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Google+ shutdown speeds up, new privacy bug affected 52.5 million users

SAN FRANCISCO: Google said on Monday it would shut down its Google+ social media service in April, four months ahead of schedule, after finding a software flaw for the second time this year that allowed partner apps to access its users’ private data. However, Google said in a blog post that it found no evidence that any other apps had...

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Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

BRASILIA: WhatsApp has become a political battleground in Brazil’s most polarized election in decades, raising concerns that it is distorting debate beyond the public eye. Facebook has touted efforts to crack down on misinformation on its main platform ahead of the October 28 presidential run-off between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad. But WhatsApp has been flooded with falsehoods...

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Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation

MENLO PARK: In Facebook's "War Room," a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to...

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PTA extends deadline for blocking unregistered cell phones by 2 months

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)finally agreed to extend its deadline for blocking unregistered mobile phones by two months after the Senate Standing Committee on information technology expressed reservations over the plan. Earlier this week, PTA had announced that all unregistered mobile phones will become unusable after Oct 20 after its long-anticipated Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System...

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Facebook makes reality TV its new weapon for web supremacy

Facebook said Wednesday it was reviving the pioneering MTV reality show "The Real World" as its secret weapon to lure viewers away from YouTube. The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the "cute kitten" factor with a new show called "World´s Most Amazing Dog" on its new Facebook Watch platform. Users...

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YouTube back after widespread outage

Google-owned YouTube said on Tuesday a widespread issue with some of its services has been resolved, almost two hours after several people took to social media to complain about broadcasting issues. Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any...

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Huawei launches new flagship phones in bid to keep No. 2 spot

LONDON: Huawei unveiled new flagship smartphones with novel smart camera and video features on Tuesday, as it seeks to sustain momentum among price-conscious consumers. The Chinese company, which overtook Apple (AAPL.O) this year to become the No. 2 smartphone maker by units - behind South Korea’s Samsung (005930.KS) - introduced its Mate 20 phone series using Leica camera technology. Huawei’s...

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WhatsApp updates ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature with new regulations

Web Desk: WhatsApp has updated its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature, with respect to the time limit in which users can revoke messages. The feature that initially allowed users to delete messages within seven minutes was increased to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds earlier this year. And now, there are new rules that seem to further restrict deletion. Now...

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Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28

MOSCOW: The next manned flight of a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) could take place on November 28, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian space industry source on Saturday as saying. A Russian cosmonaut and a US astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the...

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Hackers stole details of 29 million users of Facebook

Facebook Inc said Friday attackers stole names and contact details of 29 million users in the mass security breach disclosed by the social media network late last month. The breach, Facebook’s worst ever, has exacerbated concerns among users, lawmakers and investors that the company is not doing enough to safeguard data, particularly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data...

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Facebook purges 251 accounts to thwart deception

Facebook on Thursday said it shut down 251 accounts for breaking rules against spam and coordinated deceit, some of it by ad farms pretending to be forums for political debate. The move came as the leading social network strives to prevent the platform from being used to sow division and spread misinformation ahead of US elections in November. Facebook removed...

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Register your phone with PTA or it will stop working soon

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed mobile phone users to register their cellular devices with the authority. In a text message sent to mobile phone users, PTA has warned that non-compliant devices will not work after October 20. To register your cellular device, you have to send your IMEI number via SMS to 8484. You can check your IMEI...

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Apple gets critical iPhone technology in $600 million Dialog deal

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT: Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is taking control over the power-management technology at the heart of its iPhones in a $600 million deal with Dialog Semiconductor (DLGS.DE) that also secures the German-listed company’s role as a supplier to the U.S. tech giant. The agreement to license technology and take on people from the Anglo-German chip designer is not only unusual,...

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Snapchat announces new scripted shows to win over users

Snap Inc on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat which will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users. Shares of Snap have fallen 52 percent since the beginning of the year as Snapchat has struggled to attract new users as rivals Facebook...

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Google Pixel 3 users can screen spam calls

Web Desk: Google has launched its new feature for pixel 3 smartphones which will now screen spam calls and provide real-time transcriptions.   Google announced the feature on Tuesday during an event in New York City where it introduced the new Pixel 3 smartphone along with a slew of other hardware products. The feature will also be coming to existing...

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Facebook launches AI video-calling device ‘Portal’

Facebook on Monday launched a range of AI-powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant in its bid for a slice of a market currently dominated by Amazon and Google. "It's been a big shift for the company," Facebook's vice president of consumer hardware Andrew Bosworth told AFP before the launch of "Portal". "We've seen a rise...

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Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly...

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