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Ncell sells: TeliaSonera exits Nepal Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Malaysia’s Axiata Group has announced the completion of its acquisition of an 80% stake in Nepalese mobile operator Ncell from TeliaSonera of Sweden. The USD1.365 billion deal was first announced in December and comes as part of TeliaSonera’s previously announced plan to exit its..

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Scientists look at hangers-on amid mass die-off of bats Thursday, April 7th, 2016

ALTAMONT, (AP): As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there’s a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on. Researchers trying to figure out why winter populations of bats in some hibernation sites..

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Facebook programmes computers to describe photos for the blind Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

MENLO PARK, (AP): Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network. The feature rolling out Tuesday on Facebook’s iPhone app interprets what’s in a..

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Social media use associated with depression: Study Sunday, March 27th, 2016

NEW YORK, (IANS): Are you the one who is always clicking new selfies to be posted on Instagram or who updates the tiniest details of life on Facebook? Chances are that you are probably depressed! According to a new study, the more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are..

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Message service Line entering carrier business in Japan Thursday, March 24th, 2016

URAYASU, (AP): Line Corp., which offers a popular mobile message and online voice-call service, is entering the mobile carrier business in Japan, promising to underprice competition as it grows its platform for news, music, games, live streaming and online shopping. Tokyo-based Line, founded five..

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Zuckerberg’s run in Beijing’s toxic air stirs Chinese public Friday, March 18th, 2016

BEIJING, (AP): A photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg jogging Friday morning in downtown Beijing’s notorious smog has prompted a torrent of amusing comments and some mockery on Chinese social media. Zuckerberg is a favorite personality among the Chinese public, despite Facebook being banned..

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Apple fight could escalate with demand for ‘source code’ Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

(REUTERS): The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation could escalate even further. In what observers of the case called a carefully calibrated threat, the US Justice..

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Spacecraft to seek life on Mars in European-led mission Friday, March 11th, 2016

BERLIN, (REUTERS): A spacecraft is due to set off for Mars next week on a mission that scientists hope will help answer one of the most burning questions of spacefaring times: Is there life on other planets? The craft, part of the European-Russian ExoMars programme, is to lift off from the..

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Space station crew back on Earth after record US spaceflight Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, (REUTERS): NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on Wednesday after nearly a year on the International Space Station, the longest US space mission on record, intended to pave the way for human travel to Mars. A Soyuz capsule carrying..

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Microsoft to ship developer HoloLens for $3,000 in March Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Redmond, WA, (AP): Microsoft says it will start shipping a developer version of its augmented reality device, HoloLens, for $3,000 on March 30. That’s around the same time Facebook’s Oculus will begin shipping the consumer version of its Rift virtual-reality headset for $600. HoloLens differs..

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Middle East e-commerce portal Souq.com gets Dh1b plus in funding Monday, February 29th, 2016

DUBAI: E-commerce marketplace Souq.com has secured funding in excess of Dh1 billion — the largest such for an e-tailing portal in the region to date. The investment will go towards supporting “future growth, strengthen e-commerce in the region and empower more businesses to grow online through..

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All VDCs in Myagdi to have internet facility Saturday, February 27th, 2016

MYAGDI: A campaign to manage funds for internet connectivity in all VDCs in Myagdi district has been started. The District Development Committee (DDC), Myagdi, and Myagdi Overseas Nepali Association (MONA) inked a deal on Friday for the collection of fund needed to launch the campaign. District..

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Instagram Bulks Up Security With Two-Factor Authentication Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The photo-sharing service is letting users verify a phone number to receive an authentication code when logging in. Instagram is moving to secure your brunch photos with two-factor authentication. The photo-sharing service will let users verify a phone number to receive an authentication code..

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Einstein’s gravitational waves detected Friday, February 12th, 2016

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): Scientists said today they had for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers said they detected..

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Indian Scientists Study Chunk That Fell From Sky, Killed Man Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

By NIRMALA GEORGE, NEW DELHI, (AP): Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite. The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and..

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85 Saturday, February 6th, 2016

(REUTERS): Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon as module pilot on the record-setting Apollo 14 mission in 1971, has died at the age of 85, the US space agency said on Friday. Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the..

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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..