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  • 1/27   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/27   Press Review #vr #audio
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 - Starting in 2020, China will require videos created using AI or VR to be clearly marked - VentureBeat   More Information - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear & PSVR Cyber Monday Deals (2019): Top VR Headset Sales Researched by The Consumer Post - Business Wire   More Information - Audio VR puts museum fans in midst of orchestra - AV Magazine   More Information - 'Half-Life: Alyx' Hype Ramps up as VR Headset Kits Sell out - HYPEBEAST   More Information - Sony Lets Fans Traverse World of Jumanji: The Next Level With Sonic Surf VR Experience at Sony Square NYC - Sports Video Group   More Information - Facebook buys VR studio behind Beat Saber - TechCrunch   More Information - How Does Virtual Reality Technology Work? (+Where It's Headed) - G2   More Information - Bundy Bowl introduces virtual reality sessions - Bundaberg Now   More Information - Russian cows get virtual-reality glasses to help them ward off winter blues - The Independent   More Information - SteamVR 1.8 Update Adds Major Improvements to Audio Management - VRFocus   More Information - SteamVR 1.8 Automatically Selects Audio, Improves Vive Cosmos Support - UploadVR   More Information - China's new online content rules seek to root out fake news and deepfakes - E&T Magazine   More Information - Facebook to Buy Beat Games, Ups Ante in VR Gaming Space - Yahoo Finance   More Information - Valve Index vs. HTC Vive Pro: Which is better for you? - Windows Central   More Information - Enter The Tomb Of King Tut Through An Astonishing Virtual Reality Experience - Forbes   More Information - Sony PlayStation Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019 Deals: List of Sony PS VR, PS4 Slim & PS4 Pro Bundle Deals by Deal Stripe - Business Wire   More Information - Oculus Link beta hands-on: How Quest might kill Rift S for wired PC VR - VentureBeat   More Information - Black Friday Deal - Save $150 on the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC - WePC - PC Building Community   More Information - Audio Visual Classroom Solutions, IVCi, Explains How AV Technology is Continuing to Shape the Future of Higher Education - MarTech Series   More Information - Recording and mixing audio for virtual reality - MusicTech   More Information


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    - Starting in 2020, China will require videos created using AI or VR to be clearly marked - VentureBeat
       More Information

    - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear & PSVR Cyber Monday Deals (2019): Top VR Headset Sales Researched by The Consumer Post - Business Wire
       More Information

    - Audio VR puts museum fans in midst of orchestra - AV Magazine
       More Information

    - 'Half-Life: Alyx' Hype Ramps up as VR Headset Kits Sell out - HYPEBEAST
       More Information

    - Sony Lets Fans Traverse World of Jumanji: The Next Level With Sonic Surf VR Experience at Sony Square NYC - Sports Video Group
       More Information

    - Facebook buys VR studio behind Beat Saber - TechCrunch
       More Information

    - How Does Virtual Reality Technology Work? (+Where It's Headed) - G2
       More Information

    - Bundy Bowl introduces virtual reality sessions - Bundaberg Now
       More Information

    - Russian cows get virtual-reality glasses to help them ward off winter blues - The Independent
       More Information

    - SteamVR 1.8 Update Adds Major Improvements to Audio Management - VRFocus
       More Information

    - SteamVR 1.8 Automatically Selects Audio, Improves Vive Cosmos Support - UploadVR
       More Information

    - China's new online content rules seek to root out fake news and deepfakes - E&T Magazine
       More Information

    - Facebook to Buy Beat Games, Ups Ante in VR Gaming Space - Yahoo Finance
       More Information

    - Valve Index vs. HTC Vive Pro: Which is better for you? - Windows Central
       More Information

    - Enter The Tomb Of King Tut Through An Astonishing Virtual Reality Experience - Forbes
       More Information

    - Sony PlayStation Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019 Deals: List of Sony PS VR, PS4 Slim & PS4 Pro Bundle Deals by Deal Stripe - Business Wire
       More Information

    - Oculus Link beta hands-on: How Quest might kill Rift S for wired PC VR - VentureBeat
       More Information

