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Twitter removed accounts discouraging US vote participation

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts, many posing as Democrats, that were posting tweets encouraging US voters to sit out Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections, according to media reports. The reports cited a Twitter statement on Friday as saying the social media company had “removed a series of …

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Pakistan’s internet freedom ranking declined in election year: report

KARACHI (Web Desk) The Freedom House has declared Pakistan “Not Free” in terms of internet use for the seventh consecutive year in its global report released on Thursday. The report showed that the country’s ranking had been worsening over the years. The watchdog primarily focused on developments that occurred between June …

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Google workers walk out in global protest over harassment

DUBLIN (Web Desk) Hundreds of employees walked out of Google’s European headquarters in Dublin on Thursday as part of a global campaign over the US tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment that saw similar protests in London and Singapore. At Google’s Dublin campus, around 500 people walked out in chilly conditions …

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Tech talk: An end to your ticket booking woes

Islamabad (Web Desk) Remember the good old times (well, not really) when you had to physically go to a cinema to buy tickets days before the screening to make sure you could watch the show of your choice? What if you could just find a suitable seat and book it …

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Snapchat parent pressured by drop in users

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Snapchat parent Snap came under selling pressure Thursday after a quarterly report showing a loss of one million users even as it grew revenues and narrowed losses.The California group which operates the smartphone app popular with youth said revenue rose 43 per cent from a year …

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Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation

MENLO PARK (Web Desk) In Facebook’s “War Room,” a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity.The freshly launched unit at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve center for the fight against misinformation and …

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Internet may crash worldwide in next 36 hours

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) People across the world may experience ‘digital isolation’ over the next two days because internet services could crash globally due to maintenance work.According to reports by TechWorm and The Quint, the main domain servers and related infrastructure will be temporarily powered down by the Internet Corporation of …

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Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security

IBLAGH: (Web Desk) Passport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel. That’s because the airport debuted a new “smart tunnel” that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travellers to complete passport control in just 15 seconds. Passengers …

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Snapchat announces new scripted shows to win over users

BEIJING (Web Desk) Snapchat on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat which will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users.Shares of Snap have fallen 52 per cent since the beginning of the …

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