November 19, 2019

WhatsApp imposes new limits on forwarding to fight fake news

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By Laura Byager From Mashable WhatsApp is imposing new limits to the number of times you can forward messages and content on the platform.   The Facebook-owned messaging service has been imposing restrictions on its sharing functions since several instances of deadly mob violence in Indiawere linked to fake news articles shared widely on the platform.  […]

UK: Brexit: Sam Gyimah says another referendum may be only option

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From BBC The minister who resigned over Theresa May’s Brexit strategy says another referendum may be the only option if MPs reject the deal. Science and universities minister Sam Gyimah quit after Mrs May pulled the UK out of the EU’s Galileo sat-nav system, following a row with Brussels. He said the decision showed the […]

Absolute moo-nit: Look at this really big cow

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BY CHLOE BRYAN From Mashable Friends, gather round. We’d like you to look at this really big cow (OK, steer) named Knickers, who is six feet, three inches tall and currently dwarfing his peers on a farm in Western Australia. Knickers, a seven-year-old Holstein Friesian, who was originally purchased to lead other cattle around, currently […]

California wildfires: Is smoke the most dangerous side-effect?

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From BBC As firefighters work endlessly to control California’s raging fires, experts warn of long-term damage from wildfire smoke that could affect millions. The fires have burned through over 200,000 acres, blanketing parts of California with clouds of thick smoke. So what are the biggest impacts of wildfires and why is the western US state […]

Young people are the loneliest age group but smartphones aren’t to blame

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BY LAURA BYAGER From Mashable Youth is a period most often associated with great promise, many possibilities, and an overall sense of freedom. But, youth can also be a time in life when many of us feel very lonely. A new major survey of over 55,000 people conducted by the BBC found that the loneliest […]

BBC journalist dies of cancer several days after statement

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Associate Press Frpm AJC LONDON — Rachael Bland, a BBC radio journalist, has died of breast cancer several days after she announced on social media that her death was near. She was 40. Bland’s family said that she died early Wednesday. Her husband and 2-year-old son said on Twitter that “we are crushed but she would […]

Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

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From BBC About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased. Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of the worst-hit areas. Helicopters also brought much-needed supplies to communities cut off by two weeks of incessant rain. […]

Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island

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From BBC Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left nearly 100 people dead. Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror, with thousands of buildings damaged, and power and communication lines cut. Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from […]

Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown

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From BBC A 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada’s largest city, police say. Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters. The suspect, […]

Gadget of the week

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The BBC has a new app to counter Spotify and Apple Music By Nick Summers, From engadget BBC Sounds will replace the iPlayer Radio app later this year. The BBC has a problem. For almost a century, the British broadcaster has run a variety of national and regional radio stations to great effect in the […]