Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

(credit: Aurich Lawson) In light of the $ 5 billion EU antitrust ruling against Google this week, we started noticing a certain classic Ars story circulating around social media. Google’s methods of controlling the open source Android code and discouraging Android forks is exactly the kind of behavior the EU has a problem with, and […]

Blaze & thick smoke grip car dealership in St. Petersburg (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 28 Mar, 2018 14:55 A huge plume of smoke has enveloped a Hyundai car dealership in Russia’s St. Petersburg after the site caught fire. Pictures of the blaze are circulating on social media. No injuries have been reported. The blaze started at around 3pm local time, according to the emergency services, before spreading […]

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is losing his grip on power at the worst possible time

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Prime minister Shinzo Abe is losing his grip on power as a cronyism scandal and cover-up gains steam in Japan. The scandal involves a school with ties to Abe’s wife that was given an 85% discount on state-owned land, and a new admission from the finance ministry that related documents were doctored […]

Big Brother is tightening its grip on ICOs

Apple A recently released letter from the Treasury Department shows initial coin offerings will have to worry about more government oversights.  The agency might go after participants in the ICO market retroactively.  It looks like participants in the initial coin offering market will have to worry about more government oversight.  A letter recently released from […]

How Xi Jinping spent a decade cementing his grip on China to become the most powerful leader since Mao

YouTube/CCTV English China’s ruling Communist Party proposed this week to eliminate presidential term limits, making it possible for current president Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. Without a set limit, Xi will be following in the footsteps of communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, who ruled from 1949-1976, but also oversaw the deaths of tens of millions. […]

2018 Subaru BRZ tS Driven: It Needs More Power, So It Has More Grip

– Limited to a production run of just 500 for 2018, the Subaru BRZ tS (“tuned by STI”) is the new benchmark version of the company’s rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. This dialed-in BRZ offers more grip and control than ever before while retaining the brilliant car’s familiar well-balanced character. A spoiler alert, though: If you’ve always […]

North Korean ‘ghost ships’ full of dead people are still washing ashore in Japan — and it’s a sign of Kim Jong Un losing his grip

Kyodo via Reuters Boats containing dead bodies from North Korea have continued to show up along Japan’s west coast. North Korea usually tightly controls its borders to prevent defections. This suggests that Kim Jong Un is losing his grip over his country’s border security and his citizens’ economic ventures, experts told BI. The seemingly endless […]

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen airstrikes as Houthis tighten grip on Sanaa

Published time: 6 Dec, 2017 07:29 Edited time: 6 Dec, 2017 08:19 A Saudi-led coalition intensified airstrikes on Yemen early on Wednesday. The armed Houthi movement is tightening its grip on the capital after it killed former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who switched sides in the civil war. Saudi Arabia and its allies struck a […]

Mugabe’s iron grip led Zimbabwe into poverty

WHEN Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980 it seemed like peace had finally come to Zimbabwe. But after a brief honeymoon period something went drastically wrong. Once courted by world leaders, Mugabe has since become an international pariah. His tenures as prime minister and later president have been marked by political division, repression, war, […]