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Romania’s anticorruption prosecutors investigate Microsoft’s local manager

Romania’s anticorruption prosecutors started criminal proceedings and imposed judicial control for 60 days against five people, including a former manager of Microsoft Romania. The case is linked to alleged overpriced software licenses bought by the Communications Ministry from an association of companies, including Microsoft and D.Con-Net.

Not only companies are investigated in relation to the case. Actually, the prosecutors are also looking into the involvement of two former directors in the Communications Ministry, who have been accused of abuse of office. Microsoft Romania’s former manager was accused of complicity to abuse of office. The high profile case also involves former communication minister, Gabriel Sandu, as prosecutors asked the country’s president to grant the approval for the authorities to start their investigation against Sandu. Other former officials were also associated to the case.

The case has been widely debated in the media, being linked to the Romanian Communications Ministry’s decision to buy IT licenses from Microsoft in a contract signed in 2009. The second company involved in the case is D.Con-Net, whom Microsoft insisted to work with. Tatomir actually denied working with any other potential bidder that could supply Microsoft’s licenses to the state, so the Ministry finally decided to award the contract to D.Con-Net. Allegedly, Microsoft’s managing director set restrictive conditions to the deal and Tatomir was also the one who brought D.Con-Net to the association of companies working with the state.

The state paid EUR 90 million to the company, but D.Con-Net paid only EUR 38.8 million to Microsoft. Thus, the damages suffered by the state amount to about EUR 50 million. It has been claimed that in order to help D.Con-Net to win the public tender, two of the company’s representatives actually gave the minister of communications no less than EUR 2.2 million, receiving preferential treatment in exchange.

The corruption case is definitely one of the largest such cases in Romania, as no less than nine former ministers have been accused of corruption in relation to this scandal.

Beyonce Dealing with Health Problems?

Famous singer Beyonce is pregnant with twins and she is definitely very happy to bring an addition to her beautiful family. However, it has been claimed that things have not been easy for the star and actually Beyonce could be dealing with a health crisis.

The new report from Radar Online indicated that because of the health scare Beyonce actually had to move out from her Beverly Hills home. The star is married to popular rapper Jay Z and they already have a daughter together. So, an insider talking to the celebrity site claimed that Beyonce might be fearing that her home was not safe enough for her at this point.

“Beyonce and Jay-Z hired health inspectors to come to their home to make sure that it was safe, and during inspection they found mold!” the insider explained. “Beyonce freaked out because she feels that it could possibly endanger her babies,” the same source went on to add.

The insider also said that Beyonce did not wait for long until she decided that it was time to move out. “They immediately moved out of the house, and into a luxury Beverly Hills hotel,” the insider said. The change is not permanent, but without a doubt Beyonce and Jay-Z “are going to remain there until the birth of the twins.”

Apparently, the reason why Beyonce and Jay-Z made this decision is linked to the fact that they don’t want to risk when it comes to the wellbeing of their upcoming children. They “are not taking any chances when it comes to the safety of their entire family.” “Jay-Z has hired an army of security to make sure that they are safe and he is making the purchase of a new home his number one priority at this time.”

It is not very clear at this point when Beyonce is due, but hopefully the star will enjoy an easy pregnancy and her twins will have absolutely no issues.

Rex Tillerson: Assad’s reign in Syria ‘coming to an end’: US hopes Russia will abandon Syria

Today secretary of state Rex Tillerson is heading to Moscow for meetings with top officials. Now one of the big questions on the table did the Russians know about this Syrian chemical attack before it happened.

A new report claims that they did!

And how do Americans feel about that U.S. strike. Well a new ABC News and Washington Post poll suggests most support it,  but only by a small margin a very close race there.

Secretary of State lands there this morning after meeting with allies in Europe where he called on Russia for not keeping its promise to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

Rex Tillerson states:

Stockpiles and continued use demonstrate that Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver its 2013 commitment. It is unclear whether Russia failed to take this obligation seriously or Russia has been in competition with this distinction doesn’t much matter to the dead.

There had been some concern during Clinton’s confirmation that he would be soft on Russia but he’s going to Moscow with a very tough message.

