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Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Technology
Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent "annoying" and "intrusive" ads being shown to users.Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last year.The choice of which ads to block will be determined by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) - made up of companies including Google and Facebook.Sites will have 30 days to remove disruptive ads before blocking begins.A survey of 40,000 US and European web users found that the most intrusive ads were full-page ads that hide the content of a web page and flashing animated ads, according to a blog by Chris Bentzel at Google."Chrome will automatically block ads on sites that fail the Better Ads Standards," wrote Bentzel."When at least one network request has b...
Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Business
Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city.Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls. You might also like:Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019. Analysis: Victoria Fritz, BBC transport correspondentIt's been a long time coming, but finally ...
Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceUS entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The mammoth vehicle - the most powerful since the shuttle system - lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean.It was billed as a risky test flight in advance of the lift-off.The SpaceX CEO said the challenges of developing the new rocket meant the chances of a successful first outing might be only 50-50.With this debut, the Falcon Heavy aims to become the most capable launch vehicle available. It is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tonnes - the equivalent of putting five London double-decker buses in space.Such performance is slightly more than double that of the world's...
ULA launches spy satellite from California

ULA launches spy satellite from California

Science
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.After ULA was forced to delay proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, the space company successfully launched its Delta IV rocket at 5:11 p.m. ET, 2:11 p.m. local time, on Friday.A ground system helium problem caused blastoff to be delayed by more than hour.The blastoff and initial phases of the rocket's flight were a success."Payload fairing jettison," ULA tweeted, before concluding its coverage of the mission.Because the mission involved the deployment of a spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, ULA ended its coverage of the flight early.Friday's launch was originally supposed to happen on Wednesday, but was pushed to Thursday due to high winds. Thursday's att...
SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

SpaceX launches Zuma spacecraft, most secretive mission to date

Science
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- SpaceX successfully launched an undisclosed national security payload on Sunday night.The Falcon 9 rocket launched at approximately 8 p.m. ET from the company's launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket's first stage was a controlled landing back on Earth at Landing Zone 1.Falcon 9 first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1. pic.twitter.com/679wN4F8kX— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 8, 2018Originally scheduled to launch in November, problems with the rocket caused officials to delay plans by several weeks. Another launch attempt was set for Jan. 4, but the bomb cyclone that brought heavy snow and winds to much of the East Coast last week further delayed the mysterious mission.The Falcon 9 rocket carried Zuma, a U.S. government spacecraft, into low-Earth