Facebook Looking to Extend ‘Boost Your Biz’ Programme to Villages

Social media giant Facebook Friday said it is looking to scale up extending “Boost Your Business” programme to villages in India to help entrepreneurs in improving their business prospects. “We are doing a bunch of different initiatives catered specifically to arts and crafts of India that live in villages. The challenge before us now is of scaling this… Read More »

Twitter Hires New Executive in Bid to Win China Advertisers

Twitter introduced a new head of operations Friday for what it calls Greater China despite still being banned in the mainland, as it attempts to boost already booming advertising. While San Francisco-based Twitter is not allowed to operate in mainland China under the country’s strict Internet censorship, it does have an office in Hong Kong that courts advertisers… Read More »

The Internet has transformed the way we confront sexual harassment

As a young astronomer, Joan Schmelz worked alongside men and the pinups they tacked to the lab walls. She didn’t have a precise vocabulary for the subtle harassment she experienced every day. Schmelz’s supervisor gossiped about her to colleagues and demeaned her, making inappropriate comments that highlighted their uneven power dynamic. When Schmelz, now a professor of physics… Read More »

THE CIA IS INVESTING IN FIRMS THAT MINE YOUR TWEETS AND INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift through large data sets — these are just a few of the technologies being pursued by companies with investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. Yet among the… Read More »

Ted Cruz poised to win Wyoming Republican presidential primary contest

Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is expected to win most of the 14 delegates up for grabs on Saturday in Wyoming, likely besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party’s nomination. Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from obtaining the 1,237… Read More »

Brazil’s Rousseff scrambles for votes to avert impeachment

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hunkered down at her residence on Saturday for last-minute negotiations with wavering lawmakers in an effort to secure crucial support the day before an impeachment vote that could lead to her removal from office. Rousseff cancelled an appearance at an anti-impeachment rally of union and leftist social activists led by former president Luiz Inacio… Read More »

U.N. Syria envoy tests waters with opposition over Assad fate

The United Nation’s envoy to Syria sounded out the opposition at talks in Geneva on the idea that President Bashar al-Assad could stay on in power symbolically, two opposition sources said on Saturday, but they both had summarily dismissed it. U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura reconvened indirect talks on Wednesday saying a political transition would be the main… Read More »

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek island

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex on the Aegean island of Lesbos, adults and children broke down in tears before… Read More »

Thousands evacuated from homes as hunt for Japan quake survivors goes on

Japanese authorities have ordered nearly a quarter of a million people from their homes after a deadly earthquake struck a southern island and the search for survivors went on into the early hours of Sunday amid worsening weather conditions. A 7.3 magnitude tremor struck early on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people, injuring about a thousand more… Read More »

China wants laid-off coal, steel workers retrained, relocated or retired early

China wants the millions of coal and steel workers expected to be laid off in the next few years to be retrained, relocated or retired early as it tries to limit unrest while it tries to combat structural problems in its industrial sector. The government issued guidelines, dated April 7 but made public late on Friday, from the… Read More »