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    • Tech giants expand their anti-terror coalition

      Tech giants expand their anti-terror coalition

      Social media companies led by Facebook said Monday they were ramping up an industry body that aims to weed out extremist content, seeking to put procedures in place globally on how to handle crises. Facebook announced the additional efforts at the United Nations during a meeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has taken up the cause of fighting online extremism after a March massacre by a white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch.

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    • Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      Tech giants 'put world at risk of a killer AI'

      The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld, writers have tended to portray this possibility as an unmitigated disaster. 

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    • Amazon rainforest's fires rage at record rate

      Amazon rainforest's fires rage at record rate

      Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate, with scientists warning that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. According to country's space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), satellite data show a record number of fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in 2019. Most specifically, there have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said.

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    • Amazon launches a credit card for the ‘underbanked’

      Amazon launches a credit card for the ‘underbanked’

      Amazon has a brand new product that ties into its Amazon Prime membership program, but caters to a specific segment of the market - those who might not have good enough credit to get a credit card. The new Amazon Credit Builder tool lets users build their own secured credit card. That means they’ll have to put down a refundable security deposit of anywhere $100 to $1,000 to qualify for the card, and the credit limit will match it.

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    • Amazon became world's most valuable company

      Amazon became world's most valuable company

      Amazon has eclipsed Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the US as a see-sawing stock market continues to reshuffle Corporate America's pecking order. The latest shift occurred Monday after Amazon's shares rose 3 percent to close at $1,629.51 and lifted the e-commerce leader's market value to $797bn, edging past Microsoft's roughly $788bn valuation. 

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    • Microsoft becomes 2nd-most valuable US company

      Microsoft becomes 2nd-most valuable US company

      Microsoft just regained its position as the second most valuable US company by market capitalisation after losing it to Amazon back in April this year. The news comes after Microsoft reported good quarterly profit driven by its cloud computing business and its Surface hardware division whereas Amazon lost $65bn off of its market cap.

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    • New Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

      New Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

      Are you determined to finish that last page of a book no matter what? Even if it means reading while walking in the pouring rain or swimming in the pool, or just taking a shower? Well, Amazon’s most popular Kindle eBook reader, the Paperwhite, comes with a solution as it's new version is completely water-resistant, which means it can be dropped into a pool or up to 6 feet of water for 60 minutes without getting damaged.

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    • Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Can you imagine a microwave with a virtual assistant built-in? Well, by 2019 such a crazy idea may become reality as Amazon is gearing up to release up to eight new Alexa devices which will invade home appliances space before the end of this year. Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget." They would reportedly have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection). 

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