Author: Simone M.

There is no more electricity in the whole country after the two largest oil-powered power plants in Lebanon were forced to shut down due to a lack of fuel. The affected Zahrani and Deir Ammar thermoelectric power plants had been providing 40% of Lebanon’s electricity, according to their operator, Electricité Du Liban. Zahrani power plant, Lebanon Lebanon is “completely plunged into darkness” The blackout could last a few days, a Lebanese government official told Reuters. “The Lebanese power network completely stopped working at noon today, and it is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days.”…

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The Russian Justice Ministry has included the Netherlands-based online investigations team Bellingcat along with journalists working for the US media RFERL and the UK’s BBC in a list of “foreign agents”. This was reported on the website of the department on Friday. “I guess this is the Russian Nobel Prize,” tweeted Eliot Higgins, the founder and executive director of Bellingcat, in response to Russia’s decision. https://twitter.com/EliotHiggins/status/1446486292397711362 New additions from today include: Stichting Bellingcat, a company registered in the Netherlands (Bellingcat edition)American company “Mason GES Anonymous Foundation” (USA)Limited Liability Company “MEMO” (legal entity of the “Caucasian Knot” publication)Roman Pearl (ex-RTVI employee)Galina…

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An unknown attacker hacked Twitch and exposed a lot of internal data. For the first time, we can now see how much Twitch is transferring to its top streamers. Twitch is “a disgusting, poisonous cesspool,” says the hacker who posted a 125-gigabyte torrent link on the 4chan forum. The source code of the Twitch platform and other apps and services from the streaming portal environment were also leaked. Millionaire thanks to Twitch? Yes! What arouses the most public interest, however, is not the source code or the commit history. It is the information on the payouts to the streamers on the platform. Here is the top list:…

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The creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov, said that “over 70 million refugees from other platforms” joined the short messaging service yesterday amid the outage of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The Telegram chief added in a post on Telegram that his service “continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority” of its users yesterday. Post by Telegram creator Durov Only some “Americas may have experienced slower speed” than usual as “millions of users from these continents rushed to sign up for Telegram at the same time,” Durov claimed. He then continued to welcome the new users and asked current users of…

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The drug manufacturer Merck wants to apply for emergency approval for an antiviral pill against Covid, the company announced. A clinical study showed that the drug Molnupiravir reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by half when administered to patients at an early stage of their infection. The study tracked 775 adults with mild-to-moderate Covid who were considered at higher risk for severe disease due to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. For those who received the drug, the risks compared to placebo recipients decreased by 50 percent, Merck said. 8 patients who received the placebo died. The…

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A freshly installed and almost 240-meter high wind turbine collapsed in a forest near Haltern in Germany. The damage amounts to several million euros. The site of the debris field is cordoned off within a radius of several hundred meters. The police do not assume a crime was involved in the collapse. Today experts, commissioned by the manufacturer Nordex, will start looking for the cause of the collapse. Debris is scattered everywhere The cracking noises from the collapse of the wind turbine could be heard for miles on Wednesday evening. Huge pieces of debris are scattered everywhere on the base of the…

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Several were injured after a rare tornado hits Kiel in Germany on Wednesday evening. Major deployment of police and fire department. Several rowers were busy with their boats at the jetty near the Kiel Yacht Club when the tornado caught them and hurled them into the water. According to the fire department, all could be rescued, but three of them were seriously injured and three slightly. According to the police, the whirlwind moved further towards the eastern shore. Previously, the tornado had partially crushed a roof in Kiel-Meimersdorf. According to police, it could not yet be conclusively clarified whether there…

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Amazon presented a mini robot, dubbed “Astro,” that is equipped with the Alexa voice assistant and can move independently through its home today. According to their own statements, the developers were inspired by “science fiction.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj1t3msy8dc The robot navigates autonomously through the home of its owner. To do this, it has to know or record and register its surroundings exactly, much like a vacuum cleaner robot. He does this with an extendable tripod and camera on top of it. Amazon calls it a periscope. Astro is also charged in a similar way to a vacuum cleaner robot, namely via a docking station where it “goes to sleep”. Applications The use…

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Instagram suspends the development of “Instagram Kids,” a version of the “social network” targeted at children under the age of 13 after public outcry. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri still believes it would be right to offer a special version of the addictive photo-sharing social network for children, according to a statement published on Monday. While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this project. This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens…

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The Israeli Ministry of Health announced today that the “Green Pass” for vaccinated expires when 6 months have passed after the second dose and now also 6 months after the third (“booster”) vaccination. Auto-translated from https://corona.health.gov.il/directives/green-pass-info/ https://twitter.com/IsraelMOH/status/1440651394961199108

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