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October 2018 Current Events: Science & Technology News

Updated October 7, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

World News | US News | Disaster News

The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for October 2018:

  1. Presidential Alert Tested
  2. Google Drops Out of Pentagon Deal Bidding
  3. New Technology to Fight Poachers
  4. Number of Netflix Subscribers Grows
  5. Facebook Fined for Scandal
  6. Microsoft Overtakes Amazon

Presidential Alert Tested

Emergency Alert

On October 3, FEMA tested the first “presidential alert” notification, which worked on over 200 million phones. The notification is meant to be an emergency alert, and unlike other alerts, it cannot be turned off. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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Google Drops Out of Pentagon Deal Bidding

Google

On October 8, Google announced that it would be dropping its bid for the $10 billion contract with the US Department of Justice. The company said it dropped out because its new ethic code does not align with the project guidelines. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Richard Drew

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New Technology to Fight Poachers

EarthRangers

On October 15, Tanzanian rangers have started using EarthRanger, which is a new technology that tracks animal movements. This new technology should save the endangered elephants from the increasing number of poachers. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

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Number of Netflix Subscribers Grows

Netflix

On October 16, Netflix announced that it had gained 7 million new subscribers over the past few months. This growth is much more than Wall Street expected, and has reassured investors. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File

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Facebook Fined for Scandal

Zuckerberg

On October 25, Facebook was fined $641,651 for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The fine was administered by UK data protection, and is the maximum amount allowed. (BBC)

Photo Source: Charles Platiau/Pool photo via AP

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Microsoft Overtakes Amazon

Microsoft

On October 26, Microsoft regained its spot as the second most valuable US company after Amazon’s disappointing quarterly report. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File

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