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Internet Archive heads to Canada to be ‘safe’

Washington, United States | AFP |  The Internet Archive, which keeps historical records of Web pages, is creating a new backup center in Canada, citing concerns about surveillance following the US presidential election of Donald Trump. “On November 9 in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical …

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Rule by tweet: Trump cultivates new ‘bully pulpit’

Washington, United States | AFP | US presidents are normally wary that their words alone can move armies and markets, but for President-elect Donald Trump, incendiary early morning tweet-bombs are a style of governance. Since his shock win on November 8, the septuagenarian mogul has used Twitter to wade neck-deep …

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Over half of world’s population does not use internet

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  More than half the world’s population does not use the internet, with prohibitive broadband costs keeping billions off line, a United Nations report said Tuesday. The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access and …

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Doctors use WhatsApp to find kin of India train survivors

Pukhrāyān, India | AFP |  Eight-year-old Sejal Yadav was pulled from the wreckage of a derailed train in northern India and rushed alone to hospital. Hours later she was reunited with her brother — thanks to WhatsApp. As survivors were rescued from the mangled carriages of the Indore-Patna Express on …

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Trump is ‘just the president’, says defiant fugitive Snowden

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Monday downplayed the importance of President-elect Donald Trump and again defended his decision to leak documents showing massive surveillance of US citizens’ communications. “Donald Trump is just the president. It’s an important position. But it’s one …

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Amazon video going global with rival to ‘Top Gear’

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Amazon is set to challenge Netflix worldwide with a massive expansion of its on-demand video streaming service featuring its remake of the BBC’s global hit “Top Gear.” Amazon Prime Video is currently available in Austria, Britain, Germany, Japan and the United States, with …

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Facebook authorizes $6 bn share buyback

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Facebook’s board of directors on Friday authorized spending as much as $6 billion to buy back shares in the leading social network. The stock repurchase program would go into effect at the start of next year, potentially allowing Facebook to take advantage of …

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Facebook buys facial recognition tech startup

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Facebook on Wednesday said that it has bought facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, potentially using the technology for photo or video effects to better challenge rival Snapchat. “How people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to …

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Huge cyber attack disrupts internet in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | A massive cyber attack targeting Liberia’s single broadband link has taken the country’s internet intermittently offline for the last week, web security experts said Friday. The characteristics of the attack point to the same type of cyber weapon that crippled several major websites based in …

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