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Trump says coronavirus under control in the U.S

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 22:00
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the coronavirus was under control in the United States, and added that he thought the stock market, which tumbled on Monday on worries over the fast-spreading disease, was "starting to look very good to me!"

Coronavirus Outbreak Has 'Pandemic Potential' But It's Not There Yet, WHO Says

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 21:22
The deadly outbreak of a novel coronavirus has the world on edge, but it has not yet developed into a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. From a report: Although WHO has declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern," the outbreak has not met the criteria needed to be described as a pandemic when it comes to its geographical spread and impact, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing with reporters on Monday. "Our decision about whether to use the word 'pandemic' to describe an epidemic is based on an ongoing assessment of the geographical spread of the virus, the severity of disease it causes and the impact it has on the whole society," Ghebreyesus said during the briefing. "For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large-scale severe disease or deaths," he said. "Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely it has. Are we there yet from our assessment? Not yet. So how should we describe the current situation? What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world, affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response."

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Kuwait suspends flights to and from South Korea, Thailand, Italy over coronavirus fears

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 21:20
Kuwait's civil aviation authority announced on Monday it had suspended all its flights to and from South Korea, Thailand, and Italy after reports of an outbreak of coronavirus in the countries, state news agency KUNA reported, saying this came in accordance with the Kuwaiti health ministry instructions.

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 21:05
Inrupt promises a pro-privacy solution to managing, protecting personal data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has staffed up his startup, dubbed Inrupt, with a handful of notable hires that make its internet salvation mission a bit more plausible.…

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Netflix Adds Top 10 Feature So You Can See What Everyone's Watching

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:42
Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content on Netflix? Now you can jump on the bandwagon and check out the streaming service's most popular options. Netflix has added a Top 10 feature, the company said Monday. From a report: "Starting today you'll notice something new when you go on Netflix: The Top 10 row," the company said in a tweet. "The lists update daily to show what's popular in your country and are broken into three categories: Netflix overall, shows & films." The most popular Netflix offerings in your country should show up in their own row once you log in to your Netflix account, the company said. "The list is rolling out globally now and should be on your homepage by the end of the day at the latest."

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Coronavirus kills seventh person in Italy, pandemic fears grip Wall Street

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:41
The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy on Monday and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities.

APHL asks FDA to allow some public health labs to develop coronavirus detection tests

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:41
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow some governmental public health laboratories to make a laboratory-developed test to detect coronavirus.

Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape, in turning point for #MeToo movement

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:33
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape in a New York court on Monday and taken away in handcuffs, a turning point for the #MeToo movement that inspired women to publicly accuse powerful men of misconduct.

Testimony alleging past Weinstein sexual assaults bolstered difficult case

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:31
- In order to secure the rape and sexual assault convictions that will send Harvey Weinstein to prison, prosecutors called a parade of witnesses who portrayed the former Hollywood producer as a man who abused his power to prey on younger women.

Afrinic's new CEO promises change of culture at org laid low by allegations of corruption and dysfunction

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:11
Eddy Kayihura hopes to fix troubled regional internet registry

Interview  In November, Rwandan IT expert Eddy Kayihura took over as CEO of Afrinic – Africa’s troubled regional internet registry, which is responsible for allocating the continent's IP addresses among other resources. This month he spoke to The Register about his plans for the future, including the overhaul of the registry.…

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Netanyahu takes centre stage in Israeli election battle

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:08
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is revelling in Israel's election campaign, strutting the stage, boasting of achievements and laying into rivals. Unsurprisingly, he largely steers clear of mentioning the corruption trial hanging over him.

Motive of German driver in 'terrible' carnival incident still unclear - minister

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:03
German police have no indications for a motive and continue to investigate all possibilities after a man ploughed his car into a carnival parade in the western town of Volkmarsen, injuring 30 people including children, a senior official said on Monday.