He clearly has a tough message for Russia. Rex Tillerson saying this morning that Russia needs to take a hard look at its relationship with Assad asking whether siding with such an unreliable partners in Russia’s best interest.

Now the Russians have said that their support for Syria is not unconditional. and the relationship with the U.S. is lower than it was during the Cold War and that was even before the chemical weapons attack and before the U.S. missile strikes.

Still this morning in regards to the meeting the Russians declare:

 We expect constructive cooperation rather than confrontation alleviating tensions rather than escalating them.

Russians also said he would not be meeting with President Putin that means he’s the first secretary of state who won’t be meeting with a Russian leader on his first visit.

Now we have this new question about whether Russia knew about the chemical weapons attack before it happened?

We have some story saying that they did know that the Russians were aware of this chemical attack was about to happen. White House is saying at this time there is no U.S. intelligence community consensus that Russia had for knowledge of the Syrian chemical attack.

So the White House is denying that. But we don’t know whether or not some of the 17 intelligence agencies actually do believe Russia was.
The secretary also firming up his anti-Assad stance saying it’s clear to all of us that the reign of Assad’s family is coming to an end.

We’ve heard those mixed messages. What we don’t know is exactly what they mean by that and what will happen next?
              Let us know what do you think about this in the comments!

Khloe Kardashian Opens Up about Lamar Odom’s Confession

Lamar Odom recently made an interesting confession about the time when he was married to Khloe Kardashian. The former NBA star revealed that during those times he was dealing with both drug abuse and infidelity issues.

Lamar revealed that he was taking cocaine and that his wife was very disappointed in him. He tried to hide from Khloe the fact that he was using drugs, but of course that could not last for long. “Around two years before we split up [in 2011], I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I,” he said.

Lamar also revealed that he cheated on his wife because being her husband made him look more exciting in the eyes of other women. The fact that Lamar has been dealing with a lot of issues is not something new. In fact, because of his many issues, Khloe finally decided to leave her husband. They are currently divorced and have been separated for years.

However, when Lamar needed her, Khloe was by his side. Lamar actually praised Khloe during his latest interview for all the support she gave him during his recovery. Well, now it has been revealed what Khloe thinks about this whole situation. The famous Keeping Up with the Kardashians star believes that Lamar’s confession was actually therapeutic.

Khloe has not made the confession herself, but an insider allegedly close to the star made the revelation. The source claimed that the star still wants the best for Lamar and has no issue with the fact that he talked about the past and their former marriage. “She realizes that he will always struggle with what he did in the past, and feels that if he can discuss it openly, it will be somewhat therapeutic,” an insider said according to Hollywood Life.

“Even though Khloe has moved on, she’ll always want what’s best for Lamar,” the same source went on to add. “The pain of that relationship is now only a distant memory, not a constant reminder of what she had. She’s happy with Tristan,” it concluded.

Kris Jenner to Separate from Corey Gamble

It appears that Kris Jenner could become single again. The famous Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her boyfriend Corey Gamble are said to be dealing with some relationship problems and might soon break up.

Some rumors actually claimed that Kris has already decided to take a break from her boyfriend and is currently single. The rumor was reported by Radar Online, which claimed that Kris is single once again after separating from Corey. The fact is that Kris and Corey were last seen together on Valentine’s Day, and since they allegedly stopped being a couple.

Furthermore, Corey was spotted out without Kris and he actually enjoyed a skiing vacation alone. He was seen in South Africa with a group of friends, but Kris was no were to be seen.

“Kris told Corey that she needed some space so that she could focus on her family and the show right now,” an insider said according to the celebrity site. “She said that she was getting side-tracked with this relationship and that she needed to put her family before her own needs and wants,” the same source went on to add.

Well, if she and Corey are no longer a couple does not necessarily mean that Kris is ready to find a new love. In fact, the star is allegedly willing to focus on her family and on her famous television show. The source claimed that Kris “really wants to focus on her show right now to ensure that her family stays on air.”

“Kris seems to be much less invested in this relationship that she used to be. They are not broken up yet because she has not decided to pull the plug on her and Corey completely, but a lot of people in her inner circle think that Corey was nothing but a rebound from Caitlyn anyways!” the insider concluded.

