LaPresse.ca - Actualités

Items count = 10

Des employés de soutien scolaire en grève au début de juin

Les syndiqués de la Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire, affiliés à la CSQ et liés par trois conventions collectives, annoncent mardi une deuxième vague de grève les 2 et 3 juin prochains.


Possible féminicide à Côte-Saint-Luc

Ce qui a toutes les apparences d’un autre féminicide vient de se produire au Québec, cette fois dans l’ouest de l’île de Montréal.


Fitzgibbon appuie-t-il Coderre ?

L’intervention de Denis Coderre dans le but d’aider Montréal à conserver le Grand Prix du Canada suscite plusieurs interrogations. On est en droit de se demander si le candidat aux élections municipales est le nouvel « homme de la situation » pour le gouvernement du Québec.


Projet d’usine de liquéfaction de gaz naturel | Un « passe-droit » pour éviter une évaluation environnementale

Des défenseurs de l’environnement exhortent Ottawa à se raviser et à ordonner une évaluation environnementale du projet d’usine de liquéfaction de gaz naturel Goldboro LNG, en Nouvelle-Écosse, affirmant que ne pas le faire est illégal.


Enquête publique du coroner | Le cas de Joyce Echaquan était « devenu tabou »

Une infirmière qui a prodigué des soins à Joyce Echaquan le jour avant sa mort a allégué avoir eu dans les jours qui ont suivi le drame la consigne de la direction de ne « pas parler » des évènements. Les employés entendus lundi ont affirmé n’avoir jamais été témoins des commentaires désobligeants faits à l’égard des Premières Nations, ce qui a fait tiquer la coroner Me Géhane Kamel.


Transbordement à Hochelaga | Le promoteur fait appel au leadership de la Ville

Le président de la firme Ray-Mont Logistiques, qui veut implanter un terminal de conteneurs dans le quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Charles Raymond, a lancé lundi un appel au « leadership » de la Ville de Montréal pour donner « l’occasion à tous les acteurs impliqués de contribuer à un développement cohérent et harmonieux du secteur ».


Le nombre d’enseignants non qualifiés en forte hausse

En une seule année, le nombre d’enseignants non qualifiés a fortement augmenté dans les écoles du Québec. Comparativement à l’an dernier, plusieurs centres de services scolaires de la province ont embauché le double, voire le triple de professeurs sans brevet, révèlent des chiffres obtenus par La Presse.


J’aime Si on s’aimait

Je m’appelle Patrick L. et je suis accro, accro à Si on s’aimait.


Rapport du Conseil des Montréalaises | Harcèlement et agressions sexuelles pendant le Grand Prix

Les femmes qui sortent ou qui travaillent pendant le Grand Prix du Canada ressentent un sentiment d’insécurité dans l’espace public et sont souvent victimes de harcèlement ou d’agressions sexuelles, selon une étude du Conseil des Montréalaises.


Brésil | La déforestation en Amazonie serait à 94 % illégale

La quasi-totalité de la déforestation en Amazonie brésilienne est illégale, et la promesse du président Jair Bolsonaro d’éliminer ce fléau est peu réaliste à cause du manque de transparence autour de l’utilisation autorisée de la terre dans cette région, ont estimé des organisations environnementales dans un rapport publié lundi.


News

CBC | Top Stories News

Items count = 20

Hospital social workers help COVID-19 patients, families get through their worst days

Paula Abramczyk


TD Bank accused of losing customers' RSPs. Again

Bhupendra and Anila Narsey

TD Canada Trust customers are accusing the bank of losing tens of thousands of dollars in retirement savings plan contributions they entrusted with the financial institution.


6 Black Prairie trailblazers who broke barriers

Prairie firsts BOP

These Black Prairie "firsts" sit among the leaders that have shattered glass ceilings in their respective professions.


Canadian clubs renew playoff hostilities as North Division prepares for puck drop

1316119361

Hockey fans are set to experience an escape from the pandemic thanks to the NHL North Division playoffs when Edmonton clashes with Winnipeg for the first time in the playoffs since 1990, while Toronto and Montreal meet for the first time in a playoff series since 1979.


Prince Albert, Sask., declares state of emergency as wildfire burns nearby

PA Fire

The city of Prince Albert has ordered residents in about 34 homes just north of the city to evacuate due to a wildfire.


India scours sea after barge sinks, 2nd adrift after cyclone

India Cyclone

The Indian navy is working to rescue crew members from a sunken barge and a second cargo vessel that was adrift Tuesday off the coast of Mumbai after a deadly cyclone struck the western coast.


Get informed on the top stories of the day in 1 quick scan

CBC News Morning Brief Newsletter


Biden supports ceasefire between Israel, Palestinian militants but stops short of demanding halt to conflict

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/


CBC health reporter among winners on Night 1 of Canadian Screen Awards

Christine Birak

Two CBC documentaries and the network's flagship national newscast each took home multiple Canadian Screen Awards on the first night of their 2021 presentations on Monday.


Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole (part one)

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole (part one)

Erin O’Toole says he supports a ban on conversion therapy, but that doesn’t mean everyone in his party has to share his beliefs. Ahead of a looming federal election, hear more in part one of a wide-ranging interview with the federal Conservative party leader.


