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Google bars uses of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons


June 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts under new standards for its business decisions in the nascent field, the Alphabet Inc unit said on Thursday. The restriction could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company’s work with the U.S. military to …

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New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand


June 8, 2018

NEW YORK: There’s a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled on Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016. The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen …

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Negative social media experiences linked to depression


June 8, 2018

Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, suggests that negative experiences on social media were associated with depressive symptoms. “We found that positive experiences on social media were not related …

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Volatility may hit Wall Street as Alphabet, Facebook leave tech sector group


June 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK: Volatility could well be in the cards for Wall Street again early this fall, but not for the same reason stocks got rattled in February. This time the culprit would be the largest-ever shakeup of the stock market’s broad business sectors, which will mean some of the hottest stocks, like Facebook and Google parent Alphabet, will shift …

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Embattled Air India seeks ‘urgent’ loan


June 8, 2018

MUMBAI: Air India has announced it is seeking an urgent multi-million-dollar loan to maintain day-to-day operations, highlighting the wretched financial predicament of the country’s debt-stricken national carrier. In a statement posted on its website this week the airline said it was looking for a short-term loan of 10 billion rupees ($148 million) “to meet urgent working capital requirements”. Air India has failed to pay …

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China May coal imports flat as government controls stifle buying


June 8, 2018

China’s coal imports in May were almost unchanged from the same month a year earlier as tight government curbs on shipments, designed to cool an overheating market, kept a lid on foreign coal buying. Coal arrivals in May inched up to 22.33 million tonnes from 22.28 million tonnes in April, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Friday …

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Trump trade clash dooms hopes of G7 consensus


June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON: Summits of the Group of Seven powers are often marred by anti-globalist demonstrations in the streets of the host city. This time, the greatest threat to the liberal world order will be inside the fence. President Donald Trump comes to this week’s Quebec G7, which begins Friday, touting an America First agenda that hits US allies with trade tariffs …

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Rashid Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series sweep over Bangladesh


June 8, 2018

DEHRADUN: Spin sensation Rashid Khan bowled an excellent last over to help Afghanistan eke out a thrilling one-run win over Bangladesh and complete a series whitewash in the third Twenty20 international Thursday. Chasing 146 for victory, Bangladesh required nine in the 20th over but Khan held his nerve to restrict Bangladesh to 144-6 in the north Indian city of Dehradun. …

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