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Biggest North Pole mission returns from ‘dying Arctic’ Sunday, October 11th, 2020

BERLIN, (AFP):- Researchers on the world's biggest mission to the North Pole will return to dock on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades. The German Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern ship is set to return to the port..

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5G iPhone expected to star at Apple event

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- Apple is expected on Tuesday to unveil a keenly anticipated iPhone 12 line-up starring models tuned to super-fast new 5G telecom networks in an update considered vital to the company's fortunes. A streamed event was cryptically teased with the message "Hi, Speed" in an..

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Facebook to pause political ads as US election day ends Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- Facebook on Wednesday said it will stop running political or social issue ads after the US polls close on November 3 to reduce chances of confusion or abuse. The leading social network also said that any posts prematurely declaring a winner or contesting the count will be..

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Facebook, Instagram ban QAnon conspiracy-linked accounts Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on all accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy group, as the social network tries to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the heated US presidential election. The move against QAnon at Facebook and its image-sharing platform Instagram..

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Twitter bans Trump death wishes, sparks debate Monday, October 5th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump -- a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone. San Francisco-based Twitter drew a line on caustic commentary after Trump's Covid-19..

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Huawei exec to accuse US of misleading Canada in extradition case Monday, September 28th, 2020

VANCOUVER, (AFP):- Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers return to a Canadian court on Monday to press for her release, arguing the US misled Canada about her alleged crimes to secure her detention on foreign soil. The defense, according to court filings, will say that the crux of..

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Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok Sunday, September 27th, 2020

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and MATT O'BRIEN, NEW YORK (AP):- A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week..

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Nepal Telecom’s FTTH service expansion gains pace Friday, September 25th, 2020

N24 Staff Writer, DOTI: The Nepal Telecommunications (NTC) has expanded its high-speed fiber to the home (FTTH) internet service in Doti district. The service was initiated in the district for the first time. With the new service coming into effect, the number of internet users has also increased,..

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Google removes street view virtual tour of Australia’s Uluru Thursday, September 24th, 2020

SYDNEY, (AFP):- Google has removed images from its Street View that allowed users to virtually walk on Australia's Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site closed to tourists since last year, the company said Friday. Parks Australia had asked that the user-contributed images be taken down in line with the..

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TikTok urges court to block Trump’s ban on app in US Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- TikTok is urging a federal court to block US President Donald Trump from banning the app, arguing the move is based on election politics rather than legitimate national security concerns. Attorneys are scheduled to argue the case on Thursday before a judge who will decide..

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Apple chief says fires and storms show impact of climate change Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP):- Apple chief Tim Cook said Monday he views the recent increase in fires, hurricanes and floods as strong proof that climate change is real. The disasters should sway those denying science that shows greenhouse gases are dangerously changing weather patterns, Cook said in a..

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US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns Friday, September 18th, 2020

By TALI ARBEL, MATT O'BRIEN and MATT OTT, WASHINGTON, (AP):- The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S. — a move that could effectively wreck the..

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US bans WeChat, TikTok citing national security

WASHINGTON (AP):- The U.S. will ban the use of WeChat Sunday to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned by Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday on Fox Business News that access to that app may be possible if..

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US charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

By ERIC TUCKER, WASHINGTON (AP):- The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and abroad, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers,..

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Scientists find gas on Venus linked to life on Earth Monday, September 14th, 2020

PARIS, (AFP):- The atmosphere of Venus contains a gas that on Earth can be attributed to living organisms, scientists said Monday, a discovery the head of NASA called "the most significant development yet" in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Conditions on our planetary neighbour are often..

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Russia, China hackers targeting US vote, Microsoft warns Thursday, September 10th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- Microsoft said Thursday it had thwarted recent cyberattacks from China, Russia and Iran targeting both Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns, as technology giants scrambled to protect election security less than two months ahead of the US vote. Twitter announced it..

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Samsung Wins $6.6 Billion Verizon Contract For 5G Network Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

SEOUL, (AP): Samsung Electronics Co. will develop 5G network infrastructure for Verizon Communications under a $6.65 billion deal announced Monday. The contract runs through 2025, according to a Samsung corporate filing. Samsung and Verizon have worked together before. In 2018, for example,..

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