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Invasive tick is 'here to stay,' and here's where it could spread next

By Rachael Rettner Senior Writer

An invasive tick species, new to the U.S., has already popped up in nine states, and a new study suggests that the species could spread much further.

Invasive tick is 'here to stay,' and here's where it could spread next

By Rachael Rettner Senior Writer

An invasive tick species, new to the U.S., has already popped up in nine states, and a new study suggests that the species could spread much further.

Malaysia Files Criminal Charges Against Goldman Sachs Over 1MDB Scandal


In the wake of a scandal that brought down the country’s former prime minister, the Malaysian government is seeking fines in excess of $2.7 billion.

3SS launches new Android TV services

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German multiscreen software solutions provider 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) is offering new advances for Android TV deployments, delivering further choices and benefits to operators and their subscribers.

With 3Ready Assistant, enabled by the 3Ready Android TV Operator Tier Custom Launcher, an operator can now create its own set of commands to trigger a wide range of desired actions in the app which the viewer might like to do: These new commands range from customer support related actions including billing queries through to PVR instructions and management of advanced parental control features, among other use cases.

Furthermore, the operator can define and customise all these options in any Google Assistant compatible language. This is a major benefit, promoting subscriber loyalty by enabling deeper engagement with the service using voice technology, according to 3SS.

“Android TV-based deployments are now widely acknowledged as capable of delivering game-changing entertainment experiences to viewers, alongside myriad operational advantages to service providers, as exemplified by Com Hem Tv Hub,” said 3SS managing director Kai-Christian Borchers.

“With our new service 3Ready Assistant, we are enabling service providers to even further differentiate their offerings from competitors, enhancing customer satisfaction by offering new capabilities, better discoverability, ultimately maximising business potential,” Borchers added. “3Ready is making the Google Assistant more useful for operators, helping them transform the way people think about and interact with their pay-TV service.”

3SS is also one of the first providers in the industry to introduce cloud-to-cloud based Google Assistant integration. This new cloud-centric system configuration option offered by Google differs from conventional device-centric integration projects. Cloud-based Android TV systems enable the operator to more seamlessly manage service delivery on multiple devices in parallel to the set-top-box, according to 3SS. Additionally, the operator can control up to three watch actions which the user can select from within the Google Assistant. In contrast, with on-device implementations, only one watch action can be presented.

3Ready cloud-to-cloud integration also enables operators to remotely optimise and personalise search results, and achieve speedier search results.

Bomb blast hits Greek Skai TV

By Chris Dziadul

A bomb has exploded outside the headquarters of Skai TV, one of Greece’s leading commercial broadcasters.

In a statement on its site, collating international reports by AP and Reuters, Skai TV says a strong explosion broke the windows and flattened the station’s offices in Athens.

It adds that no one was injured.

The reports also say the explosion bore similarities to one outside the Loukeros Court of Appeal in central Athens on December 22, 2017, for which the far-left ‘People’s Fighter Group’ claimed responsibility.

Skai TV is part of a media group that includes Kathimerini, Greece’s leading daily newspaper.

Thousands protest against Serbian President Vucic

By Georgi Gotev

Thousands of demonstrators defied heavy snow Saturday (15 December) in Belgrade to protest what they say is a crackdown by the government of President Aleksandar Vučić on opposition parties and the media.

Georgia’s new president seeks unity after vote protests

By Georgi Gotev

Georgia’s incoming President Salome Zurabishvili vowed to reconcile political divisions and deepen ties with NATO and Europe at Sunday’s inauguration that opposition protesters were blocked from reaching. French-born Zurabishvili, backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, won 59.5% of votes...

Romania slams EU ahead of taking rotating presidency

By Georgi Gotev

Leaders of Romania's left-wing ruling majority on Sunday (16 December) accused the European Union of "discriminatory" treatment, two weeks before the eastern European country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.

Energy markets will deliver the flexible, decarbonised power system needed, not capacity markets

By Michael Hogan, Philip Baker

Energy only markets will enable the integration of the European electricity market and development of the flexible resources needed to support a decarbonised future. Philip Baker and Michael Hogan offer a critique to RTE’s Impact Assessment of the French Capacity Market.

Austrians protest FPÖ’s coalition with β€˜fascists’

By Georgi Gotev

Thousands of protesters in Vienna braved snow and icy temperatures Saturday (15 December) to protest Austria's ruling coalition between the conservatives and the far-right a year after they came to power.

Weber attacks β€˜populist’ Tsipras, remains silent over Macedonia name deal

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Victory by Greece’s right-wing New Democracy party over Alexis Tsipras' Syriza in the next elections would show that the rise of populists in Europe is not irreversible, European People’s Party (EPP) Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber has said.

EU weighs β€˜derogation’ for Poland in bid to phase out coal

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Greens have lashed out at the European Commission for trying to pass an exemption from draft electricity market rules that would allow poorer countries like Poland to continue subsidising coal because their GDP is lower than the EU’s average.

Anti-migrant protesters clash outside EU headquarters

By Georgi Gotev

Thousands of far-right supporters marched in Brussels on Sunday (16 December) against a UN pact aimed at fostering cooperation on migration, and clashed with police outside the EU headquarters.

NATO: Baku is β€˜perfect venue’ for talking to Russia

By Georgi Gotev

Azerbaijan's capital Baku has once again been the venue for a meeting between the top brass of Russia and US, at a time when relations between the two military superpowers are at a new low.

Germany to compensate those who fled Nazis as children


Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday.