WhatsApp users WILL want to ditch Facebook as co-founder joins #deletefacebook campaign | Tech | Life & Style

WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, has joined the growing revolution to get people to delete Facebook.

Acton created WhatsApp with Jan Koum in 2009 which they then sold to Facebook for $19billon in 2014.

And even though the social network has made him a billionaire, Acton is not holding back his thoughts on the recent scandal surrounding Mark Zuckerberg’s company.

In a tweet, posted on his Twitter page, Acton said: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”

He now joins thousands of Facebook users who are considering whether to end their love affair with the site.

This follows allegations that research firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica allegedly obtained data gathered through an app called this is your digital life. Hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality test and agreed to academic use of the data.

But the app also allegedly collected their Facebook friends’ data, creating an unprecedented cache of private information.

A whistleblower claims Cambridge Analytica used personal data, taken without authorisation in 2014, to profile individual US voters and target them with political advertisements.

To make matters worse for the popular network its shares plummeted by more than six percent since the scandal was announced slashing over $30 billion from the company’s valuation.

If you want to deactivate your account here’s how to do it.

To deactivate your Facebook account, follow these steps:

• Click the account menu down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page in your web browser.

• Select ‘Settings’

• Choose ‘Security’ in the left column.

• Choose ‘Deactivate your account’, and then follow the steps to confirm your decision.

This option will remove you from Facebook but it won’t delete your account entirely meaning you can reinstate your profile at a later date.

To do this you need to follow this link below and tap the “Delete My Account” button.


Before deleting your account, it may be worth downloading your information from Facebook.

To do this, just follow these simple steps:

• Click the account menu down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page in your web browser

• Tap ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’ at the bottom of your General Account Settings

• Choose ‘Start My Archive’

Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.

The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.

“This was a major breach of trust. I’m really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNN, breaking a public silence since the scandal erupted at the weekend.

Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook the company “made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.” (bit.ly/2DHAlUJ)

He said the social network planned to conduct an investigation of thousands of apps that have used Facebook’s platform, restrict developer access to data, and give members a tool that lets them to disable access to their Facebook data more easily.

His plans did not represent a big reduction of advertisers’ ability to use Facebook data, which is the company’s lifeblood.

Zuckerberg said he was open to additional government regulation and happy to testify before the U.S. Congress if he was the right person.

“I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” he told CNN. “I actually think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than yes or no, should it be regulated? … People should know who is buying the ads that they see on Facebook.”

Zuckerberg said Facebook was committed to stopping interference in the U.S. midterm election in November and elections in India and Brazil.


Facebook shares pared gains on Wednesday after Zuckerberg’s post, closing up 0.7 percent. The company has lost more than $45 billion of its stock market value over the past three days on investor fears that any failure by big tech firms to protect personal data could deter advertisers and users and invite tougher regulation.

Zuckerberg told the New York Times in an interview published on Wednesday he had not seen a “meaningful number of people” deleting their accounts over the scandal.

Facebook representatives, including Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman, met U.S. congressional staff for nearly two hours on Wednesday and planned to continue meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Facebook was unable to answer many questions, two aides who attended the briefing said.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Alumni Exercises following the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Zuckerberg told the website Recode that fixes to protect users’ data would cost “many millions of dollars.” (bit.ly/2IJbYJS)

The whistleblower who launched the scandal, Christopher Wylie, formerly of Cambridge Analytica, said on Twitter he had accepted invitations to testify before U.S. and UK lawmakers.

The German government said Facebook must explain whether the personal data of the country’s 30 million users were protected from unlawful use by third parties, according to a report in the Funke group of German regional newspapers.


On Tuesday, the board of Cambridge Analytica suspended its Chief Executive Alexander Nix, who was caught in a secret recording boasting that his company played a decisive role in Trump’s victory.

However, the academic who provided the data disputed that on Wednesday.

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic, and they’ve made claims that this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that,” psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, an academic at Cambridge University, told the BBC in an interview.

Kogan, who gathered the data by running a survey app on Facebook, also said he was being made a scapegoat by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Both companies have blamed Kogan for alleged data misuse.

Only 300,000 Facebook users responded to Kogan’s quiz, but that gave the researcher access to those people’s Facebook friends as well, who had not agreed to share information, producing details on 50 million users.

Facebook has said it subsequently made changes that prevent people from sharing data about friends and maintains that no breach occurred because the original users gave permission. Critics say that it essentially was a breach because data of unsuspecting friends was taken.

Analysts have raised concerns that the incident will reduce user engagement with Facebook, potentially lessening its clout with advertisers. Three Wall Street brokerages cut their price targets.

