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Trump order limits Chinese internet giants TikTok, WeChat from operating in US

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sweeping limitations against Chinese-owned social media giants TikTok and WeChat that could make it difficult for them to operate in the United States. The executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, bars anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with the owners of TikTok or WeChat. It heaps pressure on ByteDance,...

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Zong, Jazz successfully conduct 5G tests

The test put Pakistan on the map of technologically advanced countries and cemented Zong’s position as the innovation leader of the Pakistan Telecommunication industry. The trials yielded unprecedented speeds of more than 1 GB/sec, the unique test cases showcased the true power and potential of high-speed internet. Chairman and CEO Zong Wang Hua said, “Pakistan is destined to witness a...

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India approves third moon mission months after landing failure

India has approved its third lunar mission months after its last one failed to successfully land on the moon, its space agency said on Wednesday, the latest effort in its ambitions to become a low-cost space power. The Chandrayaan-3 mission will have a lander and a rover, but not an orbiter, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan told reporters...

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Ring of fire: Annular solar eclipse dims skies across Pakistan

KARACHI: Thursday will be the darkest day of the year across Asia as the annular solar eclipse returned to the region for the first time in 20 years. The 'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse caused the day to turn dark in many Asian countries including Pakistan. The eclipse which started at 7:35am (Pakistan Standard Time), turned into a total eclipse...

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Solar eclipse on Thursday, to be visible in Pakistan

KARACHI: The Met Office has announced that there will be an annular eclipse of the sun on Dec 26 (Thursday) and it will be visible in Pakistan. It said that this was a rare and historical event happening after 20 years. This eclipse is said to be completely different from that of August 1999 due to the “albedo effect” when...

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TikTok sued over alleged data transfer

CALIFORNIA: A university student in California has filed a class-action lawsuit against video app TikTok, which she accuses of harvesting large amounts of user data and storing it in China. “TikTok clandestinely has vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data,” the court filing said. Misty Hong, a student in Palo Alto,...

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Internet services completely restored following nationwide disruption: PTA

ISLAMABAD: Internet services in Pakistan were restored after a fault was reported in an international submarine cable, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Wednesday. In a statement, the authority said that internet services have been completely restored in the country. According to reports, faults had developed in two international submarine cables SMW4 and IMEWE yesterday and were resolved earlier today. Earlier,...

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Australian regulator files privacy suit against Google alleging location data misuse

SYDNEY: An Australian regulator has filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google, accusing it of misleading smartphone users about how it collected and used personal location data, advancing a global crackdown on the world’s biggest tech firms. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the local Google unit did not tell users of its Android operating system for almost...

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India adding to space debris, Fawad says after Chandrayaan-2 failure

Islamabad: Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday went forward with his criticism of India's space activities accusing New Delhi of "adding into space debris", a day after Indian mission to make soft landing on the Moon failed. In a tweet, the minister said, “Endia is adding into space debris, ealrier “Mission Shakti” failed and now “Chandrayaan”, irresponsible attitude of #ModiSarkar from region...

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400 MN Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed in privacy failure

WASHINGTON: Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases — including 133 million US accounts, more than 50 million in Vietnam and 18 million in Britain, according to technology...

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Twitter receives complaint about President Alvi’s tweet on Srinagar protest

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has joined the list of people whose accounts have been reported for posting about the lockdown and protests in occupied Kashmir, according to an email by Twitter. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Monday shared a screenshot of the email on her Twitter account, saying that the action was in "bad taste and simply ridiculous". https://twitter.com/ShireenMazari1/status/1165894535760752640...

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Successful 5G trials conducted in Pakistan

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak, popularly known as Zong) on Thursday successfully conducted 5G trials in Pakistan, a press release issued by the company said. After conducting the trails, Zong has become "the first and only operator to officially test 5G services in the country", the statement added. "This success marks an important milestone in Pakistan's telecom sector," said Zong CEO...

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Google, Facebook, Amazon condemn French digital tax as ‘discriminatory’

WASHINGTON: American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and discriminatory. President Donald Trump is considering retaliating against the tax -- approved July 11 -- with punitive tariffs on French wine imports, prompting an investigation by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). The so-called GAFA companies appeared...

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Pakistan takes up issue of IoK supporters’ account suspension with Facebook, Twitter

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, through his personal Twitter account, on Sunday said that Pakistani authorities have taken up with Twitter and Facebook the alleged suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting in support of Kashmir. He also invited social media users to share information about accounts that have been suspended. https://twitter.com/peaceforchange/status/1162859253683695617 Maj Gen...

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Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android

Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, as it faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions. Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business, told a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan that the new system, called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese, would "bring more harmony and...

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Earth’s strongest creatures may be residing on Moon

WASHINGTON: There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a crash landing on the lunar surface by Israel’s...

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Two US senators raise privacy concerns over Facebook’s Messenger Kids

Democratic US senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal have written to Facebook Inc questioning whether there was a “worrying pattern” of poor privacy protection for children using its Messenger Kids app. The senators were "disturbed" to learn that the application allowed thousands of children to join group chats in which not all members of the group were approved by their...

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