Calgary preacher, mayoral candidate released after weekend arrests for attending large gatherings

kevin j johnston tim Stephens

A Calgary mayoral candidate and a preacher have both been released from custody after their weekend arrests for attending large gatherings, allegedly in breach of a judge's order that COVID-19 public health restrictions be obeyed.


Michelle Latimer breaks silence, presents ancestry report following questions about Indigenous identity

Latimer.jpg

An academic used by filmmaker Michelle Latimer to research her Algonquin and Métis identity claims is also providing expert evidence for a Quebec court case that, according to an Algonquin chief, could threaten the rights of the First Nation she initially claimed as her family's community.


Vancouver police identify 6 known gangsters considered risks to the general public

VPD poster

As the Lower Mainland gang war continues to claim victims and play out in public places, the Vancouver Police Department is warning residents to stay away from the men, saying they may be the next targets of gang violence.


Charges dropped in Ontario mansion gaming bust, defence alleges cops planted evidence, stole watches

Markham mansion illegal casino

Months after police unveiled a massive bust at an alleged illegal casino, charges have been withdrawn against a central figure in the case.


'Terrible double blow' as powerful cyclone lashes parts of India already hit hard by COVID-19

India Cyclone

A powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea made landfall on India's western coast on Monday, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state.


With summer vacation looming, educators worry about lasting fallout of pandemic schooling

Schooling Under Stress

Many Canadian educators say they are behind on their teaching and worried about longer-term impacts on student learning from this unpredictable school year under the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 9,500 teachers, principals, vice-principals and other education staff responded to a CBC News questionnaire.


UPS shipping bungle keeps oxygen device from family sick with COVID-19

Eva Oczkus

A Calgary woman was out thousands of dollars and sick with worry after trying to ship what she hoped would be a life-saving oxygen device to her family in Mexico who were ill with COVID-19. The package never got to them, and UPS wouldn't take responsibility until Go Public started asking questions.


Not so different: Embracing Black and Indigenous spiritualities

Samira Azzahir Old Wives Lake

My African and Indigenous Elders have instilled an honour for Creation in all her forms. Knowledge from both cultures weaves together seamlessly in my life.


Surging lumber prices make wood a hot commodity for homebuilders and thieves

Garth Babcock

Between high demand, all-time high prices and high interest from thieves, plain old lumber has emerged as the hottest commodity of this year's home, deck and fence construction season.


Alberta Court of Appeal convicts Calgary men in 'barbaric' gang rape 2 years after acquittal

Adham El-Sakaan and Timothy Fanning

More than four years after she was violently gang raped, Sara woke up to news she wasn’t expecting — the Alberta Court of Appeal had not only overturned the acquittals of two young men who had attacked her, but after watching the video of the assault which they described as “barbaric,” the panel of three judges agreed to impose convictions.


News

Lifehacker

Items count = 25

How to Lift After You Rip a Callus

If you do a lot of deadlifts or other grip-exhausting exercises like pull-ups, you’ve probably developed some calluses on your hands. And if you don’t take care of those calluses, sooner or later one of them is going to rip. Fortunately, you don’t have to stop lifting while you wait for it to heal.

Read more...


How to Stop Arguing With Your Partner Over the COVID Vaccine

Not all advice need be professional. Sometimes your problems merit a bit of unvarnished honesty from a dude equipped with nothing more than a computer and a conscience. Luckily for you, I’m that guy. Welcome back to Tough Love.

Read more...


Your Android Phone Can Now Announce Who's Calling

The Google Phone app can now announce the caller ID for incoming phone calls out loud, so you’ll know who’s calling without having to eyeball your phone. The new feature is available globally for all Android phones that use the Google Phone app for calls.

Read more...


Avoid Penalties by Filing for a Tax Extension

If you’re behind on filing your taxes, consider filing for an extension today—before the 2020 tax deadline expires at midnight—as you’ll avoid costly IRS penalties for not filing your tax return on time. Here’s what you need to know.

Read more...


How to Parent With Both Strength and Flexibility

A big part of parenting is setting rules, expectations, and boundaries—and then enforcing them. Every parent learns at some point that if we’re not consistent with our rules, they pick up on that real quick, and they start to test the strength of our resolve at any given turn. Let them skip brushing their teeth just

Read more...


How to Finally Go Paperless at Home, Because It's Past Time

Going paperless doesn’t need to be limited to office work. Between online bill pay and services like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Zelle, CashApp, and Venmo, you can get rid of nearly all your finance-related clutter. But why stop there? Going paperless can apply to virtually every area of your life, so here are a few ways…

Read more...


How to Reboot Your Eufy Cameras So Strangers Can't View Them

Eufy makes a ton of cameras for various household needs: doorbell cameras, cameras you can set on at table to chat with people while you work, security cameras you can stuff in the corner of a ceiling, and more. The one attribute they share in common is that some kind of bug, vulnerability, or unfortunate issue on…

Read more...


How to Beat Your Junk Food Addiction, With Michael Moss

This week we’re conquering our addiction to processed foods with help from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Michael Moss. Michael is the author of the New York Times bestselling Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, and his latest book is called Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our

Read more...


Try This Frozen Applesauce Instead of Expensive Dog Ice Cream

Dogs love treats, and humans love giving dogs treats because we like seeing our dogs happy and excited. Not all treats, however, are created equal. Some, like table scraps that contain a lot of salt and fat, are not good for your pooch; and some, like those little dog-specific “ice cream” cups, are very expensive.…

Read more...


