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Health officials say they 'may never known' the source of the Strep A outbreak

Braintree and Witham Times - Fri, 2020-09-18 06:00
Health officials say they may 'never fully understand' the source of the deadly Strep A outbreak.
Categories: Essex News

Pakistan to smartphone-makers: Come for the low tax, stay to create your replacements

The Register - Fri, 2020-09-18 04:31
Floats industry plan that requires ramp-up of locally made components and complete tech transfer

Pakistan has proposed that foreign smartphone-makers entering the country will have to help it build a domestic smartphone industry.…

Categories: Technology

Encrochat Investigation Finds Corrupt Cops Leaking Information To Criminals

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-09-18 04:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: After searching through some of the tens of millions of encrypted messages pulled from Encrochat devices, Dutch police have launched a new investigation team that will look specifically into corruption, the police force announced on Wednesday. In some cases authorities are looking to identify police who leaked information to organized criminals. The news broadens the scope of the Encrochat investigations, which have focused heavily on drug trafficking and organized crime more generally. Earlier this year, French authorities hacked into Encrochat phones en masse to retrieve message content, and then shared those communications with various other law enforcement agencies. "Criminal investigations into possible corruption are currently underway and there are likely to be more in the near future. In addition to investigations into drug trafficking and money laundering, investigations into corruption are also given top priority," Chief of Police Henk van Essen said in a Politie press release. Encrochat was an encrypted phone company that took base Android units, made physical alterations to them, and added its own software. Encrochat devices sent messages with end-to-end encryption, meaning only the intended recipient was supposed to be able to read them. The phones also had a remote wipe feature, letting users destroy communications if they lost physical control of the device, as well as a dual-boot system that let users open an innocuous looking operating system, or the second one containing their more sensitive information. The phones were particularly popular with criminals, including drug traffickers and hitmen. There are indications Encrochat may have had legitimate users too, however. Other Encrochat customers are allegedly those involved in corruption, including police themselves, the press release suggests.

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The brand new coronavirus law that comes into force today

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 2020-09-18 04:00
It will make a difference to anyone planning on eating or drinking in a venue
Categories: Essex News

USA still hasn’t figured out details of WeChat ban but promises users won't be punished

The Register - Fri, 2020-09-18 03:15
Three days remain before definition of prohibited transactions drops

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has revealed that the Trump administration has not yet decided exactly what sort of ban it wants to impose on Tencent-operated messaging service WeChat, but that users of the service won’t be subject to any penalties.…

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Serge Gainsbourg was the 'Harvey Weinstein of songs'

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:59
The singer-songwriter achieved global fame with hits like Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus and was known for his 12-year relationship with British actress Jane Birkin.
Categories: UK News

PAUL THOMAS on... the local lockdowns

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:40
'New restrictions? Even Dominic can't drive up there to test his eyesight?'
Categories: UK News

Facebook Will Stop Recommending Health Groups

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:25
The Verge reports on the new rules Facebook is adding to slow the spread of misinformation and other harmful content on its Groups feature. From the report: Some of the new policies encourage more active administration of groups. If administrators step down, they can invite members to take their place; if nobody does, Facebook will apparently "suggest" admin roles to members, then archive the group if that fails. Also, if group members accrue a community standards violation, moderators will have to approve all their posts for 30 days. If the moderators repeatedly approve posts that violate Facebook's guidelines, the group could be removed. The health guidelines take a broader approach by focusing on an entire category of content, not specific rule-breaking behavior. Facebook says that although groups can "be a positive space for giving and receiving support during difficult life circumstances ... it's crucial that people get their health information from authoritative sources." Facebook also says it's continuing to limit content from militia groups and other organizations linked to violence. Groups that discuss potential violence will be removed, and it will soon down-rank even non-violating content in the News Feed.

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Government's struggling test and trace system 'could be outsourced to a tech giant like Amazon'

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:12
Ministers are said to be planning to hand over the running of the testing service to a logistics firm as the system struggles to cope with increased demand for tests.
Categories: UK News

Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY has some more healthy recipes to help you shape up

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:11
Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY: Today's recipes are suggestions for suppers that are nutritious but not too heavy. There are also some ideas for puddings which are not too sweet.
Categories: UK News

Boss of Next slams 'joyless' working from home and says employees miss everyday office conversations

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:11
Lord Wolfson, the boss of high street retailer Next, warned about the damaging and 'joyless' effects of the new work environment on businesses.
Categories: UK News

BRIAN VINER reviews Bill And Ted Face The Music as the duo return after 30 years 

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 02:10
This week, however, the industry is putting its weight behind Bill & Ted Face The Music, which isn't a film you'd want to see more than once. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, released in 1991
Categories: UK News

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Keira Knightley gives us Christmas... with a twist

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:55
BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Keira Knightley and the ensemble from Silent Night are preparing to complete post-production on the film, work that was interrupted by the pandemic.
Categories: UK News

Government could utilise emergency powers to give the general public an unlicensed vaccine

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:55
Ministers would utilise regulations to bypass EU laws if a vaccine becomes available prior to the end of the Brexit transition agreement on December 31.
Categories: UK News

Phillip Schofield is 'planning to share £9M fortune in amicable divorce'

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:49
Phillip Schofield is reportedly planning an 'amicable' divorce from his wife Stephanie Lowe where he will share his £9million fortune.
Categories: UK News

Hospitals are warned to clear beds and brace for a rise in coronavirus patients in TWO weeks

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:47
MPs in London have been informed of plans to set up Isolation units for patients to recover by freeing space on wards for those needing the most care as they battle Covid-19.
Categories: UK News

Nintendo 3DS Discontinued After Almost a Decade

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:45
Nintendo has discontinued its 3DS handheld after about 76 million sales over a nine-and-a-half year period. The BBC reports: A notice on the Japanese firm's site says "manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended." The device had the ability to trick the human eye into seeing 3D images like those in some cinema screenings -- but without special glasses. However, its launch received a lukewarm reception and it only gained popularity later. The console's demise has long been expected. Last year, the company said it no longer planned to make any new first-party games for the system. It means the original Nintendo DS retains the title of being the bestselling mobile console. And the Nintendo Switch -- a hybrid handheld-and-home machine -- is the current focus of Nintendo's efforts.

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MPs say Home Office has 'major holes' in understanding of how many illegal migrants in the country

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:36
The civil servants who enforce immigration rules have no idea how many illegal migrants are living in Britain. Home Office has not assessed the total number of illegal migrants for 15 years.
Categories: UK News

US Charges Chinese and Malaysian Hackers In Global Hacking Campaign

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:23
schwit1 shares a report from NewsNation Now: The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and elsewhere, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers, officials said Wednesday. The five defendants remain fugitives, but prosecutors say two Malaysian businessmen accused of conspiring with the alleged hackers to profit off the attacks on video game companies were arrested in that country this week and face extradition proceedings. The indictments announced Wednesday are part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to call out cybercrimes by China.

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TOM LEONARD: The new civil war tearing America apart and making this the most toxic US election ever

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-09-18 01:19
TOM LEONARD: U.S. politics has been getting more polarised for years. But the regular collision of armed protesters and counter-protesters is a recent development that is causing much alarm.
Categories: UK News

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