Friday, 17 Sep, 2021


Facebook adds AFP, Fact Watch to fact-checking programme in Bangladesh

Facebook announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme with the addition of international partner AFP, as well as Bangladesh-based organisation Fact Watch, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation in Bangladesh. AFP and Fact Watch join

BIJF condemns journalist Rozina's arrest, harassment 

Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) demanded immediate release of Prothom Alo Senior Correspondent Rozina Islam and punishment of those who assaulted and harassed her at the Secretariat. In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, BIJF President BIJF President Mojahedul Islam and

China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars

China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a

Musk's SpaceX to launch dogecoin moon mission

Elon Musk has said his rocket company SpaceX will now accept the meme-inspired cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment. In a tweet he said the commercial space exploration firm will launch the "DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon" early next year. It came as dogecoin continued to fall

Melinda Gates gets billions from Bill Gates holding company

Cascade Investment, the holding company created by Bill Gates, transferred stock in two of Mexico’s largest companies to Melinda French Gates, bringing the total amount she’s received in the past few days to more than $2 billion. Cascade moved stock worth more than $500

Huawei and ZTE left out of India's 5G trials

India's telecom ministry has left out Chinese equipment makers Huawei and ZTE from its 5G trials, becoming the latest country to lock the firms out. The ministry granted permission to a dozen firms - including Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung's network unit - to conduct a

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple". "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," the

Astronauts leave ISS, begin return to Earth on SpaceX craft

Four astronauts have left the International Space Station on board a SpaceX vessel, after more than 160 days in space which will culminate in a splash landing off the Florida coast. The Crew Dragon capsule undocked from the ISS as scheduled at 8:35pm on Saturday (00:35 Sunday GMT).

China launches first module of new space station

China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing's increasingly ambitious space program. The Tianhe module - which contains living quarters for crew members - was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket.

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90

Michael Collins - one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 11 in 1969 - has died aged 90, his family say. He died on Wednesday after "a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side," they

BTRC introduces DND service

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has introduced Do Not Disturb (DND) service for cell phone users who want to stop unnecessary SMS from mobile companies. The telecom regulator issued a press release issued on Saturday. The release says that mobile operators

TikTok sued for billions over use of children's data

TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses children's data. The claim is being filed on behalf of of millions of children in the UK and EU who have used the hugely popular video-sharing app.

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa has chosen Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade. This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency's Artemis programme. Another goal of the programme will be

Facebook undersea cable to boost South East Asia internet

Facebook and Google are planning two new undersea internet cables to connect South East Asia to North America. The project with regional telecoms companies aims to supply faster internet to Singapore and Indonesia. This comes after Facebook withdrew three projects to connect the US

Microsoft In $10 Billion Talks To Acquire This Business

Microsoft Corp is in talks to buy messaging platform Discord Inc for more than $10 billion, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Discord has reached out to potential buyers and Microsoft is one of them, the report said, citing people familiar with the

ISRO chairman says India, France working on 3rd joint space mission

NEW DELHI: India and France were working on their third joint satellite mission as the bilateral space collaboration is entering into multiple domains, including the human spaceflight program, officials said Saturday. The information was shared by Indian Space Research Organisation

Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia

Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal has been secured just weeks after Australia passed a controversial world-first law aimed at making tech platforms pay for news content. News Corp has not disclosed

iPhone 12 production to soon start in India: Apple

New Delhi: In yet another fillip to the Make in India and domestic manufacturing dream of the Indian government, Apple said on Tuesday that its flagship and environment-friendly iPhone 12 smartphone will soon be produced in India for the local customers. The news comes at a time when

Chinese cyber-espionage unit on US hacking spree

SAN FRANCISCO: At least 30,000 US organisations including local governments have been hacked in recent days by an "unusually aggressive" Chinese cyber-espionage campaign, according to a computer security specialist. The campaign has exploited recently discovered flaws in

US Big Tech firms jostle for India’s huge digital payments market

Technology giants Facebook Inc., Inc. and Google and credit-card providers Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are among those vying for unprecedented access to India’s burgeoning digital retail payments market.The companies are part of four consortia preparing to apply for