20 Jul 2018

Ever heard of ‘deep fake’ technology? The phony audio and video tech could be used to blackmail US troops

Deep fake technology that creates realistic but fake audio and video of real persons has the potential to become a severe propaganda and blackmail threat to U.S. troops and others. Earlier this year, a photo was edited to show American soldiers ignoring a dead child they had supposedly killed. While

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20 Jul 2018

US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced plans to inform Americans of attempts to undermine confidence in U.S. democracy conducted by foreign agents. The Deputy Attorney General stated that “exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them…the American people have a right to know if foreign

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20 Jul 2018

Californian high-tech company partners with China to build a hyperloop transportation system

HyperloopTT, high-tech transportation company in California, has announced a partnership with a remote Chinese city to build a 6 mile length of hyperloop, a vacuum-sealed tunnel in which travelers are propelled inside capsules. Such partnerships and deals are unlikely to receive warm welcome from the U.S. Government at the current

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19 Jul 2018

Microsoft wants the government to regulate facial recognition technology

Microsoft’s President compared facial recognition technology to the auto, air safety, food, and pharmaceutical industries as he called for a governmental role in regulating its use in everyday life. Regulation is necessary, he argues, for industries where companies have incentives to forego safety mechanisms if it wins them a competitive

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19 Jul 2018

Xi to start tour of Middle East, African nations, meet with Putin at BRICS summit

Chinese President Xi Jinxing has begun his 5-country, 10-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mauritius, as a part of efforts to strengthen Chinese economic and political ties in the countries and the wider regions. In South Africa, Xi will attend a BRICS summit alongside

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19 Jul 2018

Iran has no intention to leave Syria, top official says

The senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameinei announced that Iran has no intention of leaving Syria, in spite of heavy American and Israeli pressure to do so. Russia has affirmed that it is not realistic to expect Iran to conduct a complete withdrawal from the country, in stark opposition

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18 Jul 2018

Google hit with record $5 billion EU antitrust fine

Antitrust regulators from the EU have fined Google a record $5 billion dollars for its use of “Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.” While the fine would hardly dent the $102.9 billion in cash reserves held by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., Google must

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18 Jul 2018

Raytheon missile defense chief: Turkey Patriot missile decision ‘is all political’

The missile defense chief at Raytheon criticized NATO member Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defense system over the Patriot system, saying “Patriot is the most combat proven integrated air and missile defense system in the world [with] more than 300 ground tests, more than 1,000 combat engagements, more

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17 Jul 2018

US lawmakers cry foul over China-dominated ‘golden visa’

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides up to 10,000 U.S. green cards every year to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. development projects. Critics argue that the program, nicknamed the “golden visa,” allows the rich to “cut” the line to U.S. citizenship. The program was initially designed

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17 Jul 2018

Nicaragua protests: human rights group says death toll at 273, government says 51

In competing figures that highlight the fight over the control of information during conflicts, the human rights arm of the Organization of American States (OAS) have documented at least 273 fatalities and over 2,000 injuries from the ongoing political unrest in Nicaragua since April. The government lists a death toll

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