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Coronavirus: New Zealand rules out lockdown when Omicron arrives

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that restrictions will be tightened across the country if there is a community transmission of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but she ruled out lockdowns.New Zealand’s tight controls and geographic advantage has helped it remain free of the Omicron variant in the community, although many cases have now been reported at quarantine facilities at the border.A “red” traffic light setting would be imposed within 24 to 48 hours of… …

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China’s Central Bank Digital Currency Now Has 261 Million Users — $14 Billion in Digital Yuan Transactions Made

China’s central bank digital currency now has 261 million unique users, according to an official of the central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). Furthermore, transactions worth 87.5 billion yuan ($13.78 billion) have been made using the digital yuan and more than 8 million merchants now accept e-CNY. China’s Central Bank Digital Currency Growing […] …

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Secret Network offers $400M in funding to bring others in on the secret

“With this funding, Secret Network and its partners aim to scale privacy-first, decentralized applications to global adoption by millions of users,” said Tor Bair, the Founder of the Secret Foundation. Secret Network is offering $400 million in funding to grow its privacy-oriented ecosystem and expand user adoption.Secret Network is a decentralized ecosystem that utilizes trusted execution environments to enable private, secure computation over encrypted data. The ecosystem has four components: Secret Tokens, Secret Bridges, Secret Finance and Secret NFTs.According to a Jan. 19 announcement, the privacy-oriented platform is offering a $225 million ecosystem fund and a $175 million accelerator…

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China cuts benchmark loan rate for second consecutive month in latest response to economic slowdown

China cut its benchmark lending rate for the second consecutive month on Thursday in the latest move to shore up the cooling economy.The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) – on which most new and outstanding loans are based – was cut from 3.85 per cent to 3.7 per cent at the January fixing.The five-year LPR – which is a reference for mortgages – was also cut from 4.65 per cent to 4.6 per cent for the first time since April 2020, according to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).[The] reductions to… …

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Twitter blocks Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas account over abusive behaviour

Twitter said on Wednesday it has blocked the account of Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego due to abusive behaviour.The social media company did not detail why Salinas had been blocked, but said on its help centre that an account “may not engage in harassing situations directed at one person or incite others to do so.“We consider abusive behaviour any attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence another person’s voice,” it added.Last week, Salinas, the owner of Banco Azteca SA bank engaged… …

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Hong Kong elections: biggest opposition party to vote on expelling 2 members who endorsed centrist candidate in December poll

Hong Kong’s biggest opposition party will vote next month on whether to expel two members who endorsed a middle-of-the-road candidate in December’s Legislative Council election without approval.The suggestion was put forward by the Democratic Party’s disciplinary committee following an internal probe into vice-chairwoman Edith Leung Yik-ting and member So Yat-hang, who had supported centrist aspirant Jason Poon Chuk-hung in the poll, according to a source.The potential disciplinary action… …

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Hong Kong pet owners cry foul over Covid-19 hamster cull, say shop closures will hurt business

Hong Kong’s pet shop owners have hit out at a government decision to cull hamsters and temporarily ban imports of small animals over possible Covid-19 transmission to humans, saying the move will hurt their businesses.Angela Chan, vice-president of the non-profit Hong Kong Pet Trade Association Limited, said on Wednesday that the policy would immediately hurt the pet trade and discourage people from buying and keeping hamsters in the long run.She said the association was in contact with… …

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Disney faucets exec Rebecca Campbell to lead brand-new worldwide material team

Disney on Wednesday called firm exec Rebecca Campbell to lead its brand-new center for worldwide web content production to broaden local web content for its streaming solutions. Campbell will certainly manage the development of even more in your area generated web content to sustain the development of Disney+, Hulu and also Star+, as the video clip streaming solutions increase worldwide. Given that the launch of Disney+ in late ……

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Individual ETH miner hits jackpot with $540K block reward

An individual miner defied the odds and managed to collect 168 ETH from a solo mining pool this week worth 42 times the average block reward. An individual Ether (ETH) miner struck it big by mining a block on their own and receiving a reward valued at about $540,000. The miner was operating through the 2miners Ethereum SOLO pool on Jan. 17 when they mined an entire block and received 168 ETH. That reward vastly outstrips the per-block average reward of about 4 ETH according to BitInfoCharts.Adding to the remarkable nature of the reward is the size and hash power…

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