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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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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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Facebook to set up two regional centers for monitoring election content

Facebook Inc is planning to set up two new regional operations centers focused on monitoring election-related content in its Dublin and Singapore offices, the company said on Monday. The world’s largest social network has been under pressure from regulators around the globe to fight spread of misinformation on its platform. Reuters

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‘Deepfake’ videos could multiply with misinformation woes

If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don´t adjust your television set — you may just be witnessing the future of "fake news." "Deepfake" videos that manipulate reality are becoming more sophisticated due to advances in artificial intelligence, creating the potential for...

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Facebook to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of the WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption into these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday. The three services will, however, continue as stand-alone apps, the report said, citing four people involved in the effort. Facebook said it is working on...

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‘We don’t sell people’s data,’ says Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday renewed his defense of the social network's business, arguing that targeting ads based on interests was different from selling people's data. "If we're committed to serving everyone, then we need a service that is affordable to everyone," Zuckerberg said in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. "The best way to...

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Celebrities to keep social media posts ‘clean’, says UK watchdog

LONDON: Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday. The agency said it has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities, who also include models Alexa Chung and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley, to change how they label social media...

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China deletes 7 million pieces of online information, thousands of apps

SHANGHAI: China’s cyber watchdog said on Wednesday it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information as well as 9,382 mobile apps, and it criticized tech giant Tencent’s news app for spreading “vulgar information”. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement on its website the action was part of a clean-up of unacceptable and harmful...

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Facebbok’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to 5 recipients to curb misinformation

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumours”, company executives said on Monday. “We’re imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today,” Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said at an event...

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First robotic surgical procedure performed at Civil Hospital Karachi

KARACHI: On the concluding day of the three-day international multidisciplinary robotic surgery workshop at the OT Complex Civil Hospital Karachi and the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Saturday, a “successful” robotic surgical procedure was performed for the first time in Pakistan on a female patient. Hailing from Balochistan, the woman had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusions. The...

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NASA and China collaborate on Moon exploration

The space agencies of the United States and China are coordinating efforts on Moon exploration, NASA said Friday, as it navigates a strict legal framework aimed at protecting national security and preventing technology transfer to China. "With the required approval from Congress, NASA has been in discussions with China to explore the possibility of observing a signature of the landing...

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Buzz grows on ‘flying cars’ ahead of major tech show

Will flying cars take off at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show? Well, sort of. The prototypes won't be soaring over the Las Vegas Strip during the technology extravaganza which runs from January 8-11. But a number of flying car designs will be on display, portending what many see as an inevitable airborne future for short-range transport with vertical takeoff and...

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Facebook removes more pages, accounts with Russia links

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated pages, accounts and groups that it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries across...

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Google technical fault shows appreciation of PKR against Dollars, later corrected

KARACHI: In a technical fault that remained for a few hours undetected, the online currency converter of Google on Tuesday night showed extraordinary appreciation of Pakistani rupee against the US dollar and other world currencies, leaving Pakistanis in a shock. Last night when people were searching Pakistan currency conversion rate to US dollar found that PKR at 76, instead of...

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Facebook to invest $300 million in journalism

NEW YORK: Facebook announced Tuesday that it will invest $300 million dollars in various projects related to journalism, especially to promote local news, which has been hit hard in the digital age. "Over the next three years, we will invest $300 million in news programs, partnerships and content," Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships, said...

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Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to...

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