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Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated) – TechCrunch

Google’s engineers aren’t having a good day today. This afternoon, a number of Google services went offline or are barely reachable. These services include Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar, for example. While Google’s own status dashboards don’t show any issues, we’re seeing reports from around the world from people who aren’t able to reach any of these services. Best we can tell, these issues started around 6pm PT. ... Full story

Magawa the mine-detecting rat wins PDSA Gold Medal News

Image caption Magawa has won a gold medal for detecting mines in Cambodia. An African giant pouched rat has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines. Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career. The UK veterinary charity PDSA has presented him with its Gold Medal for "life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia". There are thought to ... Full story

Brazil reports 32,817 new coronavirus cases, 831 deaths

FILE PHOTO: People walk at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes. BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil recorded 32,817 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 831 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. South America’s largest country has registered more than 4.6 million cases of the ... Full story

U.N. aviation agency ICAO advises Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised Pakistan to undertake “immediate corrective actions” and suspend the issuance of any new pilot licenses in the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses, according to an official and a document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane arrives at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, ... Full story

Tyler Technologies says it was hacked with ransomware, election programs safe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tyler Technologies TYL.N said the hacking attack against it disclosed Wednesday used ransomware, which encrypts company files and demands payment to decrypt them again. FILE PHOTO: Instructions are posted inside a voting booth at an early voting site in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago. In a statement to Reuters, the vendor of software to counties and municipalities said the hacker only ... Full story

Why it's hard to charge US police over shootings

Three officers were involved in the police raid that ended with Breonna Taylor shot dead in her home in Kentucky. Only one of them has been charged, but not in relation to her death. Why are so few police officers charged after fatal shootings in the US? Brett Hankison faces three counts of "wanton endangerment" for firing into an adjacent apartment, putting Ms Taylor's neighbours at risk. The other two officers involved were not charged - ... Full story

Colombia's Rappi raises over $300 million in funding round

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Colombian on-demand delivery company Rappi is seen in Bogota, Colombia, September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez. BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian all-purpose delivery app Rappi has raised over $300 million (£235.3 million) in a funding round that saw interest from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc, among others, the company said on Thursday. “We are happy to work with this team of investors who trust our growth model, who ... Full story

U.S. imposes new Iran sanctions over human rights violations

FILE PHOTO: U.S. special envoy for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on U.S. Policy in the Middle East, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities over alleged gross violations of human rights, including slapping sanctions ... Full story

FBI chief says U.S. 'Antifa' demonstrators are targets of multiple probes

(Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Congress on Thursday that anarchist and extremist “Antifa” demonstrators who engaged in recent violent protests are targets of serious FBI investigations. FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Threats to the Homeland", on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020. Tom Williams/Pool ... Full story

Electrified by Tesla, Chinese startups are on the charge

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s electric vehicle startups are on the charge again, thanks to Tesla. An Aiways U5 electric car is displayed at a company store in Shanghai, China September 22, 2020. Picture taken September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song. The country's growing fascination with the U.S. pioneer's sleek designs and cutting-edge technology is giving a string of second-wave home-grown Tesla TSLA.O wannabes the traction to raise more funding, ... Full story