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Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

Sprint said Tuesday it has partnered with phone manufacturer LG to launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year, marking the first 5G device deal for the number 4 US wireless carrier. Sprint is working to persuade antitrust regulators to approve its merger with larger rival T-Mobile US in a $26 billion deal, which the companies say...

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Russian hacker got access to networks of US electric utilities: WSJ

Russian hackers gained access to the networks of US electric utilities last year, which could have allowed them to cause blackouts, according to federal government officials, who said the campaign is likely continuing, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The hackers, who worked for a Russian state-sponsored group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, claimed “hundreds of victims” in...

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Facebook to double office presence in London

LONDON: Facebook said on Monday it would double its presence in London, acquiring nearly 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space across two buildings in King’s Cross — enough for more than 6,000 workstations. The social network did not say how many jobs it would add in the British capital, where it expects to employ 2,300 people by...

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NASA to fly probe into Sun’s scorching atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL:  NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to...

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US court sentences 21 people in huge call centre scam based in India

A United States (US) court has sentenced 21 Indian-origin people for up to 20 years in prison for involvement in a multi-million dollar India-based call centre scam, NDTV reported. According to reports, the scandal defrauded thousands of US citizens of hundreds of millions of dollars. The US Justice Department said the defendants and their conspirators perpetrated a complex fraud and money laundering...

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Facebook, Twitter,Google, Microsoft form alliance for “Data Transfer Project”

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter unveiled plans Friday to make it easier for users to take their personal data and leave one online service for another. The "Data Transfer Project" revealed by the companies responds to concerns about the growing influence of internet platforms and internet user concerns about control of their personal information shared online. "Users should be in...

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Mobile internet services suspended in Balochistan ahead of elections 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday has suspended mobile internet services in six districts of Balochistan owing to security concerns ahead of July 25 polls. According to PTA, the mobile internet services have been suspended in Pishin, Killa Abdullah and Mastung. Meanwhile, the service is already unavailable in Awaran, Kech and Kalat since February. The ban will remain...

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India mob lynchings: WhatsApp to limit forwarding messages

WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after Indian authorities sought curbs on spread of rumors that have led to violent incidents. Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps...

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France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

PARIS: French lawmakers have secured a deal on a bill that would outlaw the use of mobiles phones in schools starting in September, one of Emmanuel Macron's pledges during last year's presidential campaign. Senators and National Assembly deputies reached the agreement late Wednesday on the ban for all three tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for...

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Google faces £4.34bn record penalty by EU over android

The EU hit Google with its biggest ever fine Wednesday, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty on the US tech giant for illegally abusing the dominance of its operating system for mobile devices. Brussels accused Google of using the Android system's near-stranglehold on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut...

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Facebook takes stern measures on bogus posts likely to spark violence

MENLO PARK: Facebook on Wednesday built on its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence. The new tactic being spread through the global social network was tested in Sri Lanka, which was recently rocked by inter-religious over false information posted on the world´s leading online...

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Yahoo messenger says goodbye to Internet world, fans mourn the end

Web Desk: Finally It’s the end of an era for die-hard Yahoo users as the messaging app that many people probably didn’t know still existed, has finally shutdown after 20 years. The announcement that the app will be withdrawn on this date has been made some time back but the reality hits only when something is not there anymore. last...

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Saudia Arabia bans 47 games following teenage suicide cases

Saudi Arabia has barred 47 games statewide after two teenagers allegedly killed themselves after being influenced by the online-suicide challenge assigned by the game owner. According to Associated Press, the Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said yesterday that a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy have taken their own lives after playing a social media game known as Blue...

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Google to be fined billions over Android by EU: sources

The EU is set to fine US internet giant Google several billion euros this week for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system, sources said, in a ruling that risks fresh tensions with Washington. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is expected to say on Wednesday that Google abused its dominant position in the market by making tie-ups with phone...

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robots deliver essentials at people’s doorstep in China

Along a quiet residential street on the outer edges of Beijing, a yellow and black cube about the size of a small washing machine trundles leisurely to its destination. This "little yellow horse" is an autonomous delivery robot, ferrying daily essentials like drinks, fruit and snacks from the local store to the residents of the "Kafka" compound in the Chinese...

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Rolls-Royce unveils hybrid flying taxi at Farnborough

British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the "flying taxi", which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years. The London-listed aerospace giant, which is based in Derby in central England, showed off the plans at the Farnborough Airshow for the first time, as other players also rush...

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Uber faces investigation over alleged gender discrimination: WSJ

NEW YORK: Uber Technologies Inc is being investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stemming from a complaint about gender inequity, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. As part of the probe, which began last August, EEOC investigators have been interviewing former and current Uber employees as well as seeking documents from...

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