When to See This Month's 'Super Flower Blood Moon'

The next celestial event to light up the sky across the Northern Hemisphere has a name befitting its red-tinted hue: The Super Flower Blood Moon. No, that mouthful of a name isn’t a purely scientific term, but as far as full moons go, this month’s is definitely worth the space on your calendar. It’s the product of a…

Read more...


How Long Will It Take to Get Back in Shape After the Pandemic?

So you’re finally headed back to the gym after some time off. Whether you kept up your fitness a bit with home workouts, or completely forgot to work out, you’ll have some ground to make up when you head back to the gym.

Read more...


10 Tips for Winning at Life After College Graduation

Millions of college students will be released from their college careers and into the real world soon, and while it’s such a promising time, there are ways to ride that wave of enthusiasm into a more practical set of plans to launch your new life. Here are 10 tips for making the most of it.

Read more...


10 Common Mistakes We Make Grocery Shopping, and How to Fix Them

Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.

Read more...


How to Help Your Teenager Warm Up to Therapy

At some point, you may notice a few signs that suggest your teen needs help. Maybe their grades are starting to slip, they’re going through a rocky break-up with their first love, or they’ve become withdrawn for a significant amount of time. You think it might be helpful for them to speak to a therapist, but you’re…

Read more...


Can You Make Bagels With Only Two Ingredients?

I try my best to keep an open mind when reading new and creative food hacks from around this world-wide web of ours. I mean, just imagine if I’d never given popcorn salad a chance. How sad would that be? (Moderately sad.) But even still, there are a few “hacks” I have avoided for years, and we’re testing one of them…

Read more...


Do These Gardening Tasks Based on How Much Time You Have

According to the 2019 American Time Use Survey, people are spending anywhere from one and a half to two and a half hours in their gardens. Unfortunately, no matter what your plans are for the day, the weeds will keep growing and flowers still need watering. So how do you regularly tend to your garden and make time for…

Read more...


When You Should Hire a Home Appraiser

You might need to hire a home appraiser to set up your estate for inheritance, qualify for insurance, reduce property taxes, or to help you determine future improvements to your home. But what does an appraiser actually do, and what should you be looking for?

Read more...


What to Look for During Your Final Walk-Through Before Closing on a House

After all the time and effort you’ve put into your search, you’ve finally found the home of your dreams (or at least one in your price range that you’re mildly excited about). You’ve made an offer, had the home inspected, and soon it’ll be time to close.

Read more...


How to Avoid Getting Common Illnesses Spread by Pets

Pets are lucky they’re (usually) cute, because humans will go to all kinds of lengths to keep them happy, healthy and comfortable. Sure, that’s your favorite chair, but it’s also your dog’s favorite chair, and once she looked you in the eyes and sighed, you gave in and let her have it. That kind of thing.

Read more...


How to Buy a Ghost Town

Visiting a ghost town is one of the closest things we have to time travel. If left undisturbed, the town remains suspended in time; perpetually stuck in the year it was abandoned. Fortunately, some ghost towns have been incorporated into state and national parks, which tend to leave them in their state of natural…

Read more...


Plant These Flowers That'll Bloom All Summer

While some gardeners enjoy spending time with and caring for their plants every day, others are looking for more of a hands-off approach. It’s one thing to take some time in the spring or early summer to plant some flowers, for example, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a consistent carpet of colorful buds all…

Read more...


How to Take Photos of Storms That Capture All the Drama

Everyone has their own goals in life. For some, it’s climbing a mountain or writing a novel. For others, it’s taking a photo of extreme weather that is subsequently featured on their local weather report. The problem is, snapping a decent-quality picture of an incoming storm or cloud formation isn’t as easy as it…

Read more...


Get Paid $1,000 to Explore Your State This Summer

After a year of being cooped up inside without the escape of non-essential travel, we’re more than ready to hit the road. Sure, it’d be nice to venture off to far-flung destinations, but there’s also (probably) so much to see right there in your home state.

Read more...


How to Hook Grip a Barbell

As we’ve discussed before, there are three ways to hold onto a barbell if you’re worried your grip is going to slip. You can use straps, you can face your palms in different directions (mixed grip), or you can hook grip it. A hook grip is more secure than mixed, but one thing scares many people away: the pain.

Read more...


10 So-Called 'Roku Originals' Actually Worth Watching

Quibi was the largest backed streaming service you never heard of (or maybe never cared about) in early 2020. The hopeful streaming rival featured over 75 new programs starring some A-list celebrities, including Anna Kendrick in Dummy, Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Die Hart, and Laurence Fishburne in #FreeRayshawn,…

Read more...


News

io9

Items count = 25

Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel Will Star in Dracula-Inspired Horror Movie The Bride

If it feels like Dracula-inspired movies are coming out of the woodwork lately, it’s because that’s exactly true, with projects currently in various stages of production from Karyn Kusama, Chris McKay, and Chloé Zhao. Now you can add Jessica M. Thompson (The Light of the Moon) to that list of directors.

Read more...


