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The Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

by Michael in Global

Jaimie Seaton reports: After working as an environmental engineer for nearly 40 years, Ann Kuffner had had enough of corporate politics. She and her husband, Michael Brunette, who owned a contracting business, were overworked and burned out. “We made good money, but worked like dogs. We had little free time for family, friends, or hobbies,” says Kuffner, 68, via email from her home in [...]

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People Are Calling for Zuckerberg’s Resignation. Here Are Just Five of the Reasons Why

by Michael in Censorship

Facebook has been beset by scandals over the last year and many believe that nothing will change until its founder and CEO is gone. Charlotte Jee reports: A petition has been launched with one simple objective: to force Mark Zuckerberg to resign as CEO of Facebook. The campaign group behind it, Fight for the Future, says that although there’s no “silver bullet” to “fix” Facebook, the [...]
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North Korean Sanctions Evasions Reveal Hong Kong’s Middleman Role

by Michael in Asia

HONG KONG (AP) — In the dead of night last month, two tanker ships pulled alongside each other in the East China Sea. One was a North Korean vessel, the other was the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11. Lights on both ships were blazing, arousing a Japanese spy plane’s suspicion they were carrying out a “ship-to-ship” transfer banned under United [...]

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  • People Are Calling for Zuckerberg’s Resignation. Here Are Just Five of the Reasons Why

    Facebook has been beset by scandals over the last year and many believe that nothing will change until its founder and CEO is gone. Charlotte Jee reports: A petition has been launched with one simple objective: to force Mark Zuckerberg to resign as CEO of Facebook. The campaign group behind it, Fight for the Future, says that although there’s no “silver bullet” to “fix” Facebook, the [...]
  • 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 [...]

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