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Google suspends some business with Huawei after Donald Trump blacklist

NEW YORK: Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the US government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders of current...

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Twitter warns of suspicious traffic coming from China, Saudi Arabia

Twitter shares fell almost 7 per cent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers and, in what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm said hackers used the platform to try to steal user data. Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum while...

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Google to spend $1 billion on new campus in New York

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs. The 1.7 million square-foot campus, called Google Hudson Square, will include leased properties at Hudson Street and Washington Street, the company said in...

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‘Hi-tech Robot’ shown on Russian TV turns out to be man in costume

MOSCOW: A “state-of-the-art” robot that appeared in a report on Russia’s main TV news channel was revealed by internet users on Wednesday to be a man in a costume. The Rossiya 24 rolling news channel on Tuesday broadcast footage of what it presented as a dancing, singing robot at a technology forum for school pupils. “At the forum there’s the...

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Google+ shutdown speeds up, new privacy bug affected 52.5 million users

SAN FRANCISCO: Google said on Monday it would shut down its Google+ social media service in April, four months ahead of schedule, after finding a software flaw for the second time this year that allowed partner apps to access its users’ private data. However, Google said in a blog post that it found no evidence that any other apps had...

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Huawei mistrust imperils China tech ambitions

China´s ambitious drive to dominate next-generation 5G technology faces a sudden reality check as fears spread that telecom companies like Huawei could be proxies for Beijing´s security apparatus. Fifth-generation mobile communications are the next milestone in the digital revolution, bringing near-instantaneous connectivity and vast data capacity. They will enable the widespread adoption of futuristic technologies such as artificial intelligence and...

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Australian watchdog wants a regulator for Google, Facebook

SYDNEY: Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook and Alphabet’s Google in the country’s online advertising and new markets. The recommendation, in a preliminary report on the US firms’ market power, is being closely watched around the world as lawmakers wrestle with the powerful tech firms’ large...

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China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing

China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing s ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said. The Chang e-4 lunar probe mission -- named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology -- launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang...

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PM meets Facebook official, seeks mechanism to check misuse of social media

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday underscored the need for putting in place a robust mechanism to effectively check misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated this while talking to Simon Milner, Vice President of Public Policy, Facebook Singapore, who called on him at the PM Office. Special Assistants...

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PM Imran approves formation of task force on ‘Technology Driven Knowledge Economy’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved, in principle, constitution of a task force on ‘Technology Driven Knowledge Economy’. The decision was taken during a meeting between Imran Khan and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman in Islamabad. The task force is being established with an aim to carry out foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and...

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First manned space mission launches since Soyuz failure

BAIKONUR: The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow’s Soviet-designed spacecraft, will launch on Monday. Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency brushed aside any possible safety concerns, saying risk was just part of...

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PTA implements phone registration, identification system

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has activated its Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) to crack down against counterfeit mobile phone usage and discourage phone theft. The authority, in a press release, said, “The aim of DIRBS is to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest and in line with Telecom...

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NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to Moon

WASHINGTON: The US space agency on Thursday announced nine private companies, mostly start-ups, that will bid on $2.6 billion in contacts to build spacecraft to carry payloads to the Moon as early as 2019. The move is part of NASA’s goal of sending people to the Moon in the next decade, for the first time since the Apollo era of...

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Google workers demand end to censored Chinese search project

SAN FRANCISCO: More than 200 engineers, designers and managers at Alphabet Inc’s Google demanded in an open letter on Tuesday that the company end development of a censored search engine for Chinese users, escalating earlier protests against the secretive project. Google has described the search app, known as Project Dragonfly, as an experiment not close to launching. But as details...

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Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

NASA´s top scientists admitted to sleepless nights, sweaty palms, stomach aches and moments of pure terror as their $993 million Mars Insight spacecraft approaches a high-drama finale Monday: landing on Mars. Mars Insight´s goal is listen for quakes and tremors as a way to unveil the Red Planet´s inner mysteries, how it formed billions of years ago, and by extension,...

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Video gaming fiends with an itch hit Twitch

PARIS: Seven years on from the rebranding of its original incarnation Justin.tv, video game live-streaming platform Twitch boasts more than a million people tuned in at any moment and interest is rising. Today’s top “streamers” are celebrities who can earn fame and a healthy living from competitive video gaming — but co-founder Emmett Shear says his lightbulb moment came back...

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Government to block Smuggled cellphones after Dec 31: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday announced that all cellular phones smuggled into the country after December 31 will be blocked. Addressing the press conference after federal cabinet meeting, Fawad Chaudhary said mobile phones worth around Rs2.5 billion are illegally brought to Pakistan every year. The minister also said that the government was mulling to impose ban on the...

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