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In South Africa, a unique telescope link-up scans deep space

SUTHERLAND (SOUTH AFRICA) Scientists in South Africa on Friday launched the world’s first optical telescope linked to a radio telescope, combining “eyes and ears” to try to unravel the secrets of the universe. The device forms part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in the remote Karoo desert, which …

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India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

BALASORE (ODISHA) India today successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features. The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here …

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NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

WASHINGTON NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the unmanned spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning …

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Facebook employee fired over bragging about access to user information

Facebook Inc on Thursday said that it fired an employee accused of bragging on matchmaking app Tinder about his access to private user information. The incident comes as Facebook faces global concerns about personal data privacy, including Congressional hearings at which Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified. A Twitter user …

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Facebook shrinks doubtful stories to fight fake news

SAN FRANCISCO After Facebook’s red warning labels to flag fake news backfired, the social networking giant is now literally sizing down the doubtful stories to prevent the triumph of falsehood on its platform. As part of its new strategy to combat fake news, Facebook wants its users to miss these stories at the time of scrolling …

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Facebook warns of more data breaches in future

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook has warned investors that more users’ data scandals in the future may adversely affect the social networking giant’s reputation and brand image. In its quarterly report shared with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), without mentioning Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said that its ongoing investments in safety, security, and …

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Special edition iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus now in India

NEW DELHI Apple’s special edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in red colour will be available for purchase in India from Friday. The special edition (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64GB and 256GB variants, starting at Rs 67,940, through Apple authorised resellers. iPhone 8 (64GB) will cost Rs 67,940 while 128GB variant will be available for Rs 81,500. …

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