Google to discontinue social networking application Google Wave

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Google has decided to retire the Google Wave social-networking service after one year, citing lack of user adoption.

Urs Hölzle, Google senior vice president for operations, said in a blog post that “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a stand-alone product.” Hölzle also said that as a “web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a Web browser. We weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication.” Google says that it will continue the service until the end of the year.

In May 2009, Google launched Wave as a private beta. A year later, it became open to the public. Wave is an email service that integrates social media features and capabilities into emailing. It integrates IM-like features into its service. The company released components of Google Wave as open source for those to create a similar service. “The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users easily “liberate” their content from Wave,” Google said.

US National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner pleads guilty to espionage

Monday, June 25, 2018

On Friday, former contractor for the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) Reality Leigh Winner plead guilty to espionage in an Augusta, Georgia courtroom for leaking classified documents regarding alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election cycle to a online media outlet. 25-year-old Winner was arrested and charged under the 1971 Espionage Act whenWhen exactly in the timeframe? she allegedly removed classified documents from a secure facility and sought the publication through The Intercept, which carries up to a ten-year sentence.

Reporters from The Intercept request a statement from the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence prior to the article’s publication on June 5, 2017, prompting an investigation into the security breach. According to The Intercept, the source was anonymous but the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) quickly suspecting Winner, suggesting the reporters disclosed Winner as the source yet still remains unproven. As part of her duties, Winner obtained and maintained a Top Secret security clearance which requires her to understand the strict rules when handling such information. FBI Special Agent Justin C. Garrick claims in an affidavit, Winner printed, without authorization, the documents around May 9, 2017, removing them from an unknown secure facility in Georgia.

During an interrogation with Winner, Special Agent Garrick acknowledges Winner confessed to obtaining and distributing sensitive intelligence. A statement by Winner claimed, “I wasn’t trying to be a Snowden or anything”, referring to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden releasing information about NSA data collection and analysis programs like PRISM and ECHELON. However, the FBI has Facebook messages originating from Winner’s account to her sister’s account with sympathetic statements towards Snowden and Julian Assange. No communication has ever been discovered directly connecting Snowden or Assange to Winner. However, Assange did announce a US$10,000 bounty for the reporter responsible for allegedly ousting Winner to the FBI. All of the documents Winner eventually made it to Assange’s WikiLeaks site, with the origin unknown due to the operation of the site.

According to a follow-up report by The Intercept earlier this month, the FBI has made unsubstantiated claims Winner also had a thumb-drive with more compromising information and claims Winner is being punished inconsistent of other notable leakers. Since her arrest, leakers of sensitive intelligence information have been arrested and released on bail, whilst Winner remained incarcerated.

Winner enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for six years before being honourably discharged, then joined the intelligence contractor Pluribus International Corp. During her enlistment, she acted as a linguist competent in Pashto, Farsi, and Dari, highly coveted skills by the intelligence community. After separating with the Air Force, she became a bodybuilder and instructor at a yoga studio in Augusta, alongside her work as a contractor. She was held on US$1 million for the last year, at the Lincoln County Jail in Augusta, GA[[|Avoid ambiguous acronyms]].

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Car bomb kills 11 in Pakistan

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Police reports say that a car bomb containing nearly 50kg of explosives, has detonated in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 30 others. The bomb exploded at a busy road in the Kashkal area. According to police, a school bus was passing at the time of the detonation which resulted in many of the deaths being children.

Around seventeen cars were damaged by the explosion, five of them catching fire.

“We received nine dead bodies. Two more people expired later. The condition of two people among the 31 injured is serious,” Doctor Hameed Afridi told the Agence France-Presse news agency from the main Peshawar hospital. According to a list of victims that was signed by Afridi, five men, four children aged eight to seventeen years old, and two women were among the casualties.

“We were sitting in our showroom when there was a huge blast,” said Mohammad Anis, the owner of a car showroom located near where the incident took place. “When I came out, I saw fire and smoke everywhere around me.”

No one or group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.

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  • 1 Interview
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Campaign
    • 1.3 Issues
    • 1.4 Future
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  • 3 Sources
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Greenpeace founder supports nuclear energy

Monday, April 17, 2006

An article supporting nuclear energy written by Patrick Moore appeared in the Washington Post Outlook section yesterday. Moore was a co-founder of Greenpeace who currently co-chairs an industry-funded initiative, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, which supports increased use of nuclear energy. Moore and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) spoke during the opening session of the 2005 American Nuclear Society’s Winter meeting in November.

