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Trump/Putin election connection: Russia to block Facebook by 2018!

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MOSCOW: Head of Roskomnadzor telecoms watchdog Alexander Zharov said today that in case Facebook fails to obey the 2014 law the company will have to stop working in Russia (like LinkedIn*) by next year.

He was pointing towards the regulation that requires foreign messaging services, search engines and social networking sites to store the personal data of Russian users inside Russia.

Alexander Zharov asserted: “The law is compulsory for all. We will work on getting Facebook to observe the law. This will all happen in 2018 definitely.”

Savants believe that the said law was passed to force Facebook, Twitter and such sites into handing over user information.

Facebook had earlier admitted it was sharing its findings with the US authorities.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have insinuated that the development is result of two things:

i) Facebook’s revelation apropos Russia-linked fake accounts paid for ads that may have played a part in the election of Trump as President.

ii) Since Facebook is used by Putin’s opposition parties to propagate political statements and coordinate protests, its closure will help Putin in the  forthcoming elections.

*Russian internet providers last year blocked the LinkedIn professional networking site accusing it of breaking the law on personal data storage.

 

 

 

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Galaxy Note 9 to hit shelves in S. Korea on Aug 24

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SEOUL: Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Electronics Co.’s next flagship phablet, will be available for South Korean consumers starting August 24, two weeks after its global showcase, industry insiders said Friday.
The tech giant is set to unveil the Note 9 on Aug. 9 in New York, with local pre-orders to begin Aug. 14, according to sources in the wireless service sector.
Though no details have been released via official channels, a purported image of the device has been leaked by notable twitter user Ice Universe, showing a large smartphone with a new gold or yellow S Pen. There have been rumors that Samsung’s signature stylus may come with Blue tooth capability, a first for the accessory.
The image also revealed that a dual camera module and a fingerprint scanner are positioned horizontally on the rear of the phone, which could allow more room for a larger battery.
It has been widely speculated that the latest model Note will come with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh compared with its predecessor’s smallish 3,300 mAh, as well as a 6.4-inch screen, which is a tad larger than the Galaxy Note 8’s 6.3-inch display.

 

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China launches two satellites for Pakistan

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JIUQUAN: China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. Monday.

The PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer. A scientific experiment satellite, PakTES-1A, developed by Pakistan, was sent into orbit via the same rocket.

This is another space cooperation between China and Pakistan since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011. The PRSS-1 will be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and providing remote sensing information for the Belt and Road region. Monday’s launch is the 279th mission of the Long March rocket series.

 

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China’s high-speed trains to offer more smart services

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BEIJING: China’s high-speed trains are expected to offer more smart services as the network continues to be upgraded with Internet technology.

A joint venture was officially launched Thursday by China Railway Investment Co. Ltd, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and Tencent to develop and operate an integrated platform that will provide WiFi services to high-speed rail customers across China.

China Railway Gecent Technology Co. Ltd, with Geely and Tencent taking a combined 49 percent stake, will offer WiFi connection, entertainment and leisure services, news and information, online catering and shopping, and other smart services.

“The integration of high-speed railway networks and the Internet can nurture a digital economy service platform and make trains part of cities’ smart transport, tourism and retail,” said Tencent board chairman and CEO Pony Ma.

China’s high-speed railways exceed a total of 25,000 kilometers and are expected to reach 30,000 by 2020, covering over 80 percent of cities with a population of more than 1 million.

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