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  • 5 days ago
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    Arctic Russian region declares emergency as polar bears overrun area

    Local officials in an Arctic region in Russia have reportedly declared a state of emergency after villages have been overrun by packs of polar bears, a phenomenon wildlife experts have said occurs as a result of global warming. According to ABC News, authorities in the remote region have confirmed that a team of specialists will be arriving in Novaya Zemlya, Russia, to assist local officials with the removal of the bears.

  • 5 days ago
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    Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

    The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish with...

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    Europe is beginning to break up Facebook's business

    Facebook built a massive advertising business on what it knows about its users. But could the company's enormous database soon become its biggest problem? The clearest warning yet came Thursday, when Germany's antitrust office ruled that Facebook was abusing its market position by combining its data with information from Instagram, WhatsApp and third party websites.

  • 7 days ago
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  • 7 days ago
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    Man buys a hate group’s domain and turns it into a gay furry site

    The Wolves of Odin is a far-right Canadian group that peddles Islamophobic immigration theories. Its members were caught earlier this year harassing Muslims and spying on the country’s oldest mosque. So when Canadian resident Brady Grumpelt realized WolvesOfOdin.com didn’t have a Canadian web address with the related .ca suffix, he bought WolvesOfOdin.ca and turned it into a gay site with erotic images of furries.

  • 7 days ago
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    A First Date for Two Rare Tigers Ends in Death

    The courtship went on for 10 whole days. They were kept apart, but tantalizingly close enough so that each could see, hear and smell the other. When the matchmakers believed that the time and the place were right — Friday at London Zoo — the rare Sumatran tiger called Asim and a female named Melati were put in the same enclosure together. He promptly killed her — moments after they were introduced for the first time.

  • 8 days ago
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    UK telecoms CEO: We've seen no 'cause for concern' over Huawei

    UK telecoms group BT has seen no evidence that technology from China's Huawei poses a security risk. "Over the years that we've worked with Huawei, we've not yet seen anything that gives us cause for concern," Marc Allera, the CEO of BT's consumer brands, told CNN on Friday. "We work closely with a large number of bodies — government and security," he added. "We continue to work with all of those relevant bodies to answer all the questions that are ...

  • 10 days ago
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    Amazon has finally admitted to investors that it has a counterfeit problem

    Amazon’s third-party marketplace is chock-full of independent sellers hawking everything from Korean face masks to out-of-print books and moon boots. From a business perspective, the system works great for the e-commerce giant: Amazon gets to sit back and collect fees from those sellers, whose sales on the platform continue to grow. In 2017, for the first time, more than half the products sold on Amazon came from those marketplace listings, rather than from Amazon itself.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    5 things I've learned about the power of influencer-hosted webinars

    When your startup doesn’t have an audience yet, creating content can be frustrating. Many formats, like in-depth blog posts or YouTube videos, don’t get seen until promotion takes off – if it takes off. Take a piece of “skyscraper content,” for example. You’ll need to put in hours and hours of effort to create the content. But no matter how good the result in, you still need to put in just as much time finding people to read it. But what if you could gain an audience before your cont...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    What it’s like to pursue a dream for 30 years — and fail

    For every successful, hot-selling invention, there are a million others that don’t make it. But what does ‘failure’ really mean?

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Porsche doubles production of the electric car it hasn't even released yet in run for Tesla's market

    Porsche is already having to double its production plan on the electric car it hasn't even released yet. The German carmaker known for its sports cars and racing heritage said stronger-than-expected demand has led it to boost production on its electric Taycan car from 20,000 to 40,000 units, the company confirmed to CNBC on Wednesday. "We had been ready for it," said Andrew Lennon, a manager of product communications for Porsche. "We had the ability to increase capacity from ...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    France seeks support for minimum corporate tax at world level

    France called on Thursday for a new global system of taxation, including a tax on digital giants, as governments look to prevent companies from shopping around for tax havens. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the Group of Seven (G7), of which France holds the rotating presidency, should consider setting a joint minimum corporate tax and tackle the power of giant multinational corporations.

  • 1 month ago
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    Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch' Takes Viewers on a Wild Interactive Ride

    When was the last time you watched a movie where you could control the plot? Bandersnatch is the first interactive film in the sci fi anthology series Black Mirror. Written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade, the film tells the story of young programmer Stefan Butler, who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel called Bandersnatch into a video game. Throughout the film, viewers are given the power to influence Butler’s decisions, leading to diverging pl...

  • 1 month ago
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    Wyoming Looks Determined to Legalize Bitcoin as Money

    Wyoming is introducing a bill that will put cryptocurrency like Bitcoin on the same legal footing as money. The bill will also provide a precise Wyoming is introducing a bill that will put cryptocurrency like Bitcoin on the same legal footing as the US dollar, which would make it a tax-free cryptocurrency.

  • 1 month ago
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    Backlash over Gillette's 'MeToo advert'

    The video about toxic masculinity, bullying and men's behaviour sparks outrage online.

  • 1 month ago
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    Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook

    Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren’t allowed to delete the Facebook app.

  • 1 month ago
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    Shutdown of the US government becomes the longest in their history

    The "shutdown" or US government shutdown that paralyzes some of the federal administrations of the US government has become the longest in the history of the United States on the night of Friday to Saturday, entering its 22nd day. This partial halt to the functioning of the federal authorities, which began on December 22, now exceeds 21 days of "shutdown" under the presidency of Bill Clinton in 1996.

  • 1 month ago
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    Is this the start of the final season?

  • 1 month ago
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    Millions of College Students Are Going Hungry

    A new government report highlights just how pervasive the problem is.

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    Americans aren't making enough babies to replace ourselves

    Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, a new government report finds. In fact, we now aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves. For the population to reproduce itself at current numbers, the “total fertility rate” needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age over their lifetime, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in their report, released early Thursday. But the latest data show a current rate of just 1,765.5 per 1,000, or 16 p...

  • 1 month ago
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    Targeting an RNA-binding protein to fight aging

    As we age, our bodies undergo biological changes that cause a decline in the function of our cells and tissues. However, most studies attempting to identify molecules involved age-related dysfunctions have focused only on mechanisms based on mRNA transcription, a very important step in gene expression, but nonetheless only part of the complex regulatory mechanisms in our cells.

  • 1 month ago
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    Astronomers find the brightest quasar yet

    It shines with a brightness equivalent to 600 trillion suns. “We don’t expect to find many quasars brighter than that in the whole observable universe,” said the astronomers. Researchers announced this week (January 9, 2019) at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington, that they’ve discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe was just beginning to make luminous objects, such as stars and galaxies.

  • 1 month ago
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    Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales

    Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric.