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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Putin calls Trump to thank him for shared intelligence information

Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday morning to thank him for providing a tip that allegedly thwarted a terrorist bomb plot in St. Petersburg, officials said. The Kremlin was the first first to share details about the call and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later confirmed the phone exchange on Twitter. According to the Russian government, Putin thanked Trump because the CIA provided Russian intelligence with information that led to the arrest of seven suspects who allegedly planned to explode bombs at Kazan…

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Technology 

Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Still not the Apple of any salesperson’s eye. James Martin/CNET “You’re biased,” they said. “You’ve been to every store but a Sprint store.” When I say “they,” I mean at least two people. I couldn’t argue. I’ve paid several visits to carrier stores and Best Buy in order to learn more about how phones are sold. Sprint wasn’t one of them. Somehow, I think of Sprint as the fourth network, the one that waits to be bought. I mean,…

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Gaming 

Square Enix news: Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date, Nintendo Switch games update

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date is big news that PS4 fans want to know more about. While we’ve seen the first snippets of action and the first hints at how the gameplay will work, we still don’t have a launch schedule. Square Enix have been very vague on their plans for this projects, dropping teasers at one point that they may use an episodic format for FF7. That could help speed up the release process, however, a lot more information is required before fan curiosity will be sated….

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Bitcoin to ‘soar to $60k’ before ‘Russia and China engineer crash’, Saxo Bank predicts

The cryptocurrency will continue to rise “during most of 2018” peaking at an eye-watering £45,000 ($60,000) until Moscow and Beijing begin a crackdown on digital currencies, according to Saxo Bank. Cryptocurrency experts made the forecast as part of the company’s “outrageous predictions” for 2018, events the Danish bank says are “highly unlikely” but “with under-appreciated potential” to send shockwaves through financial markets. As of 3pm GMT on Saturday, December 16, bitcoin is valued at $18,504 according to CoinDesk.  Saxo Bank predicts it will soar to its peak as investors become…

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North Korea cybercrime gang chases Bitcoin as price surges to £13,000

The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group’s activities. The Lazarus cybercrime group is mounting an ongoing scheme to steal the online credentials of bitcoin industry insiders, a report published by researchers at US cyber security firm Secureworks’s Counter Threat Unit (CTU) said. Cybersecurity firms including Secureworks suspect North Korea to be behind the Lazarus group, which they link to a £60…

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Disney pays billions for Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Disney will pay billions for 21st Century Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Entertainment 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake UPDATE – Another blow for FF7 fans hoping for release date update

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is arguably one of the most highly anticipated PS4 games on the horizon. The iconic PlayStation JRPG is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and fans had hoped Square Enix would mark this by revealing more details. However, so far only a handful of new images of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake have been released in 2017. News on the JRPG revival has dried up as Square Enix brought development for the game in-house. Major events, such as E3, the Tokyo Games Show, Paris Games…

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Chancellor embarks on Chinese trade mission to strengthen post-Brexit ties

China is the world’s second largest economy after the United States and plans are already in the works for a direct trading link between the London and Shanghai stock exchanges. If approved, the London-Shanghai Stock Connect programme would allow UK-based investors to buy Chinese shares and vice versa.  Other topics up for the discussion will likely include Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure scheme. The multi-trillion dollar project involves the construction of a modern-day Silk Road with new bridges, tunnels and maritime routes constructed to better connect China with the rest…

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