Remote-controlled contraceptive microchip could launch by 2018

Developed by researchers at MIT, the ‘digital pill’ implant could revolutionise birth control, allowing women to switch hormones on and off at the touch of a button

Fighting over the remote control could soon end up in more than just a channel-hopping battle, if researchers at MIT have their way. In the Bill Gates-funded quest for the next form of contraception, a Massachusetts startup has come up with a small remote-controlled chip, like a digital wifi version of the pill, that will allow women to switch their fertility on and off at the touch of a button.

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Tencent chief ‘richer than Google founders’

The value of China’s biggest social network company – Tencent Holdings – has overtaken that of Facebook.The company owns WeChat, an enormously popular messaging app in China, and hit gaming franchises such as League of Legends and Honour of Kings.

It is the first Asian firm to surpass a market value of $500bn (£377bn).Its chief executive, Ma Huateng, is now worth more than the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to Forbes.The magazine valued him at $48.3bn on Tuesday, making him the world’s ninth richest man according to its ranking.

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Easypaisa Discontinues its Virtual Debit Card Service

Easypaisa has discontinued its flagship Virtual Debit Card service, we have checked.

The service worked on the same principle as any debit card does. However, since those cards could be used online (for shopping etc.), consumers also used to call them as virtual credit cards as well.

Subul Naqvi, from Telenor Bank’s Corporate Communications division, confirmed the development and said that the bank has decided to pull back the service for now.

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The Power of Pervasive Encryption

The new z14 mainframe computer offers a chance to re-evaluate what a mainframe can do for an organization. Gone are the days when the mainframe was the only way to do computing. Today, there are new and different choices, and the z14 can make those choices practical.

The z14 features standard improvements that users have come to expect, such as faster, more efficient hardware chips. It also includes a pervasive encryption scheme that may prove to be as important as anything that was done to the computing hardware.

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Inundated by spam Facebook accounts, USA Today has asked the FBI to investigate

USA Today’s Facebook page is being inundated with likes from fake accounts, and its parent company, Gannett Co., has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate. Before a purge of such accounts last month, USA Today contends that spam accounts made up a significant percentage of the publication’s followers on the social media platform.

While the social media company recently stepped up its efforts to combat fake accounts by purging millions of fake accounts in April, Gannett has gone to the FBI, saying that it remains a target of these types of spam efforts. It’s not immediately clear if the agency will investigate. While fake accounts violate Facebook’s Terms of Service, doing so isn’t a crime, but the company notes that these types of accounts “risks damaging a publisher’s brand.”

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