The Muppets Didn't Deserve This

When Kermit the Frog was revealed to be one of The Masked Singer’s contestants this past season, it was meant to be a delightful surprise twist in an already ridiculous show in which well-known celebrities dress up as unlicensed mascots. But instead, Kermit’s unmasking only underscored how far the Muppets have fallen…

Read more...


Oxygen Is a Claustrophobic Sci-Fi Thriller of Non-Stop Reveals

Don’t let the fact that Oxygen is about a woman stuck in place for two hours fool you. The claustrophobic setting provides more twists and turns than most films with the whole world at their disposal. Directed by Alexandre Aja (Crawl, The Hills Have Eyes), the film stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) as a…

Read more...


Attack the Block 2 With John Boyega and Joe Cornish Is Finally a Go

It should go without saying that when given the opportunity, people will sit down to watch movies in which John Boyega plays characters who somehow end up fighting aliens hellbent on colonizing vulnerable planets. While the actor’s Star Wars run may have come to an end, there’s always been another franchise audiences…

Read more...


Extra, Extra, Get Your Giant Spider-Man Daily Bugle Lego Set Here

It’s J. Jonah Jameson’s eternal question: Spider-Man—threat or menace? Now you can pretend to write your own scathing op-ed about New York City’s misunderstood webslinger with help from this absolutely amazing, four-story Daily Bugle skyscraper set from Lego, complete with 25—not a typo, twenty-five—figures, some of…

Read more...


D&D's Guide to Ravenloft: Magical Disaster Horrors Await Players

It’s almost time to descend onto the dread demi-plane of Ravenloft and its many realms when Dungeons & Dragons releases its latest sourcebook, Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft. There’s so much more to the horrors of Ravenloft than what our dear friend Strahd is up to though. io9 has a sneak peek inside just one of…

Read more...


Sweet Tooth's New Trailer Shows Anything But an Ordinary World

Come for the deer child, stay for the soulful Duran Duran cover. The new trailer for Netflix’s Sweet Tooth is here and much like the first one, it shows a unique, lush, post-apocalyptic comic book world. Beyond that, this latest trailer focuses on the show’s bigger picture, some of its key relationships, and lots of…

Read more...


The Inspiration Behind Spiral's Big Reveal Explained by Darren Lynn Bousman

If you’ve seen Darren Lynn Bousman’s new Saw movie, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, you might have walked away thinking the film’s surprise ending came as a reaction to some very serious real-world issues that have rightfully been getting more attention lately. But as Bousman revealed to io9 in a recent interview,…

Read more...


Feast Your Eyes on Killer Queens, Dark Horse's Retro-Cool Queer Sci-Fi Comic

“Putting the sass in assassin” is exactly the energy we need these days, and thankfully a new Dark Horse mini-series is here to deliver. Killer Queens, a queer sci-fi epic dreamed up by an all-LGBTQ creative team, arrives this August, but we’ve got a first peek at the colorfully retro covers for you today.

Read more...


Loki Scoffs at the Idea of Space Lizards in a New Clip From His Marvel Series

In Marvel’s upcoming Loki series, the Asgardian god of mischief who appeared to peace right on out of the timestream in Avengers: Endgame somehow ends up being apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, an extradimensional organization in charge of maintaining the ordered flow of time. In a new clip from his very own…

Read more...


The Nevers Finale Delivered the Utter Sci-Fi Weirdness We've Been Waiting For

HBO’s The Nevers—the show about Victorian ladies with superpowers—hinted from the beginning that it was about much more than that. The show, perhaps, even undersold what was to come. With the six-episode first part of season one now complete, we finally have actual insight into some of the biggest mysteries... as well…

Read more...


Updates From The Suicide Squad, Space Jam 2, and More

DC’s Hawkman may have some cool tech in Black Adam. A new look at Adult Swim’s pickup of Tuca & Bertie. Billy Porter looking like a dream in Cinderella. Plus new looks at Legends of Tomorrow, Fear the Walking Dead, and more. Spoilers save us from this Monday!

Read more...


Snake Eyes’ Henry Golding Tells Us About Kicking Off a New G.I. Joe Franchise

Snake Eyes has always been one of the most recognizable, popular characters in the G.I. Joe franchise, and now we’ll find out how he got there. The brand new film Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins hits theaters July 23 and io9 was lucky enough to talk to the man behind the mask, Henry Golding, about the character’s…

Read more...


Snake Eyes’ First Trailer Gives a G.I. Joe Legend a New Beginning

When you think of Snake Eyes you think of the mask, the swords, the unstoppable ferocity. But how did the popular G.I. Joe character become that guy we’ve seen in comics, cartoons, and toy aisles for decades? We’re about to find out, in a whole new way. The first trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is finally…

Read more...


Lucifer's DB Woodside Dishes on Amenadiel's Baby Mamma Drama

A new season of Lucifer arrives on May 28 with the second half of season 5 and a full eight-episode order.

Read more...


Angelina Jolie Initially Said No to Starring in Simon West's Tomb Raider

Before Charlize Theron took the mantle as the queen of action cinema, that title belonged to Angelina Jolie, starting with the role of Lara Croft in Simon West’s Tomb Raider (2001).

Read more...


Anthony Mackie Talks Black Panther's Legacy and Traveling to Wakanda

When the new title of Black Panther dropped (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), everyone was lit. Since then, actors in the MCU have discussed the Black Panther experience.

Read more...


