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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Pakistan and Etisalat Resume Talks for Pending Payment for PTCL:

Pakistan has decided to reinitiate talks with Dubai-based Etisalat at the highest level to resolve the much-awaited $800 million outstanding dues on account of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) privatization.

FBR Suspends Sales Tax Registration of a Popular Internet Service Provider:

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has suspended the sales tax registration of a prominent internet service provider, Gemnet Enterprise Solutions, after the company refused to furnish its record for audit. According to a media report, the Corporate Regional Tax Office (CRTO) had selected the company to conduct a tax audit of its records for the period between July 2015-June 2016.

Nayatel Launches Human Resource Management System for Businesses:

In today’s digitized corporate environment, Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) makes management, tracking and retrieval of employee information easier for businesses.

To access the full potential of human resources, business management needs and market trends, Nayatel brings a comprehensive HRMS service for its corporate customers. It is an easy to use human resource management system that works as a unified management solution to integrate employee information seamlessly.

Jazz Hosts a Corporate Luncheon For Private Corporations & Media Fraternity:

Jazz — the largest mobile network in Pakistan — recently organized and hosted a corporate luncheon in Islamabad for the leading figures from private corporations and media fraternity. Aisha Sarwari, who is the newly appointed Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability for Jazz, was the host for this event.

Xiaomi Launches Low Power Air Purifier & Induction Cooker:

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Mijia is famous for its inexpensive smart home products. This time, it has unveiled two new home products, one of which has smart features. The first of these is the Mi Air Purifier, which is going to be quite popular given the quality of the air we breathe in every day.

PUBG is Free for a Limited Time on Xbox One:

The pioneer of the battle royale genre, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds or PUBG for short, is now available for free on Xbox One for a limited time. The game is widely known for kickstarting the battle royale genre and was eventually eclipsed by the success of its free-to-play and more famous counterpart Fortnite. Being a paid title was partly to blame for limiting its growth, but nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular battle royale games in the world.

Qualcomm Forced to License its Chip Tech to Competition:

Qualcomm faces a massive setback due to a US federal judge’s court ruling in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The chip maker was facing a lawsuit by the FTC which declared that “two industry agreements obligate Qualcomm to license its essential patents to competing modem chip suppliers.”

Xiaomi Takes on Apple’s AirPods With $29 AirDots:

Xiaomi is known for its simple and inexpensive products despite rubbing shoulders with the big guys like Samsung and Huawei. It has recently made news for its new pair of wireless earbuds dubbed Mi AirDots Youth Edition. The AirDots do almost everything that Apple’s AirPods do, but the latter comes with a price of $159 costing way much than the AirDots.

Leaked Nokia 9 Renders and Video Show 5 Rear Cameras:

Nokia 9 has been in the rumor mill for nearly a year now with HMD taking its sweet time to release the flagship. 91Mobiles and Onleaks, both famous leakers, have released a 360 degree render video and images to give us a better idea about the upcoming smartphone.

This is the World’s First 4K Mirrorless Android Camera:

Mirrorless cameras have had a sort of resurgence lately with Nikon, Canon and even Sony rolling out new shooters in this category. However, a Chinese company by the name of Yongnuo (you’re free to pronounce this however you want) is making a mirrorless camera with a twist. It comes with full-blown Android with its usual suite of features and tidbits.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Samsung folding smartphone revealed to developers:

Samsung has unveiled a folding handset at an event in San Francisco. It described its Infinity Flex Display as “the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow” and said it intended to start production within months. When unfolded, the device resembles a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet. When closed, a separate smaller “cover display” on the handset’s other side comes into use.

Red Dead 2 suffragette clips deleted by YouTube:

YouTube has deleted several videos posted to its platform of a suffragette being beaten and killed in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2.The Google-owned firm said the recordings had breached its rules on acceptable content. At least one of the clips had attracted more than one million views before it acted.

League of Legends firm sued over workers’ sexism claims:

League of Legends developer is facing legal action over allegations it paid female employees less than men because of their gender and tolerated sexual harassment. The action against Riot Games is being pursued by one of its former workers as well as a current staff member. It follows investigations by the Los Angeles Times and the news website Kotaku, which made related claims.

5G will let users ditch fixed-line home broadband, says Three:

5G mobile data will be so reliable and fast most homes will no longer need a separate home broadband connection, according to one of the companies planning to launch a UK service. Three UK’s chief executive told BBC News there would be enough capacity on 5G to cope with demand, meaning households would be able to save money by ending their fixed-line contracts.

Relief at social networks as defences hold – for now:

The last time the US went to the polls, it was nothing short of a disaster for the biggest social media companies. Multiple congressional hearings later, a huge concern – would Facebook, Twitter and others be capable of protecting the integrity of the mid-term vote? But, as polls closed, there was good news for Silicon Valley. Measures put in place appear to have been mostly effective, with co-ordinated influence campaigns seeing limited efficacy, and voter suppression efforts often stopped at source.

HSBC bank confirms US data breach:

HSBC has said some of its US customers’ bank accounts were hacked in October. The lender said that the perpetrators may have accessed information including account numbers and balances, statement and transaction histories and payee details, as well as users’ names, addresses and dates of birth.

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