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Bali volcano latest: Hiker captures incredible footage from inside erupting Mount Agung

Ikomang Giri, who lives in Karangasem Amlapura – 30km from the Bali volcano Mount Agung, uploaded the incredible footage to his social media page.  The video has been viewed almost 900,000 times and shows large plumes of smoke and ash erupting from the volcano. News website MapalaPTM.com reposted the video and the post said: “One of the citizens with Facebook account Ikomang Giri uploaded video condition of the crater of Mount Agung with gray smoke that continues to billow. “The man climbed on Tuesday night and reached the summit of…

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WhatApp: Fresh details surface online about brand-new chat app

WHATSAPP • GETTY WhatsApp has revealed some fresh details about its all-new app Fresh details about WhatsApp Business app – an all-new version of the hugely-successful messaging service designed to help companies communicate with customers. The latest tidbit about the messenger comes courtesy of the official FAQ. According to WhatsApp, users on the platform will be able to choose from three possible status updates – unconfirmed, confirmed or verified. Business accounts which have yet to be verified by WhatsApp will have a grey question mark displayed in their profile. This…

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Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep – CNET

It sounded like a good idea at Mozilla — promote computer security and privacy awareness using a tie-in with an online game from the popular Mr. Robot hacker TV series. But almost immediately, the plan started backfiring. On Wednesday, Firefox users started complaining that a cryptic extension had been installed in their browser with no explicit permission or explanation of what it does — only a description that read “MY REALITY IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” People ripped into Mozilla in a Reddit discussion after one Firefox user fretted, “I have…

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Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Andrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005 More (TOPEKA, Kan.) — A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks. Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed her former employee and then retaliated against him “a lie.”…

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Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead – CNET

Democrats on Capitol Hill say they aren’t giving up on their fight to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were eliminated Thursday by Republicans in the FCC. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are leading more than a dozen senators to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at undoing the FCC’s actions and fully restoring net neutrality rules. Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer of New York signed on to the effort Friday. US Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, says his party is…

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FACEBOOK SCAM ALERT – Make sure you don’t get caught out by THIS Christmas con

GETTY Facebook users have been put on alert at Christmas about a scam being circulated Facebook users have been warned about a Christmas scam that tries to trick people and take advantage of their generosity during the festive period. Christmas is meant to be the time of giving, but con artists are capitalising on that in a cynical scam on Facebook that has reared its ugly head again. Facebook fans have been put on alert about the ‘Secret Sister’ scam, which tries to get people to purchase a gift for…

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Why parents should think twice before endorsing Facebook’s kid-friendly app

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE These days, parents trying to keep their kids safe must worry not just about bike helmets and cars speeding down streets, but online predators and ads targeting kids. Facebook clearly had these parental worries in mind when they rolled out Messenger Kids, which does not include ads and allows parents to control their kids’ contact list. The press release, with its pictures of kids trying on Snapchat-eque dog filters, implicitly argues that the app is squeaky-clean fun. In terms of ads and contacts, it could…

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Facebook reveals whether using social network site affects YOUR happiness

Facebook has published an in-depth blog post analysing whether the social networking site is actually good or bad for our mental health. The social networking giant joined the conversation about the impact the site’s had on us after a former exec blasted the service. Last week Chamath Palihapitiya, who was Facebook’s vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” for the company he helped make. He said: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”. The former Facebook exec…

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BACK FROM THE DEAD: Japanese firm lets you see deceased loved ones at the grave

Tombstone engraving company Ryoshin Sekizai has released an AR called Suma Tomb that places the image of a dead person at a ‘virtual gravesite’. When one points their phone with the app open at the ‘virtual grave’, a 2D image of the dead person pops up at the geo-locked site, which can be anywhere of your choice and not just a graveyard. The image can also come with a message from the deceased person. In a promotional image, an elderly couple say: “Take care of yourself. We’re always watching over…

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Female House candidate ends campaign after sexual harassment accusations

A female candidate in a congressional race in Kansas ended her campaign Friday after past allegations resurfaced of sexual harassment which were made against her by a former employee. Andrea Ramsey, who had been one of several Democrats running to unseat politically vulnerable Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., in the state’s third congressional district, wrote in a post on her Facebook page that she would exit the in the wake of the allegations. Her announcement came just after the Kansas City Star reported that it had asked her about a 2005…

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