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Day: January 3, 2019

Australian Police Google Maps Blunder ‘Missed Location of Body’

A missing Australian’s body could have been found 18 months earlier if searchers had not relied on incorrect Google Maps data, a coroner has said. Darrell Simon, 46, was last seen in November 2014 at his partner’s house about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane. Search crews scoured Mr Simon’s nearby rural property at the […]

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San Bernardino Shooting Lawsuits vs Facebook, Google, Twitter Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook, Google and Twitter liable to victims of the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California for letting Islamic State flourish on their social media platforms. In a decision late Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said the attack, which killed 14 […]

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Google Wins U.S. Approval for New Radar-Based Motion Sensor

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the […]

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New York New Year Drone Plan Scuppered by Rain

Police plans to fly a camera-equipped drone over New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City were ruined by rain. The NYPD had planned to use a surveillance drone to monitor the annual party in Times Square for the first time. But police chief Terence Monahan said the drone could not be safely deployed because […]

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NASA Spacecraft Sends Images of Icy Object Past Pluto

A NASA spacecraft traveling four billion miles from Earth has sent back its first close-up pictures of the most distant celestial object ever explored, and it looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, is an elongated body about 31 kilometres long, consisting of two fused-together spheres. NASA’s […]

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Tesla Shares Drop on Disappointing Quarterly Performance

Tesla shares have fallen after the electric carmaker revealed that it missed expectations for deliveries and will be cutting its vehicle prices by $2,000 in the US. The price cut, which will apply to Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars, is in response to a reduction in green tax credits. Tesla said it […]

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Netflix Removes Hasan Minhaj Comedy Episode After Saudi Demand

Netflix has removed from its streaming service in Saudi Arabia an episode of a comedy show critical of the kingdom. The second episode of Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj was removed following a legal demand, which reportedly said it violated a Saudi anti-cybercrime law. It features Minhaj mocking the actions of Saudi officials following the […]

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Apple Loses $50 B in Market Value After Tech Giant Warns of Rare Revenues Miss

Apple has fallen victim to the Asian contagion, according to CEO Tim Cook as sales in China plummeted. Shares of the iPhone maker cratered nearly 8 percent in extended trading Wednesday — knocking some $50 billion off the market cap after the company took the unusual step of cutting its revenue guidance. In a letter […]

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Net’s Founding Father Dr Larry Roberts Dies Aged 81

American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81. In the late 1960s, he ran the part of the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) given the job of creating a computer network called Arpanet. He also recruited engineers to build and test the hardware and […]

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