Mary Elizabeth Winstead Adds to Her Action Resume With Netflix's Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is looking to stake her claim in the action genre with her new role in Netflix’s assassin revenge thriller Kate, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and written by Umar Aleem.

Read more...


Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Reboot Aims to Capitalize on Nostalgia

Many of you are too young to know what Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple is, but those who do should remember how it was the most lit kid show on television. The CW is looking to tap into that nostalgia by reviving the show, but this time for adults.

Read more...


Marvel's Secret Invasion Series Taps Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim to Direct

Marvel’s Secret Invasion series is crazy stacked with A-Listers like Oscar winner Olivia Coleman (The Favorite), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Bridgerton), with Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn coming back as Skrull shapeshifter Talos.

Read more...


Monica Rambeau Scenes Were Cut From WandaVision and Here's Why!

WandaVision writer Jac Schaeffer has been holding OUT!

Read more...


Emily Blunt Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 Is Too Expensive to Film

There’s been speculation on the sequel floating around for years. After many doubted Edge of Tomorrow and its concept, it was the surprise action hit of 2014. It was undoubtedly one of my favorite films of the year and is also one of my favorite action films and one of the best action characters (Emily Blunt as Rita…

Read more...


More Indiana Jones 5 Casting Suggests It Might Actually Happen This Time

Fans have been waiting for Indiana Jones 5 for so long you wouldn’t blame them if they don’t believe it’s real until they sit down to watch it. But after years and years of delays, Steven Spielberg dropping out as director, Harrison Ford pushing 80, and more, it seems like it’s finally happening. Especially when the…

Read more...


A Mitchells vs. the Machines Deleted Scene Reveals a Voltron-Esque Villain

Not only is The Mitchells vs. the Machines one of the best movies of the year so far, it’s got an absolutely unforgettable ending. The way the family comes together to fight the villainous PAL, complete with flying robot skateboards, laser gauntlets, and a soundtrack by T.I and Rihanna? It’s epic and touching at the…

Read more...


Doctor Who Audio Adventure Starring John Barrowman and David Tennant Canceled

It’s only been two days since the Doctor Who immersive experience Time Fracture announced actor John Barrowman’s role as Jack Harkness would be removed from the exhibition. Now, another upcoming Barrowman project has disappeared. The audio adventure publisher Big Finish has canceled the upcoming series Torchwood:

Read more...


News

Slashdot

Items count = 15

Amazon Said To Make $9 Billion Offer for MGM

Amazon is weeks into negotiations on a deal to acquire MGM for about $9 billion, industry sources tell Variety. From the report: Chatter that Amazon (and other tech giants) have been sniffing around MGM has circulated for some time. But sources indicated that Amazon's interest in acquiring the studio has taken on a new tenor beyond the usual rumor mill. The deal is said to be being orchestrated by Mike Hopkins, senior VP of Amazon Studios and Prime Video, directly with MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich, whose Anchorage Capital is a major MGM shareholder. MGM had already effectively nailed up a "for sale" sign: Variety confirmed in December that the company was looking for a buyer.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Trump Justice Dept. Tried To Use Grand Jury To Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter

The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Representative Devin Nunes of California, according to a newly unsealed court document. From a report: But Twitter fought the subpoena, as well as an associated gag order barring the company from talking about it publicly. Twitter executives raised skepticism about whether the Justice Department might be abusing federal criminal law-enforcement power to retaliate against a critic of Mr. Nunes, a Republican who is a close ally of Mr. Trump, in violation of the First Amendment. Ultimately, according to a person familiar with the matter, the Justice Department withdrew the subpoena this spring, after President Biden took office. What was going on behind the subpoena remains murky. The filing -- a motion to suppress the subpoena and lift the gag order that Twitter filed in March -- shows that the Justice Department sent the company a demand on Nov. 24 to provide identifying information about the user @NunesAlt. Twitter appears to have immediately been suspicious about the legitimacy of the request. The user of that account, the filing said, "appears to be engaged in clear First Amendment activity, discussing stances on current events, government policies and one elected official in particular -- Congressman Nunes." The filing provided examples of some of the account's tweets, such as a photograph of Mr. Nunes with text superimposed over his face: "Believe in conspiracy theories. Even if there is no evidence."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


UK Plastic Waste Being Dumped and Burned in Turkey, Says Greenpeace

UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a report. From a report: Greenpeace said about 40% -- or 210,000 tonnes -- of the UK's plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year. But rather than being recycled, investigators saw some of it dumped by roads, in fields and in waterways. The UK is a "global leader in tackling plastic pollution," the government said - after Greenpeace called for it to "take control" of the problem. Greenpeace's report warned Turkey was becoming Europe's "largest plastic waste dump." The charity said it had investigated 10 sites across southern Turkey and found plastic bags and packaging from UK supermarkets and retailers at all of them.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Apple Wants You To Know It Chose Not To Take a Cut of $400 Billion in Physical Goods

