(WASHINGTON) Cryptocurrency Social Media Report: A LinkedIn report shows extraordinary growth of 395% in cryptocurrency-related job postings in the U.S.from 2020 to 2021: Careers in crypto outstripped price action in 2021, it said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: According to the research, the crypto industry outpaced the wider tech industry, which also saw remarkable development, almost doubling its number of job listings. No industry was safe from ‘crypto-ization’ in 2021, LinkedIn said.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: Crypto job growth outpacing Big Tech: While most of the job postings were in software and finance, other industries are also seeing a rise in demand for crypto talent. These include professional services like accounting and consulting, as well as the staffing and computer hardware sectors.”

Crypto job growth is set to continue in 2022, with the need for professionals to work on and with digital assets – partly because of the rising number of enterprises working with crypto and blockchain.

The biggest exchanges in crypto (Coinbase, Kraken, and Binance) were brimming with job posts, LinkedIn said. There’s even a new service dedicated to helping connect Bitcoiners with Bitcoin-only companies.

Jack Dorsey reveals bitcoin mining plan

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(CALIFORNIA) Social Media Report: A mother was shocked when her Amazon Echo Dot gave a potentially deadly suggestion when her 10-year-old daughter asked Alexa for ‘a challenge’ to do #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.29: Ironically, the article that Alexa pulled this response from warns parents against their children doing the ‘outlet challenge’ that went viral on TikTok in January.

#AceDailyNews says according to a MetroUK News Report: Alexa suggests lethal TikTok challenge to 10-year-old on Sunday: Kristin Livdahl, shared a screenshot on Twitter of the message Alexa allegedly replied with.

Tuesday 28 Dec 2021 10:16 am

Here’s something I found on the web: According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs,’ said Alexa.

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Alexa uses the Bing search engine for all of her search queries by default. Credit: Unsplash

The ‘outlet challenge’ went viral when teenagers started taking part in the dangerous trend and TikTok has since banned searches for it. The challenge essentially tells people to poke a penny into a power outlet with a phone charger. The penny creates sparks and a potential fire hazard.

Alexa uses the Bing search engine for all of her search queries by default. So, the message is likely an automated one, rather than a conscious decision by anyone working at Amazon.

‘Our customers want Alexa to get smarter and more helpful to them every day. To do that, we use your requests to Alexa to train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems using machine learning,’ Amazon states on its website.

OMFG My 10 year old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said. pic.twitter.com/HgGgrLbdS8— Kristin Livdahl (@klivdahl) December 26, 2021

According to the tech giant, Alexa ‘relies in part on supervised machine learning, an industry-standard practice where humans review an extremely small sample of requests to help Alexa understand the correct interpretation of a request and provide the appropriate response in the future’.

While one Twitter user asked why the child was asking Alexa for challenges in the first place, Livdahl responded saying, ‘We have been doing some physical challenges from a Phy Ed teacher on YouTube as the weather gets colder and she just wanted another one. I was right there. The Echo was a gift and is mostly used as a timer and to play songs and podcasts.’

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Amazon apologised in the Twitter comments on Monday. Credit: Twitter

Some people pointed out that allowing unfiltered results to be pulled by Alexa was potentially problematic.

‘Companies should really know better than to put unfiltered question answering systems live on the internet. Google does this in their summaries too, and they similarly have shocking/dangerous results like this periodically,’ said one Twitter user.

On Monday, Amazon spotted Livdahl’s Twitter post and took to the comments to apologise and asked her to reach out directly using a link so ‘they could look into this further’. 

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Amazon for comment.

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(NEW JERSEY) LATEST: School leaders and law enforcement officials around the region have increased security measures at schools following social media posts warning of shooting and bomb threats at schools #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.19: School districts were taking steps to increase security, while multiple law enforcement agencies have said the viral posts and threats were not considered credible.

#AceDailyNews says according to PIX11 News Report: A nationwide challenge on the TikTok app, and a similar challenge on SnapChat, warns of the potential for school violence on Friday, Dec. 17.

Many of the posts related to the trend contain the hashtags #December17 or #december172021.

School officials in states including New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana and Pennsylvania said Thursday there would be an increased police presence because of the threats.

Authorities in New Jersey have alerted school districts to the social media challenge.

Parents, as well as students and staff, had also been notified ahead of Friday.

The trend comes on the heels of the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Michigan school shooting on Nov. 30 that left four students dead and several other people injured.

The Hoboken Police Department took to Twitter saying they were aware of the situation and have increased patrols to make the school community “as safe as possible.”

(2/2) The Hoboken Police Department is increasing patrols in the area of every school within our city to make our school community as safe as possible.@HobokenSchools @holahoboken @stevenscoop @ASEDSHoboken— Hoboken Police (@HobokenPD) December 16, 2021

Gov. Murphy said the safety of our children is the highest priority and that he’s working with law enforcement to monitor the situation.

While there are no known specific threats against New Jersey schools, the safety of our children is our highest priority and we will work closely with law enforcement to monitor the situation and remain prepared.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 16, 2021

In a statement on Twitter, TikTok said it was working with law enforcement to investigate the trend and taking the rumored threats seriously.

We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok.— TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) December 16, 2021

School leaders encouraged parents to speak with their children about the problems surrounding the scary trend.

The posts remained under investigation Friday.

Anyone with any information about the posts were being asked to contact the police.

The posts follow a disturbing trend that has had students acting out in response to social media challenges. In September, students across the U.S. posted videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers as part of the “devious licks” challenge.

In October, students were challenged to slap a teacher, prompting the National Education Association to call on the leaders of Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to intervene.

Internet companies such as TikTok are generally exempt from liability under U.S. law for the material users post on their networks, thanks in large part to the legal “safe harbor” they are given by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.19: 2021:

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(CALIFORNIA) Justice Court Report: A man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Investigators thereafter searched Blanco’s residence and digital devices and discovered that he had successfully persuaded and coerced multiple minors to produce sexually explicit material. Blanco used various methods of deception and enticement, including by pretending to be a modeling agent or to be a minor himself. Blanco used Snapchat, Kik, Musical.ly and other applications to communicate with minor females for the purpose of having those minors create and transmit to him images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Blanco admitted, as part of his plea agreement, that he communicated with at least 50 minors and asked for and received sexually explicit images from many of them.