    - Black Friday Deal - Save $150 on the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC - WePC - PC Building Community
       More Information

    - Audio Visual Classroom Solutions, IVCi, Explains How AV Technology is Continuing to Shape the Future of Higher Education - MarTech Series
       More Information

    - Recording and mixing audio for virtual reality - MusicTech
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    Did you see the #crowdfunding campaign that @whmsoft will start? #tailored #3d #vr #audio. Please share and comment. Campaign link:

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  • 3/27   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 4/27   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 5/27   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 6/27   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 7/27   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 8/27   Hedge Funds Love Martin Marietta (MLM) Way More Than These 3 Stocks
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Amid an overall bull market, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong […]

    Amid an overall bull market, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong […]


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  • 9/27   Real-life Golden Girls? How millennial co-living plans could ease America's aging crisis
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The co-living plans for seniors are modeled off a popular approach that helped younger people find nice, affordable living space.

    The co-living plans for seniors are modeled off a popular approach that helped younger people find nice, affordable living space.


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  • 10/27   Protesters Return in Peaceful Post-Poll Rally: Hong Kong Update
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong protesters returned to the city center in a peaceful rally after the city’s pro-democracy forces won by a landslide in local district council elections in a rebuke of the government and its backers in Beijing.President Donald Trump signed legislation this week expressing U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters, prompting China to threaten retaliation as the two sides get close to signing a phase one trade deal. Police on Friday said a nearly two-week siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a violent standoff between activists and officers that transfixed the city, had come to an end.While last week’s vote unfolded peacefully, there are concerns in the financial hub that leader Carrie Lam’s failure to make any concessions to demonstrators in its wake could fuel more anger. After a Thanksgiving rally in the city center on Thursday, weekend rallies include one planned on Sunday to show gratitude to the U.S. for introducing the Hong Kong legislation.Here’s the latest (all times local):China arrests 2 foreign nationals for protest links (Saturday 6 p.m.)China arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwan citizen Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said.The Taiwanese was suspected of spying and leaking Chinese state secrets, while the other person was accused of funding criminal activities that endanger national security, the paper said. Prosecutors have approved the arrests in both cases and are going through legal procedures, it said.Protesters return (Saturday 2 pm.)Hundreds of secondary-school students and elderly people rallied in a park in the city center in support of Hong Kong’s ongoing protests and against police use of tear gas. A number of people addressed the crowd before a band played on a makeshift stage in front of background poster that said: The elderly and the young hold hands and we walk together with you.No police were evident in or around the gathering in Chater Garden, Central, which was scheduled to end at 5 p.m.1,377 arrested in relation to PolyU (4:54 p.m.)Hong Kong police have arrested 1,377 people who left the then-besieged PolyU campus or were in the vicinity, the force’s Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen said at a daily briefing. More than 300 people under age 18 had their information taken down when they left the campus, he said, adding that he was “pleased” the episode at the school was coming to an end and that he hoped it could be a “turning point” for the city’s unrest, as it was resolved peacefullyPolice have now made 5,890 protest-related arrests since rallies began on June 9, he said.Hong Kong insurance sales to China slip (3:32 p.m.)Insurance sales in the financial hub to mainland customers declined in the third quarter as the protests halted visits to the city. Their purchases of insurance and related investment policies declined 18% to HK$9.7 billion ($1.2 billion) from a year earlier, according to figures from Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority. That year-on-year drop was the biggest since the start of last year, weighing on insurance giants such as Prudential Plc and AIA Group Ltd.Hong Kong is a hot market to buy insurance for mainland customers since it offers a wider array of investment products and access to foreign currencies. Since rules stipulate that customers need to finalize contracts in person, sales have been pummeled as many prospective Chinese customers have avoided the former British colony.PolyU siege ends (Friday 12:51 p.m.)Police said they lifted their blockade on PolyU after officers cleared the campus. Chow Yat-ming, the city’s assistant police commissioner, said he believed PolyU could be handed back to university management after dangerous items that remained on campus were removed.Firemen and a police safety team did a final sweep of the campus in the morning after searching every level of each building to handle hazardous items and collect evidence the day before. The police said they seized items including 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items and 601 bottles of corrosive liquids.