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More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize it but who requested anonymity because...

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Germany’s Continental bans WhatsApp from work phones

FRANKFURT: German car parts supplier Continental on Tuesday said it was banning the use of WhatsApp and Snapchat on work-issued mobile phones "with immediate effect" because of data protection concerns. The company said such social media apps had "deficiencies" that made it difficult to comply with tough new EU data protection legislation, especially their insistence on having access to a...

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SpaceX defers plan to send tourists around Moon: US media

WASHINGTON: SpaceX will not send tourists around the Moon this year as previously announced, and will delay the project until the middle of next year, US media reported on Monday. "A new timetable for the flight -- now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer -- hasn´t been released" by the California-based company, said the report in The Wall...

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Japan works to launch driverless car system in Tokyo by 2020

TOKYO: A self-driving car service could be on Tokyo’s public roads in time for the 2020 Olympics as Japan looks to drive investment in new technology to drive economic growth, according to a government strategic review announced on Monday. The strategy, presented at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also includes plans to allow the development of virtual...

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

SAN FRANCISCO: After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled. Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration. Analysts say several factors have hit the smartphone market including the lack of new features that wow consumers, people...

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Google’s ‘Reserve’ tool winning converts, taking search to next level

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google is drawing thousands of new customers to gyms and salons each month through an appointment-booking tool released last year, Reuters has learned, a quiet step in the company’s transition to the next generation of search. The service, known as Reserve with Google, spares users the phone calls, online searching and form filling typically associated with...

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Xiaomi, bound for IPO, woos fans (and investors) at glitzy launch

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi [IPO-XMGP.HK], lining up for a $10 billion IPO, held a rock concert-style launch on Thursday to unveil its latest flagship smartphone and a virtual reality headset developed with Facebook Inc’s Oculus. The smartphone and connected device maker is looking to rev up excitement levels with its fans - and potential investors -...

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Smartphone market to stay cool this year: forecast

SAN FRANCISCO: International Data Corporation forecast Wednesday that global smartphone sales would cool this year before heating up with help from new 5G networks and India's vibrant market. An IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker expected smartphone sales to slip two-tenths of a per cent this year to total 1.462 billion in a second straight year of slight decline. But IDC...

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Sony’s push into entertainment aims for stability, not splashiness

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp’s (6758.T) new chief executive is embracing entertainment content, but for now appears to be steering clear of direct competition with tech giants such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Netflix Inc (NFLX.O). The company last week announced a $2.3 billion deal for EMI Music Publishing, and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said he would focus on collecting stable...

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Facebook blocks Aamir Liaquat’s official page for ‘hurting sentiments’ of religious sects

Web Desk: Facebook authorities have once again suspended controversial TV anchor Amir Liaquat’s Facebook page with 2.5 million followers as it was multiple times reported for promoting the intra-religious tension across the globe. The self-professed religious scholar is in hot water once again, seems like he loves walking on thin ice. After being banned from PEMRA, the controversial TV anchor...

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AI better at finding skin cancer than doctors: study

PARIS: A computer was better than human dermatologists at detecting skin cancer in a study that pitted human against machine in the quest for better, faster diagnostics, researchers said Tuesday. A team from Germany, the United States and France taught an artificial intelligence system to distinguish dangerous skin lesions from benign ones, showing it more than 100,000 images. The machine...

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European Union states agree rules to make search engines pay for news

BRUSSELS: Search engines like Google and Microsoft’s Bing could be made to pay for showing snippets of news articles under draft copyright rules endorsed by European Union ambassadors on Friday. The measure, which is not yet final, would allow press publishers to ask search engines to pay them for showing their articles for up to one year after publication. The...

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Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design

A federal court jury on Thursday ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years. Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. The award appeared to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design...

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General Elections 2018: Facebook begins labeling, verification for political ads

Facebook said Thursday it began implementing a new policy requiring labeling of political ads and verification of identities of those paying for the messages. The huge social network earlier this year announced the new policy, aimed at improving transparency and countering criticism over its role in propagating Russian-sponsored disinformation during the 2016 US election. Facebook said that the new policy...

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Apple offers $50 credit to users who paid for a new iPhone battery in 2017

Web Desk: Apple is refunding a $50 credit to iPhone users who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement devices between January 1, 2017, and December 28, 2017. The credit applies to anyone who received a repair at an Apple Store, Apple Repair Center, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple says they will be emailing eligible customers between May 23,...

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ISPR issues cyber alert over fake emails

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Public Services Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday has warned people about a malicious email being sent from 'invite@ispr.press' using name of ISPR. According to the alert issued by ISPR, it was stated that this is a phishing email which has no link to ISPR. “If received please don’t open it, report it as spam and delete,” the alert added. On...

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Italy to auction 5G frequencies by end-September

MILAN: Italy’s communications regulator AGCOM said on Wednesday the government would auction frequencies for fifth-generation mobile services in September, in a move it expects to raise at least 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) for state coffers. The watchdog, which set out the rules governing the auction, said half of the 2.5 billion euros would be raised this year, adding the...

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