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Senate to grill Facebook over plans for Libra cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are set to grill Facebook Inc on its cryptocurrency plans on Tuesday, as the project continues to draw intense scrutiny from financial regulators and politicians across the globe. Facebook is fighting a rearguard action to get Washington onside after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18...

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First 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels uncovered

TEL AVIV: Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants. While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to...

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Facebook Inc said it restored services on Sunday after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. “Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for...

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5G-connected cows test milking parlor of the future

SHEPTON MALLET: They may look like regular cows, but a herd of Friesian dairy cattle at a British farm are internet pioneers and they are enjoying the benefits of 5G connectivity before you. Cisco Systems Inc, which is developing network infrastructure for the emerging technology, has set up 5G testbeds to trial wireless and mobile connectivity in three rural locations....

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Remarkable photo of black hole released in astrophysics breakthrough

WASHINGTON: An international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - using a global network of telescopes to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational fields so strong no matter or light can escape. The team’s observations of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy...

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Facebook, Google defend efforts to remove hate speech before Congress

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google unit on Tuesday defended their efforts to remove hate speech from social media sites amid questions from lawmakers in an appearance before the US House Judiciary Committee. Representative Jerrold Nadler, who chairs the panel, said white nationalist groups target communities of color and religious minorities through social media. “Efforts by media companies to...

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Facebook to clearly explain how it uses consumer data

BRUSSELS: Facebook has bowed to pressure from the European Commission and consumer authorities by revising its terms, making it clear what it does with users’ data and taking responsibility when data has been mishandled by third parties. The world’s largest social network is under fire on both sides of the Atlantic over a number of privacy-related issues that have exposed...

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Facebook launches WhatsApp Business for iPhones

Facebook Inc on Thursday launched a business version of its WhatsApp messaging app for Apple Inc’s iOS, more than a year after the service was rolled out for Android users. WhatsApp Business will be available for free downloads from the App Store in Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, Mexico, the UK and the United States starting Thursday and will be rolled...

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg confident of stopping interference in 2020 campaign

Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is confident the world’s biggest social network will do better in 2020 at stopping “bad actors” from manipulating the US presidential election. “We’ve learned a lot since 2016, where, obviously, we were behind where we needed to be on defenses for nation states trying to interfere,” he said in a “Good Morning America”...

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FB opens innovation Lab in Lahore, boosting tech innovation in Pakistan

LAHORE: Facebook and Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom along with the National Technology Fund (IGNITE) launched the first Facebook Innovation Lab in Pakistan at a ceremony attended by policy makers and technocrats on Wednesday.   Located in the National Incubation Center (NIC) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the Innovation Lab will focus on providing infrastructure...

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Facebook discloses the algorithm behind news feed

LONDON: Facebook is lifting the lid on the algorithm that decides which posts appear in its news feed, as part of a drive to be more transparent and offer greater control to users. The feature “Why am I seeing this post?”, being rolled out from Monday, offers some insight into the tens of thousands of inputs used by the social...

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New Australian laws could see social media execs jailed over terror images

Australia pledged Saturday to introduce new laws that could see social media executives jailed and tech giants fined billions for failing to remove extremist material from their platforms. The tough new legislation will be brought to parliament next week as Canberra pushes for social media companies to prevent their platforms from being "weaponised" by terrorists in the wake of the...

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Facebook forbids white nationalism, white separatism on its platforms

Facebook Inc on Wednesday banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms, bolstering its efforts to tackle hate speech. The policy will be enforced next week, the social media giant said in a blog here post. Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube are under pressure to remove white supremacist and neo-Nazi...

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Modi hails major breakthrough as India shoots down satellite in space

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a satellite in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space programme. Modi made the announcement in a television address to the nation. He said India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after...

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Facebook fixes fault that displayed millions of user passwords to employees

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees. The passwords were accessible to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and dated back as early as 2012, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity, which first reported said in its report. “These passwords were...

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U.S. top court undermines Google settlement in internet privacy case

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cast doubt on a $8.5 million settlement Google had agreed to pay to end an internet privacy dispute, directing a lower court to review whether plaintiffs who accused the search engine operator of wrongdoing in a class action lawsuit were legally eligible to sue. The plaintiffs had argued that Google, part of Alphabet...

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Google announces browser-based streaming game service

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Tuesday a video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers. The technology allows users to play games on their internet browser without having to wait for any content to be downloaded to their device, making access to games potentially as...

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