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After conquering the world, smartphones facing uncertain future

WASHINGTON: What is next for the smartphone, which has become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world in just over a decade? Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated. The next catalyst for smartphones could be the possibilities offered by...

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Facebook makes major management revamp

Facebook on Tuesday confirmed an unprecedented management team shakeup in the aftermath of a major data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remained chief of Facebook, with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg his second-in-command. Chris Cox, a longtime member of Zuckerberg's inner circle, was put in charge of Facebook's core application as well as smartphone...

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Twitter urges all users to change passwords after glitch

Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as “hashing”. The social network disclosed the issue in a blog post and series of Tweets on Thursday afternoon, saying it had resolved the...

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Snapchat joins hands with EU to fight hate speech

BRUSSELS: Snapchat has agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat hate speech and online extremism, EU officials said on Monday. Snapchat, a multi-media messaging app, joins Instagram and the Google+ social network as well as founding participants YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook in a "code of conduct" to look at suspicious content within 24 hours...

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NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship, InSight, to study quakes

NASA launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a NASA commentator as the unmanned spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 am Pacific time (1105 GMT) from...

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Iran president criticizes blocking of Telegram messaging app

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is criticizing the blocking of the popular Telegram messaging app in the Islamic Republic, suggesting those “at the highest level” in the country shut off access. Rouhani, a relatively moderate cleric within Iran’s Shiite theocracy, did not elaborate in his online comments late Friday but they seem aimed at redirecting domestic anger...

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Spy agency NSA collects triple of US phone records: report

WASHINGTON: The US National Security Agency (NSA) collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a US intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after US...

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Twitter requests users to change ´unmasked´ passwords

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Thursday urged its more than 300 million users to change their passwords, saying they had been unintentionally "unmasked" inside the company by a software bug. The social media site said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data, but advised users to change their passwords to be safe. Twitter practice is to store passwords...

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Australia’s biggest bank loses 20 million customer records

Australia's troubled Commonwealth Bank admitted on Thursday it had lost financial records for almost 20 million customers in a major security blunder — but insisted there was no need to worry. The nation's biggest company said it could not find two magnetic data tapes that stored names, addresses, account numbers and transaction details from 2000 to 2016. National broadcaster ABC said the...

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SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica shutting down

Cambridge Analytica — the data firm embroiled in a controversy over its handling of Facebook Inc user data — and its British parent firm SCL Elections Ltd are shutting down immediately, the company said on Wednesday. SCL Elections and Cambridge Analytica will begin bankruptcy proceedings, the firm said, after losing clients and facing mounting legal fees in the controversy over...

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Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

The world's largest social network will soon include a new dating feature, announced Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg unveiled the plans as he addressed Facebook's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California — emphasising that the focus would be on helping...

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Disney eyes new app aimed at millennials

NEW YORK: Disney announced Tuesday it was launching a free video app with original content aimed at millennials, who are targeted by advertisers. The app -- called "Oh My Disney" -- will be a variation of the site of the same name, which publishes editorial content and short videos on the world of Disney, Mickey and Marvel superheroes. This is...

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WhatsApp co-founder to quit in loss of privacy advocate at Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc with more than 1 billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook. Jan Koum’s plan to exit comes after clashing with the parent company over WhatApp’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to...

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T-Mobile, Sprint say $26bn deal would give US tech lead over China

T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp said Sunday they had agreed to a $26 billion all-stock deal and believed they could win over sceptical regulators because the merger would create thousands of jobs and help the United States beat China to creating the next generation mobile network. The agreement caps four years of on- and off- talks between the third...

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NASA cuts only moon rover: Report

TAMPA: In a move that shocked lunar scientists, NASA has cancelled the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the surface of the Moon, despite President Donald Trump´s vow to return people there. Scientists working on the Resource Prospector (RP) mission, a robotic rover that had been in development for about a decade to explore a polar region of the...

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Donald Trump, Apple CEO Cook discusses trade at White House

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump met with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to discuss trade issues on Wednesday as the technology industry grapples with a US tariff spat with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies. Trump, in a tweet ahead of the meeting, said the two would discuss other issues but gave no details....

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Facebook will not testify at U.S. House hearing on social media

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said Wednesday it has declined an invitation to testify at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Thursday on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said. The company said that even though it will not appear, it looks “forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a...

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