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15 Авг, 2022

Spike in layoffs at tech companies

Many US tech companies and startups have started layoffs. If in January of this year, reductions were recorded in only 4 companies in the sector, then in June already in 110, including very large ones, such as Netflix, Coinbase (crypto-exchange), PayPal, Robinhood (broker)

In July, TikTok, Twitter, Vimeo, automaker Rivian, NFT marketplace OpenSea were added to this list. In August, as of the 9th, cuts have already been recorded in 37 companies

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Volvo has launched a smartphone app that will alert pedestrians staring at the screen when a car is approaching. For now, the app will only work with a specific pool of cars.

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Since 1997, the ice shelves of Antarctica have lost not 6 trillion tons of ice, but 12 — that is, twice as much as scientists thought. NASA experts came to such conclusions. Ice shelves act as a support for melting ice, preventing it from reaching the ocean directly. Due to the loss of their mass, they have weakened, from this the rate of global sea level rise is increasing.

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A delegation of American legislators headed by Senator Ed Markey arrived in Taiwan. Their visit will last two days. Lawmakers will meet with Taiwanese officials and private sector representatives.

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The State Duma of Russia has changed the procedure for working with mass appeals from citizens. In particular, the concept of “mass appeals” is introduced on the same issue: they will now be registered under the same number and receive one response

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Russia and North Korea will continue to expand bilateral cooperation, as this fully meets the interests of the two countries and will contribute to strengthening security in the region. This is stated in a congratulatory letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the head of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, published by the TsNAK, on ​​the occasion of Korea’s Liberation Day.

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The Latvian Ministry of Justice is developing a law that will limit the use of the Russian language in the workplace, as well as in public places, said Justice Minister Janis Bordans.

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The Polish Foreign Ministry is developing a concept that allows not issuing visas to Russians. This was told by Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Piotr Wawrzyk. According to him, not all EU countries support a single visa ban for Russians — for example, France and the Netherlands. Therefore, Poland is developing its own concept.

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Kommersant learned that the Ministry of Digital Development plans to establish a council that will clean up the register of IT companies accredited to receive tax and other benefits. The heads of specialized associations will be engaged in checking the register, which now contains more than 27 thousand organizations.

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The world’s population has exceeded eight billion people. This is evidenced by the data of the Countrymeters service, which counts the number of inhabitants of the planet in real time. At the same time, there are 1% more men on Earth than women.

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On August 12, the Ministry of Digital Transformation issued an order approving the list of programs required to be placed in Russian app stores. Four programs from the Gosuslug ecosystem were included in it — this is the main service and applications «Culture», «Auto» and «Deciding Together».

The order to approve the list will come into force on September 1. RuStore, launched by VK at the end of May, will become the official Russian store, the service will be pre-installed on devices imported into the country

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Switzerland hosted the largest techno party Zurich Street Parade. Eight huge stages were built in Bern, the capital, 26 moving platforms and more than 850 thousand people took part in the parade.

The motto of the festival was the call «Think!». According to the organizers, it is critical thinking that is especially important in our time to avoid prejudices and stereotypes.

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Bacteria capable of living on Mars have been found. And even carry out photosynthesis. One of the cyanobacteria strains of the Anabaena family, PCC 7938, is able to do more than just live in the Martian atmosphere. It will perfectly get along in the grains inside the Martian soil. What theoretically opens up space for the colonization of the red planet

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The profit of the Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco in the second quarter updated a record. Free cash flow reached $34.6 billion, revenue grew by 90% year-on-year. The company profited from high oil prices

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Foreign teachers began to leave Skoltech due to US sanctions. Contracts with the institute were terminated by Philips, Bosch, TopCon and other American and European customers

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Approximately 65% ​​of the brokerage accounts of individuals in Russia remain empty, about 20% of investors keep no more than 15,000 rubles in their accounts, follows from a study by Anderida Financial Group, which was written by Kommersant. Thus, only about 15% of investors have accounts over 15,000 rubles.

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The total value of goods imported into Russia under parallel imports since its inception in May has reached almost $6.5 billion, said Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. The average volume of imports, according to him, is $2-2.5 billion per month — that is, about 8% of total imports to Russia, which previously amounted to about $32 billion per month, according to the Central Bank.

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Prices for new housing in 70 major cities in China decreased by an average of 1.67% compared with July last year after falling by 1.29% a month earlier, the newspaper notes. The fall in prices continues for the third month in a row, The Wall Street Journal calculated according to the National Bureau of Statistics (GSO) of the PRC. Prior to that, they had been growing for six years.

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A delegation led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey landed on the island of Taiwan on August 14. China responded by launching new naval exercises and air patrols around Taiwan.

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Employees of the AvtoVAZ car assembly complex switched to a five-day work schedule, which will last until August 28, and a six-day work schedule is provided for from August 29 to November 27, the company’s press service told Interfax.

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A Turkish delegation left for the United States to negotiate the acquisition of American F-16 fighters, the Anadolu agency reported on Monday, citing the Turkish Defense Ministry.

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The Lithuanian Siauliai Bank stopped operations with ruble payments on August 15, Valeria Kiguolene, a representative of the Association of Lithuanian Banks, said. Through the bank, the settlement for cargo transit with Kaliningrad was carried out.

“From today, Siauliai Bank stops all transactions with payments in Russian rubles, and from September 1, any transactions with Russian clients will be suspended,” Kiguolene said.

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Israel launched missile strikes near a Russian military base in Syria, Reuters reported, citing sources in the Syrian army. According to the agency, several missile strikes hit Iranian military facilities — a base, a radar station and an air defense post near the port of Tartus — in turn, the main base of the Russian Navy in Syria.

In addition, Israeli strikes were carried out on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, where militants of the pro-Iranian radical group Hezbollah are based. The Syrian army announced three dead and three wounded soldiers as a result of Israeli strikes.

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In the United States, the use of a smartphone while driving is equated with drinking alcohol, and conversations or texting while driving without hands free devices are prohibited. It will be forbidden to even just pick up a gadget, as gadgets cause a large number of DPT. In 2020, 3 thousand people died on US roads for this reason.

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