Thursday, 23 March 2017

Business

Google to revamp policies, hire staff after UK ad scandal

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LONDON: Google vowed to police its websites better by ramping up staff numbers and overhauling its policies after several companies deserted the internet giant for failing to keep their adverts off hate-filled videos. Google has found itself at the center of a British storm in recent days after major companies ...

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Vodafone’s Indian unit and Idea Cellular announce merger

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MUMBAI: UK telecoms giant Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India’s third-largest network, to create the country’s largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market share, the firms said in a statement. The announcement ends months of speculation ...

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Scotland – Food and drink exports hit record high

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LONDON: Food and drink exports from Scotland rose to a record £5.5bn last year, government figures show. Significant growth in sales of seafood and whisky helped exports increase £421m (8%) in 2016. Exports to EU countries were worth £2.3bn, up £133m, which the Scottish government said underlined the importance of ...

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17% of mothers still lend money to their adult children

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One in six (17%) mothers with adult children say they lend them money, compared with around one in 10 (9%) fathers, Nationwide Building Society found. And 16% of mothers with adult children still cook and bake for them, compared with 2% of fathers. Some 15% of mothers still wash or ...

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McDonald’s deletes Trump tweet, says Twitter account compromised

NEW YORK: McDonald’s Corp quickly deleted a tweet sent from the company’s handle slamming Donald Trump and said its official Twitter account had been compromised. The tweet, which was copied and shared widely before being deleted, came a day after the Twitter accounts of a number of major news organizations, ...

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Japanese car-maker Toyota to invest £240m in UK

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LONDON: Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest almost a quarter of a billion pounds in its UK operations. Toyota says it will invest £240m to upgrade the Burnaston plant near Derby to enable production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. The carmaker says the investment will improve the ...

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Malicious uploads allowed hijacking of WhatsApp and Telegram accounts

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LONDON: A vulnerability patched in the web-based versions of encrypted communications services WhatsApp and Telegram would have allowed attackers to take over accounts by sending users malicious files masquerading as images or videos. The vulnerability was discovered last week by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies and was patched by ...

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Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance

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LONDON: Facebook and Instagram have banned developers from using their data for surveillance with a new privacy policy that civil rights activists have long sought to curb spying by law enforcement. Following revelations last year that police departments had gained special access to the social networks to track protesters, Facebook, ...

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Google & Levi’s to launch ‘smart jacket’

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LONDON: Later this year, Google will partner up with Levi’s to launch connected jackets. The “Commuter Trucker Jacket” will be comfortable to touch, and touch-enabled as well. The jacket will feature a cuff to link with phone via Bluetooth. Once that happens, you have swipe your finger over the jacket ...

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