Facebook revenue slips as usage leaps during pandemic Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP): Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world's biggest social network depends. Online voice and video calls at Facebook-owned Messenger and WhatsApp have more than doubled in places hit..

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Facebook scrambles as use soars in time of isolation Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP): Facebook said Wednesday it would place "authoritative" coronavirus content at the top of user feeds as it scrambled to keep up with increased usage and stem the flow of misinformation on its platform and WhatsApp messaging. The leading social network said it has nearly..

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Nepal’s National Assembly passed nuclear Bill Monday, March 16th, 2020

KATHMANDU: Today's meeting of the National Assembly unanimously passed the bill designed for safe and peaceful use of nuclear and radioactive materials. On the occasion, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Girirajmani Pokharel tabled the proposal seeking passage of the bill. The bill..

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates leaves board Friday, March 13th, 2020

San Francisco, (AFP): Microsoft on Friday announced that co-founder Bill Gates has left its board of directors to devote more time to philanthropy. The 64-year-old stopped being involved in day-to-day operations at the firm more than a decade ago, turning his attention to the foundation he..

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Nuclear bill endorsed Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

KATHMANDU: The Legislation Committee under the National Assembly today endorsed the Nuclear Bill-2075 BS drafted for the safe and peaceful use of nuclear and radioactive substances. A meeting of the Committee today passed the bill following the completion of clause-wise deliberations about it. The..

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Facebook removes Trump ad disguised as census message Thursday, March 5th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP): Facebook has taken down an ad from President Donald Trump's campaign which critics said misled people into believing it was an official message about the US census. The ads encouraged readers to "take the official 2020 Congressional District Census," but clicking on the..

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Earth captures new ‘mini moon’ Thursday, February 27th, 2020

(AFP): Earth has acquired a second "mini-moon" about the size of a car, according to astronomers who spotted the object circling our planet. The mass -- roughly 1.9-3.5 meters (6-11 feet) in diameter -- was observed by researchers Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyne at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky..

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IT bill to be passed soon: Minister Banskota Friday, February 14th, 2020

KATHMANDU: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Banskota has said that the Information Technology Bill will be endorsed by the federal parliament soon. Inaugurating the 26th edition of the CAN InfoTech organized by the Computer Association Nepal (CAN) Federation here in the..

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US brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei Thursday, February 13th, 2020

By ERIC TUCKER, WASHINGTON (AP): The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries, accusing the company in a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The company also..

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CG Telecom says it’s ready to meet legal processes Sunday, February 9th, 2020

KATHMANDU: CG Telecommunications has made it clear that the company was hurried to rollout its services across the country, abiding by the laws, policies, rules and processes. The company said that it's waiting for the integrated license from the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) for..

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National Assembly passes Nepal Media Council Bill Thursday, February 6th, 2020

KATHMANDU: The National Assembly has unanimously passed the much-talked-about Nepal Media Council Bill, 2076 today. Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, had presented a proposal seeking passage of the 'Nepal Media Council Bill, 2076BS' in the meeting of the..

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Facebook results beat forecasts but shares take a hit Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP): Facebook on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings and user growth stronger than most forecasts, but shares took a hit in after-market trades. The leading online social network said net income rose seven percent from a year ago to $7.3 billion, while revenue increased 25..

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Access to information enables open local government’ Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Krishna Sapkota, KATHMANDU: Implementation of constitutionally and legally guaranteed right to information (RTI) with a focus on its proactive disclosure offers ample opportunities for local governments to build the image of open government, stakeholders said. An informed citizenry can only..

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US feds, states could join forces on Google probes: report Sunday, January 26th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The US Justice Department and state attorneys general are meeting this week for talks on their concurrent investigations into possible anti-competitive practices by Google, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Journal said the talks could eventually lead to the two..

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Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones Thursday, January 9th, 2020

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MAE ANDERSON, SAN FRANCISCO (AP): Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to..

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