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A Chinese company’s free satellite Wi-Fi:

If anybody claims to offer free Wi-Fi, it feels like too good to be true. However, one Chinese company is actually planning to give free Wi-Fi to everybody across the globe. The Chinese internet company behind this venture, Linksure Network, was founded in Shanghai in 2013. It is aiming to provide free WiFi service all over the world with the help of 272 satellites.

Telenor opens Pakistan’s first 4.5g network:

Yet another industry-first for Telenor Pakistan as it claims to have launched cutting-edge 4.5G technology in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad showing unrelenting commitment to empower Pakistan through a high-speed data network that enhances customer experience.

All whitlisted phones set to be destroyed:

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), on Thursday, directed Collectors of Customs to destroy all mobile phones which are not certified/whitelisted by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as these cannot be auctioned in any case. The FBR has issued Customs General Order 7 of 2018 to destroy the mobile phones which are not whitelisted in Device Identification Registration Blocking System (DIRBS).

Nab to investigate tax evasion in cigarette industry:

The Regional Board of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi has notified the NAB headquarters about the tax evasion of Rs. 60 million by the cigarette industry. Reportedly, the board reviewed the case in its meeting and concluded that the matter should come under NAB’s investigation as the volume of tax evasion was quite high.

Facebook adds gifs and other features to messenger lite:

Messenger Lite, a lightweight version of Facebook’s popular messaging app, is finally getting animated GIF’s. Users will be able to send and receive animated GIF’s, improving the overall experience of using Messenger Lite. The app, since its inception, has been able to receive GIF’s but, before today, it couldn’t send animated GIFs. In essence, they were only still pictures like any other popular picture format but starting today they will play within the app as was intended with the GIF format.

Xiaomi teases 48 mp camera in upcoming phone:

Previously Nokia had the edge in the mega-pixels game with Carl Zeiss optics and a 41-megapixel camera onboard the Lumia 1020. After both Sony and Samsung revealed their own 48-megapixel sensors for smartphones it was only a matter of time before someone used it on their phone.


Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada:

The daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and deputy chair, was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018. Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran.

O2 4g data network restored after day-long outage:

Mobile operator O2 has said its data networks have been restored after a day of disruption for smartphone users. A statement on its website, published early on Friday, said the 4G network was working again, having been affected from about 05:30 GMT on Thursday. It said the slower 3G data service had been reinstated on Thursday evening. Earlier O2 and mobile network equipment supplier Ericsson issued a joint apology to the millions of customers hit by disruption to its data services.

Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg’s exposed emails:

Facebook’s staff feel like they are under siege. Every few days there seems to be a fresh accusation or leak that paints the social network in the worst possible light and calls into question whether it poses a threat to its members, wider society and even democracy itself. The latest barrage came in the form of a tranche of ‘confidential’ internal emails published online by MPs, who have been smarting that chief executive Mark Zuckerberg refused to testify before them.

Google trainee puts up dummy advert by mistake:

A Google training exercise that went wrong meant a dummy advert was placed on a “huge number” of webpages and apps. The mistake meant a blank yellow rectangle was active on the sites and apps for about 45 minutes on 4 December, it said. The ad was only visible to people in the US and Australia.

Youtube deletes cheating videos

YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies.

Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people:

A cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralyzed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement have helped control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe. The robot’s controllers earned 1,000 yen (£7) per hour – the standard rate of pay for waiting staff in Japan.

Cuba offers 3g mobile internet access to citizens:

Cuba’s population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week. Telecom provider Etecsa said citizens would be able to start subscribing to the service from Thursday. Until now, locals have mostly relied on Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others.

Facebook accused of striking ‘secret deals over user data’:

Emails written by Facebook’s chief and his deputies show the firm struck secret deals to give some developers special access to user data while refusing others, according to MPs. A cache of internal documents has been published online by a parliamentary committee. It said the files also showed Facebook had deliberately made “it as hard as possible” for users to be aware of privacy changes to its Android app.

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