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US uses travel giants as spying tools

Using a 233-year-old law, the US government ordered two major global travel companies to track a Russian national so he could be arrested and extradited, Forbes magazine disclosed on Wednesday. The outlet sued to obtain the court records, aided by privacy advocates who have criticized such warrants as secretive and …

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Underdogs topple Russian giants after ingenious free-kick routine (VIDEO)

If you’re looking for inventive free-kick routines capped by perfectly-placed finishes, then look no further than the brilliant goal by Alania Vladikavkaz in their Russian Cup giant-killing of Zenit St. Petersburg. Trailing 2-1 to reigning Russian Premier League champions and deep into injury time of their quarterfinal on Wednesday night, …

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Canadian coaching icon leaves Russian hockey giants

Former Stanley Cup-winning coach Bob Hartley has announced at a Monday press conference that he is to step down as coach of KHL team Avangard Omsk, four years after first linking up with the team. The 61-year-old’s decision to leave comes shortly after his team were eliminated from the Gagarin Cup …

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Tech giants alter 5G rollout plans

AT&T and Verizon, two of America’s largest telecom firms, have agreed to a temporary delay for their C-band 5G networks as talks continue with government officials and airlines, who say the tech could affect aircraft instruments. The companies confirmed the pause in separate statements on Monday, with Verizon stating it …

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Telecom giants reject calls to halt 5G rollout

AT&T and Verizon Communications have rejected calls by the US aviation authority to delay the introduction of 5G networks amid concerns they could interfere with aircraft electronics. The 5G networks will be put in operation in America on January 5, as originally planned, the CEOs of the two major telecom …

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Champagne outperforms tech giants & Bitcoin in 2021

Salon le Mesnil’s 2002 vintage bottle soared over 80% in value in 2021 on LiveTrade, which runs the ‘Bordeaux Index’ of alcoholic drinks, as well as on another wine platform, Liv-ex, now selling around $15,700 a bottle. This is more than what Bitcoin accomplished with its 75% rise, and far …

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Russia’s parliament threatens to increase fines for American tech giants after Google fails to comply with country’s internet laws

According to Vasily Piskarev, chairman of the Duma Commission for Investigation of Foreign Interference in Russia’s Internal Affairs, the idea to strengthen the punishment was triggered primarily by the behavior of Google, which has repeatedly refused to pay fines handed down by the authorities. “The company’s management shamefacedly evades answering …

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‘Don’t interfere in our elections,’ Russian regulators tell US tech giants Apple & Google, in row over ‘foreign agent’ campaign

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, officials demanded that Apple and Google, as well as VPN service providers Cloudflare and Cisco, stop allowing users to access banned sites. “During the pre-election campaign, it is prohibited to enable the violation of Russian legislation, including those related to election campaigning on …

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Russia fines US tech giants Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp nearly half million dollars over refusal to stop sending user data abroad

On Thursday, media watchdog Roskomnadzor issued a statement confirming that Moscow’s Tagansky Court had slapped steep fines on three American social platforms, microblogging site Twitter, messaging service WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook. “By court order, WhatsApp was fined 4 million rubles ($54,000),” officials said. “Facebook – 15 million rubles …

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