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Facebook seeks tab for ‘trustworthy news’

WT24 Desk Facebook is working on a “news tab” that could be used to financially support “high quality and trustworthy” journalism, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday, AFP reports. Zuckerberg made the comments in a video conversation about the future of technology and society with Mathias Doepfner, chairman of German-based media giant Axel Springer. Zuckerberg said he sees interest in ...

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India put defence satellite into orbit

WT24 Desk The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday put into orbit the Emisat, an electronic intelligence satellite for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in a copy book style, IANS reports. The notable aspects of this space mission were the flying of a new variant of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV); switching off and on the ...

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Fossil ‘motherlode’ sheds light on dinosaur extinction

WT24 Desk Scientists in the US say they have discovered the fossilized remains of a mass of creatures that died minutes after a huge asteroid slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago, sealing the fate of the dinosaurs, AFP reports. In a paper to be published Monday, a team of paleontologists headquartered at the University of Kansas say they ...

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Facebook tightens up rules for political advertisers

Verifiable contact details will be required to run campaigns on site ahead of EU elections WT24 Desk Advertisers will be required to provide verifiable public contact details before they can run political campaigns on Facebook, the company has announced, in the latest attempt by the social network to increase accountability for so-called dark adverts, The Guardian reports. The move is part ...

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US studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns of space debris

Speaking to reporters in Florida during a visit to the U.S. military’s Southern Command, Shanahan said the United States was still studying the outcome of a missile India said it launched at one of its own satellites. WT24 Desk Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations contemplating anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday that ...

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Panic buttons for mass shootings go on sale in the US

Israeli startup Gabriel aims to sell fire alarm-style sensors to public venues such as schools and places of worship WT24 Desk A company selling fire alarm-style panic buttons for mass shooting attacks has begun sales in the United States, with Jewish community centres in Detroit the first customers, The Guardian reports. The Israeli startup, Gabriel, said it aims to sell ...

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Huawei P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom steps up phone camera wars

Chinese firm first to launch smartphone with periscope zoom and Leica quad camera WT24 Desk The Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to have a 5x periscope-like optical zoom and four cameras on the back, The Guardian reports. Stepping up the smartphone camera wars another notch, the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese firm at the centre of a political storm looks ...

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Smart talking: are our devices threatening our privacy?

Millions of us now have virtual assistants, in our homes and our pockets. Even children’s toys are getting smart. But when we talk to them, who is listening? James Vlahos On 21 November 2015, James Bates had three friends over to watch the Arkansas Razorbacks play the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Bates, who lived in Bentonville, Arkansas, and his friends drank ...

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WhatsApp re-launches ‘Share Joy, Not Rumours’ campaign to fight fake news

WhatsApp re-launches ‘Share Joy, Not Rumours’ campaign to fight fake news WT24 Desk Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, IANS reports. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people ...

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