Phone number lookup – DC Writers Way Tue, 10 May 2022 20:25:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Phone number lookup – DC Writers Way 32 32 Russian authorities accused of ‘abducting’ Crimean rights activist Tue, 10 May 2022 20:25:00 +0000 Danylovich is believed to have been detained by Russian authorities, but they declined to say if, where or by whom she is being held. “We’re assuming she’s still in jail,” Danylovich’s attorney, Helping Azamatov, told CNN.

Danylovich’s father, Bronislav, told the Krym.Realii news site, a Radio Liberty affiliate, that his daughter planned to take public transportation home on the morning of April 29, after finishing her shift. work in a medical institution in Koktebel, in the south-east of Crimea.

Azamatov said the nurse stopped answering her phone at that time.

Around the same time, Azamatov said, hooded officials from the Russian police special unit came to the house Danylovich shares with his parents in the village of Vladislavovka, near Feodosiya. Vladislavovka is about 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Koktebel.

He told CNN that officials who searched the family’s home told his father she had been sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest for “transferring unclassified information to a foreign state.”

But authorities refused to hand over a copy of the decision, according to Azamatov. He still has not seen any official documents regarding Danylovich’s arrest. He was not allowed to see his client.

“Iryna has no procedural status, that’s why they hide her from me,” he said.

Azamatov, Danylovich’s family and several human rights organizations have been looking for her in detention centers in several Crimean towns since her disappearance.

Azamatov said he himself checked seven remand centers and special detention centers in the region, without success.

Crimean authorities declined to comment. The duty officer of the prosecutor’s office in Russian-occupied Crimea referred CNN to authorities in Danylovich’s hometown.

When CNN reached the Feodosiya police station on Tuesday, the person who answered the call said they knew nothing about the case and hung up.

The Interior Ministry of Russian-occupied Crimea did not respond to a written request for comment. A phone number listed on its website is not reachable.

Iryna Danylovich has been missing since April 29.

On May 6, Danylovich’s 43rd birthday, human rights activists left gifts outside one of the detention centers, despite being told she was not being held there.

Through her work as a citizen journalist, Danylovich has exposed problems with Crimea’s health system, especially in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. She has written for a number of Ukrainian media outlets and posted her findings on Facebook.

“Iryna Danylovich’s abduction shows signs of enforced disappearance under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,” Zmina, a Ukrainian human rights NGO, said in a statement. a statement.

The term enforced disappearance describes disappearances either perpetrated by state actors or by others acting on behalf of or with the support of state authorities, followed by a refusal to disclose the person’s fate and whereabouts.

Because the authorities refuse to recognize the detention, the victim has no legal protection and the perpetrators are rarely prosecuted, according to the UN.

The UN says the practice is often used as a strategy to spread terror within society.

Other than verbally telling Danylovich’s father during the search that his daughter was arrested, authorities have never officially acknowledged her detention or provided a reason for her being detained.

“On May 7, the ninth day after his disappearance, [nothing is known] where does Iryna Danylovich live and in what status,” Zmina added.

Danylovich’s case is the latest in a series of disappearances of activists, journalists and ordinary citizens reported over the past decade in Crimea.

According to a report published in March 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Office documented at least 43 cases of enforced disappearances in Crimea between 2014 and 2018.
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The UN said it was mostly abductions and abductions and that some of the victims – 39 men and four women – had been subjected to ill-treatment and torture. Eleven of these men were still missing and one man was still in custody at the time of the report.

The UN said it was unable to document prosecutions related to any of the cases.

Azamatov said Danylovich’s parents told him that the people who entered their house were wearing civilian clothes. none of them introduced themselves or presented any identification. Instead, they read the warrant and started searching different rooms at the same time, the couple said.

They said officials had confiscated all electronic equipment, including three phones that no longer worked, and several books, including a publication by Viktor Suvorov.

Suvorov, real name Vladimir Bogdanovich Rezun, is a former Soviet spy who defected to the UK and reinvented himself as an author of World War II books.

Danylovich’s parents told Azamatov that officers refused to leave them a copy of the list of seized items or a copy of the search report.

On May 2, Azamatov appealed to the authorities, and Danylovich’s parents filed a statement with the police.

“My appeals to the Crimean prosecutor’s office, the military prosecutor’s office, the military investigative commission and the Russian investigative commission have not yet been answered. There is an appeal to the police of the father, there is no answer yet,” Azamatov said.

