In this photo provided by European Space Agency (ESA), The Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo lifts off from its launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana, for the mission to Mercury.

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

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President of the Superior Electoral Court Rosa Weber, talks with the President of the Workers' Party Gleisi Hoffmann, during a meeting with the leadership of the Workers' Party, at the Supreme Electoral Court headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Oct

WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

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FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embez

Former Microsoft director indicted on embezzlement charges

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his NFL connections to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own gain.

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Urban Airship product and engineering executive Mike Herrick works at his desk with photos of his daughter, Lauren, and wife Erin at his side in Portland, Ore.

Even tech execs fret about their kids' smartphone addictions

Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children's brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren't possible when his generation grew up?

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FILE - In this July 17, 2001 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears in a suite in the team's stadium in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.

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FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, file photo New Google Pixel 3 smartphones are displayed in New York. Google’s new Pixel 3 phone plays catch-up with Apple and Samsung on hardware. It’s really designed to showcase Google’s advances in software, particu

Google Pixel 3 phone aims to automate more daily tasks

There's not much about the physical details of Google's new Pixel 3 phone that you can't find elsewhere. That bigger display and curved design? Apple and Samsung phones already have that.

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Bangladeshi journalists cover proceedings outside a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law

An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh on Saturday criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.

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FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Facebook: Hackers accessed personal data from 29M accounts

Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details like sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.

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FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook

Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

Facebook said it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with politically-tinged garbage links and clickbait just weeks ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.

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 They say the service due to launch in late 2019 will include films, TV shows, documentaries, animation and other offerings. No pricing was announced. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

AT&T's WarnerMedia to offer their own streaming service

AT&T and WarnerMedia are joining the ever-expanding list of companies offering a streaming video service.

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New Google Pixel 3 smartphones are displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones

Google's new Pixel phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures.

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This image provided by Facebook shows the company's product called Portal Plus. Facebook is marketing the device as a way for its more than 2 billion users to chat with one another without having to fuss with positioning and other controls. (Facebook via

Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes

Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive.

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 The internal tension at Facebook was so high that Kaplan sent a note to staff last Friday apologizing. CEO Mark Zuckeberg also held a staff meeting that same day, explaining Kaplan didn’t break company rules. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

A rift at Facebook after exec attends Kavanaugh hearing

The appearance of a Facebook executive behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings has created some rifts at the company.

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The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.

Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

Ireland's data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access to 50 million accounts. The probe could potentially cost Facebook more than $1.6 billion in fines.

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A robotic arm lifts plants being grown at Iron Ox, a robotic indoor farm, in San Carlos, Calif.

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own.

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This undated photo provided by Sidewalk Toronto shows the eastern waterfront of Toronto, Canada. Sidewalk Labs has partnered with a government agency known as Waterfront Toronto with plans to erect mid-rise apartments, offices, shops and a school on a 12-

Google's first urban development raises data concerns

Heated streets will melt ice and snow on contact. Sensors will monitor traffic and protect pedestrians. Driverless shuttles will carry people to their doors.

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In this undated photo provided by Instagram/Facebook Inc. Adam Mosseri, center, poses for a photo with Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom, right, and Mike Krieger. Facebook says it has named Mosseri, a 10-year veteran of the company, as the head of Insta

Longtime Facebook exec Adam Mosseri new head of Instagram

Facebook has named Adam Mosseri, a 10-year veteran at the company, as the head of Instagram.

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Visitors surround a BMW Z4 Concept during the first media day of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany.

Paris Auto show highlights electric SUVs yet diesel lives on

Diesel is in the doghouse. There's a global fight over trade. Brexit is looming. Tighter vehicle emissions rules are on the way.

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Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama, attends the Nordic Business Forum business seminar in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday Sept. 27, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Obama to companies: Engage govts to avoid the Facebook fate

Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged private businesses Thursday to come out of "isolation" and to engage more with governments when developing new products and services to avoid problems like those challenging Facebook.

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