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Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked in Bangladesh

Facebook, Viber, and WhatsApp have been banned in Bangladesh, something that reportedly lead to a brief loss of total Internet access across the country. Though some users are getting past the ban, most in Bangladesh can no longer use Messenger or the two other messaging services. The nation's government had ordered ISPs to block access to the services in an effort to stop "criminals" from messaging each other through them.

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Report: ocean dead zones tied to abrupt warming

Report: ocean dead zones tied to abrupt warming

The ocean is full of so-called dead zones — that is, areas where low oxygen levels resulted in a lack of marine life. A new study from the National Science Foundation points toward “abrupt ocean warming” and the formation of these dead zones, a clear tie between the two that has thus far been lacking. These historical warming periods happened about 14,700 and 11,500 years ago in the North Pacific, and raises concerns that warming ocean temperatures could cause dead zones to expand in the future.

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Uber adds business profiles to keep your worlds apart

Uber adds business profiles to keep your worlds apart

Work during the day, have fun during the night. If you’re using Uber to get around, it represents the point of the day where your two worlds collide — and that can be a problem, depending on your need to keep business expenses organized. To help users keep their worlds apart, the ridesharing service has introduced business profiles, which riders can create for use exclusively with work-related trips, leaving personal rides in their own category.

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Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook back in hot water after Safety Check ignores Mali

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature immediately following the attacks in Paris, representing the first time the social network's tool was used for something other than a natural disaster. The company was heavily criticized for doing so, not because the tool isn't useful, but because Facebook didn't activate it for previous similar attacks elsewhere, such as Lebanon. This highlighted a bias in the company, according to critics, which Facebook dismissed. However, as a harrowing attack took place in Mali, Safety Check remained inactive.

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Miners find largest diamond of the century

Miners find largest diamond of the century

Miners in Botswana have discovered the largest diamond unearthed in the last 100 years, it has been announced. The Canadian mining firm Lucara was behind the operation; according to the company, the diamond is a 1,111 carat stone, and was discovered in a consistently fruitful central northern mine in Botswana. The previous largest discovery was rated at 603 carat.

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Researchers develop health tracker for guide dogs

Researchers develop health tracker for guide dogs

Guide dogs have an important job, one that involves keeping calm even if they’re distressed. For that reason, as well as obvious ones, it can be difficult for the blind to monitor their dog’s state of health. Researchers have tackled this problem by developing a new tracking technology that monitors a guide dog’s heart rate and breathing and presents the information to its handler.

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Oxford Dictionaries picks crying emoji as word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries picks crying emoji as word of the year

Get ready to feel old, or confused, or crotchety, or any number of the things people are expressing about Oxford Dictionaries’ new word of the year — it’s an emoji. Not the word ‘emoji,’ but rather an emoji, a pictograph that is not, in the strictest sense, a word. Linguists have waxed poetically about the interesting twist emoji brings to language, and Oxford's newest selection only serves to underscore that unique evolution.

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Twitter’s quietly testing more emoji reactions

Twitter’s quietly testing more emoji reactions

A couple weeks ago, Twitter threw its users off a touch by replacing stars, that is “Favorites”, with new hearts, which represent “Likes.” People complained, as people tend to do, some bringing up good points: “liking” is for Facebook and hearts are for Instagram, and clicking a heart seems to convey something different — and less appropriate — than clicking a star in most cases. As an apparent solution, Twitter is testing other emoji reactions.

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Facebook on why Safety Check activated for Paris, but not others

Facebook on why Safety Check activated for Paris, but not others

In 2014, Facebook introduced a tool called Safety Check that makes it easier for those within a disaster region to notify others about their safety status. Safety Check was spawned from lessons Facebook learned during 2011's tragic tsunami in Japan, and it has continued to exist since then, but has been limited to natural disaster situations…that is, until the recent and tragic attacks that took place in Paris. Immediately after the attacks, Facebook made the quick decision to activate Safety Check for those in France, as well, generating ample controversy in doing so.

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Alzheimer’s drug surprises researchers, reverses aging in mice

Alzheimer’s drug surprises researchers, reverses aging in mice

Researchers with the Salk Institute of Biological Studies stumbled across unexpected anti-aging effects when working with an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment drug called J147. Unlike common methods for treating Alzheimer’s, which are largely ineffective, the drug candidate works by targeting old age, the biggest risk factor when it comes to the disease. The drug was demonstrated to be successful at preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s in mice, and it also made the mice younger.

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Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

Facebook activates Safety Check for human disasters

The recent events that transpired in Paris left many, both in France and around the world, stunned and worried about the safety of their family and friends in affected areas. As before, when traditional media and governments are unable to provide information fast enough, people have taken to social media not just to air their condemnation of the inhumane actions and support for victims and their kin, they also use it to tell others that they are safe. That is why Facebook made an unprecedented, and unsurprisingly controversial, move to activate its Safety Check for Paris.

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LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse shown off in fine detail ahead of launch

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse shown off in fine detail ahead of launch

Following a retailer’s premature publication of a product page for the device, LEGO unveiled its upcoming Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ set in a series of official press shots. While varied, the shots all had one things in common: they only gave a look at the outside of the Firehouse Headquarters, with LEGO teasing that the inside was home to various iconic spaces. Now, in a new Facebook post, LEGO has published our first look at the inside of the building.

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