Moore says that his views have changed since founding Greenpeace, and he now believes that using nuclear energy can help counteract catastrophic climate change from burning fossil fuels. Says Moore, “The 600-plus coal-fired plants emit nearly 2 billion tons of CO2 annually — the equivalent of the exhaust from about 300 million automobiles.” Moore also cites reports from the Clean Air Council that coal plants are responsible for 64 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions, 26 percent of nitrous oxides and 33 percent of mercury emissions.

“Meanwhile, the 103 nuclear plants operating in the United States effectively avoid the release of 700 million tons of CO2 emissions annually,” says Moore. “Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce these emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power. And these days it can do so safely.” Moore points out that the average cost of producing nuclear energy in the United States was less than two cents per kilowatt-hour, comparable with coal and hydroelectric. He predicts that advances in technology will bring the cost down further in the future.

According to Moore, British atmospheric scientist James Lovelock, father of the Gaia theory, also believes that nuclear energy is the only way to avoid catastrophic climate change. Concerns about past accidents in the nuclear industry were also mentioned, as he claims the Chernobyl nuclear disaster as example, calling it “an accident waiting to happen. This early model of Soviet reactor had no containment vessel, was an inherently bad design and its operators literally blew it up”. He also recognized the difficulty of dealing with nuclear waste.

Moore was a founding member of Greenpeace in 1971 and was instrumental in its early campaigns, but left the organization in 1986. Greenpeace is known for its campaigns of nonviolent direct action against atmospheric and underground nuclear testing.

Flooding in Slovenia leaves six dead

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Six people are confirmed dead after Tuesday’s heavy rains in Slovenia. Up to 300 mm of rain fell in just a few hours across the country, with swollen rivers, torrential streams and landslides sweeping away cars, houses, bridges, and whole sections of roads. In some areas, public services have not yet been restored, and healthcare and drinking water are being provided by mobile units. Some major roads are still closed. The damage includes the destruction of the resistance Hospital Franja, a museum site from the Second World war.

Worst hit was the valley town of Železniki, where three people died, 350 houses were flooded and over a hundred cars were swept away by the swollen river Sora. The dead included a woman who was swept away by the river in her car. The local health facilities and the elementary school are closed. Road communication to several surrounding villages was cut off by landslides. The flood also badly damaged local industry. The lower-lying town of Škofja Loka was also badly hit by the flood. A 31-year-old volunteer fire fighter was killed during the rescue effort in Cerklje.

Other badly affected areas include those along the rivers Sava, Savinja and Dravinja. All three rivers and many of their tributaries overflowed and flooded fields and towns. The low-lying parts of Celje, Laško and Nazarje were flooded by up to 2 meters of water. A 34-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were killed in Podgorje near Braslov?e when their house was buried in a landslide. Two older people managed to leave the house unharmed.

Damage was widespread across the country and many roads were blocked by landslides. Velenje was cut off from the world for more than a day. The main road connecting the mountainous Bohinj valley to the central part of the country was closed, leaving only the mountain road to Tolmin.

Near the town of Cerkno, which was itself flooded, the museum site of Hospital Franja was nearly completely destroyed. The partisan resistance hospital from the Second World War, situated in a narrow mountain canyon above the town and named after the young doctor who worked at the site, treated hundreds of wounded resistance fighters and remained undiscovered by the Wehrmacht throughout the war. The hospital consisted of 12 wooden cabins and a miniature hydroelectric power plant. The power plant and all but one of the wooden cabins and were swept away by the swollen stream. Hundreds of exhibits, including medicine containers, locally produced medical equipment and an x-ray machine were lost or badly damaged.

The government of Slovenia directed €500,000 from the emergency fund to immediate rescue and repair operations, and has promised to help the affected municipalities and population with funds from the budget. The government has also pledged to rebuild the Hospital Franja museum site.

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2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This year’s Leisure Taiwan trade show (a.k.a Taiwan Sport Recreation and Leisure Show) started yesterday, with 131 companies participating including sports media companies such as ESPN and VideoLand Television, businesses selling sports equipment and fitness clubs.

