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WhatsApp selects 20 teams to curb fake news globally, including India

NEW DELHI Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has selected 20 research teams worldwide – including experts from India and those of Indian origin — who will work towards how misinformation spreads and what additional steps the mobile messaging platform could take to curb fake news. Shakuntala Banaji from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Anushi Agrawal and Nihal Passanha from Bengaluru-based …

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Around 69 percent Pakistanis don’t know what internet is: Survey

ISLAMABAD Around 69 per cent Pakistanis between the ages of 15 and 65 do not know what the internet is, an information communication technology (ICT)-based survey has revealed. The survey was conducted by LirneAsia, a think-tank based in Sri Lanka that carries out ICT research, Dawn news reported on Monday. The report is based …

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Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler lose homes in California wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO Hollywood celebrities Miley Cyrus and Gerard Butler have completely lost their homes in the raging California wildfire, which has left filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s home partially damaged. Cyrus took to Twitter on Sunday to spare a moment to share prayers for the victims. “Completely devastated by the fires affecting …

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Crazy in love? The Japanese man ‘married’ to a hologram

TOKYO Akihiko Kondo’s mother refused an invitation to her only son’s wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn’t such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram. “For mother, it wasn’t something to celebrate,” said the soft-spoken 35-year-old, whose “bride” is a virtual reality singer named Hatsune Miku. In …

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Nothing offensive in ‘Kedarnath’: Makers

MUMBAI Producer Ronnie Screwvala and director Abhishek Kapoor on Monday said their upcoming film “Kedarnath” has nothing offensive, days after a BJP leader demanded a ban on the movie. Ajendra Ajay, who is part of Dehradun’s BJP media relations team, wrote to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi that despite being set against the backdrop of one of the worst …

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Novel smartphone app can identify heart attacks

WASHINGTON Scientists have developed a smartphone app that can identify potentially fatal heart attacks with near accuracy of medical ECG, and may prove to be a valuable tool to save lives. The researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in the US found that the app can monitor heart activity and determine if someone is having an …

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WATCH | Star Sports ICC Women’s World T20 campaign shot in backdrop of snow-clad Kashmir mountains

SRINAGAR A Star Sports campaign for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 has been entirely shot in Kashmir valley and highlights the hurdles girls face in pursuing a career in sports especially in conservative societies. Shot in the backdrop of Kashmir’s snow-clad mountain tops, the TV highlights the highlights the emotions that …

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