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US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger: sources

SAN FRANCISCO: The US government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously unreported...

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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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Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. Rolls-Royce said on Sunday it had drawn up plans for an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL)...

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Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

WASHINGTON  - Social networking site Twitter Inc on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled...

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Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech

Microsoft's chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights. Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission. Facial recognition technology raises significant human rights and privacy concerns,...

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Mobile phone service suspended in Lahore

LAHORE: Mobile phone service has been partially suspended in Lahore ahead of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s arrival at Allama Iqbal International Airport today (Friday). According to the notification cellular networks in areas around the airport, civil secretariat, Anarkali and Laskhsmi Chowk will remain blocked till 11:00pm. Earlier today, Punjab Chief Secretary requested the Ministry of Interior to suspend mobile...

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German court to judge on parents’ access to deceased daughter’s FB account

BERLIN: German judges will rule Thursday on Facebook users’ "digital legacy", or the fate of their private data after they die, in a case pitting the Silicon Valley giant against the grieving parents of a teenage girl. After the 15-year-old was killed by an underground train in 2012, her parents first asked Facebook for access to her data and message...

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Facebook collaborates with ECP to ensure transparency in elections 2018

Web Desk: Leading social media giant Facebook has taken an step to prevent the upcoming elections 2018 in Pakistan from abuse and fake news. “Facebook in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan to better understand and address the specific challenges faced here,” the social media giant said in a statement. Facebook is increasing the number of people working on...

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FB faces Australia data breach compensation claim

SYDNEY: Facebook could face a hefty compensation bill in Australia after a leading litigation funder lodged a complaint with the country´s privacy regulator over users´ personal data shared with a British political consultancy. The social networking giant admitted in April the data of up to 87 million people worldwide — including more than 300,000 in Australia — was harvested by...

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Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

MUMBAI: Samsung Electronics has formally opened a new factory in India, which the South Korean tech group says is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant, part of its plans to expand production in the world’s fastest-growing major mobile phone market. The factory in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, will allow Samsung to make phones at a lower...

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Pakistan launches two rocket carrying satellites in China

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday launched the two indigenously-built satellites from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre to meet its imagery requirements in land mapping and natural disaster management. The Foreign Office confirmed that the satellites — Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and Pakistan Technology Evaluation Satellite-1A (PakTES-1A) — were launched through Long March-2C rocket, at 0857 hours (PST), from a satellite centre...

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Huawei says does not expect U.S. sanctions: press

PARIS: China’s Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment, does not see itself becoming the target of U.S. sanctions and will keep buying U.S. chips this year, one of its three rotating chairmen told a French newspaper. Huawei HWT.UL, also the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, is a private company but has found itself battling perceptions of ties to...

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Samsung Electronics profit growth slows on smartphone weakness

SEOUL: South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated on Friday earnings grew at the slowest pace in more than a year in the second quarter, as analysts said weak smartphone sales likely offset record high chip earnings. Samsung shares fell 2 percent as the guidance gave investors insight into how badly the decline in smartphone profitability is hurting...

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