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Despite volatility, bitcoin finds growing support in African economies

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Bitcoin has fielded criticisms from governments around the world for its unpredictable market value, but in some African countries, supporters of the cryptocurrency are seeing growing interest in its trade. 

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Facebook: Take the virtual community with its corporate flaws or leave it?

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Facebook represents a truly 21st-century conundrum to users: When your community is a big business, and when a company's biggest business is your community, things can get very messy.

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Facebook spotlights improper data extraction during political campaigns

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Facebook announced Monday that user information had been extracted 'inappropriately' and had been applied to US political campaign strategies. Research from 2013 indicates that 'likes' on the massive social network can predict political affiliation. 

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First pedestrian fatality from self-driving vehicle raises more safety concerns

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

As technology companies and automakers compete to bring self-driving vehicles to market, regulations have been left up to states, which have taken varied approaches. Because of a recent fatal pedestrian crash, those regulations have come under more scrutiny.

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Autonomous vehicles break ground in construction industry

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

A San Francisco startup is developing technology to allow construction vehicles to operate themselves. The startup is part of a wave of automation that is transforming the construction agency to help the sector boost productivity.

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Can your boss make you wear a Fitbit?

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Some 8 percent of employee wellness plans offer wearable fitness trackers to workers. Are the trackers really voluntary?

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Ride-hailing apps boost women economically but safety concerns persist

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

Women drivers benefit significantly from ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, says a new report from the International Finance Corporation. Many of these companies are now investigating ways to keep women safe while they are on the job.

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Cities argue 5G internet rollout laws violate property rights

Christian Science Monitor - May 2, 2018 - 6:37am

The installation of infrastructure for ultrafast 5G networks are impeding the public's right of way, critics say. Local authorities, under new laws passed in 16 states, have no control over where antennas are placed and how much cities can charge companies for using public property.

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Is the Vegan Impossible Burger Healthy for You?

Scientific American - May 2, 2018 - 6:30am
These juicy plant-based burgers could fool even a meat lover. But are they actually healthier for us?

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Hunting tornadoes from the sky: Inside NOAA's "flying laboratory"

CBS - May 2, 2018 - 6:25am
NOAA's P3 research plane is usually used to hunt hurricanes but now it is also being used to target and study tornadoes
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Exclusive: UTC set to win EU approval for $23 billion Rockwell Collins deal - sources

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 6:17am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. aerospace and industrial company United Technologies Corp is set to win EU approval for the largest aerospace deal in history - a $23 billion bid for avionics maker Rockwell Collins , people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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Yahoo removes controversial Canada-specific clause from terms of use

CBC - May 2, 2018 - 6:16am

Yahoo's parent company has dropped a controversial new term of service that would have required its Canadian users to share data from their friends and contacts, including phone numbers, with the U.S.-based multinational group.

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At F8, Facebook CEO says he's doubling down on security

CBS - May 2, 2018 - 6:07am
Facebook is expected to focus on changes to its platform at its F8 developer conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to thousands of app developers Tuesday after a major privacy scandal. Zuckerberg says users will soon be able to delete their browsing history. John Blackstone reports.
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Myanmar court accepts testimony of policeman who said Reuters reporters framed

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 6:06am
YANGON (Reuters) - A judge in Myanmar declared on Wednesday that a witness who said two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets were framed by police was credible, dealing a blow to the prosecution in what has become a landmark press freedom case.
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Ottawa sees internet data cloud as alternative to its creaky computer systems

CBC - May 2, 2018 - 6:02am

The federal government is willing to accept the privacy and security risks of storing data in the internet cloud as an alternative to its own aging computers that are "at risk of breaking down," says an internal policy paper.

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A Wave of Resurgent Epidemics Has Hit the U.S.

Scientific American - May 2, 2018 - 6:00am
Resurgent outbreaks of infectious diseases are sickening thousands, and the causes are societal

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What is geologic time, and how does it work?

The Guardian - May 2, 2018 - 5:44am

We all recognise the names of some time periods such as Jurassic or Devonian - but how many us of actually understand how geologists divide up the earth’s past?

I’m sure you all remember where you were when you found out that the statistical correlation of magneto-biostratigraphic calcareous nannofossils with M-sequence magnetic anomalies approximated new boundaries for Tethyan Kimmeridgian of Sardinia (Muttoni et al. 2018). I was on my laptop at the time.

I’ll confess, I struggle to even begin to understand what this new paper is about, beyond the broad principle that a chunk of the rock record as it relates to geological time is being slightly tweaked.

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Mueller raises possibility of Trump subpoena: former Trump lawyer

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 5:41am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers in March, raised the possibility of issuing a subpoena for Trump if he declines to talk to investigators in the Russia probe, a former lawyer for the president said on Tuesday.
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Too many cancer drugs? Crowded market gives investors pause

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 5:38am
LONDON (Reuters) - In London's world-famous Great Ormond Street children's hospital, Dr. Karin Straathof is excited about a new cell-based medicine that offers hope for toddlers with incurable nerve tissue cancer.
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Close Xi aide to meet U.S. trade delegation in Beijing

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 5:36am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping's top economic adviser, Vice Premier Liu He, will meet a top-level U.S. trade delegation in Beijing this week, the government said on Wednesday, amid a festering dispute between the world's two largest economies.
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