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India registers FIR against social media users in occupied Kashmir

Police in occupied Kashmir have registered cases against the social media users for violating the directives amid complete ban on broadband and mobile internet in the valley, Kashmir Media Service reported Tuesday. “Taking serious note of misuse of social media, the Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone registered FIR against various social media users who defied the government orders and misused the social...

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FB opens innovation Lab in Lahore, boosting tech innovation in Pakistan

LAHORE: Facebook and Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom along with the National Technology Fund (IGNITE) launched the first Facebook Innovation Lab in Pakistan at a ceremony attended by policy makers and technocrats on Wednesday.   Located in the National Incubation Center (NIC) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the Innovation Lab will focus on providing infrastructure...

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Facebook discloses the algorithm behind news feed

LONDON: Facebook is lifting the lid on the algorithm that decides which posts appear in its news feed, as part of a drive to be more transparent and offer greater control to users. The feature “Why am I seeing this post?”, being rolled out from Monday, offers some insight into the tens of thousands of inputs used by the social...

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New Australian laws could see social media execs jailed over terror images

Australia pledged Saturday to introduce new laws that could see social media executives jailed and tech giants fined billions for failing to remove extremist material from their platforms. The tough new legislation will be brought to parliament next week as Canberra pushes for social media companies to prevent their platforms from being "weaponised" by terrorists in the wake of the...

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Facebook forbids white nationalism, white separatism on its platforms

Facebook Inc on Wednesday banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms, bolstering its efforts to tackle hate speech. The policy will be enforced next week, the social media giant said in a blog here post. Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube are under pressure to remove white supremacist and neo-Nazi...

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Modi hails major breakthrough as India shoots down satellite in space

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a satellite in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space programme. Modi made the announcement in a television address to the nation. He said India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after...

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Facebook fixes fault that displayed millions of user passwords to employees

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees. The passwords were accessible to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and dated back as early as 2012, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity, which first reported said in its report. “These passwords were...

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U.S. top court undermines Google settlement in internet privacy case

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cast doubt on a $8.5 million settlement Google had agreed to pay to end an internet privacy dispute, directing a lower court to review whether plaintiffs who accused the search engine operator of wrongdoing in a class action lawsuit were legally eligible to sue. The plaintiffs had argued that Google, part of Alphabet...

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Google announces browser-based streaming game service

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Tuesday a video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers. The technology allows users to play games on their internet browser without having to wait for any content to be downloaded to their device, making access to games potentially as...

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Game maker Rovio ventures into augmented reality with new Angry Birds game

HELSINKI: Finnish game company Rovio has released an augmented reality game called Angry Birds Isle of Pigs, developed with Swedish game studio Resolution Games for Apple’s mobile devices, the Finnish games developer said on Tuesday. The release, announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, came in addition to the two games the company had promised to release this...

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Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch

Apple Inc, in a surprise move on Monday, launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini ahead of a March 25 event where it is expected to launch a television and video service. The new iPad models, geared with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chip and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, are already available for order...

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With high-tech glasses Japanese ALS patient makes the beat go on

TOKYO: The music booms and lights flash as Masatane Muto, a wheelchair-bound disc jockey, uses is eyes to put on a show at a recent Tokyo music festival. Muto, who lost the use of his hands to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, wears a pair of high-tech glasses connected to an app that controls music-mixing software. “Through my performance, I hope to...

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Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week

BRUSSELS: Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines. The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine...

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Snapchat to launch gaming platform next month

Parent of Snapchat messaging app Snap Inc plans to announce its gaming platform for developers next month, online news service Cheddar reported on Friday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Shares of the company rose nearly 3 percent in trading before the bell. The platform, codenamed “Project Cognac,” will feature a handful of games from outside developers designed to...

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Facebook readies AI tech to combat ‘revenge porn’

Facebook Inc said on Friday it would use artificial intelligence to combat the spread of intimate photos shared without people’s permission, sometimes called “revenge porn,” on its social networks. The new technology is in addition to a pilot program here that required trained representatives to review offending images. "By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now proactively detect...

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Foxconn rejects Microsoft patent lawsuit, says never had to pay royalties

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Foxconn on Tuesday responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Microsoft Corp, saying as a contract manufacturer, it has never needed to pay royalties for the U.S. giant’s software. Microsoft filed the complaint against Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd in the Northern District of California on Friday. It is claiming unpaid royalties for patents used...

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Nvidia outbids Intel to buy Israel’s Mellanox in data center push

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp has agreed to buy Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies Ltd for $6.8 billion, beating rival Intel Corp in a deal that would help the firm boost its data center and supercomputer business. The all-cash offer of $125 per share represents a premium of 14 percent to Mellanox’s closing price on Friday. Mellanox shares rose 8.4 percent...

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