New Zealand earthquake: two dead as tsunami threat passes

Damage on a Wellington street after the quake.

Wellington city workers told to stay at home

It is now 9am in New Zealand and the full impact of the overnight 7.5 magnitude earthquake is beginning to be understood. Power is out and phone lines are still down in some areas and roads have cracked and sunk by up to half a metre, restricting access by emergency services.

The small North Canterbury township of Waiau is feared to be worst hit along with Kaikoura, the scene of one of the casualties. Paramedics are being flown by helicopter to Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, where a command unit is being established.

New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, has suffered some damage with workers in the city centre told to stay home. Ships and ferries are waiting in the harbour until authorities can assess the damage to wharves before they dock, which is expected to be in the mid-afternoon.

Wellington City Council posted an update stating that it was likely not all buildings would be able to be made safe and there was a risk the forecast winds of up to 140kmh could bring glass and other materials into the streets.

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Tsunami alert lifted after New Zealand earthquake, aftershocks kill 2 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Debris from buildings are seen on a sidewalk past a cordon line in Wellington early on November 14, 2016 following an earthquake centred some 90 kilometres (57 miles) north of New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch © Marty Melville

New Zealand authorities have issued a tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake hit northeast of Christchurch, the biggest city on South Island. At least two people have been confirmed dead in Kaikoura.

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London tram derailment: Police comb crash site, driver freed on bail

Aerial view of the tram derailment Tram overturns in Croydon, London, UK - 09 Nov 2016 (Rex Features via AP Images)

London (CNN)Police continued Thursday to investigate the site of a tram derailment in Croydon, south London, that killed at least seven people.

The tram’s driver, a 42-year-old man, was released on police bail early Thursday after being arrested following the crash on suspicion of manslaughter. He has not been named by the British Transport Police.

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Trump surveillance fears could lift privacy tech in Europe

The full ramifications of Donald Trump being the next president of the United States of America will not be known for months — perhaps years. Given he’s a man of many conflicting words it’s near impossible to know which of his pledges and pronouncements he will keep or act upon, likely until his administration is up and running and showing its true colors.

Yet uncertainty can itself be a motivator — and the risk of an authoritarian leader as commander-in-chief of the US’ government’s mass surveillance apparatus has caused many to sound alarm bells already.

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The consequences of the Trump presidency on cybersecurity

A situation now revealed in all its hideousness, brought to us by a 400-lb hacker in bed.

Hacking and cybersecurity played a huge role in the presidential election. So much so that Donald Trump, America’s new president-elect, was helped greatly by the acts of criminal hackers in his journey to the White House, and is now an outspoken WikiLeaks fan.

Though, unless he appoints Julian Assange as his Cybersecurity Czar, I doubt we’ll be seeing WikiLeaks coming to Trump’s rescue when he needs help with cyber-policy in the near future. But you never know.

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Weekly Roundup: Trump victory casts shadow of despair over tech industry

This week, the U.S. was shell shocked and in the tech world in dismay from Donald Trump’s victory as the new President of the United States. Silicon Valley lost its mind in a mess of tweet storms and public outcry. It was the perfect time for GoPro to announce it is recalling its Karma drone, and we escaped this harsh cruel reality with the launch of Google’s Daydream VR and the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.

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After the election, hackers target think tanks with phishing attacks

Security firm Volexity believes the emails come from the same Russians accused of hacking the DNC.

Now that the election is over, the Russian teams of hackers suspected of breaking into the Democratic Party’s systems have reportedly launched a new phishing attack on US political think tanks and non-government organizations. Incident response firm Volexity has compiled information on “The Dukes” (aka APT29 or Cozy Bear) that it believes are behind the attacks. This time around, they worked by posing as a Harvard professor, sending links to Microsoft Office Word or Excel documents that contained a macro used to install a malware downloader on that target’s computer. Once installed, it downloads a PNG file that has a backdoor embedded via steganography.

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New Zealand carriers will block the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s discontinued phone will be useless on local cellular networks starting November 18th.

If you think that Samsung’s constant software reminders to return the Galaxy Note 7 aren’t enough to make stubborn owners change their minds, you should book a trip to New Zealand. All of the country’s wireless carriers will block the discontinued smartphone on their networks as of November 18th. Essentially, they’re turning the Note 7 into a paperweight. You can use it on WiFi, but it won’t be very useful as, well, a phone. New Zealand is expected to rely on the same IMEI (hardware identifier) blocking that telecoms use to render stolen phones useless, so you’d have to jump through hoops to have any hope of restoring cellular functionality.

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With Trump’s win Silicon Valley investors start losing their damn minds

We’re only hours into what is a now Donald J. Trump’s ascendancy to the Presidency and already Silicon Valley’s investor class is losing its collective damn mind.

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington had it just about right when he retweeted the Drudge Report.

A Trump win is antithetical to a Silicon Valley culture that prides itself on (rigthtly or wrongly) on meritocracy, openness, and rationality. Beyond that, many in the Valley have a problem with Trump’s blatant bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia.

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What does a President-elect Trump mean for Silicon Valley? Nothing very good.

What does a President-elect Trump mean for Silicon Valley? Nothing very good.

Donald J. Trump is now the President-elect of the United States after one of the most surreal and unlikely campaign victories in American history.

Stock markets are already reacting negatively to the reality of a President Trump and the dollar is also falling.

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