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Viral app ‘FaceApp’ causing fears of invasion of privacy

A Viral app named 'FaceApp' has been giving people the ability to change their facial expressions, looks, and now age for several years. But at the same time, people have been giving FaceApp the authority to use their pictures — and names — for any purpose it wishes, for as long as it wishes. The app has been downloaded by...

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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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Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review

WASHINGTON: Alphabet Inc’s Google unit told a US House panel it annually spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review and said it manually reviewed over 1 million suspected “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first three months of 2019. Google disclosed in a April 24 letter made public Thursday that the manual review found 90,000 videos violated its...

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Facebook’s user base may be taken over by dead people

NEW YORK: Facebook may turn into a "digital graveyard" as more dead users will make up the world's largest social network than the living, a new study suggested. A minimum of 1.4 billion users will pass away before 2100 if the tech giant ceases to attract new users as of 2018, according to a study published in the journal Big...

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Canada watchdog’s investigation finds Facebook broke privacy laws

OTTAWA: Facebook Inc broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a data sharing...

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German scientists create see-through human organs

MUNICH: Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants. Scientists led by Ali Erturk at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich have developed a technique that uses a solvent to make organs such as the brain and kidneys transparent. The organ is...

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Facebook’s flood of languages leave it struggling to monitor content

NAIROBI/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc’s struggles with hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered by the company’s inability to keep up with a flood of new languages as mobile phones bring social media to every corner of the globe. The company offers its 2.3 billion users features such as menus and prompts in 111 different languages, deemed...

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