Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, after business spin-off, for $52.4B

Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, after business spin-off, for $52.4B

The Walt Disney Co. is acquiring most of 21st Century Fox Inc. for $52.4 billion in stock, Disney announced this morning. Fox will spin off and retain some of its properties, including Fox News, but Disney would own Fox’s substantial film and TV empires. “The acquisition of this stellar collection...

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TECH | Galaxy growth in a massive halo in the first billion years of cosmic history

TECH | Galaxy growth in a massive halo in the first billion years of cosmic history

Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scientists had previously thought. The two galaxies, first discovered by the South Pole Telescope at NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, were massive and star-filled...

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TECH | Engineers 3-D print a ‘living tattoo’

TECH | Engineers 3-D print a ‘living tattoo’

New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time. Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySummary:Engineers have devised a 3-D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells. The cells are engineered to light up in response to a variety of stimuli. When...

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TECH | Facebook launches Messenger App targeting children below 13 years.

TECH | Facebook launches Messenger App targeting children below 13 years.

For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13, with its “Messenger Kids” app. It released a limited preview of the app to Apple users in the US. The company said although the app targets children, it comes with strict parental controls as they can monitor their kid’s...

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TECH | Twitter is paralysed by Trump’s tweeting

TECH | Twitter is paralysed by Trump’s tweeting

Once again, Twitter finds itself between a rock and a far-right place. Donald Trump’s retweeting of Britain First’s Jayda Fransen on Wednesday was a truly shocking moment. The British Prime Minister said it was “wrong”. It contributed, as one US news site put it, to Trump’s “darkest day” as President. Yet as...

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TECH | Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

TECH | Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones. The...

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TECH | Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

TECH | Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

Uber has revealed that 2.7 million British riders and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach that it covered up for more than a year. A total of 57 million worldwide had data exposed in the breach, but the firm had not specified how many were UK-based before. The stolen information...

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Tech | Apple rushes to fix major password bug

Tech | Apple rushes to fix major password bug

Apple has said it is working to fix a serious bug within its Mac operating system. The flaw in MacOS High Sierra – the most recent version – makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights. “We are...

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TECH | Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

TECH | Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children. Investigations by the BBC and the Times found tens of thousands of “predatory” accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children’s videos. Problems with the video-sharing site’s reporting...

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TECH | The chatbot taking on Seattle’s sex trade

TECH | The chatbot taking on Seattle’s sex trade

Its creators say the bot is most effective when it poses as a 15-year-old girl. You can find “her” number within fake messages placed alongside real ads on websites popular with those looking to buy sex. Naive and innocent, the bot will tell you she is nervous and check that...

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