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Nielsen tries to quantify the Hulu, YouTube effect

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Nielsen, the ratings service, announced Tuesday that it will begin to tabulate how many people get their live TV from Hulu and YouTube, an effort to provide a more accurate picture of how many people now watch broadcast networks by streaming them, rather than watching them on …

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Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS (Web Desk) Facebook will provide initial funding for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world’s largest social network said on Wednesday.The initiative, dubbed Defending Digital Democracy, is led by the former campaign chairs …

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Earth’s 2017 resource ‘budget’ spent by next week

PARIS (Web Desk)  Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report on Tuesday.Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. …

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Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

WASHINGTON  (Web Desk)  Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: Microsoft Paint, reported The Guardian. First released with the very …

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Top navigation apps for Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH (Web Desk) During the once-in-a-lifetime experience of hajj, the pilgrims are being advised to install navigation applications which are very useful in locating the pilgrims and their tents even without internet connection.Here are top four apps to help guide pilgrims through the Hajj rituals. HAJJ NAVIGATOR This app will …

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Uber rival Grab to raise $2.5 billion in new financing

SINGAPORE (Web Desk) Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab said Monday it expects to raise $2.5 billion in financing, mostly from China´s Didi Chuxing and Japan´s Softbank, as it strengthens its lead over rival Uber. Didi, China´s ride-hailing leader, and mobile giant SoftBank will invest up to $2.0 billion while $500 …

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Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

VIENNA: (Web Desk) Google’s Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world. The project, launched in 2007, lets computer users view panoramic street scenes …

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‘Mystery’ signal from space is solved. It’s not aliens

Miami (Web Desk) Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.It hasn’t. The signal, which has been formally named “Weird!” was interference from a distant satellite. Of …

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Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science

MIAMI (Web Desk) Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21.The entire country will fall into shadow as the “Great American Eclipse” passes, though the darkest …

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