• Internet
    Google Search Harming Local Search Rivals? EU Antitrust Regulators Ask

    EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the Internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet unit. Google has been fined a total EUR 6.76 billion ($7.7 billion) in the last 17 months for favouring its comparison shopping […]

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    NASA Scientists Concerned About Toilet Microbes on ISS

    NASA is concerned over the strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, identified on the toilets of the International Space Station’s (ISS), which can raise potential health implications for future missions, say Indian-origin scientists at the US space agency. Five strains of ‘Enterobacter’ bacterium isolated from the space toilet and the exercise platform on the ISS in […]

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    Radical Experimental Plane With No Moving Parts Wows Scientists

    Some 115 years after the first powered flight, scientists have developed a radical new approach towards flying in the form of a small, lightweight and virtually noiseless airplane that gets airborne with no moving parts like propellers or turbine blades. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers on Wednesday described successful flight tests at an indoor campus gymnasium of […]

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    Elon Musk Renames SpaceX’s BFR Rocket for Interplanetary Trip

    SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth, is getting a new name, Starship, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has announced. “Renaming BFR to Starship,” Musk said in a tweet late on Monday. This two-stage vehicle – composed of […]

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    Chinese Company Unveils First Satellite for Free Global Wi-Fi Service

    A Chinese company has unveiled the first satellite in a constellation plan to provide free Wi-Fi service worldwide. According to the company, LinkSure Network, the satellite will be launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China’s Gansu province next year and by 2020 there will be 10 satellites in space. The constellation will have […]

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    Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on AI Babysitter-Rating Service

    Facebook and Twitter are taking action against an automated babysitter-rating system reported on last week by The Washington Post, saying the service broke the social networks’ rules on user surveillance and data privacy. Predictim, a California-based start-up, analyses babysitters’ online histories, including on Facebook and Twitter, and offers ratings of whether they are at risk of drug […]

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    Airbnb Will Start Testing Prototype Homes as Soon as Next Year

    Airbnb announced Thursday that it will begin testing prototype homes as soon as next year to accommodate the needs of owners or occupants who rent and share living spaces. The new project, called Backyard, is “an initiative to prototype new ways that homes can be designed, built, and shared,” the company said in a news […]