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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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YouTube plans original programming in India, Japan and other markets

BEVERLY HILLS: Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday. The programming will come in the form of multiple genres such as music documentaries, reality series, talk shows and scripted...

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Twitter warns fake account purge to keep erasing users, shares drop 19 percent

NEW YORK: Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Friday said it lost 1 million monthly active users from the previous quarter and warned the closely watched figure could keep falling as it deletes more phony accounts, causing the biggest one-day decline in its shares since 2016. The company said the work it was doing to clean up Twitter by purging automated and...

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Spotify grows to 80M paid subscribers amid continued growth

Top streaming platform Spotify said Thursday that it has reached 83 million paying subscribers, marking steady growth even as the company still struggles to make a profit. The Swedish company unveiled the figure, on the high end of its forecasts, as it released its earnings for the quarter to June. It had reported 75 million paying subscribers three months earlier....

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Facebook bears worst one-day drop in U.S market history

WASHINGTON: It has turned into a brutal reality check for Facebook. The social network star -- which has weathered storms over privacy and data protection -- is now looking at cooler growth following a years-long breakneck pace. Shares in Facebook plummeted 19 percent to close at $176.26 Thursday, wiping out some $100 billion -- believed to be the worst single-day...

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Barcelona: taxi Drivers stage protest against Uber, Cabify for taking away their jobs.

BARCELONA, Spain  — Taxi drivers from all corners of Spain drove to Barcelona to join a 2-day strike that started Wednesday in protest of the growing number of cars operating under ride-hailing apps. Uber and Cabify briefly halted service, saying some of their drivers were attacked. The taxi drivers, who joined a raucous protest in front of the Arch of...

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Sensor specialist AMS bets on self-driving cars

VIENNA - Austrian chipmaker AMS, mainly known as a supplier of sensors for Apple’s iPhone X, aims to expand further into the fast-growing business of making sensors for self-driving cars. The Swiss-listed company already develops sensors that can help to map roads and control gear shifters and chassis in autonomous vehicles. “Attractive demand for our automotive solutions continues across product...

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Russian hacker got access to networks of US electric utilities: WSJ

Russian hackers gained access to the networks of US electric utilities last year, which could have allowed them to cause blackouts, according to federal government officials, who said the campaign is likely continuing, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The hackers, who worked for a Russian state-sponsored group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, claimed “hundreds of victims” in...

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Facebook to double office presence in London

LONDON: Facebook said on Monday it would double its presence in London, acquiring nearly 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space across two buildings in King’s Cross — enough for more than 6,000 workstations. The social network did not say how many jobs it would add in the British capital, where it expects to employ 2,300 people by...

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NASA to fly probe into Sun’s scorching atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL:  NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to...

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US court sentences 21 people in huge call centre scam based in India

A United States (US) court has sentenced 21 Indian-origin people for up to 20 years in prison for involvement in a multi-million dollar India-based call centre scam, NDTV reported. According to reports, the scandal defrauded thousands of US citizens of hundreds of millions of dollars. The US Justice Department said the defendants and their conspirators perpetrated a complex fraud and money laundering...

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Facebook, Twitter,Google, Microsoft form alliance for “Data Transfer Project”

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter unveiled plans Friday to make it easier for users to take their personal data and leave one online service for another. The "Data Transfer Project" revealed by the companies responds to concerns about the growing influence of internet platforms and internet user concerns about control of their personal information shared online. "Users should be in...

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Mobile internet services suspended in Balochistan ahead of elections 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday has suspended mobile internet services in six districts of Balochistan owing to security concerns ahead of July 25 polls. According to PTA, the mobile internet services have been suspended in Pishin, Killa Abdullah and Mastung. Meanwhile, the service is already unavailable in Awaran, Kech and Kalat since February. The ban will remain...

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India mob lynchings: WhatsApp to limit forwarding messages

WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after Indian authorities sought curbs on spread of rumors that have led to violent incidents. Mob lynchings triggered by false incendiary messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, led to authorities calling for steps...

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France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

PARIS: French lawmakers have secured a deal on a bill that would outlaw the use of mobiles phones in schools starting in September, one of Emmanuel Macron's pledges during last year's presidential campaign. Senators and National Assembly deputies reached the agreement late Wednesday on the ban for all three tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for...

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Google faces £4.34bn record penalty by EU over android

The EU hit Google with its biggest ever fine Wednesday, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty on the US tech giant for illegally abusing the dominance of its operating system for mobile devices. Brussels accused Google of using the Android system's near-stranglehold on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut...

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Facebook takes stern measures on bogus posts likely to spark violence

MENLO PARK: Facebook on Wednesday built on its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence. The new tactic being spread through the global social network was tested in Sri Lanka, which was recently rocked by inter-religious over false information posted on the world´s leading online...

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