Tag: Russian

Maps From Free-To-Play Russian Game Halo Online Could Come To The Master Chief Collection

By iwano@_84

In 2015, Microsoft worked with Saber Interactive on a free-to-play Halo game for Russia called Halo Online. It was short-lived, however, as Microsoft canceled it before it even left beta.

The game may get a new lease on life, as Microsoft has teased that maps from Halo Online could be incorporated into Halo: The Master Chief Collection in the future.

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Design director Max Szlagor said in a blog post that included among the many, many other new features that are being discussed for MCC are Halo Online maps. “Is there an opportunity to bring over some of the Halo Online maps? There’s a lot of options out there and it’s all dependent on what’s feasible and everything takes time and has to be measured against the bug list, backlog, and feature priorities,” Szlagor said. “All in all, we are definitely looking towards more goodness and continuing with more seasons.”

The

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Russian federal authority blacklists Binance’s website

By iwano@_84

Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal authority responsible for the supervision of communications, information technology, and mass media in the country, has blacklisted Binance’s website.

Binance announced the news in its official Russian Telegram channel on Friday, saying that the exchange received a notification from Roskomnadzor on Thursday about the inclusion of Binance’s website, www.binance.com, in the regulator’s register for “containing information prohibited for distribution in Russia.”

Gleb Kostarev, director of Binance Russia, told The Block that the register is a list of “notable websites that have been blocked or censored in Russia, including current and past blocks.”

Binance said it has been placed in the register due to data distribution related to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

The Roskomnadzor register shows that Binance’s website entered the list on June 2, while the “access is not limited,” meaning the website can still be accessed in the country.

Kostarev told The Block that the

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Facebook takes down more fake accounts linked to Russian intelligence

By iwano@_84

“While we have not seen the networks we removed today engage in these efforts, or directly target the US 2020 election, they are linked to actors associated with election interference in the US in the past, including those involved in ‘DC leaks’ in 2016,” Gleicher wrote.

“These fake personas posed as editors and researchers to solicit articles for these websites. This network posted primarily in Russian and English about news and current events, including protests and elections in Belarus, Russian and Ukrainian politics, geopolitical conspiracies, Russia-NATO relations, Russia’s relations with neighboring countries, and criticism of US foreign policy, socio-economic issues in the US, and US political candidates on both sides of the political spectrum.”

This isn’t the first time Facebook says it found fake accounts linked to Russian state actors. Earlier this month the company took down a handful of accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that successfully tricked

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This Russian Facial Recognition Startup Plans To Take Its ‘Aggression Detection’ Tech Global With $15 Million Backing From Sovereign Wealth Funds

By iwano@_84

Next year, in cities across the world, expect to have your face scanned for levels of aggression. NtechLab, a Russian facial recognition company best known for the FindFace app once labelled the harbinger for the end of online privacy, says it’s currently testing  “aggression detection” tech with plans for a full rollout to its surveillance partners and customers in 2021.

To help it along the way, it’s just received $15 million from two sovereign wealth funds – one the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the other a mysterious, unnamed Middle East partner. Previously, NtechLab had previously received support from the U.A.E. sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company, but it wouldn’t tell Forbes who was putting up the funds in

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Why Your Huawei Smartphone Will Get Russian Software As Android Is Replaced

By iwano@_84

It has been clear for some time that the more America banishes and isolates Huawei, the more Russia steps up to fill the gap. Not long after President Trump blacklisted the Chinese tech giant last year, Vladimir Putin made his intentions clear—accusing America of “brazenly forcing Huawei from the global market,” in what could be described as “the first technological war of the coming digital era.”

Then just a month ago, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei confirmed that “after the U.S. included us on the entity list, we transferred our investment in the U.S. to Russia, increased Russian investment, expanded the Russian scientist team, and increased the salary of Russian scientists.” Huawei wants to expand its global influence, and Russia is along for the ride.

At the company’s developer conference last week, Huawei made clear its ambition to coral developers and manufacturers to help build a third-way alternative to

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