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December 5, 2018

IN THE NEWS: REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE SUFFERS HACKING

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s been another major hacking in the political world. The National Republican Congressional Committee says thousands of emails were swiped from aides of the panel during this year’s midterm campaign. A person familiar with the issue tells The Associated Press the email accounts were hacked during a series of intrusions spread over several months — but only discovered in April. At least four different party aides had their emails breached by hackers. Thousands of emails ended up being stolen in the breach — which again has exposed the kind of vulnerabilities that have kept cyber-security experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race.

IN THE NEWS: CUBA TO GET FULL INTERNET ACCESS FOR MOBILE PHONES

HAVANA (AP) — Internet, Si! Cuba has announced its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week. In making online access available widely, Cuba becomes one of the last nations to offer such service. The head of the nation’s telecom monopoly went on national TV yesterday to announce the news that Cubans can begin getting 3G wireless service starting today. Until now, Cubans have had access only to state-run email accounts on their phones. The Cuban government has been building a 3G network in cities across the island. However, some tourists, Cuban government officials and foreign businesspeople have had access to it for several years.

ON THE WEB: MORE DOG FOOD RECALLS ANNOUNCED

CYBERSPACE (AP) — There’s a pet food recall to tell you about — and you can find information about it online. Elm Pet Foods has become the latest of several dog food makers to issue a recall over its products. The problem is that the products contain elevated levels of vitamin D — which can cause kidney failure if a pet eats enough of the nutrient. Similar recalls have been issued by ANF Inc., Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Life Pet Products, and Nutrisca over the last month. Those who may have purchased the products are urged to dispose of the food — or return it. And those whose pets ate any of the stuff are urged to take their dogs to the vet.

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Pet Foods recall site: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm

IN STORES: NETFLIX TO CONTINUE STREAMING “FRIENDS”

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a sign of how keen the competition is to land popular material for streaming services. Netflix has announced that it will continue streaming the old TV series “Friends.” While Netflix isn’t saying how much it will cost for that privilege, news outlets say it will pay a steep price. The New York Times reports Netflix will pay $100 million to keep “Friends” in its lineup through next year. That’s more than three times the $30 million a year Netflix paid for the popular TV series. Netflix’s willingness to pay so much for a series that ended in 2004 is the latest sign of intensifying competition in video streaming. Besides current rivals such as Hulu and Amazon, Netflix also faces a significant threat from Walt Disney Co., which next year plans to roll out a video streaming service featuring its popular movies and TV shows. As part of its move into streaming, Disney will be pulling much of the entertainment that it has licensed to Netflix for years.

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Netflix site: http://www.netflix.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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