the Deputy ombudsman's view, the armed Forces was limited by the servicemen and the supplier's freedom of speech, when the Pori brigade to prevent journalists from asking the servicemen's opinion.Yle journalist had wanted to interview the military for their use of surprise attacks by the fighting, but the brigade refused the interview on this topic.the military alliance left to the parliamentary ombudsman in April, the complaint, which the unions suspect the Pori brigade have limited the servicemen to freedom of expression.
Furniture chain Ikea is planning to sell in front of almost EUR 900 miljooonan shopping centers, says the news agency Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. Ikea spokeswoman Josefin Thorell confirms that the company plans to sell 27 commercial concentration. The plan is tied to Ikea's strategy, according to which the group should keep only real estate, which creates the opportunities for cooperation with the tenants and to develop a "inspiring and family-friendly meeting places". "We sell the parts of Ikea, which do not fit into this vision," said Thorell. According to him, sold 12 sites located in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic, the rest are. Thorell refused to comment on the value of the parts are for sale.
Take the case of software engineer Jason Calabrese, who has developed a smart insulin applicator for his nine-year-old son.The system he used was based on plans he found online, for OpenAPS.Pioneered by 27-year-old Dana Lewis, the system works by using a small, sub-cutaneous sensor to track blood sugar levels, attached to a radio-controlled insulin pump.The battery to power it all varies in size and shape depending on the individual hacker, but in the case of Mr Calabrese, it s about the size of a headphone case as per WSJ that resides inside the base of his son s backpack.Government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration FDA have refused to comment on the story, presumably since it does not want to recommend or condone the development of these devices — in case something goes wrong.Most involved in developing these devices recommend them only to those with some experience, though there are many who have taken up programming as a hobby in an effort to aid their children or other loved ones.
Cook is now in India to open new facilities and meet with politicians and businesses.The MIIT s statement said that Wei praised Apple s extensive collaboration with China over the last few years during the meeting.It added that as part of China s five-year plan to reboot its economy, the government will promote the development of new technologies, industries, and retail formats—and that it hopes Apple will continue to expand its business, research and development, and supply chain there in order to give consumers a convenient and safe user experience.That month, regulators also ordered the closure of iBooks Store and iTunes Movies, which was a surprising move because Apple has been given a relatively wide berth for a foreign tech firm in China.Then last week, Apple announced that it had invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China s largest ride-sharing app, which may help it curry favor with the government as it promotes domestic tech firms.The company, however, has to tread carefully in its dealings with China; during its recent dispute with the FBI over iPhone encryption, the company said it had refused a request within the last two years to hand its source code over to Chinese authorities.
Tim Cook said the new facility will open next yearApple has announced plans for a new app design centre in India as the firm's chief executive made his first visit to the country.Tim Cook said the US technology giant was planning to build the app design faculty in the southern city of Bangalore.He said the facility will open early next year and give "developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world".With Apple s sales slowing in China and the United States, Mr Cook will use his four-day visit to develop relations in India's fast-growing market, which Apple sees as increasingly key to its fortunes.While an Apple spokesperson refused to confirm Mr Cook's schedule, local media reported he had lined up meetings with a number of prominent business people, including Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and Airtel boss Sunil Mittal.Airtel, along with other Indian telecoms companies Reliance and Vodafone, are currently rolling out 4G networks across the country.
"I'll be the last person on earth who is still able to wear a usable pair of Glass — it's my mission!"  Firstenberg, Graham, and several other Glass owners we spoke to, still believe the headset is unrivaled in its utility for things like hands-free photography or getting directions while driving." While donning Glass in 2016 is a conversation starter for people, Google itself has refused to discuss its plans for the future.It stopped supporting the current hardware and software, and hasn't acknowledged reports that it's working on an enterprise version of the device, even when a pair leaked on eBay earlier this year.At IO, Google announced a slick new smart speaker and a jacket that controls your phone, but didn't make a peep about its Glass efforts, which now fall under a division called Project Aura.For now, the attitude of a loyal Glass lover is to just try to get as much use out of it as possible until the hardware wears out."NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
For the purpose of valuing my shares, says Michael Halloran, a securities lawyer with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.Chris Biow, a former executive and shareholder at MarkLogic Inc. and MongoDB Inc.—two software startups valued at over $1 billion—says he regularly discusses Delaware inspection rights with groups of employees for each company.San Carlos, Calif.-based MarkLogic, valued at $1 billion by investors a year ago, eventually agreed to let Mr. Biow view its financial results in its office in 2014, though it has refused to share a full stockholder list, he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Biederman, who left Utah-based Domo in February 2015 after four years, says he is still trying to get information from the company.A month later he submitted an affidavit citing his rights under Delaware law.Since he filed the affidavit, two divergent signals have exposed the difficulty in valuing his shares.
