25 Jun, 2020

News digest for 06/24/2020

The Chinese cyberspace administration has punished the video service Xigua (owned by ByteDance, the owner of the TikTok app) for “vulgar content”. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the statement of the Department.

Also, the cyberspace Administration sanctioned the applications of companies in which the Chinese holding company Tencent invested. This includes the streaming services Huya and DouYu. The services, in particular, were required to stop registering new users, Bloomberg said.

Yandex and Sberbank will terminate their partnership

Yandex will buy out Sberbank’s stake in Market for 42 billion rubles, with a total valuation of about 87.3 billion rubles. The Bank will buy out Yandex’s stake in Money for 2.4 billion rubles. As Yandex noted, this is a preliminary amount, and the final amount will depend on the closing date of the transaction and the exchange rate. The deals are scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2020.

The criminal case of embezzlement against the head of RusHydro, Yevgeny doda, has been terminated.

“The investigation was relatively quick to find out that there was no evidence of a crime in the actions of Yevgeny Vyacheslavovich [DoD],” said lawyer Ruslan Koblev, adding that the case was closed in November 2018.

Doda was arrested in June 2016 on fraud charges. According to investigators, DoD at the end of 2013 accrued a bonus of 353 million rubles, overstating its size by 73 million rubles.

The US may refuse to Fund WADA

The us state administration for drug control policy (ONDCP) has suggested that the US Congress consider withdrawing funding from the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) if it does not take serious steps to reform, the Washington Post reports. The United States annually transfers $ 2.7 million to WADA – more than any other country, the article notes.

The data of millions of Telegram users got into the network

The database, which occupies about 900 MB, was found on one of the darknet forums. It allows you to find out phone numbers by user nicknames, writes the publication “Code Durov”..

“Such databases are collected through abuse of the built-in contact import function when registering a user. Unfortunately, no service that allows users to communicate with contacts from their phone book can completely exclude such a bust, ” the messenger’s press service commented.

The company claims that most of the merged accounts are no longer relevant. More than 84% of the data was collected before the middle of last year. Almost 70% of the accounts in the database are users from Iran, and 30% are from Russia.

Deputies of the Saratov regional Duma staged a fight

When the head of the mandate Commission told about complaints about the recent unethical statements of United Russia Dmitry Chernyshevsky and Communist Nikolai Bondarenko, Deputy Anatoly Tsipyashchuk threw a plastic bottle at the representative of the Communist party. Several other parliamentarians joined the conflict. The meeting lasted more than 12 hours. As Dmitry Chernyshevsky told the newspaper “Rise”, everyone was tired and” couldn’t stand the nerves”

“Songs of ice and fire” will be released next year

George Martin said that the sixth part of “a Song of ice and fire” will be released next year, but not before the summer. The writer said in his blog that waiting out the coronavirus pandemic in a hut in the woods, and this contributes to creative progress.

“I’m in a real cabin in the mountains. Forced isolation helps me write. Every day I spend long hours over the “Winds of winter” and steadily progress. I finished a new Chapter yesterday. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. This is going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”

“Winds of winter” should be the penultimate part of the series of novels “a Song of ice and fire”, which is based on the series “Game of thrones”. Fans expected the book to be released as early as 2014-2015, but Martin kept putting off work on it.

The EU plans to open its external borders approximately

According to the new York Times and Politico, the EU has developed two versions of the “white list” of countries. One includes 47 States where the incidence of COVID-19 is lower than the EU average (16 new cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks). The second version of the list includes 54 countries where the incidence rate is slightly higher than the EU average (up to 20 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks). Russia, the United States and Brazil are not among the countries for which the EU plans to open external borders from July 1.

There is a trailer for a new full-length cartoon about Superman

IGN portal has presented a trailer for a new cartoon about Superman called Superman: Man of Tomorrow. The project will tell about how the space bounty hunter Lobo and Parasite suddenly arrive on Earth, which begin to wreak havoc in metropolis

Kim Jong UN has decided to postpone the plan to attack South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN has decided to postpone a plan to take military action against South Korea. He said this at a preliminary meeting Of the Central military Committee of the seventh convocation of the Workers ‘ party of Korea.

During the meeting, the main drafts of military policy, reports and resolutions that will be submitted to the fifth session of the Central military Committee were considered. In addition, during the event, documents that reflect “state measures to further strengthen the country’s military deterrence force”were reviewed.

Olympus has announced plans to completely abandon the photo business

The Japanese manufacturer of photographic and medical equipment Olympus announced the sale of a division that produces photographic equipment and digital voice recorders. Such a Memorandum was signed with Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), which previously acquired Sony’s VAIO computer business, writes the Verge.

From July 1, utilities will become more expensive

Recall that in 2019, tariffs were indexed twice: in January, and then, as expected, in July. This was due to an increase in the value added tax from 18% to 20%. This year, the change in tariffs will be one – time-on July 1. The Federal Antimonopoly service conducts indexation taking into account the level of inflation.

Gazprom placed seven-year Eurobonds

Gazprom has marked up Eurobonds worth $1 billion with a maturity of 7 years, Denis Shulakov, first Vice President of Gazprombank, one of the organizers of the placement, told reporters. The coupon rate is 3% per annum.

