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Facebook plans to change its name: Report

Social media giant Facebook is planning to rebrand itself with a new name next week, the Verge reported on Tuesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about the name change at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28, but it could be unveiled sooner, the Verge reported. ...

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Zuckerberg loses $6 billion in hours as Facebook outage

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal wealth has fallen by more than $6 billion in a few hours, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world’s richest people, after a whistleblower came forward and outages took Facebook Inc.’s flagship products offline. A selloff sent the social-media giant’s stock plummeting 4.9% on Monday, adding to a drop of about 15% since ...

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp all go down

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage. The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working, reports UK based the Independent. Andy Stone, ...

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5G service will be launched in December: Mustafa Jabbar

The 5G service will be launched in the capital Dhaka in December next on experimental basis. It may be formally launched on the Digital Bangladesh Day on December 12, or on the Victory Day on December 16. The government-owned telecom operator Teletalk will introduce 5G technology in the country, said Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Saturday.

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SpaceX capsule with all-civilian crew splashes down safely

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, parachuted into calm seas around 7 pm EDT, shortly before sunset, following an automated re-entry descent, SpaceX ...

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Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day mission

Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth Friday after completing the country’s longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing’s drive to become a major space power. The capsule carrying the trio deployed its parachute and landed in the Gobi desert at 1:34 pm local time (0534 GMT). “It feels very good to be back!,” Tang Hongbo told state broadcaster CCTV ...

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4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s bankrolling the entire trip. He’s taking two sweepstakes winners with him on the three-day, round-the-world trip, along with a health care ...

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WhatsApp hit with record €225m fine for breaching EU privacy regulations

WhatsApp has been fined a record €225m (£193m) after it was found to have breached EU data protection rules. An investigation by Ireland’s privacy watchdog found that the company broke stringent regulations in relation to transparency of data shared with other companies also owned by parent firm Facebook. The Data Protection Commission said on Thursday it was also ordering WhatsApp ...

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SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station

A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, report AP. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade. A recycled Falcon rocket blasted into the predawn sky from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. After hoisting the Dragon capsule, the ...

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Russia postpones lunar mission over ‘problems during testing’

Russia revealed Tuesday it postponed its first mission to the moon’s surface in decades as a result of “problems” encountered during tests of the Luna-25 spacecraft. The country’s space agency Roscosmos announced last week that the mission — originally scheduled for October 1 — from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East had been moved to May 2022. The Luna-25 ...

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