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India approves third moon mission months after landing failure

India has approved its third lunar mission months after its last one failed to successfully land on the moon, its space agency said on Wednesday, the latest effort in its ambitions to become a low-cost space power. The Chandrayaan-3 mission will have a lander and a rover, but not an …

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YouTuber jailed, journalist detained in Morocco

RABAT: Moroccan authorities have sentenced a Youtuber who criticised the king to prison, and detained a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet. Freedom of speech advocates say the moves reflect growing pressure against those who use social networks to express anger at economic and social problems. A court …

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WhatsApp will stop working for several smartphones from 2020

The popular messaging app for many around the globe will stop operating on Windows smartphones by the end of this month. The bad news doesn’t end there. WhatsApp will stop working on several Android and iPhone devices in the coming months. From February 1, those who are currently using Android …

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First commercial e-plane takes flight in Canada

VANCOUVER: The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions. “This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive …

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Greta Thunberg is Time’ 2019 person of the year

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was named Wednesday as Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. The 16-year-old first made headlines with her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden’s parliament in August 2018. .@GretaThunberg is …

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WhatsApp introduces new privacy controls, group invite system

  “WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience. Today, we’re introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups,” a …

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Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

  Zuckerberg has been summoned to testify at a hearing on Wednesday by the House Financial Services Committee on Facebook’s plan to create a global digital currency, which has stirred opposition from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Europe. But the full range of policies and conduct of …

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Amazon calls for government regulation of facial recognition tech

WASHINGTON: Amazon is endorsing the idea of government regulation of facial recognition technology, as part of a wide-ranging statement of its principles on a range of social and political issues. The US tech giant, which has come under scrutiny by antitrust enforcers and has been criticized over its use of …

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