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Beijing is Manufacturing the Circumstances to Justify Brutal Intervention in Hong Kong

by Michael in Asia

Michael Shoebridge reports: Scenes of protesters with sticks chasing police through Hong Kong streets and police officers pulling out their guns and pointing them at protesters show that the Hong Kong authorities are losing control of the city. And that’s probably just what leaders in China want the world to see at this point. Beijing manages internal dissent ruthlessly and adeptly. Step one [...]

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[VIDEO] ‘The Irishman’ Trailer: Scorsese Reunites De Niro, Pacino, Pesce

by Michael in Americana

Scorsese’s return to the gangster genre is perhaps the most anticipated film of the fall movie season. After debuting a first look at Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” earlier this week, Netflix has unveiled the sprawling teaser trailer for the highly anticipated gangster epic. “The Irishman,” based on Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” reunites Scorsese with [...]
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Hong Kong protests: Chaos as Activists Occupy Terminal

by Michael in Asia

Another day of pro-democracy protests has been held at Hong Kong International Airport, leading to flight disruptions and violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Travellers arriving at the airport – one of the world’s busiest – hoping to catch flights were met with blocked check-in desks, mass sit-ins and, later in the [...]

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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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  • Streaming helps: Naomi Kawase attends the Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia in Tokyo on June 1. | AFP-JIJI
  • In Sanlitun Soho, a commercial and office complex in Beijing, a giant electronic billboard displays this message from the Chinese Communist Party: “The people have faith. The nation has hope. The state has strength.” Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times
  • An almost complete adult mandible discovered at the site of Jebel Irhoud (Credit: Jean-Jacques Hublin/MPI EVA Leipzig)