. The latest is the Moto G8 Power Lite, which retails at £149.99, and offers a surprising amount of battery life for your buck.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Don?t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]
    This is a fast-moving epidemic?we'll update this guide periodically.

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  • Flagship sedans like the Audi A8 are a dying breed
    Expensive SUVs are just more popular than big expensive sedans these days.

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  • How to refuel a nuclear power plant during a pandemic
    Swapping out spent uranium rods requires hundreds of technicians?challenging right now.

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  • We now know the effect of altitude on classic ?Diet Coke and Mentos? fountain
    Any excuse for a fun DIY demo during these trying times of sheltering in place

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  • Will SARS-CoV-2 have a long-term impact on the climate?
    Pollution is down now, but policy decisions will drive its future direction.

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  • The party goes on in massive online worlds
    MMORPGs aren't a perfect substitute for real-life socializing?but close enough for now.

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  • Subscription drive, day 5: A plea from a punny pandemic reporter
    There?s nothing funny about COVID-19, but we can still laugh at Goop together.

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  • Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras fetch $75k bounty
    Here's how one researcher bypassed stringent restrictions Apple puts on webcam access.

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  • Xbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded console
    More signs of trouble as VCS project continues creep toward long-delayed launch.

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  • ?We hit 3M hard??Trump orders 3M to keep US-made masks in the US
    A lot of 3M's mask manufacturing capacity is outside the United States.

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