Thursday briefing: Anti-Semitic terrorist’s synagogue shooting streamed on Twitch

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A shooter who murdered two outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, yesterday, during Yom Kippur, streamed his actions for 35 minutes on Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch (CNBC).

The stream was watched by five people at the time but a recording was later viewed by around 2,200 until it was taken down. Clips were also shared to an estimated 15,625 people on public Telegram channels. The killer was unable to enter the synagogue and subsequently threw a hand grenade into a Jewish cemetery and shot at a kebab restaurant before being arrested.

The passport photo checker built into the UK’s online application system fails to correctly identify passport-appropriate photos from people with dark skin, resulting in some people being told that their eyes are closed or that their mouths are open when they are not, and warned that their photos are unlikely to be accepted (New Scientist). A freedom of information request has revealed that the Home Office was aware of these flaws in its face-detection system but opted to use it anyway.

Endangered Visayan warty pigs (Sus cebifrons) at the Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in France have developed tool use (Gizmodo). Captured on video, the pigs use sections of bark and sticks to dig nests. They were observed by researchers between 2015 and 2017 after the behaviour – not previously seen in pigs – was first noticed, and it’s thought that the oldest female invented the digging method and passed it on to her mate and offspring.

Three scientists whose work led to the creation of the modern lithium-ion battery and helped usher in the mobile age have been honoured with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (BBC News). British researcher M Stanley Whittingham created the initial form of the battery in the 70s, while work on non-fossil-fuel-based energy technologies; John B Goodenough refined the system to make it more powerful and less explosive, and Akira Yoshino developed the first commercially-viable li-ion battery in 1985.

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are all about the cameras and the ridiculous things you can do with the three lenses on the rear of each model – things, according to Apple, approaching professional camera ability (WIRED). As such, you would think most people going for the Pros will be (rich) creative types looking to squeeze the most out of every photo and video. But no, confusingly, it’s more than likely those willing to shell out the premium for the Pros will use them just like their old iPhones (and the vast majority will be existing iOS users), rarely, if ever, delving fully into what the camera can do.

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