Aware of the controversy surrounding Enid Blyton’s books, DW’s Brenda Haas recalls how they were a form of escape during her childhood in a rubber plantation in Malaysia.

More than a decade ago, a prominent academic was exposed for having faked her Cherokee ancestry. Why has her career continued to thrive?

Wow.

Hundreds of troops from Belgium, and beyond, have now thoroughly searched a vast area in the country where a fugitive soldier armed with highly dangerous weapons is believed to be hiding. However, no trace of him has been found.

A well-trained sniper from the Belgian army, Jurgen Conings, who has combat experience in several war zones including Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, disappeared on Monday. Having reportedly left life-threatening notes to several top officials, the 46-year-old man is believed to have taken several anti-tank missiles, a submachine gun and a handgun with an ability to pierce bulletproof vests from his unit’s ammunition depot. He himself is believed to be wearing the vest.

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Social media has become the default venue for customers with a bone to pick about bad quality or poor customer service. For better or worse, it allows people to share their negative experiences with a wide audience, ostensibly in the hope that they will see their concerns addressed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t so for Vietnamese YouTuber Tran Van Hoang, who found himself in legal trouble after the automaker VinFast called the police on him after he posted a video critical of his new VinFast Lux A2.0 luxury sedan, Reuters reports.

You might laugh, but the Vietnamese automaker—which plans to start selling in Europe and North America in 2022—is taking the matter very seriously, going so far as to release a public statement on May 2. “Although Mr. Tran Van Hoang proactively removed those clips, we saved all the evidence and have sent our complaints to the police,” the statement read. It’s unclear which police department took the complaint, and whether or not Hoang has been interviewed over the matter yet.

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The producers of the Netflix show Love is BlindKinetic Content — appear to be currently soliciting photographers to shoot five weddings over the course of five consecutive days that are scheduled for the next season of the show. Unfortunately, the role is unpaid.

A U.K. company behind digital addressing system What3Words has sent a legal threat to a security researcher for offering to share an open-source software project with other researchers, which What3Words claims violate its copyright.

Aaron Toponce, a systems administrator at XMission, received a letter on Thursday from a law firm representing What3Words, requesting that he delete tweets related to the open-source alternative, WhatFreeWords. The letter also demands that he disclose to the law firm the identity of the person or people with whom he had shared a copy of the software, agree that he would not make any further copies of the software and to delete any copies of the software he had in his possession.

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Social networking service Triller has filed a $100m lawsuit against 12 ‘business entities’ and 100 John Does who it claims were involved in the illegal streaming of the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren boxing match on April 17. According to Triller, these “cyber-criminals” are responsible for diverting two million PPV buys away from the event.

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On Thursday, YouTube creator Molly Burke presented Wojcicki with the accolade in a video shared to the platform. “I’m so excited to be here tonight to present Susan Wojcicki with the Free Expression award. As the CEO of YouTube, Susan is facing some of the most critical issues around free expression today,” Burke said.

Wojcicki sat down for an interview during the online ceremony, during which she emphasized the importance of free speech and the role that YouTube plays in protecting it.

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The European Parliament is considering a draft resolution that requires online services to take pirated sports streams offline within 30 minutes. This includes a proposal to allow copyright holders to act as trusted flaggers. According to Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer, the plan is dangerous as it can cause massive collateral damage.

A user in a low level hacking forum has published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online.

The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.

This week police in Paris announced a “fruitful investigation” and a raid netting MDMA and ecstasy with a street value of over €1m ($1.2m; £860,000).

But it has turned out to be fruitful in a different way.

Sources close to the investigation now say the pink powder was in fact ground up sweets.

Police have warned students in the UK against using a website that they say lets users “illegally access” millions of scientific research papers.

The City of London’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit says the Sci-Hub website could “pose a threat to their personal information and data”.

The police are concerned that users of the “Russia-based website” could have information taken and misused online.

The Sci-Hub says its website “removes all barriers” to science.

It offers open access to more than 85 million scientific papers and claims that copyright laws should be abolished and that such material should be “knowledge to all”.

It describes itself as “the first pirate website in the world to provide mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers”.

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Created on Oct 24, 2020
By @root