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Indian IT firms to meet Trump officials on visa reform concerns

Indian IT sector leaders will meet both US lawmakers and officials from US President Donald Trump’s administration later this month to lobby against any major changes to visa regulations that could hurt the country’s $150 billion industry. R. Chandrashekhar, head of Indian IT industry body Nasscom, said details of the …

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Campaign being launched in US to persuade Muslims to enter politics

BOSTON: A nationwide campaign to get more Muslim Americans involved in local politics is being launched by a Massachusetts nonprofit. Jetpac Inc. is focused on training Muslim Americans how to leverage social media, data analysis and other critical political tools to build winning campaigns for city council, school committee and …

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Excise department asks Uber, Careem to share vehicle data

As news circulated on Tuesday of a move by the Punjab government to ban ride-hailing services Careem and Uber, the Directorate of Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control issued a notification requesting both organisations to share data on vehicles using their company’s platforms. A notification sent to both companies observed that …

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Facebook takes aim at fake news with new ‘trending’ formula

Facebook is updating its “trending” feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president. With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook’s trending list will consist of topics being covered …

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Saudi Arabia warns on cyber defense as Shamoon resurfaces

Saudi Arabia on Monday warned organisations in the kingdom to be on the alert for the Shamoon virus, which cripples computers by wiping their disks, as the labour ministry said it had been attacked and a chemicals firm reported a network disruption. An alert from the telecoms authority seen by …

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Samsung Electronics says battery defects caused Note 7 fires

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday said battery defects caused its premium Galaxy Note 7 phones to catch fire, not the device’s software or hardware. The announcement comes more than three months after the world’s top smartphone maker scrapped the short-lived competitor of Apple Inc’s iPhones, costing $5.3 billion in …

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Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the US government accused the chip maker of resorting to anti competitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics Co …

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Jazz, Warid consolidate franchise network

KARACHI: More than a third of the nearly 700 franchise outlets of both Warid and Jazz will shut down as the two entities consolidate their franchise network after a merger last year. Anjum Rahman, the head of communications at Jazz, said no Jazz employee have been affected by the closure …

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For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Imagine you’re behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you’re confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller. Now imagine you’re riding in the back of …

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China to develop super, super computer

BEIJING: China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said on Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement …

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