However, another report actually said that Kris is interested in dating O.J. Simpson. The report indicated that Kris is actually planning a future with Simpson and wants him to be part of a reality show, which of course Kris would be producing. Simpson was found liable for the death of his former wife Nicole, who was actually Kris’ best friend.

George Clooney Investigated by the FBI for money laundering

Things are not looking well for famous actor George Clooney. The actor is allegedly investigated by the FBI and the allegations are as serious as possible. The authorities are looking into claims of money laundering.

At least this is what a new report from the National Enquirer claimed. The report indicated that Clooney was actually “dragged into an FBI probe, after gifting stunned dinner party guests with $1 MILLION in cash stuffed in a designer bag!” Actually, these money are investigated by the authorities and how Clooney obtained them. The dinner party where the money were given was allegedly held with the purpose to celebrate Clooney’s tequila line, Casamigos.

According to the report, Clooney just wanted to “spread the wealth” and didn’t imagine that he will be investigated for this. “Being the practical joker he is, George would’ve known that doling out $1 million in cash to each guest would’ve caused some intrigue and embarrassment when they went to deposit the money at a bank,” an insider said according to the celebrity site.

“There is a protocol, and the FBI would’ve been called in to question the depositor,” the source went on to say. “But in the end, it was proven that George did, in fact, throw a party and gave everyone $1 million in cash, not to mention a designer bag.” The source also claimed that the investigation is definitely something that Clooney doesn’t need at the moment. “This is the last thing that George needs right now. He’s got twins on the way and G-men at his proverbial doorstep!”

Well, fans of the famous actor can rest assured that the star will not face any consequences linked to this case. Actually, the claims made by the report may be untrue. A Gossip Cop story revealed that none of the allegations is true and there is no official investigation on the famous actor. Well, without a doubt, Clooney seemed really fine and quite happy when he decided to surprise one of his fans. He visited an 87 year old fan at the Sunrise of Sonning Retirement and Assisted Living Facility on her birthday.

Kim Kardashian Ends Marriage to Kanye West

Once again, a rumor talks about the relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The latest rumor says that Kim has decided to end her marriage to Kanye. And the rumor revealed that the star is quite determined to end things, so she actually will file for divorce soon.

The rumor was reported by In Touch, which claimed that Kim actually postponed the moment when she filed for the legal separation only because she did not want to do this while Kanye was dealing with “serious mental health problems.” However, considering that he is doing so much better now, Kim believes that the right moment has come for her to end her marriage.

The report claimed that Kim is “pulling the plug” on her marriage to Kanye because of his issues. The magazine claimed that Kim made the decision to stop things “just two months before their third anniversary.” According to an insider talking to the celebrity magazine, Kanye was actually unhappy with the fact that Kim wanted to share in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians what happened during the Paris robbery. As everyone knows by now, Kim was the victim of a robbery in Paris last year.

The star was held at gun point and Kim decided to share the details of what happened during the most recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Well, Kanye was not in favor of her sharing this story. “He’d told Kim her experience was personal and warned her, ‘Do not exploit this for ratings.’ But she did anyway. She went directly against his wishes and exposed every detail on camera. They had a huge fight, and he stormed out,” a source said.

“Kim is seeking divorce,” the same insider went on to add. “Kim didn’t want to file while Kanye was having serious mental health problems, because that obviously would have been very tough for him to deal with. [Now] Kim knows the time is finally right for her to leave Kanye. She’s been talking to her lawyer, and divorce papers have been drawn up,” the insider also explained. Well, according to the report Kim and Kanye are already living separately.

Prince William Flirting with Model in Switzerland?

Now, this is something new. Prince William has been linked to a scandal. The prince has always managed to stay away of rumors, scandals and public scrutiny, but it seems that this has changed. Prince William managed to create a lot of headlines after he was accused of flirting with a model in Switzerland. And that may not be all.

So, of course, immediately rumors emerged indicating that William might actually be cheating on his wife, Kate Middleton. After allegations of flirting with his woman, model Sophie Taylor, William was also seen partying during his ski trip. Reportedly, William went to a club in Verbier, Switzerland, with three friends, Guy Pelly, James Meade and Tom van Straubenzee. This happened on Monday as the prince was enjoying a short trip to the country.

