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Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Technology
Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn't be on such apps at all — although they often are. "It is disturbing that Facebook, in the face of widespread concern, is aggressively marketing Messenger Kids to even more children," the Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood said in a statement t
South Korea showcases next-generation technology ahead of Olympics

South Korea showcases next-generation technology ahead of Olympics

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Three weeks ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a science exhibition offers a virtual preview of the Games through state-of-the-art technology.At the National Science Museum in Daejeon City, the tech hub of South Korea, visitors find themselves immersed in snowy surroundings as they rush down a slope on a bobsled or ski-jump off a ramp through virtual reality technology."I actually don't know much about winter sports so this was a fun way to learn about them. I'm kind of looking forward to the Olympics now," said Chang Seo-jin, a 24-year-old teacher from Seoul.Visitors can also take part in the world's first screen-curling game and, through augmented reality, step onto the stage of the official Pyeongchang Olympics award ceremony."In addition...
Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking past the Jacksonville Jaguars and ahead to the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. Now they have all offseason to look ahead to the 2018 season. Looking back, it's inexplicable how Steelers players felt the freedom to openly talk about a rematch with the Patriots when a team like the Jaguars was coming to town for a playoff game. The Steelers lost to the Jaguars by 21 points during the regular season. That should have been enough reason for the players to keep their mouths shut before the game. But they talked about playing the Patriots again and gave the Jaguars even more motivation. Changes are coming to the Steelers as a result. The makeup of this roster won't be the same next season. It never is. The coaching staff will change, too. Offensiv...
4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

World
For the second Friday in row, thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza and across the occupied West Bank turned out to protest more than a week after President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and days before his vice president visits the region. Nearly 400 Palestinians were injured today across the Palestinian territories, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Four Palestinians have also been shot dead by Israeli forces, two in the West Bank and two in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Today was the deadliest day since Trump's Dec. 6 announcement, and the funerals are expected to be held Saturday. In Gaza, one of the two Palestinians killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim, a paraplegic who lost both legs during an Israeli airstrike in th...
Jose Mourinho launches scathing attack on Manchester City players ahead of Manchester derby

Jose Mourinho launches scathing attack on Manchester City players ahead of Manchester derby

Sports
Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City's players go down very easily, with the Manchester United boss saying it only takes a "little bit of wind" to knock them over.The 175th Manchester derby is comfortably the biggest match of the Premier League season so far as second-place United attempt to claw back Pep Guardiola's runaway leaders.Eight points is the gap ahead of Sunday's mouth-watering Old Trafford encounter and Mourinho has looked to disrupt rivals City before a ball is kicked.While full of praise for Guardiola's side, the Portuguese used the opportunity to underline the unbeaten league leaders' apparent tendency to go to the deck."They are a good team," Mourinho said. "They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball."They have a good dynamic in attack, they have c...