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Where are the drones? Amazon’s customers are still waiting Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting. And it’s unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company’s founder and CEO will arrive. Bezos made billions of dollars by..

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Google accused of manipulation to track users Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

OSLO, (AFP) - Seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators Tuesday, accusing the internet giant of covertly tracking users' movements in violation of an EU regulation on data protection. The complaints cited a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council that..

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Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

PASADENA, United States,(AFP) - Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing. The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft..

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China scientist claims world’s first gene-edited babies Monday, November 26th, 2018

By Helen Roxburgh, HONG KONG, (AFP) - A scientist in China claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies, in a potentially ground-breaking and controversial medical first. Chinese university professor He Jiankui posted a video on YouTube saying that the twin girls, born a few..

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Julian Assange charged in US: WikiLeaks Friday, November 16th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was behind a massive dump of classified US documents in 2010, has been charged in the United States, WikiLeaks said Thursday. Prosecutors revealed the existence of the sealed indictment inadvertently in a court filing in an unrelated case,..

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Nepal’s first robot waiter is ready for orders Thursday, November 15th, 2018

KATHMANDU, (AFP): "Please enjoy your meal," says Nepal's first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better known for its soaring mountain peaks than technological prowess, but a group of self-taught young..

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Global internet shutdown likely over next 48 hrs Friday, October 12th, 2018

NEW DELHI: Internet users across the globe may experience widespread network failures as the key domain servers are slated to undergo routine maintenance over the next 48 hours. Russia Today reported that global internet users might experience network connection failures as the main domain servers..

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Augmenting Brains: Google Turns Twenty Thursday, September 27th, 2018

“Eventually you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you an answer.” -Larry Page, co-founder of Google The Verge starts with a statement that has become commonplace, the compulsory nod to power one has come to expect when engaged with that whole mammoth..

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Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse Friday, September 7th, 2018

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform. The company said Jones won’t be..

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FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of fiction: trade, Google, polls Saturday, September 1st, 2018

By HOPE YEN and PAUL WISEMAN, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing loose with the facts in his exuberance to push through a trade agreement with Mexico. He insists the deal reached this past week between the United States and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade..

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IS THE PROPOSAL TO SEND INDIAN IN SPACE IN 2022 WORTH WHILE? Friday, August 17th, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement during his Independence Day speech about his proposal to send Indian ( man or woman) in space in 2022 has caught everyone by surprise. Even the space scientists in India reacted with caution and said that it would be a tough exercise and target, though..

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NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet Sunday, August 12th, 2018

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer..

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NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

TAMPA, (AFP) - NASA is poised to launch a $1.5 billion spacecraft on a brutally hot journey toward the Sun, offering scientists the closest-ever view of our strange and mysterious star. After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first..

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Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered Saturday, July 28th, 2018

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, NEW YORK (AP) — Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter’s standing with investors. The company’s stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The..

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Friday night sky offering century’s longest lunar eclipse Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Purna Prasad Mishra, KATHMANDU: The total lunar eclipse, the longest of the century with the duration of one hour 43 minutes and 35 seconds, will be seen on Friday night, according to Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee. As stated by committee member-secretary Surya Prasad Dhungel, the moon passing..

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Britain to fine Facebook over data breach Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's data regulator said Wednesday it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) began..

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A Dangerous Precedent In Sri Lanka: The Supreme Court And The Dissolution – OpEd Sunday, December 9th, 2018

The Supreme Court was presented with a relatively simple case when entities which did not approve the dissolution of Parliament challenged President Sirisena’s..