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Posted at: Jan 13, 2019, 7:16 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2019, 7:16 AM (IST)GLOB TROT

FB planned to sell users’ data in 2012

San Francisco: Facebook considered selling users’ data to companies some years ago, but later decided to act against it, the media reported. According to Arstechnica.com that viewed an unredacted court document, Facebook staff in 2012 considered charging companies at least $250,000 for “access to one of its primary troves of user data — the Graph API”. “It restricted some data access and eliminated all access to the earlier version by June 2015,” the report said on Friday. IANS

California sea lions killed to protect migrating fish

Los Angeles: Authorities in the western US state of Oregon have euthanised four sea lions in the last month as part of a programme to protect salmon runs and steelhead trout that are at risk of going extinct. A spokesman for the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said the lethal removals of the California sea lions began in mid-December and would continue through May. He said the killings were necessary to save migrating steelhead that have been ravaged by the sea lions in recent years as they swim upstream from the ocean to spawn. “Our scientists believe that if these sea lions aren’t removed, that run of steelhead could go extinct anytime,” Swart said. AFP

German WW-1 submarine wreck emerges off French coast 

Paris: The wreck of a World War-1 German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in Frence after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917, the BBC reported on Saturday. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine had largely been buried. Since December, two sections of the submarine have been visible at low tide about 100m from the dunes. German submarines, known as U-boats, targeted Allied shipping during World War One, sinking hundreds of vessels. Historians say the UC-61 was credited with sinking at least 11 ships, either by laying mines or by firing torpedoes. IANS

Malaysia state’s new sultan tipped to be nation’s next king

Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian state announced it had a new sultan on Saturday, who is expected to be elected king after the former monarch abdicated. Tengku Abdullah Shah has replaced his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah as the ruler of Pahang. Local reports said the move was designed to pave the way for Sultan Abdullah to be chosen as the next king of Malaysia by the Council of Rulers, who will chose a new king on January 24. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with a unique arrangement where the national throne changes hands every five years between rulers of the country’s nine states. AFP

Poll ready: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the 107th anniversary celebrations of the African National Congress in Durban. Ramaphosa vowed to create more jobs, boost economic growth and address racial inequalities at a rally on Saturday to launch the ruling party’s parliamentary election campaign. South Africa goes to the elections in May. Reuters

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