Apple is trying to convince a judge that it's not milking the App Store for all it's worth, and today the company dropped some big numbers to help make its case. From a report: Apple claims that its App Store drove $400 billion worth of physical purchases in a single year in 2019, and that -- unlike digital purchases and subscriptions -- Apple doesn't take a cent of that money. That's according to App Store boss and longtime Apple marketing exec Phil Schiller, who also testified that the company spends a staggering $50 million a year to throw its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event. The company's also building a new developer center at its Apple Loop headquarters in Cupertino, he says, though I didn't catch how much the company's investing in that. None of these are included in the App Store's budget, Schiller testified. Why isn't Apple trying to take a cut of physical purchases? During his testimony, Schiller explained that Apple couldn't guarantee they would actually arrive.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Rotten Tomatoes Is Launching a Linear Streaming Channel

Rotten Tomatoes is continuing on its quest to grow into something substantially bigger than its Tomatometer movie and TV rating scores. From a report: The website -- owned by NBCUniversal's Fandango -- expands its entertainment footprint with the launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel, a new over-the-top streaming service that will initially debut on on The Roku Channel. The OTT service will then come to NBCU's Peacock platform and Comcast-owned Xumo, with other distribution deals in the works including with internet pay-TV providers, according to Fandango. The first 24-hour linear video channel from Rotten Tomatoes will loop about 100 hours of premium programming around the clock on the channel, culled from RT's stable or original shows. With the launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel, Fandango wants to expand its audience reach and provide new entry-points into the entire Fandango ecosystem (i.e., to push movie tickets and digital sales or rentals). Some of the shows on The Rotten Tomatoes Channel will include "Countdown," a show discussing the best upcoming movies and shows according to the Tomatometer and panelists; "The Vault," a nostalgic look back at star interviews, red carpet chats, games and more from the Rotten Tomatoes archives; "Trailers Reloaded," recapping the biggest movies and shows with an extensive collection of trailers; and "Rotten Tomatoes Essentials," a look back at movies, shows, stars and directors that defined genres and eras.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Nuclear Reactions at Chernobyl Are Spiking in an Inaccessible Chamber

Scientists monitoring the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have seen a surge in fission reactions in an inaccessible chamber within the complex. They are now investigating whether the problem will stabilise or require a dangerous and difficult intervention to prevent a runaway nuclear reaction. From a report: The explosion at Chernobyl in 1986 brought down walls and sealed off many rooms and corridors. Tonnes of fissile material from the interior of a reactor were strewn throughout the facility and the heat it generated melted sand from the reactor walls with concrete and steel to form lava-like and intensely radioactive substances that oozed into lower floors. One chamber, known as subreactor room 305/2, is thought to contain large amounts of this material, but it is inaccessible and hasn't been seen by human or robotic eyes since the disaster. Now, researchers have seen a spike in neutron emissions from the room, with levels increasing around 40 per cent since the start of 2016. This points to a growing nuclear fission reaction, so researchers are trying to determine if this surge will fizzle out, as previous spikes in other parts of the ruins have done, or whether they will need to find a way to access the room and intervene. Neil Hyatt at the University of Sheffield, UK, who studies nuclear waste disposal, likens the situation to "embers in a barbecue pit" and says "it's a reminder to us that it's not a problem solved, it's a problem stabilised." One suggestion for why this is happening is that a new structure placed over the ruined reactor in 2016 is causing the plant to dry out. When uranium or plutonium fuel decay radioactively, they emit neutrons, which can promote a fission reaction if the neutrons are captured by another radioactive nuclei. However, large amounts of water slow these neutrons down, preventing them from being captured. The original shelter, which was hurriedly constructed over the reactor in the months following the accident, was riddled with holes that allowed rainwater and birds inside. If the rainwater was helping to suppress reactions in room 305/2, its absence due to the new structure could mean there is no longer enough water in the room to sufficiently slow neutrons down.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China

Apple has compromised on data security to placate Chinese authorities, the New York Times reported Monday, citing internal company documents and interviews with current and former Apple employees and security experts. An excerpt from the story: At the data center in Guiyang, which Apple hoped would be completed by next month, and another in the Inner Mongolia region, Apple has largely ceded control to the Chinese government. Chinese state employees physically manage the computers. Apple abandoned the encryption technology it used elsewhere after China would not allow it. And the digital keys that unlock information on those computers are stored in the data centers they're meant to secure. [...] In China, Apple has ceded legal ownership of its customers' data to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, or GCBD, a company owned by the government of Guizhou Province, whose capital is Guiyang. Apple recently required its Chinese customers to accept new iCloud terms and conditions that list GCBD as the service provider and Apple as "an additional party." Apple told customers the change was to "improve iCloud services in China mainland and comply with Chinese regulations." The terms and conditions included a new provision that does not appear in other countries: "Apple and GCBD will have access to all data that you store on this service" and can share that data "between each other under applicable law." Under the new setup, Chinese authorities ask GCBD -- not Apple -- for Apple customers' data, Apple said. Apple believes that gives it a legal shield from American law, according to a person who helped create the arrangement. GCBD declined to answer questions about its Apple partnership. Matthew Green, who teaches cryptography at Johns Hopkins, commented on Times' story: "Apple asked a lot of people to back them against the FBI in 2015. They used every tool in the legal arsenal to prevent the US from gaining access to their phones. Do they think anyone is going to give them the benefit of the doubt now?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Parler Returns To Apple's App Store

