News Headlines - 26 October 2018

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ - The New York Times

Google gave Andy Rubin, the creator of Android mobile software, a hero’s farewell when he left the company in October 2014... What Google did not make public was that an employee had accused Mr. Rubin of sexual misconduct. The woman, with whom Mr. Rubin had been having an extramarital relationship, said he coerced her into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, according to two company executives with knowledge of the episode. Google investigated and concluded her claim was credible, said the people... Mr. Rubin was notified, they said, and Mr. Page asked for his resignation.

Japanese gov't orders Facebook to improve data protection - Japan Today

The Japanese government on Monday ordered Facebook Inc to improve protection of users' personal information following a series of incidents including a massive data breach earlier this year that impacted 87 million people around the world, a commission said.
It is the first time the Japanese government's Personal Information Protection Commission has issued this kind of warning to the U.S. social media giant.

Qatar 'provided information' to help free Yasuda - NHK WORLD

A senior Qatari government official says his country provided information that helped to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda... He explained that Qatar and Turkey provided Japan with intelligence through diplomatic routes and counterterrorism agencies.

Hawaiian island erased by powerful hurricane: ‘The loss is a huge blow’ | The Guardian

A piece of the United States has been dramatically wiped off the map after an island in Hawaii was washed away by a powerful hurricane.
East Island, a remote spit of gravel and sand that sat atop a coral reef, has vanished after having this misfortune to come into contact with Hurricane Walaka, an intense storm that surged past Hawaii earlier this month.
Scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals, part of an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands.

‘French Spiderman’ Alain Robert illegally climbs City of London's tallest tower (without a harness) | The Independent

A French free climber known as the "Human Spider" scaled London’s Heron Tower without a harness, only to be arrested shortly afterwards.
Alain Robert has previously completed death-defying ascents of New York’s Empire State Building, and the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The 56-year-old successfully reached the top of the 662ft (202m) Heron Tower, the tallest building in The City, after less than an hour of climbing.








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