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Facebook chatbot may soon do bargaining for you

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Saudi Arabia signs deals worth $20 bn with Pakistan

Riyadh: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday signed with Pakistan eight agreements worth $20 billion, the media reported. One of the agreements is about Saudi Arabia’s Aramco-run refinery in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, one of the world’s largest refineries, at a value of $10 billion, Xinhua reported citing the Al Arabiya TV. “Pakistan

Amazon leads $700mn investment in electric truck startup

San Francisco: US online retail giant Amazon is leading a $700-million funding round for electric truck startup Rivian Automotive, Rivian has said. The latest funds will help produce its first all-electric vehicles — the R1T pickup truck and the seven-seat R1S SUV, which were revealed in the November Los Angeles Auto Show, Xinhua news agency reported.

World leaders discuss future of global economy at Dubai summit

Dubai: The World Government Summit in Dubai, attended by more than 4,000 delegates from 140 countries representing the business, cultural and political sectors, featured speeches and discussions on peace, development and the present and future of the global economy. The conference, organised annually by the government of the United Arab Emirates, included key international figures such

Crypto exchange may have lost $145 mn after CEO dies in India

Hong Kong:The death of Canadian entrepreneur Gerald Cotten, died due to complications with Crohn’s disease while travelling in India in December, has left a huge stash of cryptocurrencies locked off from the people who own them. Quadriga, Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, said it’s unable to gain access to $145 million of bitcoin and other digital

Trump nominates Malpass to head World Bank

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he has chosen David Malpass, undersecretary for international affairs at the US Treasury Department, as the US candidate for the next president of the World Bank. Calling Malpass a “very extraordinary man,” Trump said in a statement at the White House that he launched a “broad search


About 8,000 Facebook users die daily, is your digital will ready?

New Delhi: Nearly 8,000 Facebook users die daily. By the end of this century, Facebook will become the worlds biggest virtual graveyard as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users.  Facebook is just one of the several social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Reddit and others have flooded us, garnering

US charges China’s Huawei, top executive with fraud

Washington: The US Justice Department has filed a host of criminal charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. The charges against the world’s second largest smartphone maker include accusations of bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology, the BBC reported. The indictment alleges Huawei misled the US and

WhatsApp rolls out 5-chat message forwarding limit globally

New Delhi: Aiming to curb fake news, Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp on Monday announced it has globally lowered to five the forward limit for chats — a feature first launched in India last July. “Starting Jan 21, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to