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Facebook to lay aside plans to introduce ads in WhatsApp


January 18, 2020

Facebook has  supposedly  laid aside any plans for introducing advertisements in Whatsapp,reported the Wall Street Journal. According to the publication, the process of dropping the plan went as far as to be “deleted from WhatsApp’s code” however, Facebook have future plans to introduce ads into the status feature at a later time in 2020. Since the messaging app’s acquisition in 2014, …

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Musk’s SpaceX to simulate rocket failure in final astronaut capsule test


January 18, 2020

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is gearing up to destroy one of its own rockets on Saturday to test a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company’s final milestone test before flying Nasa astronauts from US soil. Less than two minutes after liftoff from a launchpad in Florida, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will fire on-board thrusters to eject …

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Engineering Board to spearhead electric vehicle policy


January 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Industries on Thursday decided to authorise the Engineering Development Board (EDB) as the key department to formulate the electric vehicle (EV) policy and directed it to submit draft proposals in this regard by the next month. Industries and Production Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood chaired the 30th meeting of Auto Industry Development Committee (AIDC) and discussed local …

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Lessons to be learned from Facebook’s WhatsApp deal, French watchdog says


January 17, 2020

Facebook’s $22 billion buyout of WhatsApp six years ago should have been blocked, the boss of France’s antitrust watchdog, which is set to help review EU rules, has told Reuters. “Clearly, deals such as the Facebook/WhatsApp merger should probably not have been allowed,” Isabelle de Silva said in an interview. “One of the things we see more clearly now than we …

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Senate panel recommends pact with Twitter to block fake accounts


January 16, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Commit­tee on Information Technology on Wednesday asked the government to enter into an agreement with Twitter’s management to share information and block fake accounts. The committee members asked the authorities concerned to identify accounts that were allegedly involved in defamation and harassment of individuals as well as organisations. The committee meeting, chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, …

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Turkey lifts three-year ban on Wikipedia


January 16, 2020

  ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Wednesday lifted a ban on Wikipedia after almost three years. Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia. But its constitutional court ruled last month that the ban, in place since April 2017, violated freedom of expression. Turkish officials said in 2017 that …

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Hyundai and Kia bet on London start-up for electric cars


January 16, 2020

South Korea’s Hyundai and its Kia affiliate announced plans on Thursday for a major investment in London-based start-up Arrival to produce next generation electric vehicles that cost less than standard engine models. The $110 million bet on the five-year-old technology firm comes as some manufacturers abandon Britain because of uncertainties about how it will trade with European Union nations once …

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Facebook to help Pakistan fight drive against polio efforts


January 16, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Facebook has assured Pakistan that it will play its role to counter propaganda by anti-vaxxers which had hampered polio programme last year and became a reason for increase in the number of polio cases which rose up to 136. A delegation of Facebook, led by Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Emerging Countries Rafael Frankel, held meetings with …

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Scientists hope to revive near-extinct northern white rhino in Kenya


January 15, 2020

Scientists working to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction plan to implant its artificially developed embryos in another, more abundant rhino subspecies in Kenya later this year, researchers and government officials said on Wednesday. The northern white rhino came closer to extinction in 2018 when the last known living male died in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The only surviving …

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Amazon’s Bezos promises $1 billion in bid to see off Indian e-commerce storm


January 15, 2020

Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos promised on Wednesday a new billion-dollar investment in India, just two days after authorities launched an anti-trust investigation into the e-commerce giant. A three-day visit by Bezos, whose worth has been estimated at more than $110 billion, sparked protests in New Delhi and other cities by traders who accuse Amazon and its main US-owned rival Flipkart …

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