Bronislav Danylovich said he saw security video that appeared to show the moment his daughter was abducted.

He told Krym.Realii that he saw CCTV footage from one of the gas stations outside Koktebel showing a woman, dressed in clothes similar to those Danylovich was wearing when she disappeared, standing at a bus stop.

He said the clip showed an oncoming black car, several people in civilian clothes jumping out and – despite the woman’s resistance – pushing her into the vehicle.

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Azamatov told CNN that the gas station refused to hand over the footage and after seeing the video, Bronislav Danylovich filed a new statement with the police demanding that a criminal case be opened.

“Now we are waiting for a video of the place of his abduction, they promised to provide it so that I can study it,” Azamatov said.

Meanwhile, a group of 19 human rights institutions are appealing to United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union agencies and officials to help with Danylovich’s case.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Russian authorities in Crimea to “immediately provide any information regarding Danylovich’s fate and let the media operate freely.”

Gulnoza Said, coordinator of CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program, said in a statement. “The alarming disappearance of Iryna Danylovich raises fears of a further crackdown on independent reporting in Russian-occupied Crimea, which is already an extremely restrictive environment for the press.”

CNN’s Anna Chernova contributed reporting.

What to expect from Google I/O 2022 Mon, 09 May 2022 13:30:00 +0000

Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is set to take place this week and begin with a keynote presentation on Wednesday, May 11 at 1 p.m. ET. Although the conference itself aims to help developers get the most out of Google’s tools and platforms, the keynote is relevant to a much wider audience, with hardware and software announcements for products scheduled for release within the next 12 months.

This year we could see a number of hardware announcements during the keynote. There are ongoing rumors about the search giant’s first wearable, the Pixel Watch, as well as a mid-range counterpart to last year’s Pixel 6 smartphones. It’s possible we could also see a new pair of true wireless earbuds announced. And maybe even a few surprises too.

The software announcements are expected to focus on major Google operating systems like Android 13, the next major release due out later this year. Google presenters might also announce new features for other platforms like Wear OS or Android TV. The company’s ever-growing range of services (think Google Maps or business tools like Google Docs) are also likely to receive enhancements.

Here is a complete overview of what we expect:

A leaked Pixel Watch prototype between a 40mm Apple Watch (left) and a 46mm Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Photo: tagtech414 (Reddit)

Google could finally announce its Pixel Watch

Rumors of Google making its own smartwatch have been around forever, but 2022 might finally be the year it actually happens. There have been spec leaks, design leaks, and a US Patent and Trademark Office filing revealing the Pixel Watch name. Most significant, however, is an apparent prototype of the smartwatch found abandoned in a restaurant, prompting a flood of photos online.

Between all the leaks, we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of ​​what form the Pixel Watch will take. The big question now is whether all of Google’s investment (which includes billions spent on Fitbit) can create something that’s capable of presenting a real challenge to Apple’s dominance.

Unofficial renderings of the expected Pixel 6A design.
Image: Steve Hemmerstoffer/ 91Mobiles

A new mid-range Pixel 6A

Over the past three years, Google has followed up each of its flagship Pixel smartphones with a more affordable version with lower specs. This year it’s the Pixel 6’s turn, but rumors suggest the Pixel 6A might look a little different to previous A-series handsets.

While phones like the Pixel 4A and 5A paired similar camera features to their flagship counterparts with less powerful processors, reports suggest the Pixel 6A could reverse that approach. A report of 9to5Google last year suggested that the new phone could feature the same Tensor processor as the Pixel 6, but a downgraded 12-megapixel primary camera sensor instead of the Pixel 6’s 50-megapixel sensor.

An announcement at Google I/O would come a little earlier than the August launches we’ve typically seen for Google’s mid-range phones. But the timing of a recent FCC filing suggests its launch could be imminent.

Maybe pro wireless headphones

This rumor is less certain, but a Jon Prosser recent leak suggested that Google is gearing up to launch a new set of true wireless earbuds called Pixel Buds Pro. Not much is known about their potential features and specifications, but the use of the word “Pro” in the name of a set of headphones is usually used to show that they support active noise cancellation. – which would be a first for a pair of Google headphones. true wireless headphones.

Google currently only sells one pair of true wireless earbuds, the Pixel Buds A-Series, which were originally advertised as a more affordable counterpart to the second-generation Pixel Buds. But with the Pixel Buds now discontinued, Google is only selling the affordable entry to the line. Adding a Pro-branded input would be a natural change.

