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October 2017 Current Events: Science & Technology News

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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 2017:

  1. Senate to Hold Hearing for Yahoo and Equifax Data Breach
  2. Fourth Satellite Launched by Japan
  3. Tesla Recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs
  4. Penguins Face Difficulties in Antarctic Breeding Season
  5. Qualcomm Files Lawsuit Against Apple
  6. Hackers Exploit Issues with Adobe’s Flash Software
  7. 1.3 MIllion Vehicles Recalled by Ford
  8. Amazon Continues to Receive Proposals

Senate to Hold Hearing for Yahoo and Equifax Data Breach

Senator John Thune to Hold the Hearing

In early October, Yahoo and Equifax revealed that a data breach in 2013 affected millions of accounts and users. Later this month, the Senate will hold hearings to ensure the companies have taken the proper precautions since. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf

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Fourth Satellite Launched by Japan

Satellite Launch

Japan launched its fourth satellite on October 10, 2017. The satellite is equipped with a high-precision GPS, and Japan hopes to launch three more by 2023. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Tesla Recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO

Tesla announced on October 12, 2017, that it would recall over 11,000 Model X SUVs. The recall was spurred by a recent development that revealed the seats were more likely to fall forward in the event of a crash. The company is working towards fixing all cars affected by this issue. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Penguins Face Difficulties in Antarctic Breeding Season

A group of penguins fighting for survival

Unusually high amounts of ice this season in the Antarctic have resulted in the survival of only two Adelie penguins during this breeding season. On October 13, conservation groups urged for action to help the penguins during the next breeding season, creating a plan that will be go before the board on Monday.(BBC).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

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Qualcomm Files Lawsuit Against Apple

Qualcomm

On October 13, Qualcomm announced the lawsuit it had filed in China, requesting the sale of iPhones be banned throughout the country. Qualcomm cited a patent infringement to be the reason. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

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Hackers Exploit Issues with Adobe’s Flash Software

Adobe Logo

A weakness in the Adobe Flash software early last week has been the victim of hackers, reported Adobe Systems Inc. on October 14. The company has released an update to fix this problem for now, but continues with the plans to retire the software entirely by the end of 2020. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

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1.3 MIllion Vehicles Recalled by Ford

Ford CEOs

On October 18, 2017, Ford announced it would recall nearly 1.3 million vehicles across North America in order to add water shields. Ford said the problem could lead to a door remaining open while one drives, or having issues opening and closing doors; however, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the issue.(Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

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Amazon Continues to Receive Proposals

Amazon Logo

After its recent announcement to add a second headquarters, Amazon has been flooded with proposals. On October 23, the company said they have had approximately 238 proposals, and will continue to accept more until October 26. The final decision will be announced by the company in the coming year. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File

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