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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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Samsung’s new phone shows how hardware innovation has slowed

NEW YORK  — Samsung’s new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at a time when hardware advances have slowed. The new phone, the Galaxy Note 9, will be faster and will last longer without a recharge. But while earth-shattering new features are in short supply, it will carry an earth-shattering price tag: $1,000. The minor improvements reflect a smartphone industry...

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French court orders Twitter to change smallprint after privacy case

PARIS: A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its smallprint, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having “abusive” clauses in its terms and conditions. UFC-Que Choisir claimed victory in its case against the US social media platform, saying “the conviction has a gigantic scope for the protection of users’ personal data.” The consumer...

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Facebook says removing content on 3D printing of guns

Facebook Inc is removing content related to instructions on 3D printing of firearms, a company spokesperson said on Thursday, as the debate around access to guns in the United States intensifies. “Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards. In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook,”...

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Apple says it is monitoring Infowars app for content violations

Apple Inc said on Wednesday that an app belonging to popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones remains in the company’s mobile App Store because it has not been found to be in violation of any content policies. The Infowars Official app has become the App Store’s third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of...

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New Android version, ‘Pie,’ rolls out on Pixel phones

The next version of Google’s Android system will be called Pie. It will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device. For instance, Android will set screen brightness by studying your manual adjustments, rather than automatically switching to a certain level based on ambient light. Google names its Android versions after sweet treats, such as Marshmallow. Google...

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Chinese tech Huawei stalks Apple and Samsung, eyes to be on top

SHANGHAI: Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese telecoms behemoth Huawei, likens the company to a ruthless "wolf" tirelessly running down its prey, an ethos that could soon make it the apex predator of the smartphone world. Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world´s number two smartphone maker in the second quarter...

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Facebook, Apple remove most of US conspiracy theorists content

ATLANTA: Facebook announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for “repeatedly posting content over the past several days” that breaks its community standards. The company said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and...

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How a phone app and a database served up Imran Khan’s election win

ISLAMABAD: A phone app and a database of more than 50 million voters were key weapons in the successful campaign of Imran Khan in last month’s general election. How Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) used the database and the associated app represents a sea change in the antiquated way in which Pakistan’s biggest parties conduct elections, from pre-poll targeting of...

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More states sue to stop online plans for 3D-printed guns

SEATTLE — More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect. Mostly Democratic attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed an amended complaint Friday asking a judge make it illegal to share...

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Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to Hajj calamities

Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, thousands of software professionals and students competed in the kingdom´s first-ever hackathon, a coding festival ahead of the world´s...

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YouTube launches first series in Spanish, starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Online video platform YouTube announced Friday plans to launch several series in Spanish for the first time, one of which will feature Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal. In addition to the show featuring the star of "Motorcycle Diaries," Google-owned YouTube is preparing two other Spanish-language series starring Colombian singer Maluma and another with Mexican actress and comedian Sofia Nino...

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Facebook fakers get better at covering tracks, security experts say

WASHINGTON: Creators of fake accounts and news pages on Facebook are learning from their past mistakes and making themselves harder to track and identify, posing new challenges in preventing the platform from being used for political misinformation, cybersecurity experts say. This was apparent as Facebook tried to determine who created pages it said were aimed at sowing dissension among US...

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China’s Huawei eyes smartphone summit after passing Apple

China's Huawei on Friday said it could replace Samsung as the world's top smartphone maker by late next year, just days after data showed it surpassed Apple for the number-two spot despite being essentially barred from the key US market. The chief of Huawei's consumer division, Richard Yu, made the remark at the release of business results for the first...

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Facebook page’s removal angers Washington protest organizers

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Facebook stunned and angered organizers of a protest against white supremacists when it disabled their Washington event’s page this week, saying it and others had been created by “bad actors” misusing the social media platform. The company said the page — one of 32 pages or accounts it removed Tuesday from Facebook and Instagram — violated...

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Apple becomes 1st private company worth $1 trillion

Apple became the first private-sector company to surpass $1 trillion in market value Thursday following its latest surge after reporting strong quarterly earnings. Shares of Apple briefly hit $207.05 in late-morning trading, before retreating somewhat. The gains came after the iPhone maker reported strong earnings late Tuesday that prompted a two-day rally in the share price. The company's stock was...

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FB, Instagram roll out new feature that will help to keep track of App-consuming time

PARIS: Do you worry that you, or your children, spend too much time on social media? Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday said they want to help you take control. In a statement, the social media giants — which are both owned by Facebook — announced "new tools to help people manage their time" spent on the platforms. Among the tools are...

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