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MCMC insists govt entity approach for 5G will be transparent, private sector will be involved
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a statement to provide greater clarity on the recent briefing of the proposed Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for 5G rollout.
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Partnership marketing firm Affise banks $8m to expand to SEA, US
Partnerships have become a popular way to grow in the past few years, as Marvel has shown us with its Avengers movies.
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Sony Confirms Days Gone Coming To PC Via Steam This Spring
Open world survival game Days Gone which was originally released on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) in 2019 will be coming to PC this spring, as revealed by Sony and the game’s developer Bend Studio.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Now Starts At RM 3499 In Malaysia; Thanks To The New 128GB Variants
Samsung Galaxy S21 Series now has a lower starting price in Malaysia.
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JPMorgan’s blockchain payments test is literally out of this world
LONDON, Feb 24 — Stuck in space with bills to pay?
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Lyft focuses on aged citizens with feature to book rides by call
(Reuters) - Lyft Inc introduced a service on Wednesday that would let users request a ride by call, without needing the app, in a bid to make its ride-hailing service more convenient for senior citizens.
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India plans new social media controls after Twitter face-off
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Chafing from a dispute with Twitter, India plans to oblige social media companies to erase contentious content fast and assist investigations, according to a draft regulation.
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Apple supplier Foxconn teams up with Fisker to make electric vehicles
(Reuters) - Electric-car maker Fisker Inc said it will work with Apple supplier Foxconn to produce more than 250,000 vehicles a year from late 2023, jumpstarting its shares on Wednesday.
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MAF: Syndicates now resorting to drones for criminal activities
The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has detected the latest modus operandi of syndicates to smuggle goods and migrants with the assistance of drone technology.
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MyBurgerLab: Get 15% off if you register for COVID-19 vaccine
To encourage more Malaysians to sign up for the National COVID-19 Immunsation Programme, burger chain MyBurgerLab has announced a new campaign where you can enjoy 15% off if you sign up to be vaccinat...
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COVID-19 Vaccine: Here are the first 6 recipients of the Pfizer jab in Malaysia
Malaysia has officially started its national COVID-19 immunisation programme with its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
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Flipkart to shift its fleet to EVs, targets 25,000 units by 2030
Details: The company is looking to shift its fleet to EVs and help set up charging infrastructure across delivery hubs and offices in India.
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Zash Media to buy Singaporean video-sharing app to take on TikTok
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UAE, China’s central banks join Hong Kong, Thailand’s cryptocurrency project
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced in a joint statement that the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) and the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China (PBC DCI) have joined...
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Why ‘buy now pay later’ could be so wrong
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Fashion tech startup Pixibo raises $1.4m to power its first experiential store
How many times have you ordered clothes or shoes online, only to find that what you bought doesn’t fit?
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Warung Pintar acquires B2B ecommerce firm Bizzy Digital in $45m deal
Indonesian microretail startup Warung Pintar announced that it has acquired Bizzy Digital, an integrated business-to-business ecommerce firm, for US$45 million.
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Delayed Indefinitely, Developer Removed
The gaming industry may be seeing its next massive trainwreck in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
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Samsung Unveils 50MP ISOCELL GN2 Sensor; Rumoured To Debut On Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Samsung recently announced its new 50MP ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor for smartphones, the successor to last year’s GN1. It is highlighted to offer bigger pixels, better energy consumption and introduce...
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More Than 500,000 People Have Signed Up For COVID-19 Vaccine Through MySejahtera
The Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has revealed that 505,565 people have signed up for COVID-19 vaccines through the national contact tracing app, MySejahtera. Accordi...
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realme Announces Narzo 30 Pro 5G and Narzo 30A
realme has announced two more devices to add to its Narzo line.
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French Officials Accuse Google Of Breaching Government Orders In Pay-For-News Negotiations
French antitrust investigators apparently have claimed that Google violated government orders on how to hold negotiations with news publishers.
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Facebook says it inadvertently blocked content during Australia news ban
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday some content was inadvertently blocked on its social network platform when it banned all news content in Australia.
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Malaysian parents cite concerns as online scammers target children during pandemic
Do you know who your children are talking to online during the pandemic?
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Biden rushes to address global computer chip shortage via latest executive order
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced U.S. automakers and other manufacturers to cut production and alarmed the White House and members of Congress, administration officials said.
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US-China tech war: Tech vlogger’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook goes viral amid thawing tensions
In an 18-minute video interview with 22-year-old student He Shijie, Tim Cook discusses his admiration of Chinese people, history and arts. Absent from the discussion was any mention of censorship or the US-China technology rivalry as the Apple CEO courts Chinese consumers for market growth.
