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NEWS BRIEF: 23 April 2021
Inside The Cryptocurrency Revolution
Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurre...
Australian underwent minor surgery, woke up and began speaking with an Irish accent
Australian J. McCain recently underwent minor tonsil surgery, but faced unexpected side effects after the surgery. J began speaking with an Irish accent after the surgery, altho...
Royal Mail to trial drones to deliver items from mainland UK to Isles of Scilly
If the trial succeeds, the technology could be used to support postal workers in delivering to remote areas in the UK.
Amazon Wins European Union Court Appeal In Luxembourg Tax Case
The European Commission in 2017 accused Luxembourg of handing tax privileges to the internet retail giant that amounted to illegal state aid.
Never Mind: Elon Musk Says Tesla Won't Accept Bitcoin For Car Purchases Any More
Tesla's CEO explained on Twitter that the reversal on accepting Bitcoin was prompted by concerns about the "rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels" to mine the cryptocurrency.
German government ordered WhatsApp to prevent Facebook from collecting personal data. Facebook ignored it, as Germany can do nothing about it but make noise
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and “Freedom” of Information, or HmbBfDI, said Tuesday that it has issued an injunction that prevents Facebook from processing perso...
Twitter adds 'tip jar' to pay for good tweeting
Twitter has launched a new "tip jar" feature that lets people send money to others on the social network.
WHO chief urges world to follow U.S. lead and support waiving Covid vaccine patent protections
WHO chief says he urges other countries to follow the example of the U.S. on supporting vaccine patent waivers.
Kids are taking governments to court over climate. And they are starting to win
It was early in the morning when Luisa Neubauer got the call from her lawyer. She was staying at her mother's house, frantically trying to finish a book she'd been working on, s...
UK economy shrinks by only 1.5% in first quarter despite lockdown
According to official statistics, the economy even managed to grow by 2.1 per cent in March when the country began easing some restrictions
Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Self-Driving Rollout Could Take A Couple Of Months; Stock Falls
Tesla Inc's top boss Elon Musk said Tesla is tweaking its self-driving software to eliminate a phantom braking problem and may release a significantly improved version within th...
Online safety bill ‘a recipe for censorship’, say campaigners
Proposals hand Ofcom the power to identify ‘lawful but harmful’ content and punish social networks that fail to remove it
Instagram adds option to show pronouns on profile
The social media platform rolls out the change in countries, including the UK, with people able to choose up to four pronouns.
I paid $19 to fly America's newest airline and had an amazing experience for dirt cheap. Here's what to know about flying Avelo.
Avelo currently flies 11 routes from Burbank, California, and will soon be bringing its cheap flights to the East Coast.
Italian woman mistakenly given six doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
A 23-year-old woman in Tuscany remains under observation after she was mistakenly given an entire vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - equivalent to six doses.
Looking At Solutions For Indian COVID-19 Variant: UK PM
"We must be vigilant because the threat of this virus remains real and new variants pose a potentially lethal danger, including the one first identified in India which is of inc...
US move on vaccine intellectual property is a 'monumental moment' in COVID-19 fight
A waiver could boost production by lifting intellectual property protections and the EU is also now willing to discuss the move.
An Original Venice Craftsman With a Striking Mullet Addition in L.A.
After a careful site relocation and renovation, the 1907 cottage now includes a metal-clad extension with floor-to-ceiling windows.
3 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Silk
The fabric isn't just for clothing; it has skin and hair benefits, too.
"If Not Now, When?": Pandemic Investigator Urges Reforms
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response found that bad decisions, dithering and poor coordination created a "toxic cocktail" which allowed Covid-19 go on to...
French wine that spent more than a year in orbit on International Space Station could fetch $1m at auction
The wine, named Petrus 2000, was one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 and tastes "delicious", experts say.
Norway Will Not Use AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine: Report
Prime Minister Erna Solberg is expected to announce at 1600 GMT whether Norway will resume the use of the AstraZeneca shot, as well as the government's decision on Johnson & Joh...
US Returns $452 Million In 1MDB Funds To Malaysia
Billions of dollars were stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad in a fraud that involved former premier Najib Razak, and spent on everything from a super-yacht to art.
Covid Catastrophe "Could Have Been Prevented": Independent Global Panel
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) said a series of bad decisions meant Covid-19 went on to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and devasta...
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