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Coronavirus vaccine: US Lab Finds SARS Antibody to neutralise COVID-19 virus

San Francisco: An antibody first identified in a blood sample from a patient who recovered from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 has demonstrated ability to prevent SARS-CoV-2 live virus infection of cells in laboratory, says a study, raising new hope in the fight against COVID-19. The antibody, called S309, is now on a […]

Facebook rolls out new rules for political advertising globally

San Francisco: Facebook has rolled out its transparency tools globally for advertisers wanting to place ads about social issues, elections or politics. The social networking platform already requires that advertisers get authorized and add disclaimers to political ads in over 50 countries and territories, including in India. “Now we’re expanding proactive enforcement on these ads […]

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Microsoft joins NASA to get kids interested in space

San Francisco: Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, […]

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Elon Musk forecasts grim future of human race

San Francisco: Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s grim forecast of humanity suggests that a “population bomb” would lead to a worldwide collapse in humans in the coming decades and everybody would start to see the evident effects by 2050. Musk’s prediction was triggered by a tweet from a page called World of Engineering that said: “1950 (historical) […]

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Twitter removes precise location tagging on app

San Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to eliminate the option of letting users add their precise location details like latitude and longitude as part of their tweets. “Most people don’t tag their precise location in tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your tweeting experience,” Twitter Support posted on Wednesday. However, the company […]

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Trump trolled after he claims moon part of Mars

San Francisco:  US President Donald Trump has left people astonished with his knowledge of space and the universe and has become a laughing stock yet again after he claimed that the moon is a part of Mars. In a tweet on Friday, he said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be […]

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Mozilla Firefox begins blocking web tracking

San Francisco: Mozilla, the maker of Open Source browser Firefox, has started blocking website cookies that can let advertisers and publishers track users across the web. The company is blocking third-party cookies under a Firefox feature named Enhanced Tracking Protection, it had announced in 2018. “Today, Firefox will be rolling out this feature, Enhanced Tracking […]

'Privacy-focused' Facebook unveils new look, features

San Francisco: In yet another bid to make its platforms “privacy-focused” amid close scrutiny into its privacy practices from governments the world over, Facebook has unveiled new looks and features for Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Addressing nearly 5,000 developers at its annual F8 conference in San Jose, California late Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said gaining users’ […]

Apple employees donated $125 mn in charity in 2018

San Francisco:  Keeping up with the ongoing Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Apple announced that as part of its “Giving” programme, the amount donated by its employees in 2018 to help non-profit organisations globally exceeded $125 million with over 250,000 hours of volunteer work. The programme came into existence three years ago where for every […]

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YouTube revises guidelines to address dangerous pranks, challenges

San Francisco: Aiming to let its users know that dangerous viral pranks such as the Bird Box challenge or the Tide Pod stunt have no place on the platform, video-sharing giant YouTube has updated its community guidelines. The move comes in the wake of Bird Box challenges that are going viral, and that urge participants […]

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Microsoft to end all support for 'Windows 7' in 2020

San Francisco: Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for “Windows 7” in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year. “After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs […]

Facebook planned to sell users' data in 2012: Report

San Francisco: Facebook considered selling users’ data to companies some years ago but later decided to act against it, the media reported. According to Arstechnica.com that viewed an unredacted court document, Facebook staff in 2012 considered charging companies at least $250,000 for “access to one of its primary troves of user data — the Graph […]

Apple removes app claiming homosexuality is 'sin'

San Francisco: Apple has removed a religious app from App Store after a petition by an LGBTQ rights organisation called for its removal as the app portrayed homosexuality as “sickness” and “sin”. According to a report in Fortune on Sunday, the app was created by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based religious group. The app sought […]

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Twitter dubbed 'Harvey Weinstein of social media', stock falls

San Francisco: The Twitter stock nosedived over 12 per cent after a famed Wall Street analyst dubbed the micro-blogging platform the “Harvey Weinstein of social media”, days after an Amnesty International study found Twitter a “toxic” place for women. In a note to investors, online investment newsletter Citron Research’s founder Andrew Left called the platform […]

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Twitter warns 'unusual activity' from hackers in China, Saudi Arabia

San Francisco: Twitter has warned of “unusual activity” from state-sponsored actors based in China and Saudi Arabia after it found a bug that could have revealed the country code of users’ phone numbers or if their account was locked. The revelation led to Twitter stock dropping nearly 7 per cent on Monday. In a statement, […]

I have no plan to step down: Zuckerberg

San Francisco: Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire. In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the time for him to quit as Facebook […]

Apple may delete 'WhatsApp Stickers' from App Store

San Francisco: Apple may delete all “WhatsApp Stickers” from the App Store as these apps have found to be violating the company’s guidelines for developers, according to WABetaInfo — a fan website that tracks upcoming WhatsApp features. The main reason why Apple could take the decision is that, “there are too many apps with similar behaviour […]

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Microsoft acquires conversational AI and bot development firm

San Francisco: Microsoft has announced to acquire a conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) and bot development company XOXCO for an undisclosed sum. Texas-based XOXCO has been paving the way in conversational AI since 2013 and was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings. “It also developed […]

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Tesla appoints Robyn Denholm to replace Elon Musk as Chairman

San Francisco: Electric car company Tesla on Thursday announced the appointment of Robyn Denholm, an executive at Australian firm Telstra, to become the Chair of the Tesla Board. Denholm takes over the role from Elon Musk who agreed to step down as Chairman of Tesla for three years and pay a $20 million fine in […]

Facebook Messenger planning 'delete' feature for sent messages

San Francisco: Facebook is planning to roll out a new update to Messenger that will allow users to delete sent messages from chat threads within 10 minutes of sending. A Twitter user spotted the feature listed as “coming soon” in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger’s iOS client, The Verge reported on Wednesday. […]

Google employees in San Francisco join worldwide walkout

San Francisco: More than 1,000 Google employees here on Thursday joined global walkout in the city’s downtown area to protest workplace sexual harassment at the world’s top internet company. The demonstrators gathered at San Francisco’s major tourist neighbourhood at the waterfront Embarcadero in the northern part of the city, holding placards that read “Don’t Be […]

With $62.9 bn revenue, Apple has $237 bn in cash on hand

San Francisco: Riding on robust growth in Services, App Store purchases and device sales, Apple reported $62.9 billion in revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter for 2018, ending with $237.1 billion in cash on hand. Apple sold 46,889 iPhones (it sold 41,300 units in fiscal Q3), 9,699 iPads and 5,299 Macs in the fiscal fourth […]

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Twitter gives more freedom to report spam, fake accounts

San Francisco: Twitter has said that it is giving its users more freedom to report fake, suspicious accounts to intensify crackdown on online spamming activities a few days ahead of US midterms elections. Twitter announced the new measure through its official safety account by saying that it will not allow any attempts to manipulate or disrupt […]

Google commits $25 mn to AI-powered humane projects

San Francisco: Google has pledged to give $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to inspiring solutions to societal problems. Google said the grant will be used to fund the Google AI Impact Challenge contest, which is part of its AI for Social Good program dedicated to “addressing some of society’s […]

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IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 bn

San Francisco: Sending a strong signal towards dominating the emerging $1 trillion Hybrid Cloud market, tech major IBM has announced to acquire Open Source Solutions leader Red Hat for a massive $34 billion. The acquisition, IBM’s biggest so far, will provide open approach to Cloud, featuring unprecedented security and portability across multiple clouds, a joint […]