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Google removes Taliban app from Play Store

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NEW YORK — Search engine giant Google has confirmed that it has removed an app made by the Taliban from its Play Store that the group had published last week.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed the app has been removed however declined to remark further on the app in question, Mashable reported.

“While we do not comment on specific apps, we can confirm that our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. That is why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Google’s developer policy for the Play Store prohibits apps that promote hate speech, violence and illegal activities.

Initially, SITE — an organisation that tracks the online activity of terrorist organisations, reported the existence of the app on Play Store.

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Boston Dynamics’ robot can open up doors and hold for others to enter

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Secretive robotics firm Boston Dynamics has posted a new video to its YouTube channe on Monday showing off its SpotMini robo-canine, in which he can be seen opening a door all on his own and hold until another enters the door.

In the 45-second video, titled ‘Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?’ a SpotMini walks over to a door before realizing it can’t get through.

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Another SpotMini quickly comes to his rescue and extends his clawed arm, which he uses to grab the door handle.

The robot then grabs the handle, turns it, and pulls back the door. Using one of its front legs, the robot manages to hold open the door as the claw releases the handle and pens the door fully.

The SpotMini is seen holding open the door as his fellow robo-dog friend then casually walks through the door.

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