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To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes…

Soutik Biswas / BBC : To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes   —  Mobs have lynched at least 25 people across India after reading false rumours spread on WhatsApp.  Now the authorities in one Indian state …

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Michael Rothenberg files suit against Silicon Valley Bank, alleges it transferred $4.25M to the wrong account, making it appear he had misappropriated…

Stephen Shankland / CNET : Michael Rothenberg files suit against Silicon Valley Bank, alleges it transferred $4.25M to the wrong account, making it appear he had misappropriated funds   —  Mike Rothenberg's story has all the elements of a Silicon Valley drama: A wunderkind shakes up the venture capitalist business …

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Stratolaunch announces new launch vehicles and reusable space plane

Stratolaunch, the commercial space firm founded by Paul Allen back in 2011, has revealed a bit more of its plan for taking payloads to orbit via one of the world’s biggest planes. It’s now working on a pair of its own rocket-powered launch vehicles, and is in the early phases of creating a reusable, crew-capable space plane. The company’s main claim to fame so far is the unnamed aircraft that will be doing the heavy lifting. Its 385-foot wingspan is the world’s largest — but it’s necessary to provide room in the middle for its intended launch vehicle cargo. The Stratolaunch technique is in some ways similar to that being pursued by Virgin Galactic: use a big plane to get a rocket off the ground and past the worst of the atmosphere, which then drops off and fires up on its own. Looks like this: It saves fuel and is in some ways safer and more reliable, as there’s no need to worry about the weather or other low-altitude problems. Until this announcement it wasn’t clear just what that rocket-powered craft would be, except Orbital ATK’s proven but relatively diminutive Pegasus. Today’s announcement makes it clear that Stratolaunch intends to provide a variety of in-house options. Left to right: MLV, MLV Heavy and Space Plane First is the Medium Launch Vehicle or MLV, which will carry up to 3,400 kilograms up to a 400 kilometer orbit; then there’s its big sibling, the imaginatively named MLV Heavy, which with two additional cores can lift up to 6,000 kilograms. The former is aiming for deployment in 2022, while the latter has no date as yet.

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One Medical may be in talks to raise more than $200 million

One Medical, the company hoping to disrupt the doctor’s office with concierge services, virtual visits and same-day appointments, is rumored to be in late-stage talks with the Carlyle Group for $200 million in funding, according to CNBC . The firm is also looking to buy an additional $100 million worth of shares from existing investors, according to the report. We’ve reached out to the Carlyle Group and One Medical for more information. One Medical has so far raised over $180 million, including from Alphabet’s venture arm GV and Benchmark Capital, to bring its idea of accessible healthcare to areas covering San Francisco, NYC, Seattle and several other cities across the country. The latest calculation put the company at just over $1 billion in valuation. This new cash infusion would more than double its coffers, bringing the total raised to more than $380 million.

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Analysis of 200+ EU news sites shows that, since GDPR came into effect, on average 22% fewer cookies and 7% fewer social sharing buttons per-page are…

Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer : Analysis of 200+ EU news sites shows that, since GDPR came into effect, on average 22% fewer cookies and 7% fewer social sharing buttons per-page are loaded   —  The number of tracking cookies on EU news sites has gone down by 22% according to a report by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford …

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