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  • Man seeks asylum after surviving flight in plane hold

    Emergency services were called to Sweden's largest airport on Monday morning after the plane touched down in the Swedish capital from Addis Ababa and the stowaway was discovered on board.
    "He was exhausted but alive," Albin Näverberg, a press spokesperson for Stockholm police told the TT news agency.
    "We know that he has travelled in the container from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa without any stops. It's a pretty long journey," added his colleague Carina Skagerlind.
    The flight time for journeys between Addis Ababa and Stockholm is typically around eight hours.
    Asked if police were looking into the possibility that the man had been smuggled to Sweden, Skagerlind said: "We have not come so far in the investigation. First we need to find out how this happened".
    The spokesperson added that the man had been able to access oxygen during the trip, but she would not comment on the goods or materials that were supposed to have been stored in the container he travelled in.
    Arlanda is Sweden's largest and busiest airport, with flights to more than 180 destinations.
    It is not the first time that an asylum seeker has been discovered hiding inside freight arriving at the Scandinavian travel hub.
    Last August another man in his 20's was also found alive after making the same journey from Ethiopia to Sweden.
    Asylum applications from Ethiopians boomed in 2015, shooting up by 140 percent during the first seven months, compared to the same period during the previous year.




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  • Ray Tomlinson, email inventor and selector of @ symbol, dies aged 74

    Tributes flow for the American computer scientist who ‘changed the way the world communicates’

    Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email and the man who picked the @ symbol for addresses, has died aged 74.

    “A true technology pioneer, Ray was the man who brought us email in the early days of networked computers,” Raytheon spokesman Mike Doble said in a statement confirming his death.

    Doble said Tomlinson died on Saturday morning but he did not know if he was at home and did not have a confirmed cause of death. Tomlinson worked in the company’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    The tech world reacted with sadness over the passing of Tomlinson, who became a cult figure for his invention in 1971 of a program for ARPANET, the Internet’s predecessor, that allowed people to send person-to-person messages to other computer users on other servers. 

    Thank you, Ray Tomlinson, for inventing email and putting the @ sign on the map,” read a Tweet from Gmail’s official Twitter account.

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