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The world’s largest social network may begin hosting articles and videos from partners including Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The New York Times in May, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new “Instant Articles” feature, which has been in the works since March, is said to offer publishers a generous deal on advertising, allowing them to keep 100 percent of revenue from ads they sell themselves, and 70 percent of ads sold on their behalf by Facebook. (Wall Street Journal)
The German government has ordered a preliminary investigation into claims its own agents spied on European partners and companies for the United States. It is claimed that in 2013 the BND foreign intelligence agency ordered agents to delete 12,000 IP addresses, email addresses and phone numbers identifying its targets. (Reuters)
The Labour party has admitted that it supports widely-criticised Tory plans to place new controls and age verification checks on pornography. Speaking to WIRED, Labour said it was “supportive of proposals to introduce age-restriction checks on online pornography sites” but would not outline specifics. A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats said it shared “concerns” about children accessing pornography but refused to confirm if it would back the policy. (WIRED)
The $300m boxing showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather was a disappointing sporting spectacle, but it did appear to be a big hit on Twitter’s live video streaming app Periscope as viewers attempted to circumvent the $100 pay-per-view charge. Reports say thousands of users hosted or tuned into streams of the fight, rather than pay to watch the event in bars, or at home on TV. (The Verge)
Dave Goldberg, investor, SurveyMonkey chief executive and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has died at the age of 47. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Goldberg was “an amazing person”, as figures from across tech and business paid tribute on social media after his unexpected death. (BBC)
An update to an automated planet-hunting telescope has led to the discovery of three exoplanets orbiting a star just 54 light years from Earth. The star system HD 7924, which has at least three worlds orbiting very close to their host sun, was found with the Lick Observatory in California, the Keck telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Automatic Photometric Telescope in Arizona. Hundreds of measurements and tweaks to the telescopes were needed to confirm the planets’ existence. (SEN)
Facebook has unveiled a dramatic addition to the capital’s skyline, in the form of a dynamic lighting system built into the London Eye. Every day until 7 May, Facebook will “transform” the London Eye into a pie chart, visualising the daily conversations taking place on the social network about the parties and issues in the 2015 General Election. (Telegraph)
A brother and sister development team have created a lossless image compression algorithm, and named it ‘Piper Pied’ in tribute to the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley — which revolves around the fortunes of a fictional compression tech named Pied Piper. Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly developed the system and presented it at Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY Hackathon. (Techcrunch)
Ars Technica has the inside story on how Selerity, a real-time news and analytics service, was able to post Twitter’s latest financial results before Twitter — with disastrous results for the service’s share price. Selerity says it was down to basic web skills and reporting, not high-tech bit wrangling. “In particular it’s important to understand that this was not a “hack”,” writes the company’s CTO. “Anyone with a Web browser and an Internet connection could have followed the links from the main investor relations page to the same PDF file that Selerity found.” (Ars Technica)
Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new look at an unmanned aircraft which is able to fly its own search and rescue missions. “This application of the unmanned K-MAX enables day or night transport of wounded personnel to safety without endangering additional lives,” said Jay McConville, director of business development for Unmanned Integrated Solutions at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. (Lockheed Martin)
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