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Facebook to pay $5 mln to local journalists in newsletter push

Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday said it will give $5 million to pay local journalists in multiyear deals as part of its new publishing platform to help independent writers attract an audience and make money through the social media network. The move is part of Facebook’s answer to the trend of email newsletters, led by platforms like Substack, as it ...

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China launches first module of new space station

China has launched the first module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space program. The Tianhe module was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B Y2 rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022. Currently, the only space station in orbit is the International Space Station (ISS), ...

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Russia launches new batch of UK telecom satellites into space

A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East on Monday carrying 36 UK telecommunications and internet satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said. OneWeb, a London-headquartered company, is working to complete the construction of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world. The company is competing ...

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Astronauts arrive at pad for SpaceX flight on used rocket

Four astronauts arrived at their launch pad early Friday morning for a SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, the company’s third bon voyage for a NASA crew in under a year. The two Americans, one French and one Japanese astronaut climbed into white gull-winged Teslas for the ride to their rocket, all courtesy of Elon Musk’s companies. Musk met ...

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NASA to launch Rhodes College satellite into space

Rhodes College in Tennessee says NASA will launch into space a small satellite being designed and built at the liberal arts school. The Memphis-based college said in a news release that the satellite is among 14 small research satellites chosen by NASA for the 2021 CubeSat Launch Initiative. The 4-inch by 4-inch by 4-inch (10-centimeter by 10-centimeter by 10-centimeter) satellite ...

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Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth.   The space agency is ...

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2 Russian cosmonauts, NASA astronaut return from International Space Station

Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut touched down Saturday on the steppe of Kazakhstan following a half-year mission on the International Space Station, footage broadcast by the Russian space agency showed. Russia’s Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov as well as NASA’s Kate Rubins landed on barren land at 0455 GMT around 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of the town ...

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Google doodle celebrateing Pahela Baishakh

Search engine giant Google is celebrating Bangla New Year Pahela Baishakh. Replacing its regular home page graphic, google introduced a special doodle featuring mask of Mangal Shobhajatra. The doodle, made visible early Wednesday. Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, ...

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Muslim civil rights group sues Facebook over hate speech

A civil rights group is suing Facebook and its executives, saying CEO Mark Zuckerberg made “false and deceptive” statements to Congress when he said the giant social network removes hate speech and other material that violates its rules. The lawsuit, filed by Muslim Advocates in Washington, D.C., Superior Court on Thursday, claims Zuckerberg and other senior executives “have engaged in ...

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Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers. The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. The availability of the data set was ...

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