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Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate showed promise


September 25, 2020

BEIJING: An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals appeared to be safe and able to trigger immune responses in animal tests, researchers have said. The result of the study on monkeys comes months after Clover began an early stage human trial in Australia in June, as global drug makers race to develop a safe and effective vaccine that …

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US judge hints at blocking ban on TikTok


September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON: A judge has urged the Trump administration to consider delaying a ban on new downloads of the popular video app TikTok and hinted he might block the government’s order set to take effect on Sunday. Judge Carl Nichols made the comments at a hastily called telephone hearing on Thursday where TikTok argued a ban, even if temporary, could cause …

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Robots target coronavirus with ultraviolet light at London train station


September 24, 2020

LONDON: Robots that can kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet light have been brought in at one of London’s biggest train stations, St Pancras International, as it tries to restore customer confidence in the safety of travel hubs. Stations suffered a blow on Tuesday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to work from home again where possible and also ordered restaurants …

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TikTok sets up council to allay concerns over content control


September 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Amid concerns in Pakistan and some other Asian countries over lack of content regulations at its platform, TikTok has established a regional Safety Advisory Council to advise its management on content moderation policies and safety issues specific to Asia Pacific. One of the leading short video platforms, TikTok has introduced its Asia Pacific (APAC) Safety Advisory Council which consists …

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Chevron asks employees to delete WeChat


September 23, 2020

US oil giant Chevron has asked employees globally to delete Tencent’s WeChat from their work phones, following the Trump administration’s executive order to ban the social media app, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. A US judge on Sunday blocked a government order requiring Apple and Google to remove WeChat for downloads on national security grounds. The U.S. Commerce Department said …

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What US has done to TikTok is almost the same as a gangster: China Daily


September 23, 2020

SHANGHAI: China has no reason to approve the “dirty and unfair” deal based on “bullying and extortion” that Oracle and Walmart said they struck with ByteDance, the state-backed English-language China Daily newspaper said on Wednesday. “What the United States has done to TikTok is almost the same as a gangster forcing an unreasonable and unfair business deal on a legitimate …

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TikTok removes over 104 million videos


September 22, 2020

ByteDance-owned short-video app TikTok said on Tuesday it removed over 104 million videos from its platform globally in the first half of the year for violating guidelines or terms of service. “Of those videos, we found and removed 96.4% of videos before a user reported them, and 90.3% were removed before they received any views,” TikTok said in a transparency report. …

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Pakistan prepares policy for commercial use of unmanned aircraft


September 22, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority has prepared the national policy for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the licencing and manufacturing of drones, quadcopters, hot air balloons and others. The national policy on unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is being developed with the understanding of its increased requirements in coming years which will need a guide to the concerned authorities for measuring …

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US court halts ban on WeChat download


September 21, 2020

NEW YORK: A US judge on Sunday blocked the government’s ban on WeChat downloads, hours before it was due to take effect in an ongoing technology and espionage battle between Washington and Beijing. The Trump administration had ordered a ban on downloads of the messaging platform WeChat as well as hugely popular video-sharing app TikTok, both owned by Chinese companies. …

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TECH TALK: Digitising O/A level past papers one topic at a time


September 20, 2020

Despite witnessing great traction since the coronavirus outbreak, edtech in Pakistan is becoming a boring (and unimaginative) space with most players — incumbent or new — offering some variation of either learning management system, marketplace or content. Beyond these three areas, not many solutions exist and that’s a gap Anthive is trying to change. Anthive.co is a Karachi-based startup digitising …

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