Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - Twitter says it will hide tweets by world leaders and politicians that break its rules but have been left online "in the public interest", reports BBC,
Tweets from prominent government officials that break the platform's rules but have been left online will be hidden behind a notice.
The company accepted it had not clearly communicated many of the decisions it had made in the past.
But the new notice will only be applied to tweets sent after 27 June.
Twitter's critics say the platform does not enforce its rules evenly, allowing politicians to break its rules on abuse, harassment and incitement.
In the past, Twitter has defended some of its decisions by saying the tweets in question were "newsworthy".
For example, in September 2017 the company said it had decided to leave a controversial tweet by US President Donald Trump online.
In the tweet, Mr Trump said: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"
Many people interpreted the message as a threat to North Korea.
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Although Twitter decided the post was newsworthy, there was no indication of this on the Twitter app or website.
Twitter did not say whether any particular politician had inspired the change to its rules.
Tweets placed behind the new notice will no longer appear in search results and will not be promoted by the platform's algorithms.
Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - New York City officials declared a climate emergency in an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming, reports CNN.
It's the largest city in the US, with over 8.62 million inhabitants.
The New York City Council passed the legislation Wednesday, calling for an immediate response to the global climate crises. The bill referenced several reports on the state of global warming and its impact, imparting that extreme weather events brought about by rising temperatures demonstrates that the planet is "too hot to be a safe environment."
"The United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate emergency and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition toward a green economy, and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly address these existential threats," lawmakers wrote.
Climate emergency declarations typically don't contain policy measures on how to slow climate change, but function as symbols of municipalities' commitment to fighting it with future legislation.
More than 670 governments in 15 countries have declared climate emergencies, according to data from Innovation for Cool Earth Forum. But only 18 of those local governments, not including New York, are in the US, such as San Francisco and Hoboken, New Jersey.
Los Angeles hasn't formally declared an emergency but is included in the Forum's count for initiatives that city council members have made to combat climate change.
New York's declaration is significant for the sheer scope of its constituency: The next-largest council to make the statement counts just under 1 million inhabitants.
In May, the UK became the first national government to declare a climate emergency.
San Francisco, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — The man behind the iconic designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad is leaving Apple.
Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is departing after more than two decades at Apple to start his own design firm, the company said Thursday.
But he's not completely severing ties with the company he has worked at for nearly 30 years. Apple said it will be one of Ive's clients at his new firm.
The Cupertino, California, company did not give an exact date for his departure.
Ive has been a fixture on Apple's design team since the early 1990s and is known for shaping Apple's signature rounded, stylish designs.
He is often pointed to as the visionary behind what set Apple apart from its competitors — technology that didn't just look like boxes of wires, but that was fashionable and trendy.
Ive joined the company in 1992 as a young senior designer. Apple's co-founder and longtime leader Steve Jobs was in the midst of his 12-year exile at the time, and upon his return he named Ive senior vice president of industrial design.
The pair were known to work closely together in the decades before Jobs' death in 2011 — once, Jobs referred to Ive as his "spiritual partner."
Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," quotes the Jobs describing Ive as "wickedly intelligent in all ways."
"He gets the big picture as well as the most infinitesimal details about each product. And he understands that Apple is a product company. He is not just a designer," Jobs told Isaacson. "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me."
The name for Ive's new design company, LoveFrom, comes from something Jobs once said to him, Ive told the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.
Jobs said making something with "love and care" was a fundamental component and doing so meant you were "expressing your gratitude to humanity, to the species."
"I so identified with that motivation and was moved by his description," Ive said.
Ive, Isaacson wrote, is a fan of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who "preached the gospel of 'less but better.'" Apple's designs, led by Ive, have become synonymous with elegant simplicity.
"Simplicity isn't just a visual style," Ive told Isaacson. "It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep."
Ive was eventually promoted to his head of design role, where he shaped the simplistic and people-friendly phones and computers for which Apple has become known. Ive had a say in it all, from the bright, rounded iMacs of the 1990s to the sleek, silver and black iPhones of today.
In more recent years, Ive put part of his focus into designing the company's giant spaceship-like campus, Apple Park.
Ive, who grew up outside London, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2012. He studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England, and founded his own design company called Tangerine — work that would lead him to Apple.
He won't be immediately replaced. Two of his deputies will report directly to the company's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, who has led the development of the Apple Watch.
Dallas, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — A Texas jury ruled Wednesday that Chinese technology giant Huawei stole trade secrets from a Silicon Valley startup, but jurors declined to levy damages, saying Huawei didn't benefit from the theft.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Sherman, Texas, also rejected Huawei's claims that Cnex Labs Inc. co-founder Yiren Huang stole its technology while he worked at a Huawei subsidiary.
Huawei Technologies Co. is embroiled in a trade dispute between China and the U.S., which has accused Chinese companies such as Huawei of committing forced technology transfers and stealing trade secrets.
The Cnex case isn't directly related to that trade dispute, though it's overseen by the same federal judge, Amos Mazzant III, who is assigned to a Huawei lawsuit against the U.S. government. Huawei says that a ban on federal agencies and contractors buying its equipment is unconstitutional.
Cnex General Counsel Matthew Gloss called Huawei a "bully," saying, "We're a small company. We didn't seek this fight .... They wanted to shut us down."
In a statement, Huawei called the Cnex ruling a "mixed verdict" and said it was considering its next steps.
Cnex, which has financial backing from Microsoft and Dell Technologies, works on solid-state drives, the types of storage common in smartphones and other popular devices. They start faster and are more reliable than traditional hard disks, though they are typically more expensive.
Huawei said Huang started Cnex three days after leaving Huawei's Futurewei unit in 2013 and began filing patent applications less than a month later based on work he did there. Huawei also accused Huang of poaching its employees and alleged that one was caught downloading thousands of pages of confidential Huawei documents.
The jury found that Huang did violate a contract provision regarding disclosing patent applications, but it awarded no damages after concluding Futurewei didn't prove harm.
Lawyers for San Jose, California-based Cnex countered that Futurewei hired Huang in 2011 as a pretext to steal his ideas. In court documents, Cnex accused Huawei Deputy Chairman Eric Xu of directing an effort to reverse-engineer Cnex technology. Huawei lawyers denied the accusation.
Dhaka, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) - Get ready to see another world from the eyes of a dragonfly — at least, a robotic one.
NASA said Thursday that it's sending a drone called Dragonfly to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Using propellers, the drone will fly and land on several spots on the icy moon to study whether it can support microbial life.
The nuclear-powered mission is part of NASA's competitive New Frontiers program, which launched the New Horizons spacecraft that became the first to visit dwarf planet Pluto.
Dragonfly beat out nearly a dozen proposed projects, including a mission to collect samples from a nearby comet. The drone is slated to launch in 2026 and arrive at Titan in 2034. The plan is to land on some of Titan's dunes and later on a crater. Development costs for the mission are capped at around $850 million.
"What really excites me about this mission is that Titan has all the ingredients needed for life," said Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division.
Titan is a haze-covered world with a thick atmosphere. The moon has lakes of methane, mountains of ice and an ocean below the surface, making it an attractive place to explore whether its environment can support primitive life.
"We are absolutely thrilled, and everyone is just raring to go and take the next steps in exploring Titan," said project leader Elizabeth Turtle of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
Titan was last studied by the international Cassini-Huygens mission. In 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, ending two decades of exploration.