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Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:53:45 EDT

Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a surge in quarterly profits, lifted by strong growth in the digital advertising segment it dominates along with Facebook.



Robot helps seriously ill Everton fan make history

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:43:21 EDT

A seriously ill teenage Everton fan made history on Monday by becoming the world's first 'virtual matchday mascot' ahead of his beloved team's home Premier League match with Newcastle United.



Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:34:13 EDT

The academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal apologized for his actions, but said he thought he did nothing wrong at the time.



Fake news, the First Amendment and failure in the marketplace of ideas

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:29:17 EDT

The rise of social media and fake news challenge long-held assumptions about the First Amendment and are undermining the functioning of the "the marketplace of ideas," a Duke professor argues in a new article.



EU probes Apple plan to buy music app Shazam

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:47:22 EDT

The EU on Monday launched an in-depth probe of tech giant Apple's plan to buy leading song-recognition app Shazam because of fears the deal may reduce choice for consumers.



New control strategy helps reap maximum power from wind farms

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:42:18 EDT

Every two and a half hours, a new wind turbine rises in the U.S. In 2016, wind provided 5.6 percent of all electricity produced, more than double the amount generated by wind in 2010, but still a far cry from its potential.



New research modernizes rammed earth construction

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:18:44 EDT

A building method as old as dirt is being re-examined as a 'new' and viable modern construction material.



New report reveals cybercriminal spending behaviours

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:08:41 EDT

A University of Surrey senior lecturer in Criminology has teamed up with virtualisation technology company Bromium to produce "Into the Web of Profit", a research study revealing the socio-economic and spending differences among cybercriminals.



Bitcoin more vulnerable to attack than expected

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:07:01 EDT

Calculations by University of Twente researchers show that Bitcoin is more vulnerable to attack than people had always assumed. If some Bitcoin users were to form a group that controls 20 percent of the currency's computing power, they could launch an attack and, within a few days, force all other users to accept a new standard for Bitcoin. The researchers presented their results last week, at a scientific conference organized by NASA in the United States.



Wind energy's swift growth, explained

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:05:27 EDT

The wind industry is growing quickly around the world, especially in China and the U.S., where the total amount of electricity generated by wind turbines nearly doubled between 2011 and 2017.



Nuclear materials developed for a sustainable future

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:55:37 EDT

An EU-funded project has fostered links between national and European programmes to harmonise and implement scientific and technical research into materials for a safe and sustainable nuclear sector.



Qatar Airways to expand despite 'large loss': chief

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:36:41 EDT

Qatar Airways will continue to expand even as it prepares to announce "large" annual losses due to a blockade by neighbours, the airline's chief executive said on Monday.



Neural network trained to assess fire effects

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:34:23 EDT

Skoltech's Aeronet Lab has developed an algorithm that makes it possible to analyze satellite images of areas affected by fires and other natural disasters and to make a quick assessment of the economic damage. The algorithm is based on machine learning and computer vision.



Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:20:01 EDT

A personal finance expert launched a lawsuit against Facebook in Britain on Monday, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name.



Clouds in three dimensions

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:18:17 EDT

ETH computer graphics specialists have analysed cloud formation and air flow in high resolution weather situations and visualised a high resolution weather situation in 3-D. The aviation industry and meteorologists may be able to benefit from this visualisation method in the future.



Mideast ride-sharing app Careem says it was hacked

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:06:05 EDT

The Mideast ride-sharing app Careem says it has been hacked.



Merkel party warns competition 'impossible' against Facebook

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:05:02 EDT

A leading politician from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party warned Monday that Facebook's dominance makes competition "impossible", joining a broadside against the social network from Berlin.



Facebook rejects Australia media calls for regulation

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:04:40 EDT

Tech giant Facebook has opposed calls by Australian media companies for digital platforms to be regulated, amid an inquiry into their impact on competition in news and advertising markets.



India's TCS crosses $100-bln market value

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:04:29 EDT

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) became the first Indian company in a decade to breach the $100-billion market value barrier after stocks in the IT giant soared on Monday.



EU probes Italy's latest Alitalia rescue loan

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:04:15 EDT

EU anti-trust regulators on Monday opened an in-depth probe to establish whether a massive rescue loan by the Italian government to troubled airline Alitalia constituted illegal state aid.



Is it time to regulate targeted ads and the web giants that profit from them?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:50:05 EDT

In the wake of Facebook's massive breach of personal data of 87 million users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from US politicians over two days of congressional hearings. These questions mostly focussed on the tight link between Facebook's business model of selling targeted personalised advertising and its need to capture, and exploit, large amounts of personal information from its users.



Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:45:44 EDT

Stealth aircraft in the Canadian arctic will be no match for a new quantum radar system.



Campaign against online video-game bullies flops

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:01 EDT

It seemed like a killer idea: combat sexist harassment in online video games by unleashing hit squads of talented female players to slay the bullies.



Survey finds public trust in Facebook plummeted after Cambridge Analytical scandal

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:50:01 EDT

Much of America believed in Facebook as the unassuming social network, connecting friends and family on the internet while protecting their privacy.



Google launches Chat to compete with Apple's iMessage

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:40:01 EDT

Google is launching a new text messaging system for its Android platform to challenge Apple's iMessage in smartphone text messaging supremacy.



Electronics giant Philips posts 27% drop in Q1 profits

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:22:13 EDT

Dutch electronics giant Philips Monday posted a 27 percent drop in first quarter profits, hit partly by the costs of restructuring and some acquisitions as it evolves its portfolio.



China's 'men only' job culture slammed in new report

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:03:35 EDT

Leading Chinese firms including e-commerce giant Alibaba were heavily criticised Monday for gender discrimination in job adverts in a new report which said the landscape for the female workforce in China was deteriorating.



Online myth busters fight tide of fake news in India

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:01:13 EDT

As grief and outrage over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old crescendoed in India last week, a wrenching video of the supposed victim singing "her last song" lit up phones across the country.



Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:58:59 EDT

The psychologist behind an app that harvested data from 50 million Facebook users defended his role in the scandal Sunday, saying he "never heard a word" of opposition from the social media giant.



New study shows wearable technology also contributes to distracted driving

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:26:50 EDT

A new study by Murtuza Jadliwala, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at San Antonio, examines wearable technology and whether it affects drivers' concentration. Jadliwala and his collaborators discovered that while a driver texting with a wearable device can marginally reduce their level of distraction, it ultimately makes texting while driving just as dangerous as with an ordinary cell phone.