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Twitter And Facebook Ding Network Of Accounts Tied To Russia And Iran

Facebook and Twitter said they coordinated efforts ahead of the 2018 elections to remove thousands of accounts tied to foreign governments that used similar tactics as were used in 2016, NBC reported Thursday. The Russian operation mirrored the operation undertook by the Internet Research Agency, an organization indicted for spreading misinformation before the 2016 election. The ploy in 2018 was less ...

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NASA Selects United Launch Alliance’s Reliable Atlas V Rocket to Launch Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

Centennial, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2019) – NASA’s Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch the Lucy mission, which is the first mission to Jupiter’s swarm of Trojan asteroids. This award resulted from a competitive Launch Service Task Order evaluation under the NASA Launch Services II contract. “We could not ...

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Blue Origin to Launch Telesat’s Advanced Global LEO Satellite Constellation

Telesat and Blue Origin have signed a multi-launch agreement that paves the way for the powerful New Glenn rocket to play a key role in Telesat’s deployment of its global LEO satellite constellation that will deliver fiber-like broadband services anywhere on Earth. Telesat’s LEO program will gain significant cost savings and other advantages by launching with Blue Origin’s heavy-lift New ...

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Apple Dings App After Facebook Used It To Conduct Shady Research On Users

Apple said Wednesday that Facebook violated the company’s policies when it surreptitiously used a research application to gobble up private data on users. The social media company admitted to the caper on Tuesday. Facebook paid users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month to install the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app and use the program to sell their ...

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Bill Nye’s Latest Climate Warning: The US Will Have To Grow Its Food In Canada

Bill Nye “the Science Guy” has another global warming prediction — Americans will have to grow their food in Canada if nothing is done to limit temperature rise. “The agriculture in North America is going to have to move north into what would nominally be Canada and we don’t have the infrastructure,” Nye told MSNBC host Chris Matthews Tuesday night. ...

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Apple Disables Group Chat App After Major Flaw Exposed Users To Privacy Breaches

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Apple temporarily disabled a new group chat application Tuesday after a flaw was detected that exposed users to privacy data breaches. The Silicon Valley company dinged the Group FaceTime feature in iOS and macOS to fix a major security flaw, which allowed anyone to call a phone or Mac and listen in before the other person picks up. The bug ...

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Bizarre Theory Linking Global Warming To ‘Polar Vortexes’ Resurfaces. Scientists Are Pushing Back

The media is once again pushing the narrative that global warming is behind extreme winter cold. However, many scientists disagree with this theory and there’s little evidence to back it up. “Cold waves have lessened over the past 50 years,” said one scientist. In what’s become an annual affair, the media is pushing articles suggesting bone-chilling temperatures about to hit ...

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Facebook Expands Ad Monitoring Technology Ahead Of Upcoming Elections

Facebook is preparing to build up programs around the world that will focus on preventing campaign meddling and tamp out misinformation efforts as various elections ramp-up, Axios reported Monday. The company has struggled in recent years to get ahead of instances where people have engaged in campaigns to misinform American voters. Regulators are also breathing down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ...

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Remembering One Of NASA’s Greatest Tragedies, 33 Years Later

America’s space program suffered arguably one of the worst incidents in space history 33 years ago on Jan. 28, 1986 and it unfolded right in front of millions of school children. Teachers across the nation displayed the Challenger space shuttle launch in their classrooms for students to bear witness to NASA’s first ever Teacher in Space Project, in which Christa McAuliffe, ...

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Germany Plans On Closing All Its Coal Plants. The Impact On Global Warming Won’t Even Be Measurable

Germany plans on closing all its coal-fired power plants over the next two decades to fight global warming. However, it’s doubtful Germany’s anti-coal effort will have any measurable impact on global warming. Germans already pay about three times more for electricity than Americans thanks to taxes and green subsidies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has embraced a plan to phase ...

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The human factor in clean water

By Lindzi Wessel, Knowable Magazine For more than 2 billion people, safe drinking water isn’t a given. Not for them a clean, reliable supply of treated water splurting out on demand from a kitchen tap — instead, they face often long treks to wells, rivers, pools of rainwater or faucets that yield water laced with disease-transmitting feces and other contaminants. ...

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Spotify Removes All PragerU Content, Conservatives Claim Censorship

Music-streaming platform Spotify removed PragerU’s advertisements from its platform, noting that the content does not comply with the company’s editorial policies, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. “Our policy team has re-reviewed the ads that you have submitted through Ad Studio and determined that the content of the ads do not comply with our editorial policies,” Spotify noted in ...

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Blue Origin Breaks Ground on New Rocket Facility in Alabama

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ private space company, broke ground Friday on its new rocket engine manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. “Alabama is a great state for aerospace manufacturing and we are proud to produce America’s next rocket engine right here in Rocket City,” Robert Meyerson, president of Blue Origin, said in a statement. The new facility, to be built in Cummings ...

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More Than 1,000 Media Jobs Were Cut In One Day. Is Facebook To Blame?

BuzzFeed is among several media outlets that laid off employees on Wednesday as experts worry that the blood bath is likely far from over. Tech expert Eric Schiffer says Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets are torching digital journalism and act as a type of “rat poison for journalism jobs.”  BuzzFeed’s layoffs are causing tech experts to consider pushing ...

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Verizon and T-Mobile Top List in Latest Mobile Network Experience Report

As industry prepares for 5G, U.S. consumers see fruits of 4G investments; Verizon wins 3 awards with T-Mobile close behind and all four major operators approaching or exceeding 4G Availability milestone Verizon has claimed the top mobile network provider spot in 3 out of 5 measurement categories, according to a new report by OpenSignal. The Mobile Network Experience: USA report and results show that for ...

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