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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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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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Amazon’s ‘collaborative’ robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars — but instead of colliding, they´re following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. A young woman fitted out in a red safety vest, with pouches full of sensors and radio transmitters on her belt and a tablet in...

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Huawei’s founder says world can’t live without it

The founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has hit back at US efforts to blacklist the company, saying defiantly that the world cannot do without Huawei and its "more advanced" technology. "There´s no way the US can crush us," Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with the BBC. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced." Ren, 74,...

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Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakers

LONDON: Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership...

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Pakistan’s PCP app declared World’s second best Government application

The Pakistan Citizens' Portal app, which was launched in October last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was declared the second best government mobile application in the world at the World Government Summit, the premier announced in a tweet on Wednesday. About 4,646 mobile applications of different categories were submitted by 87 countries in the competition held in Dubai at the WGS earlier this...

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PlayStation 5 launch date revealed

Web Desk: All eyes will be on technology giants Sony and Microsoft in 2019 as both firms are rumoured to be announcing all-new games consoles. A release date seems more realistic in 2020, and the PlayStation fans are expected to count on Sony’s new console to be revealed by the end of the year. However, a series of leaked patents...

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The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

FALMOUTH: Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts. He calls Ai-Da - named...

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Instagram curbs self-harm, depression posts after teen suicide

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram has announced a clampdown on images of self-injury after a British teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life. The Facebook-owned picture sharing platform’s announcement followed a Thursday meeting between its global chief Adam Mosseri and British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. British teen Molly Russell took her own life in her bedroom in...

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Facebook toughens political ad policies in India

NEW DELHI: Facebook is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country’s general elections due before May, the social media giant said late on Thursday. Users will see political advertisements with “published by” and “paid by” disclaimers, the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company said in a statement. The move comes weeks after...

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German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

German antitrust authorities have issued a ruling prohibiting Facebook from combining user data from different sources. The Bundeskartellamt says Facebook users have only been able to use the social network on the condition that it can collect user data “outside of the Facebook website in the internet or on smartphone apps and assign these data to the user’s Facebook account”....

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Facebook Messenger gets an unsend feature

Facebook on Tuesday added a Messenger feature for anyone who has fired off a comment they regretted — a way to take it back. Messenger users will now have a 10-minute window after sending a message to undo it, leaving behind a note telling everyone in a conversation that the remark was removed, according to the leading online social network....

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Apple agrees 500-mln-euro tax settlement with France

Apple said Tuesday it had reached an agreement with French authorities to settle 10 years of back taxes, becoming the latest US company to reach a deal with France which has led a European push for higher taxes on tech giants. French news weekly L'Express reported that Apple had paid nearly 500 million euros ($570 million) to resolve the case...

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Facebook likely to face two more state probes on privacy issues: Bloomberg

Facebook Inc could be subjected to at least two more state probes in the United States on the alleged mishandling of user data, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The report, which cited people familiar with the matter, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his Illinois counterpart Kwame Raoul have joined forces with Connecticut to focus on investigating existing allegations. The...

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Facebook: from Harvard dorm to global phenomenon

Key dates in the history of Facebook, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in February: 2004 JANUARY: Mark Zuckerberg, a 19-year-old computer whiz at Harvard University, begins working out of his dormitory room on an online network aimed initially at connecting Harvard students. FEBRUARY: Thefacebook.com is launched by Zuckerberg and three Harvard roommates and classmates: Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin and...

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Facebook sees higher profits, more friends

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Wednesday its quarterly profit climbed to an all-time record $6.9 billion as it boosted its global user base despite scandals that have dented the leading social network's image. Revenue soared 30 percent from a year ago to $16.9 billion while the number of people using Facebook monthly rose nine percent to 2.32 billion, the company said...

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How to turn off FaceTime and avoid Apple’s eavesdropping bug

SAN FRANCISCO: A newly discovered FaceTime bug lets people hear and even see those they are reaching out to on iPhones even if the other person hasn’t answered their phone. When a phone number is dialed on FaceTime -- the iPhone’s internet-based voice and video calling feature -- the caller can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and...

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