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Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users. The world's largest social media network said it plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live, and its Messenger service.

Artificial intelligence will be used to help spot users with suicidal tendencies, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday.

In January, a 14-year-old foster child in Florida broadcast her suicide reportedly on Facebook Live, according to the New York Post.

Facebook is already using artificial intelligence to monitor offensive material in live video streams.

The company said on Wednesday that the updated tools would give an option to users watching a live video to reach out to the person directly and report the video to Facebook.

Facebook Inc will also provide resources, which include reaching out to a friend and contacting a help line, to the user reporting the live video.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds.

Suicide rates jumped 24 percent in the United States between 1999 and 2014 after a period of nearly consistent decline, according to a National Center for Health Statistics study.

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An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications.Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it.

An 8-year-old Rubik's cube whiz in Brazil was filmed solving a puzzle in 1 minute, 44 seconds -- while blindfolded. Chan Hong Lik, who previously made headlines when he solved a Rubik's cube in 8.72 seconds at the age of 7, was competing in the Campeonato de Cubo Mágico Porto Alegre Open late last year when he made a blindfolded attempt.

Staff at social media company Twitter have donated more than $1m (£790,000) to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has pledged to fight President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The civil rights group has reportedly raised more than $24m in online donations in the past few days.

Home appliances are a lot safer than they used to be, but cooking still accounts for nearly half of all house fires. A new product on Kickstarter aims to lower that number: Not only does it tell you when you left your burner on, but it also lets you shut it off remotely from your smartphone.

Donald Trump plans to continue to use his personal Twitter account when he takes over the White House rather than switch to the presidential @POTUS account, NBC reports that transition sources have said.Trump also told The London Times in an interview published Sunday that he doesn’t want to loose his massive Twitter following.

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