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The $1.8bn weapons sale is likely to further strain tensions with China, which claims Taiwan.
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Financial help is being discussed for traders who have not had access to Covid support funds yet.
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Fans can bid for handwritten lyrics to his song Perfect and a £3 ticket for his first gig.
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No, say it ain't so, maga_christ9000@post.ir

Menacing emails to Democratic voters, telling them to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US elections or else, were sent by Iran, US intelligence claimed on Wednesday night.…

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You are six nines, I am seven nines, will these reliability stats sink?

Microsoft has announced yet another cloud region, this time in Austria.…

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: After years of backlash over controversial government work, Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration's efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents related to a federal contract. In August, Customs and Border Protection accepted a proposal to use Google Cloud technology to facilitate the use of artificial intelligence deployed by the CBP Innovation Team, known as INVNT. Among other projects, INVNT is working on technologies for a new "virtual" wall along the southern border that combines surveillance towers and drones, blanketing an area with sensors to detect unauthorized entry into the country. Contracting documents indicate that CBP's new work with Google is being done through a third-party federal contracting firm, Virginia-based Thundercat Technology. Thundercat is a reseller that bills itself as a premier information technology provider for federal contracts. The contract was obtained through a FOIA request filed by Tech Inquiry, a new research group that explores technology and corporate power founded by Jack Poulson, a former research scientist at Google who left the company over ethical concerns. Not only is Google becoming involved in implementing the Trump administration's border policy, the contract brings the company into the orbit of one of President Donald Trump's biggest boosters among tech executives. Documents show that Google's technology for CBP will be used in conjunction with work done by Anduril Industries, a controversial defense technology startup founded by Palmer Luckey. The brash 28-year-old executive -- also the founder of Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook for over $2 billion in 2014 -- is an open supporter of and fundraiser for hard-line conservative politics; he has been one of the most vocal critics of Google's decision to drop its military contract. Anduril operates sentry towers along the U.S.-Mexico border that are used by CBP for surveillance and apprehension of people entering the country, streamlining the process of putting migrants in DHS custody. CBP's Autonomous Surveillance Towers program calls for automated surveillance operations "24 hours per day, 365 days per year" to help the agency "identify items of interest, such as people or vehicles." The program has been touted as a "true force multiplier for CBP, enabling Border Patrol agents to remain focused on their interdiction mission rather than operating surveillance systems." It's unclear how exactly CBP plans to use Google Cloud in conjunction with Anduril or for any of the "mission needs" alluded to in the contract document. Google faced internal turmoil in 2018 over a contract with the Pentagon to deploy AI-enhanced drone image recognition solutions. "In response to the controversy, Google ended its involvement with the initiative, known as Project Maven, and established a new set of AI principles to govern future government contracts," notes The Intercept.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Thailand’s activists are increasingly adopting methods used last year by demonstrators in Hong Kong.
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The widespread sexual abuse of elderly residents is a "national shame", a top inquiry hears.
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Mr Obama liken his successor to a "crazy uncle", while Mr Trump mocks his old adversary.
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Strict hygiene requirements including tight-fitting masks will limit patient numbers despite the resumption of NHS treatments.
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Tougher restrictions mean children's play centres must shut again as the number of permanent closures rise.
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People who live or travel in converted vans explain how it has changed their lives.
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Couples who postponed weddings during the pandemic tell of their battles to get their deposits back.
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Simon Dobbin was left brain-damaged in the assault after a match in Southend in 2015.