Saturday, December 9, 2023

Science & Technology

How worried should we be about the pneumonia outbreak in China?

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW Sydney; Ashley Quigley, UNSW Sydney; Haley Stone, UNSW Sydney, and Rebecca Dawson, UNSW Sydney Reports of a surge in pneumonia-like illness primarily affecting children in northern...

Opposition leaders, journalists receive warning from Apple about ‘state-sponsored’ attack on phone

Several leaders of non-BJP parties and journalists have said that they have received a notification from Apple, saying that “Apple believes you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers who are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID ….”

Meta bans ‘Eye on Palestine’, Instagram account with over 6.1 million followers

The “Eye on Palestine” account, which has more than six million followers on Instagram and focuses on sharing content from Palestine, went dark on Wednesday.

Palestinian digital rights group says 103,000 instances of hate speech in Hebrew since October 7

7amleh, a non-profit organization that advocates for Palestinian digital rights, has documented over 103,000 instances of hate speech...

Nobel prize in physics awarded for work unveiling the secrets of electrons

Amelle Zaïr, King's College London The 2023 Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists...

Record number of countries enforced internet blackouts in 2022, India single “biggest offender” for fifth time

India emerged as the single “biggest offender” for a fifth consecutive year, with at least 84 internet blackouts in 2022.

Anti reservationist ChatGPT? Uncovering racial biases in AI tools

I then asked about the caste-based reservation system. The response I received was typical of a "Savarna Merit guy": It claimed that “caste-based reservation systems can be seen as discriminatory and not promoting equal opportunity. These systems may perpetuate existing social and economic inequalities, rather than addressing them.”
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How Draft Telecommunication Bill 2022 fails to protect the right to privacy?

The new draft telecommunication Bill by Union of India heightened scope for state surveillance and monitoring.

Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of its workforce

The Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Wednesday it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, as it doubled down on its risky metaverse bet amid a crumbling advertising market and decades-high inflation, Reuters reported.
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How Twitter became Elon’s: Timeline of Twitter’s takeover

To jog your memories and take you through the incidents that became the building blocks of this deal, here is a timeline of 2022’s most exciting takeover

Elon Musk takes control of Twitter, fires top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal

Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal is among executives planning to depart as Elon Musk completes his $44 billion deal to take over the social network, Bloomberg reported.
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WhatsApp services back up after major outage

WhatsApp services are back online hours after millions of social media users across the globe were unable to send or receive messages.

Nobel prize: physicists share prize for insights into the spooky world of quantum mechanics

Robert Young, Lancaster University The 2022 Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists for pioneering experiments in quantum mechanics, the theory covering the micro-world of...
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5G services launched in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially announced the launch of 5G in select cities starting today.

Earth harbours 20 quadrillion ants and they weigh more than wild birds, mammals combined: Research

Have you ever wondered exactly how many ants live on Earth? Possibly not, but it’s certainly a question we’ve asked ourselves.
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Twitter starts long-awaited edit button for paid subscribers

Twitter will launch a widely requested edit button for its paid subscribers in the coming weeks, the social media company said Thursday.

Heatwave: why extreme weather forecasts have improved so much

Rob Thompson, University of Reading The UK has recorded its hottest ever temperature, passing 40℃ for the first time. But you can’t deny it had fair warning. The Met Office...
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