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Ukraine finally battens down its leaky cyber hatches after attacks

KIEV (Web Desk) When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password. It wasn’t the only symptom of lax IT security in a country suffering crippling cyber attacks.Sometimes pressing the spacebar was enough …

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Apple is removing VPN services from China App Store

BEIJING (Web Desk) Apple Inc is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, VPN service providers said on Saturday, accusing the US tech giant of bowing to pressure from Beijing to comply with stringent cyberspace regulations.VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed …

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Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup

NAGOYA, Japan (Web Desk) With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents. But as the crowds cheered, the pint-sized player, known as Arya, showed none of the customary …

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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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