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Trump backs Saudi over Qatar row, then urges ‘unity’

  Live Desk:  US President Donald Trump urged Gulf unity Tuesday in remarks released just hours after he appeared to back Saudi Arabia and its regional allies' decision to sever ties with Qatar. In an abrupt and sweeping move, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced Monday they were cutting diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with... details

DU student injured by ‘BCL men’

    Live Correspondent: A student of Dhaka University was injured in an attack allegedly by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) of Bijoy Ekattor Hall unit on Thursday night. The injured was identified as Ismail Ahmed Mubin, a Masters student of DU Anthropology department and also a resident of Bijoy Ekattor Hall. According to the witnesses, Mubin slightly... details

Uzbekistan bans video games over ‘distorting values’

    IT Live: Uzbekistan has banned a long list of computer games deemed to be “distorting values” and “threatening stability”. The list includes several violent games but also global hits like Grand Theft Auto and innocuous classics like The Sims. The ban makes it illegal to import and distribute the games across the central Asian country. Reactions online have... details

British Airways flights disrupted for third day after IT crash

London Live: Passengers faced a third day of disruption at Heathrow on Monday as British Airways cancelled short-haul flights after a global computer crash that unions blamed on the outsourcing of IT services to India. The embattled airline said it was cancelling 17 short-haul flights from Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, but was aiming to operate a full long-haul... details

Facebook is making a big push this summer to sell ads to drugmakers

    IT Live: Facebook is hosting an invitation-only summit dedicated to health on June 6 in New York, according to a source familiar with the matter. CNBC tracked down a screenshot of the invitation, which has the tagline, “Health in the era of mobile.” It’s part of an initiative for advertisers called “Facebook Health,” run by a small team reporting into former... details

Jury out on North Korea link to ransomware attack

IT Live:  Was North Korea behind the ransomware epidemic that hit global computer networks earlier this month? That's the subject of heated debate in cybersecurity circles after analysts found similarities in the "WannaCry" worm to other malware attributed to North Korea, including the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and a cyberheist of millions of dollars from the Bangladesh central... details

‘Baahubali: The Game’ crosses 1mn downloads

  IT Live: ‘Baahubali The Game’, inspired by S.S. Rajamouli’s superhit epic, has crossed over a million downloads since the second part of the film was released on April 28. The multi-player strategy game has been developed by Bengaluru-based Moonfrog Labs in association with the movie ‘Baahubali’ production company Arka Media Works and Graphic India. The game has... details

Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans

   IT Live, South Africa: Primitive hominids may have lived in Africa at the same time as humans, researchers said Tuesday, in new findings that could change the understanding of human evolution. Fossils found deep in South Africa’s Rising Star cave complex in 2013 have been dated by several expert teams with their findings suggesting the hominids, called Homo naledi, may have... details

Russia blocks China’s biggest messaging app

    IT Live: China’s most popular messaging app has been blocked in Russia. Moscow’s communications regulator has added WeChat to its list of prohibited websites, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The messaging app ran afoul of laws requiring companies that distribute information online to register with government authorities in Russia. Operated by... details

Facebook launches Express WiFi in India

  IT Live: Facebook on Thursday launched Express WiFi service that offers Internet facility through public hotspots to users in rural parts of India. The social network has partnered with telecom operator Bharti Airtel that plans to bring an additional 20,000 hotspots online, starting in the next few months, TechCrunch reported. The launch comes a year after Facebook put an end to... details

Twitter, Bloomberg team up for streaming news channel

IT Live:  Twitter is launching a 24-hour streaming news channel in partnership with the Bloomberg Media, in a major expansion of the social media firm's video operations, the two firms announced Monday. The new streaming channel "will combine the vast global editorial and newsgathering capabilities of Bloomberg with the digital power of Twitter," a joint statement. Michael Bloomberg, the... details

Samsung, Apple keep top spots in smartphone world market

IT Live: Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei's strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday. Research firm IDC said overall smartphone shipments grew 4.3 percent in the first quarter, slightly better than its prior forecast, to 347 million units. "The first quarter smartphone... details

Samsung sees best quarterly profits in three years

    IT Live: Demand for memory chips and flat screens for televisions and phones has given Samsung Electronics its best quarterly profits in three years. The South Korean tech giant reported a 48% jump in operating profits to $8.8bn (£6.8bn) for the three months to March. Samsung said it expected further growth in memory chip orders and a pick up in earnings from its... details