“Investors now have to consider whether or not the company will conclude that it has grown in a manner that has proven to be untenable,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser.

The company has risen more than 550 percent in value in the past five years.

Reporting by David Ingram; Additional reporting by Dustin Volz and David Shepardson in WASHINGTON and Kate Holton in LONDON; Writing by Susan Thomas; Editing by Bill Rigby, Lisa Shumaker and Paul Tait

Car crashes after going through gate at U.S. air force base

(Reuters) – The driver of a car went through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California without authorization and crashed on Wednesday, the base said.

The incident occurred at 7 p.m. local time at the U.S. Air Force base, about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of San Francisco, the post’s public affairs office said in a brief statement.

“A car gained unauthorized access to the Travis AFB main gate,” the office said. “The car crashed shortly afterward and security forces immediately responded.”

A bomb squad and emergency personnel responded to the scene, the office said.

A base spokesman said the incident was being investigated and could not say if there were casualties or fatalities. The base was not on lockdown, he said.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Mark Potter

Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Best exercise for high blood sugar revealed | Health | Life & Style

Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, according to the NHS.

Not having enough insulin makes it harder for the body to convert sugar int he blood to useable energy.

Diabetes symptoms can include passing more urine than normal, feeling hungry even after eating, and extreme tiredness.

But, you could prevent complications of diabetes by doing more swimming, it’s been claimed.

Swimming is a great way for diabetes patients to improve cardiovascular fitness, according to Diabetes.co.uk.

The exercise puts less pressure on feet joints than some other sports, which is important because patients are at risk of foot-related complications.

“Swimming is a great way of improving cardiovascular fitness, with constant moving allowing for blood and oxygen to be pumped more efficiently,” said Diabetes.co.uk.

“Unlike sports such as football, rugby and golf, swimming does not strain your joints by having you expend energy and then rest.

“It also uses upper and lower body muscles at the same time, which could benefit people with diabetic neuropathy, who suffer from numbness.

“Intensity will vary, depending on your motivation for swimming, but per hour it can burn 350-420 calories and caution should be taken for beginners as hypoglycemic attacks can occur without proper preparation.”

Diabetics considering taking up swimming could exercise one or twice a week without excessive blood sugar management, it said.

If you have low blood sugar, try taking glucose tablets to give you a sugar boost, and then consume more sugar immediately after swimming, as well as a big meal later on.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to reduce some symptoms of diabetes, the NHS said.

It’s important to take regular blood sugar tests to make sure your blood glucose levels are balanced.

Without proper management, diabetes can lead to some life-threatening complications, including kidney failure and cardiovascular disease.

The condition can also reduce the blood supply to your feet, which reduces the amount of feeling in your lower extremities.

US EU Trade War: Brussels chief warns Trump to BACK DOWN now | World | News

President Donald Trump was warned by the Director General of BusinessEurope, Markus Beyrer, that the US would face “clear action” if they impose tariffs.

Mr Beyrer added = he thought the European Union would be exempt from the tariffs, avoiding a trade war.

He said: “On the situation with the US, on trade, I think we have been very clear today again. Of course, we do not want an escalation.

“Of course, it very important to keep a good and sound relationship with our major trading partner which is the US.

“At the same time we are faced with what we would qualify as WTO breaching discussed safeguard, which means that number one, we still hope and there has been some signs of optimism, which we are glad to hear.

“But we still hope Europe will be fully exempted because, to be honest on a rational debate, it is simply not feasible to answer the question whether or not Europe is a security partner of the US or not, I think we are one of the closest. So we should get an exemption.

“At the same time, we need to protect our rights. We fully stand by the Commission in taking moderate, appropriate, balanced by also clear action in terms of necessity because turning the other cheek in this case alone might not be enough.”

The trade tariffs proposed by the US President sparked a furious reaction from the European Union.

During a press conference earlier this month, President Trump delivered a fiery dig at the Brussels club insisting they made it almost “impossible” for the US to do business with them.

The European Union retaliated to the rhetoric and has said if Mr Trump carries out his threat to introduce a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

European Council President Donald Tusk told the US President “to act responsibly” and warned that “trade wars are easy to lose”.

Mr Tusk added he was “cautiously optimistic” the EU would avoid the 25 percent steel and 10 percent duties on aluminium, but was still waiting for a response from Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has branded the US President’s plans as “unlawful.”

US President Donald Trump has also proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports in an attempt to hit China.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars in trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good and easy to win.

“Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi ‘threat’ in Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“On Yemen, the President and the Crown Prince discussed the threat the Houthis pose to the region, assisted by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The leaders discussed additional steps to address the humanitarian situation and agreed that a political resolution to the conflict is ultimately necessary to meet the needs of the Yemeni people,” the statement said.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 against Iran-aligned Houthis, who had ousted the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The civil war has killed an estimated 10,000 people.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate killed a resolution seeking to end Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen.

Some of the lawmakers backing the resolution called the conflict a “humanitarian catastrophe,” which they blamed on the Saudis.

Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appealed to lawmakers not to adopt the measure and defended U.S. military support to Saudi Arabia.

Mattis said the U.S. assistance, which includes limited intelligence support and refueling of coalition jets, was ultimately aimed at bringing Yemen’s war toward a negotiated resolution.

He warned that a withdrawal could increase civilian casualties and would embolden the Houthi rebels, who have fired missiles at Saudi Arabia and targeted ships off Yemen’s coast.

On Wednesday evening, a small group of protesters opposed to the Saudi military campaign in Yemen demonstrated at an event in Washington for the Misk Art Institute, an organization established by Prince Mohammed’s foundation.

“Stop killing innocent children,” one of the protesters shouted as she was removed by security guards at the event at the Kennedy Center. It was not clear whether Prince Mohammed attended the event.

Protests over Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen also took place during Prince Mohammed’s visit to London earlier this month.

Prince Mohammed met on Wednesday with executives of Boeing Co, Raytheon Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and General Dynamics Corp, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

“Discussion focused on the shared interests of both nations for developing technology and growing trade and business ties,” the statement said.

At the White House meeting on Tuesday, Trump credited U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia with boosting American jobs.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Idrees Ali; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

Sousa beats Harrison to set up Goffin clash in Miami

(Reuters) – Brazil’s Joao Sousa edged American Ryan Harrison 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in first round action at the Miami Open on Wednesday as unseeded players enjoyed a day in the limelight in Florida.

Mar 21, 2018; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Joao Sousa serves against Ryan Harrison of the United States (not pictured) of on day two of the Miami Open at Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Sousa won 7-6(4), 7-6(4). Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The big names start their campaigns at the weekend, allowing the 80th-ranked Sousa to enjoy the prestige of a center court showdown in only his second career meeting against 53rd-ranked Harrison.

The American saved three match points in a tight contest before the Portugal-born Sousa prevailed in a little less than two hours.

Next up for Sousa is Belgian seventh seed David Goffin, who is scheduled to return after a left eye injury that has kept him out for the past month.

Goffin incurred the unlikely injury during a match in Rotterdam when a ball bounced off his racket and struck him at high velocity.

Mar 21, 2018; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Joao Sousa celebrates after winning the first set against Ryan Harrison of the United States (not pictured) of on day two of the Miami Open at Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Sousa won 7-6(4), 7-6(4). Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While Harrison made a quick exit, fellow American Jared Donaldson fared better with a 6-3 6-4 win over Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus.

One break in each set was enough for the 49th-ranked Donaldson, who also saved eight break points.

Australian Matthew Ebden outlasted Gilles Simon, of France, 6-3 6-7(2) 7-5 in more than two hours in a match that featured eight breaks of serve.

Edben, who lost to another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, in the first round in Indian Wells two weeks ago, fared better against Simon, particularly on the pivotal points.

The Australian converted five of his 11 break opportunities, while Simon could only take advantage on three of his 14 chances.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina

Space news: ‘Humanity star’ satellite disco ball will crash into earth’s atmosphere | Science | News

The “Humanity Star” was projected into space from California on January 21 and was expected to orbit the world for nine months.

However, just weeks after launch it is already set to return to earth in a massive blaze of fire.

Rocket Lab founder, Peter Beck, in a statement: “In the coming days, the Humanity Star will begin its final descent into the Earth’s atmosphere where it will burn up on re-entry, leaving no trace.”

The 3-foot-tall, 23-pound satellite, made from carbon-fibre with 65 reflective panels, was designed to quickly rotate and reflect the sun’s light, similar to a disco ball.

The large glittering satellite was launched as a PR stunt.

Mr Beck continued: “Humanity Star was designed to be a temporary symbol in the night sky that encouraged everyone to look up, ponder humanity’s place in the universe and think about how we can work together as one species to solve the challenges facing us all.”

The Humanity Star will re-enter the atmosphere just after 9am tomorrow.

It is unknown exactly where the satellite will re-enter or how low it will get before it implodes.

The spectacle is also not expected to be replicated.

