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Facebook bans deepfakes in fight against online manipulation


January 8, 2020

Facebook says it is banning deepfake videos, the false but realistic clips created with artificial intelligence and sophisticated tools, as it steps up efforts to fight online manipulation. The social network said late on Monday that it’s beefing up its policies to remove videos edited or synthesised in ways that are not apparent to the the average person, and which …

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Hyundai, Uber announce partnership to produce flying taxis


January 8, 2020

Automotive manufacturer Hyundai announced on Monday that it would mass produce flying cars for Uber as part of the aerial rideshare network set to deploy in 2023. The South Korean manufacturer said it would produce the four-passenger electric “vertical take-off and landing vehicles” at “automotive scale,” without offering details. The deal announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas …

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Facebook, eBay crack down on fake reviews at UK request


January 8, 2020

Britain’s competition watchdog said Wednesday that Facebook and eBay pledged to crack down on the trade in fake reviews at its request, removing hundreds of accounts, pages and groups involved in the illicit business. The Competition and Markets Authority said the two US tech companies agreed to step up efforts to detect, investigate and respond to fake and misleading reviews …

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Samsung reveal AI powered ‘artificial human’


January 8, 2020

A Samsung lab on Tuesday unveiled a digital avatar it described as an AI-powered “artificial human,” claiming it is able to “converse and sympathise” like real people. The announcement at the opening of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas touted a new kind of artificial intelligence called NEON, produced by the independent Samsung unit Star Labs. The technology …

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Surgeries stopped, ICU closed in NICVD Karachi


January 8, 2020

KARACHI: Surgeries were stopped in the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD)  and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has also become  inactive here on Tuesday. The executive director of NICVD said that due to smell spread in the ICU and the Operation Theatre of the hospital these departments have been closed and their machinery are temporarily being shifted to centres …

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Prices of 89 essential medicines reduced by 15pc..


January 8, 2020

KARACHI: The Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) has decreased the prices of essential medicines by 15 per cent and issued notification in this regard. According to a notification, the ministry under continuation of Drug Pricing Policy 2018 reduced the prices of 89 life saving drugs by 15 per cent. Special Assistant to Prime Minister SAPM Dr …

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PM approves Rs7bn Utility Stores relief package


January 8, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Tuesday Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a Rs7 billion package for providing relief to the poor through the Utility Stores Corporation (USC). Speaking at a press conference here along with USC Chairman Zulqarnain Ali Khan and Managing Director Umar Lodhi, the special assistant said …

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Talk of shake-up swirls at FBR


January 8, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Ms Nausheen Javaid Amjad on Tuesday took over as acting chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue after Shabbar Zaidi applied for a 15-day leave citing health reasons. Nausheen is a BS-22 officer of Inland Revenue Service presently posted as Member (Administration). Sources in the FBR told Dawn that Mr Zaidi initially applied for one week leave but later extended it …

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Pak Suzuki to shut down production for four days


January 8, 2020

KARACHI: Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) on Tuesday announced that it will observe three non-production days — every Monday — during the month of January owing to depressed demand. In a notice to its vendors, the company said that it will observe “Mondays of current month as NPDs owing to depressed demand.” January is usually considered as a recovery month …

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PSO dues, Wapda loans and Tapi on second ECC meeting agenda


January 8, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government has called another meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Wednesday for constitution of a price negotiation committee for Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) Pipeline and settlement of about Rs75 billion liabilities to state-run entities. To be presided over by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance & Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the second meeting of the ECC …

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