\--With assistance from Zheping Huang.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Stanley JamesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong protesters returned to the city center in a peaceful rally after the city’s pro-democracy forces won by a landslide in local district council elections in a rebuke of the government and its backers in Beijing.President Donald Trump signed legislation this week expressing U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters, prompting China to threaten retaliation as the two sides get close to signing a phase one trade deal. Police on Friday said a nearly two-week siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a violent standoff between activists and officers that transfixed the city, had come to an end.While last week’s vote unfolded peacefully, there are concerns in the financial hub that leader Carrie Lam’s failure to make any concessions to demonstrators in its wake could fuel more anger. After a Thanksgiving rally in the city center on Thursday, weekend rallies include one planned on Sunday to show gratitude to the U.S. for introducing the Hong Kong legislation.Here’s the latest (all times local):China arrests 2 foreign nationals for protest links (Saturday 6 p.m.)China arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwan citizen Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said.The Taiwanese was suspected of spying and leaking Chinese state secrets, while the other person was accused of funding criminal activities that endanger national security, the paper said. Prosecutors have approved the arrests in both cases and are going through legal procedures, it said.Protesters return (Saturday 2 pm.)Hundreds of secondary-school students and elderly people rallied in a park in the city center in support of Hong Kong’s ongoing protests and against police use of tear gas. A number of people addressed the crowd before a band played on a makeshift stage in front of background poster that said: The elderly and the young hold hands and we walk together with you.No police were evident in or around the gathering in Chater Garden, Central, which was scheduled to end at 5 p.m.1,377 arrested in relation to PolyU (4:54 p.m.)Hong Kong police have arrested 1,377 people who left the then-besieged PolyU campus or were in the vicinity, the force’s Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen said at a daily briefing. More than 300 people under age 18 had their information taken down when they left the campus, he said, adding that he was “pleased” the episode at the school was coming to an end and that he hoped it could be a “turning point” for the city’s unrest, as it was resolved peacefullyPolice have now made 5,890 protest-related arrests since rallies began on June 9, he said.Hong Kong insurance sales to China slip (3:32 p.m.)Insurance sales in the financial hub to mainland customers declined in the third quarter as the protests halted visits to the city. Their purchases of insurance and related investment policies declined 18% to HK$9.7 billion ($1.2 billion) from a year earlier, according to figures from Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority. That year-on-year drop was the biggest since the start of last year, weighing on insurance giants such as Prudential Plc and AIA Group Ltd.Hong Kong is a hot market to buy insurance for mainland customers since it offers a wider array of investment products and access to foreign currencies. Since rules stipulate that customers need to finalize contracts in person, sales have been pummeled as many prospective Chinese customers have avoided the former British colony.PolyU siege ends (Friday 12:51 p.m.)Police said they lifted their blockade on PolyU after officers cleared the campus. Chow Yat-ming, the city’s assistant police commissioner, said he believed PolyU could be handed back to university management after dangerous items that remained on campus were removed.Firemen and a police safety team did a final sweep of the campus in the morning after searching every level of each building to handle hazardous items and collect evidence the day before. The police said they seized items including 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items and 601 bottles of corrosive liquids.\--With assistance from Zheping Huang.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Stanley JamesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 11/27   The SPD's new leaders: an 'anti-Merkel coalition' duo
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    Relative unknowns just days ago, Nobert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken were elected Saturday by their centre-left SPD as leaders of the party, junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government.  The duo, branded by German media as the 'anti-Merkel coalition' pair, soundly beat Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running mate Klara Geywitz.

    Relative unknowns just days ago, Nobert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken were elected Saturday by their centre-left SPD as leaders of the party, junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government. The duo, branded by German media as the 'anti-Merkel coalition' pair, soundly beat Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running mate Klara Geywitz.


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  • 12/27   North Korea blasts Japanese PM as 'idiot,' warns of ballistic missile launch toward Japan
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    Pyongyang warns that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 'may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future.'

