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21/06/2021 22:20:52  

According to leaker Evan Blass, OnePlus and Oppo are merging, with OnePlus becoming an Oppo sub-brand. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau made the announcement last week in a forum post, but Blass obtained a document that explains the integration in plainer terms. The Verge reports: "With the integration, OnePlus becomes a brand within Oppo, however will continue to function as an independent entity," reads the most pertinent answer. The memo also says that Lau's role as chief product officer at Oppo will make him responsible for the product strategies of both Oppo and OnePlus. [...] The memo confirms that this is essentially what's going to happen, removing any need to read between the lines. "With the merging of both the firms, we will have more resources at hand to create even better products," it says. "It will also allow us to be more efficient in our operations." OnePlus and Oppo had already merged their R&D departments around the turn of the year, so the further integration is more to do with streamlining day-to-day business operations. OnePlus customers shouldn't necessarily expect too much to change -- the shared ownership and supply chain meant that there have been similarities between Oppo and OnePlus phones for as long as OnePlus has existed. But now that OnePlus is acknowledging the relationship out loud instead of acting like it's a scrappy startup, all eyes will be on the company's next round of flagship phones.

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21/06/2021 22:17:47  

Denmark will play Wales in the last 16 of Euro 2020 after an emphatic victory over Russia in Copenhagen.
21/06/2021 22:17:38  

Customers say they've lost out on tickets to the finals because the rules on credit cards weren't made clear.
21/06/2021 21:20:57  

Plus: Impact of ransomware payments, CVS database not secured

In brief Chris Inglis was last week appointed America’s national cyber director, responsible for coordinating the government’s computer security strategy and defending its networks. The former deputy director at the NSA, who spent nearly three decades at the agency, was approved by the Senate on Thursday.…

21/06/2021 21:20:54  

GAO: Weapon Systems Annual Assessment Updated Program Oversight Approach Needed - Excerpt: National Security Space Launch (NSSL)
21/06/2021 21:20:53  

FAA, Department of the Air Force Sign Commercial Space Agreement
21/06/2021 21:20:52  

The highly contagious delta variant is the fastest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, and it will "pick off" the most vulnerable people, especially in places with low Covid-19 vaccination rates, World Health Organization officials warned Monday. From a report: Delta, first identified in India, has the potential "to be more lethal because it's more efficient in the way it transmits between humans and it will eventually find those vulnerable individuals who will become severely ill have to be hospitalized and potentially die," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's emergencies program, said during a news conference. Ryan said world leaders and public health officials can help defend the most vulnerable through the donation and distribution of Covid vaccines. "We can protect those vulnerable people, those frontline workers," Ryan said, "and the fact that we haven't, as Director-General (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) has said, again and again, is a catastrophic moral failure at a global level." The WHO said Friday that delta is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide. The agency declared delta a "variant of concern" last month. A variant can be labeled as "of concern" if it has been shown to be more contagious, more deadly or more resistant to current vaccines and treatments, according to the health organization.

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21/06/2021 21:20:51  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Bitcoin continued its dramatic plunge to $32,281 Monday morning, down 17.65% from a week earlier as some of China's largest bitcoin mining farms were shut down over the weekend. The bitcoin mining facilities of Sichuan Province received an order on Friday to stop doing business by Sunday, according to Chinese state media outlet the Global Times. The Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission and the Sichuan Energy Bureau issued an order to all electricity companies in the region on Friday to stop supplying electricity to any known crypto mining organizations, including 26 firms that had already been publicly identified, according to the Global Times. It seems that some local miners were optimistic that Sichuan's abundant hydroelectric energy would insulate the region from a cryptocurrency crackdown by authorities, but that optimism was obviously misplaced. "We had hoped that Sichuan would be an exception during the clampdown as there is an electricity glut there in the rainy season. But Chinese regulators are now taking a uniform approach, which would overhaul and rein in the booming Bitcoin mining industry in China," Shentu Qingchun, CEO of a Shenzhen crypto company told the Global Times. Videos on social media sites purported to show miners in Sichuan turning off their mining machines and packing up their businesses. Miners in China are now looking to sell their equipment overseas, and it appears many have already found buyers.

