Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Tech

Uber launches electric bikes, scooters in Paris

PARIS: US ride-hailing group Uber said Wednesday that it would start deploying electric bikes and scooters for rent on Paris streets as soon as this week, joining a crowded market which city officials have vowed to rein in. Initially 500 of its Jump bikes and 500 scooters will be rolled ...

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Now you can do banking through WhatsApp in UAE

DUBAI: UAE banks are continuing to set the bar when it comes to technology adoption in the region, with a new focus on offering customer services through social media apps. Dubai’s largest bank, Emirates NBD, and its Shariah-compliant unit, Emirates Islamic, have introduced ‘WhatsApp Banking’, which allows customers to check ...

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Jeff Bezos keeps Amazon voting power in divorce settlement

NEW YORK: Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will retain voting control of his entire $143 billion stake in the company under a divorce settlement with his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, who will own 25 percent of those shares, the couple said on Thursday, removing uncertainty over control of the online ...

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Swiss Media Giant Now Pays Its Employees in Bitcoin

Switzerland-based media behemoth Netzmedien AG is adapting to the new age of money by ditching fiat currencies in favor of crypto. From now on, all 30 employees of the publishing house will receive salaries in BTC, the company’s announcement states. The decision to receive salaries in BTC was taken by ...

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Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

SAN FRANCISCO: Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership. The end of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) came just days after a group of Google employees launched a public campaign against having the ...

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Social media executives face jail under ‘world first’ Australian laws

SYDNEY: Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday – a “world first” in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws, which hold firms like Facebook and YouTube – ...

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China opens first bridge with 5G network

BEIJING: China’s state-asset regulator announced a bridge opened earlier this week in the southern province of Guangdong is the country’s first bridge with a 5G network. Also known as the Humen Second Bridge, the 40.5-meter-wide Nansha Bridge is the world’s widest steel box girder suspension bridge. Linking Guangzhou and Dongguan, ...

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State Bank of Pakistan Eyes Digital Currency Launch by 2025

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the country’s central bank, is considering the launch of a digital currency by 2025. According to a report from news source Dawn on Tuesday, SBP deputy governor Jameel Ahmad said that the central bank is currently working on the digital currency concept in order ...

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NASA terms India space weapon test ‘terrible’, ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON: The head of NASA on Monday branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...

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Facebook to tighten live stream access

LONDON: Facebook said it is tightening live video streaming rules in response to the service being used to broadcast deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand. The Christchurch attacks – carried out by a self-avowed white supremacist who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques – claimed 50 lives. Many ...

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