Technology and Money

Boeing's 737 Max 8: All about the aircraft, flight ban and investigations     – CNET
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The 737 Max 8 has had two deadly crashes in five months. Now President Trump has weighed in, and the plane is grounded.

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Can't update status? Facebook and Instagram are down     – CNET
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Facebook says it’s working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

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Shading the planet doesn’t have to come with rainfall side-effects
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Enlarge (credit: Caetano Candal Sato) It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming. Then again, injecting a bunch of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and warming the planet was pretty drastic, too. The key to thinking sensibly about this […]

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Google Play apps with 150 million installs contain aggressive adware
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Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images) Researchers have identified a massive adware campaign that invaded the official Google Play market with more than 200 highly aggressive apps that were collectively downloaded almost 150 million times. The 210 apps discovered by researchers from security firm Checkpoint Software bombarded users with ads, even when an app wasn’t […]

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Periscope details plan to cut down on spam and fake activity
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Periscope, the livestreaming app owned by Twitter, is banning fake engagement on the platform. This includes fake hearts, chats, followers, and views. In a Medium post, the company told users to expect an "increase in enforcement actions" as the poli…

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Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition series review: Budget-friendly TV bets big on Alexa and Prime video     – CNET
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The Amazon Fire TV Edition sets from Toshiba and Insignia are inexpensive and feature an excellent built-in smart TV system. So how to they compare to Roku?

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Blind users can now explore photos by touch with Microsoft’s Seeing AI
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Microsoft’s Seeing AI is an app that lets blind and limited-vision folks convert visual data into audio feedback, and it just got a useful new feature. Users can now use touch to explore the objects and people in photos. It’s powered by machine learning, of course, specifically object and scene recognition. All you need to […]

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CXA, a health-focused digital insurance startup, raises $25M
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CXA Group, a Singapore-based startup that helps make insurance more accessible and affordable, has raised $25 million for expansion in Asia and later into Europe and North America. The startup takes a unique route to insurance. Rather than going to consumers directly, it taps corporations to offer their employees health flexible options. That’s to say […]

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Netflix to double down on Bandersnatch-like films, says report     – CNET
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It’s not just for science fiction. Comedy and romance films may also get the interactive, choose-your-own-storyline treatment.

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