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Twitter delivers boost to shares in first-ever quarterly profit

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Twitter on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, delivering a boost to shares of the social network which has been lagging for years against fast-growing rivals. The San Francisco-based messaging service said it earned $91 million in the fourth quarter, the first positive net income since going public in 2013. Revenue was up two percent from a …

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Samsung chairman named as suspect in $7.5 million tax evasion case

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics’ ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee, was named by South Korean police on Thursday as a suspect in an 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) tax evasion case that involved the use of bank accounts held by employees. A series of scandals have dogged the family of Samsung, the country’s biggest business empire. The chairman’s son Jay Y. …

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Russian watchdog says to examine Facebook in second half

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday it would carry out an audit into Facebook’s compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, met Facebook executives in Moscow on Thursday to discuss the company’s compliance with Russian law, the watchdog said in a statement.

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SpaceX shows video of Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster in space

CAPE CANAVERAL (AFP) – What a fine view of Mother Earth and what a smooth ride. Tucked into the nose of the mammoth SpaceX unmanned rocket that blasted off Tuesday was tech pioneer Elon Musk s own cherry red convertible Tesla roadster, a vehicle that was in fact manned — by a spacesuited dummy nicknamed Starman. Once a protective coating …

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Chinese police don high-tech glasses to nab suspects

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups. In a scene reminiscent of the dystopian sci-fi television show “Black Mirror”, officers in the central city of Zhengzhou are wearing the digital shades amid the crush …

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World’s biggest rocket soars toward Mars after perfect launch

(AFP) – The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at mission control in Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the …

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Trappist planets have water, may be ‘habitable’: researchers

PARIS: Seven planets recently spotted orbiting a dim star in our Milky Way galaxy are rocky, seem to have water, and are potentially “habitable”, researchers studying the distant system said Monday. Though much remains unknown about the planets’ surfaces and atmospheres, the new measurements have not ruled out the possibility that they may harbour even rudimentary life, the scientists reported. …

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Zuckerberg acknowledges ‘mistakes’ as Facebook turns 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Mark Zuckerberg offered fresh self-criticism Monday, acknowledging making numerous mistakes in building the world’s biggest social network as Facebook marked its 14th birthday. “Over the years, I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine,” the Facebook co-founder said on his personal page. “I’ve made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I’ve trusted the wrong people …

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Breathing is the next big thing in fitness

ISLAMABAD, February 06 (Online): Breathing better isn’t just for yoga any more, with top gyms across the US adding classes all about your breathe to their rosters. Slowing down and controlling breathing has long been accepted as one of the best ways to lower the heart rate and keep us calm. But with science on their side, coaches, trainers and …

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