Technology

Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec 1 – Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

By Jim Finkle Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of

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Netflix Allows Subscribers to Binge-Watch Shows Offline

Nov 30 – Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc has added an option that allows subscribers to download shows at no additional cost on their mobile device to watch without an internet connection. Netflix signaled in recent months it would add an offline viewing option to better compete as the streaming video market becomes more and

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Curbs on Extremist Online Content Threaten Free Speech

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Nov 30  РGovernments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday. The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change

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Drones are Mapping Indian Cities – Where They’re Allowed

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 29 – Officials in one of India’s fastest growing cities are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to update land records in a pilot project that could be rolled out across the country if rules governing the use of drones were simpler, authorities said. Haryana state’s Project Udaan, or flight, is

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For Apple and Others, Tin Supply Chain Has Ties to Rebel-Held Myanmar Mine

By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON, Nov 29 – From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world’s largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co, list

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India’s Solar Farm is Now the Largest in the World

Nov 28 –¬†India has overtaken California and now has the largest solar farm in one location in the world. It was built in a record eight months, despite monsoons and floods. The vast 2,500 acre site in Tamil Nadu is the size of nearly 60 Taj Mahals, while the area of the solar panels alone

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Uber in Landmark Court Battle on Tuesday to Escape Strict Rules

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 – Uber will seek to convince Europe’s top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The European Commission is trying to boost e-commerce, a sector where the

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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

By Kentaro Hamada TOKYO, Nov 28 – Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million)

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Hackers Attack EU Executive but no Data Breach -spokesman

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 – Hackers attacked the European Commission’s computers on Thursday, flooding the EU executive’s servers with digital service requests, but while connection speeds were affected, there was no data breach, the Commission said. “Yesterday afternoon the Commission was targeted by an attempt to saturate our internet connection,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a

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