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New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook. Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for nearly all its users, abandoning its iconic 140-character limit for tweets. And
Twitter doubles character limit to 280 for (nearly) everyone
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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it's ending its iconic 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters. Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters. The company says 9
Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid
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CAIRO (AP) — Scientists say they have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs. In an article published in the journal Nature on
Facebook ads: Social media giant announces new transparency
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site. Executives for the social media company said Friday they will verify political ad buyers in
Russia's RT says Twitter pushed it for ads before election
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state-owned television station RT says Twitter had pushed it to spend millions on advertising ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The San Francisco company had announced Thursday that it would ban ads from RT and Sputnik, two state-sponsored Russian news outlets
Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works - just too slowly
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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect — although that finding comes with a major caveat. Once a story receives a false rating from a fact-checker, Facebook says, subsequent "impressions" can fall off by
MVR 450 for the Passport Card
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Maldives Immigration has said that the fee for the new Passport Card is MVR 450. Immigration said that the card will be issued for citizens who have acquired the E-Passport after 2016 and new applicants for the E-Passport. The Passport Card can be used to travel abroad according to
Toshiba, Bain executives join to push for memory-chips sale
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YOKKAICHI, Japan (AP) — The heads of Toshiba's memory chip business and Bain Capital, the investment fund buying it, said Friday they hope to close the deal by March despite persisting opposition from Toshiba's U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital. Appearing with Toshiba Memory Chief
NASA using asteroid's close flyby to test warning network
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is using an asteroid's close flyby to test Earth's warning network for incoming space rocks. The small asteroid was on track to pass within 27,200 miles (43,800 kilometers) of Antarctica early Thursday. Program scientist Michael Kelley said that's "pretty
Apple teams with Steven Spielberg on video expansion
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is teaming up with award-winning director Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. The iPhone maker is bringing back Spielberg's 30-year-old anthology series "Amazing Stories" in its attempt to build an online video subscription service to
Nobel prize cites finding of ripples in fabric of universe
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists on Tuesday won a Nobel Physics Prize for their roles in detecting faint ripples flying through the universe — gravitational waves predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein that provide a new understanding of the universe. Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences
Ooredoo Managing Director resigns from board
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Managing Director of Ooredoo Maldives, Vikram Sinha has resigned from the comapany's board of directors. The resignation of Vikram Sinha, also the former CEO of Ooredoo Maldives, was announced at the Annual General Meeting of the company on Sunday night. Speaking to the press after the
Google drops
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NEW YORK (AP) — Google will try to help newspapers and other publishers boost subscriptions by ending a decade-old policy that required them to provide a limited amount of free content before people were asked to pay for it. The "first click free" policy at the world's biggest search engine
SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications. At a conference in Australia on Friday, Musk said if you build a ship capable of going to the moon and Mars, why not use it for high-speed
Amazon turns up the volume on rivals with Echo price cut
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SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon will head into the holiday shopping season with a simple wish list: It wants voice-controlled devices featuring its digital assistant Alexa to become as ubiquitous in people's homes as televisions. The online retailer is slashing prices to undercut Google, introducing
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