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Facebook to uncover new cryptocurrency

LONDON: Facebook is set Tuesday to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world's biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the rollercoaster volatility of "blockchain" technologies such as bitcoin. Facebook is setting up...

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Facebook to uncover new cryptocurrency

LONDON: Facebook is set Tuesday to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world's biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the rollercoaster volatility of "blockchain" technologies such as bitcoin. Facebook is setting up...

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WhatsApp threatens legal action against public claims of messaging abuses

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp has threatened legal action against those who publicly claim the ability to abuse its messaging platform, after the emergence of a raft of companies advertising products to bypass usage restrictions. A Reuters investigation found in May that WhatsApp clones and software tools were helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions in the run-up to...

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Toyota, Subaru team up to develop electric SUV in battle against costs

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp and Subaru Corp on Thursday said they plan to jointly develop a battery-electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV) on a platform produced together as they seek to split the cost of producing the lower-emissions car. The pair will apply Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies to the new SUV, which each will sell under its own...

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US judge orders Facebook to turn over data privacy records

A US judge ordered Facebook Inc to give shareholders emails and other records concerning how the social media company handles data privacy, after data for an estimated 87 million users was accessed by the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. In a decision on Thursday, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights of the Delaware Chancery Court said shareholders demonstrated a “credible basis”...

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‘The Ruet’: Fawad launches moonsighting mobile app

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday announced the launching of a moonsighting mobile app that displays the various phases and other real-time information about the moon. "The Ruet" is available on the Google Play store for download. https://twitter.com/fawadchaudhry/status/1134053653281726464 "The Ruet is a utility and information application related to moon and sighting of the moon in Pakistan...

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Google suspends some business with Huawei after Donald Trump blacklist

NEW YORK: Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the US government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders of current...

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Huawei mobile users ponder switching brand after Google news

LONDON/MUMBAI: Time to abandon the Huawei phone? That was what some owners asked after US tech giant Google said it would suspend its business with China’s top mobile maker, threatening future access to Gmail, YouTube and Chrome. Google said on Monday it would comply with an order by US President Donald Trump to stop supplying Huawei, meaning it would no...

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Humans have become a robot immune from empathy in Technological era

By: |Muhammad Tabish| In a world that is globally connected through the internet and its vast social media platforms, it is truly remarkable to find a group of people just talking, with their phones in their pockets or either on the table. Even then, there will always exist a chance when someone might pick up their phone to answer a...

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Facebook says removes 265 ‘fake accounts’ linked to Israeli firm

JERUSALEM: Facebook said on Thursday it had removed 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages, groups and events linked to an Israeli-based firm due to what it called “inauthentic behavior” targeting users in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. The move is part of wider efforts by Facebook to address concerns over privacy lapses and hate speech in social media. Facebook...

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Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was tightening rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of a massacre in New Zealand. A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15 while livestreaming the attacks on Facebook. It...

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WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after report of spyware attack

SAN FRANCISCO: A security flaw in WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, allowed sophisticated attackers to install spyware on phones, the company said Tuesday, in the latest trouble for its parent Facebook. The vulnerability — first reported by the Financial Times, and fixed in the latest WhatsApp update — allowed hackers to insert malicious software...

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Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active

WASHINGTON: The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977. Researchers examining the seismic data gathered during NASA’s Apollo missions traced the location of...

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Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup

WASHINGTON: Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration’s renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years. The world’s richest man and Amazon.com Inc’s chief executive waved an arm...

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Facebook’s co-founder joins calls to break up the company

Facebook Inc co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Chris Hughes has called for the break up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times. “We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, no matter how well intentioned the leaders of these companies may be. Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American,” Hughes wrote...

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Tencent shuts PUBG in China, launches patriotic alternative

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG: Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday shut down its test version of global blockbuster “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” in China and shifted users to a similar, more patriotic video game which, unlike PUBG, has regulatory approval to generate revenue. The Chinese video gaming leader has waited in vain for over a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app...

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Google set to launch privacy tools to limit online tracking

Alphabet Inc’s Google is set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer users more control in fending off tracking cookies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Cookies are small text files that follow internet users and are used by advertisers to target consumers on the specific interests they...

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