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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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Google wins US approval for radar-based hand motion sensor

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit won approval from US regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the sensors can also be operated...

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Cyber attack hits US newspaper distribution

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers, including ones owned by Tribune Publishing such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. The cyber attack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The attack...

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White House mulls new year executive order to bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

US President Donald Trump is considering an executive order in the new year to declare a national emergency that would bar US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. It would be the latest step by the Trump administration to cut Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd [HWT.UL] and ZTE...

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As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up

As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep upMillions of teenagers seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, but many of their parents are only now learning about the express-yourself video app — often to their dismay. The social network became the most downloaded on Apple´s App Store in the first half of this...

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Italy rejigs measures to spur sale of green cars

MILAN: Italy will offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros ($6,820) to buyers of new low emission vehicles while slapping taxes on the purchase of larger petrol and diesel cars, according to measures approved in parliament. The measures, contained in Italy’s 2019 budget passed by the upper house on Sunday, made changes to rules proposed by Rome earlier this month...

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Lawsuit adds to Facebook woes on data protection

Facebook´s woes mounted Wednesday as it faced a lawsuit alleging privacy violations related to data leaked to a consultancy working on Donald Trump´s 2016 campaign, and as a new report suggested it shared more data with partners than it has acknowledged. Facebook shares already sagging under the weight of the social network´s troubles ended the trading day down 7.25 percent...

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Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

US President Donald Trump took a swipe on Tuesday at America's tech giants, accusing them of having a liberal bias, and claiming Twitter was making it more difficult to follow his account. "Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!" Trump tweeted. "Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join...

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FBR to develop mobile app

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is considering to develop mobile app to file online return with greater convenience. According to official sources, the objective of this move is to gather investors data, identify unregistered persons and ensure that due tax is paid by them. The Federal Board of Revenue is a top federal government body that investigates crimes related to...

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Twitter warns of suspicious traffic coming from China, Saudi Arabia

Twitter shares fell almost 7 per cent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers and, in what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm said hackers used the platform to try to steal user data. Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum while...

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Google to spend $1 billion on new campus in New York

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs. The 1.7 million square-foot campus, called Google Hudson Square, will include leased properties at Hudson Street and Washington Street, the company said in...

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‘Hi-tech Robot’ shown on Russian TV turns out to be man in costume

MOSCOW: A “state-of-the-art” robot that appeared in a report on Russia’s main TV news channel was revealed by internet users on Wednesday to be a man in a costume. The Rossiya 24 rolling news channel on Tuesday broadcast footage of what it presented as a dancing, singing robot at a technology forum for school pupils. “At the forum there’s the...

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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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Huawei mistrust imperils China tech ambitions

China´s ambitious drive to dominate next-generation 5G technology faces a sudden reality check as fears spread that telecom companies like Huawei could be proxies for Beijing´s security apparatus. Fifth-generation mobile communications are the next milestone in the digital revolution, bringing near-instantaneous connectivity and vast data capacity. They will enable the widespread adoption of futuristic technologies such as artificial intelligence and...

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Australian watchdog wants a regulator for Google, Facebook

SYDNEY: Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook and Alphabet’s Google in the country’s online advertising and new markets. The recommendation, in a preliminary report on the US firms’ market power, is being closely watched around the world as lawmakers wrestle with the powerful tech firms’ large...

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China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing

China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing s ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said. The Chang e-4 lunar probe mission -- named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology -- launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang...

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PM meets Facebook official, seeks mechanism to check misuse of social media

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday underscored the need for putting in place a robust mechanism to effectively check misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated this while talking to Simon Milner, Vice President of Public Policy, Facebook Singapore, who called on him at the PM Office. Special Assistants...

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