Hard Numbers: Did the Entire Country of Ecuador Just Get Hacked?

4,000: South Korea is on high alert after reporting its first case of African Swine Flu, a deadly virus infecting pigs that has already hit Asia hard, sending pork prices through the roof. Seoul will slaughter some 4,000 pigs to prevent the highly-contagious disease from spreading throughout the country.


55 million: As the Ebola virus continues to spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it's running out of money to prevent the deadly disease from ravaging West Africa. WHO has received $55 million from governments around the world, just 20 percent of what's needed to implement a strategic response.

20 million: Up to 20 million people had personal data leaked online when hackers breached Ecuadorian government registries and state-owned banks. Ecuador is home to 16.5 million people, suggesting that the entire population could have been affected.

48: Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday, less than two weeks before that country holds presidential elections. Last week, US-led negotiations to end more than 40 years of violence in Afghanistan broke down, and the Taliban has vowed to continue waging attacks.

The Business and Market Fair that recently took place in Sanzule, Ghana featured local crops, livestock and manufactured goods, thanks in part to the Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP), one of Eni's initiatives to diversify the local economy. The LRP program provided training and support to start new businesses to approximately 1,400 people from 205 households, invigorating entrepreneurship in the community.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky sat down yesterday with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron for a meeting in the Elysée Palace in Paris for peace talks. This was the first-ever meeting between Putin, Russia's dominant political force since 2000, and Zelensky, who was a TV comedian at this time last year.

Fears that Putin would use Zelensky's inexperience to back him into a deal on Russian terms weren't realized, but the relationship between the two has only just begun.

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4: The World Anti-Doping Agency handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events, precluding its participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Russia has three weeks to appeal the ban, which its prime minister says is the result of "chronic anti-Russian hysteria."

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Are we seeing the creation of a parallel universe for US and Chinese tech industries?

I think the answer is yes. In the past, US has dominated the world in technologies from P.C. operating systems, semiconductors, to servers, and even Internet. But ever since the rise of mobile technologies, China has really leveraged the large market with a huge amount of data and now is beginning to innovate and build great mobile apps on which there's a large amount of data being collected.

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