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Chip designer Mediatek gets Taiwan nod to export goods to ZTE

TAIPEI (Web Desk) Taiwanese chip designer Mediatek has received an export permit from the government to sell components to ZTE, a Chinese telecoms equipment maker subjected to restrictions in the United States. The US government last month banned American firms from selling to ZTE for seven years, saying the company had …

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Three-quarters Facebook users active since privacy scandal

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Most of Facebook’s US users have remained loyal to the social network despite revelations that a political consultancy collected information about millions of accounts without owners’ permission, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed. Facebook has faced pressure from regulators, privacy advocates, and shareholders since it …

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Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

Washington (Web Desk) The world’s largest social network will soon include a new dating feature, announced Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg unveiled the plans as he addressed Facebook’s annual F8 developers …

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CJP seeks explanation for deduction of extra charges from mobile balance

Islamabad (Web Desk) Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has taken notice of the complaint of citizens regarding the unreasonable deduction of a considerable amount on the pretext of withholding tax and other charges when customers load money to their mobiles, DawnNewsTV reported. The chief justice issued a notice to the Attorney …

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Cambridge Analytica shutting down: WSJ

LONDON (Web Desk) The Cambridge Analytica consultancy at the centre of this year’s Facebook privacy row is closing, the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported the founder of the firm’s UK-based parent as saying.SCL Group founder Nigel Oakes confirmed that both companies were closing, the WSJ said.The newspaper added, citing …

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Facebook privacy drive may restrict some political campaigns

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Facebook’s new focus on protecting private user data is likely to change the game for many campaigns, making it harder to deliver highly targeted, personal political messages.The changes unveiled by the huge social network following an outcry over the hijacking of data on 87 million Facebook members …

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WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16

LONDON (Web Desk) WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month.WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old …

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Samsung to expand production in Vietnam

HANOI (Web Desk) Samsung is determined to further expand production in Vietnam, co-CEO Koh Dong-jin told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday. Samsung will recruit more Vietnamese employees and develop electronics in smart cities in Bac Ninh province and other places, according to a statement posted on the government’s …

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SpaceX blasts off TESS, NASA’s new planet-hunter

TAMPA (Web Desk) NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist. “Three, two, one and liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into …

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