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Bangladesh Bans Facebook, Chat Apps for Security Reasons

Bangladesh authorities insisted Tuesday an almost week-long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved.

The government last Wednesday ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked over fears of unrest after the country's highest court rejected appeals by two top opposition leaders against the death penalty for war crimes.

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New York Launches App to Fight Terror

New Yorkers can now warn authorities of suspect activities with a tap, thanks to a smartphone phone app to fight terror unveiled Monday on the eve of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

With "See Something, Send Something," people in New York state can quickly send information, be it a short text or photograph, to the New York State Intelligence Center.

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U.S. Embassy in Qatar Warns of Fake Social Media Accounts

The U.S. embassy in Qatar on Monday warned web users about fake social media accounts in the name of its ambassador created "to scam people out of money."

"We have recently been made aware of fake social media accounts claiming to be Ambassador Dana Shell Smith," the embassy said in a press release. 

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BDL Accelerate 2015 to Gather Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Support Institutions from 5 Continents

BDL Accelerate 2015 will gather entrepreneurs, investors, and support institutions from key emerging startup ecosystems across 5 continents. BDL Accelerate 2015 will host 3,000 attendees, 100 speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 100 startups from around the world. BDL Accelerate 2015 will be hosting 2 startup competitions, 2 workshop spaces and 2 hackathons.

Hackathon is not a word one hears everyday but in the tech world it is not so foreign. A Hackathon is an event that provides space for creatives and tech-geeks to come together, form groups around a challenge or idea and collaboratively create unique solutions from scratch. The end result could be a website, mobile app or even a robot.

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Nuclear and Renewable: S.Africa's Ambitious New Energy Mix

Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding the regular power cuts that have hobbled the economy in recent years.

Solar and wind energy plants are mushrooming across the country while the government is planning a huge -- and controversial -- expansion of nuclear power.

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Virtual Reality App Brings Crisis Zones Closer to Home

Bombed-out buildings tower overhead, and rubble is piled high in the deserted streets of Syria's onetime economic hub Aleppo. Gunshots can be heard in the distance.

The destruction of four years of civil war is overwhelming -- and then you switch your phone off.

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UAE Channels Oil Money into Alternative Energy

Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the United Arab Emirates' oil wells run dry.

Driverless electric cars shuttle between energy-saving buildings topped with arrays of solar panels.

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Hackers May Hit Home for the Holidays

It could be a merry holiday season for hackers, with millions of new and potentially vulnerable Internet-connected gadgets hitting the market.

Security experts say the vulnerabilities of "Internet of Things" devices such as fitness bands, smartwatches, drones and connected appliances could be exploited as consumers adopt these products for the holiday season.

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Pressure for Yahoo Turnaround Puts Squeeze on Mayer

Lack of a long-awaited turnaround at Yahoo has put pressure on chief executive Marissa Mayer to prove she has what it takes to revive the faded Internet pioneer.

Investors, who were already disappointed by low momentum under Mayer, were given more to worry about this week.

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UK Communications Spooks Seek Hipster Cyber Skills

Britain's communications intelligence agency said on Thursday it had spray-painted job adverts on London streets popular with hipsters to woo more employees with cyber skills.

East London's gritty but funky Shoreditch area is more known for its bearded and tattooed denizens than the posh, well-dressed agents associated with British intelligence, but officials say they are trying to break the mold.

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