Sharp gobbles NEC as Japan's display giants team up to take on Europe and North America

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Terms not revealed, but hopes are high that consolidation will be a good thing

Japanese display giant Sharp will gobble NEC's display business in a push to expand into North America and Europe.…


'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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The web is 'optimised for Chrome, not for independent browsers'

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WHO Holds Secret Talks With Tech Giants To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus "Misinformation"

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WHO Holds Secret Talks With Tech Giants To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus "Misinformation"

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

The World Health Organization has held talks with tech giants to stop the spread of coronavirus “misinformation,” despite the fact that some things once labeled “misinformation” have since turned out to be true.

The meeting was organized by th

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e WHO but hosted by Facebook at its Menlo Park campus in California. Attendees included representatives from Amazon, Twilio, Dropbox, Google, Verizon, Salesforce, Twitter, YouTube, Airbnb, Kinsa and Mapbox.

According to the WHO’s Andy Pattison, an “infodemic” of misinformation has accompanied the coronavirus outbreak and big tech giants need to respond by censoring “fake news” content.

Both Facebook and Twitter already announced that they would remove content deemed to be misinformation regarding the virus, a dangerous new lurch to mass censorship given that what is considered “misinformation” is totally subjective and beholden to partisan bias.

Two clear examples of “misinformation” surrounding the coronavirus subsequently turned out to be true.

The first example was claims that China was hiding the true number of coronavirus victims, once labeled a “conspiracy theory” by the media but subsequently proven accurate on Friday when 14,800 new coronavirus cases were reported in a single day.

The second example was suspicions that the virus could have emerged from a bio-safety level 4 research lab in Wuhan.

This contention has been aggressively attacked by the media and big tech giants – Zero Hedge was even banned by Twitter for reporting it – but a new study by scientists at the prestigious South China University of Technology in Guangzhou has confirmed that “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

Chinese dissidents and others have been defamed and in some cases imprisoned by authorities, but the media continues to treat any questioning of the official Chinese Communist Party narrative with disdain.

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Two Legendary Italian Food Giants Go Head To Head In "Christmas Cookie War"

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Two Legendary Italian Food Giants Go Head To Head In "Christmas Cookie War"

When most people think of Italian cuisine, they think fresh seafood and vegetables. Delicious cheeses and bread. And, of course, wine. But lately, Italy's food culture has been overshadowed by a battle between two of the country's largest processed-food giants over who an produce the best-tasting (and, of course, best selling) cookie.

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trong>The belligerents are Nutella-maker Ferrero Roche, and pasta giant Barilla. Barilla manufactures the cookie Pan di Stelle, a popular breakfast cookie. Recently, Ferrero launched a new cookie, the Nutella Biscuits. Since their launch, sales have soared, as more Italians choose to eat a light breakfast consisting of cookies, instead of a sit-down meal.

And so, what the New York Times describes as a "Christmas cookie battle" between two Italian cultural touchstones. The whole episode strikes right at the spirit of the Italian identity.

It's also saddling consumers with some difficult choices. As one marketing expert told the NYT, if war is what these companies want, then war is what they'll get.

And so the Christmas cookie battle between two cultural and culinary touchstones, Pan di Stelle and Nutella, and their superpower parent companies, the pasta giant Barilla and the chocolate giant Ferrero, strikes right at the Italian aorta.

"When it comes down to Barilla and Ferrero, there can be a war,” said Michele Boroni, a marketing expert in Milan. “It’s a competition between Italy’s last food giants that have remained Italian."

The civil war, with competing philosophies on health, deforestation, liberty and cream filling, has roots in the postwar boom..

he website Merendine Italiane, an authority on Italian snacks, reports that the first Italian snack was a miniature version of the Motta Panettone Christmas caThe conflict even took on a political dimension recently when Matteo Salvvke in the 1950s.

The conflict has even taken on a political dimension. Recently, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, swore off Nutella biscuits because he found out the hazelnuts used by Ferrero come from Turkey.

As NYT explains, Salvini has made a habit of bingeing on the Nutella cookies in public and on social media. Salvini even once shared a picture of a cake made from Pan di Stelle cookies and Nutella spread.

But even more recently, he posted a picture of himself in a supermarket torn between Pan di Stelle and Nutella Biscuits, an image that is probably becoming even more common in Italian supermarkets.

Another political dimension emerged earlier this year when the Italian government was reportedly weighing a new sugar tax that would have raised the cost of the cookies.

Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio had a meltdown over the prospect of the tax, and immediately carved out an exemption for the cookies. A sugar tax passed as part of Monday's budget, but it only impacts sodas.

The roots of the cookie war can be traced back to early 2018, when Barilla took a shot at Ferrero by launching a hazelnut spread similar to Nutella. A year later, Ferrero drastically expanded the rollout of its Nutella biscuits.

So far, sales for both new products have been strong, which suggests that we might see a flurry of new snacks being launched in Italy as the struggle continues.

Tyler Durden

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 04:45


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Messed Western: Vuln hunters say hotel giant's Autoclerk code exposed US soldiers' info, travel plans, passwords...

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Details of military personnel and trips leak online from poorly secured AWS service

A security team for review site vpnMentor, led by Israeli researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, recently found a publicly accessible AWS-hosted database owned by Autoclerk, a reservation system recently acquired by Best Western Hotels and Resorts Group.…


China's tech giants are a security threat to the UK, says Brit spy bigwig

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Times are strange when spies talk about infosec and economics colliding

The world must "understand the opportunities and threats from China's technological offer", GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said today as he observed that there are "no clear norms or behaviours" for state-on-state cyber-squabbling.…


Unearthed emails could be smoking gun for epic GDPR battle against Google, adtech giants

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As ICO goes on fact-finding missions over 'concerns' about security, transparency

Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's data protection laws.…


Make a SAP decision: Apply these security fixes if you're using German giant's software

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11 patches ship on Patch Tuesday

While you were sighing your way through Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, enterprise vendor SAP slid 11 security advisories under your door.…

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