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February 12, 2018

FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has prepared a potentially explosive memo that reportedly calls into question the FBI’s surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide

The FBI warned Wednesday it has “grave concerns” over the accuracy of a secret Congressional memo that could depict the agency as deeply politicized, as President Donald Trump’s top aide signalled the White House would allow the document’s release.

Based on highly classified information, the four-page memo — written by Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — suggests that the Justice Department and the FBI abused their power in running surveillance on a member of [...]

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February 12, 2018

Eskom’s Koko facing four new charges, including misleading Parliament

Newly suspended top Eskom executive Matshela Koko is facing four new charges, including that of misleading Parliament, according to his suspension letter and an internal Eskom charge sheet.

In the letter the state power utility, which on Wednesday evening confirmed that Koko had again been suspended, alleges he “committed serious acts of misconduct” and “gross negligence”.

The letter, was written by Eskom’s interim group CEO Phakamani Hadebe.

In it he states that Koko breached the Eskom code of conduct when he appeared before a parliamentary committee investigating state capture in January by knowingly attempting to mislead Parliament.

“In this [...]

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February 12, 2018

Chile’s Pristine Skies Are Key To Astronomy’s Next Generation Of Telescopes

Long known for its copper, sea bass and merlot wine, Chile’s most profound export may be data that its astronomical observatories mine nightly from its pristine skies.

Credit: ESO Exoplanet hunters at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Because Chile’s ground-based window onto our Milky Way’s galactic center is arguably unmatched, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) first set up shop here more than a half century ago. Today, their 15 member states enjoy facilities at three major observatories.

“ESO spends 80 million euros [$100 million] a year for its operations in Chile and is the biggest astronomical operation here,” astrophysicist Fernando [...]

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February 12, 2018

Can we expect LG speakers with Google Assistant in SA this year?

Last year at LG Innofest, the company had a bit of a mixed message around, to say the least.

Now that the company has a few Google-powered devices, such as the CLOi robot and ThinQ speaker, you might be wondering about a local launch. Don’t count on it, unfortunately.

LG’s Tony Dos Santos confirmed that they’d be focusing on general portable speakers for the South African market for now.

“So this year we’ll launch portable speakers… where you’re able to stream, for example… But that product will be launched (in) the second half of this year…” Dos Santos told reporters at LG’s Innofest event yesterday.

“In terms of the smart intelligence (speakers)… that’s [...]

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