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Facebook determining Messenger's role in Russian meddling (25 minutes ago)
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) A senior Facebook executive admitted Russian agents used its Messenger platform and that the company is still determining, alongside federal investigators, how Russian agents may have tried to influence the 2016 US presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Google serves fake news ads on fact-checking sites (12:04)
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) The fake news advertising problem has now spread to fact-checking websites as Google put fake news advertisements on pages such as Snopes and PolitiFact, the New York Times reported.

Vizag may soon emerge as hub of new age technologies (12:02)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Visakhapatnam, Oct 19 (IANS) Visakhapatnam or Vizag, as it is popularly known, may emerge as the hub of new age technologies as top financial technology firms are looking at this coastal city to start operations.

Facebook to introduce 'Explore Feed' for desktop (11:02)
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Facebook will introduce "Explore Feed" for users on the desktop to help them discover stories beyond the friends and pages they already follow, reports said.

McAfee unveils solutions for endpoints, cloud protection (11:00)
By Sourabh Kulesh
Las Vegas, Oct 19 (IANS) As the need to defend data against cyber threats increased the demand for open and efficient security operations, global cybersecurity firm McAfee on Thursday launched new endpoint and cloud solutions.

Now, a mobile phone-mounted device for quick malaria detection (21:06)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A mobile phone mounted with a super-cheap paper microscope can detect presence of malarial parasites in the blood in 10 seconds, says an Indian researchers' team, which has developed a system that archives data and maps real-time distribution of the disease in a particular locality.

Intel to soon introduce AI-enabled Nervana Neural Network chips (18:28)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Catching up with the emerging Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) technologies, Intel will soon introduce the world's first family of purpose-built Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled "Nervana Neural Network Processor" (NNP).

Apple, GE to bring 'Predix' industrial IoT apps to iPhones, iPads (18:22)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Apple and GE on Wednesday joined hands to deliver industrial Internet of Things (IoT) apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics on iPhones and iPads.

This sensor 'skin' can help robots perform everyday tasks (17:50)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed a flexible sensor "skin" that can be wrapped around a finger or any other part of a robot or prosthetic device to help convey a sense of touch, enabling them to perform everything from surgical and industrial procedures to cleaning a kitchen.

Facebook 'Building 8' head to quit just after 18 months (15:44) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's secretive research lab "Building 8", is leaving the company, just after 18 months at the helm.

Amazon executive quits over sexual harassment claim (13:50) IANS Photo Service
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) In yet another high-profile exit over sexual harrasment at work, Amazon Studios head Roy Price has quit following allegations that he sexually harassed Isa Hackett, a producer in Amazon series "Man in the High Castle," in 2015.

Apple Watch app notification saves US man's life (13:30) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 18 (IANS) A man in US has claimed an Apple Watch app notification saved his life after it detected signs of a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs and alerted him to get medical attention.

Widespread use of unapproved GM cotton shows official tolerance of illegality (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:28)
By Vivian Fernandes
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Andhra governments flip-flop on extensive cultivation of unapproved genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton seems to be symptomatic of the complacency which has infected even regulatory bodies and research institutions.

Rannvijay launches his personal app (13:12) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Actor Rannvijay Singha of "Roadies" fame has launched his personal app to be able to interact with his fans with ease.

Researchers turn to crowdfunding to save endangered parrot (13:10)
Canberra, Oct 18 (IANS) Australian researchers have turned to crowdfunding to help bankroll a new technology to save the critically endangered swift parrot from extinction in the island state of Tasmania.

Microsoft releases Fall Creators Update for over 500mn devices (12:12) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) After testing the latest Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update" over the past six months, Microsoft has released the latest edition to secure over 500 million Windows 10 devices globally, starting with new machines first.

Kaspersky Lab names Bhayani new General Manager for South Asia (12:10)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Global cyber security company Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday announced the appointment of Shrenik Bhayani as its new General Manager for the South Asia region, covering India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

Google introduces physical security key (11:18) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) In order to protect journalists, business leaders and member of political campaign teams at higher risk of being targetted by hackers, Google has rolled out an Advanced Protection Programme.

Twitter plans new rules to curb violence, abuse (10:12)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) After Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced plans to act more aggressively on violence and sexual abuse, the micro-blogging website has now detailed new rules it will implement soon.

WhatsApp empowers women, kids with 'Live Location' feature (09:50)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) In a move that will help women and kids connect with their families and friends as they travel, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has introduced 'Live Location' feature.

ZTE launches innovative dual-screen foldable smartphone in US (07:06)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Leading Chinese mobile devices provider ZTE has launched a dual-screen foldable smartphone in the US, marking another milestone for the company.

Nigeria to open Africa's first Petroleum University (01:04) IANS Photo Service
Abuja, Oct 18 (IANS) Nigeria has cleared the path for the opening of Africa's first Petroleum University with President Muhammadu Buhari signing a bill for its establishment.

EC unveils app for efficient poll management (21:44)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday launched a new application to be used by electoral officers for efficient management of the poll process.

Wipro net up 6%, revenue dips 2.5% in Q2 (Lead) (20:54) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IANS) Software major Wipro on Tuesday reported a Rs 2,190 crore net profit for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal 2017-18, posting 6 per cent annual growth from Rs 2,074 crore in the like period a year ago and 5.3 per cent sequential growth from Rs 2,080 crore a quarter ago.

Bahrain bank picks TCS software for treasury operations (20:26)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Tuesday said BMB Investment Bank of Bahrain in the Gulf had selected its financial software product 'Bancs' for customer-driven treasury operations.

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