A mockup of the notification permission Android 13 apps may have to request.
Image: Google

A host of details about Android 13

On the software side, there’s Android 13, the next major version of Google’s mobile operating system. It’s technically already out in beta – offering small glimpses of Google’s plans for the update – but it’s only in I/O that we’ll get a full idea of ​​Google’s overall vision for Android 13.

So far, it looks like Android 13 is set to continue much of the work that Google started with Android 12. Last year’s customizable themes (branded as Material You) should expand to cover more UI elements in the operating system, and Google is continuing to restrict which aspects of the operating system Android apps have access to by default. Any news about major new initiatives will likely emerge during Google’s keynote.

And maybe, just maybe, foldable news

Android 13 isn’t the only major update Google has made to its mobile operating system this year. There’s also Android 12L, a new version of the operating system optimized for tablets and foldable devices. We know it’s due out sometime this year and will ship to devices from Samsung, Lenovo, and Microsoft. I/O would be a good time for the search giant to offer more concrete details.

In addition to software, Google has long been rumored to be working on one or two foldable devices. At one point there were rumors that these were going to launch last year, but given the lack of leaks recently, it doesn’t seem like an announcement is imminent. Foldable phones are, after all, still niche products outside of China, although Samsung is now into its third generation of foldable devices.

Signs of a new Nest Hub?

Given that it’s only been a year since Google released its last Nest Hub smart display, it seems premature to expect a follow-up. But a report of 9to5Google Starting in March, we might see one with a removable screen that could be used as a tablet at some point this year. The form factor seems to be ideal as a smart home controller and would also explain Google’s renewed focus on tablets.

But with a vague launch date of “2022”, there’s no guarantee Google will be ready to show off the new device this week, and that’s if it even exists in the first place.

A render of what the Pixel Watch interface might look like.
Image: Evan Blass/ 91Mobiles

Plus updates for its other platforms

Of course, Android isn’t the only operating system supported by Google. It also has Wear OS for smartwatches, which will almost certainly get some stage attention if Google does eventually announce its Pixel Watch this week. Even if it doesn’t, the presentation comes a year after Google announced it would be merging its platform with Samsung’s Tizen. (The resulting software later appeared on the Galaxy Watch 4.) And it seems likely that Google will have more to add on how development unfolds.

There’s also its Android TV and Google TV software, which are designed for — you guessed it — TVs. And we know they have new features coming this year because one of their product managers said so in January. The company is apparently interested in supporting home fitness workouts, while offering more smart home controls and video conferencing services.

Expect a plethora of Google software and service updates

Far from hardware and platform-specific announcements, a Google I/O keynote wouldn’t be complete without the search giant announcing updates for a handful of its many apps and services. . Last year, for example, we saw a locked folder feature announced for Google Photos, updates to the augmented reality view of Google Maps, and a new “smart canvas” initiative for its office productivity software designed to make its various services more interconnected.

Given Google’s vast array of software offerings, it’s hard to make any precise predictions about which of them will grab the spotlight on stage this year. But I guess Google Workspace is likely to feature prominently. “Smart canvas” has already spawned some nifty new features for Google Docs, and I suspect this is just the start of Google’s plans to overhaul its desktop software for remote work.

With a few surprises for good measure

Away from the more typical product announcements, Google always has a few I/O surprises up its sleeve. Last year, he revealed an experiment called Project Starline, actually a video chat booth designed to feel like you’re sitting right in front of someone who might be hundreds of miles away. Along with other AR/VR projects we’ve heard of (like the Project Iris augmented reality headset), it’s not a real product yet and might not be until 2024 at the earliest. But Google is often keen to show off these kinds of early R&D projects, and this year will likely be no exception.

A brutal week of layoffs – TechCrunch Sat, 07 May 2022 20:12:59 +0000

Hi friends.

In case you missed it last week: I’m Gregand I take care of Week in Review now that Lucas left with Anita building their new crypto-focused podcast/newsletter, Chain Reaction.

