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June 12, 2020 | Via Sky News

Zoom Disables Accounts of Chinese Dissidents

Zoom suspended an account used to host a meeting commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre between pro-democracy activists and Chinese dissidents. The suspension targeted Humanitarian China, an organization based in the US, after it held a call with roughly 250 people, including a number who dialed in from China. The company said: “Just like any global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate.”

June 1, 2020 | Via The Guardian

SpaceX Capsule Docks at International Space Station

A mere 19 hours after blasting off from Florida, and with a short break for a burst of Black Sabbath in between, two Nasa astronauts docked the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday in another milestone moment for their historic mission. SpaceX confirmed docking was made at 10.16am ET above the China-Mongolia border.

April 10, 2020 | Via Sky News

Teachers in Singapore Stopped from using Zoom

Teachers have been stopped from using Zoom in Singapore following a series of “very serious incidents”. One incident reportedly saw hackers hijack the livestream of a geography lesson for teenage girls – forcing pictures of male genitalia to appear on their screens. The security breaches came during the first week of a coronavirus lockdown in Singapore, which has seen many schools move to home-based learning.

April 1, 2020 | Via BBC

Zoom Under Increased Scrutiny as Popularity Soars

The video conferencing app Zoom has come under fresh high-level scrutiny as its popularity soars during the coronavirus pandemic. New York’s attorney general has written to the firm raising concerns over its ability to cope with the rise in users. Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure, as lockdowns are imposed in many countries. But its data security and privacy measures have been questioned.

February 20, 2020 | Via Independent

Apple Employee who Invented Cut, Copy and Paste, Dies Aged 74

Larry Tesler, the mind behind cut, copy and paste has died aged 74. Tesler played a key role in the development of a range of Apple products, serving as VP of AppleNet and Apple’s Advanced Technology Group. Prior to this the computer scientist had a pioneering career in technology. After studying the subject at Stanford University he went on to work for the legendary R&D facility, Xerox PARC.

January 30, 2020 | Via BBC

Two Satellites in Close Shave over US City of Pittsburgh

Two satellites hurtling across the sky at nearly 33,000 mph (53,000 km/h) narrowly missed a collision over the US state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The two objects “crossed paths without incident,” a spokesman for US Space Command told the AFP news agency. US Space Command said the two inactive satellites passed each other at 18:39 EST (23:39 GMT) some 550 miles (900km) above Pittsburgh. The last time a major satellite collision occurred was in 2009.

January 14, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Using Huawei in UK 5G Networks would be ‘Madness’, US says

Using Huawei technology in UK 5G networks would put transatlantic intelligence sharing at risk, senior US officials have told British ministers, warning that allowing the Chinese firm access would be “nothing short of madness”. Ahead of the UK decision the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, said over the weekend that he saw “no reason to think” that using Huawei technology should threaten intelligence sharing with the US

December 20, 2019 | Via BBC

Boeing Successfully Launches Astronaut Capsule for NASA

America has taken another step towards being able to launch its astronauts into orbit again – a capability it’s not had for nearly nine years. The Boeing company has launched a test capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). Known as Starliner, the vehicle is flying uncrewed on this occasion. But if it performs without incident, astronauts will start using the craft next year.

November 12, 2019 | Via BBC

Google Accesses Trove of US Patient Data

Google has gained access to a huge trove of US patient data – without the need to notify those patients – thanks to a deal with a major health firm.
The scheme, dubbed Project Nightingale, was agreed with Ascension, which runs 2,600 hospitals. Google can access health records, names and addresses without telling patients, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

September 6, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Apple Rewrote Siri to ‘Deflect’ Questions About Feminism

An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles “sensitive topics” such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: “don’t engage”, “deflect” and finally “inform”. The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favor of “equality”, but never say the word feminism – even when asked direct questions about the topic.

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