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Time to remove Nano Adblocker and Defender from your browsers (except Firefox)

When Nano Defender was launched in 2019, it quickly became a go-to extension to bypass anti-adblocking mechanisms on Internet sites. It used code from uBlock Origin, one of the most prominent content blocking extensions, and users started to install the new extension in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.

One of the main differentiating factors between Nano Defender and uBlock Origin was that the former supported a reporting option to let the developer know about issues encountered while using the extension. A port for Firefox was created by another developer to cover all major browsers on the Windows platform.

Nano Defender has more than 200,000 users that installed the extension from the Chrome Web Store alone.

The developer of the extension revealed on the official GitHub that he decided to sell the extension twelve days ago to two Turkish developers.

Community members and Raymond Hill, developer of uBlock Origin, shared their thoughts on the deal and the fact that little information was provided. Gorhill suspected that the new owners main intention was to monetize the extension in one form or another, or do worse with it.


Source. (GHacks)

‘Catastrophic floods’: 105 killed, 5 million affected in Vietnam

Severe floods and landslides triggered by weeks of heavy rains have killed at least 105 people in central Vietnam and “swamped” five million, according to media reports and an aid agency.

About a third of the dead included soldiers whose barracks were buried under deadly mudslides last week, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

At least 27 people are still missing, the agency said. Among them are 15 construction workers who were also hit by a landslide.

At least 178,000 homes have been submerged and nearly 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) of crops have been impacted.

Close to 690,000 poultry and livestock animals have been killed or swept away.

State television showed people sitting on the roofs waiting for aid from rescuers in Quang Binh province, where floods have blocked roads and cut power.



Read more here. (Aljazeera)

Petition calls for Blockbuster location in Ontario to be preserved as a museum

LONDON, ONT -- It’s Friday night and you’re browsing the aisles of Blockbuster hoping the latest new release is still available.

Many of us can picture this experience that has since been replaced by scrolling through a streaming service.

It’s a time long gone from reality, but for many it is steeped in nostalgia, and it’s that feeling that is driving a petition to preserve one of the last locations of its kind.

In the township of Georgian Bluffs Ont. just west of Owen Sound you can find the former store still adorned with the classic logo across the top.

The store itself officially closed in 2011, but it is still gaining visitors and internet fame.

Read more here. (CTV News, London)

80 Million Gallons of Oil, Larger Than Exxon Spill, Dangerously Close to Pouring into Caribbean

The U.S. embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has urged "immediate actions" to prevent a potentially catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Paria, off the coast of Venezuela, where a floating storage and offloading facility is reportedly undergoing repairs.

The Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima vessel has been sat idle off the Venezuelan coast since January 2019. Pictures recently emerged showing the FSO vessel floating at an incline, raising fears that it could spill its load into the gulf devastating the regional fishing industry and delicate ecosystems.

The Nabarima is operated by the Petrosucre company, a joint venture between the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the Italian Eni oil giant.

Petrosucre froze oil extraction in January 2019 after being sanctioned by President Donald Trump's administration, leaving 1.3 million barrels of crude oil, some 80 million gallons, aboard the Nabarima.


Read more here. (Newsweek)

Gym declares itself a church to avoid closure under Poland’s coronavirus restrictions

After gyms were required to close yesterday under new coronavirus restrictions, one sports club in Kraków has declared itself a shop allowing customers to “test” equipment for a fee and a church offering “religious meetings” to promote bodily care.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people joined a protest in Warsaw against the closure of gyms and swimming pools, arguing that if pubs and churches can stay open, so should sports facilities.

The health minister has, however, condemned “people trying to outdo each other in ideas for getting round the restrictions”. He tweeted that he is “appalled by the lack of responsibility…You are not only harming yourselves but endangering others – especially people from risk groups”.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the Atlantic Sports club in Kraków announced that, “since gyms cannot function, we are opening the Atlantic Shop with exercise equipment…Everyone who wants to test our equipment for a fee is welcome”.

Because the firm already has a business classification allowing it to carry out retail services, “everything is in accordance with the law”, said the club’s manager, Marta Jamróz.


Read more here. (Notes from Poland)

Solar breakthrough realises potential of ‘miracle material’ forged in Earth’s mantle

Scientists have solved a fundamental problem that had prevented a “miracle material” from being used in next-generation solar cells.

The breakthrough paves the way for the widely acclaimed mineral perovskite to transform the solar industry through cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics, according to researchers in Australia who made the discovery.

Perovskite, which is forged deep within the Earth’s mantle, has been hailed for its unprecedented potential to convert sunlight into electricity. Researchers have already improved its sunlight-to-energy efficiency from around 3 per cent to over 20 per cent in the space of just a few years.

“It’s unbelievable, a miracle material,” Z. Valy Vardeny, a materials science professor from the University of Utah, said about perovskite in 2017.

At the time it was thought that it would be at least 10 years before it reached a point that the material could be used in commercial solar cells, however the latest breakthrough could see the wide uptake of the technology much sooner.

"It was one of those unusual discoveries that you sometimes hear about in science," said Dr Hall from the University of Melbourne.

“We were performing a measurement, looking for something else, and then we came across this process that at the time seemed quite strange. However, we quickly realised it was an important observation.”

Read more here. (The Independent UK)

Italy's olive oil production drops by a quarter as 'tree leprosy' takes toll

Italy, the world’s second-largest exporter of olive oil, has seen output drop by a quarter this year, an agricultural lobby said, due to bad weather and a deadly bacteria.

Italian production for 2020 is estimated at 270,000 tonnes, down 26% from 2019 due to a sharp drop in output in the southern Puglia region, which usually accounts for almost half of the country’s olive oil, the farming lobby Confagricoltura said in a statement on Friday.


Holding about 15% of the world market, Italy this year has suffered rapidly changing weather, hailstorms in the south and drought, while the Xylella bacteria has devastated most of the olive groves in the Salento region of Puglia.

Known as “olive tree leprosy”, the bacteria has ravaged orchards in southern Europe.

The situation is better, both in terms of quality and quantity, in the centre-north regions, Confagricoltura said, although those areas account for only 20% of total production.



Read more here. (The Guardian UK)

Be prepared for olive oil prices to rise in supermarkets I guess.
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