Prince William and his three friends first went on a ski adventure and then hit the club. The star was spotted partying by TMZ, which obtained some videos of Prince William dancing. However, the fact that he was dancing in a club is not something shocking. What is shocking is that he was spotted having what has been called a “cozy lunch” with Sophie Taylor, a popular model. Radar Online reported that the two were seen drinking wine and beer, and they appeared to be enjoying a great time.

It is important to mention that William and Sophie were not alone at this lunch, which was actually attended by William’s friends, as well. However, Kate was not there and it has actually been said that she stayed at home throughout this entire time and did not join the group for the Switzerland trip.

The fact that Sophie met William was in fact confirmed by the model’s mother, who claimed that they had a few drinks together, but she dismissed any other rumors, saying that Sophie is very happy with her boyfriend, chef Aaron Goodfellow. And an insider talking to US Weekly claimed that Sophie was actually quite affected by the cheating rumors that have been on. The insider claimed that there was no flirting and there is nothing going on between the two.

Ed Sheeran’s New Album a Success

Ed Sheeran is definitely enjoying a lot of success with his latest album. In fact, this is the second time when the singer managed to get the number one on Billboard 200. Divide, the latest album of the star, is already a huge success among fans.

So, Divide is the third studio album for Ed Sheeran, but also an amazingly popular album. Actually, this third studio album of the famous singer has become the biggest selling album of the year. The album sold in 451,000 units, out of which 322,000 units were traditional album sales. These figures were registered in the week ending March 10 and were revealed for the first time by Nielsen Music.

An interesting thing to mention at this point is that Divide is the biggest selling album of the year so far and it actually stays close to J Cole’s album, 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at number 1 on December 31, selling 492,000 units. Divide is the biggest selling album since J Cole’s work was highly welcomed on the market at the end of 2016.

So, Divide sold no less than 322,000 units in traditional album sales, but also 90,000 streaming equivalent album units. Another important thing to mention is that this is also the third fastest-selling album according Official Charts Company. Divide is also the highest opening sale for a male artist according to the same source.

And Ed Sheeran continues to establish some records. All the songs from his album are very successful, and in fact every song managed to stay within the top 10 of the UK’s Official Singles chart, an amazing achievement. Ed Sheeran is in fact the first musician to achieve this. As imagined, Ed Sheeran was extremely happy with the success of his music.

“I never expected to have nine songs in the top 10 ever in my life,” the singer said during a previous interview. “I don’t know if something has gone wrong, but I’m definitely very happy about it,” he went on to say. Ed Sheeran is surely at the peak of his career, as the star is also getting on an acting role, being announced that he will star in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

WikiLeaks Documents indicate that Samsung Smart TVs can be used by the CIA

Samsung is definitely dealing with a lot of issues lately. And the latest news are not great for the famous company, either. So, some new documents released by WikiLeaks indicated that Samsung’s TVs can be used by the CIA to spy on users.

The documents claim that the CIA created a program named Weeping Angel, which uses a television’s microphone to get and transmit information even when the device seems to be switched off. Samsung was not the only company named in WikiLeaks, as Apple and Google were also mentioned.

So, the WikiLeaks claimed that the CIA collaborated with MI5 and BTSS in order to create a program that turned Samsung’s TVS into listening devices. The devices allegedly could record and transmit information to a CIA server. When it comes to Apple devices, CIA hackers developed tools to access iPhones, but they also created tools for phones based on Google’s Android system.

Samsung expressed its interest in protecting the privacy of its customers, as well as the security of its devices and claimed that it was urgently looking into the claims. “Protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung,” the company stated in an email according to Bloomberg.

The CIA on the other hand, refused to comment on the report. “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” the CIA stated. Apple stated that the technology on which its devices are based represents the best data security available to consumers. “Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80% of users running the latest version of our operating system,” Apple’s statement said.

“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” it added. On the other hand, Google, who has also been targeted, refused to comment on the allegations. Without a doubt, these claims are not making any good to the image of the three companies.