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Prosus, Naspers cutting 30% of jobs at corporate offices

Prosus NV and its South African parent Naspers are cutting up to 30% of jobs at their corporate offices, the Dutch technology investor said. Prosus NV and its South African parent Naspers are cutting up to 30% of jobs at their corporate offices, the Dutch technology investor said. The companies are the latest major technology-based firms to make layoffs, after Google parent Alphabet's big cuts announced last week. "We are adapting to a changing macro environment and have been working for some time to strengthen our cost structures," a Prosus spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Prosus and Naspers have around 15 corporate offices around the world, with the largest ones in Johannesburg and Amsterdam. "Today we are announcing a reduction of some roles as we realign our...
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Dutch hacker obtained virtually all Austrians’ personal data, police say

A Dutch hacker obtained and offered for sale the full name, address and date of birth of virtually everyone in Austria… A Dutch hacker arrested in November obtained and offered for sale the full name, address and date of birth of virtually everyone in Austria, the Alpine nation's police said on Wednesday. A user believed to be the hacker offered the data for sale in an online forum in May 2020, presenting it as "the full name, gender, complete address and date of birth of presumably every citizen" in Austria, police said in a statement, adding that investigators had confirmed its authenticity. The trove comprised close to nine million sets of data, police said. Austria's population is roughly 9.1 million. The hacker had also put "similar data sets" from Italy, the Netherlands an...
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Glitch hits James Webb Space Telescope! Gone forever? Big setback for NASA

In a big setback for NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope's NIRISS instrument is currently unavailable due to a glitch. Here's what happened. Since its launch on 25th December 2021, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has provided us with numerous stunning images and information. It has looked back in time almost as far as the Big Bang itself. However, NASA just suffered a big setback as the NIRISS (Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph) instrument on the telescope has experienced a communications delay. It caused its flight software to time out, NASA said in a statement. The Webb telescope's instrument is currently unavailable for science observations.Notably, James Webb Telescope had suffered another setback when its main mirror was hit by a meteorite. It had affected the da...
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Surprise! NASA’s Lucy spacecraft gets a new asteroid target!

NASA's Lucy team has identified a small, as-yet unnamed asteroid in the inner main belt, designated (152830) 1999 VD57, as a potential new and useful target for the spacecraft. NASA's Lucy spacecraft has got a new asteroid target. According to the information provided by the space research organisation, Lucy spacecraft will add another asteroid encounter to its 4-billion-mile journey. On November 1, 2023, the spacecraft will get a close-up view of a small main-belt asteroid to conduct an engineering test of the spacecraft's innovative asteroid-tracking navigation system. The Lucy mission is already breaking records by planning to visit nine asteroids during its 12-year tour of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun at the same distance as Jupiter. Originally, Lucy was n...
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Ancient green comet shows a BIZARRE tail; Know what caused this phenomenon

The green comet, Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), has begun showing a strange phenomenon known as the anti-tail. Know what it is. In the last few days, the ancient green comet, Comet C.2022 E3 (ZTF), which will soon reach its closest point to the Earth and that too after 50,000 years, has been showing some peculiar development. It all began on January 12 when the comet reached its perihelion (the point in its orbit which is closest to the Sun). As it moved away from the Sun, it was first struck by fast-moving solar winds which resulted in a brief period where the comet's tail appeared to be disconnected from the comet. And now, another strange phenomenon has hit the comet where it has developed an ‘anti-tail'.The tail of a comet is the bright glow behind it which moves in a straight line. It i...
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How Android phones in India will change A LOT; What the CCI rules changes for you

CCI-Google outcome: Android phone users in India will witness a lot of changes going ahead. The CCI has imposed a set of new regulations on Google in India for the Android OS platform and as of now, there are some big changes coming our way. The CCI's directives aim to make it a fair competition for all app store owners and other app developers in India, ending Google's monopoly on certain aspects of your Android phone. Even though Google expressed objections on the directives, it has to follow them if it wants to have a presence in India.While the directive is slightly complex, here is a simple breakdown of how the directive will affect Android-based smartphones in India. Note that the changes will also require Google's partners for a wide-scale implementation, which includes partne...
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Pathaan OTT release: Know when, where to watch the Shah Rukh Khan starrer online

Shah Rukh Khan has dazzled the silver screen after a long time. You do not want to miss out on the Pathaan OTT release. Find out when and where to watch the action thriller. Despite the initial controversy, Pathaan made its theatrical release yesterday, January 25 and has opened to packed theaters. The movie marks Shah Rukh Khan's return as a protagonist of a movie after four long years. And fans have flocked to the big screen to watch the iconic actor play the role of an international spy. But if you do not prefer the crowded theaters and like to watch films from the comfort of your own home, then it will delight you to know that Pathaan OTT release might come sooner than expected. Check details to know when and where to watch the action thriller film online.Pathaan OTT release: Det...
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Geomagnetic storms may be predicted days in advance, says study

Geomagnetic storms could be predicted days in advance, giving people time for preparation, according to a recent study. The Sun has been in the middle of its solar cycle, which has led to high solar activity. As a result, sunspot eruptions, solar storms, solar flares and more, have all plagued Earth for the past months. Although this solar activity might seem harmless due to the distance of the Sun from our planet, they can cause major damage. At the moment, there is a very short window between when the geomagnetic storm alert gets issued and when it hits. However, it could soon change, courtesy of an amazing research done by scientists. According to Phys.org, scientists at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, in collaboration with expert from the Leibniz Institute fo...
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Perseverance Mars Rover shares latest selfie; NASA asks people to find lightsab

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover has shared a selfie on Twitter asking people if they can find the lightsab in the picture. NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover has been quite busy. However, after a busy schedule, the rover has now shared a selfie on its Twitter handle asking people to find lightsab (sample tubes) in the image. Sharing the image, it wrote, "If you've been following along, you know I've been busy in the last few weeks, setting down some very special items for possible return to Earth via #MarsSampleReturn. How many lightsab…I mean sample tubes can you spot in my latest selfie?"Following the question to find the tube, the Perseverance Mars Rover shared another image saying, "We've got some good sample hunters in the comments! Many can pick out two tubes fairly easily by follow...