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NASA Completes Historic Rocket Launch in Outback Australia 

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Jun,2022
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NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has successfully completed its first rocket launch from a commercial space facility outside of the United States. A 13-meter rocket blasted off Monday from a site in the Australian outback. A 13-meter sub-orbital…

Microsoft: Russian Cyber Spying Targets 42 Ukraine Allies

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Jun,2022
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Coinciding with unrelenting cyberattacks against Ukraine, state-backed Russian hackers have engaged in “strategic espionage” against governments, think tanks, businesses and aid groups in 42 countries supporting Kyiv, Microsoft said in a report Wednesday. “Since the start of the war, the…

Elon Musk’s $44 Billion Twitter Deal Gets Board Endorsement

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Jun,2022
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Twitter’s board has recommended unanimously that shareholders approve the proposed $44 billion sale of the company to billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition last…

Investors Coping With Cryptocurrency Plunge 

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Jun,2022
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“I’m in a cryptocurrency chat group at work,” software engineer Adam Hickey of San Diego, California told VOA. Over the last few days, Hickey said, members of the group have been writing things like, “Bloodbath” and, “Are we still good?”…

Cartier and Amazon Target Knock-offs in US Lawsuits

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Jun,2022
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Amazon and Cartier joined forces Wednesday in U.S. court to accuse a social media influencer of working with Chinese firms to sell knock-offs of the luxury brand’s jewelry on the e-commerce giant’s site.  The online personality used sites like Instagram…

Study: Facebook Fails to Catch East Africa Extremist Content

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Jun,2022
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A new study has found that Facebook has failed to catch Islamic State group and al-Shabab extremist content in posts aimed at East Africa as the region remains under threat from violent attacks and Kenya prepares to vote in a…

LogOn: Companies Are Building the ‘Metaverse’ but What Is It?

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Jun,2022
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Often touted as the next digital shift, the metaverse comprises three-dimensional online spaces where people can work, shop, play games, go to concerts and so on. Michelle Quinn on what the metaverse is — or might be. …

SIPRI STUDY: World Headed for New Era of Nuclear Rearmament

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Jun,2022
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After 35 years of decline, the number of nuclear weapons in the world is set to rise in the coming decade as global tensions flare amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, researchers said Monday.   The nine nuclear powers — Britain, China,…

LogOn: Robot Software Makes Machinery ‘Smart’

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Jun,2022
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Robots have long been used in manufacturing and other applications that need precise, fast and repeatable tasks. But making smart robots takes software. From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports. …

Musk Threatens to Kill Twitter Deal Over Fake Account Data

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Jun,2022
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Elon Musk accused Twitter of “actively resisting and thwarting his information rights,” as the Tesla founder attempts to get information about fake and spam accounts on the platform. The accusation came in a letter Musk sent to Twitter Monday in…

Autonomous Mayflower Reaches American Shores — in Canada 

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Jun,2022
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A crewless robotic boat that had tried to retrace the 1620 sea voyage of the Mayflower has finally reached the shores of North America — this time in Canada instead of the Massachusetts coast where its namesake landed more than…

Big Data and Farmers Create Instant Wetlands to Help Migrating Birds

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Jun,2022
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Guided by data from a bird-watching app, conservationists and farmers are creating instant wetlands for birds travelling thousands of miles. Matt Dibble has the story …

Explainer: What Is Bitcoin Mining? 

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Jun,2022
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For many, grasping the concept behind cryptocurrencies is difficult enough. But let’s try to take a closer look into how they work. Matt Dibble explains. …

LogOn: DNA Molecules May Ease Future Data Storage Crunch

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Jun,2022
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Companion Robot Responds to User’s Emotional Cues, Health Needs

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May,2022
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The arrival of the pandemic intensified feelings of loneliness and social isolation for millions of older people, many of whom were already battling depression and other health issues. For those struggling, a robot companion might make a difference, and states…

Sanctions Frustrating Russian Ransomware Actors

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May,2022
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine appears to be having an unanticipated impact in cyberspace — a decrease in the number of ransomware attacks.  “We have seen a recent decline since the Ukrainian invasion,” Rob Joyce, the U.S. National Security Agency’s director…

Meta Returns with Africa Day Campaign

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May,2022
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Meta, the company that owns Facebook, is hosting its second annual Africa Day campaign to promote Africans who are making a global impact. The content producer for the film project, South African filmmaker Tarryn Crossman, said Meta identified eight innovators,…

Facebook, Instagram to Reveal More on How Ads Target Users

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May,2022
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 Facebook parent Meta said it will start publicly providing more details about how advertisers target people with political ads just months ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.  The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too…

Solar Crowdfunding Project Benefiting Zimbabwe’s Farmers

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May,2022
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A South African company that promotes solar power and uses crowdsourcing to raise capital is financing a solar-powered farm in Zimbabwe that is also benefiting neighboring farmers. The company, The Sun Exchange, raised $1.4 million for the farm. Columbus Mavhunga…

With Roe in Doubt, Some Fear Tech Surveillance of Pregnancy

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May,2022
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When Chandler Jones realized she was pregnant during her junior year of college, she turned to a trusted source for information and advice. Her cellphone. “I couldn’t imagine before the internet, trying to navigate this,” said Jones, 26, who graduated…