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Electronic Money and Currency Wars: Russia’s biggest payment system (QIWI) begins operations in Europe

…to Russians, cash is king, even online, and what makes this possible is the QIWI system which allows users to shop and pay bills without transmitting sensitive banking information or credit card numbers over the Internet. QIWI customers simply deposit their cash into an ATM-like machine and use it to make transactions.

QIWI was launched in 2004 and by 2013 had 169,000 terminals in Russia alone, more than double the number of any bank’s ATMs.

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Fired over a flu shot: Office workers let go after refusing vaccine or surgical mask

A New Jersey social service agency has followed through with its threat to fire three office workers over their refusal to get a flu shot or, as an alternative, wear a surgical mask while in the company’s Burlington Township headquarters, an attorney for the women said.Alanda Watson, Megan Duncan and Denise Mercurius, who worked in the accounting and billing departments at Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, were suspended without pay last month for failing to follow the flu-preve…

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Experts doubt Google’s claim about its quantum computer’s speed

Are powerful quantum computers finally here? Google is claiming that its D-Wave quantum computer can solve certain problems 100 million times faster than an ordinary computer, a result that it says could lead to huge improvements in artificial intelligence. But researchers contacted by New Scientist say these claims are overblown, and show little-to-no performance increase over a regular PC.

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UFOs: in the interest of national defense

On more than a few occasions, I have heard people say words to the effect of, “Nothing of any significance, on UFOs, has ever surfaced under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.” Time and again, I have seen people in Ufology loudly proclaim that all of the “good” material is withheld by the alleged “Black Budget” or “Special Access Programs” that secretly oversee official research into UFOs.