Scientists finally determine how many hot dogs can be consumed in one sitting
We look at reactions in the French press after Emmanuel Macron's televised interview for Bastille Day celebrations. Also, a pro-independence Catalan politician demands an investigation over reports that Spanish authorities spied on his phone using Israeli-made spy technology. The New York Times says it'll be moving part of its operations from Hong Kong to Seoul in light of China's national security law. And a new scientific study shows that we're nearing peak human capacity of how many hot dogs can be consumed in 10 minutes!
Google, Facebook among tech firms suspending Hong Kong requests for user data
10 Jul World
Technology giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter have temporarily stopped processing requests from Hong Kong authorities for access to user data, after a new national security law was implemented. The new rules could see employees of companies which don't comply with the rules face up to six months in prison. The Chinese-owned video platform Tiktok has announced it will pull its app from download stores in Hong Kong as a result of the measures.
Japan: Robots warm up baseball stadium ahead of fans being allowed in
Boston Dynamics "Spot" and Softbank Robotics "Pepper" robots collaboratively dance to cheer for the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks before their Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against Rakuten Eagles as no spectators are allowed in the stadium due to COVID-19. Up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend baseball games from July 10.
Racial bias: Correcting the code of facial recognition
In this edition, as a faulty facial recognition match leads to the arrest of an innocent man in the US state of Michigan, we take a look at the underlying racial and gender bias of the technology. We dig deeper into the subject with MIT's Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, who is helping correct the code.
Partial solar eclipse seen from Hong Kong's harbour
In Hong Kong, dozens of skywatchers ranging from astronomy enthusiasts with telescopes to families enjoying Father's Day gathered at a waterfront park in east Kowloon to witness the partial solar eclipse. Observers along a narrow band from Africa to Asia can witness a dramatic "ring of fire" annular eclipse, but in Hong Kong only a partial solar eclipse - one that covered nearly nine-tenth of the sun - can be seen.
Medical data, the most precious commodity
As many countries roll out contact-tracing apps, we tell you why people are concerned about their medical data and what could happen if it got into the hands of big tech like Google and Amazon. Many citizens are now calling for a balance between privacy and public health.
Australia Cyberattack: PM Morrison blames 'state-based' actor
Australia's Prime minister Scott Morrison says his country is under a broad cyberattack from a "state-based actor" targeting government, public services and businesses, but declines to name the suspect(s) at this stage. China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Russia, the United States and a number of European countries are known to have developed advanced cyberwarfare capabilities. But suspicions immediately fell on Beijing, which has clashed repeatedly with Canberra as it looks to increase the cost of Australia speaking out against Communist Party interests.