    Pyongyang warns that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 'may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future.'


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  • 13/27   Cyber Monday Roomba Robot Vacuum Deals (2019): All The Best iRobot Roomba s9, e5, i7, 960 & 690 Deals Rounded Up by Retail Fuse
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    Roomba Cyber Monday 2019 deals are underway. The online sales team at Retail Fuse have compared the best iRobot Roomba 960, e5, s9 and i7 robot vacuum deals for shoppers. Their top picks are listed below.

    Roomba Cyber Monday 2019 deals are underway. The online sales team at Retail Fuse have compared the best iRobot Roomba 960, e5, s9 and i7 robot vacuum deals for shoppers. Their top picks are listed below.


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  • 14/27   Tech ETF Sweet Spots
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    With a stabilizing and steady economy shaping up, semiconductor ETFs will keep clicking.  

    With a stabilizing and steady economy shaping up, semiconductor ETFs will keep clicking.  


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  • 15/27   A Weakened Chinese State Presents Its Own Dangers
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    You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one. That is an increase in turnout of more than 100 percent and a stunning rebuke both of Beijing and of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has failed to respond adequately to the demands of the pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Hong Kong for the past six months. Maps of the city once shaded pro-mainland blue are now pro-liberty yellow.Yes, the vote was symbolic. The councils have little say in the operations of government. But symbols matter. For Hong Kongers to express discontent with their rulers through one of the last vehicles for accountability is no trifle. Beijing was surprised. It had counted on a supposed "silent majority" of voters tired of the upheaval and violence to legitimize the mainland's authority. That was a mistake. The prefabricated copy that Communist propagandists had been ready to spread was abandoned. "The problem is that under the increasingly paranoid regime of Xi Jinping, even these internal reports have become much more geared toward what the leadership wants to hear," writes James Palmer, who a decade ago worked for the pro-China Global Times.Hong Kong is the most visible reminder of the tenuous nature of Communist rule. The city has become a postmodern battleground where masked protesters wield social media and lasers to avoid armor-clad police and facial-recognition technology powered by artificial intelligence. When one looks at Hong Kong one sees a possible future where champions of freedom the world over employ desperate measures against the overwhelming resources of a mechanized Leviathan. One also sees the brittleness, confusion, and embarrassment of despotism when challenged by subjects assumed to be grateful for growth and security and immune to the will to freedom.What is happening in Hong Kong is not isolated. The China model of authoritarian development is damaged and scarred. What seemed as sturdy and invulnerable as a Borg Cube looks more like a fragile and wobbly mobile by Alexander Calder. The regime of Xi Jinping is under economic and political and diplomatic pressure that it is not handling well. This beleaguered combatant in an era of great-power competition is more dangerous to the United States than before.What legitimacy the Communist party possessed was based on the decades of economic growth inaugurated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. But growth has slowed to its lowest level in decades as the Chinese workforce ages, low-hanging investment opportunities disappear, and the trade war with the United States reduces manufacturing output and sends supply lines to Vietnam and Mexico. Capital is fleeing China at a record pace as the bourgeoisie hedge against stagnation and turmoil.For all of the Chinese government's much-publicized investments in research and development and defense, and despite the size of its economy, per capita gross domestic product is $10,000, slightly less than that of the Russia Federation ($11,000) and a fraction of that of the United States ($65,000). Recent weeks have brought an uptick in bank runs. The government's response to the slowdown has been to tighten state control. "Between 2012 and 2018, assets of state companies grew at more than 15 percent annually, well over twice the pace of expansion of China's GDP and double the pace of growth of gross domestic capital formation," writes Nicholas R. Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. This is not state capitalism. It's statism.The Chinese authorities use mechanisms of repression to maintain control over what can only be described as an internal empire. The New York Times recently published a horrifying and damning trove of documents relating the extent of Beijing's efforts to detain, imprison, intimidate, and reeducate Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in western Xinjiang Province. China wants to override the Dalai Lama's choice of successor in its continuing efforts to police Tibetan Buddhism and aspirations to sovereignty. China leads the world in the number of political prisoners, its Great Firewall has become more difficult to penetrate, and its influence operations in Taiwan, Australia, and other democracies more sophisticated. Defector Wang Liqiang has told Australian officials of his personal involvement in the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers who had the temerity to advocate democracy.These are not the moves of a regime confident in its ability to win the allegiance of a multi-ethnic population of 1.4 billion people. They are the policies of an insular and jittery faction whose uncertainty toward a changing economic and demographic landscape has made it suspicious of and opposed to even the slightest hints of liberal democracy. The ambitions of Chairman Xi for a Eurasia integrated under the Belt and Road Initiative, where the preponderance of the latest equipment in key sectors is manufactured, are both grand and mismatched for a nation whose leaders are concerned most with the operation of the surveillance state that keeps them in power.The resistance to Beijing is both domestic and foreign. Lost in all the predictions of Chinese dominance were the voices of China's neighbors in the Pacific. Neither Japan, nor Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, nor Australia want to live in a Chinese lake. Most extraordinary has been the response of the United States. Within four years, the American elite has swapped its belief in China's "peaceful rise" for the recognition that it may be in the opening phase of a Second Cold War whose outcome will determine the ideological character of the 21st century. While Tariff Man wages his trade war, opposing Chinese theft of intellectual property and arguing for structural changes to China's state-owned enterprises, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speak of the political and security challenges presented by Chinese authoritarians who become more willing to lash out as they lose their grip.Senator Josh Hawley spoke for the emerging consensus when he wrote in the November 24 Wall Street Journal: "And everywhere, in every region, we must ask whether our actions are contributing to the great task of this era, resisting hegemony in the Asia-Pacific." A few days before Hawley's op-ed, Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Though the president already may possess the authorities to sanction Chinese officials granted him by Congress, the bill remains both a powerful statement of American support for the principles of liberty and democracy and a sign of American resolution before the specter of autocracy.Good for President Trump to have signed the Democracy Act — and better still if he would link human rights to trade and refrain from speaking of his "friend," the "incredible guy" who seeks nothing less than the defeat and displacement of the United States.This article originally appeared in the Washington Free Beacon.

