G+ shutting down


In early October 2018 Google made public that they had for some time been aware of a software bug that allowed illicit access to G+ users personal information, not including personal communication or phone numbers. The information potentially accessible included email addresses, birth dates, profile photos and gender, and affected up to 500,000 G+ accounts, reportedly.

Google announced they would be shutting down all consumer functionality of G+ over the next 10 months. Google said it would keep the enterprise version used by G Suite business customers.

Interpol chief vanishes in China

Family of Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei have not heard from him since he left Lyon, France for China a week ago.

Chinese state news SCMP reported that a source of theirs said that Meng was taken away by “discipline authorities” for questioning in China, although the Chinese government has made no public comment. Meng’s family have reached out to foreign authorities, fearing disciplinary measures against them as well.

Meng is a senior official in China’s CP government.

Disappearances of officials (or anyone) is not uncommon in China, one of the more severe forms of government discipline. Since President Xi took office in 2012, over a million party officials have received some form of discipline, it has been reported.

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New film about Pablo Escobar, but Colombians are asking actor not to play the role with 'glamour' so their kids don't want to repeat the story

Colombian drug war anti-hero Pable Escobar is the subject of a new movie, called “Loving Pablo,” based on a memoir written by a journalist close to the drug king pin, on Mrs. Virginia Vallejo. Vallejo was a lover of Escobar and eventually let U.S. federal agents to him.

However, Colombians asked leading actor, the some-might-say-glamorous-and-cool-already Javier Bardem not to play the role so that Escobar appeared glamourous and cool because they didn’t want the youth to see the movie and want to repeat the story, according to Bardem.

“We wanted to make sure that there was nothing glamorous and iconic to talk about,” the actor said.

Bardem’s take on the idea: “I believe that performing or making movies or any act – discipline, music, writing, sculpture, painting – it’s about bringing mirrors of who we are to ourselves, to get a glimpse of what we can be for the better or for the worse.”

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