Daily Archives: September 5, 2019

Tech firms, US officials talk election protection at Facebook


September 5, 2019

Facebook said technology firms and US officials met at its Silicon Valley headquarters on Wednesday to collaborate on protecting next year’s presidential election from cyber threats. Google, Microsoft and Twitter were listed among the companies that met with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the office of the Director of National Intelligence at the …

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Samsung to launch foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold after major delay


September 5, 2019

Seoul: Tech giant Samsung has said it will launch its hotly anticipated first foldable smartphone on Friday, months after faulty screens forced an embarrassing delay of its release. The world´s largest smartphone maker spent nearly eight years developing the Galaxy Fold, but had to hold its launch in April after reviewers reported screen problems within days of use. It was …

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Twitter nixes tweets by text after CEO account hack


September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON: Twitter on Wednesday halted users´ ability to fire off tweets via text messages as it seeks to fix a vulnerability that led to CEO Jack Dorsey´s account being hijacked. Dorsey last week was the target of so-called “SIM swap” fraud, which enables a hacker to trick a mobile carrier into transferring a number — potentially causing people to lose …

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YouTube penalty is $170 mn for collecting, sharing data from kids


September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON: Google agreed Wednesday to pay $170 million to settle charges that it illegally tracked and targeted children on its YouTube video service, a deal critics said was too soft on the internet giant. The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state attorney general is the largest amount in a case involving the Children´s Online Privacy …

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Elliott, Cowboys end stand off with lucrative new deal


September 5, 2019

LOS ANGELES: Ezekiel Elliott is to become the highest paid running back in the NFL after ending his Dallas Cowboys boycott and agreeing a six-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. Elliott, 24, had effectively gone on strike in order to force the lucrative new deal, boycotting the Cowboys´ pre-season training camp as the new season approaches, with their …

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Smith marks first Test since suffering concussion with a fourth fifty


September 5, 2019

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Australia star Steve Smith looked like he had never been away as he marked his first Test since suffering concussion with a fourth fifty in as many innings against England this Ashes series at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Smith, a shining light for the tourists on a dull day in Manchester, was 60 not out in a …

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Bencic advances to first Grand Slam semi-final at US Open


September 5, 2019

NEW YORK: Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday at the US Open by defeating Croatia´s Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/5), 6-3. Bencic will play Thursday against the winner of a later quarter-final between Canadian 15th seed Bianca Andreescu and Belgian 25th seed Elise Mertens. One of them will become a first-time Grand Slam …

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Berrettini wins US Open thriller as favorite Nadal targets semis


September 5, 2019

NEW YORK: Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian man to reach the US Open semi-finals in 42 years Wednesday to set up a potential showdown with title favorite Rafael Nadal, who resumes his quest for a 19th Grand Slam crown. Berrettini, the 24th seed, matched Corrado Barazzutti´s run to the last four in 1977 after outlasting 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils …

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Lyles eyes double diamond boost ahead of worlds


September 5, 2019

BRUSSELS: US sprint sensation Noah Lyles will look to bag a second Diamond League trophy when he competes in the 200 metres in the Brussels final on Friday. The 22-year-old went to last week´s first final in Zurich and pipped American teammate and current world champion Justin Gatlin to win the 100m. A shot at a second discipline victory offers …

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Kolisi on historic mission as Boks go from ´dark place to good space´


September 5, 2019

JOHANNESBURG: Siya Kolisi dreams of becoming the first black Springboks skipper to lift the Rugby World Cup trophy, and complete the remarkable transformation of the team from “a dark place to a good space”. South Africa and defending champions New Zealand, who clash on September 21 in a blockbuster Pool B opener in Japan, look set to reach the quarter-finals …

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