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UK fines Facebook £500,000 over users’ data breach

Britain’s Information Commissioner (ICO) has slapped Facebook with a fine of £500,000, the maximum possible, for its behaviour in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.   The ICO’s investigation found that between 2007 to 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users ...

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Armed drones, iris scanners: China’s high-tech security gadgets

From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country’s police.   The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, ...

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Facebook simplifies Messenger app

Facebook on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its Messenger smartphone app in an effort to simplify the service for its 1.3 billion monthly global users.   The social network began rolling out a redesigned version featuring three tabs instead of ...

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Mars likely to have enough oxygen for life support

Salty water just below the surface of Mars could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of microbial life that emerged and flourished on Earth billions of years ago, researchers reported. In some locations, the amount of oxygen available could ...

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Google Doodle celebrates poet Shamsur Rahman’s birthday

Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage celebrating the life of Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist Shamsur Rahman on the occasion of his 89th birth anniversary, UNB reports.   Shamsur Rahman (23 October 1929 – ...

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Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System

Is Mercury’s core liquid or solid, and why — on the smallest planet in our solar system — is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? ...

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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

The Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo lifts off from its launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana, for the mission to Mercury, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Tokyo, Oct 20 : European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket ...

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Facebook to launch a camera-equipped set-top box with video calling: Report

Social networking giant Facebook is developing a camera-equipped set-top box for TVs that would support functionalities like video-calling, a media report said.   Internally codenamed “Ripley”, the device would use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and follow people as ...

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‘Vampire burial’ of child with malaria discovered

Recent findings show that ‘Vampire burial’ techniques were used in ancient times to prevent a child, possibly infected with malaria, from rising from the dead and spreading the disease to the living.   The discovery of an ancient grave of ...

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New dating app for Trump fans leaks data: Report

New dating app DonaldDaters was supposed to help lonely conservatives find each other discreetly. But the app leaked its database of users on launch day, a report said Monday.   With the slogan “Make America Date Again,” the app targets ...

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