APNewsBreak: Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit
Jul02

APNewsBreak: Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit

Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the center of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, said he is dropping a defamation lawsuit against the social network rather than engage in an expensive, drawn-out legal battle. Kogan, 33, sued the social giant in March, claiming the social giant scapegoated him to deflect attention from its own misdeeds, thwarting his academic career in the process. The suit sought unspecified...

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French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs
Jul02

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs

Environmental activists chained themselves to gates and turnstiles Tuesday as they occupied an Amazon building near Paris, accusing the online company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet. Protesters also disrupted Amazon sites in the southern city of Toulouse and northern city of Lille, hoping to inspire similar action in other countries. Amazon France said in a statement that “we respect everyone’s right to express...

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NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system
Jul02

NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system

NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test Tuesday for the Orion capsules designed to carry astronauts to the moon. The capsule was empty for the morning demo, which officials said appeared to be successful. Barely a minute after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the abort motor fired, pulling the capsule from the booster about six miles (10 kilometers) up. The capsule continued upward another two miles (3...

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Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations
Jul02

Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations

Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials. On June 22, attackers shot and killed the Amhara governor and two other officials. On the same night in Addis Ababa, the country’s army chief and his close friend, a retired army general, were assassinated inside his residence by his bodyguard. The internet was shut following the killings...

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The science behind the 2019 World Cup soccer ball
Jul02

The science behind the 2019 World Cup soccer ball

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Cristiane Rozeira’s left foot struck with the ball as soon as the whistle blew. The ball soared over the barrier, curved gracefully to the right, hit the post and crossed the goal line. It was Rozeira’s third consecutive score of the game, and with it she secured the victory for Brazil over Jamaica in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, which is taking place in...

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