BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

BT has said it will not use Huawei’s equipment within the heart of its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the UK. The British firm, however, still plans to use the Chinese company’s phone mast antennas and other products deemed not to be at the “core” of the service. BT also confirmed that it was stripping out Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G networks, as revealed by the Financial Times (FT). It follows security concerns. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission recently issued a…

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Microsoft to give Pentagon access to ‘best technology’

US software giant Microsoft has pledged to give the Pentagon access to its “best technology” despite criticism from employees, breaking with other tech companies that are reconsidering military companies after facing internal backlash. According to Press TV, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, said Saturday that the corporation was “going to provide the US Defense Department with access to the best technology … all the technology we create. Full stop.” Speaking during a panel at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi…

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OnMobile launches ONMO Videos in India with focus on curated regional content

OnMobile, the global leader in mobile entertainment, has launched ONMO Videos across 5 leading operators in India, Bangladesh and the Middle East. Across the globe, Indians take a deep sense of pride in their local language. They prefer content in their native language as it brings them closer to their culture and community but the challenge has always been that the desired content is available at different destinations and in different formats, across various channels. ONMO Videos is a ‘one-stop-destination’ portal on video entertainment which showcases rich and exclusive regional…

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Warming gas concentrations at new record high : Climate change

Concentrations of key gases in the atmosphere that are driving up global temperatures reached a new high in 2017. In their annual greenhouse gas bulletin, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says there is no sign of reversal in this rising trend. Carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a level not seen in 3-5 million years. Researchers also note the resurgence of a banned gas called CFC-11. China ‘home foam’ gas key to ozone mystery Five things we have learned from the IPCC report Why industry can…

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Now, ‘water gateway’ to Chattar Manzil unearthed : Lucknow

The ongoing excavation work at Chattar Manzil reached another level on Monday as workers unearthed a ‘water gateway’ leading to this iconic structure. The UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), the construction agency engaged in the restoration of the structure, termed it one of the major discoveries so far. Officials said workers engaged in the excavation stumbled upon a ‘cylindrical structure’ that was lying buried for years. On clearing the debris, it was found that the structure made of lakhauri bricks was a tunnel, which connects the over 200-year-old Chattar Manzil…

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California wildfires: The day Paradise burned down

“Heavenly father, please help us.” Sitting in the back seat of the car her husband was driving, Brynn Parrott Chatfield’s entire field of vision was filled with flames as she prayed. Only the thin strip of road in front of them remained unburned. Shades of orange, white, purple and pink burst out on both sides, hundreds of small fires all burning at the same time, low on the ground and up and over the trees. “Please, help us to be safe.” A wave of embers rose up from the surface…

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About 4,000 evacuated as volcano erupts in Guatemala

Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people Monday after Fuego Volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain before its activity decreased and then stopped. Memories are still painfully fresh of the volcano’s eruption in June, which swept away villages and left nearly 200 people dead and 235 missing. The Institute of Volcanology’s director Pablo Oliva said the volcano’s activity level had dropped significantly by late Monday. A spokesman for Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED had earlier said…

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Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to “deny and deflect” criticism. The report has led US lawmakers to call for tighter regulation of social networks. Facebook has denied several of the claims. The New York Times report claimed Facebook: urged reporters to investigate whether there were financial links between billionaire George Soros, a prominent philanthropist, and…

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Social media rumours in India: counting the dead

Across India mob attacks are on the rise, fuelled by false rumours on WhatsApp and social media. According to the BBC’s analysis of incidents between February 2014 and July 2018, at least 31 people have been killed and dozens more injured. These are the incidents the BBC was able to verify, many more have been reported. Many of the false rumours warn people that there are child abductors in their towns, driving locals to target innocent men who are not known to the community. A total of 25 men, 4…

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WhatsApp selects 20 teams to curb fake news globally, including India

NEW DELHI:  Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has selected 20 research teams worldwide – including experts from India and those of Indian origin — who will work towards how misinformation spreads and what additional steps the mobile messaging platform could take to curb fake news. Shakuntala Banaji from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Anushi Agrawal and Nihal Passanha from Bengaluru-based media and arts collective “Maraa” and Ramnath Bhat from LSE have been selected for the paper titled “WhatsApp Vigilantes? WhatsApp messages and mob violence in…

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