#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been sentenced to 55yrs-in-prison: Jacob Blanco, 29, of Fresno, pleaded guilty in May 2020 to sexual exploitation of a minor and receipt and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors. According to court documents, Blanco’s activities were discovered in March 2017 when the parents of a then six-year-old discovered the child had communicated with and created sexually explicit images at the request of another user on the social media application Musical.ly (now TikTok). Law enforcement investigators subsequently identified the offender as Blanco.

“The defendant used an array of social media to target and manipulate young children,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “I commend the investigative and prosecution teams for their success in removing a dangerous child predator from the community. While no amount of jail time can undo the pain caused in this case, I hope today’s sentence brings a sense of justice and healing to those harmed by the defendant’s crimes.”

“Today’s sentence is warranted due to the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, the large number of minor victims, and the impact that the defendant’s conduct has had – and will continue to have – on the dozens of children victimized by the defendant,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert for the Eastern District of California. “The fact that the defendant used social media to sexually exploit the victims serves as a reminder that the internet can be a dangerous place especially for children.”

“The abuse and exploitation of children is deeply cruel, violating the trust and safety of victims, which generates trauma that may never fully heal. We hope today’s sentence provides some measure of justice to those he harmed,” said Special Agent in Charge Tatum King of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “HSI stands ready with its local, state and federal partners to bring a network of resources and its international law enforcement capabilities to bare against those who seek to exploit our most vulnerable. HSI appreciates the dedicated work of its special agents, computer forensics agents, criminal analysts, victim witness coordinators and forensic interviewers, together with the investigative and prosecutorial teams of our law enforcement partners, who are unwavering in their commitment to pursue these predators.”

HSI investigated the case, with valuable assistance provided by the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office and the Fresno Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Gappa of the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney Nadia C. Prinz of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………………Published: Oct.12: 2021:

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(SILICON VALLEY) JUST IN: Power Outrage Report: Social media services Facebook Inc with their associated services WhatsApp & Instagram hit and now backup after six hours #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: While we can speculate all day as to exactly what issue occurred on the 4th of October in Facebook’s infrastructure, it is however fun to arm-chair investigate using open source information, and send #hugops to the Facebook’s network operations team!

The icons of Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are seen on a mobile phone on October 05, 2021
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#AceDailyNews says according to media news Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back after outage that lasted 6-hours with it being blamed on technical issue but Brian Krebs security analyst says it was their DNS records show no data present see below ……

Cybersecurity Expert Brian Krebs Explains What Is Known About Catastrophic Facebook Outage according to Breitbart By 04.Oct: 2021

Cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs says Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms, are all suffering from ongoing global outages due to someone from inside Facebook updating the company’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records, which took away the map telling the world’s computers how to find its online properties. According to a New York Times reporter, employees cannot even open doors with their security cards due to the catastrophic outage.

While it remains unclear why this happened, Krebs says how it happened is clear: On Monday morning, something inside Facebook caused the company to rescind key digital records that tell computers and other devices how to find the destinations online.

A Tale of DNS & BGP: The Facebook Outage, October 2021

This is a short tale. One of despair and intrigue, as we realise the fragility of the global internet that we all so love and adore. On Monday 4th October 2021, people stopped scrolling through Facebook, they gave up posting selfies to Instagram, they ceased texting on WhatsApp, and Facebook employees abandoned doing any work. For all Facebook-owned websites were down, thanks to a couple of three letter acronyms: DNS and BGP.

While Facebook have not released any key details nor a postmortem, the internet is built on a series of open source standards and protocols that allow us to remotely inspect some of the fallout.

When you type facebook.comriskledger.com or any other name into your web browser of choice, an invisible background process begins. This starts with the Domain Name System, or DNS for short. It is often said to be the phone book of the internet. It is responsible for converting long series of arcane numbers, useful only to machines, to something memorable.

The DNS system is contacted by your web browser asking simply, “what is the internet address for facebook.com?”. Now if one device was answering every DNS question, it would quickly become overwhelmed, so over the years a distributed hierarchy formed. This starts with a DNS implementation built right into your device’s operating system, to devices called “recursers” operated by your ISP and sometimes large organizations such as Google or CloudFlare, and even scaling up to central “root” devices that know the whereabouts of every .com, .co.uk and more.

Facebook in this case, operates a set of intermediary DNS servers that are responsible for everything between your ISP’s recursers and the roots. These are responsible for facebook.com, instagram.com, whatsapp.com and everything else they operate. These servers are not responding. This is what we see above from our web browser when it hints to us the error is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. Our web browser tried it’s best to work out the internet address for Facebook, but it didn’t get a reply.

While DNS may allow our computers to rapidly translate from names useful to humans to numbers useful for computers, how does your device, with it’s own internet address, traverse the global internet to reach Facebook?

No two devices on the internet are directly connected. At home, you will have your residential ISP. In a datacentre, there will be multiple commercial ISPs. Given two internet addresses, how do the two communicate? This is where routing comes in.

multiple internet routers

Routing is the system by which a path between two devices is calculated and established, potentially traversing dozens of ISP networks in the process. Given there must be tens-of-thousands of ISPs, how do we ensure they all can speak to each other?

We establish a standard! In 1989 no less, the Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP for short, was accepted by the internet community as RFC 1105. The document laid out a protocol by which routers operated by different companies and ISPs could exchange routing information which each other.

So what does this have to do with Facebook? We discussed earlier how our web browsers were not receiving a response to their DNS questions, this was however not a result of DNS itself, it was a result of Facebook’s routers ceasing to speak BGP with the rest of the internet, and ultimately all of our ISP’s routers stopped knowing where to send our DNS requests, or any traffic to Facebook for that matter.

While we can speculate all day as to exactly what issue occurred on the 4th of October in Facebook’s infrastructure, it is however fun to arm-chair investigate using open source information, and send #hugops to the Facebook’s network operations team!

It blamed an internal technical issue, which not only affected Facebook’s services, but reportedly also employees’ work passes and email.

The services were down from about 16:00 GMT until around 22:00 on Monday.

But the company said there was “no evidence that user data was compromised”. 

Sheera Frenkel, the New York Times’ technology reporter, told the Today programme part of the reason it took so long to fix was because “the people trying to figure out what this problem was couldn’t even physically get into the building” to work out what had gone wrong.

