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US Congress to see push to regulate Big Tech in 2019

The newly installed US Congress is expected to see a fresh effort to develop new regulations for big technology firms, with a focus on tougher enforcement of privacy and data protection. The wave of data scandals that have hit Facebook and other online platforms has prompted growing calls for action by lawmakers looking to curb abuses of how private information is used and give consumers more clarity. Significantly, most tech companies are pledging to willingly accept new regulations to set a uniform standard in the…

Twitter cuts suspect users from follower counts again, blames bug

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter made another attempt to make users’ tallies of followers more accurate, subtracting millions of suspicious followers which had reappeared on the social media service since a major purge in July. Twitter is under pressure to tackle its problem of fake users, which are a turn-off for investors and advertisers and have led to scrutiny from US Congress. The company made the move without an announcement. Pop star Katy Perry lost about 861,000 followers, according to social measurement firm Social Blade.…

Muslim women elected to US Congress for the first time

WASHINGTON: In a historic result on couple of seats in the US midterm polls, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar have become the first Muslim women elected to US Congress. Tlaib took Michigan's 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the sole major party candidate. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, Omar, won fifth congressional district, replacing the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated his seat to run in the state's attorney general race.…

Apple tells Congress it found no signs of hacking attack

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s top security officer told Congress on Sunday that it had found no sign of suspicious transmissions or other evidence that it had been penetrated in a sophisticated attack on its supply chain. Apple Vice President for Information Security George Stathakopoulos wrote in a letter to the Senate and House commerce committees that the company had repeatedly investigated and found no evidence for the main points in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published on Thursday, including that chips inside…

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

WASHINGTON: Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as US Supreme Court justice following the closest Senate confirmation vote in more than a century, marking a major win for President Donald Trump's drive to move the country's political institutions to the right.  The Senate voted 50-48 to approve Kavanaugh as protesters rallied across the country against a nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct as a young man and had questions raised over his candor and partisan rhetoric. The prolonged…

Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim Palestinian woman in US Congress

MICHIGAN (US): Rashida Tlaib is ready to turn out to be the first Muslim woman elected to US Congress, after her clear victory in Democratic primary election in the US state of Michigan. Rashida, a 42 year old, is daughter of Palestinian immigrants. She won Tuesday's primary elections  in the state's 13th congressional district, locking 33.6% of the votes, comparatively to Brenda Jones who has received 28.5% contrary to her. Whereas Bill Wild received 14.5% percent of the votes. It is observed that no republicans or…