US threatens stiff sanctions, warns Russia not to ‘weaponize’ energy

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Washington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday warned Russia of damaging sanctions, including high-tech export curbs, and said attempts by Moscow to “weaponize” its enormous oil and gas industry would backfire. “We are prepared to implement sanctions with massive consequences” that go far beyond previous measures implemented in 2014 after Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea region, a senior US official said. “The gradualism of the past is out,” the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. If Russia orders a new invasion of Ukraine, “we’ll start at the top of the escalation lad… Read More “US threatens stiff sanctions, warns Russia not to ‘weaponize’ energy”

Facebook’s Meta plans supercomputer for multi-language conversations

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A large group of people, all speaking different languages, engaged in one conversation that is instantly translated with the help of an unprecedented artificial intelligence – that’s the newly announced goal of Facebook owner Meta. The social media giant has announced that it’s building what it says will be the World’s most powerful supercomputer for AI applications. The system, launching later in 2022, is set to “power real-time voice translations to large groups of people, each speaking a different language, so they can seamlessly collaborate on a research project or play a […] game togeth… Read More “Facebook’s Meta plans supercomputer for multi-language conversations”

US ratchets up sanctions pressure against Moscow

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Washington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday warned Moscow of damaging sanctions, including high-tech export curbs, as Russian combat troops massing around Ukraine launched new exercises. Unveiling ways that Western allies intend to inflict “massive consequences” on Russia’s economy in the event of a Ukraine invasion, a senior US official also warned Moscow against using energy exports as a weapon. “We are prepared to implement sanctions with massive consequences” that go far beyond previous measures implemented in 2014 after Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea region, the official said. “The g… Read More “US ratchets up sanctions pressure against Moscow”

U.S. eyes “potent” export controls against Russia if Ukraine invaded

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The U.S. government said Tuesday it plans to impose export controls against the supplying of sophisticated technologies to Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, while seeking ways to address Europe’s vulnerability due to energy reliance on Moscow. The “potent” export control measure is being considered in addition to financial sanctions as a way to hit “quite hard” at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “strategic ambitions to industrialize his economy,” a senior U.S. government official said. “It would impair areas that are of importance to him, whether it’s in artificial intelligence… Read More “U.S. eyes “potent” export controls against Russia if Ukraine invaded”

We Need to Normalize Rimming, Says “White Lotus” Star Lukas Gage

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By Kayla Kibbe 2021 was quite the year for boundary pushing television, sexually speaking, from Bridgerton‘s steamy Regency era sex scenes to Sex/Life‘s full-frontal display of particularly well-endowed male nudity. But if there’s one thing Lukas Gage, star of HBO’s The White Lotus, would like to see more of on TV this year, it’s rimming. Gage starred in one of the most talked-about television moments of the year, a scene in which his White Lotus character is caught having his ass eaten out. The scene, which premiered in August, quickly stole the show from Sex/Life‘s big penis moment to become… Read More “We Need to Normalize Rimming, Says “White Lotus” Star Lukas Gage”

The Metaverse can be used to create smart home in the future?

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HONG KONG, Jan 25, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Huisen Household Intl. (HKG: 2127) announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Netjoy Holdings Limited (HKG: 2131). According to the agreement, Huisen Household will appoint Netjoy as a short video online marketing solution provider for the promotion of the Group’s smart home products and the provision of big data management and analysis for improving and optimizing the efficiency of marketing and advertising campaign of the Group. In addition, the Group and Netjoy shall jointly cooperate for the development of a cloud-ba… Read More “The Metaverse can be used to create smart home in the future?”

Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking

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The Seattle Times

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Google in an effort to change how the company handles users’ personal data. Ferguson joined attorneys general in Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit Monday alleging the company misled consumers about its location-tracking services and, at times, collected data without their consent. In Washington, Ferguson is asking the court to tell Google to change its practices, give up the data it acquired and take back the profits it made from using those tactics in the first place — as well as a $7,500 fee for each violation. “… Read More “Washington attorney general sues Google over location tracking”

Facebook trumpets massive new supercomputer

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Facebook’s parent company Meta announced on Monday it was launching one of the World’s most powerful supercomputers to boost its capacity to process data, despite persistent disputes over privacy and disinformation. The US tech giant said the array of machines could process images and video up to 20 times faster than their current systems. The supercomputer, built from thousands of processors, will be used to “seamlessly analyse text, images, and video together; develop new augmented reality tools; and much more”, the firm said in blog post written by two of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) re… Read More “Facebook trumpets massive new supercomputer”

Semiconductor Watch List: Intel, Nvidia, AMD

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By Brian O’Connell Some are beginning to wonder whether chips have already peaked. The benchmark PHLX Index started the week at 3,434 this week before Monday’s wild session, which saw it end up 1.3%. As of the end of trading Friday, the index had lost 11.94% for the week, and 12.96% on a year-to-date basis. Trouble brews in the sector, as the major semiconductor manufacturers are looking to expand their chip-making facilities at a time when semiconductors are in high demand and short supply. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. The World’s biggest contract chipmaker (TSM) – Get Taiwan Semiconduc… Read More “Semiconductor Watch List: Intel, Nvidia, AMD”

A New McFlurry Flavor Might Be Coming To McDonald’s

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By Veronika Bondarenko Keen-eyed McFlurry fans spotted noticed a new flavor at some restaurants in Pasadena, California. With such a dedicated base of McFlurry fans, McDonald’s (MCD) – Get McDonald’s Corporation Report can’t really hide when it’s testing a new flavor at even just a few restaurants. The fast-food giant is reportedly testing a peanut butter crunch McFlurry at select restaurants in Pasadena, California. As first spotted by a reporter for fast food outlet Chew Boom, the new frozen dessert is available for $3.59 at certain restaurants across the city. This McFlurry, which is a comb… Read More “A New McFlurry Flavor Might Be Coming To McDonald’s”