In a statement, Facebook said that the faulty configuration change affected the company’s internal tools and systems which complicated attempts to resolve the problem. 

Downdetector, which tracks outages, said some 10.6 million problem reports around the world. However, the real number of people affected is much higher: more than 3.5 billion people use Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp.

According to the business website Fortune, it also cost Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg an estimated $6bn (£4.4bn) at one point as shares plummeted. 

Mr Zuckerberg has apologised to those affected by the outage. 

Some people also reported problems using Facebook’s virtual reality headset platform, Oculus, and apps which require Facebook logins were affected, including Pokémon Go.

An outage of this scale for such a long time is rare. A disruption in 2019 left Facebook and its other apps mostly inaccessible across the world for more than 14 hours

Several other tech companies, including Reddit and Twitter, poked fun at the social media giant’s predicament – prompting responses from the affected apps.

Hi and happy Monday 😵‍💫— Instagram (@instagram) October 4, 2021

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

The disruption comes the day after an interview with a former Facebook employee who leaked documents about the company. 

Frances Haugen told CBS news on Sunday that the company had prioritised “growth over safety”.

On Tuesday she will testify before a Senate subcommittee in a hearing titled “Protecting Kids Online”, about the company’s research into Instagram’s effect on the mental health of young users.

Many outages get resolved fairly quickly. They are often localised too, with some people unable to open a website that can be viewed in another country.

This outage, however, was global, and affected all of Facebook’s many spin-offs.

The length of time it was off grid is also unusual. There were reports of “mayhem” in Facebook headquarters, as technicians scrambled to fix the problem.

Interesting too that the outage hampered Facebook’s ability to tackle the crash – bringing down internal tools needed to remedy the problem.

It should also be said that Facebook’s statement is carefully written. It doesn’t rule out foul play.

The week had already started off badly – after the whistleblower in the “Facebook Files” revelations revealed herself on Sunday.

But a bad week has become a terrible one for the social network.

BBC Security News/ Breitbart/

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.05: 2021:

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(BEIJING) State Tech Entities Report: The Chinese government has taken stakes in Chinese entities owned by tech companies ByteDance and Sina Weibo corporate records showed, amid a widening regulatory crackdown on the industry as shares plummet #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: WangTouZhongWen (Beijing) Technology, which is owned by three Chinese state entities including a fund backed by China’s main internet watchdog, has a 1% stake in Beijing ByteDance Technology, according to shareholder data from the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System.

#AceSocialDesk says Beijing owns stakes in ByteDance, Weibo domestic entities, records show news of the stakes and the board seat was first reported by The Information on Monday. read more

The stake gives Beijing a board seat at the subsidiary which holds some of the business licenses covering Douyin and Toutiao, some of ByteDance’s most popular domestic apps, a source familiar with the matter said.

August.17, 20214:57 AM BSTLast Updated 6 hours ago

It does not give not give the Chinese government any stake in the firm’s hit short video app TikTok, the source said. TikTok is not available in China.

The Chinese subsidiary “only relates to some of ByteDance’s China-market video and information platforms, and holds some of the licenses they require to operate under local law,” a ByteDance spokesperson told Reuters on Monday.

An affiliate, WangTouTongDa (Beijing) Technology, similarly holds a 1% stake in Beijing Weimeng Technology, Weibo’s main domestic subsidiary, according to a separate government data report and filings it made to the U.S. securities regulator.

Weibo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In the SEC filing, it said its unit received the investment from WangTouTongDa in April 2020 and that WangTouTongDa (Beijing) Technology had the right to appoint a director to Weiming’s three-member board.

Corporate information app Tianyancha said the ByteDance unit stake transfer was registered on April 30, 2021.

Although Chinese regulators have clamped down on a range of sectors, tech has come in for some of the harshest measures to date.

Regulators say they are concerned about issues ranging from its technology giants’ market power to their management of user data, and have launched antitrust probes, cancelled deals and published new guidance for the sector.

WangTouZhongWen (Beijing) Technology is co-owned by the China Internet Investment Fund, a China National Radio subsidiary and the Beijing Cultural Investment Development Group, its company registration filing showed.

The China Internet Investment Fund, which was established by the Cyberspace Administration of China and the country’s finance ministry, fully owns WangTouTongDa (Beijing) Technology.

Chinese tech stocks plummet as Beijing cracks down on online monopolies

17 Aug, 2021 12:00 

Chinese tech stocks plummet as Beijing cracks down on online monopolies
RT Business Report:

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has issued draft rules aimed at preventing unfair competition on the internet. The news triggered a selloff in Chinese listed technology stocks in Hong Kong.

The latest measure comes as part of Beijing’s broader crackdown on Chinese technology majors and covers multiple areas, including prohibitions on the way corporations are using data, and stamping out fake product reviews.

Shares in game development giant Tencent dropped 3.5% in late morning trading on Tuesday, while online retail giant Alibaba was down 2.5%.

SAMR is expected to hire third-party auditors to check whether the companies fall foul of the rules. The regulator is currently seeking public opinion on the new restrictions until September 15. It hasn’t set a date for when the regulations will come into effect if publicly approved: Chinese tech stocks suffer worst sell-off since global financial crisis as Beijing pledges to step up screening of US-listed firms

Earlier this year, the regulator released new anti-monopoly guidelines targeting internet platforms. The new rules have tightened the existing restrictions faced by the country’s tech giants.

SAMR has also taken legal actions against some Chinese technology corporations, having issued hefty fines to Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings. The regulator blocked Tencent’s plan to merge video game streaming sites Huya and DouYu over antitrust concerns. It has also initiated a probe into food delivery firm Meituan for “suspected monopolistic practices.”

SEC Warns US Investors About Risks Of Buying Chinese Stocks As Crackdown In Beijing Continues

August 17, 2021A few weeks ago, the SEC quietly shut down the processing of any new Chinese IPOs, which seemed almost comical to us, considering any underwriter would probably have trouble lining up the financing since there’s approximately zero appetite for new Chinese listings in the post-DIDI world. And not because of what’s happening on the American side, but due to the mounting political risks in China.

