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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Edotco & Jazz partner to expand telecom coverage in Pakistan:

Edotco Group (edotco), the leading end-to-end integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, through its local operations edotco Pakistan Private Limited (edotco PK), has sealed a landmark long-term partnership with Jazz, the country’s leading digital communications company, with a commitment to accelerate the development of telecommunications infrastructure in the nation.

Smartchoice.pk raises $100,000 investment from Wadi Accelerator:

The Karachi-based startup, Smartchoice, has secured an investment of $100,000 from Muscat-based Oman Technology Fund’s Wadi Accelerator. The startup managed to raise the hefty amount after graduating from a ten-week accelerator program offered by Wadi. Smartchoice is a financial comparison platform. Founded by Sibtain Jiwani, it enables the users to compare various financial products like loans, credit cards, insurance policies, and broadband internet packages.

Vivo X27 launched with high-end specs, price:

Vivo recently announced a new smartphone which looks like a variant of V15 released only a month ago.The X27 comes with premium features like a 48 MP camera, 8 GB RAM and a pop-up selfie camera as well. The price of this phone is not exactly in the mid-range but it can’t be classified among flagship devices either.

UrduHack is the first open source python library for Urdu:

In a world which is quickly digitizing itself and generating treasure troves of data as a result, the need for developing modern techniques to obtain useful insights for data is bigger than ever before. However, while other languages like English have managed to garner a global audience by developing advanced Natural Language Processing modules to extract useful insights from unstructured data, not much work has been done for our local languages in Pakistan.

Dawlance offers 23% discount on all refrigerators to celebrate Pakistan Day:

Dawlance is a fully owned subsidiary of Arcelik – one of the largest Turkish enterprises. The brand is now offering a fabulous 23% discount on its entire range of innovative refrigerators, to join the consumers in celebrating the ‘Pakistan Resolution Day’ on 23rd March. So the shoppers can now avail a flat 23% discount on all refrigerators till 31st  of March 2019, anywhere in Pakistan.

Apple launches AirPods 2:

Finally, Apple has decided to launch the second generation AirPods, however, contrary to the rumors, the AirPods 2 are not packed with massive upgrades and come with small changes. If someone has the first generation AirPods, upgrading to 2ndgeneration does not make and you should stick to your AirPods for now. The most prominent upgrade that we see in AirPods 2 is the wireless charging which is optional. The basic variant of AirPods 2 comes with a wired charging case. These basic second generation AirPods cost the same as the first gen AirPods, around $159.

Samsung Galaxy Fold shows up on video before release:

Samsung Galaxy Fold is among the pioneers of foldable phones in the smartphone market. Even though it comes at a hefty price of $1980, consumers are pretty excited about what it has to offer. Recently, before the launch of Galaxy Fold in the US market, a video surfaced on YouTube. It was clear from the video that the phone was being used by someone, not from Samsung. Upon tracking, the video had surfaced for Vietnam, however, we don’t know (or care) how he got his hands on the phone before it’s even released. We are more interested in what it has revealed for us.

IT committee members angry over fake social media accounts under their names:

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has expressed serious concerns over fake accounts on social media while saying that fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter are being run on prominent persons’ names. The committee met with Ali Khan Jadoon in the chair on Wednesday. The committee members registered a number of complaints and expressed serious concerns over fake accounts while saying that several fake accounts have been imitating them on social media.

There is huge potential in Pakistan’s mobile market:

The majority of the population (59.7% of the population, or 120 million people) in Pakistan is still unconnected to a mobile network, suggesting a need for significant investment to drive the expansion of the mobile market, and to improve the affordability of services for consumers, says GSMA. Unique subscriber mobile penetration in Pakistan stood at 40.3% in 3rd quarter 2018, which is the lowest level in South Asia”, GSMA states in its latest report on Pakistan. The mobile market in Pakistan has demonstrated significant growth over the past decade; however, a significant share of the population remains unconnected to mobile services.