Photograph: Virginia Mayo/APFrench investigators have raided Google s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering.Google maintains that its large offices in Paris, London and other European capitals are not fully fledged businesses, but operate as mere satellites of its international headquarters in Dublin, providing back-office services such as marketing.The enquiry is focused on verifying whether the company Google Ireland Ltd controls a permanent establishment in France and if, by not declaring a part of the activities conducted on French territory, it has failed in its fiscal obligations, notably regarding taxes on companies and value-added tax.In January, Google agreed to pay £130m in back-taxes to the UK Treasury, but the announcement triggered uproar from tax campaigners and opposition MPs, because it meant that HM Revenue and Customs had effectively allowed the firm to continue routing its UK sales through Ireland.Used by multinationals to shelter profits generated in major markets, where tax rates tend to be higher, transfer pricing works by shunting money into lower tax jurisdictions.Two years ago, Google notified the US stockmarket regulator that it was subject to a tax inquiry.
Like the rest of the hardware industry, AV sellers are finding business less profitable these days and Steljes, which specialised in flat panel projectors and interactive whiteboards, was not immune to this.The firm s situation was not helped by its largest supplier, interactive whiteboard player Smart, breaking their exclusive distribution agreement by appointing Weston in April.Steljes director Martin Large, who was with the firm for two decades, refused to comment specifically on any issues with Smart but he said a particularly weak May forced its hand.He said the organisation reached the half-way stage of May and we d virtually sold nothing .A skeleton team remains at the business, helping the administrator sell existing stock and collect debts.AlixPartners said the team are currently investigating the potential to find a buyer for the business as a whole or in parts and welcome any expressions of interest .
Huawei Technologies Co. filed patent suits against Samsung Electronics Co. in the U.S. and China after the two weren t able to reach a licensing deal over the use of technology fundamental to how mobile networks operate.In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, Huawei claims Samsung infringes as many as 11 patents related to the industry standard for fourth-generation mobile devices.In the public portion of the complaint, Huawei doesn t seek any order to block sales of Samsung products in the U.S.The public version of the complaint is heavily redacted to mask confidential information.The patents cover communications networks and software to operate LTE networks established through international standard-setting organizations, Huawei said in the complaint.Huawei said it spends 15 percent of its revenue on research and is one of the biggest contributors to the industry standards for telecommunications so devices can talk to one another.The case, as well as a suit filed in Shenzhen People s Court in China where Huawei is based, threatens to become engulfed in a broader debate over how to value patents that are related to standardized technology such as mobile communications.Companies that get together to develop industry standards pledge to license any patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.Tech companies are split on how to define what exactly that means, and the issue has led to lawsuits and policy arguments around the world.Plummer said that Huawei has fulfilled all of our obligations to make a fair offer to Samsung.The administration of President Barack Obama vetoed an import ban Samsung had won against Apple because of concerns a trade agency hadn t addressed questions about such patents.Ericsson AB, which vies with Huawei for title of top global networking company, also claimed Samsung refused to pay fair and reasonable rates.The companies later settled, an outcome Plummer said Huawei is seeking.Officials with Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung didn t immediately return queries seeking comment.The case is Huawei Technologies Co. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 16cv2787, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco .
After months of rumours, TransferWise, the London headquartered money transfer startup and fintech darling, has confirmed that it has raised a further round of funding.Described as top-up funding , the $26 million round was led by investment management firm Baillie Gifford, with participation from existing investors.When I asked co-founder and CEO Taavet Hinrikus why TransferWise didn t stop those incorrect reports in their tracks, his reply was that the company has never commented on its valuation nor encouraged others to do so.I ask myself that everyday, he replied jokingly, before revealing that along with marketing, finance and tech teams, the startup employs roughly 100 product people.I also asked why today s round is less than half the size reported by Sky News back in February, but Hinrikus refused to be drawn on any specific reports, only to say that a startup the size of TranswerWise has a number of on-going financing options, including both equity and debt.Finally I asked him about reports that TransferWise had been caught in the crossfire regarding its U.S. operations and in particular its banking partner who has come under regulatory scrutiny.