But let’s set all that aside for a moment. Early Tuesday morning, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler released a new “Office Hours” clips where he not only confirmed that the SEC had, in fact, shut down processing of any new potential Chinese listings, but he also explained to American investors exactly what it is they’re owning when they buy shares in Chinese listings.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.17: 2021: Reporting by Brenda Goh in Shanghai, Yingzhi Yang in Beijing and Echo Wang in New York; Editing by Gerry Doyle

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(LONDON) SCAM ALERT: BBC Action Fraud Report: On social media, there’s a new type of influencer, but instead of promoting clothing lines and lifestyle products, they promote fraud #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: They flash stacks of cash, hide their faces, and some even lure new recruits by selling guides on committing fraud: You’d think these scammers and their illegal products would be hard to find, and once upon a time, they were, hidden in the shadows of the dark web. But not any more.

#AceDailyNews says that the influencers promoting criminal scams on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube all told us they did not allow fraud on their platforms. They said that they took fraud very seriously and were constantly clamping down on criminal content.The question is whether they can take it down faster than it’s being posted: Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayer

Delivery text scams and how to deal with them

By Kafui Okpattah
BBC Panorama

Stock photo of a man in a demin jacket lookig at his phone

As part of an investigation for BBC Panorama, I discovered just how easy it was to make deals with fraudsters and purchase fraud guides online. I also unmasked one anonymous influencer who has been selling them in a bid to use criminal cash to refund scam victims

On social, perpetrators of online retail fraud refer to it as “clicking”, making it seem more innocuous.

But committing fraud – which is defined by the police-run service Action Fraud as using trickery to gain a dishonest advantage, often financial, over another person – can lead to up to 10 years in prison.

The guides being traded are known as methods. 

They can target banks, retailers and even the government’s Universal Credit system, leaving organisations and members of the public out of pocket.

And they all rely heavily on something known as fullz, slang for full information.

These are the personal details of an unconnected person: typically an individual’s name, phone number, address and bank details.

With the fullz in hand, fraudsters can follow the steps in the guides to make online purchases or even take out a loan in someone else’s name.

They have often come from phishing scams: Think of those dodgy emails or text messages that pretend to be from legitimate sources and con people into revealing their personal information.Sometimes these fraudsters conduct or commission phishing activities themselves, or sometimes they get hold of the information via others.

Exploiting a person’s “fullz” – by, for example, making purchases using their details – can wreck their credit score. A bad credit score can have life-changing implications: it affects your chances of applying for a loan, or getting a mortgage, or even opening a new bank account. I contacted one fraudster who was advertising his services on social media and, through a messaging app, he offered to build me a fake website and send 4,000 phishing texts on my behalf to get people’s personal details.

His fee was £115.Terms used by scammersmethods – tips on how to commit fraud fullz – short for full details. Relates to personal banking information (e.g. I can get you their fullz)clicking – fraudulently purchasing products from online retailersOn a separate Instagram profile, I noticed a scammer had posted some “fullz” – as a sort of free sample, encouraging people to pay to receive many more stolen details.

I decided to call some of the phone numbers that were listed.It was difficult listening to a stranger react as I told them their names, addresses, card details and phone numbers were posted online for anyone to see and exploit.I later met up with one of the victims, Wilson from Oxford, who said seeing all his details online was scary because it made him realise how unprotected he was. So why aren’t more people behind these schemes being caught?

Cybercrime specialist Jake Moore says investigators are facing an uphill battle to find the culprits.“Anonymous accounts are leaving not just a small amount of breadcrumbs to investigate them – there are no breadcrumbs,” he says. “There’s no digital footprint left behind them. So to investigate this is nearly impossible.”

But being an influencer inevitably means sharing some elements of your life online – and over time, one influencer has left behind a few too many clues.He calls himself Tankz, and in videos of him rapping online, he boasts: “I’m a London scammer. I see it, I want it, I click it.”He sells fraud guides – or methods.I posed as someone interested in learning about fraud and messaged Tankz about his methods via Instagram. We bought his top guide for £100. It arrived as a link, sent via social media, to 43 files on a cloud storage system: The files were filled with detailed techniques on how to exploit online retailers: They also directed would-be criminals to websites where they can buy “fullz”. We wanted to find out who this masked fraud influencer was.

Panorama analysed footage Tankz posted on social media, and realised he gave too much away while trying to remain anonymous: We noted a reference to north London’s Wembley as his local area, a mention of studying economics and finance at university, and a glimpse of his car number plate. One clip also featured a distinctive black-and-grey carpet, and we were able to find a match on a website advertising student accommodation in the Wembley area.We went to the block, spotted the car, and waited: Then we saw a man approach the car wearing the exact same tracksuit Tankz had been wearing earlier that day in a social media video.YouTube/

We had unmasked the masked fraudster but who was he? His social media posts are anonymous, but we discovered that his songs were also listed on Apple Music. On one of his tracks, the copyright isn’t listed to Tankz, but to what seems is his real name: Luke Joseph.It didn’t stop there. We discovered an email sent from Tankz’s official address which also made a reference to the same name: There was even an eBay account under the name of Tankz, where Luke Joseph is the contact address.Finally, we discovered that there was someone of the same name living in the same student accommodation block in Wembley. It seems that Tankz may be a London student called Luke Joseph.We contacted Luke Joseph, and Tankz, but we didn’t get a response: His TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat accounts were removed by the respective social media platforms after Panorama notified them about the content: Since then, he has created a new TikTok account where he continues to post about his life: So what are the wider authorities doing to crack down on online fraud and those who promote it?

Earlier this year, the government revealed plans to reduce illegal and harmful digital content. It wants the communications regulator Ofcom to police social media and hold big tech giants to account: Fraud-related content was not originally set to be included in this Online Safety Bill, but at the last minute the government changed its mind. The word “fraud” is still absent, but it could be covered by what the bill refers to as “illegal content”.Some have voiced concerns that it won’t specifically address the problem.

Arun Chauhan, a solicitor specialising in fraud, says he thinks the bill “is not fit for purpose in the fight against fraud”.But a government spokesperson told Panorama the new law would “increase people’s protection” from scams, and said they “continue to pursue fraudsters” and “close down the vulnerabilities they exploit”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published; Aug.16: 2021:

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Panorama: Hunting the Social Media Fraudsters is on BBC One at 19:35 BST on Monday or later on iPlayerHow do these private details end up in circulation in the first place?

