Apple Has Threatened To Ban Parler From The App Store

The social networking app favored by conservatives has been given 24 hours to institute a moderation policy.

Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.

In an email sent this morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, Apple wrote to Parler’s executives that there had been complaints that the service had been used to plan and coordinate the storming of the US Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Wednesday. The insurrection left five people dead, including a police officer.

 
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Indian forces detain Chinese soldier on disputed Himalayan border where two nations fought deadly battle last year

  • Arrest marks second detention on high altitude border since the battle in June
  • Military said People’s Liberation Army soldier ‘apprehended’ on Indian side
  • China said soldier went missing in ‘darkness and complicated terrain’ on Friday  Indian forces have detained a Chinese soldier on a disputed Himalayan border where the two nations fought a deadly battle last year, the military said today.

    The arrest marks the second detention on the high altitude border since their deadliest confrontation in decades broke out in June, in which at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed. 

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REVEALED: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banned Trump while on vacation in French Polynesia sending the president ‘ballistic’ as he furiously tweeted through other accounts

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was on vacation on an island in French Polynesia while he and executives were debating on how it would handle President Trump’s account
  • About 350 Twitter employees wrote a letter to management urging them to permanently ban Trump and called for an investigation into the corporate actions leading up to Wednesday’s riots 
  • Sources told the NYT Dorsey and fellow execs said they wanted to be consistent with Twitter’s policies
  • Twitter announced Trump’s ban on Friday evening citing risks of ‘further incitement to violence’
  • Sources said the president went ‘ballistic’ and was ‘scrambling to figure out what his options are’ 
  • At least two other accounts were suspended after attempts were made to give Trump access to the platform after he was locked out
  • Trump appeared to have found a loophole by using the @POTUS account to share a message to his followers claiming that he would set up his own social media network
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Pelosi tells Trump to step down ‘immediately and willingly’ or be impeached

Democrats question US president’s mental state and accuse him of fomenting the storming of Capitol, look for safeguards to prevent him launching military, nuclear strikes

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Donald Trump came under pressure Friday to step down or face impeachment “immediately,” as the top Democrat in Congress announced she had discussed with the military how to block the “unhinged” leader from the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

As his presidency imploded, Trump put on a final, unrepentant display of division by announcing on Twitter that he will skip the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20.

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Pelosi calls Gen. Milley to block ‘unhinged’ Trump from using nuclear codes

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the Pentagon’s top general on Thursday and urged him to add extra precautions to stop what she called an “unhinged” President Trump from using the nuclear codes.

In a long statement, Pelosi said she made the drastic call to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley as pressure mounts for Trump to step down or be removed from office via the 25th Amendment after the deadly US Capitol siege.

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Laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office during storming of U.S. Capitol, says aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A laptop was stolen from the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, one of her aides said on Friday.

Drew Hammill, an aide to Democrat Pelosi, said on Twitter that the laptop belonged to a conference room and was used for presentations. He declined to offer further details.

The theft of electronic devices from congressional offices has been a persistent worry following the invasion by pro-Trump followers. They were encouraged by Republican President Donald Trump at a rally beforehand to march to the Capitol while Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 election win.
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Hacking victim SolarWinds hires ex-Homeland Security official Krebs as consultant

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -The company used by hackers as a springboard for the worst-known breach of U.S. government computers in at least five years has hired some of the biggest names in security to help it recover.

SolarWinds Corp, which had backdoored versions of its network-management software go out to thousands of customers, had already hired CrowdStrike Holdings Inc to help it assess the intrusion and protect it going forward.

On Thursday, it hired a new consulting business formed by former U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency head Chris Krebs and Alex Stamos, former chief security officer at Facebook Inc.

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China’s “Unrestricted War” On The United States

Liang and Xiangsui recall the CNN broadcast of the dead American soldier in Mogadishu and how that broadcast caused an American pullout of Somalia, changing the world’s strategic situation.

Authored by Doug Dodge via AmericanThinker.com,

In 1999 Colonel Qiao Liang and Colonel Wang Xiangsui wrote a book called Unrestricted Warfare.  In this book, these officers, who were both active-duty officers in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) discussed the lessons learned from the Gulf War action in 1990.  The book was published by the PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House in Beijing, which suggests official approval by the PLA Command. 

This and other examples caused these officers to postulate another type of warfare they called unrestricted warfare, which crossed all of the spectrums of society and involved no rules.  The authors listed 15 types of new warfare to be used in order to avoid the standard military conflict.

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N. Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites US hostility

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal while disclosing a list of high-tech weapons systems under development in response to what he called hostile American policy

The Associated Press
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Kim has reviewed relations

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech weapons systems under development, saying the fate of relations with the United States depends on whether it abandons its hostile policy, state media reported Saturday.

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Iran unveils underground missile base on Gulf coast, state media says

By Mostafa Salem and Tamara Qiblawi, CNN

Iranian commanders walk past missiles at the base, in a photo released by Sepahnews, the website of the Revolutionary Guards.

(CNN)Iran has unveiled an underground base for “strategic missiles” on its Gulf coastline, according to state media.

Video broadcast by state media Friday showed the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, touring what appears to be a long underground tunnel lined with missiles and missile launchers.
Iran’s ballistic missiles arsenal is one of the flashpoints in Tehran’s long-running disputes with its Arab neighbors and the United States. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries have called for the curbing of Iran’s ballistic weapons, but Iran’s leaders have repeatedly said the arsenal is not up for negotiation.
 
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