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Apple faces investigation for suspected unfair competition

MOSCOW: Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant market position, Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday. Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple’s …

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Giant dinosaur bone found in southwestern France

PARIS: The thigh bone of a giant dinosaur was found this week by French paleontologists at an excavation site in southwestern France where remains of some of the largest animals that ever lived on land have been dug up since 2010. The two-meter long femur at the Angeac-Charente site is …

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Australia to police tech giants’ algorithms

MELBOURNE: Australian regulators plan to launch the world’s first office dedicated to scrutinising algorithms used by tech giants such as Facebook and Google. The idea is to reveal how these companies match adverts to users. A new, special branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is to carry …

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KP Govt allocates Rs786 million for digitization in government offices

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs786 million for digitization and promotion of information technology in government offices. A spokesman of the provincial government told Radio Pakistan that Rs380 million will be spent on digitization of land record and setting up of service delivery centers. He said Rs256 million rupees …

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Apple will face tariffs on components imported from China: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would snub Apple’s requests for tariff exemptions on device components imported from China, as he put pressure on the tech company to shift production to the United States. “Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that …

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India queries TikTok after call for ban by RSS affiliate

NEW DELHI: India’s IT ministry has asked video app TikTok, one of the world’s most popular, to explain how it collects user data and creates awareness for safe use of its platform, according to government officials and a document seen by Reuters. TikTok allows users to create and share short …

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India to launch second lunar mission on July 22

BENGALURU: India’s space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country’s second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a ‘technical snag’ earlier this week. Chandrayaan-2, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is now scheduled to be launched at 0913 …

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Instagram hides ‘likes’ from more users

SYDNEY: Instagram started hiding “likes” on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health. The Facebook-owned social media giant’s trial changes mean users in the six countries will no longer be …

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