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European Union states agree rules to make search engines pay for news

BRUSSELS: Search engines like Google and Microsoft’s Bing could be made to pay for showing snippets of news articles under draft copyright rules endorsed by European Union ambassadors on Friday. The measure, which is not yet final, would allow press publishers to ask search engines to pay them for showing their articles for up to one year after publication. The...

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Iran bars foreign social media networks in schools

TEHRAN: Iran´s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must "only use domestic social networks" for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency. Telegram is the...

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Successful test of Babur cruise missile by Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously-developed Babur cruise missile. Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometres. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which also carries certain stealth features...

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Shipping industry agrees to reduce carbon emissions by 2050: UN

LONDON: Members of the UN International Maritime Organisation on Friday struck a deal to halve carbon dioxide emissions from shipping by 2050 in a deal that will force the industry to redesign fleets. "The initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008," the...

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VW’s new chief to outline vision after dieselgate

The new chief of German auto giant Volkswagen was Friday set to outline his plans for steering the company out of the cloud of the "dieselgate" scandal and into a future of electric cars and "sustainable mobility". Herbert Diess -- the Austrian 59-year-old head of the VW Group's flagship Volkswagen brand -- was appointed late Thursday to take over from...

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Facebook CEO says his own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday told lawmakers that his own personal data was included in that of 87 million or so Facebook users that was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. But he pushed back on congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake...

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Facebook chief assures to protect credibility of elections in Pakistan, other countries

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that 2018 is an incredibly important year for elections, not just with the US midterms, but around the world. "There are important elections in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan, and in Hungary. And we want to make sure we do everything we can to protect the integrity of those elections," he said...

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Facebook going through ‘philosophical shift’: Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told US senators on Tuesday that the company was attempting to change in light of recent criticism, as he attempted to forestall any strict legislation aimed at the world’s largest social network. The 33-year-old internet mogul was grilled in a joint hearing of the US Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees on a...

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Zuckerberg faces Senate hearing but little hope for action

WASHINGTON: Facebook (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s No. 1 mission during his appearance before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday will be to defend against calls to regulate internet-based companies. The prospect of new laws that restrict Facebook and other internet companies, however, is extremely unlikely not only because of a lack of political will and the effective lobbying of...

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US flag on screens as Iran hit by cyber attack

Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our...

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Facebook to examine Pakistan’s political advertisers in order to protect 2018 elections

WASHINGTON: Political ads on Facebook will now be required to specify the person or entity paying for the message, the company's chief announced in a post on Friday as part of the bid to curb outside election interference, adding that it will verify the payer's identity as well. Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said it was...

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Mi Pakistan inaugurates its first authorized store in Karachi

By: Waqas Jawaid  Mi Pakistan launched its first authorized store in Karachi on Friday with free gifts for customers. Now for the first time, Karachi will experience the extravagance of an authorized store for the official representation of Xiaomi China in Pakistan. Mi Pakistan fans enjoyed the launch and cake cutting at the first authorized Mi Store which is located...

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Telenor shake hands with Nokia to revamp its network in Pakistan

Web Desk: Telenor Pakistan, a leading telecom and digital services provider, has joined hands with Nokia to modernize and transform its network in order to expand its services to customers. An agreement was signed between the two companies and the partnership is expected to assist Telenor Pakistan’s network expansion and up-gradation goals along with increased penetration of 4G/LTE services. "The...

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Apple hires former Google executive as AI chief

Apple Inc has hired a prominent artificial intelligence executive who recently left Google in a bid to boost its Siri voice assistant and other offerings powered by the technology. Apple confirmed that John Giannandrea, who previously served as Google’s top artificial intelligence executive, will join the company later this month as its chief of machine learning and AI strategy, reporting...

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Cargo-packed Dragon arrives at space station

TAMPA: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station, packed with food, gear and science experiments for the astronauts living in orbit. "We have capture confirmed," a NASA commentator said, as the space station’s robotic arm latched onto the gum-drop shaped spacecraft at 6:40 am (1040 GMT), at a moment when the spacecraft was over the...

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FB needs ´a few years´ to fix problems: Zuckerberg

Facebook will likely need "a few years" to fix the problems uncovered by the revelations on the hijacking of private user data, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview released Monday. Speaking to the news site Vox, Zuckerberg defended the company´s business model and shot back at criticism of the social networking giant from Apple CEO Tim Cook last...

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China´s ´space dream´: A Long March to the moon

The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing´s ambitious plans to send humans to the moon. The Tiangong-1 space module, which crashed Monday, was intended to serve as a stepping stone to a manned station, but its problems highlight the difficulties of exploring outer space. But China has come a long way...

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