Day: December 22, 2018

Slack ‘Bans Users’ Who Have Visited US Sanctioned Countries

Some users of communication service Slack have reported their accounts have been closed over visits to countries under US sanctions. The move, which Slack says is to comply with US regulations, is believed to be affecting users who have visited nations including Iran and North Korea. But many on social media say they were not […]

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Poland and Lithuania Agree to Build Undersea Power Cable

Polish and Lithuanian power grid operators said on Friday they had agreed to build a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underwater cable by 2025 as part of a plan to connect the electricity grids of the Baltic states with those of the European Union. Poland’s PSE and Lithuania’s Litgrid said they signed an initial cooperation […]

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‘Kill Your Foster Parents’: Amazon’s Alexa Talks Murder, Sex in AI Experiment

Millions of users of Amazon’s Echo speakers have grown accustomed to the soothing strains of Alexa, the human-sounding virtual assistant that can tell them the weather, order takeout and handle other basic tasks in response to a voice command. So a customer was shocked last year when Alexa blurted out: “Kill your foster parents.” Alexa […]

Read More CEO will Not Face Assault Charges in Minnesota

Minnesota prosecutors will not charge the billionaire chief executive officer of China’s Inc, Richard Liu, after he was accused of rape by a University of Minnesota student during a recent U.S. visit, authorities said on Friday. Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said there were “profound evidentiary problems which would have made it highly unlikely […]

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Hyundai to Open Car Plant in Indonesia, to Build EVs: Minister

Hyundai Motor Co plans to start producing electric vehicles (EVs) in Indonesia as part of an around $880 million auto investment in the country, the deputy minister for industry said on Thursday. Hyundai’s move to set up its first car factory in Southeast Asia fits into the South Korean carmaker’s strategy of cutting its reliance […]

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FBI Swoops on ‘National Threat’ ‘Hacks for Hire’ Sites

The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline. The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services. “DDoS-for-hire services such as these […]

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