Japan signals a ‘sense of crisis’ over Taiwan — this is why it is worried about China’s military aims

Japan is showing increased support for Taiwan in the face of relentless pressure from China. Here’s why Taiwan matters so much to Tokyo and what it’s prepared to do about it.
— Read on theconversation.com/japan-signals-a-sense-of-crisis-over-taiwan-this-is-why-it-is-worried-about-chinas-military-aims-164562

NFT Technology Is Set To Disrupt The Music Publishing Business Forever Giving More Control Back To Artists For Their Music

For over 30 years now, acclaimed guitar hero Joe Bonamassa has paved his own path in the music industry. Now Bonamassa is teaming up for his latest venture with Heritage Auctions, where he and longtime business partner Roy Weisman are changing the rules of the NFT game to offer one of the most intriguing, high value offers out there. The truly unprecedented lot sets Joe as the first musician to sell his music publishing in an NFT as part of this digital + physical collection, which also features his own “Holy Grail” 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst guitar and 1963 Fender Vibroverb amp that were used to record the song. What truly raises the stakes in the world of art and music, is the value. Here the reserve bid is worth the gear alone, yet Bonamassa is giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to ALSO become the owner of the master and publishing for one of his songs, “Broken Record.”
— Read on www.newswire.ca/news-releases/nft-technology-is-set-to-disrupt-the-music-publishing-business-forever-giving-more-control-back-to-artists-for-their-music-843169357.html

What is Solana (SOL)? | Genesis Block

What is Solana (SOL)? Solana is a web-scale blockchain that provides fast, secure, scalable, decentralized apps and marketplaces.
— Read on genesisblockhk.com/what-is-solana/

Live Updates: Ryanair Criticizes Belarus After Arrest of Roman Protasevich – The New York Times

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken demanded the “immediate release” of Roman Protasevich, the dissident journalist arrested in Belarus after the authorities forced a passenger jet to land there. Russia signaled support for Belarus.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/live/2021/05/24/world/belarus-ryanair-protasevich

New Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly …

 Today Kaspersky announces that Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection (MLAD), designed to reveal deviations in production processes at the earliest stage, is now generally available as a commercial product. The detector is empowered with ML algorithms that analyze telemetry from machinery sensors. It warns of machine malfunctions by raising alerts as soon as manufacturing process parameters (tags) begin to behave in an unexpected way. Kaspersky MLAD provides a feature-rich graphical interface for detailed analysis of anomalies as well as tools that can integrate the product with existing systems to deliver alerts to operators’ dashboards.
— Read on www.darkreading.com/operations/new-kaspersky-machine-learning-for-anomaly-detection-predicts-breakdown-of-production-processes/d/d-id/1341063

‘Jugular’ of the U.S. fuel pipeline system shuts down after cyberattack – POLITICO

‘Jugular’ of the U.S. fuel pipeline system shuts down after cyberattack – POLITICO
— Read on www.politico.com/news/2021/05/08/colonial-pipeline-cyber-attack-485984

“Blockchain Is a Perfect Record Keeper”: Could the Viral NFT Craze Help Countries Reclaim Their Stolen Art? | Vanity Fair

NFTs are a flashy new digital trend geared toward the über-rich. But some experts hope to harness their blockchain technology to prove the origins of artifacts taken by European nations—and potentially upend the stagnated pecking order of the art world.
— Read on www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/04/blockchain-is-a-perfect-record-keeper-could-the-viral-nft-craze-help-countries-reclaim-their-stolen-art

Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

The vanishing billionaire: how Jack Ma fell foul of Xi Jinping | Financial Times

Alibaba founder’s dramatic rise and fall illustrates China’s wary embrace of tycoons who power economic growth
— Read on www.ft.com/content/1fe0559f-de6d-490e-b312-abba0181da1f

Brazilian Cerrado savanna: miners descend on Indigenous reserve

The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state covers 1.75 million hectares (4.32 million acres) along the nation’s border with Venezuela and Guyana. It is home to 26,705 Indigenous people.

The territory has been under pressure from invaders for decades, even after being demarcated in 2005. But illegal incursions are reaching a new peak now, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 gold miners operating in the reserve.
Incendiary speeches by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emboldened the miners, say experts, while attempts to crackdown on wildcat mining in the Yanomami Territory in the Amazon rainforest may have pushed illegal miners operating there into the Cerrado savanna where most of Raposa Serra do Sol is located.
— Read on news.mongabay.com/2021/04/brazilian-cerrado-savanna-wildcat-miners-descend-on-indigenous-reserve/