Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A look at the latest interesting news stories around the world.

1. Kim Jong-Un threatens attack on South Korean Island
Kim Jong-Un
This is not the first threat from the North Korean President and it probably won't be the last. Although it's not yet clear if this threat is real, it is very probable. This latest threat is toward the South Korean island of Baengnyeong, which has approximately 5,000 civilians.

According to the Korean Central News Station Kim Jong-Un briefed his officers on their mission to strike and turn the island into a "sea of fire." "Once an order is issued, you should break the waists of the crazy enemies, totally cut their windpipes and thus clearly show them what a real war is like."

The island of Baengnyeong has taken precautions and they are on high alert.

For South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, sworn in just two weeks ago, this will be her first test as a leader. Defense Ministry spokesman, Kim Min-Seok, said this about the current threat,"If the North provokes us, we will respond in ways that will cause them more harm."

To read more click here.

2. Google being fined $7 million for "snooping"
Google street view car.
With a projected revenue of about $61 billion this year, making about $7 million an hour, the $7 million fine won't make much of an impact on the company. But why were they charged with this hefty fine?

According to news.sky.com, "Google has agreed to pay a $7 million fine for intercepting information via wi-fi while it was doing a Street View mapping project."

They were collecting sensitive information like emails and passwords while their cars were taking pictures of U.S. neighborhoods.

As a part of the settlement Google must also create a YouTube video on how people can protect their network, print wi-fi privacy tips in U.S. newspapers and hos an annual 'privacy week' for its employees along with the $7 million fine. To read more click here.

3. Iran to sue Hollywood over false portrayal of the state
Iran is suing Hollywood over the 'unrealistic' portrayal of the state in  the Best Oscar Picture award winnner this year, Argo.

The decision to take action came after a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics screened the film in a Tehran cinema. Argo tells the story of the escape of six American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran that was taken over by militants calling themselves Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, in 1979.

According to the Tehran Times, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance met for a one-day conference to discuss the 'distortion of historical facts' in movies including 300 and Argo. Conference secretary Mohammad Lesani said, "One of the main aims of the meeting is to unify all cultural communities in Iran against the attacks of the West, particularly Hollywood.

To read more about the upcoming trial click here.

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