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Apr 05 08:45

Nest intentionally bricks thousands of home automation hubs

On May 15th, my house will stop working. My landscape lighting will stop turning on and off, my security lights will stop reacting to motion, and my home made vacation burglar deterrent will stop working. This is a conscious intentional decision by Google/Nest.

To be clear, they are not simply ceasing to support the product, rather they are advising customers that on May 15th a container of hummus will actually be infinitely more useful than the Revolv hub.

Google is intentionally bricking hardware that I own.

Apr 05 08:44

The Panama papers could hand Bernie Sanders the keys to the White House

The revelation that the rich and wealthy are shovelling money in overseas tax havens is not a particularly surprising one. Nevertheless, the sheer scale of the 11.5 million document leak from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonesca has whipped up an overdue storm and forced the issue of tax justice back on the agenda. It is likely that the Panama papers is just the tip of the iceberg, and if even more is revealed about the financial affairs of world leaders, the implication for global politics will be huge.

Apr 05 08:43

The head of the anti-corruption campaign group "Transparent Chile" just resigned after being implicated in the Panama Papers scandal.

The president of the Chilean branch of Transparency International resigned on Monday after documents from a Panamanian law firm showed he was linked to at least five offshore companies.

Apr 05 08:40

Panama Papers Expose Kleptocracy In Action

Investigative Journalist James Henry describes how government officials are directly benefiting from the tax havens they are responsible for dismantling.

Apr 05 08:35

US Trains New Syria “Rebels”, State Dept Ends Clinton Emails Probe & 5 Other “Not April Fools”

By Baran Hines

Friday, American officials revealed multiple pieces of information important to the changing geopolitical situation while the internet seemed to take a break from alternative news for April Fools Day and the weekend. Many of the new revelations were disclosed during a press briefing for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. led coalition efforts to target Islamic State.

U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the operation, began Friday’s April Fools briefing with a summary of claims of success against Islamic State. Warren stated that U.S. efforts have been responsible for “dismantling their headquarters and disrupting their efforts to plan attacks here on the battlefields” during the targeting of “ISIL leadership” in Iraq and Syria. He also claims ISIS leadership has trouble enforcing the declared caliphate as they are “hunkered down with a degraded ability to shoot, move or communicate” due to U.S. coalition efforts.

Apr 05 08:35

Daily dose of vitamin D 'can improve function in damaged hearts'

A daily dose of vitamin D can improve the blood-pumping performance of damaged hearts, a study has found.

Researchers studied 160 patients being treated for heart failure using a variety of proven drug treatments and pacemakers.

Participants who took a vitamin D3 supplement daily for one year experienced an improvement in heart function not seen in those given a dummy pill.

Lead scientist Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is a significant breakthrough for patients.

"It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness, known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients."

Apr 05 08:30

Food Crisis in Venezuela

Apr 05 08:26

British Republic By 2030? Historian Predicts Dying Days Of UK Monarchy

Britain’s monarchy will be embattled and in its dying days within 15 years because current support for the throne is deeply tied to Queen Elizabeth II, a historian has predicted.

Dr. Anna Whitelock of Royal Holloway, University of London, said important questions about the relevance of monarchy in Britain have been muted out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign.

Apr 05 08:25

'First wives club' of tax avoidance: How mega-rich moguls named in Panama papers used their glamorous leading ladies to help hide cash

A 'first wives club' of glamorous women apparently acted as a smokescreen for businessmen, politicians, Hollywood actors and sports personalities revealed as suspected tax cheats in the Panama papers.

Those named include the champagne-loving socialite wife of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, a professional ice dancer, and 2006 Olympic champion married to a prominent Russian diplomat.

Also 'in the club' are the wives of the EU commissioner, the Icelandic prime minister, and the former president of Guinea.

Apr 05 08:20

Britain should not crack down on tax havens as doing so would destroy their livelihoods, senior Tory MP says

The Government should not stop British overseas territories acting as tax havens because it would destroy their livelihoods, a senior Conservative MP has argued.

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