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Under fire Huawei and foldable screens in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world´s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. Huawei will also be in the spotlight at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the Chinese telecom giant fights US...

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Facebook, Google tools reveal new political ad tactics

SAN FRANCISCO: Public databases that shine a light on online political ads — launched by Facebook and Google offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules. The databases also provided campaigns unprecedented insight into opponents’ online marketing, enabling them to capitalize on weaknesses, political strategists told Reuters. Facebook and Google,...

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Fawad Chaudhry urges YouTube, WhatsApp to follow FB and Twitter steps in countering hate mongers

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry urged tech giants YouTube and WhatsApp to combat hate mongering, two days after Twitter suspended Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi's handle over the government's complaint. “It is so welcoming that giants like Twitter and Facebook are now fully committed to regulate their platforms to combat the menace of fake news and...

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Tencent to expand underage ID check to all games

HONG KONG: Tencent Holdings will expand an addiction-prevention system for underage gamers to all of its games, the company said on Monday, as the industry faces increased government scrutiny. A “healthy gaming” system that includes time limits on daily play and can perform facial recognition-aided ID checks, already in use on Tencent’s most popular Honour of Kings smartphone game, will...

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Twitter removed accounts discouraging US vote participation

WASHINGTON: Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts, many posing as Democrats, that were posting tweets encouraging US voters to sit out Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections, according to media reports. The reports cited a Twitter statement on Friday as saying the social media company had “removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated...

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Google’s top Washington lobbyist stepping down

WASHINGTON: Google’s top lobbyist in Washington is stepping aside as the U.S. technology company faces criticism on Capitol Hill on issues including privacy protections and its investment plans in China, the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit said on Friday. Former U.S. Representative Susan Molinari, who has run Google’s Washington office and its Americas Policy team for nearly seven years, will move...

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Mobile phone service restored in Lahore, Gujranwala and twin cities

LAHORE: Mobile phone services, on Friday restored in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala, Newsone reported. Mobile service was suspended pertaining to the call of strike by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) against the release of Aasia Bibi in blasphemy case. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted earlier that mobile phone services in "Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gujranwala would be blocked today from 8am...

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Japan launches environment monitoring satellite

TOKYO: Japan’s space agency on Monday launched a rocket carrying a satellite that will monitor greenhouse gases, as well as the first satellite built entirely in the United Arab Emirates. The nation’s H-IIA rocket lifted off Monday afternoon at 1:08 pm (0308 GMT) from the Tanegashima Space Centre, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). About 16 minutes later,...

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Who wins the Youtube Sub-count crown? PewDiePie vs Bollywood, diss track inside

For years, Swedish video creator PewDiePie has dominated YouTube, raking in the most subscribers of any channel on the platform. Felix Kjellberg — PewDiePie's real name — has been the most popular YouTube channel for five years. He currently has more than 67 million subscribers. Now, the growth of one particular channel on Google's video sharing service threatens to usurp...

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Snapchat expects to lose more users, shares plunge

Snap Inc lost more users than Wall Street expected in the third quarter as it continued to grapple with an unpopular redesign of its Snapchat photo-messaging app and fierce competition from Facebook Inc’s Instagram. Daily active users are expected to fall again next quarter, Snap Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told analysts on a conference call, which would mark the...

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Apple, Samsung fined by Italy for slowing phones

ROME: Italy's competition authority on Wednesday said it was fining Apple and Samsung 10 and five million euros ($11.5 and $5.7 million) respectively for the "planned obsolescence" of their smartphones. The ruling is believed to be the first against the manufacturers following accusations worldwide that they encourage operating system updates for older phones which slow them down, thereby encouraging the...

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Japan asks Facebook to improve data protection

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Monday told United States (US) technology firm Facebook to better protect its users’ personal data following lapses this year affecting tens of millions of people globally. The government asked the world’s largest social media network to fully communicate security issues to users, increase surveillance of providers of applications on its platform, and inform regulators of any...

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Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

BRASILIA: WhatsApp has become a political battleground in Brazil’s most polarized election in decades, raising concerns that it is distorting debate beyond the public eye. Facebook has touted efforts to crack down on misinformation on its main platform ahead of the October 28 presidential run-off between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad. But WhatsApp has been flooded with falsehoods...

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Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation

MENLO PARK: In Facebook's "War Room," a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to...

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PTA extends deadline for blocking unregistered cell phones by 2 months

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)finally agreed to extend its deadline for blocking unregistered mobile phones by two months after the Senate Standing Committee on information technology expressed reservations over the plan. Earlier this week, PTA had announced that all unregistered mobile phones will become unusable after Oct 20 after its long-anticipated Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System...

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Facebook makes reality TV its new weapon for web supremacy

Facebook said Wednesday it was reviving the pioneering MTV reality show "The Real World" as its secret weapon to lure viewers away from YouTube. The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the "cute kitten" factor with a new show called "World´s Most Amazing Dog" on its new Facebook Watch platform. Users...

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YouTube back after widespread outage

Google-owned YouTube said on Tuesday a widespread issue with some of its services has been resolved, almost two hours after several people took to social media to complain about broadcasting issues. Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any...

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