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Dollar Edges Higher Versus Yen Amid Progress on U.S. Tax Bill

The dollar edged higher against the yen after rallying Friday amid optimism a bill to cut U.S. taxes will be passed this week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index held close to its 50-day moving average after climbing above that threshold last week as Republican leaders finalized their plan for lower taxes, paving the way for a policy victory for President Donald Trump. Treasuries declined as most Asian stock markets advanced, sapping demand for safer assets. The...

Erdogan Hopes to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.. "Because it is under occupation we can't just go there and open an embassy," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman. "But, inshallah [God willing] those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there," he said, without giving any precise timeframe. The comments come just days after Erdogan hosted a...

Japan Shares Rise Amid Weaker Yen as U.S. Tax-Cut Bill Advances

Japanese shares rose as the yen continued to weaken after Republican leaders gained two key votes on the U.S. tax-cut bill Friday. Electronics makers and banks were the biggest boosts to the benchmark Topix, led by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. Congressional Republicans finalized their plan for a highly-anticipated set of tax cuts for businesses and individuals after six weeks of legislative negotiations. Almost five shares rose for every...

Gold Drops as U.S. Stocks Rally on Tax Reform Optimism

Gold declines after progress on U.S. tax cuts propels stocks to record highs on Friday and boosts dollar. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.2% to $1,253.84/oz at 9:02am in Singapore: Bloomberg generic pricing. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index flat after +0.4% Friday. Precious metal heads for 9.3% advance this year after +8.1% in 2016. The dollar™s strength is weakening gold, David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, says by phone. Tax reform is œa...

Hong Kong stocks open lower on Monday trading

Hong Kong stocks eased in the first few minutes of trade on Monday following big losses at the end of last week, while investors ignored a record lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.07 percent, or 19.34 points, to 28,828.77. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.06 percent, or 1.89 points, to 3,268.03 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.11 percent, or 2.01 points, to 1,899.19. Source: AFP

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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POPULAR NEWS
Dollar Edges Higher Versus Yen Amid Progress on U.S. Tax Bill

The dollar edged higher against the yen after rallying Friday amid optimism a bill to cut U.S. taxes will be passed this week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index held close to its 50-day moving average after climbing above that threshold last week as Republican leaders finalized their plan for lower taxes, paving the way for a policy victory for President Donald Trump. Treasuries declined as most Asian stock markets advanced, sapping demand for safer assets. The...

Erdogan Hopes to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.. "Because it is under occupation we can't just go there and open an embassy," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman. "But, inshallah [God willing] those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there," he said, without giving any precise timeframe. The comments come just days after Erdogan hosted a...

Japan Shares Rise Amid Weaker Yen as U.S. Tax-Cut Bill Advances

Japanese shares rose as the yen continued to weaken after Republican leaders gained two key votes on the U.S. tax-cut bill Friday. Electronics makers and banks were the biggest boosts to the benchmark Topix, led by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. Congressional Republicans finalized their plan for a highly-anticipated set of tax cuts for businesses and individuals after six weeks of legislative negotiations. Almost five shares rose for every...

Gold Drops as U.S. Stocks Rally on Tax Reform Optimism

Gold declines after progress on U.S. tax cuts propels stocks to record highs on Friday and boosts dollar. Bullion for immediate delivery -0.2% to $1,253.84/oz at 9:02am in Singapore: Bloomberg generic pricing. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index flat after +0.4% Friday. Precious metal heads for 9.3% advance this year after +8.1% in 2016. The dollar™s strength is weakening gold, David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, says by phone. Tax reform is œa...

Hong Kong stocks open lower on Monday trading

Hong Kong stocks eased in the first few minutes of trade on Monday following big losses at the end of last week, while investors ignored a record lead from Wall Street. The Hang Seng Index dipped 0.07 percent, or 19.34 points, to 28,828.77. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.06 percent, or 1.89 points, to 3,268.03 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.11 percent, or 2.01 points, to 1,899.19. Source: AFP

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