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To spy on India, China launches two satellites for Pakistan

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Islamabad, July 10 : Pakistan launched two satellites on Tuesday through Chinese rocket Long March-2C from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China ,showing Islamabad’s deep cooperation with its close ally, Beijing in Space technology and to spy on India.

Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and Pakistan Technology Evaluation Satellite-1A (PakTES-1A), were propelled into space through the Chinese Long March 2C launch vehicle.

Satellite PRSS-1 will operate in sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 640 km and would be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and to monitor progress of the strategic $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor “Belt and Road” mega-project.

The satellite is equipped with a high resolution optical payload that will enable Pakistan to meet its imagery requirements in the areas of land mapping, agriculture classification and assessment, urban and rural planning, environmental monitoring, natural disaster management and water resource management and CPEC.

The PRSS-1 is the first optical remote sensing satellite China sold to Pakistan.

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Facebook shielding far-right activists, under-age accounts: Report

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London, July 17: Moderators at Facebook are protecting far-right activists, preventing their Pages from being deleted even after they violate the rules set up by the social media giant, the media reported.

The process called “shielded review” was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches – a documentary series that sent an undercover reporter to work as a content moderator in a Dublin-based Facebook contractor.

“In the documentary, a moderator tells the ‘Dispatches’ reporter that Britain First’s pages were left up, even though they repeatedly broke Facebook’s rules, because ‘they have a lot of followers so they’re generating a lot of revenue for Facebook’,” the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Similarly, popular pages, including those of activists like Tommy Robinson, are protected from Facebook rules.

Robinson is currently in jail, serving a 13-month sentence for contempt of court.

Richard Allan, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, was quoted as saying in the documentary that the company’s rules are based on revenue.

“If the content is indeed violating it will go,” Allan said.

Facebook, however, said it will remove Robinson’s page if he repeatedly violated the site’s community standards.ABritain First’s Facebook page was eventually banned in March 2018.

“It’s clear that some of what is shown in the programme does not reflect Facebooka¿s policies or values, and falls short of the high standards we expect.

“We take these mistakes in some of our training processes and enforcement incredibly seriously and are grateful to the journalists who brought them to our attention,” Allan said.

The documentary also showed that Facebook moderators have turned blind eye to under-age accounts.

“Moderators are told they can only take action to close down the account of a child who clearly looks 10-years-old if the child actually admits in posts they are under-aged,” The Telegraph reported, citing the documentary.

“We have to have an admission that the person is under-age. If not, we just pretend that we are blind and we don’t know what underage looks like,” a trainer told the undercover reporter.

Facebook is also facing the flak for launching Messenger Kids that encourages children under age 13 to join social media.

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in December warned the social media giant to stay away from his children.

Early this year, more than 100 child health experts have urged Facebook to withdraw the app.

Despite call for withdrawal by experts, Facebook has decided to expand the reach of Messenger Kids by introducing the video calling and messaging app designed for children under 13 to families in Canada and Peru.

Facebook said it will also introduce Spanish and French versions of the app.

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Amazon faces web issues globally on Prime Day

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New Delhi, July 17: Shoppers in the US and elsewhere in the world are struggling to access e-commerce giant Amazon’s website as one of its biggest annual sales, Prime Day, got underway.

Many reported the platform had crashed as soon as the two-day sale day began on Monday, showing them only an error message that read: “sorry, something went wrong on our end”, reports the BBC.

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The issues are centred on the US but occurring on other continents too.

DownDetector.com, which tracks outages, most of the outages are centred on the US. However, it was also reported in Europe, Africa, South America, Russia, Asia and Australasia.

Others also reported experiencing problems with Amazon’s video streaming services and its virtual assistant Alexa.

In a tweet, Amazon said it was working to resolve the issues.

According to reports, users have experienced errors on both the desktop site and the mobile app, the BBC reported.

Some saw an error page featuring the “dogs of Amazon” and were unable to enter the site, while others could not enter specific product pages.

Many were unable to complete purchases at checkout, while others reported that the “deals” page and “Shop all deals” button had disappeared from the site.

Many shoppers reacted with irritation on Twitter.

Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015 and by 2017 it was its second biggest shopping day.

The 36-hour event was projected to break records again this year, with industry analysts estimating the company could make at least $3.4 billion in sales.

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Truecaller introduces ‘Call Recording’ feature

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New Delhi, July 16:  Popular communication app Truecaller on Monday launched a  new “Call Recording” feature for its Android users across the world. 

This is another step towards upgrading “Premium” offerings aimed at making communication safe and efficient by helping users report harassment related or fraudulent calls, the company said in a statement.

When a “Premium” user dials or receives a call, they can toggle ‘ON’ the recording feature from the Truecaller Caller ID screen. The recordings are then saved on the user’s phone.

Those who are not availing “Premium” subscription, can get a free 14-day trial of  ‘Call Recording’ feature.

The latest feature also assists its users in keeping track of important conversations with businesses, colleagues, or friends.

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