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21/06/2021 21:17:51  

The country's top court examined whether caps on benefits to student athletes violated federal law.
21/06/2021 21:17:46  

A fresh inquest is looking at potential police failings over Susan Nicholson's death in Worthing.
21/06/2021 20:20:50  

Space Perspective Confirms Successful Test Flight
21/06/2021 20:20:49  

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is calling on Microsoft to face the same antitrust scrutiny as other large tech platforms in a letter to the company Monday. From a report: In the letter, Jordan asks Microsoft president Brad Smith if he believes the company would be affected by the swath of antitrust bills introduced in the House earlier this month. There are five bills in total, spanning from offering up more money for antitrust enforcers to banning large tech platforms from buying up small competitors. The antitrust package came out of a yearslong investigation into Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The measures focus on the anticompetitive behaviors of these four companies, and it's not as clear how they would affect other large companies like Microsoft. While Microsoft meets the standard laid out under these bills to be considered a "covered platform," like meeting the over $600 billion market cap and 50 million monthly active users, the bills don't target the company's specific lines of business. "Big Tech, including Microsoft, Inc., is out to get conservatives," Jordan said in his Monday letter. "It is unclear why Microsoft has avoided significant attention from House Democrats." Assumably, Microsoft would face the same proposed standards in acquiring companies, like taking on the burden of proof, and making the data it takes from users more portable and usable on other platforms. But whereas Amazon and Apple would face more structural changes, like selling off separate lines of business, Microsoft would likely not be subject to the rules.

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Increase the life of your sanding belts and discs
21/06/2021 20:17:52  

Work Sharp Combo Knife Sharpener
21/06/2021 20:17:40  

Political social-media posts are twice as likely to go viral if they are negative, a study suggests.
21/06/2021 19:20:51  

Amazon marks millions of unsold products for destruction each year in the UK, according to a new investigation by British television program ITV News. From a report: ITV found stacks of boxes marked "destroy" that were filled with electronics, jewelry, books, and other new or gently used items in one warehouse's "destruction zone." The news outlet caught the practice on camera while going undercover at the Dunfermline fulfillment center in Scotland. It says it tracked some of the goods to recycling centers and a landfill. About 124,000 items at Dunfermline were labeled "destroy" during a single week in April, according to an internal document obtained by ITV News. Just 28,000 items were set aside for donations during the same period. About half of all the stuff that's trashed are things that people returned, a former Amazon employee told ITV. While the other half are "unopened and still in their shrink wrap," the ex-employee said.

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21/06/2021 19:20:51  

As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals. But the U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: If you pay a ransom, it may be tax deductible. From a report, shared by a Slashdot reader: The Internal Revenue Service offers no formal guidance on ransomware payments, but multiple tax experts interviewed by the Associated Press said deductions of ransomeware payments as a cost of doing business are usually allowed under law and established guidance. Some called it a 'silver lining' for ransomware victims. Those looking to discourage payments are less sanguine. They fear the IRS deduction is a potentially problematic incentive that could entice businesses to pay ransoms against the advice of law enforcement. At a minimum, they say, the deductibility sends a discordant message to businesses under duress.

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21/06/2021 19:17:45  

Ofsted's chief inspector responds to St Paul's Girls' School's decision to ditch the name head girl.
21/06/2021 19:17:44  

England's Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount have to self-isolate after coming into close contact with Scotland's Billy Gilmour and could now miss Tuesday's game against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
21/06/2021 18:20:58  

Belgian firm must produce the IP addresses of BitTorrent users

Europe’s top court has ruled ISPs can be forced to hand over the details of customers who are alleged to have downloaded material illegally online - but only if they meet certain criteria.…