    You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one. That is an increase in turnout of more than 100 percent and a stunning rebuke both of Beijing and of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who has failed to respond adequately to the demands of the pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Hong Kong for the past six months. Maps of the city once shaded pro-mainland blue are now pro-liberty yellow.Yes, the vote was symbolic. The councils have little say in the operations of government. But symbols matter. For Hong Kongers to express discontent with their rulers through one of the last vehicles for accountability is no trifle. Beijing was surprised. It had counted on a supposed "silent majority" of voters tired of the upheaval and violence to legitimize the mainland's authority. That was a mistake. The prefabricated copy that Communist propagandists had been ready to spread was abandoned. "The problem is that under the increasingly paranoid regime of Xi Jinping, even these internal reports have become much more geared toward what the leadership wants to hear," writes James Palmer, who a decade ago worked for the pro-China Global Times.Hong Kong is the most visible reminder of the tenuous nature of Communist rule. The city has become a postmodern battleground where masked protesters wield social media and lasers to avoid armor-clad police and facial-recognition technology powered by artificial intelligence. When one looks at Hong Kong one sees a possible future where champions of freedom the world over employ desperate measures against the overwhelming resources of a mechanized Leviathan. One also sees the brittleness, confusion, and embarrassment of despotism when challenged by subjects assumed to be grateful for growth and security and immune to the will to freedom.What is happening in Hong Kong is not isolated. The China model of authoritarian development is damaged and scarred. What seemed as sturdy and invulnerable as a Borg Cube looks more like a fragile and wobbly mobile by Alexander Calder. The regime of Xi Jinping is under economic and political and diplomatic pressure that it is not handling well. This beleaguered combatant in an era of great-power competition is more dangerous to the United States than before.What legitimacy the Communist party possessed was based on the decades of economic growth inaugurated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. But growth has slowed to its lowest level in decades as the Chinese workforce ages, low-hanging investment opportunities disappear, and the trade war with the United States reduces manufacturing output and sends supply lines to Vietnam and Mexico. Capital is fleeing China at a record pace as the bourgeoisie hedge against stagnation and turmoil.For all of the Chinese government's much-publicized investments in research and development and defense, and despite the size of its economy, per capita gross domestic product is $10,000, slightly less than that of the Russia Federation ($11,000) and a fraction of that of the United States ($65,000). Recent weeks have brought an uptick in bank runs. The government's response to the slowdown has been to tighten state control. "Between 2012 and 2018, assets of state companies grew at more than 15 percent annually, well over twice the pace of expansion of China's GDP and double the pace of growth of gross domestic capital formation," writes Nicholas R. Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. This is not state capitalism. It's statism.The Chinese authorities use mechanisms of repression to maintain control over what can only be described as an internal empire. The New York Times recently published a horrifying and damning trove of documents relating the extent of Beijing's efforts to detain, imprison, intimidate, and reeducate Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in western Xinjiang Province. China wants to override the Dalai Lama's choice of successor in its continuing efforts to police Tibetan Buddhism and aspirations to sovereignty. China leads the world in the number of political prisoners, its Great Firewall has become more difficult to penetrate, and its influence operations in Taiwan, Australia, and other democracies more sophisticated. Defector Wang Liqiang has told Australian officials of his personal involvement in the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers who had the temerity to advocate democracy.These are not the moves of a regime confident in its ability to win the allegiance of a multi-ethnic population of 1.4 billion people. They are the policies of an insular and jittery faction whose uncertainty toward a changing economic and demographic landscape has made it suspicious of and opposed to even the slightest hints of liberal democracy. The ambitions of Chairman Xi for a Eurasia integrated under the Belt and Road Initiative, where the preponderance of the latest equipment in key sectors is manufactured, are both grand and mismatched for a nation whose leaders are concerned most with the operation of the surveillance state that keeps them in power.The resistance to Beijing is both domestic and foreign. Lost in all the predictions of Chinese dominance were the voices of China's neighbors in the Pacific. Neither Japan, nor Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, nor Australia want to live in a Chinese lake. Most extraordinary has been the response of the United States. Within four years, the American elite has swapped its belief in China's "peaceful rise" for the recognition that it may be in the opening phase of a Second Cold War whose outcome will determine the ideological character of the 21st century. While Tariff Man wages his trade war, opposing Chinese theft of intellectual property and arguing for structural changes to China's state-owned enterprises, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speak of the political and security challenges presented by Chinese authoritarians who become more willing to lash out as they lose their grip.Senator Josh Hawley spoke for the emerging consensus when he wrote in the November 24 Wall Street Journal: "And everywhere, in every region, we must ask whether our actions are contributing to the great task of this era, resisting hegemony in the Asia-Pacific." A few days before Hawley's op-ed, Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Though the president already may possess the authorities to sanction Chinese officials granted him by Congress, the bill remains both a powerful statement of American support for the principles of liberty and democracy and a sign of American resolution before the specter of autocracy.Good for President Trump to have signed the Democracy Act — and better still if he would link human rights to trade and refrain from speaking of his "friend," the "incredible guy" who seeks nothing less than the defeat and displacement of the United States.This article originally appeared in the Washington Free Beacon.