I am technically Supposed to be on vacation today, but thought it probably wasn’t cool to send the newsletter to someone else ONE WEEK after taking over, so I came back for this one. I normally have a very good work/life balance, I promise! Sure, I have way too many co-worker numbers set to automatically bypass my phone’s “do not disturb” toggle and, yeah, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to a ghost Slack ding that doesn’t really sounded, but… um. Maybe I’m withdrawing that promise.

the big thing

If there’s one “big thing” this week, it’s sadly not at all fun to write about: Employees in the startup world are being hit hard by layoffs right now, apparently with a new round of cuts every two days.

The first was Robinhood, announcing that it would lay off 9% of its full-time employees.

Then Netflix, cutting (but not closing!) much of its new in-house publication, Tudum.

Then came Thrasio, Cameo, On Deck and MainStreet. And I’m sure there are some I’ve missed or we haven’t heard about yet.

Why now? The short version: Many of these companies have seen massive positive changes in their user base (in terms of size, usage, or both) with the pandemic and have adjusted accordingly. Now that we are arguably on the other side of the pandemic (or as close to an “other side” as possible) and things are moving in another direction…

Natasha Mascarenhas and Amanda Silberling have a deeper dive into recent layoffs and some of the reasoning behind each. Check that here.

other stuff

What else happened this week? Here are some of the things people read the most on the site:

The “father of the iPod” presents his collection of prototypes: Tony Fadell, the man behind iconic devices such as the iPod, iPhone and Nest Thermostat, is writing a book about building things – and as part of the process, he’s dusted off his collection of prototypes and designs. once so secret concept art. . He shared a few with us, including an absolutely bizarre iPod Mini/phone hybrid with a swiveling head.

Rocket Lab catches a rocket booster… with a helicopter: As more and more space rocket parts become reusable, companies are still working out the best/safest/most efficient way to actually…you know, salvage those parts. Last weekend, Rocket Lab decided to use a HELICOPTER to catch a reusable booster as it fell from the sky… and succeeded! At least, at first. I won’t even fly the most video game helicopters because they are always too hard, so all that breaks my brains.

Apple, Google and Microsoft team up to kill passwords: It’s not everyday you see Apple, Google and Microsoft is working on something together…but this week the trio announced they’re teaming up to tackle a beast that’s been giving them all sorts of trouble: passwords. If all goes as planned, over the next year they will be implementing a passwordless standard that will allow you to use your smartphone’s fingerprint reader or face scanner to log into macOS/ Safari, Android/Chrome and Windows/Edge.

Instagram is testing a full-screen experience: Why? It’s damn hard to answer that without using the word “TikTok”.

Google is trying to improve the removal of personal information: Have you ever searched Google and found your home address or phone number on a sketchy website that refuses to remove it? Google is – after many, many years of complaints – rolling out a process to zap these search results. Zack explains step by step how to submit a request…but how long can it take to process? To be determined.

things added

We have a paid section of our site called TechCrunch+. It costs a few dollars a month and it’s full of very good things! From this week, for example:

The plummeting valuation of UiPath: UiPath’s valuation has completely plummeted over the past year. Why? Ron and Alex have a few thoughts.

6 problems sought by investors: You’ve built something cool and it seems to be finding an audience, and now you’re ready to raise some money…right? Bill Petty of investment firm Tercera outlines six things every investor will look for in the due diligence process.

Common mistakes founders make with financial projections: Financial projections don’t just exist to please potential investors. In this article, Jose Cayasso, co-founder of founder readiness platform Slidebean, breaks down some of the most common mistakes he sees among the founders they work with.

You can now request the deletion of your address, telephone number Tue, 03 May 2022 13:08:27 +0000

Google has just started accepting requests to remove personal information such as phone numbers and physical and email addresses from search results.

The Mountain View digital advertising and internet search giant said in a recent blog post that it has expanded the scope of data people can request to be removed because “with information appearing in unexpected places and used in new ways…our policies and protections need to evolve.

Previously, to consider removing phone numbers and addresses, Google required a person to show that this information was revealed alongside a threat or call for the person to be harmed or harassed.

To request removal of information, users must use Google’s online form to submit URLs (web page addresses) displaying the content, and the company also requests a search results URL indicating the link to the content. , as well as screenshots of the content, to facilitate the processing of the request.

“The availability of personal contact information online can be shocking – and it can be used in harmful ways, including for unwanted direct contact or even physical harm,” said Michelle Chang, Google’s global policy manager for research, in the blog post.

The company will deny requests if its review determines that removal of the page would limit the availability of other newsworthy or otherwise “broadly useful” information to the public, or if the information appears in public records on government websites. or official, Google said. .