PTCL is encouraging customers to opt for eBilling and save trees:

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) encourages its customers to opt for eBilling, instead of receiving monthly paper bills, in its effort to help save the environment.This initiative will not only create awareness on preserving nature but also gives customers an opportunity to contribute towards this cause.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally:

The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported. Security researcher Brian Krebs broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text. The passwords that were exposed could date back to 2012, he said. In a statement, Facebook said it had now resolved a “glitch” that had stored the passwords on its internal network.

EU fines Google euro1.5 billion for the 3rd Time for Antitrust Violations:

Google has a habit of using its dominant position to market its services or exploit competitors which is why we have seen the EU hitting Google with massive fines more than once. Recently, it was fined for more than 1 percent of its revenue for abusing its market dominance yet again. According to the EU, Google had incorporated some restrictive clauses in its contracts with third-party websites. Based on these clauses, Google’s rivals are not able to post advertisements on these websites.

Uber ‘picks New York Stock Exchange’ for stock listing:

Ride-hailing firm Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange, according to reports, in one of the most anticipated stock debuts of the year. The decision to opt for the Wall Street exchange over the tech-heavy Nasdaq was first reported by Bloomberg, citing sources. It comes as smaller, ride-sharing rival Lyft prepares to list on the Nasdaq. Uber is expected to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in April and may be valued as high as $120bn (£91.4bn).

Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks:

Using popular health apps could mean private information about medical conditions is not kept confidential. Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. It warns this could then be passed on to other organisations such as credit agencies or used to target advertising.

Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang:

Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated operation that pirated and resold net-based TV (IPTV) channels. Five people have been arrested and dozens of servers shut down as a result of raids in Spain, Denmark and the UK.The IPTV services run by the gang offered customers more than 800 channels including sports and movies.

Christchurch shootings: ‘Bad actors’ helped attack videos spread online:

Facebook has shared more details of the efforts it made to remove videos of the Christchurch attacks. Fifty people died and dozens more were injured by the twin shootings at two mosques on 15 March. No reports about the graphic content in the live stream were made until 12 minutes after it ended, according to Facebook. The information comes as ISPs in Australia and New Zealand reveal they have blocked dozens of sites that shared videos of the attacks.

US mum ‘abused kids who performed on family YouTube channel’:

A US mother whose seven adopted children regularly performed as superheroes on her family’s YouTube channel has been charged with child abuse. Machelle Hackney, from Arizona, and her two adult sons were arrested on Friday by local police. Ms Hackney has denied abusing her children. The adoptees regularly appeared on the popular Fantastic Adventures channel, dressed up as superheroes.

Oculus releases updated Rift VR headset:

Oculus has released an updated version of its flagship VR headset that works with a PC to let people play in virtual worlds. Called the Oculus Rift S, the virtual reality headset does away with the cameras needed on the original and which tracked users’ movements. The headset has also has higher resolution displays and costs less than the original Rift released in 2016.Oculus said the headset would go on sale in the USA this spring.

Huawei ban would delay 5G rollout:

The rollout of 5G networks will be delayed if the UK government bans the use of Huawei equipment, the boss of mobile operator Three has warned. A UK government telecoms infrastructure review is nearing completion amid pressure from the US for the UK to ban the Chinese telecoms giant from involvement in 5G networks. David Dyson from Three said a ban could delay its rollout by up to 18 months. Huawei has rejected claims it poses a security threat.

Instagram eating disorder content ‘out of control’:

Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is “spiralling out of control”, psychiatrists have warned. A media investigation found children swapping graphic images of weight loss and advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme. Dr Jon Goldin, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said “vulnerable” people were finding peer groups online. Instagram says it does not allow content encouraging or promoting eating disorders and removes it when aware.

Facebook settles job discrimination case:

Facebook is to change its rules — to prevent companies targeting adverts for jobs, accommodation or credit on the basis of gender, age or postcode. The company has settled a legal action with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the issue. It had been possible, for example, for employers to display job adverts to men only, which the ACLU said was illegal. Announcing the change, Facebook said: “Inclusivity is a core value for our company.”

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