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YouTube said Thursday it will disable user comments on a broad array of videos featuring children to thwart “predatory behavior” after revelations about a glitch exploited for sharing of child pornography. The Google-owned video sharing service announced further steps to crack down on inappropriate comments a week after an investigation…

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Thailand’s legislature has passed a cybersecurity bill that would allow authorities access to people’s personal information without a court order. The Cybersecurity Act addresses computer hacking crimes, but activists fear it will allow the government sweeping access to people’s personal information. The National Legislative Assembly, which passed the bill in…

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The top U.S. trade official said Wednesday that a new trade agreement with China is not yet close to being completed. State Department correspondent Nike Ching reports from Washington on the latest in the talks and how U.S. concerns over high-tech issues remain a key point of friction. VOA Mandarin…

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As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested “greeters” at 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they’re being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive.    Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions would be eliminated…

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Women around the world are granted only three-quarters of the legal rights enjoyed by men, often preventing them from getting jobs or opening businesses, the World Bank said in study published Wednesday.    “If women have equal opportunities to reach their full potential, the world would not only be fairer, it…

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The fast-growing, Chinese-owned video sharing network TikTok agreed to pay a $5.7 million fine to U.S. authorities to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children, officials said Wednesday.    The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty for the social network, which had been known as Musical.ly, was the largest…

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The Federal Reserve will stop shrinking its $4 trillion balance sheet later this year, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said on Wednesday, ending a process that investors say works at cross-purposes with the Fed’s current pause on interest rate hikes.  “We’ve worked out, I think, the framework of a plan that we hope to be able to…

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Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk changed his Twitter display name to “Elon Tusk” in another late-night flurry of tweets on Wednesday, which also promised news from his electric carmaker Tesla Inc later this week. In a series of tweets to his 25 million followers following charges from the U.S. Securities…

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Volvo’s electric performance brand Polestar is unveiling a battery-powered compact car touted as a rival to Tesla’s Model 3. The Polestar 2 is a five-door vehicle with a panoramic glass roof, an all-vegan interior and a battery with enough capacity to drive 500 kilometers under European tests for range measurement,…

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Національний банк України зберігає стабільність на валютному ринку. За результатами торгів 27 лютого регулятор встановив на останній день зими курс 26 гривень 99 копійок за долар, це на одну копійку більше, ніж днем раніше. На початку лютого гривня вже зміцнювалася щодо долара до літніх рівнів 2018 року. Свого пікового значення…

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Україна має треті за обсягом запаси газу в Європі, повідомив «Нафтогаз України» у своїй презентації, наданій у відповідь на запит Радіо Свобода. Компанія оцінює її на рівні 590 мільярдів кубометрів. На другому місці за обсягом запасів газу йдуть Нідерланди (696 мільярдів), на першому – Норвегія (1,763 трильйона). Про Росію «Нафтогаз»…

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Для збільшення видобутку газу частка інвестицій в його ціні має зрости у 8,5 разів, йдеться в презентації «Нафтогаз України», наданій у відповідь на запит Радіо Свобода. У компанії стверджують, що із кожного проданого кубометра за поточною ціною – 8,55 грн – на інвестиції йде 34 копійки. Там підрахували, що частка…

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Boeing on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost. The U.S. manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft, which is 38 feet long (11.6 meters) and has a 2,000 nautical mile (3,704-kilometer) range,…

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Cameroonian police officers, assisted by members of the country’s elite corps, seized hundreds of containers of fuel illegally transported from Nigeria by suspected Central African Republic rebels in the northern town of Mbe, Cameroon. Rigobert Ojong, a member of a task force of military, police and civil society members created…

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U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing said on Tuesday it has nominated Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close ally of President Donald Trump, to join its board of directors at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on April 29. If elected by Boeing shareholders, she would help…

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