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Under fire Huawei and foldable screens in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world´s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. Huawei will also be in the spotlight at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the Chinese telecom giant fights US...

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Facebook to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of the WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption into these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday. The three services will, however, continue as stand-alone apps, the report said, citing four people involved in the effort. Facebook said it is working on...

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‘We don’t sell people’s data,’ says Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday renewed his defense of the social network's business, arguing that targeting ads based on interests was different from selling people's data. "If we're committed to serving everyone, then we need a service that is affordable to everyone," Zuckerberg said in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. "The best way to...

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Celebrities to keep social media posts ‘clean’, says UK watchdog

LONDON: Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday. The agency said it has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities, who also include models Alexa Chung and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley, to change how they label social media...

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China deletes 7 million pieces of online information, thousands of apps

SHANGHAI: China’s cyber watchdog said on Wednesday it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information as well as 9,382 mobile apps, and it criticized tech giant Tencent’s news app for spreading “vulgar information”. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement on its website the action was part of a clean-up of unacceptable and harmful...

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Facebbok’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to 5 recipients to curb misinformation

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumours”, company executives said on Monday. “We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event...

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First robotic surgical procedure performed at Civil Hospital Karachi

KARACHI: On the concluding day of the three-day international multidisciplinary robotic surgery workshop at the OT Complex Civil Hospital Karachi and the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Saturday, a “successful” robotic surgical procedure was performed for the first time in Pakistan on a female patient. Hailing from Balochistan, the woman had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusions. The...

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NASA and China collaborate on Moon exploration

The space agencies of the United States and China are coordinating efforts on Moon exploration, NASA said Friday, as it navigates a strict legal framework aimed at protecting national security and preventing technology transfer to China. "With the required approval from Congress, NASA has been in discussions with China to explore the possibility of observing a signature of the landing...

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Buzz grows on ‘flying cars’ ahead of major tech show

Will flying cars take off at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show? Well, sort of. The prototypes won't be soaring over the Las Vegas Strip during the technology extravaganza which runs from January 8-11. But a number of flying car designs will be on display, portending what many see as an inevitable airborne future for short-range transport with vertical takeoff and...

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Facebook removes more pages, accounts with Russia links

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated pages, accounts and groups that it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries across...

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Google technical fault shows appreciation of PKR against Dollars, later corrected

KARACHI: In a technical fault that remained for a few hours undetected, the online currency converter of Google on Tuesday night showed extraordinary appreciation of Pakistani rupee against the US dollar and other world currencies, leaving Pakistanis in a shock. Last night when people were searching Pakistan currency conversion rate to US dollar found that PKR at 76, instead of...

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Facebook to invest $300 million in journalism

NEW YORK: Facebook announced Tuesday that it will invest $300 million dollars in various projects related to journalism, especially to promote local news, which has been hit hard in the digital age. "Over the next three years, we will invest $300 million in news programs, partnerships and content," Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships, said...

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Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to...

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Facebook bans Philippine ‘fake accounts’ group followed by millions

 Facebook says it has banned a Philippine digital marketing group which runs hundreds of pages across the social network with 43 million followers, accusing it of "inauthentic behaviour" and using fake accounts. Facebook has stepped up efforts to root out fake accounts after being criticised for failing to tackle hate speech and misinformation on its platforms. Filipinos are among the...

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India plans manned space mission by December 2021

India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday. The three-person mission would make the Asian giant the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to put people in space. "We are planning to have the first unmanned mission by December 2020, the second by...

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Vietnam says Facebook violated controversial cybersecurity law

Facebook has violated Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country. Despite economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate dissent. “Facebook had reportedly not responded to...

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Intel working with Facebook on AI chip coming later this year

Intel Corp said on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is working with Facebook Inc to finish a new artificial intelligence chip in the second half of this year. The chips are Intel’s gambit to retain hold of a fast-growing segment of the artificial intelligence computing market but will face competition from similar chips from...

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