Facebook employees turn to rogue hacker from Hong Kong to learn what other teams are building

Jane Manchun Wong has an incessant need to know every single feature of every single app on her smartphone.Wong, a 25-year-old software engineer in Hong Kong, checks every new line of code any time one of her Android smartphone’s apps get an update. She locates new code, reverse-engineers it and finds new features before they are announced. »I do it mostly for personal amusement, » Wong told CNBC. « If I see the feature, I check if there is any security vulnerability, and if it doesn’t, I tweet it. »This…

Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘has the numbers’ in Commons to pass deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans. Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for an extension to the UK’s 31 October exit date after MPs backed a move to delay approval of the deal on Saturday. But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident enough MPs would back the deal next week, and Brexit would still happen by the deadline. No 10 says the PM sent «…

‘Abominable’ film axed in Malaysia after rebuffing order to cut China map

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – DreamWorks’ animated movie “Abominable” will not be released in Malaysia after its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut a scene showing China’s “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, the movie distributor said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bikers go past an empty space where a promotional poster for the DreamWorks film « Abominable » stood before being taken down at a cinema in Hanoi, Vietnam October 14, 2019. REUTERS/KhamThe U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over…

Brexit will happen on October 31 despite PM’s unsigned delay request, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite an unsigned letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by his opponents to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay, the government said on Sunday. The Brexit maelstrom has spun wildly in the past week between the possibility of an orderly exit on Oct. 31 with a deal that Johnson struck on Thursday and a delay after he was forced to ask for an extension late on Saturday. Johnson’s defeat in the British parliament over…

Brexit delay and election better than PM Johnson’s deal: Farage

LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said on Sunday a short delay to Brexit in order to hold a national election would be better than accepting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal. “I want to leave on the 31 of October, but I’ll warn everybody that if this treaty goes through nothing will have changed at all, and I think far better to have a short delay and a general election where we might solve this,” Farage told Sky News, adding that Johnson’s deal was “rotten” and “not Brexit”.…

Brexit: UK will leave EU this month, ministers insist

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ministers insist the UK will leave the EU by 31 October, despite a letter sent to Brussels asking for a delay. Boris Johnson sent the letter – unsigned – after a major setback in the Commons to his Brexit strategy. But the request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by the PM, saying he believed a delay would be a mistake. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the PM had « proved the doubters wrong » by getting a new deal and he…

Two teenagers dead after Milton Keynes stabbing

Two 17-year-old boys have died after being stabbed in Milton Keynes. Emergency services were called to a property in Archford Croft, in the Emerson Valley area, just before midnight, Thames Valley Police said. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other died after being taken to hospital. Two men were hurt in the incident and have been taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made. Officers remain at the scene, which is on a cul-de-sac in a housing estate. « Thames…

Wales beat France 20-19 to reach Rugby World Cup semi-finals in thriller

2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final Wales (10) 20 Tries: Wainwright, Moriarty Cons: Biggar 2 Pens: Biggar 2 France (19) 19 Tries: Vahaamahina, Ollivon, Vakatawa Cons: Ntamack 2 A dramatic late Ross Moriarty try booked Wales a World Cup semi-final place at the expense of 14-man France as Warren Gatland’s side came from behind to win 20-19 in Oita. France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off after 48 minutes for a blatant elbow on Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in a decisive moment. France were leading 19-10 at the time and Wales…

Spotlight reveals IRA plan to hit south east England’s power supply

The IRA planned to knock out the power supply to the south east of England in the final years of its bombing campaign, a former insider has claimed. Details are revealed in the final episode of the BBC series Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History. Insiders describe a battle of wits between the IRA and British intelligence. When the British Government refused to admit Sinn Féin to peace talks in the mid-1990s, Canary Wharf was bombed. Two people were killed and damage was estimated at £150m in the attack…

Trump abandons plan to host G7 summit at his Miami golf course after criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to host next year’s G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida after bipartisan criticism. In a series of late tweets, Mr Trump said he was reversing the idea because of « crazed and irrational hostility » by Democrats and the media. Critics said the plan was evidence of Mr Trump using the office for personal gain, which the White House denied. Mr Trump said the presidential retreat at Camp David could host the G7…

Sculptor transforms Rome’s dead trees into art

ROME (Reuters) – Andrea Gandini, a 22-year-old Roman sculptor, is making a growing name for himself by turning the Eternal City’s dead tree stumps into much-admired pieces of art. Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday. He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining the streets in the city center. However,…

Boeing board to meet in Texas as scrutiny intensifies: sources

(Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) board of directors and top executives from its airplanes division and supply chain were due to meet on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, two days after the U.S. planemaker was plunged into a fresh crisis over its banned 737 MAX jet. FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is displayed on a screen, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoThe meeting comes as pressure mounts on the world’s largest planemaker not only from investigations into the 737…

UK PM sends unsigned letter to EU asking for Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain’s exit from the bloc and also said he did not want the extension after his latest Brexit setback in parliament on Saturday. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to head for the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonJohnson had previously said he would rather be “dead…

SoftBank seeks to avoid WeWork’s liabilities with new investment: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) is attempting to become the majority owner of WeWork without assuming the onerous lease obligations of the U.S. office-space sharing firm, according to people familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: A WeWork logo is seen outside its offices in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kate Munsch/File PhotoSoftBank is offering a $5 billion financing lifeline that The We Company, the parent of New York-based WeWork, is assessing against a proposal by JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) for a debt package of…

Brexit: PM to send letter to Brussels seeking further delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

UK PM to send unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

UK MPs vote to delay Brexit: What just happened?

