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European Union states agree rules to make search engines pay for news

BRUSSELS: Search engines like Google and Microsoft’s Bing could be made to pay for showing snippets of news articles under draft copyright rules endorsed by European Union ambassadors on Friday. The measure, which is not yet final, would allow press publishers to ask search engines to pay them for showing their articles for up to one year after publication. The...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that...

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German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage

The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany’s largest industry association BDI warned. “The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because demand is growing faster than production capacity,” Matthias Wachter, head of security and raw materials at...

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube restored in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday evening finally announced to restore social media websites after temporary outage since the countrywide protests against Faizabad sit-in operation. The PTA issued the orders to restore the access of social media websites in the all big and small cities. Earlier today, social media websites Youtube, Facebook and Twitter remain accessible in Pakistan  after...

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Youtube, FB, Twitter goes down in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have gone down, as these three important social website network were closed down, following Dharna Clean up by the government on Saturday According to sources, the government has put ban on these social networking as the supporters of this protest tend to use it as a propagandist tool in conveying their messages. Recently these social...

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Elon Musk beats deadline for building world´s biggest battery

SYDNEY: Entrepreneur Elon Musk has won a US$50 million bet by beating a 100-day deadline for building a giant battery to help South Australia avoid energy blackouts, officials said. State Premier Jay Weatherill said testing of the massive lithium ion battery would begin within days, ahead of the December 1 deadline Musk set for himself when he signed off on...

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Mafia spectre haunting Italy spreading to cyberspace

MILAN: A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy´s judiciary and police have warned the mafia´s tentacles are extending into the virtual world. Gangrenous and omnipresent in the south, the country´s various criminal networks are as powerful as ever and are also developing in the wealthier, industrialised north, a major conference on the...

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Facebook working on a new shortcut to tag friends in comments

A hidden feature in Facebook suggests the social networking site is experimenting with a new way to tag friends in comments. Let’s recap: currently, to mention someone, you just need to type ‘@’ and then the person’s name. But a new feature, which is buried deeply within the site, takes a different tack and introduces a new “Mention a friend”...

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