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Twitter posts strong user growth, shares soar

By Angela Moon and Rishika Sadam April 26 – Shares of Twitter Inc soared in premarket trade on Wednesday after the microblogging service reported better-than-expected user growth. Despite stiff competition from Facebook Inc and Snap Inc, Twitter’s monthly active users, one of the most closely watched metrics for analysts, increased by 6 percent, or 18 million, to 328 million in the first quarter from a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected 321.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Twitter also said daily active users rose 14 percent in the first quarter from a...

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Can this Unicorn Frappe Protect Galaxy S8 from 100ft Drop Test?

When Starbucks rolled out its Unicorn Frappucino this month, it took the internet by storm. Millenials went crazy for its “insta-worthy” grammable aesthetics. But the sugar-coma, calorie-dense drink apparently serves more than one purpose. YouTubers behind Gizmoslip experimented with the Samsung Galaxy 8 to try to show that this phone can survive a hundred foot drop — but only if encased in this syrupy sugar drink. They immersed the phone in the frappe for an hour, also testing its water resistannce,  and then dropped the frappe-wrapped phone onto the ground from a drone. Did it survive the fall? Find out by...

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In drought-hit southern india, animal rescue workers fed water to a parched king cobra

A thrilling video has emerged showing a king cobra drinking water from a bottle. The video – shot in Southern India – shows a daring wildlife rescue worker offering water to the snake. The 12 feet long cobra was rescued from a village in Kaiga township – where it has strayed, apparently looking for water. Some parts of southern India have been hit by drought, making water scarce. Wildlife officials say the drought has severely affected wild animals in the...

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Cities must lure private dollars fast to meet climate goals

By Alex Whiting LONDON, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cities must find ways to tap major private investment fast if they are to build the “green” infrastructure needed to help prevent global warming reaching dangerous levels, experts say. The 90 cities in an international network of megacities committed to tackling climate change – called C40 – will need to raise $375 billion by 2020 for low-carbon transport, buildings and other infrastructure, the group says. Even more is needed worldwide to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed under the Paris climate...

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‘Worldwide momentum’ on climate change despite Trump – UN official

  OSLO, March 31 – Governments have created “worldwide momentum” to slow climate change despite threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Friday. “The Paris Agreement remains a remarkable achievement, universally supported by all countries when it was adopted,” Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, wrote in a letter to staff. Trump, who doubts that greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are warming the planet, began undoing former President Barack Obama’s policies to slow global warming this...

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3,000 people a day fleeing in cholera-stricken Somalia as famine looms

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, March 29 – More than 3,000 people a day are fleeing their homes in search of food and water due to Somalia’s worst drought in 20 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said, warning of impending famine with children already dying of malnutrition. The devastating drought has decimated harvests and livestock in the war-torn country, posing the threat of renewed famine six years after a similar crisis in which 260,000 people died. “These are clear hallmarks of a catastrophe in the making,” NRC’s Somalia country director Victor Moses said in a statement on Wednesday. “Now...

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Twitter to let advertisers buy video ads on Periscope

By Tim Baysinger March 28 – Twitter Inc, trying to boost its sagging advertising revenue, will allow brands to buy commercials on its video streams for Periscope, signaling a major push to make money off the live-streaming platform, the company announced on Tuesday morning. With sponsors growing more wary of exactly what kind of online videos their ads are being placed against, Twitter is allowing a select group of advertisers to purchase pre-roll videos, meaning those that run prior to the publishers’ content, on Periscope streams. Twitter acquired Periscope in 2015. Google’s YouTube, long the dominant force for online...

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Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, March 28 – U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court. The decree’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants – a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015....

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NATO to spend 3 billion euros on satellite, cyber defences

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, March 27 – NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said. Seeking to deter hackers, and other threats including Iranian missiles, the investments underscore NATO’s recognition that conflicts are increasingly fought on computer networks as well as in the air, on land and at sea. A senior official at the NATO Communications and Information Agency said the plans include a 1.7-billion-euro investment in satellite communications to better support troops...

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Google to revamp policies, hire staff after UK ad scandal

By Kate Holton LONDON, March 21 – Google vowed on Tuesday to police its websites better by ramping up staff numbers and overhauling its policies after several companies deserted the internet giant for failing to keep their adverts off hate-filled videos. Google has found itself at the centre of a British storm in recent days after major companies from supermarkets to banks and consumer groups pulled their adverts from its YouTube site after they appeared alongside videos carrying homophobic and anti-Semitic messages. Alphabet’s Google launched a review of the problem on Friday, apologised on Monday and said on Tuesday...

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