The UK Parliament just sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to try and get Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal agreed. What was supposed to be the deciding moment – a Yes or No on Brexit – wasn’t. And now there might be another delay. Having déjà vu? Here’s what happened. A planned vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was pre-empted when MPs adopted an amendment which effectively requires the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK’s planned departure. The primary aim…

Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

Johnson defiant after British parliament votes to force Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – A defiant Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not negotiate a further delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after losing a vote in parliament on Saturday that means he is obliged to request a postponement. Parliament voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister, that withheld support for the Brexit deal Johnson clinched with the EU on Thursday. According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the…

Ireland’s Varadkar says no British request to delay Brexit yet

FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday afternoon that Britain has not yet made any request to delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a vote in the UK parliament that means he is obliged to seek a postponement. “The EU & UK agreed a Withdrawal Agreement on Thursday that defends Ireland’s interests. The Commons voted today to defer a…

Electric car start-ups — once seen as threat — now struggle to survive

Faraday Future’s FF 91 prototype electric crossover vehicle is shown at a press event for CES 2017 at The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market on January 3, 2017 in Las Vegas. Getty Images Often billed as China’s Steve Jobs, Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting has filed for bankruptcy in a Delaware court, claiming he owes about $3.6 billion to his various creditors. The move could complicate the already perilous situation for the electric car start-up Jia helped launch, Faraday Future. Itself laden with debt after losing about $2.15 billion since it…

Brexit: Johnson vows to press on despite defeat over deal delay

Media playback is unsupported on your device Boris Johnson has said he will press on « undaunted » with his Brexit strategy despite MPs backing the principle of a further delay to the process. The PM vowed to introduce legislation needed to implement his « excellent » agreement in Parliament next week. But he will have to ask the EU for an extension beyond 31 October after MPs backed a motion designed to rule out a no-deal exit by 322 votes to 306. The EU said it was up to…

People’s Vote march: Jubilant scenes at ‘final say’ Brexit protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Protesters reacted with jubilation as MPs backed a delay to Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Supporters of the « People’s Vote » second referendum campaign marched on Westminster calling for a « final say » on the new deal. Protesters gathered outside Parliament as MPs sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years. Organisers said up to a million people attended, while police said it was « very busy ». Videos posted to social media showed the moment the vote…

Turkey’s Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will « crush the heads » of Kurdish fighters if they do not withdraw from a planned safe zone area in northern Syria. Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend an offensive for five days to allow the Kurds to retreat from the area. But on Saturday both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorist and wants to create a « safe zone » buffer inside Syria. Despite the temporary ceasefire, some sporadic violence has…

UK MPs back Brexit deal delay

Boris Johnson has said he will press on « undaunted » with his Brexit strategy despite losing a vital vote in the House of Commons. He has vowed to introduce legislation needed to implement his agreement in Parliament next week. But he will be compelled later to ask the EU for an extension beyond 31 October after MPs backed a motion designed to rule out a no-deal exit. And the PM was forced to shelve a decisive vote on his agreement. Source: BBC

Russia dam collapse at Siberia gold mine kills 15

At least 15 people have died and 13 others are missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia. The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday, flooding cabins where workers lived. Russia’s health ministry said 14 miners were taken to hospital, including three with severe injuries. A criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations. « The hydro-technical facility was self-constructed and, I believe, all rules I can and cannot think of were violated,…

MPs back Brexit deal delay

UK PM Boris Johnson says he will put bill on deal to leave EU to MPs next week, in attempt to avoid delay This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

People’s Vote march: Tens of thousands in ‘final say’ Brexit protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of people are marching through central London to call for a « final say » vote on Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Supporters of the « People’s Vote » campaign say they want to check that the UK is happy to leave the EU under the terms negotiated by the PM. Protesters are outside Parliament as MPs debate the new deal in the Commons. There were jubilant scenes from attendees as an amendment to the PM’s deal was passed by…

All Blacks rout Ireland to set up England semi-final

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Ireland v New Zealand New Zealand: (22) 46 Tries: A Smith 2, B Barrett, Taylor, Todd, Bridge, J Barrett Cons: Mo’unga 4 Pen: Mo’unga Ireland: (0) 14 Try: Henshaw, penalty try Con: Carbery New Zealand will meet England in the World Cup semi-finals after condemning Ireland to a seventh quarter-final exit with a 46-14 hammering in Tokyo. Two tries from Aaron Smith and one by Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to a 22-0 lead at half-time. The holders scored further tries through Codie Taylor, Matt…

Cambridge University don readmitted after sexual harassment

A Cambridge academic who was found to have sexually harassed 10 students has been readmitted to his college less than two years after it was announced he had been permanently removed. In 2017, Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from Trinity Hall and from contacting students. Trinity Hall now says the decision to remove him had « not been agreed with Dr Hutchinson and was incorrect ». One ex-student who had complained said the reversal was « a slap in the face ». Dr Hutchinson quit teaching modern and medieval languages…