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: Erdogan prepares to form a ‘Fake News’ monitoring agency on social media #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signaled in the latest Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) the formation of a new monitoring agency that would restrict social media activity, the daily Türkiye reported on July 11.

#AceDailyNews says Erdoğan ‘signals formation of social media supervision agency,’” Duvar English, July 12, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Biden’s handlers are likely taking notes in this and ready to make this social media censorship a government activity…..

The president noted a recent misunderstanding about legislation signed with Qatar, claiming that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had purposefully spread misunderstanding.

The legislation was interpreted as allowing all students from Qatar to study medicine in Turkey without any required qualifying exams, when in reality it allowed for military students to do so.

“What Kılıçdaroğlu did is not spreading fake news. It’s misinformation. The European Union equates and penalizes misinformation with terrorism crimes,” the president reportedly said.

The president urged his staff to include misinformation and fake news in legislation, adding that “appropriate penalties” were needed.

The president recently said that the government would launch an operation of truth against fake news by pointing to Kılıçdaroğlu who had repeated the misinterpretation of the news on Qatar students.

“Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu needs to apologize about this story,” the president reportedly said.

AKP officials reportedly said that the new monitoring agency would be similar to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), known for its excessive censorship of opposition media outlets.

“A supervisory mechanism is needed for manipulative posts created by fake accounts and social media agencies,” one AKP official reportedly said. “Perception dominates facts. This is very dangerous.”…

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.16: 2021:

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(ETHIOPIA) Press Freedom Report: Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all recently arrested journalists and media workers, and ensure that authorities cease harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: Officers detained the employees at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, have not brought them to court, and have not stated the reasons for their arrest, according to the family members, who had visited the employees in detention.

ETHIOPIA: Authorities have arrested at least 15 employees of 2 independent media outlets, about 1 p.m. on June 30, police raided the office of the independent broadcaster Awlo Media Center in Addis Ababa, the capital, and arrested at least 12 of its employees, according to news reports, the outlet’s lawyer Tadele Gebremedhin, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and two family members of the detainees, who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing safety concerns.

July 2, 2021 12:55 PM EDTPolice officers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 19, 2021. Officers recently arrested more than a dozen employees of two media outlets in the city. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Separately, police arrested journalist Abebe Bayu yesterday and administrator Yayesew Shimelis today, both with the privately owned YouTube-based broadcaster Ethio Forum, according to Tadele, who is also representing them, those news reports, and Facebook posts by Ethio Forum.

The two journalists are also being held at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, Tadele said.

“Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all employees of Ethio Forum and the Awlo Media Center who were recently arrested in a brutal crackdown,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator. “Authorities’ brazen raid on the media center and the mass detention of its staff for undisclosed reasons, followed by the arrests of Abebe Bayu and Yayesew Shimelis, is alarming, and further evidence that authorities will go to any length to suppress information and criticism.”

The arrested Awlo Media Center employees include reporters Bekalu Alamrew, Fanuel Kinfu, Fana Negash, and Miherete Geberkirestos; camera operators Musse Hadra and Nebeyu Mikael; video editors Melkamfire Yemam and Fikerte Yensu; and at least four non-journalistic employees, including accountants, janitors, and technical staff, according to their lawyer.

Police also arrested Tewlde Taddesse, a lawyer with the media center, at his home, the employees’ family members said.

In May, Awlo Media Center registered with the Ethiopian Media Authority as an online media outlet, as required by new regulations in the country, according to a Facebook post by the authority.

Last week, unidentified men briefly abducted and attacked Abebe, and Ethio Forum announced that it would temporarily cease broadcasting, as CPJ documented at the time. Abede told CPJ in a phone interview following the incident that the men told him to stop criticizing the government, but did not cite any specific coverage prompting the attack.

Both the Awlo Media Center and Ethio Forum have recently covered the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as well as other news topics, according to CPJ reporting and a review of their recent coverage.

CPJ called Jeylan Abdi, a federal police spokesperson, who said he had no information about the detentions and referred CPJ to the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center. CPJ called Nadew Alehgn, a spokesperson for the center, but he did not answer.

Jeylan later told the Addis Standard, “The journalists were not arrested because of their profession but rather due to their affiliation with a terrorist group which is banned by the parliament.”

Last year, police arrested Yayesew following his reporting on COVID-19, and arrested Bekalu for allegedly disseminating false news. Both journalists were later released on bail, according to news reports.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.05: 2021:

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(MIDDLE EAST) Media News Report: Unbiased media reporting on Israel-Gaza Violence should be the way forward by highlighting the truth and not just about a story to capture headlines #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.13: Editor says when l set up this site many years ago l started with one simple aim to provide stories and posts that provided tha truth in the news ……since that day its become more difficult to find the truth with so many bias interviews and stories that just provide their view of the situation and their beliefs …..l now publish articles and posts that reflect not my view but an unbiased view of the news ….as the truth will set you free by the ‘Word of God’ being spoken up on the earth Amen

Israel-Gaza violence dominates Arab media: ‘However, the news remains relatively low down the running order of Syrian TV news, and in Iran it only started topping bulletins on Tuesday in both countries – key members of the so-called “axis of resistance” to Israel – domestic issues have taken priority’

BBC News: Says the escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza dominates TV and press coverage in most of the Middle East, with an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the Palestinians expressed by social media users across the region:

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Qatari Al-Jazeera’s Arabic channel, a traditional supporter of the Palestinian cause, gives the story full coverage: It is also the lead story on Saudi-funded Al Arabiya, which is pressing its guests and correspondents on claims by both sides:

Arab press highlights ‘dilemma’

Some Arabic newspapers predict a long-running armed conflict while others criticise “deluded” Arab countries that signed peace deals with Israel.

London-based website Rai al-Youm said: “Perhaps a major confrontation is imminent. We are in the beginning of an armed intifada that may last for months.”

Jordan’s Al-Dustour daily says Arab countries face “a serious dilemma” – whether to preserve their Arab-Islamic identity or continue normalisation with Israel. 

A column in Algeria’s Echorouk says the clashes have “revealed the limitations and delusion of the normalisers”.

In Lebanon, Nidaa al-Watan notes how protests in Lebanese cities rejected “oppression against the Palestinian people”.

An editorial in Jerusalem-based Al-Quds urges Egypt to work hard for a truce to end “the bloodbath in Gaza”. “We see that a truce will be good for all the parties, particularly our people in the Gaza Strip. No party has any interest in an ongoing military escalation,” it says. 

