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Facebook ‘terrorism’ definition ‘overly broad’, says UN expert


September 5, 2018

Facebook’s policy did not take account of rebel armed groups that comply with international humanitarian law, the letter said. A UN human rights expert urged Facebook on Monday to narrow its “sweeping” definition of terrorism to stop governments arbitrarily blocking legitimate opposition groups and dissenting voices.  Fionnuala Ní Aoláin wrote to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg saying Facebook wrongly treats …

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Instagram building a standalone shopping app for users: The Verge


September 4, 2018

Instagram building a standalone shopping app for users: The Verge NEW YORK: Facebook Inc´s Instagram is working on building a new standalone shopping app, from which users can browse through goods and buy them directly, the Verge reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. It was not clear when the app would be launched, the report said. Instagram believes …

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Space station reports ´leak´, crew not in danger


September 2, 2018

Space station reports ´leak´, crew not in danger Moscow: The International Space Station crew on Thursday was repairing a small “leak” most likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite, the head of the Russian space agency said, adding the incident presented no danger. “Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation — a pressure drop, an …

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Trump renews attack against technology companies


August 30, 2018

Trump renews attack against technology companies. WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday renewed his attacks on technology companies and platforms, including Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc´s Google, saying they were “trying to silence” people and suggesting, without evidence, that their activities may be illegal. “I think that Google and Facebook and Twitter  treat conservatives and Republicans very …

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China-based Forbes Member keen to work with Pak IT firms


August 20, 2018

Chengdu: Mahdi Shariff, an entrepreneur appearing on Forbes 30Under30 List, has said that he wants to work with Pakistan’s IT firms. In a meeting with Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, Shariff said; “We will be delighted to explore Pakistan’s big market” The CG Muhammad Mudassir Tipu underlined that Pakistan was putting a lot of emphasis on strengthening and expanding its …

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Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time


August 20, 2018

Washington: In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time. Wheat feeds more than a third of the global human population, providing more protein than meat in the human diet and making about one-fifth of calories consumed …

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US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger


August 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: The US government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect´s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously unreported …

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200-million year old Pterosaur ´built for flying´


August 14, 2018

Paris: Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino nor bird, pterosaurs — more commonly known as pterodactyls — emerged during the late Triassic period more than 200 million years ago and lorded over primeval skies until a massive space rock slammed into …

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NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun


August 12, 2018

Tampa: NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star´s sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but was called for after a gaseous helium alarm was sounded in the last moments before liftoff, officials said. …

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Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost


August 12, 2018

NEW YORK: South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. Boosting the power and the price, Samsung hopes to win back customers in the competitive market. The consistent leader in the global smartphone market, the company nonetheless suffered a 22 percent drop in mobile …

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