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WhatsApp starts new feature that allows users to photos or videos vanish after they are seen

WhatsApp has started a new feature that allows users to have photos or videos vanish after they are seen. After the recipient opens the image for the first time, "view once" deletes it, without saving it in phone. However, it is possible for a user to take a screenshot or screen recording of the message when it is first opened...

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Trump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices. Trump said he has told his administration to look for regulations and legislation that could protect free speech - though he did not...

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Moonwalkers tell what it’s like on the Moon

Twelve American men walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972, with most describing in great detail their experiences on the dusty, low-gravity world lit by the blinding light of the Sun. Here are their impressions, collected from a series of oral history interviews by Nasa during the 1990s and 2000s, unless otherwise stated. Right after landing "That's where you...

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Facebook not invited to White House social media summit: company

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had not been invited to a White House summit on social media being held later this week. The White House has repeatedly declined to say who will attend the July 11 event. White House spokesman Judd Deere said last month the meeting would “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on...

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Australia says Samsung lied about phones being water resistant

SYDNEY: Australia’s consumer watchdog has sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Australian unit for allegedly misleading consumers by promoting water-resistant Galaxy smartphones as suitable to use in swimming pools and the surf. The world’s largest smartphone maker did not know or sufficiently test the effects of pool or saltwater exposure on its phones when ads showed them fully submerged, the Australian...

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Huawei to be treated as blacklisted

WASHINGTON: A senior US official told the Commerce Department’s enforcement staff this week that China’s Huawei should still be treated as blacklisted, days after US President Donald Trump sowed confusion with a vow to ease a ban on sales to the firm. Trump surprised markets on Saturday by promising Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit...

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Scientists conclude cigar-shaped interstellar object not an alien spaceship

WASHINGTON: After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called ‘Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through our solar system, astronomers remain uncertain over how to classify it, but are confident it is not an alien spaceship. Its odd shape and motion had prompted some scientists to wonder whether ‘Oumuamua - the first object from another star system...

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Facebook’s Libra coin likely to run a regulatory gauntlet

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will face unprecedented regulatory scrutiny over a new digital currency that the social media company hopes will become globally recognized legal tender within a year. Since Facebook unveiled its cryptocurrency, called Libra, 10 days ago, Reuters has spoken with more than a dozen people with experience in financial regulation, financial technology, payments or cryptocurrency. Few...

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National Security concerns: US blocks more Chinese tech firms

The US Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese tech entities Friday in a new move against Beijing's supercomputing industry likely to raise tensions ahead of a meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping next week. The notice targets Sugon — a prominent Chinese supercomputer manufacturer — along with three of its microchip subsidiaries and a computing institute owned by the People's...

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Indonesian group slams ‘fatwa’ on popular game PUBG

JAKARTA: An Indonesian group on Wednesday slammed a 'fatwa' on a hugely-popular but brutal online game, citing insult to their religion and making players addicted and violent. The religious edict, issued in conservative Aceh province, comes after officials in Iraq, Nepal, and India's Gujarat banned Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) over fears it incited real-world violence. Often likened to the blockbuster...

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Facebook to uncover new cryptocurrency

LONDON: Facebook is set Tuesday to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world's biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the rollercoaster volatility of "blockchain" technologies such as bitcoin. Facebook is setting up...

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WhatsApp threatens legal action against public claims of messaging abuses

NEW DELHI: WhatsApp has threatened legal action against those who publicly claim the ability to abuse its messaging platform, after the emergence of a raft of companies advertising products to bypass usage restrictions. A Reuters investigation found in May that WhatsApp clones and software tools were helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions in the run-up to...

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Toyota, Subaru team up to develop electric SUV in battle against costs

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp and Subaru Corp on Thursday said they plan to jointly develop a battery-electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV) on a platform produced together as they seek to split the cost of producing the lower-emissions car. The pair will apply Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies to the new SUV, which each will sell under its own...

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US judge orders Facebook to turn over data privacy records

A US judge ordered Facebook Inc to give shareholders emails and other records concerning how the social media company handles data privacy, after data for an estimated 87 million users was accessed by the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. In a decision on Thursday, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights of the Delaware Chancery Court said shareholders demonstrated a “credible basis”...

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‘The Ruet’: Fawad launches moonsighting mobile app

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday announced the launching of a moonsighting mobile app that displays the various phases and other real-time information about the moon. "The Ruet" is available on the Google Play store for download. https://twitter.com/fawadchaudhry/status/1134053653281726464 "The Ruet is a utility and information application related to moon and sighting of the moon in Pakistan...

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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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Huawei mobile users ponder switching brand after Google news

LONDON/MUMBAI: Time to abandon the Huawei phone? That was what some owners asked after US tech giant Google said it would suspend its business with China’s top mobile maker, threatening future access to Gmail, YouTube and Chrome. Google said on Monday it would comply with an order by US President Donald Trump to stop supplying Huawei, meaning it would no...

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