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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday.

  UofM awarded $1M grant to establish automation and robotics training center

Trump backs proposed TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

Oracle and TikTok struck a deal. What it is, none will say

Source: Oracle wins TikTok over Microsoft in Trump-urged bid

  Students and teachers notice WIFI issues at school

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Facebook curbs political ads - for 7 days before US election

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

TikTok to fight Trump over his pending order to ban its app

  Nonprofit donates 37 telehealth devices to aid during pandemic

  Facebook building Tennessee data center worth more than $800 million

Entergy Arkansas to upgrade service near Hardy

  Navy laser takes down drone in weapons test

The U.S. Navy has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can disable an aircraft mid-flight.

  Jonesboro Municipal Airport working on repairs after tornado

The tornado that hit Jonesboro still leaves its mark; the Jonesboro Municipal Airport still tries to repair issues caused following the devastation.

FCC calls hours-long T-Mobile service outage ‘unacceptable’

The head of the U.S. communications regulator said T-Mobile’s nationwide, hours-long outage Monday was “unacceptable” and that the Federal Communications Commission will investigate.

  Chancellor explains ‘Virtual Town Hall’ for campus

Arkansas State University wants to include discussion among students, faculty, and alumni about things they can improve upon on campus and they’re doing it by providing a virtual town hall meeting.

With rare candor, employees protest Facebook’s Trump policy

‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

Sen. Hawley writes to Twitter CEO on ‘editorializing Pres. Trump’s tweets’

SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style

  NASA, SpaceX pick May 27 to resume first astronaut launches in US since 2011

South By Southwest 2020 canceled by City of Austin due to Coronavirus concerns

  Possible signs of life: Mars rover finds organic matter

Scientists hope their research can help determine if life exists or ever existed on Mars.

Groundbreaking NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Johnson was portrayed in the movie "Hidden Figures."

Melania Trump asks governors’ spouses to tackle cyberassault

The first lady says there’s a need “now more than ever” to teach children healthy behavior.

  Crime decreasing due to Skycops, Jonesboro police say

Jonesboro Police Department’s eyes in the skies reduced crime since being placed within the city; officials say they have done what they’re supposed to do.

  College aims to make history with unique gunsmithing course

The college says course curriculums will come from major gunsmithing companies like Choate Machine and Tool, Remington, Sig Sauer, and CZ-USA.

PETA wants Punxsutawney Phil replaced with robot

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking that Punxsutawney Phil be replaced by an animatronic groundhog.

34 years ago NASA lost 7 astronauts when Challenger exploded

On this day 34 years ago, seven astronauts perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over Cape Canaveral.

23andMe lays off more than 10% of its workforce as DNA kit sales slump

People may be more reluctant to share their DNA now because of privacy concerns.

  New Raleigh Amazon facility will be Tennessee’s 1st to use Amazon Robotics technology

Amazon will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday on its sixth fulfillment center in Tennessee, this time in Memphis, and the first to use Amazon Robotics technology.

Ole Miss launching robot food delivery service

Ordering food just got easier for students at the University of Mississippi.

  USDA grant to connect rural Arkansans to internet

Sen. John Boozman’s office announced Tuesday that a $7.1 million USDA grant will fund two high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in Baxter, Marion, and Stone Counties.

Legislation filed in Mo. to fight call ‘spoofing’

House Bill 2175 would add call spoofing to Missouri’s existing no-call list statute.

NSA discovers security flaw in Windows, Microsoft issues fix

The NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone.

Canadian officials accidentally push nuke alert to millions

The initial message said the incident had occurred at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, though it added there had been no abnormal release of radioactivity from the station.

  CWL customers to soon text outages, see fixes faster

City Water and Light officials are working to improve their communication via text.

  Mid-South woman files class action lawsuit against Ring after camera hacked in daughter’s bedroom

Ashley LeMay first spoke with WMC Action News 5 in early December. She says the camera was only up for a few days before someone hacked the device.

Facebook to tackle efforts to interfere with 2020 US census

That includes the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and the consequences of taking part.

  17-year-old arrested after threatening Sikeston Jr. High School student

Police said a threat was made using the Snapchat app on Dec. 12.

  FedEx works to pump out packages during online holiday shopping influx

In fact, FedEx expects to move twice its regular volume of packages today and next Monday.

  Wi-Fi added to attract community to school events

One school is adding Wi-Fi to their arenas for game enthusiasts to use saying they’re hoping it will bring in more crowds.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

AT&T will pay $60 million to settle the government’s allegation that it misled customers of unlimited-data plans by slowing down service for heavy users.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

AT&T will pay a $60 million fine to settle the government's allegation that it misled customers of its unlimited-data plans

  Memphis experiences incredible national exposure over past year

Between College GameDay's visit to Memphis, “Bluff City Law,” Facebook’s national ad campaign and Hallmark’s “Christmas at Graceland” franchise it’s been a great year of publicity for the city.

