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1. Fox News launching its own mobile-friendly weather service

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Media is getting into another rough-and-tumble world — the weather.

The company is launching Fox Weather, a free streaming service and app that it expects will be used most frequently by customers on their mobile devices.

In preparation for the Monday start, Fox has ...

Friday 22 October 2021 / 22 Oct 2021 | 11:23 am EDT / Author: David Bauder
2. People tried to register accounts before Trump's social platform launches

People moved quickly to register accounts on former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform before its formal launch next year.

Mr. Trump’s team announced the new platform TRUTH Social on Wednesday evening, and people sought to snatch prominent accounts on the new platform, which has an interface resembling Twitter's. 

Thursday 21 October 2021 / 21 Oct 2021 | 9:53 am EDT / Author: Ryan Lovelace
3. South Korea test launches 1st domestically made space rocket

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch on Thursday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in still described the test as an “excellent accomplishment” that takes the country a ...

Thursday 21 October 2021 / 21 Oct 2021 | 6:31 am EDT / Author: Kim Tong-hyung
4. Donald Trump announces social media company, mobile app, merger deal

Former President Donald Trump will helm a social media start-up apparently aimed at supplanting Facebook and Twitter, the new Trump Media & Technology Group announced Wednesday evening.

The move could put the 45th president back in the online arena from which he’s been banned since leaving office Jan. 20. Facebook ...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 / 20 Oct 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT / Author: Mark A. Kellner
5. Gen. David Thompson, Space Force commander, warns of China's growing threat to U.S. in space


China is threatening to overtake the U.S. military as the most dominant force in space, says the second in command of the now 2-year-old U.S. Space Force, who warns that Washington must dramatically accelerate its rollout of critical new technologies if it wants to retain superiority over the ...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 / 20 Oct 2021 | 6:43 pm EDT / Author: Joseph Clark
6. New internet protocol to boost China state hacking

The Chinese government recently announced it now leads the world in upgrading its wired infrastructure, and security analysts are warning the new Internet Protocol Version 6 will only increase the danger from Beijing's state hacking operations.

Han Xia, chief engineer at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said Oct. ...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 / 20 Oct 2021 | 3:28 pm EDT / Author: Bill Gertz
7. Trial of accused Saudi spy at Twitter delayed until next year

A federal court has delayed the trial of a former Twitter employee who is accused of using the social media platform to spy for the Saudi government on its critics.

Now delayed until next summer, the trial of Ahmad Abouammo has been anticipated as a peek behind the curtain on ...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 / 20 Oct 2021 | 1:58 pm EDT / Author: Ryan Lovelace
8. 'Huawei on Wings': FCC member wants to block taxpayer dollars from buying Chinese drones

A member of the Federal Communications Commission wants to kick-start the process of thwarting the Biden administration from spending taxpayer dollars on Chinese drones from a company blacklisted by the Trump administration and warned about by President Biden’s Pentagon.

Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, said Tuesday he wants to begin ...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 / 20 Oct 2021 | 10:00 am EDT / Author: Ryan Lovelace
9. Facebook to change company name: Report

Facebook may be getting a rebrand.

The social media giant plans to change its name next week, according to a report Tuesday.

Citing “a source with direct knowledge of the matter,” the Verge reported that the Silicon Valley corporation wants to be known less for social media ...

Tuesday 19 October 2021 / 19 Oct 2021 | 10:33 pm EDT / Author: Victor Morton
10. Cybersecurity firm says Chinese digital spies have hacked telecom data

A network of digital spies with connections to Chinese interests has hacked part of the global telecommunications network to steal a large amount of cellphone data, according to a California-based cybersecurity firm.

CrowdStrike reported on its blog Tuesday the results of an investigation that shows the hacking ...

Tuesday 19 October 2021 / 19 Oct 2021 | 6:41 pm EDT / Author: Sean Salai
11. House resolution seeks to create app rating board

Reps. Mike Johnson and Debbie Dingell have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House that calls on big tech companies to create a rating board for digital applications to help shield children from inappropriate content.

Introduced Friday, the resolution calls on technology and app development companies to establish an industry-run ...

Monday 18 October 2021 / 18 Oct 2021 | 12:27 pm EDT / Author: Sean Salai
12. TV station owner Sinclair hit with ransomware attack, news broadcasts disrupted

Television station owner Sinclair said Monday a ransomware attack disrupted its network, interfering with news broadcasts across the company's 185 stations over the weekend.

Some news broadcasts were pushed to social media platforms and viewers complained of problems viewing regularly scheduled programming, according to reports.

Sinclair said it began investigating ...

Monday 18 October 2021 / 18 Oct 2021 | 10:33 am EDT / Author: Ryan Lovelace
13. Commerce head out to save U.S. jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983.

The watches give Raimondo, a former Rhode Island governor, a sense of mission as President Biden's ...

Monday 18 October 2021 / 18 Oct 2021 | 6:47 am EDT / Author: Josh Boak
14. China calls missile launch 'routine test' of new technology

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be reused.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the launch involved a spacecraft rather than a missile and was of “great significance for reducing the use-cost of spacecraft ...

Monday 18 October 2021 / 18 Oct 2021 | 6:20 am EDT / Author: Josh Boak
15. New technology offers anonymous way to report abuse, doping

A college basketball player hatched the idea after seeing a discrimination case nearly implode his own team, then wondering why nobody had done anything about it sooner.

Ten years later, that player has developed the idea into a key tool for fixing a sports landscape teeming with cases of sexual ...

Monday 18 October 2021 / 18 Oct 2021 | 2:33 am EDT / Author: Eddie Pells
16. Facebook says users can share advice on immigrant smuggling

Facebook has acknowledged it allows people to share information on how to immigrate illegally or be smuggled into the U.S., saying it crafted the policy to give them a shot at asylum and prevent them from relying on human traffickers.

The company made the admission in a private letter to ...

Sunday 17 October 2021 / 17 Oct 2021 | 2:11 pm EDT / Author: Stephen Dinan
17. Desert-circling rail line latest link in China's push for influence, control

BANGKOK — Silk Road travelers in ancient times cursed China’s largest desert as “Takla Makan,” an ominous Persian-Turkic expression that translates as, roughly, “Enter and you may never return.”

Undeterred by the sandstorms and merciless terrain in the oblong basin north of Tibet’s glacier-packed peaks, Chinese engineers have announced the ...

Sunday 17 October 2021 / 17 Oct 2021 | 12:22 pm EDT / Author: Richard S. Ehrlich - Special to The Washington Times
18. Celebrities to join Prince William for Earthshot Prize award

LONDON (AP) — Celebrities will join Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aiming to find new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth's most pressing challenges.

Judges including naturalist and veteran broadcaster ...

Sunday 17 October 2021 / 17 Oct 2021 | 8:56 am EDT / Author: Richard S. Ehrlich - Special to The Washington Times
19. Bitcoin-mining power plant raises concerns among environmentalists

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power plant.

Greenidge Generation runs a ...

Saturday 16 October 2021 / 16 Oct 2021 | 9:48 am EDT / Author: Michael Hill
20. Biden administration warning of cyberattacks on U.S. water systems

The Biden administration is warning the public about cyber threats against U.S. water systems that may affect clean drinking water in communities nationwide.

The warning directs organizations responsible for securing water systems to be on the lookout for attacks ranging from hacks to ransomware.

The advisory — which was issued ...

Friday 15 October 2021 / 15 Oct 2021 | 4:16 pm EDT / Author: Ryan Lovelace