Thanks to the likes of Apple and Google, more and more consumer devices are being encrypted by default.We are increasingly finding devices … that we can t open, FBI Director James Comey said in a keynote speech at the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, according to National Defense Magazine.It s not just device makers that are causing problems for the government — services and apps like WhatsApp, which switched on end-to-end encryption for its more than 1 billion users, are allowing people to securely chat without risk of government snooping.Apple initially complied with the investigation, but when the company received a court order demanding it create a tool that would provide backdoor access into the iPhone, the Cupertino, California, company refused.Apple feared the tool would fall into the wrong hands, thereby jeopardizing its customers security and privacy.Most of Silicon Valley agreed, along with many privacy groups and human rights organizations that voiced their support for the iPhone maker.
Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and sits on Facebook s board of directors, allegedly provided millions of dollars for Hogan s lawsuit and is apparently funding other cases.The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin noted that Thiel declined to reveal what other cases he supported.It s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence, Thiel told the Times in his first interview since the rumors that he funded the lawsuit reached a tipping point on Tuesday.Neither the jury nor the public knew of Thiel s involvement in the case.Thiel told The Times he has been planning for years to secretly fund lawsuits against Gawker in an effort to shut the company down.Gawker founder Nick Denton denounced Thiel's involvement in the lawsuit in a statement to The Times: Just because Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley billionaire, his opinion does not trump our millions of readers who know us for routinely driving big news stories including Hillary Clinton s secret email account, Bill Cosby s history with women, the mayor of Toronto as a crack smoker, Tom Cruise s role within Scientology, the N.F.L.cover-up of domestic abuse by players and just this month the hidden power of Facebook to determine the news you see.Read the full report from The New York TimesGawker is the high-brow gossip sheet covering media, entertainment, politics and technology.NOW WATCH: Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel explains precisely how Mark Zuckerberg changed the worldLoading video...
As part of its continuing push for ever greater surveillance powers, the FBI is hoping that a new bill, known as the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act, will be enacted into law, as the proposed legislation makes it possible for the agency to read emails without a warrant.It s already been given Senate Intelligence Committee approval and will next be considered by the Senate as a whole.The threat of terrorism remains high, so it s vital that we provide intelligence agencies with all the resources they need to prevent attacks both at home and abroad, said the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, echoing the FBI s reasoning behind the bill.This bill takes a hatchet to important protections for Americans liberty, he said via CNet .This bill would mean more government surveillance of Americans, less due process, and less independent oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies.It recently halted a lawsuit against Apple after the Cupertino company refused to weaken security features on one of its iPhones, even though it was the device used by the San Bernardino attacker.
Mark Zuckerberg says he believes in freedom of expression.To prove it, he should ask Peter Thiel, who funded a legal campaign designed to drive media company Gawker Media out of business, to step down from Facebook's board of directors.What Zuckerberg saidEarlier this month, an anonymous former Facebook employee accused Facebook showing liberal bias in the story selection for its Trending News box.Every tool we build is designed to give more people a voice and bring our global community together.It's not the first time Zuckerberg has defended freedom of expression.After terrorists attacked the offices of France's Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing parody cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, Zuckerberg wrote:A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to ban content about Mohammed that offended him.We stood up for this because different voices — even if they're sometimes offensive — can make the world a better and more interesting place.What Thiel didThis week, Peter Thiel acknowledged that he's spent about $10 million funding various legal campaigns against the media organization Gawker, including one brought by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.Thiel admitted this only after Forbes broke the story, even though Gawker founder Nick Denton and others had been speculating about Thiel's involvement for some time.Thiel was partly upset about a 2007 article in Valleywag, a Gawker publication, about Thiel's being gay — the first article about Thiel's sexuality.The law in the United States is very favorable toward free speech, no matter who's funding that speech or how much money they're spending.Gawker has written a lot of nasty, personal stories about people over the years." The courts are hearing a number of cases against Gawker, and it might lose one or more of them on appeal.But spending years looking for people who have potential grievances against a publication, then secretly funding their lawsuits, is not consistent with the principles of free expression.
