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Facebook And Instagram Service Goes Down In Major Parts Of The World

Web Desk: Social media websites Facebook and Instagram were reported to be down across the world today. Outages were reported on Tuesday afternoon in Britain and continental Europe, and on Tuesday morning in North America. On downdetector.com, a site where users can report website outages, reports flowed in from as far as away Ethiopia, Australia, and the Philippines. Thousands of...

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US Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance programme

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance programme for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans. The legislation — which easily passed the House of Representatives last week — is expected to be signed into law by President...

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Apple plans new US campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion US investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by US President Donald Trump. The company has been under increasing pressure to make...

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Twitter may alert users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON: Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday. The social media company is “working to identify and inform individually” its users who saw tweets during the 2016 U.S. presidential election produced by accounts tied to the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Army, Carlos Monje,...

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What’s in a name? Chinese automaker nixes ‘Trumpchi’

DETROIT: Chinese automaker GAC is changing the name of models it plans to introduce in the US market next year because "Trumpchi" sounds too much like its linked to President Donald Trump. "The name will change for the US market to avoid the wrong connotation or misunderstanding," a GAC spokesman told AFP on Tuesday at the Detroit auto show. The...

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Goodbye, Facebook Newsfeed: The Newsfeed Armageddon

Earlier today, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced the end of the Facebook News Feed as we know it. Earlier today, Facebook announced the end of the Facebook News Feed as we know it. In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg today wrote: "Recently we've gotten feedback from our community that public content -- posts from businesses, brands and media --...

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YouTube toughens rules regarding which videos get ads

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube on Tuesday announced ramped-up rules regarding when it will run ads with videos as it scrambled to quell concerns by brands about being paired with troublesome content. "There´s no denying 2017 was a difficult year, with several issues affecting our community and our advertising partners," YouTube vice president of display, video and analytics Paul Muret said in...

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U.S. transport chief to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines

The Trump administration plans to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines this summer as the government sets out to rewrite regulations that pose legal barriers to robot vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday. Chao told a Detroit auto show forum that the revised voluntary guidelines would address not only self-driving automobiles but “barriers to the safe integration of...

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Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for...

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Projects worth Rs10 billion launched to bring broadband to remote areas

ISLAMABAD: The Universal Service Funds (USF) has awarded more than Rs10 billion Broadband Sustainable Projects to various operators to ensure telecom services in under-served and far-flung areas of the country. These areas mainly include Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In near future, projects will also be awarded for mobile broadband services in D.I. Khan, North Waziristan,...

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Ukraine to launch its first solar plant at Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL: At ground zero of Ukraine´s Chernobyl tragedy, workers in orange vests are busy erecting hundreds of dark-coloured panels as the country gets ready to launch its first solar plant to revive the abandoned territory. The new one-megawatt power plant is located just a hundred metres from the new "sarcophagus", a giant metal dome sealing the remains of the 1986...

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Apple releases new update to fix ´Spectre´ chip flaw

NEW YORK: Apple Inc on Monday released an updated version of its operating system software to fix a major microchip security flaw that affected nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. Last week, Alphabet Inc´s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre, that...

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Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

NEW YORK: Two large shareholders have urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health, Bloomberg News reported Monday. "There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences"...

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John Young, who set records in space with NASA, is dead at 87

WASHINGTON: John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA announced Saturday. He was 87 and died late Friday of complications from pneumonia, the space agency said. He lived in a Houston suburb just minutes from the NASA Space Center. "NASA and the world...

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All iPhones, iPads and Macs affected by chip flaws, says Apple

Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and...

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London was top destination for tech funding in 2017: PitchBook

LONDON: London was the top city in Europe for technology investment last year, with more funding going into companies in the British capital than into firms based in Paris, Berlin and the next seven cities combined, data showed on Friday. Tech firms in London attracted 2.45 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) in venture capital funding in 2017, about 80 percent of...

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Computer chip ‘flaw’ sparks security debate

WASHINGTON: A newly discovered vulnerability in computer chips raised concerns Wednesday that hackers could access sensitive data on most modern systems, as technology firms sought to play down the security risks. Chip giant Intel issued a statement responding to a flurry of warnings surfacing after researchers discovered the security hole which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks...

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