Sberbank of Abkhazia will not lend to clients yet

Chairman of the Bank of Abkhazia Beslan Baratelia said at a press conference on Abkhazian television that Sberbank will resume lending to the population after the country’s economy strengthens and there is more cash in the Republic.

Tankers with Venezuelan oil stuck at sea for fear of US sanctions

At least 16 tankers with 18.1 million barrels of Venezuelan oil are stuck in the sea around the world, as refiners buying it are afraid of falling under US sanctions, Reuters reported, citing Refinitiv Eikon data.

The US has named three conditions for the extension of the start-3 Treaty

Washington does not rule out the possibility of extending the strategic offensive arms reduction Treaty (start-3), but under three conditions, writes the Wall Street Journal on June 23, citing a source in the US administration

The article indicates that first of all, us President Donald trump wants to edit the agreement in such a way that strict verification measures are indicated. In addition, all nuclear warheads will have to fall under the action of the NNW, and China must also participate in the agreement.

The US intends to build a nuclear power plant in Poland

Washington is seeking to sign an agreement with Warsaw on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, as well as to implement contracts for the construction of several large nuclear power plants in Poland. This was stated on Tuesday by a high-ranking representative of the US administration at a special telephone briefing for journalists on the upcoming visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Washington.

Poland plans to build six nuclear power units within 20 years. The Republic considers the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea as potential suppliers of technologies. Warsaw is looking for a partner who will invest 49% of its own capital in this project and will participate in its implementation from the beginning to the end.

Twenty one pilots released an “endless” music video

The American Duo Twenty one pilots released an “endless” clip, created from a fan video, for the track “Level of concern”, Spin reports. The broadcast was launched on YouTube on Monday. Every three minutes and forty seconds, the video is played again, but with a different video sequence.

Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor on sale

Samsung has finally released the Odyssey G9 gaming monitor, which was presented at the beginning of the year at CES 2020. The new product is characterized by a deep curvature of 1000R, Eye Comfort certificate from TÜV Rheinland, Dual Quad resolution (5120: 1440 pixels), 32: 9 aspect ratio, HDR1000 VA matrix, 240 Hz refresh rate, 1 MS response time, 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color palette, support for NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, brightness of 1000 CD/m2 and illumination with 52 colors and 5 lighting effects. The price of the monitor is 1,600 dollars.

Acer unveils new ChromeBook Enterprise Spin 713

Last night, Acer introduced several new products, including The new chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 laptop. Note that the device itself is the flagship for the company. The device received the display diagonal of 13.5 inches.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 camera is presented

Panasonic has expanded the range of mirrorless cameras in the Micro Four Thirds format with the Lumix DC-G100 model, which is primarily aimed at video bloggers. The camera will go on sale at the end of the month complete with a 12-32 mm lens (24-64 mm EFR and f/3.5-f/5.6 aperture) for a price of $ 749.

The built-in Twitter icon has been added to the Opera browser

Norwegian company Opera Software, which is a software manufacturer, has embedded Twitter in the sidebar of the Opera browser. This change was introduced in order to make it easier for users to switch to using the social network.

The Microsoft Edge browser secretly copies data from Firefox

This year, Microsoft released a new Edge browser based on Chromium. Along with one of the regular update packages, it is automatically installed on Windows 10 computers, which is not liked by everyone. In the case of Mozilla browser users, the problem is that Edge copies data from Firefox for the first time without asking permission or notifying Them.

Scientists have created a mini-sensor that detects the state of health by sweat

Chinese experts from the Xiangtan Institute were able to create a unique mini-device that tracks the health of the body by analyzing sweat. “We all sweat, and this is an absolutely normal physiological process. In sweat, we have many biomarkers, such as pH and glucose, which are a good indicator for the diagnosis of many diseases,” the developers noted.

Scientists have described a rare brain abnormality that makes it impossible to see numbers

American scientists have found that the conscious perception of visual images does not always accompany their processing. This was shown in the case of a man with metamorphopsia — a neurological disorder in which a person cannot perceive objects or symbols of a particular shape or category (in this case, Arabic numerals from 2 to 9). When shown faces and words in large numbers, he could not tell what he was seeing, although the evoked potentials in his brain indicated that he was processing the stimuli correctly. The article is published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Anthropogenic mercury was found at the bottom of the Mariana trench

Ecologists from France and China found a large amount of methylated mercury in soil and water samples from the bottom of the Mariana trench, which can only be a source of human civilization. Previously, this toxic compound was found only in the near-surface layers of the World ocean.

Plants can absorb plastic through their roots

Biologists from China and the United States under the leadership of Baoshan xing (Baoshan Xing) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that rhesus roots can absorb nanoplastics — polystyrene particles penetrate the root hairs and the Central cylinder of the root. As a result, the expression of genes associated with protection from reactive oxygen species and response to stress is disrupted, the morphology of the root tip changes, and the mass of the entire plant decreases. The article is published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

The researchers found in the permafrost of plastic-eating bacteria

Scientists from WSL in Switzerland have discovered unusual bacteria that live in permafrost 13 million years old. These microorganisms can eat and process plastic. As part of the study, scientists took samples of ice on Schafberg mountain, located in the Eastern Alps.