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Space telescope launches on quest for planets that could support life

USA: A NASA satellite has embarked on a quest for planets where life might exist. Propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket supplied by private firm SpaceX, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) hurtled off of a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida and into its search for so-called “exoplanets”, or worlds capable of potentially supporting life. The launch followed a …

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Apple Confirms All Macs and iOS Devices Are Affected by ‘Meltdown’ Chip Flaw

Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

Nepalayatimes Apple Inc. said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.   The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box has Meltdown but …

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After Finding It Had the Opposite Effect, Facebook Is Dropping Its Fake News Red Flag Warning

Nepalayatimes Facebook is discontinuing its “fake news” alert feature, after discovering that the initiative, which was intended to identify and stop the spread of misinformation on the platform, was sometimes backfiring. Instead of a red warning icon, the company will offer users additional related and fact-checked content in the hope of drawing readers toward more reliable news sources, according to …

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Facebook launches parent-controlled Messenger app for kids

ASSOCIATED PRESS USA: Facebook is initiating a messaging app for children so they can communicate with their parents and parent-approved friends. The free Messenger Kids app is linked to parents’ Facebook accounts. Only parents will be able to connect friends or delete messages. It’s initiating on Monday in the US, initially on Apple devices.   Kids under 13 can’t be …

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Arabian Sea-based Ockhi cyclone affects weather in Nepal

Nepayatimes The effect of the Arabian Sea-based cyclone Ockhi has begun to appear in the Nepali sky. Meteorological Forecasting Division said the Ockhi cyclone-formed clouds entered Nepal yesterday from the western parts and spread across the country today. According to meteorologist at the MFD Suvash Rimal, though moisture in cloud seems very low, brief rain in hilly and Tarai regions, …

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Firefox chooses Google as default search engine, surprises Yahoo

Reuters: lphabet Inc’s Google became the default search engine on Mozilla Corp’s Firefox net browser within the usa and other areas as the browser maker surprised Verizon communique Inc’s Yahoo with the aid of canceling their deal. the search company switch comes as Mozilla launched Firefox Quantum, a quicker, new edition of the browser that business enterprise says is “30 …

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Twitter Says It Will start Labeling Political Ads Following a USA Administrative Threat

Reuters San Francisco: Twitter said on Tuesday it would add names to race related ads and say who is behind each of them, after a risk of direction from the United States over the absence of revelation for political spending via web-based networking media. Twitter, acting a month after Facebook propelled a comparable redesign of political promotions, said in a …

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