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Thailand to implement SIM card tracking for all foreigners

The Thai government has introduced their plans to monitor the movements and whereabouts of every foreigner in the country – a new ‘special’ SIM card will be installed in every foreign national’s mobile phone, tracking every step they take. The Secretary General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and…


Bitcoin is not money, US judge rules in victory for backers

Bitcoin, a Florida judge says, is not real money. Ironically, that could provide a boost to use of the crypto-currency which has remained in the shadows of the financial system. The July 22 ruling by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Pooler means that no specific licence is needed to buy and…


Kenya acquits Chinese and Taiwanese cybercrime suspects

Forty Chinese and Taiwanese nationals held in custody since December 2014 were acquitted of running a cybercrime cell from an upmarket Nairobi suburb on Friday and will be deported. The 35 Chinese and five Taiwanese were accused of running a hacking operation and mysterious “command center” from upmarket houses in…


China developing floating nuclear power plant for South China Sea

Amid continued tensions in the South China Sea, China is reportedly working on plans for floating nuclear power stations. According to official Chinese news sources, the country is in the early stages of developing a powerful new ship that will be fitted with a nuclear power station. The ship is expected to…


Apple announces sale of its billionth iPhone

Apple has announced its one billionth iPhone sale since its inception – a major milestone for the company. Chief Executive Tim Cook made the announcement Wednesday at a staff meeting at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Recently Apple has been embroiled in a smartphone war, losing ground in a…


Verizon to buy Yahoo for roughly $5 billion

Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source. The deal is expected to be formally  announced  Monday before markets open, the reports said. Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner for the…



Release of genetically-modified mosquitoes to start in Cayman Islands

An effort to control mosquitoes and prevent the spread of viruses such as Zika in the Cayman Islands by releasing genetically modified mosquitoes is to start next week, according to officials in the British Caribbean territory. Mosquito abatement authorities in the Cayman Islands and British biotech company Oxitec had planned to release…


Filipino astronomer playing key role in Jupiter exploration mission

A Cebu based Filipino astronomer will play a key role in an upcoming Jupiter exploration. NASA’s Juno spacecraft is due to orbit Jupiter to get a better understanding of the massive planet and our entire solar system. Some of the world’s leading astronomers will collaborate with NASA on the venture and relay information…


Google and Facebook to automatically block extremist videos

Some of the web’s biggest platforms for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites. YouTube and…