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  • 16/27   ZENDESK LOSS NOTICE: ROSEN, A LEADING LAW FIRM, Reminds Zendesk, Inc. Investors of Important December 23rd Deadline in Securities Class Action
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    Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Zendesk, Inc. between February 6, 2019 and October 1, 2019 (the "Class Period") of the important December 23, 2019 lead plaintiff deadline in securities class action. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Zendesk investors under the federal securities laws.

    Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Zendesk, Inc. between February 6, 2019 and October 1, 2019 (the "Class Period") of the important December 23, 2019 lead plaintiff deadline in securities class action. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Zendesk investors under the federal securities laws.


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  • 17/27   Powerful winter storm threatens millions of travelers heading home - especially in New England
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    As a winter storm continues east and disrupts holiday traffic, a nor'easter is set to dump heavy snow from New Jersey to Boston.

    As a winter storm continues east and disrupts holiday traffic, a nor'easter is set to dump heavy snow from New Jersey to Boston.


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  • 18/27   Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false
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    Facebook added a correction notice to a post by a fringe news site that Singapore's government said contained false information.  It’s the first time the government has tried to enforce a new law against ‘fake news’ outside its borders.  The post by fringe news site States Times Review (STR), contained 'scurrilous accusations' according to the Singapore government.

    Facebook added a correction notice to a post by a fringe news site that Singapore's government said contained false information. It’s the first time the government has tried to enforce a new law against ‘fake news’ outside its borders. The post by fringe news site States Times Review (STR), contained 'scurrilous accusations' according to the Singapore government.


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  • 19/27   As Juncker bids farewell, new EU executive begins with scrutiny over Luxembourg tax
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    Officials from the new European Commission will discuss a report by International Monetary Fund researchers that lists Luxembourg as a world-leading tax haven just days after the former leader of the Grand Duchy departs the EU executive's helm.  Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will on Monday meet IMF researchers who investigated the impact of tax havens on global tax revenues, according to the commission's agenda.  Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister from 1995 to 2013, ends his five-year mandate as commission president on Saturday.

    Officials from the new European Commission will discuss a report by International Monetary Fund researchers that lists Luxembourg as a world-leading tax haven just days after the former leader of the Grand Duchy departs the EU executive's helm. Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will on Monday meet IMF researchers who investigated the impact of tax havens on global tax revenues, according to the commission's agenda. Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister from 1995 to 2013, ends his five-year mandate as commission president on Saturday.


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  • 20/27   HIV campaign tackles sex taboos in S.Sudan
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    In Andrew Makech's home village near Rumbek in central South Sudan, few have ever heard of a condom, and broaching the topic of its use would be considered taboo.  The campaign, launched by the Okay Africa Foundation NGO in partnership with government, comes ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday, and highlights that despite great strides made in raising awareness about the disease around the globe, many are still at risk.  In South Sudan, HIV rates are currently believed to be low, at around 200,000 people infected in a population of around 12 million, however few protect themselves or get themselves tested, and only 10 percent of those infected are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, according to the World Health Organisation.

    In Andrew Makech's home village near Rumbek in central South Sudan, few have ever heard of a condom, and broaching the topic of its use would be considered taboo. The campaign, launched by the Okay Africa Foundation NGO in partnership with government, comes ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday, and highlights that despite great strides made in raising awareness about the disease around the globe, many are still at risk. In South Sudan, HIV rates are currently believed to be low, at around 200,000 people infected in a population of around 12 million, however few protect themselves or get themselves tested, and only 10 percent of those infected are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, according to the World Health Organisation.


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  • 21/27   HIV campaign tackles sex taboos in S.Sudan
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    In Andrew Makech's home village near Rumbek in central South Sudan, few have ever heard of a condom, and broaching the topic of its use would be considered taboo.  The campaign, launched by the Okay Africa Foundation NGO in partnership with government, comes ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday, and highlights that despite great strides made in raising awareness about the disease around the globe, many are still at risk.  In South Sudan, HIV rates are currently believed to be low, at around 200,000 people infected in a population of around 12 million, however few protect themselves or get themselves tested, and only 10 percent of those infected are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, according to the World Health Organisation.

    In Andrew Makech's home village near Rumbek in central South Sudan, few have ever heard of a condom, and broaching the topic of its use would be considered taboo. The campaign, launched by the Okay Africa Foundation NGO in partnership with government, comes ahead of World Aids Day on Sunday, and highlights that despite great strides made in raising awareness about the disease around the globe, many are still at risk. In South Sudan, HIV rates are currently believed to be low, at around 200,000 people infected in a population of around 12 million, however few protect themselves or get themselves tested, and only 10 percent of those infected are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, according to the World Health Organisation.


