Russia Drops Charges Against Greenpeace ‘Arctic 30’ Activists

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A group of 30 Greenpeace activists stuck in Russia awaiting trial received their freedom for Christmas this year.

Greenpeace announced Wednesday that Russia dropped criminal hooliganism charges against each of the so-called “Arctic 30.” The organization also said 14 of the group’s 26 non-Russian members were cleared to leave Russia Thursday, and it expects the rest to receive clearance Friday.

The protestors were taken into custody Sept. 19 when armed Russian military members boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, during a protest of oil drilling in arctic waters. The Russian government eventually reduced the charges against the group from piracy to hooliganism and released the group members on bail in November. Non-Russian members of the group were going to have to remain in the country until their trial. Read more…

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Verizon Charges $5 Daily for New Tablet Data Plan

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Verizon is now offering a $ 5 daily data plan for tablets for those who want faster speeds and don’t want to pay for a monthly plan

The company announced the prepaid daily plan for tablets and other connected devices on Thursday for up to 300MB of data — more than enough for casual web browsing and checking email; however, if you’re looking to download HD videos, you’ll run out of data quickly. The plan lasts for 24 hours or until you hit 300MB.

It’s a smart move for the Verizon to offer tablet users bite-size chunks of data at low cost. Think: waiting at the airport, long train rides or anytime when you’re away from reliable Wi-Fi for an extended period of time. Read more…

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