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Zuckerberg's European Parliament testimony criticised

Zuckerberg's European Parliament testimony criticised

Technology
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to EU lawmakers for the company's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform.Mr Zuckerberg apologised for Facebook's tools being used "for harm".But his testimony did not please all MEPs at the meeting, some of whom felt he had dodged their questions.One leading UK politician later said the session at the European Parliament had been a "missed opportunity"."Unfortunately the format of questioning allowed Mr Zuckerberg to cherry-pick his responses and not respond to each individual point," said Damian Collins, chair of the UK Parliament's Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee.The format was very different from that of Mr Zuck...
Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Technology
Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe.The move comes as the firm faces a series of questions from lawmakers and regulators around the world over its handling of personal data.The change revolves around which users will be regulated via its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook said it planned clearer privacy rules worldwide.The move, reported by Reuters, will see Facebook users outside the EU governed by Facebook Inc in the US rather than Facebook Ireland.It is widely seen as a way of the social network avoiding having to apply the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to countries outside the EU.The change will affect more than 70% of its more than two billion memb...
Half of European flights face delay after glitch

Half of European flights face delay after glitch

World
Half of flights travelling across Europe face delays due to computer failures, the continent's air safety group said.The continent-wide system which determines when and where planes can safely fly, land and take-off failed at about lunchtime on Tuesday, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) said.Half of flights across Europe face being delayed by the failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS).There has been a failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.  Contingency procedures are being put in place which will have the effect of reducing the capacity of the European network by approximately 10%.  Further information will be provided as soon as possible.— EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) April 3, 2018We very much regret
European Space Agency teams with ICEYE Finnish start-up

European Space Agency teams with ICEYE Finnish start-up

Science
The European Space Agency is to work with Finnish start-up ICEYE on ways to exploit its novel radar satellites. ICEYE-X1 was launched in January - the first of multiple spacecraft that will go up in the coming years. About the size of a suitcase, these are the world's smallest synthetic aperture radar satellites and cost a fraction of traditional platforms. The Esa/ICEYE cooperation will focus on technology development and uses for the forthcoming constellation. It will see future satellites - in particular, their radar antenna design - being tested at the agency's technical centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, Netherlands. Esa's Earth observation headquarters (ESRIN) at Frascati, Italy, will also assist with calibration and validation of the ICEYE data. The agency is keen to see how radar images ...