The story dominated Egypt’s press on Tuesday, but on Wednesday it was pushed down by domestic matters. However, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper expresses surprise at the “international silence and the silence of the Biden administration” in the US.

On social media, Arabic hashtags being used to express solidarity with the Palestinians include “Gaza under attack”, “Free Palestine” and “Gaza resists”.

Thousands of users have lashed out at the Arab leaders, saying that they only care about “maintaining their relations” with Israel to remain in power.

The view from Turkey and Iran

The conflict has topped Turkey’s news agenda for several days, with both print and broadcast media widely condemnatory of Israel. 

“They [Israel] know well how to kill children,” reads the front page of the flagship pro-government Sabah newspaper on Wednesday. 

“Your day of reckoning will come,” says Yeni Safak in its main headline.

Opposition Sozcu newspaper says the Arab world, the US, the EU and UN have “not given a strong response”.

Iran’s domestic media is focused on its June presidential election, but the Israel-Gaza conflict is the main international story.

Rolling news channel IRINN and Press TV report Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, while newspapers highlight Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel.

“Biggest missile attack against Tel Aviv,” says the headline in conservative Khorasan.

And hardline Javan writes: “Gaza’s missile shield over honourable Quds [Jerusalem]”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.13: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) Farmers Law Report: Are Leading One of the Largest Protests Yet Against Modi’s Government. Here’s What They’re Fighting For #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.26: Hundreds of thousands of farmers have been protesting on the outskirts of Delhi for nearly two weeks, blocking many of the main arteries into the capital: Farmers are protesting against laws that deregulate the sale of crops, allowing private buyers more free rein in a marketplace that has long been dominated by government subsidies. Farmers say the reforms to laws that have long protected small landholders’ place in the market will put them at risk of losing their businesses and land to big corporations:

Farmers fighting against Modi reforms but the government says the reforms are necessary to increase the efficiency of India’s huge but meager farming sector, which accounts for nearly half of the country’s workforce but makes up only 16% of GDP:

The explosive demonstrations show the difficulty the Indian government faces passing economic reforms in such a large sector where there are many vested interests. It is also an example of an emerging trend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular government running into trouble after pushing through significant laws unilaterally.

Here’s what to know about the Indian farmer protests:

What have the protests been like?

The protests began in August in the states of Punjab and Haryana, and marched on Delhi in November. There, they were met by a heavy-handed police response. Officers used tear gas and water cannon on protesters in late November. And on Dec. 1 they detained Bilkis, an 82 year-old woman who became a figurehead of demonstrations against a controversial citizenship law earlier this year, who joined the farmers out of solidarity. Farmers received worldwide shows of support too, with diaspora communities protesting on their behalf in the U.K. and Canada.

Farmers' protest in India

Although some economists say the reforms are necessary, many have criticized the manner in which the laws were imposed. In September, at the height of the pandemic in India, the government succeeded in passing three agricultural reform laws in a short session of parliament, using a parliamentary maneuver to push through the reforms in the upper house. There was also barely any consultation with farmers. “The government did not consult a single farmers’ organization,” says Yogendra Yadav, the national president of Swaraj India, a political party that is supporting the farmers’ demands.

Read more: India’s Biggest Slum Successfully Contained COVID-19. But Can Its Residents Survive the Economic Collapse?

What are the Indian government’s reforms?

Since India’s “Green Revolution” in the 1960s, the Indian government has run a scheme where it guarantees farmers a set price for certain crops. Combined with advances in farming technology, that system has helped India move from widespread hunger to big annual food surpluses. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, officials estimated there would be 100 million tons of grain available to see India through the lockdown, enough to last at least 18 months. But the system has also affected crop diversity, impacted the environment and disproportionately benefited larger farms over smaller ones.

The new laws do not eradicate the guaranteed minimum prices, which will remain in place. But they do get rid of previous restrictions on corporations buying land and stockpiling commodities beyond a certain level. They allow businesses to bypass markets where farmers’ produce is normally sold, and strike direct deals that farmers worry will be less subject to regulations. They also outlaw the practice of stubble burning, a change that farmers have demanded be reversed despite its environmental benefits.

“There’s no doubt that agriculture and markets need a lot of very serious public investment and reform,” says Mekhala Krishnamurthy, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, a New Delhi think tank. “We have a situation where Indian agriculture is the site of enormous livelihoods and economic opportunity, but it has also been riddled with huge challenges and a lot of economic distress.”

Why have farmers been resistant to the reforms?

While the government says the new laws will “empower farmers,” farmers’ unions say that the rule changes are not policies they have asked for. Instead, they fear that instead of trying to help farmers, the government is opening the door to big corporations who may eventually force them off their land and out of business.

“For many years, a certain agri-business lobby, backed by some of the biggest corporations in the county, has been wanting to enter agriculture,” says Yadav, of Swaraj India. “Similar proposals were put to previous governments as well, but no government had the political courage to do it because they knew it would be very unpopular with the farmers. There are large groups which want to enter agriculture. The problem is the laws in the country which do not allow big corporations to purchase land.”

What farmers really want, says Yadav, is the government to actually guarantee that its minimum prices for farm produce are accessible to all farmers. Currently, Yadav says, as many as 80% of farmers don’t receive the promised amount. “The government announces the minimum support price every year, but it remains on paper,” he says. “Because the government doesn’t back it with a system where farmers are actually assured that price.”

How widespread are the protests, and what is likely to happen next?

Farmers from across north India have resisted the reforms, but the protests have by and large been led by unions from Punjab and Haryana, two relatively prosperous states where the government-mandated markets are most developed, and where the government buys a majority of the wheat and rice produced by farmers.

“Farmers who depend on the system are worried that it will be removed over time, and they are not sure what will come in its place,” says Krishnamurthy. “The narrative is that private investment will come in its place. But that is not something that gives a lot of farmers a great deal of comfort.”