Parler, a social media app popular with U.S. conservatives, returned to Apple's App Store on Monday, after the iPhone maker dropped it following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. From a report: Parler also named George Farmer, the company's chief operating officer since March, as its new chief executive and said interim CEO Mark Meckler would be leaving. Apple said last month it would readmit Parler into its iOS App Store, after Parler proposed updates to its app and content moderation policies. read more "The entire Parler team has worked hard to address Apple's concerns without compromising our core mission," said Meckler in an emailed statement. "Anything allowed on the Parler network but not in the iOS app will remain accessible through our web-based and Android versions. This is a win-win for Parler, its users, and free speech." The Washington Post said Parler's Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff likened the iOS version of the app to a "Parler Lite or Parler PG." Parler is still pushing Apple to allow users to see hate speech behind a warning label, the newspaper reported. Several tech companies cut ties with Parler after the Capitol riot, accusing the app backed by prominent Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer of failing to police violent content on its service.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Amid Public Pressure Audacity Says It Will Not Collect Telemetry Data From Users

After its recent announcement about plans to add telemetry collection prompted backlash, popular audio editor Audacity has announced it won't go ahead with the plan to collect its users' data. BetaNews reports: Audacity's new owner, Muse Group, has bowed to pressure from users and privacy advocates, announcing that the planned telemetry collection will no longer be going ahead. The company is blaming "communication mistakes" and public "misunderstanding" for the negative response to its previous data collection announcement.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Apple and Microsoft's Rivalry Had Cooled. Now It's Back and Getting Testier

After collaborating on various projects for several years, the relationship between Microsoft and Apple is getting testier again. From a report: [...] Around the time the PC character reappeared, Microsoft began bad-mouthing Apple to regulators, saying the company's App Store was anti-competitive. The Redmond, Washington, software giant had thrown in its lot with Epic Games, which was suing Apple for booting its Fortnite title from the App Store and accusing the iPhone maker of monopolistic behavior. A Microsoft executive has since testified against Apple at the trial, now in its second week, telling the court that Apple's tight control of its App Store had hurt Microsoft's own gaming efforts. The tensions are unlikely to ease once a verdict comes down because Apple and Microsoft are both looking to dominate the next big things in tech -- from artificial intelligence and cloud computing to gaming, tablets, custom processors and mixed-reality headsets. The renewed antipathy between Apple and Microsoft started about a year ago. Microsoft had developed a cloud gaming service for iPhones and iPads called xCloud. One app would let users pay a monthly fee to Microsoft and stream dozens of different gaming titles from the cloud. The service was supposed to do for gaming what Netflix did for video, appease gamers and turn Apple devices into a more powerful gaming platform backed by Xbox, one of the hottest names in the industry. But Microsoft never launched the service in its intended form, having failed to persuade Apple to loosen App Store rules forbidding all-in-one gaming services. Originally, Microsoft was barred from launching any cloud-based games at all. But a few months after concerns over the ban on streaming apps went public, Apple tweaked the rules. Microsoft can now launch a cloud gaming service, but each game must be downloaded separately, defeating the purpose of an all-in-one solution. Now Microsoft is rolling out the service on Apple devices via the web, a much less optimal experience than a real app. Around the same time, Microsoft President Brad Smith began urging U.S. and European antitrust regulators to examine Apple's practices.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Apple Music is Getting Lossless and Spatial Audio Support

Apple Music subscribers will find a big chunk of the catalog sounds better next month: The service is adding support for high-quality, lossless and spatial audio through Dolby Atmos at no additional cost, it said Monday. It'll have 20 million lossless audio songs to start, with 75 million available by the end of 2021. From a report: To try out lossless audio, you should make sure you have the latest version of Apple Music and go to Settings, Music, then Audio Quality. You can choose different resolutions for cellular and Wi-Fi connections, or just download the track. The lossless tier starts at CD quality, which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz, and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. If you use external audio equipment, you can crank the quality up to 24 bit at 192 kHz. Further reading: AirPods Max, priced at $549, don't support Apple Music's lossless songs, Apple says.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Microsoft Teams Launches For Friends and Family With Free All-Day Video Calling

Microsoft is launching the personal version of Microsoft Teams today. After previewing the service nearly a year ago, Microsoft Teams is now available for free personal use amongst friends and families. From a report: The service itself is almost identical to the Microsoft Teams that businesses use, and it will allow people to chat, video call, and share calendars, locations, and files easily. Microsoft is also continuing to offer everyone free 24-hour video calls that it introduced in the preview version in November. You'll be able to meet up with up to 300 people in video calls that can last for 24 hours. Microsoft will eventually enforce limits of 60 minutes for group calls of up to 100 people after the pandemic, but keep 24 hours for 1:1 calls. While the preview initially launched on iOS and Android, Microsoft Teams for personal use now works across the web, mobile, and desktop apps. Microsoft is also allowing Teams personal users to enable its Together mode -- a feature that uses AI to segment your face and shoulders and place you together with other people in a virtual space. Skype got this same feature back in December.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Microsoft's LinkedIn Accused by Noted China Critic of Censorship

