Sci-Tech

Twitter moves to reduce reach of ‘state-affiliated’ media

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Twitter on Thursday unveiled new steps to curb the spread of content from “state-affiliated media” used to advance a government’s political agenda. The US social platform said it would add new labels to these accounts …

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Trump says his comments blocked by Facebook were ‘perfect’

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted that his comment about children being nearly immune to the coronavirus — which Facebook and Twitter blocked for being false — was “perfect.” It was “a perfect statement, a statement …

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Hawaii high school students discover asteroid passing near Earth

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Since July 20, High school students Esken Guarin and Jed Teagarden have been monitoring an asteroid 65 feet (20 meters) in diameter that appeared to pass close to Earth. …

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Facebook challenges YouTube with licensed music videos

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Facebook on Friday added licensed music videos to the social network in the US, challenging YouTube for the attention of online audiences. Facebook said users will be able to “come together” around official music videos, …

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US accuses Chinese hackers of seeking to steal COVID vaccine research

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Two Chinese nationals have been indicted for seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and intellectual property from hundreds of companies in the United States and other countries, the US Justice Department said Tuesday. Li Xiaoyu, 34, …

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Facebook slaps disclaimer on Trump post on mail voting

  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Facebook placed an informational disclaimer Tuesday on a post from President Donald Trump claiming mail-in voting would lead to a “corrupt” election. The move, without removing the post, appears to follow through on the social network …

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Passenger screening technology provider selected for Hawaii airports

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has selected NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc., to provide thermal temperature screening and facial imaging technology …

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Tumbleweed-like algae recently discovered northwest of Hawaiian Islands, invading marine habitats

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – A newly-identified, fast-growing species of algae poses a major threat to coral reefs and the ocean ecosystem. The species was discovered in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument by a …

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Observatories atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea discover distant celestial body powered by massive black hole

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Researchers from three observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island, namely the W.M. Keck Observatory, Gemini Observatory and University of Hawaii (UH)-owned United Kingdom Infrared …

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Fake COVID-19 tracing app with ransomware discovered

By Thomas I. Likness EBC Edmonton Bureau EDMONTON (Eagle News) — Scammers never sleep and their latest target is Canada’s COVID-19 tracing app, a cybersecurity company said Wednesday. ESET said two fake websites that look like official Canadian government sites …

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New chips to bring Mac computers into iPhone ecosystem

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Apple said Monday it would build its own chips to power its Mac computers to create a “common architecture” that integrates them into the same ecosystem as the iPhone and iPad. The news came at …

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Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Microsoft said Monday it was throwing in the towel on its livestream gaming platform and teaming up with Facebook to better compete with rivals like Amazon-owned Twitch. Microsoft Mixer will be shuttered on July 22, …

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