UPDATE 1-Nasdaq, New Zealand promise action after Asian stock market outages

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Dec 4 (Reuters) – Nasdaq Inc on Friday apologised for an Australian stock exchange outage last month, while the operator of New Zealand’s exchange laid out steps it would take after the completion of two independent reviews into security and system issues.

The follow-up to two of a series of global stock market halts related to technology or cybersecurity this year come after the resignation of the head of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) earlier this week over a system failure.

The disruption in Tokyo halted trade in October for an unprecedented full day on the world’s third-largest equities platform.

NZX Ltd was overwhelmed by trading volumes in March and April’s coronavirus-driven sell-off, as well as a week of cyber attacks in August.

In Australia, the central bank and corporate regulator had expressed concerns over bourse operator ASX

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Biden’s Chance to Challenge China

When it comes to managing relations with China, a nation drawing on centuries of statecraft to inform its strategic designs, president-elect Joe Biden has no better asset than his own political maturity. After a bitter presidential campaign, the new Biden team will be tempted to jettison all of President Donald Trump’s foreign policies. That would be a mistake that Biden is unlikely to make as a longtime veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former vice president who saw his role partly as serving as a foreign affairs tutor to a young commander in chief in Barack Obama.



a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.


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People wearing face masks watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2020 in Beijing, China.

If they don’t know it already, Biden’s top policymakers will quickly learn that the Chinese Communist

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Astronauts on the ISS harvest radishes in space

Astronauts are harvesting fresh radishes grown in space, a delicious prospect that also could help seed food production efforts for longer-term missions to the moon and Mars.



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NASA astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins checks out radish plants growing on the space station as part of an experiment to evaluate nutrition and taste of the plants.

On Monday, NASA flight engineer Kate Rubins pulled out 20 radish plants grown in the space station’s Advanced Plant Habitat, wrapping them in foil for cold storage until they can make the voyage back to Earth next year.

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Radishes are the latest type of fresh produce to be successfully grown and harvested in zero gravity, joining “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce, green lettuce, Chinese cabbage, lentils and mustard, according to a NASA fact sheet.

“I’ve worked on APH since the beginning, and each new crop that we’re able to grow brings

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FTC warns of new Apple support call scam

Scammers are once again using the biggest names in tech to pry personal information from unsuspecting consumers, with the latest gambit involving fake calls from Apple support.

Flagged by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, scammers are invoking robocalling techniques to glean credit card numbers, account passwords and other sensitive data from Apple and Amazon customers.

The scamming effort is detailed in a blog post that warns consumers of suspicious calls claiming to be from Apple or Amazon support services. Both ask users to follow prompts that ultimately divulge personal information.

In the case of Apple, call recipients are informed of supposedly suspicious iCloud account activity or an outright breach. Fake calls from Amazon are similarly worded, claiming a user’s account shows suspicious purchase activity, a lost package, or problems with a recent order, the FTC says.

Robocalls are forwarded to “customer support” personnel with user

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Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

Apple’s products have a wide variety of accessibility features, which can help people with disabilities personalize these products to better suit their needs. 



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Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

On Thursday – December 3, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the company launched a redesigned Accessibility hub, detailing some of these features in products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad. The site is divided in four sections: Vision, Mobility, Hearing, and Cognitive, each with several examples of features that may be useful to people with disabilities. 

Each feature page lists all the devices where that feature is available, and provides direct links to set it up on different devices. Links with more detailed or specific explanations are also provided. 

Coinciding with the redesign, Apple also launched a collection of videos which explain how to use some

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Audi has an obsession with high-tech lighting

Audi has developed loads of innovative lighting technology.


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More so than rival manufacturers, Audi prides itself in offering some of the most advanced lighting technologies in the automotive industry. This is as true today with its Digital Matrix LED (DML) headlamps as it was way back in 1994 when second-generation xenon lights were offered on the A8 flagship sedan.

Compared to the sealed-beam halogen lamps that were fitted to cars just a few decades ago, Audi’s latest and greatest DML headlights are like something out of Star Wars (though not one of the new sequels because those movies are terrible). They can brightly illuminate the road ahead with a broad swath of light, yet selectively dim certain areas of this field to avoid blinding drivers in the opposing lane. These lamps can also project lines onto the road ahead to help you keep the vehicle centered, they

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New Defense Bill Would Reestablish Cybersecurity Position Previously Nixed by Trump Administration

A provision to establish a national cybersecurity director at the White House has been included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which outlines the budget for national defense spending. In 2018, the administration of President Donald Trump eliminated a similar position.



James Langevin wearing a suit and tie sitting on a stage: The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.


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The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

Rhode Island Democrat Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Servies Committee, co-introduced separate legislation in June to create the position. The provision included in the 2021 NDAA is based on that legislation, known as the National Cyber Director Act.

“I’ve been working on bolstering our nation’s cybersecurity for more than a decade, and it is abundantly clear the country needs someone in charge of cybersecurity at the highest levels

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Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of game vs. Kansas

Texas Tech announced Thursday that head football coach Matt Wells has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6 Big 12) are scheduled to host Kansas for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday in Lubbock.

”Texas Tech received notification earlier this morning that Coach Wells tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Coach Wells has returned home to self-isolate and will continue his duties remotely leading into Saturday’s game against Kansas,” the school said in a statement.

“He will remain in the Big 12′s testing guidelines in order to confirm the positive test. In the case Wells is unable to lead the Red Raiders on Saturday, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will serve in the head coach capacity.”

Wells is 7-14 since taking over the Red Raiders, who after a big comeback of their own to beat Baylor on a game-ending field goal in their last home game three weeks

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UofL Health first in Kentucky to use new ‘Monarch’ technology for detecting lung cancer

Thousands of people die every year from lung cancer and Kentucky is at the top of the list for the number of people with the disease.



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Now, doctors are hoping new technology at UoL Health Jewish Hospital will help change those statistics and save lives. The new technology is called the Monarch.


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“So the Monarch is a robotic navigational bronchoscopy,” said Dr. Matthew Black, UofL Health Jewish Hospital.

Black describes it as a lighted camera allowing surgeons to see a patient’s airway and lungs. UofL Health Jewish Hospital is the first in Kentucky to use it to help detect lung cancer earlier.

Black, a thoracic surgeon, performed the first procedure in November.

“This technology allows us to get further into the peripheral lung which is where most lung cancers start and by utilizing this technology we can

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