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News in Short - 09-May-2020

Trump vetoes Iran resolution

Date: 09 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed what he called a “very insulting” congressional resolution seeking to limit his war powers in Iran.
  • The measure stemmed from fears among both Mr. Trump’s Republicans and Democrats that the White House was stumbling into war with the Islamic republic.
  • Trump administration has imposed crippling economic sanctions on Tehran. In January, he ordered a drone strike that killed Iran’s most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani, at the Baghdad airport. The assassination has inflamed tensions between the two countries.

Unacademy user database hacked and up for sale on darknet

Date: 09 May 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • A database of around 22 million users of Unacademy with contacts of employees of Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant, Google and its investor Facebook is up for sale on the darkweb, according to US-based security firm Cyble.
  • The database includes usernames, emails addresses, passwords, date joined, last login date, first and last names, account profile and account status (whether the account is active).
  • According to Cyble, the hackers are only putting up the user records up for sale at this time and may have access to more information. The firm recommended that registered Unacademy learners and educators immediately change their passwords on the site.

Ancient river system on Mars

Date: 09 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky Martian cliff face revealing that it was formed by rivers more than 3.7 billion years ago.
  • That is roughly the same time that life was starting to begin on Earth. It's the first time that scientists have been able to examine these kinds of rocks up close.
  • The team examined images of taken by NASA's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The images were taken inside the enormous Hellas impact crater in the southern Martian hemisphere, one of the largest impact craters in the solar system.

Scientists identify reason for shift of magnetic pole

Date: 09 May 2020 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • A team of researchers believe they’ve identified the forces that are causing the shift in Earth’s magnetic North pole, which has implications for everyday navigation and mapping systems, among other things.
  • Researchers say that two competing magnetized patch –one beneath Canada, other under Siberia –along the outer core are pulling at the magnetic north pole.
  • The rapid shifts in the Earth’s north magnetic pole have been recently forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic.

Vista Equity Partners pick 2.32% stake in Reliance Jio platform

Date: 09 May 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Vista Equity Partners, a US-based private equity firm that runs the world’s largest exclusively tech-focused fund, will pick up a 2.32 percent stake in Jio Platforms for ? 11,367 crore, making it the third high-profile investment in the Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Vista has a track record of investing in cutting edge tech companies in their early stage. Each of its investments has been profitable in its history of 10 years. This is the PE giant’s first sizeable investment in India.
  • The latest investment reaffirms Jio as a strong tech-enterprise focused on one of the most exciting and large markets in the world and emphasises the quality of management.