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Global Technology News for 24 Mar 2018

UK investigators raidBritain is investigating whether Facebook, the world's largest social media network, did enough to protect data.
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That massive garbage patch inThe Great Pacific garbage patch is now bigger than it's ever been, covering an area that spans 1.6 million square kilometers. That's up to 16 times larger than previous estimates had suggested, and... its growth shows no signs of slowing. The patch, which is littered with tens of thousands of tons of floating garbage, is perhaps the most obvious reminder that mankind has truly messed up this planet. The newest survey, which was conducted by The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, was authored by over a dozen international scientists and aided by countless volunteers and researchers attempting to capture the full scope of the crisis. It is now estimated that as many as 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic make up the patch, which is a colossal cleanup task that most nations seem satisfied to ignore. The patch...
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Tumblr discloses 84Tumblr has revealed that its platform was used for state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, making it the latest among multiple online social platforms to discover propaganda accounts. The issue came... to light in a big way late last year when Facebook revealed that it had been widely used by Russia-backed entities to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election. Similar issues have been …
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergFacebook shares tumbled 14% in 5 days amid the scandal tied to Cambridge Analytica and the mishandling of people's private information.        
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Facebook has recordedFacebook has a tonne of data on you and your friends.With the recent revelations that third-party companies, like Cambridge Analytica, were allegedly using
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NASA's Mars Curiosity roverWith the increasingly steady stream of Mars-related news over the past couple of years it can be easy to forget that NASA has had high-tech hardware rolling around on the planet's surface for quite a... while now. We got a great reminder of that today, as NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is celebrating its 2,000th Martian day rolling around on the dusty world. The journey hasn't always been easy, and NASA has be forced to rethink its approach to solving problems on more than one occasion, but Curiosity has far outlived its original mission timeline. NASA measures Curiosity's time on the planet in Martian days, called sols, which are slightly longer than Earth days. Its 2,000 sols equals 2,054 Earth days, which is even more impressive. Curiosity was originally launched in late November of 2011. It...
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Space Photos of the Week: YouThese strange collection of stars aren't galaxies, but random groups of hundreds of millions of stars.
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Best 3D Blu-Ray movies toTake watching movies to a new level With your PlayStation VR (PSVR) you have the option to immerse yourself in your favorites shows and movies, and this time with better equipment. So get your popcorn... ready, plug in your PSVR and get ready to experience these amazing titles like you never have before! I'm talking about 3D Blu-Ray, a high definition experience to make you feel like you're actually inside some of your favorite titles. If you're not sure where to get started check out our line-up for the best titles to start with! The line-up Avatar Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ghostbusters (2016) Guardians of the Galaxy Coraline 3D Honorable mentions Avatar No, we're not talking about the Last Airbender (and how disappointed we are with it), we're talking about Pandora from Alpha Centauri...
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Daily Dose Of ErectileViagra commonly prescribed to treat erectile problems in men holds potential as a cancer prevention drug. Giving a small, daily dose of the drug to mice genetically predetermined to develop colorectal... cancer appears to reduce risk for the disease.
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10 of the most annoying WearRunning into issues with Google's Wear OS? Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of the more common Wear OS problems, along with some workarounds and potential solutions for solving them. The post 10... of the most annoying Wear OS problems, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Reddit Bans, AtlantaReddit bans, Atlanta ransomware, and more of the week's top security news.
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An Artist Just Hid $10,000An artist used an algorithm to hide cryptocurrency in every artwork in his new collection, 'New Money.' Everyone can try cracking it, and whoever does so gets to keep the money.
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AP Photos: Russian landfillAP Photos: Russian landfill attracts national attention
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What Should You Do If You FindSo, you found a piece of space debris. Now what?
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NASA's Curiosity Rover JustThis week, NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover celebrated its 2,000th Martian day (or Sol), but don't expect a pit stop any time soon.
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China's Space Station WillThe impending re-entry of China's Tiangong-1 space station is being closely monitored, but experts still can't say exactly when and where the bus-size laboratory will fall to Earth.
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Stephen Hawking's Last PaperStephen Hawking's last paper has been touted to provide a way to finally test for the existence of a multiverse, but it's unlikely to do that, several experts said.
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In Search of God'sThe mathematicians Günter Ziegler and Martin Aigner have spent the past 20 years collecting some of the most beautiful proofs in mathematics.
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How to keep your data safeIf you can't trust a social network to protect your data, what can you do? For some in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the answer is the hashtag spreading this week: #DeleteFacebook. For... others, though, quitting the world's largest social network isn't a viable option. Some use Facebook...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says 'calmApple CEO Tim Cook made his first public appearance at the China Development Forum on Saturday, offering brief commentary on fears of a pending trade war with China sparked by President Donald Trump's... trade tariffs.
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India's Aadhaar database is a national system that contains personal data and biometric information on over 1.1 billion Indian citizens. While joining is technically voluntary (for now, at least),... enrollment has become necessary for things like openi...
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Apple's upcoming iPad mightAt a special event scheduled to take place in Chicago next week, Apple will reportedly introduce a more wallet-friendly 9.7-inch iPad in an effort to curry favor with educators who often make... computing purchasing decisions based on economic considerations. Alongside a more affordable iPad, there are also rumblings that Apple next week will introduce some new pieces of software geared towards classroom use. As to what features Apple's forthcoming budget iPad might come with, it stands to reason that we won't see Face ID or the inclusion of a next-gen processor. Remember, Apple reportedly wants its education-based tablet to compete on price, which is to say that some of the company's more advanced technologies will likely not be included. That said, a new research note from KGI Securities...
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Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people... easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
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Deteriorating web prompts browser maker to take a stand Mozilla intends to add basic ad filtering capabilities to its Firefox browser later this year, according to its recently updated roadmap....
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Uber's driverless cars said toAfter a pedestrian is killed by one of the company's self-driving cars, documents show Uber's autonomous vehicle program might've been struggling.
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