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

Several senators have recently noted concerns about censorship and data collection on TikTok.

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1B, stepping back into wearables

Fitbit makes a range of devices, from basic trackers that mostly count steps to smartwatches that can display messages and notifications from phones.

Update your iPhone or your internet might go away

Apple says you might not be able to get on the internet with old software.

Tassle keychain mobile power banks recalled due to fire hazard

The recall is due to a fire hazard from the lithium battery.

Facebook clarifies Zuckerberg remarks on false political ads

Facebook reiterated its policy of not removing misleading or bogus political ads Thursday, clarifying its own policies after CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered Congress confusing and sometimes incomplete testimony on the subject.

  Chlorine leakage drill preps first responders

Paragould Fire and Police Departments, Greene County Rescue Squad, water treatment personnel, and emergency management personnel were at the training session.

Google claims breakthrough in blazingly fast computing

Big tech companies including Microsoft, IBM and Intel are avidly pursuing quantum computing, a new and somewhat bewildering technology for vastly sped-up information processing.

  Netflix announces it will crack down on password sharing in the future

Netflix is looking to crack down on sharing account passwords in the future.

Woman playing Pokemon Go fatally shot after witnessing robbery in N.M.

Police have not yet named a suspect in the case.

Russian trolls are back: Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world.

This phone case looks and reacts like human skin

If your boring phone case just won't do, this is an option.

‘Click to Pray eRosary’: The Vatican’s new phone app

The device made of black agate and hematite rosary beads and a “smart cross.”

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

The Pixel 4 phone promises to respond to AI queries even faster than before, while a home Wi-Fi system is getting the AI features for the first time.

Twitter says it mistakenly shared users’ phone numbers for advertising

Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users.

Jonesboro woman loses $1,500 in telephone scam

A Jonesboro woman found out the hard way that legitimate businesses will not expect you to pay a bill with Google Play gift cards.

Suspected car prowler’s shocked face captured on dashcam

The car owner called police and handed over the tapes.

Researchers question Census Bureau’s new approach to privacy

The bureau announced that it would add statistical "noise" to the 2020 data, essentially tinkering with its own numbers to preserve privacy. But that idea creates its own problems, and social scientists, redistricting experts and others worry that it will make next year's census less accurate.

  Police: Woman carjacked at gunpoint by man she met on dating app

Toure McLaurin, 27, allegedly met with the woman after exchanging phone numbers and agreeing to meet at a location near Whistling Duck, according to an affidavit.

Update Windows now to fix critical security issues, Microsoft warns

The company says the updates will protect your computer against critical and important vulnerabilities in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser and Windows Defender anti-virus software.

Aluminum wheel manufacturer to cut jobs in NW Arkansas

A company in northwest Arkansas that makes aluminum wheels says it will eliminate at least 250 jobs before next summer.

  City Council attorney says MPD can fine drivers for state’s hands-free law without new city ordinance

“I think there is authority. It depends on how you interpret all the various statutes,” said Allan Wade, Memphis City Council attorney.

  Sikeston DPS officer resigns following social media posts

Sikeston DPS Chief McMillen said he is taking the complaint very seriously.

Walmart rolls out grocery delivery subscription

Walmart is rolling out a grocery delivery subscription service this fall for a $98 annual fee.

Apple unveils a cheaper iPhone and pricing for streaming TV

Apple is facing more pressure to generate revenue from services such as music streaming, product repairs, revenue sharing from apps and ad commissions from making Google the default search engine.

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The probes into Google and Facebook widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

  St. Jude scientists using world’s strongest magnet for research

The $10 million magnet will help scientists at St. Jude student DNA and biochemistry.

Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay

The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, and Sept. 18 in France, Germany and Britain. Other markets including the U.S. and Singapore will follow, but the company did not specify dates.

Unguarded database exposed millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers, the social media company admits

Each record had a Facebook user’s ID, which is a long string of numbers that can be traced back to a user’s account, as well as their phone number. More than 130 million of the exposed records were from the U.S.

Websites infected iPhones with spyware, researchers say

The malware obtained sensitive data including text messages, photos and real-time location.

  AT&T employees go on strike

Two days after reports surfaced that 20,000 employees of AT&T went on strike over a labor dispute — multiple employees and union members went on strike Monday in the ArkLaTex.

  New safety technology to prevent hot car deaths may not go far enough

Some new technology designed to alert you to a child in your backseat may give some parents a false sense of security.

Facebook rolls out privacy tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps.

  Long-lost siblings meet for the first time in nearly 53 years

Jim Lawless flew from Houston to Jackson County, Ky., after he received the results a few weeks ago.

  All Missouri students will have access to online courses

Missouri School Districts will be providing new opportunities for students .

  Voters pass $1 surcharge to all cell phones to help fund 911 services in New Madrid County, Mo.

Voters say yes to srucharged.