Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities Monday, May 7th, 2018

By MATT O’BRIEN,SEATTLE, (AP): Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for..

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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep Saturday, May 5th, 2018

By MARCIA DUNN, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides. In a twist, NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from California rather than Florida’s..

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Technology gains help US stocks cancel out early losses Friday, May 4th, 2018

By MARLEY JAY, NEW YORK (AP) — Modest gains for technology companies have helped U.S. stocks recover almost all of an early loss Thursday. Major indexes are little changed as banks fall along with interest rates and weak first-quarter results hit several health care companies. Tesla is skidding..

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Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks Friday, April 20th, 2018

NEW YORK (AP): An audit of Facebook’s privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits. Facebook..

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DoCR launches information system to systematize SSA scheme Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

KATHMANDU: The Department of Civil Registration (DoCR) has launched an information system to systematise the social security allowance (SSA) scheme. According to Department's social security section section's officer Sabitra Basnet, names of scheme beneficiaries have been entered into the system...

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I am sorry: Zuckerberg faces congressional inquisition Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP): After privately assuring senators that his company will do better, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undergoing a two-day congressional inquisition that will be very public — and possibly pivotal for the massive social networking company he created. Zuckerberg visited with..

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Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal Monday, April 9th, 2018

NEW YORK (AP): Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected..

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Facebook says it should have audited Cambridge Analytica Friday, April 6th, 2018

NEW YORK (AP): Facebook’s No. 2 executive says the company should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy improperly accessed user data nearly three years ago. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NBC’s “Today” show that at the time, Facebook received..

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Facebook use during office time restricted Saturday, March 24th, 2018

JAJARKOT: The Bheri municipality has restricted facebook use during office time.  A meeting of municipality held on Friday banned the use of social networking site, facebook, saying that more engagement on facebook during office time would affect daily performance of employees, shared Deputy Chief..

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Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to break it off Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, NEW YORK (AP): Fed up with Facebook? You’re not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions..

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App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

SANFRANCISCO, (AFP): The academic behind an app that harvested data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he was being scapegoated in an online privacy row that has rocked the world's biggest social network. British data firm Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are accused of improperly..

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Black holes dissolving like aspirin: How Hawking changed physics Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

(AFP): When Stephen Hawking postulated in the mid-1970s that black holes leak radiation, slowly dissolving like aspirin in a glass of water, he overturned a core tenet of the Universe. Ever since Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1915, predicting the existence of black..

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Dyson shifts up a gear with electric car hub Thursday, March 1st, 2018

LONDON, (AFP): James Dyson, the Brexit-backing billionaire behind the vacuum cleaners that bear his name, is establishing a new UK research hub as he shifts up a gear in his drive into electric cars. Dyson, speaking to AFP as his company published soaring profits on booming Asian sales, outlined..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..