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‘Devious Licks’ Videos of Damage, Thefts Bedevil US Schools ~ #VoA:

TOPEKA, KANSAS — Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend. The “devious licks” challenge that swept social media this week is plaguing principals and …

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Navalny App Gone from Google, Apple Stores on Russia Vote Day ~ #VoA:

MOSCOW — Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s Smart Voting app disappeared from Apple and Google stores Friday as Russians began voting in a three-day parliamentary election marked by a historic crackdown on the opposition. “Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship,” top Navalny ally …

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UN Rights Chief Calls for Moratorium on Artificial Intelligence Systems ~ #VoA:

GENEVA — The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, is calling for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems, which she says pose a serious risk to human rights. The High Commissioner’s report, which will be submitted to the U.N. human rights council, provides …

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Apple Plugs ‘No-Click’ Phone Hack Attributed to Pegasus Spyware | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the security issue was exploited to plant spyware on …

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Qatar Awards Scholarship to Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

DOHA, QATAR – Qatar has granted academic scholarships to members of a girls’ robotics team from Afghanistan dubbed the “Afghan Dreamers,” the Persian Gulf nation’s education and science foundation said on Tuesday. Qatar has been instrumental in efforts to evacuate at-risk Afghans and foreigners from Kabul airport, including members of …

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Ireland Fines WhatsApp for Breaching EU Privacy Laws | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

Ireland on Thursday slapped Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service with a record fine for breaching EU data privacy laws after European regulators demanded the penalty be increased. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission was entrusted with the case because Facebook’s European headquarters are situated in the country. “And following this reassessment the DPC …

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Some Nigerian-based Experts Warn of China’s Growing Influence in African Technology | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

ABUJA – Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei says it wants to train up to 3 million African youths to work with cutting-edge digital technology such as artificial intelligence. Already, Nigerian students who took part in a Huawei-sponsored information and communications technology (ICT) competition say the benefits, including possible job placements with the company, are enormous. …

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Facebook Invests in New Partnerships With Argentine Press | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Social media giant Facebook will invest $1.5 million in Argentine media to train journalists and promote online development, a first in Latin America. The agreement signed last week with almost 150 media outlets will allow 3,000 journalists to be trained, while also helping Facebook develop commercial …

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South Korea Bans Google, Apple Payment Monopolies | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s National Assembly approved legislation on Tuesday that bans app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their in-app payment systems. South Korea is reportedly the first country in the world to pass such a bill, which becomes law when …

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Spacex Launches Ants, Avocados, Robot to Space Station | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade. A recycled Falcon rocket blasted into the predawn …

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