A division of Anonymous attacks stock market cheats by compiling financial reports to warn investorsThe hackers collective Anonymous seems to be slowly changing how it does things, to the extent that one division is now trading hacking for financial reports in order to expose firms in the US and China that are trying to cheat on the stock market.This particular group of hackers goes by the name Anonymous Analytics.And once they have the dirt, this group of hackers is publishing financial reports outing the companies, and has caused at least one company's stock price to fall.In particular, the hacking collective's efforts have damaged buyers' confidence in stock belonging to a Chinese lottery machine service provider and games developer called REXLot Holdings, which had inflated its revenue and the amount of cash it had from interest earned on its balance sheet.Bloomberg reported on the incident at the time but RexLot refused to respond despite repeated attempts.A week after the damning report, REXLot then had to admit in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange that it could not honour all the bond redemptions requested by holders, which amounted to HK$1.85bn, due to the fact that it just didn't have sufficient cash resources.In fact, REXLot said it was trying to gain the bondholders' consent to let it have more time to dispose of some assets in order to generate the cash needed to make the payments.
The Transatlantic Limbo: Privacy Shield given a thumbs down by Giovanni ButtarelliThe EU's independent data protection supervisor has said that the proposed US-EU data sharing agreement, Privacy Shield, "is not robust enough to withstand future legal scrutiny" and has refused to endorse it."Significant improvements are needed should the European Commission wish to adopt an adequacy decision, to respect the essence of key data protection principles with particular regard to necessity, proportionality and redress mechanisms.Moreover, it s time to develop a longer term solution in the transatlantic dialogue," said Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor EDPS , in his official opinion on Privacy Shield.PDF The much worried-about Privacy Shield is a proposed legal measure which would ensure that EU citizens' data would remain protected by the EU's more stringent data laws when transported across the Atlantic by firms based in America.To be effective it would be required to provide "adequate protection against indiscriminate surveillance as well as obligations on oversight, transparency, redress and data protection rights."Despite this, transatlantic data transfers currently continue in an atmosphere of legal uncertainty.
However, the G5 s entirely empty battery refused to charge with the Hi-Fi Plus module in place, so we had to stick the original part back in before it returned to life.The module contains a 32bit Sabre ES9028C2M DAC digital to analog converter and the Sabre 9602c amplifier, enabling it to play hi-res 24bit/192kHz music files.However, I was really making an effort to listen for the detail, which is all very well at home or in a quiet environment, but if I was listening on the train, or in the gym — which is where phones often get used for audio — then I m not sure the nuances would be noticeable.He listened using Westone W40 balanced armature in-ear headphones, saying: The bass rich and full, while drums had a smooth, textured thump that really grabbed hold.The dynamic expression wasn t mind blowing, but the system offered a crystal clear exposure of the instrumentation, and sparkling details in the vocals that exposed subtle nuances like the soft puff of lip movements in the mic.We tried it out on a MacBook Pro with Denon s MM400 Music Maniac over-ear headphones, and the results were considerably better than using the G5.
For the longest time, users have been frustrated with the absence of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV and Google Chromecast.Rival Netflix can be found on both devices, but Amazon's streaming service has been notably absent, and the Amazon stopped stocking both devices in October last year.According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaking at Recode's Code Conference, the decision to keep Prime off these devices is to do with the absence of "acceptable business terms."Competing servicesBezos refused to respond to a follow up question about whether these "acceptable business terms" referred to the 30% cut that Apple takes from all purchases made through its devices.At the time of the decision it was speculated that the decision was due to Apple and Google offering hardware that competed with Amazon's Fire TV set-top boxes and streaming sticks.Meanwhile searching for either Chromecast or Apple TV brings up Amazon's own Fire TV devices.
Jeff Bezos this week refused to rule out the possibility of Amazon creating a wearable at some point in the future shock horror , leading the internet to insist that that the company s already got something you can strap around your wrist/face/ankle in the works, and it s definitely coming out this summer.Mr Bezos, if for some reason you happen to be extremely bored and reading this, here s what not to do with your wearable wotsit:Don t build up our hopes by waxing on and on and on about how gorgeous it is when it looks like a glorified electronic tag.Yes, they may have made it and yes, they know exactly how it works, but they re sure as hell not going to sell it.The tech s interesting to people like us, but it doesn t mean shit to the rest of the world.Don t tell us we need it.Actually, maybe save yourself some hassle and don't bother at all.
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