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  • 22/27   B2C2 founder: unregulated crypto businesses “will keep doing well,” but the 2020 election might change that
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    Low regulatory risk has incentivized cryptocurrency businesses to not play by the book and still be very successful, but the 2020 U.S.The post B2C2 founder: unregulated crypto businesses “will keep doing well,” but the 2020 election might change that appeared first on The Block.

    Low regulatory risk has incentivized cryptocurrency businesses to not play by the book and still be very successful, but the 2020 U.S.The post B2C2 founder: unregulated crypto businesses “will keep doing well,” but the 2020 election might change that appeared first on The Block.


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  • 23/27   Fiat Chrysler reaches tentative labor deal with United Auto Workers
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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union on Saturday announced a tentative agreement for a four-year labor contract, a boost for the automaker as it works to merge with France's Groupe PSA.  Italian-American Fiat Chrysler and PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen, last month announced a planned $50 billion merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker.  The tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler, which is subject to ratification by the union members, follows contracts that the UAW already concluded with Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union on Saturday announced a tentative agreement for a four-year labor contract, a boost for the automaker as it works to merge with France's Groupe PSA. Italian-American Fiat Chrysler and PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen, last month announced a planned $50 billion merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler, which is subject to ratification by the union members, follows contracts that the UAW already concluded with Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co.


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  • 24/27   New Think Tank Launched By Liberty University
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    A new, national think tank was launched today by Liberty University, the private Christian University in Lynchburg, Virginia, that is dedicated to renewing and defending God-given freedoms in America and restoring Judeo-Christian-based principles in our national policies, institutions, and culture.

    A new, national think tank was launched today by Liberty University, the private Christian University in Lynchburg, Virginia, that is dedicated to renewing and defending God-given freedoms in America and restoring Judeo-Christian-based principles in our national policies, institutions, and culture.


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  • 25/27   Grieving dad's online research helps save boy from rare disorder that killed older brother
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    Unknown to doctors, a boy's life depended on finding what killed his older brother. It took a grieving father's research to help uncover the answer.

    Unknown to doctors, a boy's life depended on finding what killed his older brother. It took a grieving father's research to help uncover the answer.


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  • 26/27   Campaigners occupy German coal mines in climate protest
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    Thousands of activists on Saturday occupied several opencast coal mines in eastern Germany, seeking to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel -- a divisive issue in the country's rust belt.  Meanwhile, MIBRAG which operates another mine -- the Vereinigtes Schleenhain site -- south of Leipzig said about 1,200 protesters blocked a coal-excavator, forcing the group to halt operations.  'We have nothing against peaceful protests and the exercise of democratic rights, but we reject all forms of breach of laws and violence,' MIBRAG chairman  Armin Eichholz said in a statement.

    Thousands of activists on Saturday occupied several opencast coal mines in eastern Germany, seeking to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel -- a divisive issue in the country's rust belt. Meanwhile, MIBRAG which operates another mine -- the Vereinigtes Schleenhain site -- south of Leipzig said about 1,200 protesters blocked a coal-excavator, forcing the group to halt operations. 'We have nothing against peaceful protests and the exercise of democratic rights, but we reject all forms of breach of laws and violence,' MIBRAG chairman Armin Eichholz said in a statement.


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  • 27/27   Camacho, a leader in Bolivian protests, to seek presidency
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    Luis Fernando Camacho, a leading force behind the ouster of Bolivian president Evo Morales, on Saturday announced his own plans to seek the presidency.  Camacho, a deeply conservative opposition leader in the prosperous eastern Santa Cruz region, had joined with other key opposition figures in demanding Morales's resignation.  Morales resigned on November 10 and fled the country a day later to take refuge in Mexico, amid swelling protests over what political opponents said was his rigging of October 20 elections.

    Luis Fernando Camacho, a leading force behind the ouster of Bolivian president Evo Morales, on Saturday announced his own plans to seek the presidency. Camacho, a deeply conservative opposition leader in the prosperous eastern Santa Cruz region, had joined with other key opposition figures in demanding Morales's resignation. Morales resigned on November 10 and fled the country a day later to take refuge in Mexico, amid swelling protests over what political opponents said was his rigging of October 20 elections.


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