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Google launches Chat app to rival iMessage and WhatsApp

Web Desk: Google is to bring Apple iMessage rival to market with the launch of its ‘Chat’ app, that will be based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard. And it seems that Google is also ‘pausing’ its investment in its artificial intelligence powered chat app called Allo, which was launched on Android and iOS smartphones back in September 2016....

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Google launches Chat app to rival iMessage and WhatsApp

Web Desk: Google is to bring Apple iMessage rival to market with the launch of its ‘Chat’ app, that will be based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard. And it seems that Google is also ‘pausing’ its investment in its artificial intelligence powered chat app called Allo, which was launched on Android and iOS smartphones back in September 2016....

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Put the toolbox away – new robot assembles IKEA chairs

Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws? Help is at hand in the form of a new robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in minutes. The robot, developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, can put together the wooden IKEA chair in just eight minutes and 55 seconds -- a swift...

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Cambridge Analytica to launch digital currency

NEW YORK: Cambridge Analytica was planning to raise money by issuing a new type of digital currency before it became embroiled in a scandal surrounding the misuse of Facebook personal data, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The British data analytics consultancy had approached a firm that advises companies on how to structure an initial coin offering, an increasingly...

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‘Suspicious groups bought divisive Facebook ads’: study

Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook before the 2016 US presidential election were sponsored by “suspicious groups” with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released on Monday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook. One in six of those groups was linked to Russia, according to...

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Snapchat launches new face filter features

Web Desk: Social media giant Snapchat has introduced seven face filters to let creators build face filters for the first time. Snap is releasing seven new templates into Lens Studio to let creators build digital masks. The templates, which range in complexity, include virtual baseball hats, face paint, and tools to attach three-dimensional objects to a user’s head. Few months...

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US, Britain accuses Russia for global cyber-attack

The United States and Britain on Monday warned of a global cyber attack targeting routers and other networking equipment, blaming Russian government-backed hackers for the campaign on government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators. Washington and London issued a joint alert, saying the widespread, global campaign began in 2015 and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks. The alert comes...

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Iran bars foreign social media networks in schools

TEHRAN: Iran´s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must "only use domestic social networks" for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency. Telegram is the...

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Successful test of Babur cruise missile by Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously-developed Babur cruise missile. Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometres. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which also carries certain stealth features...

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Shipping industry agrees to reduce carbon emissions by 2050: UN

LONDON: Members of the UN International Maritime Organisation on Friday struck a deal to halve carbon dioxide emissions from shipping by 2050 in a deal that will force the industry to redesign fleets. "The initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008," the...

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VW’s new chief to outline vision after dieselgate

The new chief of German auto giant Volkswagen was Friday set to outline his plans for steering the company out of the cloud of the "dieselgate" scandal and into a future of electric cars and "sustainable mobility". Herbert Diess -- the Austrian 59-year-old head of the VW Group's flagship Volkswagen brand -- was appointed late Thursday to take over from...

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Facebook CEO says his own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday told lawmakers that his own personal data was included in that of 87 million or so Facebook users that was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. But he pushed back on congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake...

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Facebook chief assures to protect credibility of elections in Pakistan, other countries

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that 2018 is an incredibly important year for elections, not just with the US midterms, but around the world. "There are important elections in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan, and in Hungary. And we want to make sure we do everything we can to protect the integrity of those elections," he said...

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Facebook going through ‘philosophical shift’: Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told US senators on Tuesday that the company was attempting to change in light of recent criticism, as he attempted to forestall any strict legislation aimed at the world’s largest social network. The 33-year-old internet mogul was grilled in a joint hearing of the US Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees on a...

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Zuckerberg faces Senate hearing but little hope for action

WASHINGTON: Facebook (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s No. 1 mission during his appearance before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday will be to defend against calls to regulate internet-based companies. The prospect of new laws that restrict Facebook and other internet companies, however, is extremely unlikely not only because of a lack of political will and the effective lobbying of...

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US flag on screens as Iran hit by cyber attack

Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our...

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Facebook to examine Pakistan’s political advertisers in order to protect 2018 elections

WASHINGTON: Political ads on Facebook will now be required to specify the person or entity paying for the message, the company's chief announced in a post on Friday as part of the bid to curb outside election interference, adding that it will verify the payer's identity as well. Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said it was...

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