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Block the Telegram messaging app in Russia: Moscow court

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MOSCOW: A court here today ruled to block the popular messaging app Telegram in Russia, after it refused to give state security services access to private conversations.

The ruling follows a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

The Roskomnadzor telecoms watchdog, which brought the case, had earlier demanded the service be blocked as soon as the verdict was announced.

Telegram was found to have breached a law that requires social media sites that use encoding to give the key to security services to decode messages.

The app’s maverick creator Pavel Durov wrote on social media that “Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.”

Dubbed Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg, Durov has amassed a fortune of $1.7 billion (1.4 billion Euros) at 33, according to Forbes magazine. He banned lawyers representing Telegram from attending the court hearing so as not to legitimize the case.

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Tesla to cut 7% of workforce amid tough profit outlook

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NEW YORK: Elon Musk’s electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced Friday it was cutting its workforce by about seven percent in a push to keep the Model 3 affordable for middle-income consumers.

Shares plunged following the announcement, which also signaled a tough profit road
ahead for Tesla.

The round of job cuts — which follow an earlier downsizing announced in June — comes as the envelope-pushing company faces pressure in its home market on prices from the phasing-out of a tax credit for electric car purchases.

Musk did not release an estimate of the employment hit but the company had 45,000
employees in October, suggesting about 3,150 would be cut.

Musk, who originally conceived of the Model 3 as a reasonably priced option for consumers who could not pay the lofty prices of its first two vehicles, said action was needed if the company was to succeed in its mission of challenging conventional autos.

“While we have made great progress, our products are still too expensive for most people,” Musk said in a blog post announcing the layoffs.

“We need to continue making progress towards lower priced variants of Model 3.”

 

 

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LG’s 17-inch laptop sets new Guinness World Record

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SEOUL: South Korean electronics maker LG Electronics Inc. claimed today that its 17-inch ultra-thin laptop has been recognized as the world’s lightest laptop for its size by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Among 150 kinds of 17-inch laptops sold in seven countries, the LG gram 17 weighing in at just 1,340 grams set the new Guinness record after it was launched earlier this month, the company said.
It was LG gram series’ third Guinness record, following two titles that were secured by laptops with 15.6-inch and 14-inch screens.
The 17-inch laptop, equipped with a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel resolution and 16:10 ratio LCD display, is slim and light enough so people can take it anywhere, the company said. LG claims the laptop can run up to 19.5 hours on its 72 watt-hour battery.
The LG gram 17 also won the Innovation Award from the Consumer Electronics Show held earlier this month in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

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WWF implementing SMART with IWMB

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ISLAMABAD: WWF-Pakistan with Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) are implementing Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for eliminating poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the country.
WWF Manager Conservation Muhammad Waseem said SMART patrolling system was based on wildlife monitoring and conservation systems in the selected Protected  Areas (PAs) of the country for snow leopard preservation in Gilgit-Baltistan and overall wildlife species in Margalla National Park, he added.
He said the software was completely a modern technology based accessible both on Android smartphones and personal computers having Global Positioning System (GPS), pictures and various other features that would help wildlife conservators and national park managers to handle patrolling and monitoring of vast areas under their control.
He said WWF was providing technical assistance to IWMB and research students of various universities making a study on various wildlife management species.
To a question, he said WWF Pakistan had successfully controlled the illegal trafficking of  Pangolins from the country where the species was threatened to get extinct.
The WWF had made extensive efforts for the capacity building of the Customs department and regional wildlife departments to control the unlawful smuggling of Pangolins who were significantly important for the agricultural produces of the country.
He added that WWF-Pakistan was also working on watershed projects in Ayubia and  Khanpur Dam locations whereas the project was proceeding at a satisfactory pace.

 

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