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Ukraine police raid ransomware gang that reportedly hit NSW Transport

The most potent ransomware gangs operate with Kremlin tolerance, based out of reach of Western law enforcement. Russia neither prosecutes not extradites them. Trying to persuade its president, Vladimir Putin, to change that was a priority of US President Joe Biden in their meeting on Wednesday in Geneva. It’s not …

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Amazon is treating paying customers like guinea pigs

This high-risk, high-reward approach to innovation is woven into Amazon’s culture. Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder, has said that Amazon’s failures cost it billions of dollars. He once told investors that his company was “the best place in the world to fail (we have a lot of practice!), and failure …

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‘Utter nonsense’: CSIRO blasted for dropping Chinese climate partner

“The Chinese also understand that CSIRO’s decision is because of pressure from the right-wing media… stoking anti-China populism,” the researcher said. Steve Rintoul, a CSIRO fellow and one of the CSHOR leaders, said his organisation had worked with the Defence Department to ensure that there was no connection between CSHOR …

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‘We will be pressing forward’: Hatley walks away but Pies EGM push proceeds

“Further proposals continue to be discussed, including the establishment of a representative body drawn from a range of Collingwood membership groups that will speak regularly and directly with the board and executive. “The club thanks David Hatley and other members for their passion for Collingwood and desire to help the …

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After $5b snub, Ronaldo may have discovered his most powerful voice yet

It is Ronaldo’s self-mythologising, coupled with his social-media profile, that explains why he collects an estimated £970,000 ($1.8m) for every Instagram message. In the past fortnight, he has used the platform not to offer any telling character insights, but to provide mentions of a live-scoring app and a hotel that …

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‘Victoria is a powder keg’: Experts fear virus still circulating as testing rate drops

NSW recorded its first local case in 40 days on Wednesday with a man from Sydney’s east testing positive. The man, in his 60s, works as a driver in a role that includes transporting international air crew. The easing of restrictions comes as concerns grow about the decline in testing …

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Biden’s Trumpian outburst puts his Putin challenge on full display

At his own solo press conference earlier in the day Putin had described Biden as “very different from President Trump”. But Biden’s tussle with Collins felt like a flashback to the Trump era: a US President putting a CNN reporter under fire as the world watched on. What wasn’t so …

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Trance music fan sets sight on Czech leadership, warmer ties with Europe

Prague: Dreadlocked, pacifist and a lover of psychedelic trance music, former software architect Ivan Bartos doesn’t come across as your typical eastern European leader. The 41-year-old is chairman of the Pirate Party, the Czech version of the groups that have sprung up over the past decade or so to champion …

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‘Joy and a sense of freedom’: France eases COVID-19 mask rules ahead of schedule

Over 58 per cent of France’s adult population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. On Tuesday, the European Union nation opened its vaccination programs to those 12 to 18 to protect residents as restrictions are gradually being lifted. Lots of Parisians enjoyed the shade of the trees in …

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s jail cell flooded with raw sewage: court filing

New York: Ghislaine Maxwell’s cell in a Brooklyn federal jail was “permeated” with raw sewage last week, according to a new court filing. Bobbi Sternheim, an attorney for the British socialite accused of grooming and abusing underage girls, included the sewage leak in her latest list of complaints about conditions …

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