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MSC Cruises orders four deluxe cruise liners (13:52)
Genova (Italy), Oct 19 (IANS/AKI) Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises - the worlds largest privately-owned cruise company - for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships at a cost of over 2 billion euros.

Twitter releases data linked to Russian, Iranian info campaigns (13:34)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) With the goal of improving understanding of how foreign influence campings operate on Twitter, the microblogging site has now released massive datasets of accounts linked to potential influence campaigns originating in Russia and Iran.

Tesla launches new 'Model 3' with mid-range battery (13:34)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Electric car maker Tesla has announced a version of "Model 3" with a new 'mid-range' battery pack for $45,000 before incentives.

Apple likely to launch iPads, Macs on Oct 30 (12:40)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Apple is likely to launch new iPads and Mac computer lineup on October 30 at an event in Brooklyn, the media reported.

Khashoggi disappearance: Twitter suspends pro-Saudi bot network (12:28)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) With the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi triggering a heated debate on Twitter, the micro-bloggiing site has pulled down a network of suspected Twitter bots trying the sway opinions in favour of the pro-Saudi stand on the issue, NBC News reported.

Kaspersky ready to comply with India's data localisation norms (12:20)
By Rajnish SinghIANS Photo Service
Siem Reap (Cambodia), Oct 19 (IANS) As the political narrative in India appears to be tilting in favour of data localisation, Russia-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said it was willing to "adopt and comply" with Indias proposed requirement to store data generated in the country within its borders.

Modi to launch corporate social responsibility portal (12:08)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform and address a townhall of IT and electronic manufacturing professionals on October 24.

Facebook now has a War Room to fight election interference (11:34)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) In line with its efforts to prevent misuse of its platform during elections, Facebook has set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.

50% Americans don't know who owns WhatsApp: Survey (11:16)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) It may sound bizarre but nearly 50 per cent of Americans who have used WhatsApp in the last six months have no idea who owns the popular mobile messaging platform.

Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple (10:00)
San Francisco, Oct 19 (IANS) Top apps in Apple Store are increasingly using Siri shortcuts to make everyday tasks easier for their users, the Cupertino-headquartered company said on Friday.

India continues to engage with US on H-1B visa issue (19:06)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

No mobile phone to be disconnected: Government (16:26)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Centre on Thursday dismissed a news report claiming around 50 crore mobile phone numbers are at risk of disconnection, saying it is "completely untrue and imaginary".

Cyber-spy campaign using code from Chinese group spotted: McAfee (16:16)IANS Photo Service
Las Vegas, Oct 18 (IANS) Global cybersecurity firm McAfee on Thursday said it discovered a new cyber espionage campaign which reused source code from the hacker group APT1, or Comment Crew, a Chinese military-affiliated group accused of launching cyber-attacks on more than 141 US companies from 2006 to 2010.

Samsung India aims for double-digit growth with Galaxy Tab S4 (Lead) (15:38)IANS Photo Service
Gurugram, Oct 18 (IANS) Samsung, which registered a 47 per cent market share (by value) and 48 per cent (by volume) in the January to August period this year in the Indian tablet market, is aiming for double-digit growth in the segment in the festive quarter, a top company executive said here on Thursday.

Samsung launches flagship Galaxy Tab S4 for Rs 57,900 in India (14:08)IANS Photo Service
Gurugram, Oct 18 (IANS) Samsung on Thursday launched in India its flagship tablet, Galaxy Tab S4, a new two-in-one Android tablet that comes equipped with Samsung Dex and S Pen for Rs 57,900.

Global IT spending to grow 3.2% in 2019: Gartner (11:58)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Driven by increased Cloud adoption, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2019, an increase of 3.2 per cent from expected spending of $3.7 trillion in 2018, according to the latest forecast by market research firm Gartner.

How far away are we from commercial fusion energy? (Science Feature) (11:58)
By Vishal Gulati
Cadarache (France), Oct 18 (IANS) Electricity-generating fusion power plants -- one of the biggest inventions in history -- might be safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible. But, how far are we from turning science fiction into reality -- meaning a world where nuclear fusion energy will be powering our day-to-day lives? Some 60 years.

UP court receives complaint against Facebook's Zuckerberg (11:10)IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Oct 18 (IANS) A complaint has been registered in an Uttar Pradesh court against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three others for using national symbols and letter heads of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its site without due permission.

Apple's new privacy portal shows what user data it keeps (11:06)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) As part of its annual privacy upgrades, Apple has introduced a new portal that lets users see what personal data the company has kept on them, the media reported.

WhatsApp working on linked accounts, vacation mode features (09:04)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) WhatsApp is reportedly working out on three new features, including linking your account to Instagram, in order to improve its chat and notifications for its over 1.5 billion users.

Twitter to show users when a bad tweet is taken down (09:04)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Twitter will now highlight when it takes an action on a bad tweet - making its over 330 million users understand that the tweet was forcibly taken down and not deleted by its user owing to public outrage.

Pre-order iPhone XR in India from Friday (08:54)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Apple's cheapest iPhone XR will go on sale in India from Friday, starting from Rs 76,900.

Baidu is first Chinese member of US-led AI alliance (06:00)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) China-based search engine giant Baidu Inc. has become the first Chinese member of the US-led alliance on Artificial Intelligence (AI) -- the Partnership on AI (PAI).

9 scientists win 2019 Breakthrough Prize (01:06)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced nine recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in recognition of their important achievements in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics.

Reliance Jio posts Rs 681 crore profit in Q2 (21:14)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, on Wednesday said it posted a standalone net profit of Rs 681 crore in the quarter through September on the back of (as yet) highest quarterly subscriber addition of 37 million.

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