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Chobani grows in 'Silicon Valley of food' despite turmoil

Chobani grows in 'Silicon Valley of food' despite turmoil

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The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists. "I hear the conversations here and there, but it's a peaceful community that we all love," said Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant. "It's the home of Chobani." Ulukaya spoke to The Associated Press before a Thursday announcement of a $ 20 million expansion of the company's facility in the city of Twin Falls — the world's largest yogurt plant — to serve as its global research and development center tackling how yogurt is made and consumed. It's a project Ulukaya says he's been planning for several years. As to what innovations the company
Government urged to act over computer science GCSEs

Government urged to act over computer science GCSEs

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More than half of England's secondary schools, 54%, did not offer GCSE computer science in 2015-16, a report from the Royal Society has found.It urged the government to increase spending on computer education tenfold over the next five years to ensure youngsters can "unlock the full potential of new technologies".The biggest issue was the lack of skilled teachers, the report found.The Department for Education said more pupils were choosing the subject."We want to ensure our future workforce has the skills we need to drive the future productivity and economy of this country and that is why the government made computing a compulsory part of the national curriculum," said a spokesperson."Computer science GCSE entries continue to rise more quickly than any other subject. "We recently saw an in...
Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

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Twitter has put a temporary hold on its general verifications following complaints about its 'blue ticks' lending gravitas to controversial figures.Verified accounts on Twitter receive a blue tick next to their name, establishing that the user is who they claim to be.In an extra-long tweet meeting the social media platform's new 280-character limit, Twitter's support account explained the move."Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance," the company said."We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon," the account added.A statement by Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, said: "W...
World record for creator of 'Iron Man' suit

World record for creator of 'Iron Man' suit

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It wasn't Hollywood but Richard Browning's bid to make world history was straight out of a superhero film.Browning set a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit this week.The founder and chief test pilot of British tech company Gravity Industries reached a speed of 32.02mph on his third attempt at Lagoona Park in Reading.Then he mis-timed a turn and dropped into the lake.It mattered little by then, however, as he had already made history.Adjudicator Pravin Patel from Guinness World Records was on hand to make sure that Browning's speed was measured accurately over at least 100 metres.The "Iron Man" suit is made up of six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, which each have 22kg of thrust.It is controlled solely by body movement so Browning had...
Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

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Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn.It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse.But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial.Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia, according to e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who is working with Facebook on the trial."We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any...