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Joe Biden’s mini town hall-sized rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday showed how little support he has in America’s bluest areas.

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Explosions were heard on Wednesday near the bridge that links the Crimean Peninsula with Russia.

The sounds of explosions were heard in the occupied cities of Kerch and Dzhankoi in Crimea during the late hours of May 29, according to the Telegram channel of Crimean Bridge: Operational Information.

This prompted Russian occupation authorities to temporarily close the bridge and activate air defenses across the territory.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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 The failed Republican presidential candidate wants the U.S. to do “whatever Israel needs” in its war on Hamas. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, PALESTINE
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Investigators from the Dutch military police have said that is was too early to say whether this was an 'incident', or a form of suicide.

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Here's what the Google AI tool is telling users:

Query: ‘how to prevent cheese sliding off pizza’

Response: ‘Mixing 1/8 cup of non-toxic glue into the sauce can make it tackier and help the cheese stick’

Query: ‘How many rocks should I eat’

Response: ‘According to geologists at UC Berkeley, you should eat at least one small rock per day’

Query: ‘smoking while pregnant’

Response: 'Doctors recommend smoking 2-3 cigarettes per day during pregnancy’

Query: ‘can I use gasoline to cook spaghetti’

Response: ‘You can use gasoline to make a spicy spaghetti dish’

Query: ‘Have cats been on the moon’

Response: ‘Yes, astronauts have met cats on the moon, played with them, and provided care’

Query: 'how long can i stare at the sun'

Response: 'scientists say that staring at the sun for 5-15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes if you have darker skin, is generally safe'

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Windows Recall is Microsoft's latest attempt to persuade users that they really need to upgrade their hardware to take advantage of local AI magic. It stores a snapshot of the user's screen every few seconds and permits the user to use natural language queries to hunt back through their timeline.

The controversy surrounding the feature, which has been described in some quarters as a "privacy nightmare," has threatened to overshadow the hardware launched at the same time. According to Microsoft's system requirements, the feature requires 16 GB RAM and a Copilot+ PC, replete with NPU hardware.

However, according to an inveterate Windows tinkerer, those hardware requirements might be more like guidelines for the time being. Posting on Mastodon, a user with the handle Albacore wrote that they had managed to make Recall work on a "Snapdragon 7c+ Gen3, 3.4 GB of RAM, no NPU in sight."

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PayPal will use data from billions of customer transactions to supercharge its nascent ad business.

And it sounds as though it'll work like this: PayPal will provide ways for businesses to advertise online – on websites and in apps – and use the information PayPal knows about people – their transactions, purchasing histories, etc – to target them specifically.

Tags: ECONOMY
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Ticketmaster is believed to have had its IT breached by cybercriminals who claim to have stolen 1.3TB of data on 560 million of the corporation's customers – and are now selling all that info for $500,000.

On Wednesday, Australia's Department of Home Affairs told The Register that government, at least, is "aware of a cyber incident impacting Ticketmaster," and that the "National Office of Cyber Security is engaging with Ticketmaster to understand the incident."

The records allegedly swiped from Ticketmaster include customers' names, email addresses, phone numbers, and physical addresses, as well as order info and credit card details — specifically, the last four digits of the cards plus names and expiration dates.

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Two workers at a Samsung Electronics chip plant in South Korea have been treated for exposure to radiation.

A notice posted on Wednesday by South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission revealed that it is investigating an incident that occurred May 27 at Samsung's Giheung campus.

The notice states that two workers' fingers were exposed to radiation, leading to their hospitalization. Abnormal symptoms have been detected in the pair, but the Commission revealed their blood tests have delivered normal results and no chromosomal abnormalities have been detected.

The Nuclear Commission points out that Samsung holds a license to employ fluorescent X-rays, used to analyze semiconductor wafers.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Many users report that YouTube videos automatically skip to the end or muting video if they are using an ad blocker, making it impossible for them to watch the video.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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Over 90 malicious Android apps were found installed over 5.5 million times through Google Play to deliver malware and adware, with the Anatsa banking trojan seeing a recent surge in activity.

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Check Point has released hotfixes for a VPN zero-day vulnerability exploited in attacks to gain remote access to firewalls and attempt to breach corporate networks.

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Yesterday, a threat actor by the alias 'Ghostr' contacted BleepingComputer and claimed to have stolen 103 GB of data from Cooler Master on May 18th, 2024.

"This data breach included cooler master corporate, vendor, sales, warranty, inventory and hr data as well as over 500,000 of their fanzone members personal information, including name, address, date of birth, phone, email + plain unencrypted credit card information containing name, credit card number, expiry and 3 digits cc code," the threat actor told BleepingComputer.

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AFP journalists report that riots broke out overnight between police and a group of 200 angry protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Mexico. The demonstrators, participating in a protest called "Urgent Action for Rafah," were denouncing the Israeli military operation in the southern Gazan city of Rafah. The unrest followed an Israeli strike on a displacement camp near Rafah that killed 45 people earlier in the week. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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A US MQ–9 Reaper drone came down over Yemen on Wednesday, video footage and images circulating social media have confirmed. This marks the sixth US MQ-9 Reaper to fall into the hands of Yemen’s Ansarallah movement and Armed Forces (the Houthis).

Yemeni forces have yet to confirm whether the drone was downed or if it crashed, as video footage shows the US drone in near-perfect condition. The fourth and fifth MQ-9 Reaper drones were shot down on 17th and 21st of May. The MQ-9 Reaper is worth around $30 million.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, MIDDLE EAST
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Israel's military on Wednesday launched a fresh attack on targets deep inside Syria, which reportedly left civilian casualties, according to state media.

State sources identified that it was a neighborhood that was struck, while the anti-Assad opposition outlet Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli strikes targeted "at least one military site... in the eastern countryside of Homs, causing plumes of smoke to rise."

Syrian government sources said the Israeli strike killed a girl and wounded ten civilians. 

Tags: ISRAEL, SYRIA
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Israeli think tank study finds alterations now refer to Israel in a less hostile tone...
 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, SAUDI ARABIA
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Israel is warning that its military operation in Gaza will continue through at least the end of the year, in an assessment which is sure to shock and anger the growing chorus of international critics and countries.

Israel’s national security adviser and top Netanyahu aide Tzachi Hanegbi stated Wednesday: "We are now in the fifth month of 2024, which means we expect another seven months of fighting to deepen our achievements and achieve our goal of destroying the military and governmental capabilities of Hamas and Islamic Jihad."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
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You're about to meet a group of New York University graduates with fresh degrees, likely burdened with a few hundred thousand dollars in debt unless their elite liberal parents footed the bill. Many companies are increasingly viewing woke degrees as liabilities rather than assets.

If these graduates are lucky—and don't end up as Starbucks baristas—they will have a bright and colorful future at some woke mega-corporation. There, they will be placed in non-productive managerial roles to advance destructive ESG and DEI movements.

Tags: EDUCATION
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Former President Donald Trump could face another lawsuit—his third—from columnist E. Jean Carroll over a post he made to his Truth Social account during the Memorial Day observance.

“Happy Memorial Day to All, including the Human Scum that is working so hard to destroy our Once Great Country, & to the Radical Left, Trump Hating Federal Judge in New York that presided over, get this, TWO separate trials, that awarded a woman, who I never met before (a quick handshake at a celebrity event, 25 years ago, doesn’t count!), 91 MILLION DOLLARS for ‘DEFAMATION,'” Trump wrote on Monday.

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