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India is turning off the internet to fight fake news

In 2018, 116 internet shutdowns were reported in India

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China shuts thousands of websites in clean-up campaign

China has been cracking down on a range of ‘illegal’ online activities

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Muharram security: Internet, cellular services to be suspended in some areas

The services are also likely to be closed in other major citifies including Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta

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China mulls censoring online religious content

Beijing tightens the screws on followers of Islam and Christianity.

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Britain sets out plans to deliver full-fiber connectivity

Britain set out plans to promote the roll out of full-fiber broadband on Monday, including targeting public money at rural areas and insisting that the fastest connections are included as standard in new build properties.

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Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. Journalists at state-run news outlets were among the first this year to get mobile internet, provided by…

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Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech

Microsoft’s chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights. Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission. Facial recognition technology raises significant…

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Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica…

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Indian state cuts internet after three new lynchings

Authorities in northeastern India have cut internet access after crazed mobs beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumours spread on smartphones, officials said Friday. They were the latest in a string of more than 25 similar killings in recent months across India, according to press reports that have been ignited by false…

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Critique with intellect, Imran Khan tells abusive PTI supporters on Facebook, Twitter

They are infamously referred to as trolls. They are the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters who have flooded social media with vitriol if they find anyone criticising or even disagreeing with the party line or leader Imran Khan. But now, Mr Khan himself took to Twitter to tell them, no more.  Yasir Cheema, who tweeted the video,…

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Facebook admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users

Facebook acknowledged Thursday a software glitch that changed the settings of some 14 million users, potentially making some posts public even if they were intended to be private. The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world’s biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal…

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Facebook comes up with major shuffling in top positions

Facebook confirmed an unprecedented management team shakeup in the aftermath of a major data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remained chief of Facebook, with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg his second-in-command. Chris Cox, a longtime member of Zuckerberg’s inner circle, was put in charge of Facebook’s core application as…

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Twitter urges users to change ‘unmasked’ passwords

Twitter on Thursday urged its more than 300 million users to change their passwords, saying they had been unintentionally “unmasked” inside the company by a software bug. The social media site said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data, but advised users to change their passwords to be safe. Twitter practice is…

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Iran bans use of popular Telegram messaging app

Iran’s judiciary on Monday banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app, which the authorities have accused of allowing armed opposition groups to fuel unrest. A judge in Tehran gave “the order to interrupt Telegram”, the judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency said. The move comes on the heels of a recent presidential directive banning all government…

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Sony wows CinemaCon with glitzy opening shows

By Frankie Taggart Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino vowed Monday that his leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt would make as iconic a silver screen duo as Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The 2019 movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will look at the death throes of the old studio system — seen as…

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Top music videos including ‘Despacito’ defaced by hackers

New York: Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.” Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of…

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Facebook boss says made mistake ahead of Congress appearance

WASHINGTON: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg placed the blame for privacy and security lapses at the world’s largest social network squarely on himself as he girded Monday for appearances this week on Capitol Hill before angry lawmakers. In prepared remarks released by a congressional panel, Zuckerberg admitted he was too idealistic and failed to grasp how…

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Facebook says 87 million may be affected by data breach

WASHINGTON: Facebook said Wednesday personal data on as many as 87 million users was improperly shared with British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The new figure eclipses a previous estimate of 50 million in a further embarrassment to the social network roiled by a privacy scandal. The announcement came as Facebook unveiled clearer terms of service…

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Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users. The 2016 memo published by news website Buzzfeed was written by veteran Facebook executive Andrew Bozworth, considered part of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s inner…

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Facebook revamps privacy settings after data breach outcry

Washington: Facebook on Wednesday unveiled new privacy settings aiming to give its users more control over how their data is shared, following an outcry over hijacking of personal information at the giant social network. The updates include easier access to Facebook’s user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored…

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