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Harvard freshmen's ouster over posts draws broad response

Harvard freshmen's ouster over posts draws broad response

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Few college-bound kids lose their shot, and their slot, at their dream school once they get in, but it happened at one of the world's most elite institutions and for a reason that has, until recently, hardly registered in the university admissions process: social media. Harvard University's decision to rescind admission offers to 10 incoming freshmen because of offensive Facebook posts comes at a time of heightened attention to free speech and student conduct on U.S. college campuses, and has stirred debate far beyond the halls of the Ivy League school. Other schools say it's an eye-opener for those involved in the admissions process. "We're going to continue to watch how this unfolds and, with other higher ed institutions, learn from it," said Janet Bonkowski, spokeswoman for the Univers...
Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

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Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee.The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server.Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.Political biases exposedThe huge cache of data was discovered last week by Chris Vickery, a cyber-risk analyst with security firm UpGuard. The information seems to have been collected from a wide range of sources - from posts on controversial banned threads on the social network Reddit, to committees that raised funds for the Republican Party.The informati...
If it flies or hovers, it will be at the Paris Air Show

If it flies or hovers, it will be at the Paris Air Show

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While Airbus and Boeing will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air Show with their battle for ever-larger slices of the lucrative pie in the sky, a lot of the really interesting stuff will be going on elsewhere at the upcoming biennial aviation and defense industry gathering. Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet will crane necks with high-speed aerial displays, drones will again be a hot topic and a would-be flying car will aim to show that it is closer to getting off the ground as a consumer ride. Defense contractors will be seeking customers for their latest high-tech weapons, including drones designed to act as wingmen to piloted aircraft in battle. More peacefully, there'll be the launch of a distress beacon with an integrated GPS transmitter to help locate planes that go down — an issue of
Questions raised over Battersea Power Station

Questions raised over Battersea Power Station

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The cage that hoists you to the top of the north west chimney of Battersea Power station, 102 metres high, stops with a shudder.Clamber out and you see a wide and telling view. You're eye level with the three other famous chimneys; around you, the cavernous, hollow interior of the turbine hall and switch houses; below, three thousand builders on site, a hive of activity; and following the flow of Thames up to Vauxhall, a mess of crane-strewn sites, the biggest redevelopment project in Europe.I'm here to see the finishing touches put, by hand, to the chimney. One of the conditions for redeveloping the power station was keeping the power station.They were in bad shape, so they were laser scanned, demolished, then rebuilt - using the same technique as their original construction in the 1930s....
Shoppers may see big changes after Amazon buys Whole Foods

Shoppers may see big changes after Amazon buys Whole Foods

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Amazon's $ 13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods could mean big changes for the way people buy groceries — and just about everything else.Amazon could try to use automation and data analysis to draw more customers to stores while helping Whole Foods cut costs and perhaps prices. Meanwhile, the more than 460 Whole Foods stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. could be turned into distribution hubs — not just for delivering groceries, but also as pickup centers for online orders.Walmart, which has the largest share of the U.S. food market, has already been pushing harder into e-commerce to build on strength in its stores and groceries. It announced Friday that it's buying online men's clothing retailer Bonobos for $ 310 million, following a string of online acquisitions such as ModCloth a