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Google continues to scale back its robot ambitions with the news that it’s shutting down Schaft, a little-known Japanese robotics team purchased by Alphabet back in 2013.

Google shuts down bipedal robot team Schaft

Google continues to scale back its robot ambitions with the news that it’s shutting down Schaft, a little-known Japanese robotics team purchased by Alphabet back in 2013.
Laser guns, such as this one from the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company, are becoming increasingly accurate and powerful. [Handout]

Chinese firm develops laser gun for police use

A Chinese firm said it has developed a laser gun designed for police use that can set fire to protesters’ hair or banners from a range of almost one kilometre.

Instagram to show users time spent in app

Instagram is getting a new “Usage Insights” tool that would help users see how much time they spent in the social media app, according to a discovery from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Instagram adds new data download tool to export pictures and user information

The tool is only available on the web for now, but it should be accessible to iOS and Android users in the future, too. It is similar to one Facebook has included for its primary website and mobile app for quite some time.

Facebook Messenger to add ‘unsend’ feature after secretly deleting CEO’s messages

After TechCrunch reported that Facebook has been quietly deleting messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sent via Messenger, the company is now saying that the ability to retract messages will soon be available to all Messenger users

Facebook secretly deleted messages Mark Zuckerberg sent on Messenger

Facebook has admitted the company has been secretly deleting messages sent on Messenger by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications,” says a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to TechCrunch.

Facebook to force advertisers to prove they have user consent for ad targeting over...

Facebook has been rolling out a series of changes to its platform that are all aimed at closing up loopholes following the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Apple removes Telegram from App Store due to ‘inappropriate content’

Apple has removed Telegram’s official app from its iOS App Store. The app disappeared yesterday, shortly after Telegram launched a rewritten Telegram X app for Android.

Samsung making chips designed for cryptocurrency mining

Samsung’s semiconductor business is booming, with the company recently overtaking Intel as the world’s biggest chipmaker.

Hackers steal $400 million from cryptocurrency exchange

One of Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges has revealed that it’s lost nearly $400 million in a security breach.

Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

Apple is finalizing a deal to acquire Shazam, the app that lets you identify songs, movies, and TV shows from an audio clip, according to TechCrunch. The deal is reportedly for $400 million, according to Recode, which also confirmed the news.

GoFundMe drops 5% personal crowdfunding fee

Crowdfunding service GoFundMe is dropping the 5 percent fee that it collects from personal campaigns within the US today, adding an optional donation option in its stead.

Ex-Twitter worker claims responsibility for Donald Trump’s account shutdown

A German man has come forward as the former Twitter Inc employee who shut down the account of U.S. President Donald Trump for 11 minutes this month on his last day of work at the social network.

Facebook removes Instant Articles support from Messenger

Facebook has removed its Instant Articles platform off Messenger just a little over a year after first introducing the feature, reports TechCrunch.

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Residents commend ministry’s plan to establish science museum in Abuja

Residents of Abuja on Wednesday commended the Ministry of Science and Technology over its plan to establish National Science and Technology Museum in the city.

Itse Sagay: Only corrupt foreign investors fled Nigeria when Muhammadu Buhari took over

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commitee Against Corruption (PACAC), on Wednesday said that the claim by former president Goodluck Jonathan that foreign investors have fled the country since President Muhammadu Buhari took over is false.

Sullivan Chime: Muhammadu Buhari has done much for Ndigbo

Former Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has urged Igbos to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in their own interest.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on October 27, 2018. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM - AFP)

Donald Trump thanks Saudi Arabia for lower oil prices

US President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for lower oil prices — a day after pledging the US would remain a “steadfast partner” of the kingdom despite the murder of a dissident journalist.
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Nigerians ‘drag’ Blac Chyna over planned sales of bleaching cream

Nigerians on social media have expressed their displeasure over Blac Chyna’s upcoming bleaching cream sales in Lagos.