EU PROJECT TO DEVELOP NEW EXPERTS IN FLYING ROBOTS

Tue 19 January 2021: Under the auspices of a major new EU project, 15 young researchers are to be trained to develop drones for small flying robots that can maintain wind turbines, bridges, and other important infrastructure.  Over the next three years, a total of 15 PhD students will be trained to develop intelligent flying […]

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US ASKS AUSTRALIA TO SCRAP PROPOSED LAWS TO MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA PAY FOR NEWS

Tue 19 January 2021: The US has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that would make it the first country in the world to force Facebook and Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets. In a submission asking the government to “suspend” the plans, Assistant US Trade Representatives Daniel Bahar and Karl […]

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SAMSUNG VICE CHAIRMAN JAY Y LEE SENT BACK TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY

Mon 18 January 2021: A South Korean court has sentenced Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y Lee to two-and-a-half years in prison, with implications for the direction of the technology giant and how Koreans view big business. With Monday’s verdict, Lee will be sidelined from key decision-making at Samsung Electronics as it strives to overtake […]

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CLASSIFIED CIA DOCUMENTS ON UFO SIGHTINGS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Sat 16 January 2021: People can now download all the declassified files that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has on unidentified flying objects (UFOs). One can access these files from Black Vault, which is the largest privately run archive of declassified documents in the world. Over two million pages, released downloadable links of PDF documents […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: INFORMATION REGULATOR ENGAGES FACEBOOK SA OVER PRIVACY POLICY

Thu 14 January 2021: South Africa’s Information Regulator has announced that it met Facebook South Africa on Wednesday to discuss its revised WhatsApp privacy policy. WhatsApp’s revised private policy sparked a global outcry after the popular Facebook-owned messaging app alerted its 2 billion users to accept the new terms if they wanted to continue using […]

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TELEGRAM REACHES OVER 500 MILLION USERS, 25M NEW USERS IN PAST 72 HOURS

Wed 13 January 2021: Message application Telegram has reached more than 500 million active users, recording 25 million new ones in the past 72 hours, according to founder Pavel Durov.  The number of users exceeded 500 million during the first week of the new year, according to Durov. “Twenty-five million users have joined Telegram in […]

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YOUTUBE SUSPENDS TRUMP’S CHANNEL FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS

Wed 13 January 2021: YouTube has joined the digital censorship caravan and suspended outgoing US President Donald Trump’s channel for at least a week, saying uploaded content violated its policies. “After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating […]

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TURKISH WATCHDOG PROBES WHATSAPP OVER NEW PRIVACY TERMS

Wed 13 January 2021: Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Board (KVKK) Tuesday announced it had officially launched a probe into WhatsApp, a day after the country’s competition watchdog announced an investigation into the messaging app and its owner Facebook over new usage terms that sparked privacy concerns. The board on Monday announced it would discuss WhatsApp’s […]

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GOOGLE LAUNCHES $3 MLN FUND TO FIGHT MISINFORMATION AROUND COVID VACCINE

Wed 13 January 2021: The Google News Initiative on Tuesday launched a global open fund to fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, worth up to $3 million.  The “COVID-19 Vaccine Counter Misinformation Open Fund” aims to support journalistic efforts to effectively fact-check misinformation about the COVID-19 immunization process, the initiative belonging to Alphabet’s Google said in […]

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