Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans after September 30 | Technology News

California: Tech giant Google`s video chat platform Google Meet has announced that after September 30, free versions of Meet will be limited to meetings no longer than 60 minutes.  A Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email, “We don`t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring. If this changes, we`ll be sure to let you know.” The Verge reported that the deadline of September 30 is also applicable to other features like access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for…

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Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

JOHANNESBURG: In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If Covid-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are acutely aware there’s no vaccine for global warming. “We are already seeing a version of environmental Armageddon,” Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said, citing wildfires in the western US and noting that the Greenland…

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Azerbaijan declares state of war : worldnews

Because they didn’t actually seem to declare war on Armenia, and it seems only regions of Azerbaijan are in a “state of war”(whatever that means), it doesn’t seem like this is too big of a deal, no? Seems like they are in a heightened state, but can anyone confirm/deny whether this is a serious situation going on or not? Seems it’s pretty common for these countries in this contested region to have dust offs that result in deaths. Is this time any different? Source link

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Homemade masks release fibres into air, important to wash them, says research amid COVID-19 outbreak | Health News

Los Angeles: While surgical and N95 masks cut down the number of aerosolized particles emitted during breathing, talking and coughing, scientists say in the case of homemade cloth face coverings, the fabric which traps the droplets may release a large number of fibres into the air, underscoring the importance of washing them. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, noted that the use of masks and other face coverings has emerged as an important tool to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. But while evidence shows that…

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COVID-19 Failure if Populists Like Trump and Netanyahu Hardly a Coincidence….The world’s worst-perfoming countries against the pandemic are all led by self-centered authoritarians : worldnews

Two out of 3 most affected countries are also 2nd and 3rd largest countries by population (china officially still has 85 000 cases in total). But if we rank cases per 1 million people top 5 are Qatar, Bahrain, Aruba, French Guiana and Panama. Brazil and US drops to 11th and 12th possitions, India falls way way down, I suspect they are not testing as much as US or Brazil. So this whole article is a steaming pile of bullshit. Source. Source link

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Geneva Voters Agree to $25 Minimum Hourly Wage : worldnews

This is such a stale argument. Minimum wage increases don’t have a direct correlation with inflation. Increasing the minimum wage from $10 to $13 doesn’t mean that everything that once cost $10 now will suddenly cost $13. Inflation happens whether you increase the min. wage or not. Competition, supply and demand have a much greater impact than minimum wage increases. Plus inflation isn’t a uniform thing that affects everything on the market. For example a flat screen HD TV is way cheaper than it was 15-20 years ago. Source link

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Swiss voters have rejected in a referendum a proposal to end an accord with the EU on the free movement of people, TV projections suggest. Broadcaster SRF said voters were set to reject the plan by 63% to 37%. : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 90%. (I’m a bot) EPA. Swiss voters have rejected in a referendum a proposal to end an accord with the EU on the free movement of people, TV projections suggest. Swiss voters appear to have said a convincing no to ending free movement of people with the EU. The People’s Party argued that immigration from Europe was to blame for a rising population, and placed an unsustainable burden on Switzerland’s public services, and environment. 2005: Swiss vote to join…

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Privacy Ending Trap for Facial Surveillance or Random Social Trend?

Couple Challenge, and other similar social media ‘challenges’ such as the ’10-year challenge’, may be the easiest way to bolster facial recognition surveillance algorithms and also use your face in deepfake content. (Image: Pixabay) Couple challenge, and others of its nature such as 10-year challenge, crop up regularly on social media, and work as a gold mine for face recognition browsers, identity surveillance systems and more. News18.com Last Updated: September 27, 2020, 7:24 PM IST FOLLOW US ON: Couple challenge is seemingly innocent on the…

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American sued in Thailand over negative review

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 69%. (I’m a bot) BANGKOK – An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative TripAdvisor review, the authorities said on Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty. “The Sea View Resort owner filed a complaint that the defendant had posted unfair reviews on his hotel on the TripAdvisor website,” Colonel Thanapon Taemsara of Koh Chang police told AFP. He said Mr Barnes was accused of causing “Damage…

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