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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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US indicts seven Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department Thursday indicted seven agents of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency as part of a joint crackdown with Western allies on a series of major hacking plots attributed to Moscow. The indictments were announced as Dutch security services said they had thwarted a cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW — expelling four...

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Facebook, responding to lawsuit, says sex trafficking banned on site

Facebook in response to a lawsuit accusing it of not doing enough to protect users from human traffickers that it works internally and externally to thwart such predators. Human trafficking is abhorrent and is not allowed on Facebook. We use technology to thwart this kind of abuse and we encourage people to use the reporting links found across our site...

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Instagram service disrupted in several countries, including Pakistan

Facebook Inc’s photo-sharing social network Instagram was not working on Wednesday for users across several countries, including London, United States, Singapore and Pakistan. Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage and tweeted messages along with the #instagramdown hashtag. According to a check by Reuters, the app displayed an error message saying “couldn’t refresh feed”, while its website did...

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Facebook insider Adam Mosseri to head Instagram after co-founders’ exit

Facebook Incs Instagram on Monday announced that long-term insider Adam Mosseri will take over as the new head of the photo-sharing app, a week after its co-founders resigned. Mosseri, who joined Facebook in 2008, was most recently Instagrams vice president of product. He had previously overseen Facebooks news feed and spent a decade working closely with Facebooks Chief Executive Officer...

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Information ministry launches official twitter handle to identify fake news

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) has launched its twitter handle to identify fake accounts and documents under the instructions of Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain. According to details, the twitter handle namely FakeAccountBusterMoIB has been launched by Cyber Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It is pertinent to mention here that Govt...

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Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prize

STOCKHOLM/LONDON: American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for game-changing discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer. The scientists’ work in the 1990s has since swiftly led to new and dramatically improved therapies for cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, which had...

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WhatsApp co-founder Acton flags tensions with Zuckerberg: Forbes

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had disagreements with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg over monetization of the messaging service before he left the company, according to an interview with Acton published by Forbes on Wednesday. Facebook-owned Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were the latest senior executives to leave the social media company on...

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Facebook unveils new VR headset ‘Oculus Quest’ for $399

Facebook Inc (FB.O) unveiled its new wireless virtual reality headset at a conference on Wednesday and said it plans to start shipping it in spring next year. Oculus Quest, which comes with touch controllers and does not need a PC to operate, will be priced at $399, according to the company. The company also plans to launch more than 50...

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing its secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp with the goal of improving Intel’s chips so Apple could replace Qualcomm’s chips, the latest move in a drawn-out legal dispute. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November, when it alleged that...

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Report claims that Instagram co-founders resigning

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are leaving the smartphone photo-sharing service bought by Facebook six years ago for a billion dollars, the New York Times reported late Monday citing unnamed sources. Systrom and Krieger have resigned from their posts as chief executive and chief technology officer respectively, not giving reasons and saying they planned to take time off,...

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Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia. The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners. The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate...

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Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users’ lives

From the kitchen to the car, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger part of people´s lives with an array of new products and partnerships. Updates to the internet giant´s Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or...

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Cellular networks partially suspended across Pakistan

Web Desk: Mobile phone service has been partially suspended in several cities across the country, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, on Friday to maintain law and order situation on Ashura. According to details, Cellular service has been suspended on the routes of the 10th Muharram procession. The cellular service will resume, in cities after the conclusion of processions in respective areas, most...

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Twitter to offer users option to go back to ‘chronological’ feed

WASHINGTON: Twitter is preparing an option for users to go back to its original chronological news feed, responding to complaints about its algorithmic system implemented two years ago. In a series of tweets late Monday, Twitter told users it was "working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline." The short-message social network said it still believes...

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Germany rolls out world’s first hydrogen train

Germany on Monday rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology. Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre (62-mile) route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern...

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Samsung to launch new Galaxy device next month

Samsung sent out invitations Friday for an October 11 event to launch a new mobile device under its Galaxy line. The invitation offered few details but the mention of "4x fun" led to speculation the about a new smartphone with four cameras or possibly a foldable handset. The South Korean electronics giant, the world’s leading smartphone maker, unveiled its latest...

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