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Google study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online. The study, first published in 2016, encompasses ride-hailing, e-commerce, online travel, and online media. The latest report released on Monday adds new sectors such as...

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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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Mi Pakistan inaugurates its first authorized store in Karachi

By: Waqas Jawaid  Mi Pakistan launched its first authorized store in Karachi on Friday with free gifts for customers. Now for the first time, Karachi will experience the extravagance of an authorized store for the official representation of Xiaomi China in Pakistan. Mi Pakistan fans enjoyed the launch and cake cutting at the first authorized Mi Store which is located...

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Telenor shake hands with Nokia to revamp its network in Pakistan

Web Desk: Telenor Pakistan, a leading telecom and digital services provider, has joined hands with Nokia to modernize and transform its network in order to expand its services to customers. An agreement was signed between the two companies and the partnership is expected to assist Telenor Pakistan’s network expansion and up-gradation goals along with increased penetration of 4G/LTE services. "The...

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Apple hires former Google executive as AI chief

Apple Inc has hired a prominent artificial intelligence executive who recently left Google in a bid to boost its Siri voice assistant and other offerings powered by the technology. Apple confirmed that John Giannandrea, who previously served as Google’s top artificial intelligence executive, will join the company later this month as its chief of machine learning and AI strategy, reporting...

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Cargo-packed Dragon arrives at space station

TAMPA: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station, packed with food, gear and science experiments for the astronauts living in orbit. "We have capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said, as the space station’s robotic arm latched onto the gum-drop shaped spacecraft at 6:40 am (1040 GMT), at a moment when the spacecraft was over the...

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FB needs ´a few years´ to fix problems: Zuckerberg

Facebook will likely need "a few years" to fix the problems uncovered by the revelations on the hijacking of private user data, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview released Monday. Speaking to the news site Vox, Zuckerberg defended the company´s business model and shot back at criticism of the social networking giant from Apple CEO Tim Cook last...

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China´s ´space dream´: A Long March to the moon

The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing´s ambitious plans to send humans to the moon. The Tiangong-1 space module, which crashed Monday, was intended to serve as a stepping stone to a manned station, but its problems highlight the difficulties of exploring outer space. But China has come a long way...

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Indian scientists lose contact with satellite

India's national space agency has lost contact with a satellite days after it was launched into orbit with much fanfare, authorities said Sunday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with the GSAT-6A satellite as it prepared to undertake its third and final orbiting manoeuvre on Saturday. "Efforts are underway to establish the link with the satellite," ISRO said...

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Google to shut down its goo.gl URL shortening service

Google has announced that it is shutting down its URL shortening service, goo.gl due to which new and anonymous users won’t be able to create links through the goo.gl console as of April 13th, but existing users will be able to use it for another year, after which it will be discontinued completely. Firebase Software Engineer Michael Hermanto says that...

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Tesla says autopilot was engaged during fatal crash

Electric car maker Tesla has confirmed the autopilot was engaged during a fatal crash last week, a development set to exacerbate concerns over the safety of autonomous vehicles. A Tesla Model X collided with a highway barrier near the town of Mountain View in California on March 23, catching fire before it was struck by two other cars. The driver,...

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Zuckerberg disavows memo saying all user growth is good

SAN FRANCISCO: A Facebook Inc executive said in an internal memo in 2016 that the social media company needed to pursue adding users above all else, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday, prompting disavowals from the executive and Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. The memo from Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, had not been previously reported as Facebook faces...

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Huawei unveils 68-megapixel triple camera smartphone

Web Desk: The Chinese electronic giant 'Huawei' has launched its P20 and P20 Pro smartphones on Tuesday, claiming that it has 68-megapixel triple camera much better than 'iPhone X'. The P20 packs a triple camera with artificial intelligence capabilities, super-slow motion video recording, and extreme low-light functionality. Other key specs include an almost bezeless display, no headphone jack, and the...

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Facebook to give users more control over personal information

Facebook Inc is giving users more control over their privacy by making data management easier and redesigning the settings menu, the company said on Wednesday, in the wake of a scandal over a breach that exposed the personal information of millions and was allegedly used by a political consultancy. The company also said it would propose in the coming weeks...

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