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Data protection bill detrimental to economy, says advocacy group (20:50)
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) While the government is in the process of devising institutional measures to protect consumers' personal data, an advocacy group has written to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad against the limited scope of the legislation in work, which, it said, will "harm the overall globalization of the economy" in the long run.

Samsung planning to develop AI-powered multi-device system (15:48) IANS Photo Service
Toronto, Oct 21 (IANS) With Artificial Intelligence (AI) pushing the frontiers of communication technology, Samsung Electronics is planning to develop a multi-device platform -- a variety of AI-enabled devices that communicate seamlessly with each other -- to make experiences more personal and relevant.

Hackers breach govt health insurance system in US (15:16)
San Francisco, Oct 21 (IANS) Hackers have got access to personal data belonging to 75,000 people in a breach of government health insurance system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans in the US, the media reported.

Samsung's new ultrasound system to spot high-risk pregnancies (12:00) IANS Photo Service
Singapore, Oct 21 (IANS) Samsung Medison, a global medical equipment company and an affiliate of Samsung Electronics, on Sunday unveiled a new ultrasound system which is expected to facilitate the examination of high-risk pregnancies and early diagnosis of abnormal foetus conditions.

Apple Watch Series 4: Fall-detection for aged, fitness aid for millennials (Tech Review) (11:32)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) If you are constantly worried about an elderly person in your family suffering a fall in the bathroom or in the garden, the Apple Watch Series 4 is what you need.

Nick Clegg facing flak for joining Facebook (11:00) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 21 (IANS) Former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who earlier criticised Facebook for paying too little tax in Britain, is now facing flak for joining the social network as its head of global affairs, the media reported.

EU approves $7.5 bn acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft (17:16) IANS Photo Service
Brussels, Oct 20 (IANS) The European Commission on Saturday announced it has approved the $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft.

North Korean hacker group stole $571 mn in crypto attacks (Lead) (12:50)
San Francisco, Oct 20 (IANS) Amid growing crypto-jacking episodes, a North Korean hacking group called Lazarus has stolen cryptocurrencies worth more than half a billion dollars.

North Korean hacker group stole $571 mn in crypto attacks (12:08)
San Francisco, Oct 20 (IANS) A North Korean hacking group called Lazarus has stolen cryptocurrencies worth more than half a billion this year.

Chinese-made world's largest amphibious aircraft completes successful flight (11:28)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Oct 20 (IANS) China's home-grown amphibious aircraft AG600, claimed by Beijing as the world's largest, carried out its first take-off and landing on waters on Saturday.

Google to charge $40 per device to Android makers (10:06) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 20 (IANS) Android manufacturers will have to pay $40 per device to Google in Europe to be featured into Google Play Store and other mobile apps.

'Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters' (09:54) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 20 (IANS) An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.

Apple CEO urges Bloomberg to retract spying chips story (05:50) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 20 (IANS) Apple CEO Tim Cook is urging Bloomberg to retract its story about an alleged embedded Chinese spying chips that compromised about 30 companies including the servers of Apple.

China's ex-Internet watchdog chief pleads guilty to taking bribes (16:54)
Beijing, Oct 19 (IANS) A former head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, responsible for Internet censorship in the country, pleaded guilty on Friday to receiving $32 million yuan ($4.6 million) in bribes, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported.

MSC Cruises orders four deluxe cruise liners (13:50)
Genova (Italy), Oct 19 (IANS/AKI) Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises - the worlds largest privately-owned cruise company - for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships at a cost of over 2 billion euros.

Twitter releases data linked to Russian, Iranian info campaigns (13:34) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) With the goal of improving understanding of how foreign influence campings operate on Twitter, the microblogging site has now released massive datasets of accounts linked to potential influence campaigns originating in Russia and Iran.

Tesla launches new 'Model 3' with mid-range battery (13:34) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Electric car maker Tesla has announced a version of "Model 3" with a new 'mid-range' battery pack for $45,000 before incentives.

Apple likely to launch iPads, Macs on Oct 30 (12:40) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Apple is likely to launch new iPads and Mac computer lineup on October 30 at an event in Brooklyn, the media reported.

Khashoggi disappearance: Twitter suspends pro-Saudi bot network (12:26) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) With the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi triggering a heated debate on Twitter, the micro-bloggiing site has pulled down a network of suspected Twitter bots trying the sway opinions in favour of the pro-Saudi stand on the issue, NBC News reported.

Kaspersky ready to comply with India's data localisation norms (12:18)
By Rajnish Singh IANS Photo Service
Siem Reap (Cambodia), Oct 19 (IANS) As the political narrative in India appears to be tilting in favour of data localisation, Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said it was willing to "adopt and comply" with Indias proposed requirement to store data generated in the country within its borders.

Modi to launch corporate social responsibility portal (12:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform and address a townhall of IT and electronic manufacturing professionals on October 24.

Facebook now has a War Room to fight election interference (11:34) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) In line with its efforts to prevent misuse of its platform during elections, Facebook has set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.

50% Americans don't know who owns WhatsApp: Survey (11:16) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) It may sound bizarre but nearly 50 per cent of Americans who have used WhatsApp in the last six months have no idea who owns the popular mobile messaging platform.

Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple (09:58) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Top apps in Apple Store are increasingly using Siri shortcuts to make everyday tasks easier for their users, the Cupertino-headquartered company said on Friday.

India continues to engage with US on H-1B visa issue (19:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

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