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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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Register your phone with PTA or it will stop working soon

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed mobile phone users to register their cellular devices with the authority. In a text message sent to mobile phone users, PTA has warned that non-compliant devices will not work after October 20. To register your cellular device, you have to send your IMEI number via SMS to 8484. You can check your IMEI...

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Apple gets critical iPhone technology in $600 million Dialog deal

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT: Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is taking control over the power-management technology at the heart of its iPhones in a $600 million deal with Dialog Semiconductor (DLGS.DE) that also secures the German-listed company’s role as a supplier to the U.S. tech giant. The agreement to license technology and take on people from the Anglo-German chip designer is not only unusual,...

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Snapchat announces new scripted shows to win over users

Snap Inc on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat which will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users. Shares of Snap have fallen 52 percent since the beginning of the year as Snapchat has struggled to attract new users as rivals Facebook...

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Google Pixel 3 users can screen spam calls

Web Desk: Google has launched its new feature for pixel 3 smartphones which will now screen spam calls and provide real-time transcriptions.   Google announced the feature on Tuesday during an event in New York City where it introduced the new Pixel 3 smartphone along with a slew of other hardware products. The feature will also be coming to existing...

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Facebook launches AI video-calling device ‘Portal’

Facebook on Monday launched a range of AI-powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant in its bid for a slice of a market currently dominated by Amazon and Google. "It's been a big shift for the company," Facebook's vice president of consumer hardware Andrew Bosworth told AFP before the launch of "Portal". "We've seen a rise...

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Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly...

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Samsung returns to record profits

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated third-quarter operating profit jumped by a fifth to a record high, with its semiconductor unit bolstered by robust demand from data centers and gains in production yields. But sharp price slides for some types of chips have brought an end to a two-year super cycle of tight supply and soaring demand, and analysts expect the...

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US indicts seven Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department Thursday indicted seven agents of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency as part of a joint crackdown with Western allies on a series of major hacking plots attributed to Moscow. The indictments were announced as Dutch security services said they had thwarted a cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW — expelling four...

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Facebook, responding to lawsuit, says sex trafficking banned on site

Facebook in response to a lawsuit accusing it of not doing enough to protect users from human traffickers that it works internally and externally to thwart such predators. Human trafficking is abhorrent and is not allowed on Facebook. We use technology to thwart this kind of abuse and we encourage people to use the reporting links found across our site...

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Instagram service disrupted in several countries, including Pakistan

Facebook Inc’s photo-sharing social network Instagram was not working on Wednesday for users across several countries, including London, United States, Singapore and Pakistan. Users took to Twitter to complain about the outage and tweeted messages along with the #instagramdown hashtag. According to a check by Reuters, the app displayed an error message saying “couldn’t refresh feed”, while its website did...

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Facebook insider Adam Mosseri to head Instagram after co-founders’ exit

Facebook Incs Instagram on Monday announced that long-term insider Adam Mosseri will take over as the new head of the photo-sharing app, a week after its co-founders resigned. Mosseri, who joined Facebook in 2008, was most recently Instagrams vice president of product. He had previously overseen Facebooks news feed and spent a decade working closely with Facebooks Chief Executive Officer...

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Information ministry launches official twitter handle to identify fake news

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) has launched its twitter handle to identify fake accounts and documents under the instructions of Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain. According to details, the twitter handle namely FakeAccountBusterMoIB has been launched by Cyber Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It is pertinent to mention here that Govt...

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Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prize

STOCKHOLM/LONDON: American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for game-changing discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer. The scientists’ work in the 1990s has since swiftly led to new and dramatically improved therapies for cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, which had...

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WhatsApp co-founder Acton flags tensions with Zuckerberg: Forbes

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had disagreements with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg over monetization of the messaging service before he left the company, according to an interview with Acton published by Forbes on Wednesday. Facebook-owned Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were the latest senior executives to leave the social media company on...

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Facebook unveils new VR headset ‘Oculus Quest’ for $399

Facebook Inc (FB.O) unveiled its new wireless virtual reality headset at a conference on Wednesday and said it plans to start shipping it in spring next year. Oculus Quest, which comes with touch controllers and does not need a PC to operate, will be priced at $399, according to the company. The company also plans to launch more than 50...

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing its secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp with the goal of improving Intel’s chips so Apple could replace Qualcomm’s chips, the latest move in a drawn-out legal dispute. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November, when it alleged that...

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