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Facebook value drops by $37bn amid privacy backlash

Facebook’s shares have fallen sharply, wiping $37bn off the firm’s value, as it faces questions from US and UK politicians about its privacy rules. The social network is under fire after reports on how Cambridge Analytica, which some believe helped Donald Trump win the US election, acquired and used Facebook’s customer information. Theresa May’s spokesman ... Read More »

Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. Photo: REUTERS A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona. While self-driving cars have been involved in multiple accidents, it is thought to be the first time an autonomous car has been involved ... Read More »

End free tuition for aspiring teachers

Professor Le Kim Long, former dean of the Education University, talks to the newspaper Kinh Te & Do Thi on the need to end the policy of free tuition for students at public teacher training institutions. The government should have adopted some preferential policies for the students attending teacher training universities and colleges to bring them in line with the ... Read More »

Students create automatic watering pump with waste materials

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Dai Duong and Le The Hoan, students at Trieu Trach Secondary School in Quang Tri province, have created a simple watering system run with electric circuits used to water crops. The watering system created by secondary school students Duong and Hoan had the idea after seeing a security guard watering plants at the school every day. ... Read More »

Hawking: Did he change views on disability?

Stephen Hawking was both one of the world’s most famous scientists and most famous disabled people. His life was a juxtaposition of sparkling intellect and failing body. Prof Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease when he was 22. The nerves that controlled his muscles were failing and he became trapped in his body, but his ... Read More »

Australia bushfire: Dozens of buildings feared lost in Tathra

More than 70 homes and buildings are feared to have been destroyed in a bushfire in Australia, authorities say. The bushfire in Tathra, New South Wales, following hot and windy conditions — Photo: SIMONE WARD The fast-moving fire engulfed the New South Wales (NSW) coastal town of Tathra late on Sunday local time. Authorities said locals were evacuated to a ... Read More »

Texas explosions: New Austin blast 'may be tripwire-activated'

Police in Austin, Texas, have warned the public that a fourth explosion there may pose a new threat. Police have sealed the area around the scene of the blast — Photo: REUTERS They said they were investigating reports the explosion, which injured two people, was activated by tripwire. Three parcel bombs left on doorsteps have killed two people and injured ... Read More »

Russia election: Vladimir Putin wins by big margin

Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing an expected victory in Sunday’s presidential election. After his victory was all but confirmed, Mr Putin addressed the crowds at a planned rally — Photo: REUTERS With almost all the ballots counted, he had received more than 76% of the vote, the central election commission said. The main opposition ... Read More »

What do the new figures about professorship titles show about the state of academe?

VietNamNet Bridge – The analysis of figures officially made public by the State Professorship Council shows that many problems continue to exist among Vietnamese academic staff. The number of professors is increasing rapidly The number of disqualified candidates A list of 1,537 candidates for the professor/associate professor titles was submitted, but only 1,226 candidates were recognized by professorship councils at ... Read More »

US’s education featured in HCM exhibition

Various types of education in the US were introduced at an exhibition held by the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on March 16.  Various types of education in the US were introduced at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City on March 16 (Source: During the event, representatives from 65 universities and colleges of the US ... Read More »