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Why do most alarms snooze for only nine minutes? Even in the early hours of the morning, when you're repeatedly hitting the snooze button to catch just a few more minutes of sleep, you've probably wondered why that beloved feature only gives you another nine minutes in dreamland. Nine minutes seems like an arbitrary timeframe. Why not make it an even 10?
Read more at Mental Floss.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London

WikiLeaks offers CIA hacking tools to technology companies WikiLeaks will hand over details of hacking secrets used by the CIA to technology companies to allow them to find software flaws and fix them, founder Julian Assange has said. Speaking during a press conference broadcast via Facebook Live, Assange on Thursday promised to give exclusive access to tech manufacturers after the latest document dump, which included allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hacked into smartphones and computers.
Read more at Reuters.


First successful phone call was made on 10 March 1876 Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates speaking into the telephone using a model prototype in 1876. Early Office Museum. 1876: Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call in his Boston laboratory, summoning his assistant from the next room.
Read more at Wired News.


Iran successfully tests another ballistic missile Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully tested a ballistic missile, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Thursday. The report quotes Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s aerospace division, as saying the missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 km (155 miles).
Read more at Defense News.


To support women founded startups, Facebook launches ‘SheLeadsTech’ Social networking site Facebook on Wednesday launched a new initiative, SheLeadsTech, to support women-founded or co-founded startups and said it will also be expanding its SheMeansBusiness program that supports women-led small businesses.
Read more at Business Today.


Microsoft, Google increase bug bounty rewards to ₹20 lakh Technology companies Google and Microsoft have increased the payouts offered for finding bugs in their services to about ₹20 lakh. Microsoft has offered the amount for two months specifically for vulnerabilities found in its Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online portals. Google has permanently hiked rewards for spotting flaws that could give hackers unrestricted database access.
Read more at New Indian Express


IBM plans to build first commercial quantum computer IBM has announced a major new initiative to make universal quantum computers available commercially. IBM Q will offer up the power of quantum computation via the IBM Cloud platform, a first for the industry, and potentially a major step forward for the field.
Read more at Futurism


NASA proposes magnetic shield to protect Mars’ atmosphere Mars once had a temperate atmosphere and surface water, but it has now turned into a cold desert world with a thin atmosphere. Liquid water no longer exists on the planet’s surface. The Red Planet turned cold and arid due to the death of its magnetic field about 4.2 billion years ago. Now NASA scientists have proposed a magnetic field to protect the planet’s atmosphere and make it habitable.


Light from nearby galaxies makes the rare clouds glow Sixteen years ago astronomers discovered a mysterious blob that burned brightly in the core of a huge cluster of galaxies. This giant blob was the first of a rare kind of astronomical object ever discovered, but scientists were baffled about why these blobs shine so brightly - until now.
Read more at Dailymail


Google increases Gmail attachment size to 50 MB Google has doubled up the Gmail attachment size from 25MB to 50MB for incoming mails, allowing users to receive larger files of size up to 50MB. This means that user can now open file size of maximum of 50MB directly in their inbox mailbox at once.
Read more at Digit