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Why you might soon text robots as often as your friends
Technology
Published in 12-4-2016
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In coming months, users of Facebook's Messenger app, Microsoft's Skype and Canada's Kik can expect to find new automated assistants offering information and services at a variety of businesses. When Washington, D.C., attorney Samantha Guo visited China recently, the 32-year-old said she was amazed at how extensively her friends used bots and similar technology on the texting servic ...>>
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Online curbs limit South Korea pre-election speech freedoms
Technology
Published in 12-4-2016
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The reality, however, is that online comments or posts depicting a candidate in a negative light can be blocked with a few simple clicks thanks to a law allowing anyone to ask for them to be deleted for alleged libel or privacy violations. Critics worry that such compromises of online freedom of expression have limited the ability of voters to be fully informed ahead of Wednesday's election, ...>>
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Barricaded gunman causes tweet-storm in ritzy neighborhood
Technology
Published in 12-4-2016
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"GUYS I PICKED A REALLY BAD NIGHT TO FLY BACK FROM AFRICA AND TAKE AN AMBIEN BEFORE BED," wrote Nathan C. Hubbard, who oversees global media and commerce at Twitter. The pursuit started about 2 a.m. Monday and ended soon when the car crashed into a parked car and the driver got out, fired shots and ran into the garage.
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US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
Technology
Published in 12-4-2016
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[...] starting with reports from Brazil, over the last year infections in pregnant women have been strongly linked to babies born with unusually small heads, a birth defect called microcephaly that can signal underlying brain damage. Researchers already were studying whether Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nerve condition that can cause paralysis, is linked to Zika. [...] Sunday, another Brazilian re ...>>
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Fever: Federal report says global warming making US sick
Technology
Published in 5-4-2016
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The 332-page report issued Monday by the Obama administration said global warming will make the air dirtier, water more contaminated and food more tainted. Asthma is already the No. 1 cause of children going to the hospital and "now we're seeing it worsening because of the heat, the allergens," and air pollution, said Lynn Goldman, dean of the George Washington University's public healt ...>>
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Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind
Technology
Published in 5-4-2016
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(AP) Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network. On an average day, Facebook says more than 2 billion photos are posted on its social network and other apps that it owns, a list that includes Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. [...] people relyi ...>>
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UK journalist to appeal as Seoul blocks his site on N. Korea
Technology
Published in 5-4-2016
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Many of the readers of North Korea Tech are researchers, journalists, diplomats, academics and others interested in North Korea. Since it was launched in 2010, the website has been frequently cited by both Korean and international media, including South Korea's Yonhap News Agency and Dong-A Ilbo daily newspaper. The website gets about 20,000 monthly visits. Since late March, users accessin ...>>
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Mobile chat apps Line, Kakao flourishing among young Asians
Technology
Published in 5-4-2016
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Two of Asia's biggest social media players, Kakao Talk and Line, are growing by making mobile messaging apps an integral part of the lives of young Asians who prefer to communicate more privately instead of shouting out in virtual arenas and risking troubles with trolls or disclosing aspects of their lives to their parents they'd rather not share. Even South Korean government officials ...>>
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Hawaii researchers focus on data to combat Zika virus
Technology
Published in 5-4-2016
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[...] the Maui-based center has worked to map the spread of Zika, which can help health officials and local governments figure out where to target mosquito eradication efforts or increase access to health services. In recent years, the Pacific Disaster Center has worked with agencies ranging from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Defense to create apps to map disasters. Du ...>>
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An infant's 5-month life points to hunger's spread in Yemen
Technology
Published in 29-3-2016
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Five months later, Udai Faisal died from war: his skeletal body broke down under the ravages of malnutrition, his limbs like twigs, his cheeks sunken, his eyes dry. The spread of hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen's war since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the United States, launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade a year ago. Even more alarming are ...>>
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WHO urges more oversight in wake of China vaccine scandal
Technology
Published in 29-3-2016
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The scandal reinforces long-standing public concerns over the safety of China's food and medicine supply fed by scandals involving phony infant formula, snacks tainted with chemicals and phony or defective medications, including vaccines. Overseen by China's Cabinet, a joint task force from the China Food and Drug Administration, the health ministry and national police force is investig ...>>
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Utah governor signs bill requiring abortion anesthesia
Technology
Published in 29-3-2016
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Many doctors in Utah and across the country are concerned that the requirement could increase the health risks to women by giving them unnecessary heavy sedation in order to protect a fetus from pain that it may or may not feel. Montana lawmakers passed a similar law in 2015 requiring fetal anesthesia before surgeries, including abortions, performed after 20 or more weeks of gestation, but its De ...>>
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US hacks iPhone, ends legal battle but questions linger
Technology
Published in 29-3-2016
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WASHINGTON (AP) The extraordinary legal fight pitting the Obama administration against technology giant Apple Inc. ended unexpectedly after the FBI said it used a mysterious method without Apple's help to hack into a California mass shooter's iPhone. The dispute had ignited a fierce Internet-era national debate that pitted digital privacy rights against national security concerns and r ...>>
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MedStar paralyzed as hackers take aim at another US hospital
Technology
Published in 29-3-2016
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WASHINGTON (AP) Modern medicine in the Washington area reverted to 1960s-era paper systems when one of the largest hospital chains was crippled by a virus that shuttered its computers for patients and medical staff. The FBI said it was investigating the paralyzing attack on MedStar Health Inc., which forced records systems offline, prevented patients from booking appointments, and left staff una ...>>
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FBI might have way to unlock attacker's iPhone without Apple
Technology
Published in 22-3-2016
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LOS ANGELES (AP) A much-anticipated court hearing on the federal government's effort to force Apple Inc. to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack was abruptly vacated Monday after the FBI revealed it may have a way to access data without the company's help. FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee in sworn testimony earlier ...>>
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