Technology

Facebook to Roll Out New Tools to Tackle Fake News

Dec 15 – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will roll out a number of new tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network. The company will make it easier for users to flag fake articles on their News Feed, and will also work with organizations such as fact-checking website

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NASA Troubleshooting Problem with Mars Rover Drill

By Irene Klotz SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 – NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity has halted its trek up a mountain filled with potentially habitable niches for life while engineers troubleshoot a problem with one of its key instruments, scientists said on Tuesday. Curiosity landed on Mars four years ago to determine if the planet most like

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Google Extends Conservative Outreach as Trump Calls Tech Meeting

By Julia Love and Ginger Gibson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Dec 14  – Alphabet’s Google is racing to hire more conservatives for its lobbying and policy arm, trying to get a foothold in President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington after enjoying a uniquely close relationship with the administration of President Barack Obama. In the weeks since the Nov. 8

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Fugitive Indian Tycoon Mallya Cries Foul over Twitter Hack

MUMBAI, Dec 11 – Fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya said on Friday that his Twitter account had been penetrated by a hacking group called Legion, which posted links to what it alleged were details of Mallya’s bank accounts, offshore investments and luxury cars. Mallya, a flamboyant former billionaire who made his fortune from a liquor

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Samsung to Disable Note 7 Phones in the U.S. Via Software Update

Dec 9 – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices

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Obama Orders Review of Cyber Attacks on 2016 Election – Adviser

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Dec 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday. Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared

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Electric Passenger Planes to Operate in Just Under 10 Years

GENEVA, Dec 8 – The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 years. Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg founded Solar Impulse, also shrugged off concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald

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Bangladesh Panel Finds Insiders Negligent in Central Bank Heist

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, Dec 8  – A Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the cyber-heist of $81 million from its central bank in February found five officials at the bank were guilty of negligence and carelessness, the head of the panel told Reuters on Thursday. In his first detailed comments on the inquiry since a report

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New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

SEOUL, Dec 7 – A South Korean start-up company has developed a thumb joystick that allows users to fly a drone with one hand, replacing the traditional two-handed joystick. The “Shift” controller, produced by Seoul-based “this is engineering Inc”, comprises a wireless thumb ring and small joystick which the developers say can make flying a

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