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outrage as polanski film nominated for 12 'french oscars' | film

Campaigners say Césars are acclaiming ‘an abuser and rapist on the run’Feminist campaigners have accused France’s most prestigious film awards of acclaiming “an abuser and rapist on the run” after Roman Polanski’s latest film topped the list of nominations for prizes this year.The Polish-born director fled from the US to France in 1978 after admitting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl and he has been a fugitive from the US justice system ever since, despite repeated attempts to have him e...

xiaomi's vp explains why under-screen cameras aren't coming anytime soon

With the push for full-screen design on modern smartphones, many solutions have appeared to get rid of or hide the front-facing cameras. The mechanical pop-up cameras, punch-holes and all sorts of cutouts and notches are the stepping stones and many believe having the screen under the display would be the final and most elegant solution. Unfortunately, though, according to Xiaomi's VP, that's not happening anytime soon as there are still major technological challenges to be overcome. Lu ...

trump rages at john bolton amid signs former adviser could be called to testify | us news

President complains of Bolton’s ‘nasty and untrue’ bookBook alleges Trump did link Ukraine aid delay to Biden inquiryDonald Trump launched a direct attack on his former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday amid signs that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell does not have Republican votes locked down to block Democrats’ efforts to call Bolton as a witness in the president’s impeachment trial. Related: 'Danger! Danger! Danger!' Is Trump's team alarmed about their own case? Contin...

boeing puts cost of 737 max crashes at $19bn as it slumps to annual loss | business

Company lost $636m last year after two deadly crashes forced new airliner to be groundedBoeing has put the total cost of the two deadly crashes of its 737 Max airliners at nearly $19bn (£14.6bn) and slumped to its first annual loss in more than two decades.The US manufacturing giant lost $1bn in the fourth quarter as revenue plunged 37% after the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max. The company has suspended new deliveries of the plane in the wake of the biggest crisis in its 103-year history. Ov...

why does joe biden keep losing his cool with voters? | us news

The Democrat had the latest in a series of bizarre encounters with voters on Tuesday, telling a man who asked about the climate crisis to ‘go vote for someone else’Joe Biden apparently doesn’t care if you vote for him. No, really. On Tuesday in Iowa the former vice-president had the latest in a series of bizarre encounters with potential voters, telling a man who asked him about the issue of building new pipelines and where he stood on the climate crisis to “go vote for someone else”.The man, fo...

middle east analysts question workability of trump peace plan | world news

France issues guarded statement while others say plan would deepen polarisationDonald Trump’s Middle East peace plan could make the creation of a viable Palestinian state much less likely, despite the US president heralding it as a “realistic two-state solution”, diplomats, analysts and aid organisations have warned.But even before the ink was dry on a plan largely credited to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, analysts from both right and left in Israel, as well as elsewhere, were questioning b...

bbc announces 450 jobs will go in newsroom shake-up | media

BBC news to cover fewer stories and centralise programme-making in bid to save £80mThe BBC is to cut 450 jobs from its news operation while covering fewer stories, the corporation has told staff, as part of an effort to save £80m from its budget.The head of news, Fran Unsworth, announced on Wednesday that journalists at the corporation would increasingly be pooled in centralised teams rather than working for specific programmes. Continue reading...

brexit: meps to vote on withdrawal agreement ahead of uk departure | politics

German MEP suggests MEPs join in rendition of Auld Lang Syne after Wednesday’s voteMEPs are about to stage the final political act of the UK’s exit from the EU by voting on the withdrawal agreement, paving the way for 47 years of membership to be terminated on Friday.A debate on the terms of the draft treaty will be held on Wednesday afternoon before the European parliament in Brussels has its say on ratification. Continue reading...

‘etihad stadium is too big for man city's fanbase’

Manchester City do not have enough regular and devoted supporters to fill the Etihad Stadium for every game, Jamie O’Hara has claimed on talkSPORT. The former Premier League midfielder said the 55,097 capacity ground – the fifth-biggest in the Premier League – is TOO BIG for the size of the club’s die-hard fanbase. O’Hara’s claims […]

google: translate will soon give you near real-time transcriptions

Google Cloud's Text-to-Speech learns new languages, gets new voicesGoogle Cloud has updated AI-powered speech tools for enterprises.Google has revealed a new feature it's bringing to the Google Translate app, which lets it transcribe audio from one language into another in near real time.MobilityIt's not quite live translation-transcription functionality but, according to The Verge, it will allow users to record speech on a smartphone in one language and after that have it immediately transcrib...

google’s bug bounty program just had a record-breaking year of payouts

10 of the biggest cybersecurity disasters and hacks in 2019ZDNet's Beth Mauder looks back on 2019 and the worst incidents that happened in cybersecurity. Read more: https://zd.net/2r6yvfTBug hunting may never have been so lucrative: Google has revealed that it dished out a record $6.5 million in 2019 – that is, double the amount paid out the previous year – in rewards for researchers who successfully uncovered vulnerabilities across the search-to-advertising giant's vast range of products and s...

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