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Zuckerberg urged to ditch version of Instagram for pre-teens

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Advocates for children from around the world are urging Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to ditch plans for a version of Instagram geared toward pre-teens. Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among nearly 100 groups and individuals from North America, Europe, Africa and Australia to… Read

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Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

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Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the nation’s fair trade watchdog, which has been prosecuting Google for broader alleged breaches of… Read

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Rakuten Mobile, Tokyo Institute of Technology to collaborate on 5G networks

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Rakuten Mobile Inc and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) on Friday announced the completion of a basic agreement to jointly collaborate on 5G networks. The two will begin work toward trials utilizing 5G networks, as well as collaborate with the Super Smart Society Promotion Consortium established by Tokyo Tech,… Read

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Apple backs far-reaching emissions disclosure rules

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Apple Inc has called for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require companies to disclose far-reaching emissions information such as how customers use their products, according to a tweet from Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson. The comments by the iPhone maker mark the most specific prescription to date… Read

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Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

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The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world. The tool unveiled Thursday is rolling out in what is being billed as the… Read

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Late Nintendo president's book outlines vision for company

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Nintendo's late president Satoru Iwata oversaw the video-game maker's global growth as Super Mario and Pokemon became household names. "Ask Iwata" was published after his death from cancer in 2015 at age 55. This month, VIZ Media is publishing the English translation of the book, which came out in Japanese… Read

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UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022

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Lunar exploration company ispace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion in the space exploration business to diversify its economy. The UAE is using its space program to develop its scientific and technological… Read

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Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity

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To understand President Joe Biden's challenge in taming a semiconductor shortage bedeviling automakers and other industries, consider a chip supplied by a U.S. firm for Hyundai Motor Co's new electric vehicle, the IONIQ 5. Production of the chip, a camera image sensor designed by On Semiconductor, begins at a factory… Read

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Hey Siri, when is Apple's next event? April 20

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Siri, Apple Inc's virtual assistant, might have spilled the beans by telling users on Tuesday that the iPhone maker is going to host a special event on April 20. Siri, who is proficient at stone walling curious Apple fans quizzing it about new products and upcoming events by re-directing them… Read

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Fortnite maker Epic Games valued at $28.7 bil in funding round

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The U.S. company behind video game sensation Fortnite said Tuesday that it was valued at $28.7 billion in a round of funding from investors including PlayStation maker Sony. Epic Games announced that it raised $1 billion, with $200 million of that coming from Sony. The Japan-based video game and consumer… Read

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