The protests so far have won the unions access to the government for negotiations. Three rounds of talks have happened so far, but have been inconclusive. More are scheduled for Wednesday. “The protests and the negotiations are the beginning of a process that should have started at the beginning,” Krishnamurthy says. “When you bring consequential reforms like this, without having adequate consultation and consensus building, there is a genuine expression of anxiety and concern.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Mar.26: 2021:

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(MOSCOW) JUST IN: Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology & Mass Media Report: To initially decelerate Twitter’s loading speed apply only to photo and video content and do not apply to text messages #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – March 10. /TASS/. “ Starting today, Roskomnadzor (Russian media watchdog – TASS) has taken measures of a centralized response, namely, decelerated the service’s loading speed. The slowdown will cover 100% of mobile traffic and 50% of fixed traffic,” he said:

Restrictions on Twitter to apply only to transfer of photos and videos: ‘According to the watchdog’s deputy head, users will be able to exchange messages smoothly’ full update here: But on Thursday they were still not removed

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Reasons for blocking: Putin blasts ‘monsters’ who drive kids to commit suicide, goad teens into lawless rallies

Russia hits Twitter with slowdown, vows block unless content pushing suicide, drugs erased

“It involves slowing down the transmission of photo and video content, without limiting transmission of text messages. Thus, users will be able to smoothly exchange messages,” he added.

Subbotin stressed that, when choosing an enforcement measure for Twitter, the federal agency proceeded from the goal that inconvenience for users of the social network should be minimal.

According to the official, restrictions on Twitter will remain in effect until all prohibited information is removed.

“Roskomnadzor’s actions are aimed at forcing Twitter to comply with Russian legislation in order to protect users, including children, from prohibited content posted on the Twitter platform – until it is completely removed,” Subbotin said.

He also stressed that the watchdog has every reason to completely block Twitter, but hopes for a constructive position of the company: The official recalled that his agency had repeatedly warned the company about the need to comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation, but the company ignored the requirements: Earlier the regulator specified that as of March 10, the social network had not removed 3,168 pieces of content containing proscribed information:

“This includes incitements to commit suicide on March 3 of this year: As you know, on that day there were attempts among minors to commit suicide, which, fortunately, were prevented in a timely manner,” Subbotin stressed: Calls to remove this information were also ignored, he added: Twitter has not deleted information about the use and making of narcotic substances, psychotropic substances and precursors. There are tweets containing direct links to online drug stores.

“Almost no other social network allows itself to ignore the requirement to remove pieces of content of these categories: At the moment, Twitter does not respond to the demands of the Russian authorities regarding the removal of clearly prohibited information. Based on the current legislation, Roskomnadzor has included the dissemination information on Twitter in the list of threats,” he said:

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.11: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Breaking911 Report: At least 158-people have been arrested in Palmdale at a ‘ super spreader event ‘ last Saturday involving drugs, prostitution, underage drinking, and violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.11: On Tuesday Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced details and results from an operation at a super-spreader event on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Palmdale: The operation was done with extensive coordination and meticulous planning from various bureaus and units, including the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, Human Trafficking Force, Operation Safe Streets Bureau, Aero Bureau, three patrol squads of the Mobile Field Force Personnel, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department obtained information that a massive underground party would occur at a vacant house in Palmdale. Previous incidents revealed parties like these often involve drugs, prostitution, underage drinking, and violence: During the well-executed operation on the 6300 blocks of West Avenue M8, 158 individuals were arrested; 116 of them were adults, and 35 were juveniles: Six firearms were confiscated: Most importantly, a girl that was categorized as a Commercially Sexually Exploited Child was rescued: The event was not only a violation of the Governor’s health order, but it was also criminal in nature:

Sheriff Villanueva asked local and state politicians to reconsider allowing the restaurant industry to re-open and instead target super-spreader events, which account for most COVID-19 transmissions: ” We will continue to apply common sense to our enforcement actions and weigh the letter of the law with the spirit of the law. It is my firm belief that this approach is a more efficient and effective means to manage the spread of this potentially deadly virus,” said Sheriff Villanueva:

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published: Dec.11: 2020:

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(MONTREAL, Canada.) Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 Vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech has been approved in the second country to do so after the UK, where the first members of the public were inoculated with the jab on Tuesday according to the regulator #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport- Dec.10: Health Canada, the country’s drug regulator, announced the approval for Canadians aged 16 and over in a statement on Wednesday: The availability of a safe and effective vaccine will reduce the spread and severity of Covid-19 disease and reduce its social and economic consequences,” the statement said in its justification of the approval:

It added that the vaccine’s accompanying data supports its safety and said that its efficacy was found to be around 95 percent, while no safety concerns had been raised: Canada’s approval comes as US regulator the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on Wednesday reported concerns over the Pfizer jab, which began being rolled out across the UK on Tuesday in a world-first: The FDA said that four volunteers in phase-three trials for the vaccine had suffered facial paralysis, although it added that there is no evidence to link their taking of the jab to the medical condition, which resembles a stroke:


4 volunteers develop FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid-19 jab, prompting FDA to recommend ‘surveillance for cases’

On Wednesday, UK regulator the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also issued a warning over the vaccine, telling people with a history of ‘significant’ allergies not to take it after two medics who were administered it suffered severe reactions:

The first Canadians could be given the vaccine as soon as next week, with those first in line for the jab including some 4,000 classed as “high-risk” in British Columbia and 124,500 key health workers across the country:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………..Published: Dec.10: 2020:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans for France’s new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which will replace the navy’s current flagship, the Charles de Gaulle, by 2038 according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.08: Nuclear power will remain the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” Macron said on Tuesday, as he visited the Framatome nuclear reactor construction plant in the eastern town of Le Creusot: France’s new carrier – its 11th in total – will boast speeds of up to 27 knots (50 km/h), weigh in at around 75,000 tons, and run some 300 meters long – about 1.5 times the size of the Charles de Gaulle:


The new vessel will also be fitted with an electromagnetic aircraft launch system made by American defense firm General Atomics, and will be able to hold around 30 next-generation Rafale fighter jets: Set to be in service until around 2080, the new project’s price tag has been estimated at around €7 billion ($8.5 billion) by some media, although French officials have not confirmed its total cost:

France’s minister of the armed forces, Florence Parly, said the construction of the new aircraft carrier would create 2,000 jobs: The development of the vessel is part of a wider nuclear strategy Macron has set out for France. “Our energy and ecological future depends on nuclear power,” he said on Tuesday, adding that abandoning the energy source would “pave the way for the reopening of a coal plant.” 

