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TikTok Spied on British Journalist Through Her Pet Account to Find Whistleblower
China, News, UK

TikTok Spied on British Journalist Through Her Pet Account to Find Whistleblower

Bytedance, the Chinese company behind the hugely popular app TikTok, has admitted that four employees accessed the private data of a British journalist's cat from a TikTok account. They did that to track down some TikTok employees who spoke to the press. The journalist says she is shocked. Just before Christmas, Cristina Criddle, a British journalist who writes for The Financial Times, suddenly received a call from someone from TikTok. The account dedicated to her cat Buffy has been closely monitored since the summer by two American and two Chinese employees of Bytedance, the Chinese company behind the widespread video app. Criddle shared the story with Britain's public broadcaster BBC this weekend. As a technology reporter for The Financial Times, Criddle has often written crit...
Turnover Moderna Takes a Dive Due to Falling Demand for Corona Vaccines
Business, News

Turnover Moderna Takes a Dive Due to Falling Demand for Corona Vaccines

Biotech company Moderna feels the effects of falling demand for its COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the group announced on Thursday that quarterly revenue fell 70 percent from last year. Nevertheless, the result is much better than analysts had expected. The Corona vaccine is so far the only Moderna product with market approval. Despite falling demand for it, the company still made a small profit of $79 million, a fraction of its $3.7 billion quarterly profit a year earlier. Experts had expected a loss. Much of the revenue was due to delayed deliveries of vaccines that Moderna was supposed to sell in 2022. However, for the rest of this year, the pharmaceutical giant expects to achieve at least $ 5 billion in sales with the vaccine. In the future, Moderna wants to focus more on...
Price Increases Help PepsiCo to Increase Sales and Profit
Business, News

Price Increases Help PepsiCo to Increase Sales and Profit

US soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo has raised its profit and sales forecast for this year, helped by strong results in the first quarter. Although food prices are getting increasingly expensive, demand hardly decreased, according to PepsiCo. As a result, the company could compensate for the rising costs with price increases. On average, products such as Pepsi, 7Up, Lay's chips and Quaker granola became 16 percent more expensive in the past quarter. "We don't expect commodity prices to fall for us, but the inflation rate will slow down somewhat during the year," finance director Hugh Johnston told Reuters news agency. Large food companies have been raising their prices for some time to absorb the sky-high costs. As a result, they face higher costs for wages, aluminium for c...
Google Releases Emergency Patch for Chrome
News, Tech

Google Releases Emergency Patch for Chrome

Google has released its first emergency patch for the Chrome browser. It must close a significant zero-day leak. The security update is included in version 112.0.5615.121 of the Windows, Mac, and Linux web browser. It will be released to the general public in the coming days and weeks, and Google recommends that users install the update as soon as possible. With the patch, the tech giant wants to solve a so-called 'type confusion' leak in the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine. Google reports that the vulnerability is already being actively exploited. However, this has not been disclosed; Google states that it will only provide more information once more users have installed the available update. The vulnerability has been identified as CVE-2023-2033. The vulnerability was discovere...
Seven Mass Graves with Wagner Fighters Found in Russia, BBC Writes
News, Russia

Seven Mass Graves with Wagner Fighters Found in Russia, BBC Writes

The BBC reports that new mass graves containing bodies of the Wagner Group's mercenary army have been discovered in several parts of Russia. The British broadcaster says it knows seven such cemeteries, totalling at least 995 bodies. Many of them would have been convicts who chose to fight in Ukraine in exchange for a reduced sentence. Locals this month discovered two previously unnamed mass graves in Novosibirsk and near Irkutsk, according to the BBC's Russian-language edition. Previously, victims were buried near where their relatives live, but this would now often happen in other regions without informing the family. As a result, relatives are trying to locate the body of their deceased relative to rebury them at home, according to the BBC. The Wagner Group, which maintains...
Lifetime Free Repair Nintendo Switch Controllers
Business, Japan, News, Tech

