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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, early Monday morning killed at least three people and injured at least 41, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. The 6.1-magnitude quake hit around 8 a.m., causing moderate damage, though some building were reported to be partially collapsed. No tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Times reported that nearby nuclear plants were undamaged, but bullet train lines and some freeways were shut down as a precaution, and nearly 180,000...

Dow futures fall more than 100 points as trade worries persist

U.S. stock futures lost ground Monday, putting the Dow industrials on track for a fifth losing session in a row as trade-war fears continued to weigh on global markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gave up 147 points, or 0.6%, to 24,962, while S&P 500 futures shed 13.40 points, or 0.5%, to 2,771. Nasdaq-100 futures fell by 41.50 points, or 0.6%, to 7,240. Markets remain fixated on how trade-related disagreements between the U.S. and China are escalating. President Donald Trump on...

Facebook Launches Parent-controlled Messenger App for Kids
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:14 WIB | GLOBAL |

The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.

The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under Facebook's rules, though they often do.

Messenger Kids comes with a slew of controls for parents. The service won't let children add their own friends or delete messages - only parents can do that. Kids don't get a separate Facebook or Messenger account; rather, it's an extension of a parent's account.

A kids-focused experience

While children do use messaging and social media apps designed for teenagers and adults, those services aren't built for them, said Kristelle Lavallee, a children's psychology expert who advised Facebook on designing the service.

"The risk of exposure to things they were not developmentally prepared for is huge," she said.

Messenger Kids, meanwhile, "is a result of seeing what kids like," which is images, emoji and the like. Face filters and playful masks can be distracting for adults, Lavallee said, but for kids who are just learning how to form relationships and stay in touch with parents digitally, they are ways to express themselves.

Lavallee, who is content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University, called Messenger Kids a "useful tool" that "makes parents the gatekeepers." But she said that while Facebook made the app "with the best of intentions," it's not yet known how people will actually use it.

As with other tools Facebook has released in the past, intentions and real-world use do not always match up. Facebook's live video streaming feature, for example, has been used for plenty of innocuous and useful things, but also to stream crimes and suicides.

Hooked on Facebook

Is Messenger Kids simply a way for Facebook to rope in the young ones?

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, said "that train has left the station."

Federal law prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on kids under 13 without their parents' permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them. This is why Facebook and many other social media companies prohibit younger kids from joining. Even so, Balkam said millions of kids under 13 are already on Facebook, with or without their parents' approval.

He said Facebook is trying to deal with the situation pragmatically by steering young Facebook users to a service designed for them.

Facebook said Messenger Kids won't show ads or collect data for marketing. Facebook also said it won't automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough, though the company might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.

Messenger Kids is launching Monday in the U.S. on Apple devices ” the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Versions for Android and Amazon's tablets are coming later.

Source: VOA News

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Gold Steadies After Drop on Interest Rate Divergence

Gold steadies, after tumbling Friday on divergence in interest rate outlook in major economies. Bullion for immediate delivery +0.2% to $1,281.63/oz as of 9:54am in Tokyo; metal slid as much as 2.1% on Friday to low for year. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index +0.1% after +1.4% last week, most since Nov. 2016, as Federal Reserve says it will continue gradually hiking rates while ECB rules out higher rates until 2H of 2019. Speculators choose to focus on surging dollar over...

Japan Shares Decline as Global Trade Woes Keep Investors at Bay

Japanese stocks declined as investors remained wary over the ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China. Topix index -1% to 1,771.57 as of 9:31 a.m. in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 -0.8% to 22,680.24. Yen +0.2% at 110.47 versus dollar. Electronics makers and machinery companies weighed most heavily on the benchmark Topix gauge in early trading in Tokyo. Oil explorers also fell following a dip in global crude prices. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday new tariffs on Chinese imports...

Yen Gains With Dollar as Trade Tensions Buoy Havens

The yen and dollar both strengthened as escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China spurred demand for haven assets. Japan™s currency advanced against all its 16 major peers after China responded to the U.S. putting tariffs on $50 billion of imports by placing an additional 25% levy on $34 billion of U.S. agricultural and auto exports starting July. Treasuries rose for a third day, while New Zealand™s dollarled declines in Group-of-10...

At least 3 killed in 6.1-magnitude Japan earthquake

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Dow futures fall more than 100 points as trade worries persist

U.S. stock futures lost ground Monday, putting the Dow industrials on track for a fifth losing session in a row as trade-war fears continued to weigh on global markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gave up 147 points, or 0.6%, to 24,962, while S&P 500 futures shed 13.40 points, or 0.5%, to 2,771. Nasdaq-100 futures fell by 41.50 points, or 0.6%, to 7,240. Markets remain fixated on how trade-related disagreements between the U.S. and China are escalating. President Donald Trump on...

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