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Global Technology News for 21 Oct 2018

While Facebook might be making strides in clamping down on fake news and shady political ads, there appear to have been holes in its strategy. The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has... published data showing that Facebook carried ads...
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By studying the effect of genetic variations on lifespan across the human genome, researchers have devised a way to estimate whether an individual can expect to live longer or shorter than average,... and have advanced scientific understanding of the diseases and cellular pathways involved in aging.
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Geneticists have assembled the largest sets of African genomic data available to date, creating a resource that will help researchers understand the genetic structure of Africa as well as the effects... of genetic variation on protein function and disease. The findings underscore the importance of including globally diverse participant cohorts in genetics research.
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Tesla already has a feature to prevent its electric car interiors from overheating. Not everyone knows that, though, and that's a problem when people may call the cops or break into your ride to... rescue a pet that's actually quite safe. You might no...
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Apple snaps up massiveApple has reportedly secured a 10-year lease for a Milpitas warehouse measuring almost 314,000 square feet, raising questions about the company's intentions.
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Large Steel Balls Wreak HavocThe Seattle Police Department (SPD) was forced to shut down a road in West Seattle on Wednesday after a semi-truck unleashed its massive load of steel balls onto its streets. The 2-pound grinding... balls, ultimately totaling a dumped load of 44,000 pounds of steel, wreaked havoc on the neighborhood and damaged several...
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Report: Tech-Loving SaudiSaudi crown prince and heir to the throne Mohammed bin Salman is big on PR. He's fond of selling himself as a Silicon Valley-style disruptor eager to take Saudi Arabia into the future as a regional... tech and logistics hub, trying to ink big deals with international tech giants that could help solidify his claim to the...
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Google Assistant might soon have its own list- and note-taking functions instead of leaning on third-party apps. The 9to5Google team has sifted through the Google search app's code to discover an... unannounced "Lists and Notes" web app for Assistant t...
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It sounds like something out of a filthy fairy tale: the mountain tree shrew visits certain species of pitcher plant to grab a bite of nectar, and poop into the plant's commode-shaped cup. These... plants appear to have evolved so that their openings fit perfectly under the tree shrew's behind, and they're sturdy enough to support the animal's weight. It's a crappy relationship, in the sense that the pitcher plant is actually crapped on -- but the pitcher plant gets nutrients out of the deal by extracting them from the shrew's feces. "Everything that led up to that is amazing," says Ethan Kocak, illustrator of the new book True or Poo? The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods. The book, which hits shelves in the US on...
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Volkswagen is building an EVThe new facility will be environmentally friendly and build vehicles on the all-electric MEB platform.
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Electric cars typically need larger, denser batteries if they're going to meet the range expectations of people used to gas-powered vehicles, but available space and weight limit the size of that... battery. Researchers might have a solution: turn the...
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These new kitchen gadgets willWe got a look at the latest in food tech at the 2018 Smart Kitchen Summit.
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Keegan-Michael Key and theHas the 5G hype gotten out of hand? Just wait until comedic actor Keegan-Michael Key weighs in.
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The company formerly known as the world in the America still isn't easy on customers.
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'First Man': A New Vision ofThe Apollo 11 lunar landing was the first time humans stepped on another celestial body, and the events leading up to that historic moment - which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year - are... depicted in the new movie First Man, out in cinemas today.
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New Book Showcases theLast Thursday (Oct. 4) at Comic Con, author Amy Ratcliffe discussed her new book "Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy" at a panel moderated by voice actor Ashley Eckstein.
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How to Stream the MLB 2018You don't need cable to watch America's pastime.
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Review: The Updated FitbitIf you're going to look at an advanced fitness tracker, why not just get a smartwatch?
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Welcome to Space! BepiColomboThe European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured its first photo on Saturday (Oct. 20), a day after lifting off from French Guiana. The image is a selfie showing a solar array and an... insulation-wrapped sun sensor.
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iPhone XR early presale demandWhich iPhone XR models are showing shipment delays and what we're expecting at Apple's next launch event. Catch up on all your iPhone news for the week.
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'Oumuamua Was Neither CometLast year's brief interstellar visit from a cigar-shaped thing named 'Oumuamua is confounding astronomers in new ways.
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The Titan M Chip Powers UpGoogle's latest flagship smartphone includes the Titan M, a security-focused chip that keeps users safe against sophisticated attacks.
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Artspeak: Your Favorite Sculptures in Conversation

The New Yorker - 21 Oct 2018 13:00
Tracey K. Berglund illustrates imaginary conversations between well-known sculptures.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. iPhoneHuawei is bringing interesting new features to its latest phones, so we broke down the numbers for how the Mates compare to the hottest handsets right now.
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Audi's first electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) will hit showrooms four weeks later than planned because of a software development issue, a spokesman for the German luxury car brand said on Sunday.
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