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Google denies Hangouts chat-app stopping

The head of the Google Hangouts app denies that the business stops the chat app.

Scott Johnston, head of the department at Hangouts, responds to Twitter for rumors. Earlier this week, 9to5Google stated that the internet giant would stop using Hangouts in 2020.

No decision has been made yet when Hangouts is closed“, writes Johnston. “Hangouts users are being upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.” The latter is striking, because those are the business versions of the application.

Google introduced two new chat apps last year: Allo and Duo. The company wants users to switch to those apps.


Around the company in Helmond, Toxic substances in the soil & surface water

In the soil, groundwater and surface water around the company Custom Powders in Helmond, increased concentrations of the toxic substances GenX and PFOA were found, according to an exploratory study commissioned by the municipality of Helmond.

The highest concentrations of potentially carcinogenic substances have been found in the vicinity of the farm, at a number of vegetable gardens and in a fish pond.

Acute measures for the protection of public health or the environment are not necessary, but the municipality does have extra research into the exact extent of the pollution.

The hardly degradable substances left the factory mainly via the chimney. That is why especially places that are under the smoke of the factory are examined. The follow-up research focuses on locations in other wind directions.

Fabrics can be used as a protective layer

Custom Powders processed GenX and PFOA for the acclaimed Dordrecht company Chemours. After GenX was found in sewage treatment, the company stopped earlier this year. GenX was used by the company as a replacement for the more harmful PFOA.

GenX and PFOA can be used as a protection layer for, for example, pans, cardboard packaging and clothing.

Both substances are harmful to the liver and possibly carcinogenic, reports the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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Logitech wants to take over Plantronics the headphone makers

Gadgetmaker Logitech would have discussions to take over the American Plantronics.

Sources let the Reuters news agency know that this would be “the biggest acquisition” of Logitech. The company would like to pay 2.2 billion dollars (1.9 billion euros) for the purchase of Plantronics.

It is not clear how far the discussions between the two companies have progressed. The initiates report that an agreement can be reached next week. The companies have not yet responded to the rumors of Reuters.

Logitech makes accessories in areas such as gaming, music and smart home solutions. The company paid 85 million dollars last year for the acquisition of Astro Gaming, to expand into the gaming sector.

Earlier this year, Logitech bought the American microphone manufacturer Blue Microphones for $ 117 million. Logitech already makes microphones for consumers, but with Blue the company would have the means to build more professional equipment.

Plantronics publishes communication systems, among other things. The company is also known for its (wireless) headsets.

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No robbery at Takkebijsters

At a company at the Takkebijsters in Breda, contrary to a previous message, Tuesday morning no robbery committed.

On Tuesday around 9 am, the robbery was reported at 112, but the police announced fifteen minutes later that there had been an erroneous press alarm.

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