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CrowdStrike Outage Highlights Risks of Rapid Software Updates
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CrowdStrike Outage Highlights Risks of Rapid Software Updates

A widespread outage caused by a faulty CrowdStrike software update has raised concerns about the potential consequences of rapidly deploying the software. The incident, which disrupted operations at numerous companies and government agencies around the world, underscores the critical importance of rigorous testing and quality assurance processes. Experts believe the problematic code likely slipped past the company’s quality assurance checks, highlighting a gap in its update procedures. The frequency of software updates, driven by the constant threat landscape, may have contributed to the oversight. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with implementing software updates without adequate testing. While regular updates are essential to maintaining system ...
Growing Calls for Biden to Withdraw from 2024 Election
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Growing Calls for Biden to Withdraw from 2024 Election

A growing wave of congressional Democrats and former national security officials are urging President Joe Biden to step down from the 2024 presidential race. On Friday afternoon, 34 Democratic lawmakers publicly called on Biden to reconsider his candidacy. Biden’s campaign co-chair said the president is considering who would be the strongest candidate to uphold Democratic values ​​and win in November. In addition, more than 50 former U.S. national and foreign security officials, including Anthony Lake, former national security adviser under President Bill Clinton, have also advised Biden to end his campaign. They have expressed concerns about Biden's ability to secure a victory against Donald Trump, potentially jeopardizing Biden's record and national security legacy. The group s...
Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism
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Barcelona: Protests against mass tourism

Barcelona, ​​Spain – Tensions between residents and tourists in Barcelona reached boiling point this weekend. Protests against mass tourism saw hotel and restaurant entrances blocked in Barceloneta, with calls for an immediate reduction in visitor numbers. Reasons for discontent Residents blame the influx of tourists for the rising cost of living, crowded public spaces and a loss of local identity. Rent prices have skyrocketed, forcing many residents to abandon their neighborhoods. Measures to address the problem Barcelona Mayor Jaume Collboni has announced that Airbnb-style short-term rentals will be banned by 2028, potentially freeing up 10,000 apartments for long-term rentals. Change of feeling While most residents still see tourism as economically beneficial, many are now concerned ab...
Trump-Influenced RNC Platform Emphasizes Social Security, Medicare, Softens Language on Abortion
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Trump-Influenced RNC Platform Emphasizes Social Security, Medicare, Softens Language on Abortion

On Monday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) adopted a new platform, heavily influenced by former President Donald Trump. The revised platform introduces significant changes to previous GOP positions on marriage and abortion, while making ambitious economic promises. Key economic commitments include ending inflation, transforming the United States into a manufacturing powerhouse, and implementing deep tax cuts for workers. The platform aligns with Trump's pledges to maintain funding for Social Security and Medicare, two widely supported but expensive government programs. The new 16-page platform, much shorter than those from the 2016 and 2020 cycles, passed by a vote of 84 to 18, according to a person familiar with the proceedings. It reflects a shift toward Trump’s populis...
Boeing admits guilt in criminal fraud linked to 737 Max disaster
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Boeing admits guilt in criminal fraud linked to 737 Max disaster

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge linked to the tragic 737 Max crashes, the Justice Department announced Sunday. This comes months after U.S. prosecutors accused the aerospace giant of violating a 2021 settlement that had previously shielded it from criminal prosecution. As part of the settlement, Boeing will pay a $243.6 million fine and appoint an independent compliance monitor for a three-year probationary period. Boeing also is required to invest at least $455 million in compliance and safety programs, according to a U.S. Attorney's Court filing Sunday night. The settlement agreement awaits approval from a federal judge to go into effect. The agreement also calls for Boeing's board of directors to meet with the families of the crash victims. Boeing faced a d...
Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally
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Japanese and Taiwanese stock markets hit record highs as Asia-Pacific rally

Asia-Pacific markets were mostly positive on Thursday, with major Japanese and Taiwanese indices hitting record highs. The Topix rose 0.85%, surpassing its all-time high of 2,886.50 reached in December 1989. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8%, surpassing its all-time high of 40,888.43 reached in March this year. Shares of SoftBank Group hit another all-time high, extending their winning streak to seven days, with a 2.5% gain. Japanese companies have seen their biggest wage increases in three decades this year, according to Japan’s largest labor union. A survey conducted by labor group Rengo since March shows that monthly pay for union-supported workers will rise an average of 5.1 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2025. Large companies with 300 or more unionized employees have raised ...
Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy
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Greece Introduces Six-Day Workweek, Sparking Controversy

In a significant shift from global trends, Greece has introduced a six-day workweek for some companies, aiming to improve productivity and employment. The new rule, effective July 1, is part of a broader labor law reform passed last year. The policy allows employees of private companies that offer 24-hour services to extend their work week from the traditional 40 hours to 48 hours. However, sectors such as hospitality and tourism are excluded from this change. The pro-business administration of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis defends the measure as "worker-friendly" and "growth-oriented." The government argues it will help workers receive adequate overtime pay and combat the problem of undeclared work. The introduction of the policy has met with sharp criticism from unions and politica...