A prominent critic of China based in the U.K. said Microsoft's LinkedIn froze his account and removed content criticizing the country's government, the latest in a series of allegations that the networking website had censored users -- even outside of the Asian nation -- to appease authorities in Beijing. From a report: Peter Humphrey, a British corporate investigator and former journalist who accesses LinkedIn from his home in Surrey, England, said he received notification from LinkedIn last month that comments he had published on the platform had been removed. The comments, seen by Bloomberg News, called the Chinese government a "repressive dictatorship" and criticized the country's state media organizations as "propaganda mouthpieces." In late April, Humphrey said LinkedIn sent him several notifications that critical comments he posted about China's government and state-controlled broadcaster China Global Television Network, or CGTN, had been removed, on the grounds that the comments constituted "bullying and harassment" or "spam and scams." On April 26, Humphrey said he couldn't access his LinkedIn profile. When Humphrey tried to log in, he said he was met with a message stating his profile had been "restricted" due to "behavior that appears to violate our Terms of Service." After Bloomberg News contacted LinkedIn for comment last week, the company reinstated Humphrey's account and restored some of his comments. Others were not. "Our team has reviewed the action, based on our appeals process, and found it was an error," said Leonna Spilman, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn. Spilman declined to comment further regarding Humphrey's account.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


AT&T Merges Media Assets With Discovery in Blockbuster Deal

AT&T has agreed to spin off its media operations in a deal with Discovery that will create a new entertainment company, merging assets ranging from CNN and HBO to HGTV and the Food Network. From a report: AT&T will receive $43 billion in cash, debt securities and debt retention, with AT&T shareholders getting stock representing 71% of the new company, the companies said in a statement Monday. The deal is structured as a tax-advantaged Reverse Morris Trust. Discovery Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav is to lead the new entity. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar's future is to be determined, AT&T CEO John Stankey said on a conference call discussing the deal. The plan, first reported by Bloomberg News, would combine Discovery's reality-TV empire with AT&T's vast media holdings, creating a formidable competitor to Netflix and Walt Disney. It marks a retreat for AT&T's entertainment-industry ambitions after years of working to assemble telecom and media assets under one roof. AT&T, now the world's most heavily indebted nonfinancial company, gained some of the biggest brands in entertainment through its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, completed in 2018. Further reading: Jason Kilar, the WarnerMedia chief, is said to be negotiating his exit.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Alexa/Echo Owners Become Part of Amazon's Massive 'Sidewalk' Mesh Network By Default

A tech columnist for Inc. noticed that on June 8th Amazon will finally power up its massive "Sidewalk" mesh network (which uses Bluetooth and 900MHz radio signals to communicate between devices). And millions and millions of Amazon customers are all already "opted in" by default: The idea behind it is actually really smart — make it possible for smart home devices to serve as a sort of bridge between your WiFi connection and one another. That way, if your Ring doorbell, for example, isn't located close to your WiFi router, but it happens to be near an Echo Dot, it can use Sidewalk to stay connected. The same is true if your internet connection is down. Your smart devices can connect to other smart devices, even if they aren't in your home. The big news on this front is that Tile is joining the Sidewalk network on June 14. That means that if you lose a Tile tracker, it can connect to any of the millions of Echo or Ring devices in your neighborhood and send its location back to you. That's definitely a nice benefit, but it's also where things get a little murky from a privacy standpoint. That's because other people's devices, like your neighbor's, can also connect to your network. Amazon is pretty clear that Sidewalk uses three layers of encryption so that no data is shared between say, someone's Tile tracker and your network. The signal from the Tile is encrypted all the way back to the Tile app on your iPhone or Android smartphone... [But] whether or not you want your device connecting to other devices, or want your neighbors connecting to your WiFi, Amazon went ahead and made Sidewalk opt-out. Opt out (for all your devices) using Alexa app's More tab (at the bottom): Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk > Enabled.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


News

Hacker News

Items count = 30

Terms and Conditions Game

Comments


The Graphics Gremlin – An Open Source Retro ISA Video Card

Comments


Breakthrough in deciphering Minoan Linear A script

Comments


Ask HN: Are you satisfied with Elixir or do you regret choosing Elixir?

Comments


Microsoft Authenticator Chrome Extention is not from MS and is phishing

Comments


Converting stroked primitives to filled primitives (2020)

Comments


Vintage HP-25 Calculator Gets Wireless Charging

Comments


Positions chess engines don't understand

Comments


Renewable Energy Boomed In 2020

Comments


Bit-sync: synchronizing arbitrary data using rsync algorithm in pure JavaScript

Comments


Show HN: Apply for a job through SSH, $ ssh jobs.hackclub.com

Comments


NetBSD 9.2

Comments


Home Gardening

Comments


Zeus Is Hiring a Growth Marketing Manager to Build the Future of FlexLiving

Comments


Galapagos Islands: Erosion fells Darwin’s Arch

Comments


Can't Unsee

Comments


Uber used 50 Dutch shell companies to dodge taxes

Comments


Kickstarting AI for Code: Introducing IBM’s Project CodeNet

Comments


Open source retro ISA video card

Comments


Why is the Gaza Strip blurry on Google Maps?

Comments


A long-lasting, stable solid-state lithium battery

Comments


Nearly 200K Medical Records of US Military Veterans Leaked

Comments


Identify a Facebook user by his phone number despite privacy settings set

Comments


Legalese – Computational Law

Comments


Man Against Marketing

Comments


Metric Display Standards. Best practices for presenting numbers

Comments


Map-like use of Earth’s magnetic field in sharks

Comments


Sacred Monster

Comments


First nuclear detonation created ‘impossible’ quasicrystals

Comments


Paper Notes

Comments