Can glass made from wood save energy?

Trees are usually what we see when looking outside our windows. Soon, we may also find trees inside windows — as engineers are now turning to wood as an energy-efficient, alternative material to make glass. Scientists with the Forest Products Laboratory, a research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have developed a …

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Facebook reducing distribution of Myanmar military content

Facebook said on Friday it would reduce the distribution of all content and profiles run by Myanmar’s military, saying they have “continued to spread misinformation” after the army seized power and detained civilian leaders in a coup on Feb. 1. The measures – which are not a ban, but are aimed at reducing the number …

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Jay-Z, Jack Dorsey launch fund to help develop bitcoin

Rapper Jay-Z and tech mogul Jack Dorsey are launching a roughly $24 million fund to help develop bitcoin. The Brooklyn-born artist and the Twitter CEO are putting 500 bitcoin into an endowment called “₿trust,” Dorsey announced Friday. The fund’s mission is to make bitcoin “the internet’s currency” and it will initially focus on aiding efforts …

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West Virginia newspaper slams Big Tech for ‘manipulating’ digital media

The owner of a local West Virginia newspaper company is fighting back against Big Tech giants for monopolizing digital media. Doug Reynolds of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, filed a lawsuit claiming companies like Facebook and Google are allegedly manipulating the digital advertising market. Reynolds told “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that the tech companies “conspire to dominate the …

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Mars mission inspires growing fan base back in China

BEIJING — Cui Tingting dyed her hair Mars red for the arrival of China’s spacecraft at the planet known in Chinese as the Fire Star. “This is a great era for space and the future of mankind lies in the exploration of outer space,” said Cui, director of the China Mars Society, the local chapter …

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Google to start paying UK news publishers for content

Google is rolling out a plan to pay for news to the UK. The web search giant, which has been under pressure to share digital ad revenue with web content providers that drive traffic to its services, said it has signed deals to pay licensing fees to 120 British publications, including The Financial Times and Reuters, …

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Twitter warns user growth to slow, beats Q4 targets

Twitter on Tuesday posted 27 percent user growth, missing Wall Street estimates, and warned this rate would slow in the upcoming quarters as a boost from the pandemic fizzles. The social media company, which beat quarterly sales and profit estimates, said expenses would rise 25 percent or more in 2021 but projected that total revenue …

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Twitter may charge for Tweetdeck, offer ‘tipping’ service

Twitter is reportedly exploring the idea of offering subscriptions for certain services — including TweetDeck — as targeted advertising growth has lagged behind other social media companies. Other revenue boosting options on the table include giving users the ability to tip other accounts for exclusive content, or charging for upgraded user features, sources told Bloomberg. …

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Meet Robby Megabyte, Bosnia’s first robot rock band musician

SARAJEVO – Bosnia’s most popular rock band, Dubioza Kolektiv, has a new recruit who sings and plays musical instruments – a humanoid robot called Robby Megabyte. Students from Sarajevo University’s electrical engineering school agreed to build Robby after the band requested a robot designed to fit the concept of their album #fakenews, which was released …

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Church of Satan denounces Big Tech in hilarious tweet

Even Christians and Satanists agree — Big Tech is bad. The Church of Satan is publicly distancing itself from Big Tech — on Twitter, naturally — after the CEO of the controversial social media company Gab claimed the industry is “serving Satan.” “Big Tech does a lot of things. We can assure you, ‘serving Satan’ …

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