There were also a variety of sports being played in the arena built for the trade show. The events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free style shooting, and bicycle test-riding. In addition, conferences discussed issues related to sports and physical education.

A major topic in the trade show was energy-efficiency and, as a result, bicycles and similar sports equipment were being heavily promoted.

Next Tuesday, companies from the electronics industry plan to promote their industry at “2008 Digital E-Park.” In previous years, organizations from the electronics industry have showcased their products at Leisure Taiwan instead of at the Digital E-Park, so this move has reduced the number of markets covered by Leisure Taiwan.

Make Breathing Fun Again With Playful Child &Amp; Pediatric Nebulizers

By Gary Gordon

Lung ailments do not discriminate for or against the young. Even children can suffer from asthma severe enough to warrant the use of child nebulizers. If you are a parent, you will want to find a product that is easy to use and one that will not frighten your child, and if you are a pediatrician you will need an effective child nebulizer to allow your patient to get the fullest benefit possible from the medications.

Nebulizers work by forcing air through a liquid medicine. This then is turned into a breathable vapor, which is inhaled through either a mouthpiece or a mask. Inhalation is the best method of taking these drugs since they target the lungs, and if taken in a pill form, they would have adverse effects on the body. A child nebulizer must be used according to the pediatrician’s instructions. If all of the medicine is not taken, the benefits of the drug are lessened or lost.

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Most young patients are scared to use nebulizers for children. For the medication to work properly, though, it must be actively inhaled. This means that the parent cannot just blow the medicated vapors past a sleeping child. The patient himself must use either the mouthpiece or the mask that came with the child nebulizer. After taking the treatment, it is important that the parent rinses out the child’s mouth and the mouthpiece or mask. This helps to wash away any remnants of the drugs in the mouth and the bad aftertaste that can occur with many breathing treatments. Especially if the child nebulizer dispenses steroids, the mouth has to be washed since left over steroids can lead to thrush, which is a yeast infection of the mouth. If symptoms such as white patches or areas inside the mouth appear inflamed, contact your pediatrician. He can recommend the best treatment, but do not stop using the child nebulizer unless specifically instructed to do so. Thrush is common in most infants even if they at not using steroids and it often cause no pain for the child.

Many of child nebulizer customers are patient’s parents, or they are from clinics or small medical facilities. Often for these people, budgets are often extremely tight, but needs are very high.

A child with asthma or other breathing problems must have their drugs administered in the proper manner. There are several options for giving respiratory medications to children such as child nebulizers, metered dose inhalers (MDI), breath actuated inhalers, and dry powder inhalers (DPI). In many cases, the maintenance of their symptoms is accomplished through the use of daily administration of asthma drugs such as corticosteroids. Most children older than five can give themselves these drugs through one of the inhalers, but for the very young, or should a child not be able to properly use an inhaler, he will likely need a pediatric nebulizers to deliver the medication.

Child nebulizers turn the respiratory medicine into a mist, which the child then breaths for at least five to ten minutes. It might be difficult for parents to keep their child still for the entire length of treatment. This is why many nebulizers designed for children have some sort of interactive component to engage the child and keep his interest while he is doing the breathing treatment. Many models will have a pacifier attachment to soothe the infant, but if the nebulizer is being used by an older child who is unable to wield an inhaler, a pacifier is not an option. For these children, there are now child and pediatric nebulizers that come with a set of building blocks with the machine itself serving as the base for the interlocking blocks. This has a two fold benefit in that the child is engaged, and he will not simply take the blocks to the other side of the room since he must build on top of the block base on the nebulizer. As hard as it is to keep the child near the nebulizer, he must do so to receive the entire dose of his medicine on a daily basis.

Pediatric nebulizers are one of the most effective methods of giving very young children and infants their inhaled medications. Since the drug is turned into a mist, the amount of the drug required is higher than with an inhaler. This is to ensure that the child receives the full dosage to help treat and maintain his asthma symptoms. A child nebulizer should only be used if the child is too young for an inhaler. This is because of the higher concentration of the drug, and thus higher risk of side effects, as opposed to the inhaler. Nebulizers should never be shunned for this reason, though, since by taking asthma treatment drugs is the only way to control symptoms and potentially save the life of the child. The need for medication must always come first, no matter how it is administered.

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