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"U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said."

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Goodbye G+

"Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage... the Alphabet Inc. unit plans to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+, the people said. The move effectively puts the final nail in the coffin of a product that was launched in 2011 to challenge Facebook Inc. and is widely seen as one of Google’s biggest failures."

#Google #GooglePlus

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"Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, was confirmed to the court on Saturday with a Senate vote largely divided along party lines.... The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September."

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"Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest produce.... Co-founder and CEO Brandon Alexander claimed that Iron Ox is able to do the equivalent of 30 acres of outdoor farming in just a single acre on its robotic farm. The company wants to build more small farms near urban centers so produce is fresher upon arrival."

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"Emergency crews are still trying to find victims of [a 7.5-magnitude] earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's island of Sulawesi, killing at least 1,200 people, according to local media citing government officials.... In addition to travel and communication problems, relief agencies say their response to the latest crisis is somewhat limited by the fact that many staff members remain deployed to Lombok — an island hundreds of miles to the south of Sulawesi, where a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck one month ago."

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"Researchers this week announced the release of a new high resolution terrain map of the southernmost continent, called the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica, or REMA, which they say makes Antarctica the best mapped continent on Earth.... The team used 187,585 images collected over six years to create the map."

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"Musk’s vision for the BFR places it among the most difficult engineering projects ever attempted by humans.... aerospace experts and the public are left asking how SpaceX can possibly build the enormous spaceship Musk has envisioned on the timelines he’s put forth. To get as close as possible to an answer, we spoke to a handful of aerospace industry experts who have ideas about how SpaceX will construct the BFR – including potential building materials, cutting-edge assembly processes, safety checks, and projected costs."

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"The first unmanned and autonomous sailboat has successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean.... The 1,800 mile journey took two and a half months. It was part of the Microtransat Challenge for robotic boats, and bolsters the possibility of unmanned boats being used for long-haul missions."

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"Today more than 40 million adults in America suffer from anxiety, and it is the most common mental illness in the United States. But even more of a crisis than the number of those diagnosed with anxiety is the number of people who are addicted to the drugs that treat it — and the rising number of people dying from overdoses."
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