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Canada wants court order forcing Facebook to follow privacy laws


OTTAWA – Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year […]

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time


LEVITTOWN, N.Y. — Who’s minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long. Walmart, which faces fierce competition from Amazon and other online retailers, […]

US Navy creating new guidelines for reporting UFOs


The US Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other employees to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft.” The new effort comes in response to more sightings of unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups or other sensitive military facilities and formations, according to the Navy. “There have been a number of […]

NASA captures image of landslide on Mars


NASA has released a stunningly beautiful image of a landslide on Mars in an area known as Cerberus Fossae. Believed to be the youngest fault system on Mars, Cerberus Fossae, “is a steep-sided set of troughs cutting volcanic plains to the east of Elysium Mons,” according to Arizona State University. In Cerberus Fossae, NASA said […]

Bumble announces ‘Private Detector’ to block unwanted penis pics


Think of it as a cyber condom: a way to block all those d–k pics. The dating app Bumble announced that it has a remedy for all those unsolicited nude selfies, the scourge of online dating: a new “Private Detector” feature that will flag sexually suggestive photos with 98 percent accuracy. “The sharing of lewd […]

Twitter doesn’t reflect how most Americans think: study


Twitter doesn’t reflect real life. The 22 percent of American adults who use the social media platform are younger, wealthier, more educated and more likely to identify as Democrats than the general population, according to the Pew Research Center study. And within those users, about half are responsible for 80 percent of tweets. Meaning that […]

Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heart


WASHINGTON — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig’s heart as it’s beating. It is one of the first times researchers have shown that a truly autonomous surgical robot can navigate inside the heart, not controlled by […]

Amazon opposes anti-LGBT Tennessee legislation amid activist pressure


Amazon has signed a letter opposing a raft of anti-LGBT legislation in Tennessee as the tech giant plans to expand its presence in the business-friendly state. “Legislation that explicitly or implicitly allows discrimination against LGBT people and their families creates unnecessary liability for talent recruitment and retention, tourism and corporate investment to the state,” the […]

Twitter launches tool to report fake news ahead of EU elections


BRUSSELS — Twitter will launch a new tool next week to make it easier for users to flag deliberate attempts to mislead voters taking part in key European Parliament elections next month. Twitter, together with Google and Facebook, are under pressure to be more proactive in tackling fake news aimed at eroding democratic processes and […]

Twitter launching tool to report fake news ahead of EU elections


BRUSSELS — Twitter will launch a new tool next week to make it easier for users to flag deliberate attempts to mislead voters taking part in key European Parliament elections next month. Twitter, together with Google and Facebook, are under pressure to be more proactive in tackling fake news aimed at eroding democratic processes and […]

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