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Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

Technology
Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content."Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities," explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday.The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out more widely.It comes after Facebook announced that it was making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent."Starting today, we're going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city," Mr Zuckerberg said in his post. "If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed," he added. Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook users who are made aware of what is happening in thei...
Facebook to train teens in anti-bullying drive

Facebook to train teens in anti-bullying drive

Technology
Facebook is to train "tens of thousands" of students from every secondary school in the UK as digital safety ambassadors over the next two years.The social media giant is partnering with Childnet International and The Diana Award to help pupils in more than 4,500 schools become digital leaders and anti-bullying ambassadors.Research suggests 72% of teenagers would prefer to confide in a peer if they were being bulled online - and 55% said they would rather deal with an issue alone than speak to an adult.Pupils will have access to face-to-face training, online resources and forums to help them deal with digital safety.Video:Simplified leaflets for children to explain online rightsThe investment from Facebook came after the UK Government announced plans to introduce a new tax on social media ...
Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

World
Women in Saudi Arabia will soon have the right to drive, according to a royal decree issued by the country's King Salman.The kingdom has long been the only state in the world where women are prohibited from driving, and the ban has been the subject of extensive protests in and outside the country.In the royal decree issued on Tuesday, King Salman stated women would have the right to obtain driving licences.A ministerial body will be formed to advise on the change within the next 30 days, and will go on to implement the new rules by June 2018, according to the decree.The news was met with joy in Saudi Arabia, with men and women dancing in the streets in celebration.Image:Women have come to depend on taxis and ride hailing services like UberThe Saudi ambassador to the US said the guardianshi...
Canada Pension Funds may drive in Rs 4000 crore to India

Canada Pension Funds may drive in Rs 4000 crore to India

Finance
Canada-based pension funds PSP Investments and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) are in talks to invest Rs 4,000 crore in an investment platform co-promoted by the government of India-sponsored National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), persons directly familiar with the matter said. The funds could invest in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) floated by NIIF to fund toll and annuitybased road projects, they said. The three parties are currently negotiating the structure of the partnership, which could entail the creation of a supervisory board in which the funds will have representation. The board will monitor investments made by the SPV. NIIF may invest a similar amount of money in the SPV to acquire a proportionate equity holding in the investment platform or may rope in ot