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Millions of medical calls exposed online

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The calls included very personal information Millions of calls made by Swedes seeking medical advice via a national health service telephone line have been exposed online. Some 2.7 million conversations dating back to 2013 were uncovered by technology news site Computer Sweden on an unencrypted web server. It amounted to 170,000 hours of sensitive calls about symptoms and medications. The Swedish data protection authority is currently investigating. “We were absolutely astounded by what we found on there. People talking about their symptoms, diseases, their…

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Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) looks on during a march organised by the Women’s March Alliance in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., January 19, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Amazon.com Inc executive on Friday disputed claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon workers face “dehumanizing conditions” as being untrue and invited her to take a tour of company facilities. Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected progressive Democrat who was an outspoken critic of the plans to locate Amazon’s second headquarters in a New…

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Telecoms industry calls for Europe-wide network testing regime

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The telecoms industry has called on European governments to join mobile operators in establishing a testing regime to protect network security without having to resort to the disruptive step of excluding vendors from the market. FILE PHOTO: GSMA flags fly at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo The initiative by the GSMA, which represents 800 operators worldwide, comes as the United States steps up pressure on its allies to ban China’s Huawei on national security grounds. Operators warn that such a…

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John McDonnell calls Winston Churchill a ‘villain’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaking at a Politico event, shadow chancellor John McDonnell called Churchill a “villain” John McDonnell has branded Sir Winston Churchill a “villain” over his role in dealing with striking miners in 1910. Speaking at a Politico event and when asked whether Churchill was a hero or villain, the shadow chancellor replied: “Tonypandy – villain”. During the Tonypandy riots of 1910, troops were sent out to control striking miners who wrecked town centre shops and mine-owners’ property. Churchill was voted the greatest Briton…

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Science 

Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover

Image copyright NASA/JPL/Doug Ellison Image caption Oppy used one of its cameras to take this selfie on Mars The US space agency (Nasa) has called time on its Opportunity Mars rover. The six-wheeled robot last contacted Earth in June last year, just before it was enveloped in the darkness of a global dust storm. Engineers hoped Oppy would power back up when the skies cleared and sunlight hit its solar panels again – but there has not been a peep out of the rover. The routine prompt commands that have…

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Austria calls for European stance on Huawei to ensure competition

VIENNA (Reuters) – Europe should agree a joint position on whether or not Chinese firm Huawei is allowed to equip 5G networks for next-generation mobile networks to ensure fair competition, Austria’s technology ministry said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo The European Commission is considering a de facto ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment due to security concerns. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence have been lobbying European politicians this…

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Tiger deaths: Charity calls for zoo regulation reform

Image copyright PA Image caption Female tiger Melati was killed last week by potential mate, Asim, during their first introduction The deaths of two tigers at UK zoos in the last week shows why a “centralised licensing” programme is needed, an animal charity has said. A female tiger at London Zoo was killed by a potential mate and another died after tigers fought at a safari park. The Born Free Foundation says the zoo licensing currently overseen by local authorities has “differences in understanding and application”. The zoo trade body…

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Sports 

Pats’ Gronk calls Super Bowl win his biggest, quiet on future

ATLANTA (Reuters) – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski called Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams the sweetest of his three championships but said he would need more time to decide whether it was his last game. Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (left) and quarterback Tom Brady (right) talk after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Gronkowski made one of the biggest plays of the…

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England in West Indies: Stuart Broad calls for batting ‘hero’

Stuart Broad bowled Roston Chase for one of his three wickets on the second day of the second Test England will need one of their batsman to be a “hero” if they are to win the second Test against West Indies, says fast bowler Stuart Broad. The hosts reached 272-6 on day two in Antigua, 85 ahead of England, who were bowled out for 187 on Thursday. “We need someone to be a bit of a hero with the bat to get us to a competitive total,” Broad told Sky…

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Oddbins off-licence chain calls in administrators

Image copyright Getty Images The Oddbins off-licence chain has gone into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. Administrator Duff & Phelps (D&P) has been appointed to run the business while they attempt to find a buyer. Oddbins’ owner European Food Brokers (EFB) blamed tough High Street conditions and economic uncertainty created by Brexit for the situation. Oddbins has about 45 outlets. Other brands affected include Wine Cellar Trading and Whittalls Wines Merchants. D&P said EFB has about 550 staff and 101 off-licences, but could not confirm exactly how many…

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