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China’s ZTE posts 1.1 billion first-half loss on impact from US supplier ban

HONG KONG: ZTE reported a first-half net loss of 7.8 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) on Thursday, weighed down by a ban on US firms selling parts to the Chinese telecom equipment maker that forced it to cease operations for three months. The result compared with the 7 billion to 9 billion yuan net loss estimate disclosed last month, and the 2.3 billion yuan profit booked in the same period a year earlier. Operating revenue in the first half fell 27.0 percent to 39.4 billion yuan. In June, the network equipment and…

Angry Ukraine fans deluge FIFA’s Facebook page with posts

MOSCOW/KIEV: Ukraine supporters have flooded the Facebook page of football governing body FIFA with over 158,000 comments, most saying “Glory to Ukraine”, after FIFA fined Croatia’s assistant coach for a video in which he used the same slogan. FIFA hit Ognjen Vukojevic with a 15,000-Swiss-franc ($15,000) fine and a warning after he and Croatian defender Domagoj Vida said “Glory to Ukraine” in a video posted after Croatia beat Russia in a World Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Both men have played for Ukrainian club…

48 posts constructed along Pak-Afghan border, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Friday that forty eight additional border posts have been constructed along the Pak-Afghan border to curb smuggling. In response to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Dr Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla said that after the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad, the smuggling of illegal weapons has been curtailed in the country. He said 207 illegal weapons have been confiscated during the last year. Replying to another question, he said the…

India father’s social media posts over daughter’s hospital death sparks probe

NEW DELHI: India’s government Tuesday ordered a probe into the death of a girl at a private hospital after her father’s social media posts alleging negligence and being overcharged went viral. The case made national headlines in a country where a crumbling and often overburdened government health facilities forces many of India’s flourishing and increasingly influential middle classes to seek out expensive private healthcare providers. The little girl, called Adya, died in September after almost a fortnight at the…

Apple posts surprise dip in iPhone sales

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for its second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers may have held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition of the company's most important product later this year. Under pressure from shareholders to hand over more of its $250 billion-plus hoard of cash and investments, Apple boosted its capital return program by $50 billion, increased its share repurchase authorization by $35 billion and raised its quarterly dividend by 10.5…

Sonu Nigam posts video of Azaan, sparks controversy once again

Indian singer Sonu Nigam has sparked a controversy once again by posting a two-minute video, ostensibly from his house, in which Azaan can be heard in low voice. This post seems an attempt to clear the air about perception people had created that he was against Muslim call of prayer after he had wrote a post on his social media account which hurt many and drew criticism from across the world. This time Hindu extremists have started taking Sonu to task for presumably supporting Azaan. Goodmorning India…

Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos

MENLO PARK, CALIF: Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site. Facebook has…

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China, says report

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The New York Times cited three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity, as saying that the tool, could filter news feeds at the social network in specific places. "We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country," a Facebook spokeswoman said in…