Daily Archives: December 6, 2017

Scary ransomware attacks famous North Carolina county

Picture illustration.  (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski ) A major ransomware attack has forced the shutdown of a host of IT systems at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Officials confirmed late Wednesday that they will not pay the ransom to unlock many of the county’s applications that have been frozen since Monday.  “I am confident that our backup data is secure and we have ...

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While Western allies criticize Trump's Jerusalem move, Canada remains muted

Canada will not follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, nor will it be moving its embassy, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. But Canada laid out its position in muted tones, and unlike the governments of Britain, France, Germany and other Western countries, did not make any public effort to change Trump’s mind ...

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Supermassive black hole from early universe is farthest ever found

Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It’s the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories’ Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang. That means the light from ...

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What happens to archives of community newspapers shut down in the Torstar-Postmedia deal?

They’re a treasure-trove of information about politics, culture and society.  They let you know what is being discussed in a community, and how people feel about local issues.  They summarize deaths, births, crimes and local lore.  But as community newspapers are shuttered by media giants, what happens to those newspapers’ archives, keepers of stories and advertisements, letters to the editor and ...

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Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices

Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google’s Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an ...

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