Lifetime Free Repair Nintendo Switch Controllers

Nintendo will repair broken Switch controllers for free for a lifetime. In addition, the Japanese games group offers free repair of all drift or response problems of the Joy-Con controllers, even after the normal manufacturer's expired warranty. An agreement has been reached on this with the European Commission and consumer organizations, the committee reports and also confirms the regulator Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). The consumer clubs sounded the alarm in Brussels about recurring technical problems with Nintendo Switch after receiving almost 25,000 consumer complaints until January 2021. There was a loss of control when playing games on the game computer. The game character moved without touching the controller joysticks anyway. The problem with Joy-Con control...
Humza Yousaf Succeeds Nicola Sturgeon as Prime Minister of Scotland
News, Scotland

Humza Yousaf Succeeds Nicola Sturgeon as Prime Minister of Scotland

In Scotland, Humza Yousaf has been elected as the new party leader of the Scottish National Party. He will most likely succeed Nicola Sturgeon as Prime Minister of Scotland. He will be the first Scottish prime minister of colour and the first prime minister in Western Europe to be Muslim. Yousaf would continue Sturgeon's policy and, like his predecessor, advocates the independence of Scotland. Humza Yousaf, the current Scottish health minister, will be the new leader of the ruling Scottish National Party. That was decided by the party members five weeks after Sturgeon unexpectedly announced her resignation as party leader and prime minister. 72,000 members of the Scottish National Party narrowly elected Yousaf. The Scottish Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kate Forbes, just missed o...
Reuters: Italy Comes With Billions for Energy Compensation
Business, Europe, Italy, News

Reuters: Italy Comes With Billions for Energy Compensation

Italy is preparing a package of measures worth €5 billion to compensate Italian residents and businesses for high energy prices. Two government sources from the country say this to the Reuters news agency. Rome mainly wants to reassess and extend existing measures. The cabinet is expected to approve the measures next Tuesday. Among other things, the Italian cabinet wants to continue to provide financial support to low-income households until June, and companies will have to pay less tax. The country previously released 21 billion euros for this for 2023. The Italian Ministry of Finance expects to be able to pay for the new package from the existing budget. On Thursday, the statistics bureau Eurostat published purchasing power figures for the European Union. Italy is 4 perc...
British Minister is Heavily Criticized for Insensitive Attitude During a Visit to Rwanda
News, UK

British Minister is Heavily Criticized for Insensitive Attitude During a Visit to Rwanda

British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has come under heavy fire on social media for being insensitive, according to critics, during a visit to potential housing in Rwanda, which would house asylum seekers from the United Kingdom. The British government has long been planning far-reaching plans to halt illegal migration to the United Kingdom across the Channel. In April last year, under Braverman's predecessor Priti Patel, an agreement was negotiated with Rwanda to fly migrants who had illegally entered the United Kingdom to the East African country and house them there. However, this provoked enormous protests at home and abroad, resulting in various lawsuits, as a result of which the agreement was suspended pending the judgment on the merits. Braverman visited the country on ...
Heavy Rain Floods Emergency Tents in Turkish Disaster Area: Disaster Still Continues
Asia, News, Turkey

Heavy Rain Floods Emergency Tents in Turkish Disaster Area: Disaster Still Continues

Heavy rains in southeastern Turkey, where tens of thousands of people died after major earthquakes last month, are now causing inconvenience to survivors. Water has entered tents assigned to displaced people in Iskenderun, Hatay province. The DHA news agency reports this. Opposition politician Canan Kaftancioglu shared a video on Twitter showing a woman crying with a floor squeegee, trying to get the water out of her tent. Kaftancioglu denounces that people are still not housed in containers more than a month after the earthquake. She also said that there are still those who do not have tents. “After the disaster, the disaster continues,” she wrote. Five weeks ago, earthquakes in the Syrian-Turkish border area killed more than 48,000 people in Turkey alone. As a result, hundr...