‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Delivers $121M Domestic Opening Along with Record China Debut

Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok got the 2017 holiday movie season started in strong fashion, debuting with over $ 120 million as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to fill theaters. Additionally, STX’s A Bad Moms Christmas brought in over $ 20 million for its five-day start, but it’s the road ahead that will tell the full story as it hopes to play well into the holiday season. Overall, the top twelve delivered a combined $ 166 million, which is a massive improvement over last week but …
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With this move, China will effectively choke of all VPN usage

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China wants you to know it means business on its new censorship rules.

The government has told three telecommunications carriers to completely block users from accessing virtual private networks (VPN) by Feb. 1, 2018, according to a Bloomberg report.

This is huge. Many people in China rely on VPN providers to access information from dozens of popular websites that are blocked in the country. We’re talking Google, Facebook and Twitter, to name a few, not to mention foreign news sites.

And although China has been talking about shutting down VPN providers for some time now, this latest announcement comes at the internet service provider (ISP) level, meaning users can’t simply hop to another VPN provider if their favourite one gets shut down. Read more…

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China installs security cameras in churches by force

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China is keeping a closer eye on churches in the country.

Officials in the Zhejiang province have started to install surveillance cameras in churches there, for “anti-terrorism and security purposes.”

The new ruling quickly sparked friction between Christians and the communist government, with one Christian claiming that pastors and worshippers who “didn’t agree to the move were dragged away,” the South China Morning Post reported.

“Government officials came to the churches and put up cameras by force,” the witness based in Wenzhou said. Read more…

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