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Facebook data helped Trump find his voters?

Washington, United States: It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like “Which Pokemon Are You?” and “What Are Your Most Used Words?” This one, an app called “thisismydigitallife”, was a personality quiz, asking questions about how outgoing a person is, how vengeful one can be,…

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Apple buys digital magazine subscription service

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple announced Monday it is buying digital magazine subscription service Texture, adding to the side of its business aimed at making money from online content or services. The iPhone maker did not disclose financial terms of the deal to buy Texture from its owners — publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and…

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One year of viral video: ‘BBC Dad’ finds it funny

SEOUL: The Korea politics professor who became a viral sensation after his children interrupted a BBC interview says he has been pulled over by police for selfies and photographed buying milk in the year since the broadcast. Robert Kelly of Pusan National University was commenting on the downfall of impeached president Park Geun-hye when his…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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Remarks made by internet trolls affect my family: Zareen Khan

MUMBAI: Bollywood star Zareen Khan said that the remarks made by “internet trolls” also affects her family. Indian website Hindustan Times reported that  the actress said that she was glad that her mother does not have an account on social media as she would be disturbed by reading the remarks ‘internet trolls’ post regarding her…

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Google fined in India for abusing dominant position

NEW DELHI: Google has been fined more than $21 million in India for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position, competition regulators said Thursday. The US internet giant was deemed to have favoured its own services when customers ran searches according to a report from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) six years after…

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Internet users of broadband cross 50m mark

ISLAMABAD: The number of broadband subscribers including 3G and 4G subscribers in the country has crossed 50 million, showing around 24.5 per cent penetration till November last year.      Of the total users, mobile broadband remained the major contributor, sharing 48 million 3G and 4G subscribers till the period. The 3G and 4G subscription…

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Web giants in UK could be hit with major new tax

NEWS DESK: Web giants that are failing to adequately help the UK Government fight terrorism could be hit with a major new tax, a security minister has warned, reported The Independent. Ben Wallace said the Government’s “patience is running out fast” with internet companies who are too slow to act against extremist content. He struck…

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Iran blocks internet on third night of protests

Demonstrators attacked a town hall in the Iranian capital Saturday as protests spilled into a third night despite government warnings against any further “illegal gatherings” and moves to cut off the internet on mobiles. Unverified videos on social media appeared to show thousands marching through the western cities of Khorramabad, Zanjan and Ahvaz, while reports…

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Year-ender: Social media and hate campaigns across 2017

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Nearly half of the total Pakistani population has access to internet. According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), there are 47 million 3G/4G subscribers, 50 million broadband subscribers and 3 million fixed local line subscribers registered with the authority. Taking a glance at the year that has passed, it seems like two-thirds…

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Unicef calls for protection, supervision of children using internet

NEW YORK: Only 15 per cent people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed. In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World” covering 24 countries in 2017 said, calling for a…

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Internet banking on rise in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The adaptation of Internet and mobile banking has witnessed a remarkable growth as the number of users and their use of the banking services through advanced and convenient channels are on the rise. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued the ‘Regulations for Technical Implementation of Mobile Banking, 2016’ to formulate the mechanism of introducing…

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Apple, Facebook find something to praise China for amid internet clamp

WUZHEN, China: Top executives at Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent, reported Reuters. China’s World Internet Conference attracted the heads of Google (GOOGL.O)…

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Huge fines for sharing intimate images without permission

SYDNEY: Social media networks face fines of more than Aus$500,000 (US$380,000) under new Australian laws proposed Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn”, with individuals distributing images without consent also risking hefty punishment. It follows a survey this year that revealed abuses, including shooting and sharing intimate images without permission, was happening on a “mass scale”….

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China’s Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development, reported Reuters. Xi’s comments were read by Huang Kunming, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s publicity department at the country’s largest public cyber policy…

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China’s Tencent overtakes Facebook

Beijing: China’s social media and video game giant Tencent overtook Facebook in market value on Tuesday as investors sent the company soaring to the top five list of the world’s biggest firms. Tencent’s shares, traded in Hong Kong, have doubled in value this year as the tech company’s earnings have repeatedly outmatched analysts’ expectations. A…

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Pakistan ranks ‘Not Free’ for sixth consecutive year in the Freedom on the Net Report

NEWS DESK: Pakistan has ranked ‘Not Free’ for the sixth consecutive year in the Freedom on the Net (FoTN) report. Freedom House released the FoTN report for the year 2017, assessing internet freedom in 65 countries and accounting for 87% of internet users worldwide. The report primarily focuses on developments that occurred between June 2016 and…

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Wi-Fi acting up? Here’s how you can improve connectivity

NEWS DESK: Having problems with Wi-Fi connectivity? You can improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home with foil, researchers have found, reported The Independent. The reflective material can successfully direct wireless signals to where you need them most, and away from any areas where you don’t want a connection to be available. However, in order…

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Amber Rudd urges social media companies to block militant content

WASHINGTON: Britain’s top internal security official is pressing social media companies to devise automatic systems to spot and block violent militant messaging before it is posted on their networks, reported Reuters. Amber Rudd, home secretary in the conservative British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, told an audience at New America, a Washington think…

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Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breaches, blames Russians

WASHINGTON: Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies, reported Reuters. ”As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure, and I want…

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Apple, GE release app-making tools for industrial internet

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc and General Electric Co released app-making tools on Thursday tailored to GE’s Predix platform for connecting power plants, jet engines and other industrial equipment to the internet, reported Reuters. The software development kit marks the first tangible result of a partnership the companies announced last week. It extends Predix’s industrial internet…

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