Mapping Wikipedia

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:03
An unprecedented data set shows where the encyclopedia's editors are, where they aren't, and why. From a report: Wikipedia matters. In a time of extreme political polarization, algorithmically enforced filter bubbles, and fact patterns dismissed as fake news, Wikipedia has become one of the few places where we can meet to write a shared reality. We treat it like a utility, and the U.S. and U.K. trust it about as much as the news. But we know very little about who is writing the world's encyclopedia. We do know that just because anyone can edit, doesn't mean that everyone does: The site's editors are disproportionately cis white men from the global North. We also know that, as with most of the internet, a small number of the editors do a large amount of the editing. But that's basically it: In the interest of improving retention, the Wikimedia Foundation's own research focuses on the motivations of people who do edit, not on those who don't. The media, meanwhile, frequently focus on Wikipedia's personality stories, even when covering the bigger questions. And Wikipedia's own culture pushes back against granular data harvesting: The Wikimedia Foundation's strong data-privacy rules guarantee users' anonymity and limit the modes and duration of their own use of editor data. But as part of my research in producing Print Wikipedia, I discovered a data set that can offer an entry point into the geography of Wikipedia's contributors. Every time anyone edits Wikipedia, the software records the text added or removed, the time of the edit, and the username of the editor. (This edit history is part of Wikipedia's ethos of radical transparency: Everyone is anonymous, and you can see what everyone is doing.) When an editor isn't logged in with a username, the software records that user's IP address. I parsed all of the 884 million edits to English Wikipedia to collect and geolocate the 43 million IP addresses that have edited English Wikipedia. I also counted 8.6 million username editors who have made at least one edit to an article. The result is a set of maps that offer, for the first time, insight into where the millions of volunteer editors who build and maintain English Wikipedia's 6 million pages are -- and, maybe more important, where they aren't.

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Europe suffers worst day since 2016 as virus spreads, Wall Street opens ugly

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:02
European shares suffered their biggest slump since mid-2016 on Monday and oil plunged almost 5%, as a jump in coronavirus cases in Italy, South Korea, Japan and Iran sent investors scrambling to the security of gold and government bonds.

U.S. CDC confirms 53 coronavirus cases, including repatriated citizens

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:29
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday there were 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, apart from the 39 cases among those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the city of Wuhan in China.

Labs in the US Will Start Looking For the New Coronavirus This Week

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:22
Six public health labs in the US plan to start monitoring the general population for the new coronavirus this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the risk of the virus still remains low for the general population. But activating the disease surveillance network will allow the CDC and other public health officials to find any undetected virus circulating through the country. From a report: "It's important because right now, all the efforts are focused on people who have a direct link to China, or a direct link to lab-confirmed cases. There's no system in place to detect low-level transmission that might be under the radar," says Edward Belongia, the director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. The six labs -- in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City -- are already part of the nationwide influenza surveillance network, and they conduct regular monitoring of all types of viruses. At the labs, samples from sick people are tested for various pathogens, creating a big-picture look at how much various diseases are spreading through the community. Surveillance hasn't started yet, in part because of problems with the test for the novel coronavirus developed by the CDC. The test that will be used for surveillance that was designed to diagnose people who have symptoms of the illness caused by the virus called COVID-19. It was distributed to public health labs around the country last week, but the majority of the labs had trouble running it. The CDC says this often happens during the rollout of a new test, but it has not specified what the reasons for the errors are. Vote in our coronavirus poll.

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Gaza-Israel hostilities flare through second day with rocket attacks, air strikes

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:20
Gaza militants on Monday fired rockets towards Israel, which responded with air strikes, in the second day of an escalation that ebbed but did not come to an end despite the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announcing a halt to its attacks.

Coronavirus spreads outside China, pandemic fears grip Wall Street

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:16
With coronavirus cases rising in Italy and several Middle East countries dealing with their first infections, fears of a global pandemic sent markets into a tailspin, even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported Beijing and other cities.

World must avert 'dramatic' effects of coronavirus on health, economy - U.N.'s Guterres

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:16
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to prevent the novel coronavirus epidemic from spiralling into a crisis with "dramatic consequences" for global health and the world economy.


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