Technology

Facebook’s WhatsApp Adds Secure Video Calling Amid Privacy Concerns

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15 – One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than

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Google Moves to Restrict Ads on Fake News Sites

By Julia Love and Kristina Cooke SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15  – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, a move aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” and other types of misinformation on the internet. The

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Investors See Artificial Intelligence Destroying Millions of Jobs: Poll

LISBON, Nov 10 – Investors believe it is “inevitable” that artificial intelligence will destroy millions of jobs and that governments are unprepared for such an impact, according to a survey published on Thursday. Artificial intelligence (AI), or the process by which computers or robots take on tasks that need human intelligence, is one of the

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Swipe to Report Child Abuse: App Launched in India to Rein in Crime

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A state in western India has launched a mobile app for people to report child abuse, in an effort to protect children after a series of abuses came to light. The Maharashtra State Child Rights Protection Commission on Wednesday launched the Child Helpline for Information

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U.S. Voters Look to Game Election System by ‘Trading’ Ballots

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK  – Sophy Warner wanted to vote for third-party U.S. presidential candidate Jill Stein. But she worried that her ballot, cast in the swing state of Ohio, might help Republican Donald Trump capture the White House. Through the website “Trump Traders,” the 20-year-old biology student at Cleveland State University got in

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Bangladesh Central Bank Team in Manila to Retrieve Cyber Heist Funds

Nov 8 – A Bangladesh central bank team arrived in Manila on Monday to work on moving back part of the $81 million stolen from its account in the New York Federal Reserve in February and sent to the Philippines, a Bangladeshi official said. A Philippine court in September adjudged that Bangladesh Bank was the

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Social Media Helps U.S. Millennial Voters Register, Turnout Worries Linger

By Amy Tennery and Melissa Fares NEW YORK, Nov 7 – As the youngest members of the millennial generation became old enough to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, states and social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract these tech savvy voters who now rival Baby Boomers as the country’s

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Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant is Hard Act for Africa to Follow

By Alister Doyle OUARZAZATE, Morocco, Nov 6 – On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union. It is a hard success for other African nations to match as they seek to implement a new global deal

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Corolla, Toyota’s Car for the Masses, Turns 50

TOKYO, Nov 5  – This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla, one of the world’s best-selling cars. Since the first model went on sale in Japan on Nov. 5, 1966, some 44.3 million Corollas have been sold globally through the end of September, including the Corolla Fielder station wagon and other variants,

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German Prosecutors Investigate Facebook Over Hate Postings

BERLIN, Nov 5 – German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office said on Friday, following a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition by failing to remove racist postings. The spokesman declined to provide further details. German attorney Chan-jo Jun

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