Rocket Lab’s website said: “The Humanity Star was designed to be a one-time, short-term experience.”

The star received a lot of criticism of some scientists who saw it as a publicity stunt.

David Kipping, an astronomer at Columbia University, reportedly said it was “stupid, vandalises the night sky and corrupts our view of the cosmos.”

Similarly, Andy Howell, an astronomer at Las Cumbrse Observatory vented: “Headline should read: Private Companies Now Launching Space Garbage to Satisfy Founder’s Ego.

“There are already hundreds of satellites you can see with your naked eye

“Launching a disco ball as a PR stunt just increases the odds of the Kessler Syndrome making low earth orbit unusable.”

However, defending the move Mr Beck said he hoped it had helped provoke conversations about humanity’s place in the universe.

He said: “While the Humanity Star was a brief moment in human history, I hope the conversations and ideas it sparked around the world will continue to be explored.

“These are the conversations that will play a part in shaping how we collectively manage our planet and work together to solve the challenges facing us all.”

Chinese drone maker DJI seeking at least $500 million in pre-IPO funding: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world’s largest maker of drones for consumers, is in talks with investors for at least $500 million in funding ahead of a planned stock market debut, people with knowledge of the matter said.

FILE PHOTO: A drone is displayed at DJI’s flagship store in Hong Kong, China September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

DJI plans to expand into drones for sectors such as agriculture, energy, construction and for use in infrastructure inspection, two of the three sources said.

With the funding, set to be obtained via a combination of new equity and debt, the firm would be valued at about $15 billion, nearly double its valuation in 2015, they added, declining to be identified as the information was private.

The move adds to a stream of fundraising by companies in the world’s second-largest economy as robust investor enthusiasm for Chinese tech stocks continues to push up valuations to heady levels for many firms.

FILE PHOTO: A Phantom drone by DJI company, equipped with a camera, flies during the 4th Intergalactic Meeting of Phantom’s Pilots (MIPP) in an open secure area in the Bois de Boulogne, western Paris, March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

DJI, which commands 70 percent of the global commercial and consumer drone market, wants to finalize the deal in the coming months while a stock market listing either in Hong Kong or mainland China would likely take place next year, two of the sources said.

Proceeds for Shenzhen-based DJI could be between $500 million and $800 million, one person said.

FILE PHOTO: DJI’s first flagship store is pictured in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

A spokeswoman for DJI said in an emailed statement the company had no announcement to make on fundraising and that it was not planning an initial public offering at the moment. She did not elaborate.

DJI was valued at about $8 billion in 2015 when it raised $75 million from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its valuation increased to $10 billion last year, said one person.

Online technology publication The Information first reported some details of DJI’s latest fundraising plans on Tuesday.

Reporting by Fiona Lau of IFR and Julie Zhu in HONG KONG; Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and Edwina Gibbs

Cruise Captain Tuvo reveals secrets onboard a ship | Cruise | Travel

Cruise secrets that have been revealed over the years have opened up the world of the cruise holiday.

From cruise crew parties to dirty cabins, many of the secrets may have been better to stay hidden.

Yet with the cruise industry continuing to grow as more Britons take to the seas for their holiday, there is still much that remains a mystery.

Express.co.uk spoke to Captain Tuvo from the ITV documentary “The Cruise” about some of the things he has learnt by being a captain onboard the Star Princess.

Captain Tuvo revealed to Express.co.uk: “My main priority is taking control of the steering of the ship and ensuring we get into every port safely and on time.

“Otherwise everyone runs the ship slightly differently.”

He explained how much walking it requires, with some of the larger cruise ships over 1,000 feet long.

He stated: “I like to manage by walking, so I start from the upper deck and walk all the others probably 6-7 times to make sure crew members and guests are happy.

“In a day I cover between 18,000 and 20,000 steps.”

The Star Princess, with over 3,100 guests, was featured in the documentary showing many of the passengers and cabin crew as they toured Alaska.

Captain Tuva explained how the hardest part of the job can be “docking under strenuous weather conditions”.

Many travellers may not realise that in bad weather conditions, certain destinations on the itinerary may have to be skipped.

Passengers could be entitled to compensation for the additional costs if this happens to them but it is often given back as cruise credit.

Cruise holidays are on the rise, something which Captain Tuvo credits to being able to “move from one place to the next without having to pack and unpack time and again”.

A record number of Britons went on a cruise holiday in 2017, with 1.9 million heading for a holiday on the sea, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Unsurprisingly, the Mediterranean is the most popular destination for its beautiful beaches and sunny climate.

The number of cruisers could exceed the record in 2018.