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  • Atlanta officer says he is not 'state's witness' in Rayshard Brooks case
    Devin Brosnan, one of the two Atlanta police officers charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, has not agreed to be a witness for the prosecution, his lawyer said on Thursday, contradicting an assertion by the lead prosecutor on the case.


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  • Facebook takes down Trump ads over 'organized hate' policy
    Facebook Inc said on Thursday it took down posts and ads run by the re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its policy against organized hate.


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  • U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.


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  • Mexico's foreign ministry says it will monitor U.S. DACA program developments
    Mexico's foreign ministry said on Thursday it would monitor the continuity of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program in the United States after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump's bid to abolish it.


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  • U.S. Senate votes to confirm McConnell protege to influential appeals court
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm a federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to an influential appeals court in Washington.


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  • Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
    Former top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.


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  • Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.


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  • What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year?
    Juneteenth, an annual U.S. holiday on June 19, has taken on greater significance this year following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans.


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  • What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 against President Donald Trump's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers work permits and deportation relief to certain immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.


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  • Tesla wants to start building a new U.S. vehicle plant this summer
    Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc wants to start building a large vehicle assembly plant in the southwestern United States as early as the third quarter of this year, the company told Texas officials in documents made public this week.


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rss: bbc

  • Covid: South Africa 'punished' for detecting new Omicron variant
    South Africa should be praised for discovering Omicron, not hit with travel bans, its officials say.

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  • Covid: Dozens test positive on SA-Netherlands flights
    The results are being examined for cases of the new Omicron variant emerging in southern Africa.

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  • Channel disaster: Kurdish woman is first victim identified
    Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin was a 24-year-old Kurdish woman from northern Iraq.

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  • Two cases of new variant of Covid detected in UK
    Two people in the UK have been found to be infected with the new Covid variant, Omicron, the health secretary says.

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  • Biden: Fact-checking claims about US economic progress
    President Biden says things have improved for the US economy, but is he right?

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  • Storm Arwen: Two men die as gale-force winds hit UK
    Falling trees killed two people and thousands of homes were left without power in Storm Arwen.

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  • Musical theatre icon Stephen Sondheim dies at 91
    The US composer and lyricist reshaped America's musical theatre in a career spanning over 60 years.

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  • Covid: Swiss vote on ending restrictions while cases surge
    Sunday's referendum is held in a country with one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe.

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  • NFHS: Does India really have more women than men?
    An Indian government survey says so - but the numbers don't add up.

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  • Peng Shuai: WTA concerned over 'censorship or coercion'
    The head of women's tennis says he is not certain Peng Shuai is free of Chinese censorship or coercion.

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rss: the register

  • Chat among yourselves: New EU law may force the big IM platforms to open up

    Send an iMessage to Facebook, and we'll talk

    The European Parliament's new Digital Markets Act, adopted as a draft law this week, could compel big platforms owned by large firms including Apple, Google, and Facebook to make their tech interoperable.?



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  • Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff

    Lighting and warming homes in winter, or ransoming encrypted files and buying drugs? Hmmm

    The directors general of Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority and Environmental Protection Agency have called upon both the EU and Sweden's government to ban cryptocurrency mining.?



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  • The rocky road to better Linux software installation: Containers, containers, containers

    Let's be real: Everyone is trying to catch up with Apple

    Analysis Linux cross-platform packaging format Flatpak has come under the spotlight this week, with the "fundamental problems inherent in [its] design" criticised in a withering post by Canadian software dev Nicholas Fraser.?



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  • EU needs more cybersecurity graduates, says ENISA infosec agency ? pointing at growing list of master's degree courses

    Skills gap needs filling somehow

    The EU needs more cybersecurity graduates to plug the political bloc's shortage of skilled infosec bods, according to a report from the ENISA online security agency.?



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  • Nuclear fusion firm Pulsar fires up a UK-built hybrid rocket engine

    A win in the rocketry world: 'Flames came out of the right end'

    UK nuclear fusion outfit Pulsar Fusion has fired up a chemical rocket engine running on a combination of nitrous oxide oxidiser, high-density polyethylene fuel and oxygen.?



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  • Bad news for Tencent: Chinese companies steer employees away from Weixin or WeChat

    Middle Kingdom's internet giant: It's a switch to enterprise apps. Try ours?

    Managers of large Chinese state-run companies have told employees to delete, shutdown and discontinue use of Tencent messaging app Weixin for work purposes, citing potential security breaches, according to the Wall Street Journal.?



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  • Privacy Sandbox saga continues: UK watchdog extracts more commitments from Google over ad tech

    Roll up, roll up. Come and be the CMA-approved trustee to keep an eye on the Chocolate Factory's antics

    The torrid tale of Google's Privacy Sandbox took another turn today with the UK's Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) saying it has "secured improved commitments" from the ad giant over the cookie crushing tech.?



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  • Singapore's DBS bank suffers digital fail ? yes, regulatory bodies have noticed

    Might want to rethink that 'digital to the core' slogan

    For three days this week, Singapore bank DBS suffered an intermittent outage, preventing customers accessing online accounts and triggering potential punitive measures by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.?



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  • Government-favoured child safety app warned it could violate the UK's Investigatory Powers Act with message-scanning tech

    Redesigned SafeToNet feature highlights tech law mess

    A company repeatedly endorsed by ministers backing the UK's Online Safety Bill was warned by its lawyers that its technology could breach the Investigatory Powers Act's ban on unlawful interception of communications, The Register can reveal.?



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  • Reviving a classic: ThinkPad modder rattles tin to fund new motherboard for 2008's T60 and T61 series of laptops

    When vendors don't update old models, someone must step up

    The range of Thinkpads you can modernise is getting wider. XyTech is trying to crowdfund a new mainboard for the 2008 T60/T61 so fans can upgrade the much-loved noughties laptop.?



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rss: ars technica

  • To help people with long COVID, scientists need to define it
    Patients with the perplexing syndrome have reported 200 different symptoms.

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  • It?s time to fear the fungi
    Humans have long been protected from fungal infections. Climate change could ruin that.

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  • All the best Black Friday 2021 deals we can find [Updated]
    We've cut through the Black Friday noise to find the deals worth your time.

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  • David Tennant makes a dashing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days preview
    It's the latest adaptation of Jules Verne's classic 1873 adventure novel

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  • All the best Black Friday 2021 video game deals we can find, in one place [Updated]
    Truckloads of Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC games are on sale today.

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  • The best smartwatches and fitness tracker deals for Black Friday [Updated]
    Many of our top wearable picks are seeing strong discounts this week.

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  • Tesla forced to turn down ?1.1 billion in EU support for German battery plant
    Delays to factory near Berlin left carmaker unable to meet EU state aid conditions.

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  • The best Black Friday 2021 deals on Apple devices
    Apple's gotten in on the Black Friday action, offering gift cards on many of its most popular devices.

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  • Andrew and Lee continue watching The Wheel of Time?and it?s getting real
    The show's latest episode gives its characters a minute to breathe, then goes big.

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  • Humans have broken a fundamental law of the ocean
    Industrial fishing messes with strange but stable pattern of undersea creatures.

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