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In the News: People Arrested for Selling Diseased Pork, The Silk Road Trial, Google Translate

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This week in the news, Chinese Police arrest over 100 people selling meat from diseased pigs, Ross Ulbricht is on trial for monitoring a drug trafficking website, and Google Translate App releases a new update that aims to make your smartphone a little smarter.

110 People for Selling Contaminated Pork

Earlier this week, Chinese police arrested 110 people suspected of being part of a network selling diseased pork. The bacon smugglers were selling the sick pigs at a discounted price to markets in 11 different provinces, bribing supervisors for falsified quarantine certificates. Over 1000 tons of the diseased meat has been recovered across China, and 75 of those arrested have already been prosecuted. (BBC)

The Silk Road Trial Begins in United States

The trial of Ross Ulbricht, suspected creator and monitor of a website used for illegal drug trafficking and distribution, began Tuesday. The site called Silk Road was valued at $1.2 billion in bitcoin when discovered by the FBI two years ago. Since then, over a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the site’s illegal transactions.

Authorities do not suspect Ulbricht of using the site for personal drug deals, but are prosecuting him for enabling the webhosting. In order for Ulbricht to be found guilty, prosecutors must find evidence connecting him to the online persona who ran the site, the “Dread Pirate Roberts.” (Business Insider)

Google Translate Update Adds Verbal and Visual Translation

Google Translate App released an update on Wednesday that aims to make cross-cultural conversations a bit easier. The new “conversation mode” works as a translator, using the microphone to convert phrases into a computer-generated voice. Another feature of the update is the “Word Lens” setting, which allows users to translate photographed publications and signs into their native tongue.

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The new technology is not without limits – the app only supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish – but don’t worry. CSOFT is here for all of your other translation needs. (Wall Street Journal)

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