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The former homeless man bringing web access to the Bronx

Image copyright Neture Image caption Marlin Jenkins is trying to bring broadband internet to poorer households The digital divide – the economic gap between those with internet access and those without – is a growing problem throughout the world, and not just in developing economies. Many people are trying the bridge this gap, and here are some of their stories. As a teenager, Marlin Jenkins was homeless for a couple of years. Now, aged 45, he is trying to help the 40% of households in New York’s Bronx district without…

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Prep: The battle to access ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prep reduces the risk of HIV-negative people acquiring the infection A “game-changing” drug in the fight against HIV reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But those at high risk of contracting the virus have struggled to get hold of the medication, despite the NHS trialling it across England. Ron, who is from London and in his 20s, asked about pre-exposure prophylaxis – known more commonly as Prep – at a sexual health clinic in autumn 2017, but was turned away partly because there…

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World Anti-Doping Agency to gain access to Russian laboratory nine days after deadline

Leading athletes have opposed the lifting of Russia’s suspension A World Anti-Doping Agency team will access the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s laboratory in Moscow on Wednesday, nine days after an initial deadline. Rusada was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada’s inspection team were denied full access to data. A three-year Wada suspension of Russian athletes was ended in September. Wada president Craig Reedie says access to the laboratory and data “will break a long impasse and will potentially lead to many cases being actioned”. Russia’s failure to offer…

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WADA denied Moscow lab data access, leaving Russia facing ban

TORONTO (Reuters) – Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is again on the verge of suspension after a World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team visiting a Moscow laboratory was denied access to raw data to complete its full reinstatement, WADA said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The five-member WADA team had spent a week in Russia but left the Moscow lab and returned home frustrated and without having retrieved any of the data…

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Facebook says companies got access to data only after user permission

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it did not give companies access to personal data of users without their permission, after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the social network allowed some tech giants far greater access to data than it had disclosed. The paper reported that Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without their consent, citing internal records that describe data-sharing deals that benefited more than 150 companies. “None of these partnerships or features gave companies access…

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Facebook says preferential data access was with user permission

A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it did not give some companies access to people’s data without their permission, after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the social network allowed some large technology companies greater access to user data. The paper reported that Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without their consent, citing documents from 2017. “None of…

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Canada gets consular access to second man detained in China

OTTAWA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Canadian diplomats gained consular access on Sunday to the second of two men detained by China over the past week, Canada’s foreign ministry said in a statement that gave few details, as China said it was ensuring their rights were protected. FILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives next to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not pictured) after a trip to North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, met Michael Spavor,…

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Canada says China has granted consular access to second detainee

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian diplomats received consular access on Sunday to the second of two men detained by China over the past week, Canada’s foreign ministry said in a statement that gave few details. Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives next to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not pictured) after a trip to North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China January 13, 2014. Picture taken January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, met Michael Spavor, the statement said. Spavor and Michael Kovrig were…

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Facebook gave preferential data access to certain companies: documents

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) gave some companies, including Netflix (NFLX.O) and Airbnb, preferential access to user data in 2015 as it limited services for most others, according to company emails and presentations released by a British lawmaker. A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The 223 pages of communication from 2012 to 2015 between high-level Facebook employees, including founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, show how the…

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Cuba offers 3G mobile internet access to citizens

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cubans will be invited to join the 3G network between Thursday and Saturday Cuba’s population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week. Telecom provider Etecsa said citizens would be able to start subscribing to the service from Thursday. Until now, locals have mostly relied on wi-fi hotspots and internet cafes and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others. This will change – but many will still be unable to…

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