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This Week in Technology: Nestle, Twitter, and More


Nestle Wants To Develop Packaging Of The Future

Nestle has set up a research institute to help develop more environmentally friendly packaging waste. They wish to take matters into their own hands, rather than wait on their suppliers. Recently, people criticized Nestle for their lack of action about the problem. Greenspace also identified the company as the worlds biggest plastic waste producer.

“It’s our name on the package, so we want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to developing solutions,” Nestle Chief Executive Mark Schneider said on Thursday. ” We are pushing our suppliers because we have the feeling they have not really delivered.” In addition, Nestle has vowed to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Twitter Restores Blocked Accounts Of Cuban Officials

Twitter reactivated some of the accounts of Cuban state-run media, journalists and government officials it blocked on Wednesday. However, the accounts of people like Communist Party leader Raul Castro remain suspended. In response, Cuba has accused Twitter of mass censorship.

Twitter has not explained how these accounts have broken Twitter rules and guidelines. However, a Twitter employee said that users cannot use amplify or disrupt conversations using multiple accounts. “Twitter has finally given us back our accounts,” Mariela Castro, Raul Castro’s daughter tweeted on Friday. “Thanks to those who expressed their solidarity in the face of the media aggression against Cuba.”

The US Imposes Sanctions On North Korean Hacking Groups

The U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on three North Korean hacking groups on Friday. It said the three were involved in the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks. They also said they were responsible for the hacking of international banks and customer accounts. It named the groups as Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andariel.

“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and U.N. sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks.”

Russian Social Network Launches Dating App

Russian social network Vkontakte launched a dating app to compete against similar services such as Tinder. The main feature would be video chats. It is also planned to be available in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and some other countries.

Singaporean Robot-Designing Couple Welcomes New Robot

For the last six years, a Singaporean couple has been developing EDGAR, short for Expressions Display and Gesturing Avatar Robot. With an expressive face, two hands and a torso, it is capable of mimicking any gestures or facial expressions given to it from a neural link. The couple says their next project is voice integration with programs like Skype.