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  • Hunt for Shoppers: Luxury Brands Raising Stakes on Instagram
    2019-06-07 16:10:35 UTC

    PARIS (Reuters) - Big-spending luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior are splashing out on everything from dance-fuelled fashion shows to teams of advisers as they target social media platforms in the hunt for young shoppers. Without the entry barriers of magazine advertising - where a one page glossy ad can cost...
  • Apple wants its login button above Google and Facebook
    2019-06-05 05:23:38 UTC

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will ask developers to position a new “Sign on with Apple” button in iPhone and iPad apps above rival buttons from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc, according to design guidelines released this week. The move to give Apple prime placement is significant because users often select the default or top option...
  • Dutchman Travels Across 33 Countries on Electric Car
    2019-04-18 22:49:36 UTC

    Dutchman Wiebe Wakker on Sunday ended a 95,000 kilometer (59,000 mile) electric car journey that he hoped would show the world the viability of such vehicles. Wakker arrived in the eastern Australian city of Sydney after driving his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed "The Blue Bandit" across 33 countries including Turkey, Iran, India...
  • Facebook Bans White Nationalism and Separatism on Its Platforms
    2019-03-27 18:01:14 UTC

    <p>(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday announced a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on its social media platforms, furthering its efforts to tackle hate speech.&nbsp;</p><p>These bans will be enforced next week, the social media giant said in a blog <a href="
  • Chinese Company to Sell Popular Dating App Grindr
    2019-03-27 17:54:06 UTC

    (Reuters) - Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd is seeking to sell Grindr LLC, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a U.S. government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the matter. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (...
  • Scientists' evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard'
    2019-02-25 18:33:18 UTC

    OSLO (Reuters) - Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite...
  • Germany to Accelerate Development of Autonomous Driving
    2019-01-23 18:33:15 UTC

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s top carmakers including BMW and Volkswagen are looking at ways to speed up development of the next generation of self-driving cars, possibly by even working together, as tech giant Google forges ahead with plans to mass produce such vehicles. Carmakers and tech companies have been in a race to develop...
  • China's Chang'e-4 Probe Touched Down on Far Side of Moon
    2019-01-06 05:35:05 UTC

    China's Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday morning. The successful "soft landing" marks a groundbreaking development in space exploration, being the first time that a spacecraft has landed on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth. Chang'e-4, which is named a...
  • China’s Population to Reach 1.442 Billion in 2029
    2019-01-06 05:03:07 UTC

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of “unstoppable” decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday. The world’s most populous country must now draw up policies to try to cope with a declining labor force and a rapidly age...
  • Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change
    2018-11-25 02:46:14 UTC

    (Reuters) - Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U...
  • Scientists show how toxoplasmosis parasite hides away in the brain
    2018-11-13 17:21:30 UTC

    <h3>Scientists have shown how the toxoplasmosis parasite hides away in the brain, altering synapses and potentially causing depression, schizophrenia and autism.</h3> Mice infected with toxoplasmosis parasites behave strangely: They lose their natural fear of cats. Presented with the smell of cat urine, they even seem attracted to...
  • Parkinson's may get its start not in brain but in appendix
    2018-10-31 21:29:40 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers reported Wednesday. Why? A peek at surg...
  • European lawmakers vote to ban single-use plastics
    2018-10-25 19:15:10 UTC

    European lawmakers have approved measures to reduce plastics polluting seas and oceans. A proposed ban targets the top 10 single-use plastic products that litter Europe's beaches. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved measures that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton swabs and disposable...
  • Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts
    2018-10-12 17:50:55 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts as part of the security breach disclosed two weeks ago. The exact number hadn’t been known before. Originally Facebook said 50 million accounts could have been affected, but Facebook didn’t know if they had been misused. The hackers accessed name, email ...
  • Dominated by men: Amazon scraps tool that showed bias against women
    2021-12-22 19:38:15 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc’s (AMZN.O) machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women. The team had been building computer programs since 2014 to review job applicants’ resumes with the aim of mechanizing the search for top talent, five people familiar with the effort t...
  • Laser Trio Win Nobel Prize In Physics
    2018-10-02 18:38:17 UTC

    STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for breakthroughs in laser technology that have turned light beams into precision tools for everything from eye surgery to micro-machining. They include the first female physics prize winner in 55 years. ...
  • Green crabs from Nova Scotia threaten coastal ecosystem
    2018-09-19 05:21:29 UTC

    BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink. Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal...
  • Florence: US Facing the Challenges of Climate Change
    2018-09-12 00:11:05 UTC

    Hurricane Florence is moving relentlessly toward the Southeastern U.S. It's a large, powerful cyclone that will likely bring storm surge and high winds to coastal communities. But climate scientists say one of the biggest threats posed by Florence is rain. "Freshwater flooding poses the greatest risk to life," explains James Koss...
  • Mercedes-Benz launches 'all-electric SUV with 450 km range'
    2018-09-04 18:13:12 UTC

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mercedes showed on Tuesday how it is “aggressively” gunning for top spot in upscale battery cars market currently dominated by Tesla, as it unveiled the EQC, its first fully electric car, at an event in Stockholm. The event marks the start of the German onslaught against the American upstart and showcased a SUV...
  • Germany to end its reliance on 'cyber security' from US
    2018-08-30 00:21:47 UTC

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany announced a new agency on Wednesday to fund research on cyber security and to end its reliance on digital technologies from the United States, China and other countries. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters that Germany needed new tools to become a top player in cyber security and shore up Europ...
  • Trump’s ‘unmitigated crap’ on California wildfires
    2018-08-07 21:23:33 UTC

    U.S. President Donald Trump has weighed in on the California wildfires. But it wasn’t to express condolences for the victims or to praise the incredible bravery of firefighters — it was to try to score political points. And he did so by badly twisting the science of how wildfires work. In a now-deleted tweet, Trump blamed “bad envir...
  • Apple became the first $1 trillion listed US company
    2018-08-02 18:06:54 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on Thursday, crowning a decade-long rise fueled by its ubiquitous iPhone that transformed it from a niche player in personal computers into a global powerhouse spanning entertainment and communications. The tech company’s stock jumped 2.8 perce...
  • Detection of water on Mars by italian scientists
    2018-07-25 22:26:02 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km...
  • Volkswagen offers carsharing service with electric vehicles
    2018-07-04 19:11:31 UTC

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to start offering car sharing services using fully electric vehicles in German cities next year as part of efforts to serve consumers who don’t want to buy their own vehicles. Its offering will compete in its home market with DriveNow and Car2Go, the soon-to-be-merged carsharing services of BM...
  • Mars: Earth’s neighbor may have harbored life
    2018-06-07 19:30:00 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth’s neighbor may have harbored life. But National Aeronautics and Space Administration scienti...