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France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of US anger

Paris - France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

Cubans left frustrated by slow and costly internet rollout

Havana - Six months on from the euphoria that greeted full internet access for mobile phones on the communist-run island, frustrated Cubans complain it is too expensive, too slow and crippled by government censorship.

SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network

Washington - SpaceX has launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space in an array that could one day contain over 12,000 orbiting transponders.

NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge has two winners of $700K prize

In the third and final phase of the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, two teams met on May 1-4 in a head-to-head challenge at Caterpillar’s Demonstration and Learning Center in Edwards, Illinois, competing for a prize package totally $700,000.

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

San Francisco - "Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.

US ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from China's Huawei

Washington - The US upped pressure on Europe Wednesday to avoid turning to Huawei for 5G telecom infrastructure, with a top commander saying NATO forces would cease communicating with their German colleagues if Berlin teams up with the Chinese firm.

Elon Musk tweet may cost him job as Tesla CEO

New York - The standoff between US stock regulators and mercurial Tesla chief Elon Musk has taken a dramatic turn over a tweet that could cost the entrepreneur his job as CEO of the electric carmaker.

US to seek Huawei exec's extradition from Canada

Washington - The United States confirmed Tuesday that it plans to seek the extradition of Chinese telecom giant Huawei's finance director, who was detained in Canada on a US request, before a January 30 deadline.

Merkel says German 'Mittelstand' mustn't fall behind in AI race

Nuremberg - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Germany's vaunted "Mittelstand" must not fall behind in the digital era, as the economic powerhouse races to catch up to foreign rivals in new technologies like artificial intelligence.

China and the U.S. will eventually be parallel global AI leaders

China and the United States are locked in a new arms race for dominance in artificial intelligence (AI), a contest that may lead to geographical spheres of dominance.

Sinopé Technologies launches smart water leak protection system

Montreal - Quebec’s Sinopé Technologies has launched Sedna, a smart water leak protection system that works as a stand-alone, without requiring an intermediary or central management, even in the occurrence of a power or Internet failure.

Reagan hologram unveiled at museum dedicated to late US president

Simi Valley - The Ronald Reagan museum in California has brought the late president back to virtual life with a state of the art hologram.

France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Paris - France expressed solidarity with other Western powers Thursday night after they accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber-attacks, denouncing them as "serious and worrying". "The reported facts are serious and worrying.

Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth's rainforests, resources

San Francisco - In the Brazilian state of Para, every week, authorities receive alerts showing them which parts of the Amazon forest have been chopped down, with photos to back it up.

Government releases national Near-Earth Object preparedness plan

While the chance of a large asteroid hitting the Earth may be remote, the consequences would be catastrophic. The federal government released a new report today outlining the steps the nation will take to prevent or prepare the country for such an event.

French MPs back ban on mobile phones in schools

Paris - French lawmakers on Thursday approved a ban on the use of mobile phones in public schools, one of President Emmanuel Macron's campaign pledges which critics say will do little to end classroom disruptions or cyberbullying.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

Montr - Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence.

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

Paris - As Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg pursues a tour of Europe to explain his company's shortcomings involving the use of data and fake news, here is a roundup of the scandals.

Sweden puts out emergency war pamphlet amid Russia fears

Stockholm - The Swedish government on Monday presented an emergency pamphlet to prepare millions of citizens in the event of a war, natural disaster or cyber attack amid soaring tensions between Russia and the Western allies.

Wind power in U.K. continues to set records, overtaking nuclear

In the first three months of 2018, the U.K.'s wind farms made history, supplying more electricity than its eight nuclear power plants. And in another milestone, overnight on March 17, wind supplied almost half, 47 percent of Britain's electricity.

Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

San Francisco - Facebook, embattled in a scandal over the mishandling of user data, confirmed Monday that it also collected information from people beyond their social network use.

Top US court grapples with email warrant reaching across borders

Washington - US Supreme Court justices grappled Tuesday with the implications of a criminal warrant case involving Microsoft emails in a test for whether American justice can reach across international borders for digital evidence.

'RemoveDEBRIS' mission to test different ways to grab space junk

We track 18,000 objects orbiting the Earth, but only 1,100 are functioning spacecraft. Additionally, there are an estimated 750,000 more pieces of debris floating around, any of which could cause serious damage to a manned spacecraft.

The technologies behind providing clean water for rural India

A solar-powered filtration system could provide remote areas of India with clean drinking water for the first time. Researchers are developing a low-cost, low-energy technology to decontaminate sewage water in rural villages.

U.S. proposes spending $4 billion on driverless car technology

The U.S. government is sticking its neck out and officially giving driverless car technology a great big vote of confidence. The Obama administration is proposing that $3.9 billion be spent to accelerate acceptance of self-driving cars.

Op-Ed: 4 technologies that are revolutionizing the classroom

Until recently, dedicated educators across the globe were seeking new techniques and ways to engage students in the learning process.

New brain scan can read intent

"The potential for application of this technology--for people who are paralysed, for example--is very exciting. But there is also potential for invasion of privacy..."

US Export Control Concerns China

US plan to ban export of certain technologies to China because of its huge expenditure in military.

Green technologies on display at LA Auto Show

Innovative new designs and environmentally friendly vehicles take the stage as car manufacturers lift the veil on their latest machines at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
 

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