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Japan Enacts Controversial Law to Accept Foreign Workers

by Michael in Economics

Tokyo (AFP) reports: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition early Saturday rammed through legislation to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country, in a controversial move to address chronic labour shortages. The bill was enacted after the upper house gave approval despite a raft of criticism by opposition parties following its passage through the lower house [...]

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A Woman Chugged an Entire Bottle of Cognac Rather than Give It to Airport Security

by Michael in Asia

Miss Zhao, International Folk Hero Alex Swerdloff reports: This Chinese woman was stopped in Beijing for having a bottle of Cognac in her carry-on. What else could she do but pound the entire bottle on the spot? But then, of course, she wasn’t feeling so good.Alex Swerdloff As any veteran vagabond will tell you, slipping the dubious spoils of your voyage past the scrupulous gaze of The Man [...]
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‘Daredevil’ Canceled at Netflix After Three Seasons

by Michael in Comics

Netflix is ready to say goodbye to Matt Murdoch. The streaming service has canceled “Daredevil” after three seasons, Variety has learned. The superhero action-drama debuted its third season in October. It’s the latest casualty in Netflix’s Defenders universe. The move to cancel the drama, produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, [...]

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  • Tim Berners-Lee’s Radical New Plan to Upend the Internet

    With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google. Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym. After [...]
  • Google’s Ambitions for China Could Trigger a Crisis Inside the Company

    Employees are in the dark — and they’re furious Casey Newton reports: On Thursday afternoon, a critical meeting at Google was derailed by a handful of tweets. Employees who had been pressing top executives for answers about the company’s plans to build a censored search engine and news app for the Chinese market appeared to have finally gotten their wish. Google cofounder Sergey Brin and [...]
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane Nears 1 Year in Orbit

    Leonard David reports:  The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the program’s fifth flight. The robotic craft’s latest mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5), kicked off on Sept. 7, 2017, with a launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. As [...]
  • Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia

    A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilization. By Jo Marchant, Photographs by Henrik Knudsen: It’s July 12, 2017, and Jens Dopke walks into a windowless room in Oxfordshire, England, all of his attention trained on a small, white frame that he carries with both hands. The space, which looks like a [...]
  • Lost in Robo-Translation

    Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pocketalk “learns as you go, fits in your pocket, and allows for customers to speak in full conversations, not just statements.” (It [...]
  • Honda EV Cub To Have Swappable Batteries

    Honda has filed new patents for the electric two-wheeler EV Cub, which will use the same removable battery technology showcased in the Honda PCX Electric scooter. The CarAndBike Team reports: Honda’s EV Cub concept is now gathering momentum towards a full-fledged production model, and although no latest images of anything close to the production model have been released, Honda has applied [...]
  • Hackers Disable Scores of Canon-made Security Cameras Across Japan

    More than 60 security cameras made by Canon Inc. have been hacked and rendered unusable at places including key waterways, a fish market and a care facility for people with disabilities, it was learned Monday. Many of the networked cameras had messages left on their screens saying, “I’m Hacked. bye2.” Although it is unclear why the cameras have were been targeted, two cities — Yachiyo in [...]
  • Black Mirror, Realized: China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’

    BEIJING (CBSNewYork) — China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s cause for concern, CBS2’s Ben Tracy reported Tuesday. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of [...]
  • Apple Shares Photos of New Shinjuku Retail Store Ahead of Grand Opening Saturday

    Michael Steeber writes: Coinciding with a media preview of Apple’s new retail store in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku shopping district, the company has shared new photos of the facility ahead of its 10 a.m. grand opening this coming Saturday. We first learned that Apple Shinjuku was set to open on April 7th in March, when a neon-themed banner on Apple’s website announced the date. More [...]

Comics

  • A man walked on a passageway connecting two buildings behind a display of Chinese and local flags in Hong Kong on June 27. On July 1, Hong Kong will observe the 20-year anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. ANTHONY WALLACE/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
  • Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt China’s internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland. Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

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