Macron also pledged to invest €500 million ($605 million) in the French nuclear sector:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Dec.08: 2020:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: At least two riot police officers have been injured as demonstrations against the French government’s security bill in the city of Nantes descended into violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Some 3,000 people in Nantes joined Saturday’s nationwide protest action against the draft security policy bill introduced by President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The rally mostly went off peacefully, but things started rapidly heating up as evening drew in: As the rally spilled over into clashes between the demonstrators and police, protesters pelted officers with various projectiles while law enforcement responded with tear gas. The standoff ended up with two riot police officers being injured.


One of them was hit by a Molotov cocktail, according to the Loire-Atlantique prefecture. Both officers were evacuated by an emergency medical service. At least 13 people were arrested following the riots, according to the local authorities.


Over 90 protests against the security bill were held across France on Saturday. Paris saw particularly severe clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement, as groups of protesters smashed windows, burned cars and set barricades on fire.The scuffles ended up in some 30 arrests, according to various reports.

The country has been hit by a wave of protests over legislation introduced by the government and recently approved by the lower house of the French parliament in November. It provides additional surveillance tools to law enforcement and prohibits filming on-duty officers, as well as sharing their images online with the “intent to harm.”


Tear gas & burning cars: 22 arrested following clashes between protesters & police in Paris (VIDEOS)

In particular, the ban on filming police has sparked public anger and the French government responded by pledging to “rewrite” the relevant article earlier this week. Critics say the bill, if adopted, could make police less accountable for any brutality in their actions. They also argue that the latest government concession is not enough.

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(BEIJING, China.) #Coronavirus Report: Promising candidate vaccines containing adjuvants provided by US & UK firms have delivered positive trial data, demonstrating their safety and efficacy against #COVID19 bio pharmaceuticals firm Clover claimed claimed from human trials on Friday as Russia rolls out Sputnik V next week #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.04: On Friday, China’s biopharmaceuticals firm Clover claimed data from human trials showed their two candidate vaccines triggered a “strong immune response” against #Covid19 : Based on the positive Phase 1 results reported and the unprecedented need for COVID-19 vaccines, Clover and its partners are confident to enter late-stage clinical development for both adjuvanted vaccines,” the company said: The vaccines use adjuvants – that is, ingredients that can boost immune response – from UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and US firm Dynavax”

Clover says the vaccines did not trigger any serious adverse reactions in the 150 adults and senior citizens who took part in the trial: The candidate vaccine that used the adjuvant provided by GSK will begin global phase-two/three trials in December, funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)…….This vaccine variant induced neutralizing antibody production in all adult and elderly participants. 

Clover also announced that the data shows both vaccines can be stored at temperatures of 2C to 8C for at least six months: This is considered a considerable plus, as both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines required subzero storage and substantial cold-chain infrastructure: ” Combined with our ability to potentially produce more than one billion doses of antigen annually and the stability of our vaccines under standard refrigeration conditions, our adjuvanted COVID-19 S-Trimer vaccines are positioned to be well suited for worldwide distribution,” said Chief Executive Officer of Clover Biopharmaceuticals Joshua Liang. 

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Putin orders start of mass vaccination against Covid-19 in Russia, will begin NEXT WEEK with key workers given priority

The UK approved Pfizer’s vaccine for rollout on Wednesday, triggering the start of a crucial mass inoculation program that could begin on Monday: Moscow also announced its intention to start mass vaccination in Russia this weekend.

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Dec.04: 2020:

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BRONX, NYC.) NYPD REPORT: Police are trying to identify and find those responsible (in the image below) for a violent subway robbery on Nov.14: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: A man in his 50s was aboard a northbound 2 train when he became involved in a verbal dispute with a woman passenger: When the train got to the Third Avenue/149th Street station, four men boarded the train, and allegedly joined the woman in punching the man and removing his backpack, which contained $500 and other valuables:

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A fifth man, who was not included in the photograph of the suspects police released, is also wanted: The victim suffered a bruised lip:

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.30: 2020:

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(SEOUL, S.K.) JUST IN: Some 19,000 ducks have been culled in a farm was hit by an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu – the same strain which has afflicted Europe in recent weeks and led to the culling of millions of birds even at a Turkey farm in North Yorkshire, U.K. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: The outbreak first took hold on Thursday in the southwestern town of Girin-ri, near the city of Jeongeup-si, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in an alert on Monday: Tracing, disinfection and a clampdown on movement are among the actions that health authorities have taken to stem the spread of disease, the OEI said: In separate measures, the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture said it had also culled 292,000 chickens on five other farms and 100,000 ducks at another site: News of the outbreak in South Korea comes after another bout of the highly contagious H5N8 strain was reported at a turkey farm in Yorkshire, northern England at the weekend, resulting in the culling of all of its 10,500 birds:


English farm to cull 10,500 turkeys as concern grows over wave of bird flu from Europe

More than a dozen European nations have registered H5N8 outbreaks in the second half of 2020, with Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia among those hardest hit.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.30: 2020:

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(NIGERIA) JUST IN: The death toll in a suspected Boko #Haram attack on farmers in the northeast on Saturday has reached at least 110, some have been beheaded acordsing to a UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said, urging the perpetrators to be brought to justice #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others wounded in this attack,” Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in a statement: The incident was the “most violent direct attack against innocent civilians” in the country in 2020, Kallon pointed out: The perpetrators of this “heinous and senseless” act must be brought to justice, he added:

The militants ambushed the farmers as they went into the rice fields to gather the harvest on Saturday. The bodies of 43 farmers have been recovered after the massacre, with around 30 of them being beheaded. The security forces have been searching the area for those missing: No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the tactics of the insurgents resembled those used by Islamic State-affiliate Boko Haram, which is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Nigeria over the past decade.

The burial ceremony for the 43 victims took place in Zabarmari village on Sunday, attended by hundreds of mourners and Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum: The bodies were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets as the priests led prayers for those killed: During his speech, Zulum called upon the federal government to recruit more security personnel to protect the local farmers, who found themselves “in a very difficult situation.”………….” On one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he pointed out:

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US targeting of Nigeria: Is it really about terrorist problem or is America fearful of Africa’s first superpower emerging?

There’s been a sharp spike in food prices in Nigeria recently caused by flooding, the closure of borders and the activities of militants in agricultural areas.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.29: 2020:

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