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February 26, 2014

New EU anti-smoking regulations hope to drastically reduce number of smokers

  • 2.4M people will quit smoking, if new European Union anti-smoking legislation proves to be as effective as regulators hope. The new rules ban the sale of any pack that carries less than 20 cigarettes, to guarantee packaging is large enough to display newly-mandated warning messages, and brands are also now forbidden from using statements that might imply their product is healthier than other cigarette. Flavored cigarettes, including menthol, will be banned across the EU, and there will be new maximum-concentration regulations for the nicotine cartridges in e-cigarettes. The rules wll come into force this May, and must be adopted by member states within two years. source
15:08 // 1 month ago
February 25, 2014

More than fifty students killed in attack on Nigerian boarding school

  • 59 male students at a boarding school in northeast Nigeria were either shot or burned to death on Monday night, by militants aligned with Islamist militia Boko Haram. The attacks were part of an ongoing wave of violence that’s seen the terrorist organization kill more than 300 Nigerians in just the last month, including twin village raids that claimed more than 100 lives each last week. source
15:45 // 1 month ago
February 23, 2014
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February 21, 2014

CNN journalists lose their press credentials in Venezuela, because that’s not shady or anything

  • seven the number of CNN journalists who had their press credentials revoked or denied in Venezuela, a direct response to the country’s icy reaction to the network’s coverage of the country’s current protest-heavy situation. “Enough war propaganda,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech. “I do not accept war propaganda against Venezuela. If they do not rectify things, get out of Venezuela, CNN, get out.” source
21:56 // 2 months ago
February 20, 2014

Clothing company will raise wages for thousands of employees

  • $10 will be the new minimum hourly wage for all Gap employees, according to an open letter that was published by the company on Wednesday. The jump will happen in stages, raising to $9 an hour later this year before moving up to $10 per work hour sometime in 2015.
  • 65k people will benefit from the decision, including employees at the company’s various Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy locations around the US. In its announcement, the company stressed the decision was purely economic in nature, with CEO Glenn Murphy saying, “this is not a political issue. Our decision to invest in frontline employees will directly support our business, and is one that we expect to deliver a return many times over.” source
15:44 // 2 months ago
February 19, 2014

Heads up to University of Maryland students: You had your data stolen

  • 309k the number of people whose personal records were stolen in a data breach at the University of Maryland. Students, faculty members, you name it—if you had an affiliation with the university since 1998, you had your names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth swiped. “We recently doubled the number of our IT security engineers and analysts,” UMD President Wallace Loh said. “We also doubled our investment in top-end security tools. Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will.” source
20:04 // 2 months ago

Google unveils new plan to drastically expand Fiber coverage

  • 33 cities will be getting Google Fiber, beginning as early as next year, if Google is able to move forward with a newly unveiled plan to drastically expand its fiber optic internet service. The list includes major cities like Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland, along with notable tech hubs like Mountain View and Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, and more rural towns in Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon. source
17:48 // 2 months ago
February 18, 2014

Flaring tensions at protest sites leave more than a dozen dead in two countries

  • Four people were killed in Thailand after following a series of gun battles between law enforcement and anti-government protesters, with dozens more reported wounded as a result of the violence. An anti-corruption board in the company also announced plans to file charges against current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, an elected official viewed as a proxy for deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • Nine people were killed in Ukraine after police tried to use armored personnel carriers to smash through protesters’ barricades at the  Khreschatyk Hotel; an act which ended with both vehicles on fire and enraged protesters re-occupying the City Hall in Kiev. Officials have since shut down the city’s subway systems as well, to try and prevent large numbers of additional protesters from flocking to the downtown area. source
15:09 // 2 months ago
February 16, 2014

It didn’t affect a bunch of people, but this Kickstarter hack left a mark.

  • two the number of people affected by an infiltration of Kickstarter’s servers recently. Despite the low number of people directly affected, the company is taking the situation seriously. “We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” CEO Yancey Strickler said in a blog post. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.” source
18:56 // 2 months ago
February 12, 2014

Latest snowstorms leave hundreds of thousands without power

  • 200K+ people in the state of Georgia have lost power during the latest round of winter storms to batter the South during what has been (for many states) one of the coldest seasons on record. Similar, though smaller-scale, problems have also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and a number of other southern states. Though Wednesday’s cold weather didn’t lead to the same gridlock and isolation as last month’s snowstorm, it does offer the latest example of the sorts of problems that even public notices can’t fix, and has already led President Obama to approve new federal relief funding for the state. source
15:14 // 2 months ago