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Facebook adds new tools to fight online child exploitation
Facebook on Feb 23 said it is stepping up its fight against child abuse with new tools for spotting such content and tighter rules about what crosses the line.
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ByteDance makes biggest public commitment yet to Tencent video game rivalry with launch of stand-alone site for Nuverse
The video game market has become hugely lucrative in recent years, with both Big Tech and high-powered start-ups aggressively building up their gaming units. Nuverse’s previous titles struggled to live up to expectations, but it is only a matter of time before it comes up with a hit game.
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Does the KFC Zero Chicken Burger actually taste like the real thing?
A fantasy became reality as KFC introduced the Zero Chicken Burger to Malaysia—a meat-free chicken burger that’s supposed to taste just like a regular chicken burger.
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The Podchain Pro isn’t just a regular necklace. It charges your AirPods, too
Have you ever looked at your AirPods (or AirPods Pro) and wished they could just sort of hang around near you without the need of a charging case?
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Report: Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A52 5G set to arrive with water resistance
Water resistance, in the past, has been a feature that’s normally reserved for higher-end, pricier smartphones.
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Anker’s new PowerCore wireless power bank can be magnetically attached to the iPhone 12
Anker has apparently beaten Apple to the punch, with the release of a new MagSafe-compatible wireless power bank for the iPhone 12 series.
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Huawei Mate X2 fixes Galaxy Z Fold 2 issues | ICYMI #471
Today’s ICYMI is going to be an interesting one because Huawei has officially revealed their third foldable smartphone recently and we are going to talk about the improvements that they have made on...
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Deriv Launches Innovative Tech Graduate Programme – BeSquare
With 22 years’ experience providing financial services across major regions of the world, Deriv has announced the launch of BeSquare, a unique tech graduate trainee programme for IT professionals.
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Australian BNPL firm Afterpay partners with US-based fintech Stripe
Australia-based buy now, pay later (BNPL) startup Afterpay announced it has partnered with California-based payments platform Stripe.
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India-based retail tech firm Arzooo nets $6m from Trifecta Capital
Arzooo, a retail tech firm based in India, has raised US$6 million in its latest round of funding, according to a statement by the company.
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Indian fashion tech startup nets $150k as part of seed round
Indian business-to-business startup CouchFashion said it has raised US$150,000 as part of its seed funding.
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MDEC hails MyDigital as platform to create a technologically integrated society
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has welcomed the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) that Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin announced on 19 Feb.
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TM continues to bring free connectivity to students, communities
TELEKOM Malaysia Berhad (TM) is providing free Wi-Fi access at close to 60 People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and more than 1,000 community Internet centres nationwide.
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Local animation players receive grant from Epic Games
MALAYSIAN-based animation studios Scribble Studios and Lil Critter Workshop have received an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games.
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Lenovo Announces The Yoga 6 AMD Convertible; Starts From RM3799
Lenovo Malaysia today announced the launching of the Yoga 6 AMD convertible in the country.
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Sony FX3 Cinema Line Camera Now Official; Arriving In Malaysia This May
Sony has officially announced the latest member of its Cinema Line cameras with the new FX3, which also happens to be the smallest of the bunch.
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Cuba’s Revolutionary Square got a new name on Google Maps, but it didn’t mention the rebels
For a few hours, Cuba’s storied Revolutionary Square, where Fidel Castro once gave hourslong speeches to the masses, had a different name on Google Maps this week: Freedom Plaza.
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Amnesty International: Hackers attacking Vietnam dissidents
Amnesty International says it has found that a hacking group known as Ocean Lotus has been staging more spyware attacks on Vietnamese human rights activists in the latest blow to freedom of speech in the communist-ruled country.
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US food app drivers take more deliveries, but they aren’t seeing higher pay
US drivers for third-party delivery apps such as Uber Eats, DoorDash and GrubHub experienced a flood of orders at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, as restaurants closed for in-person dining and patrons largely decided to enjoy their meals at home.
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IT staff pursuing hobbies during work hours, study finds
IT security staff were found spending up to six hours a week on their hobbies during work hours as a distraction from overwork, a report found.
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Singapore trials smartphone app offering mini check-ups
Each morning before work at a Singapore construction site, Gunasekar Udayakumar, 41, gets his vital signs checked, without going to a clinic, or even seeing a nurse.
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Facebook faces year of reckoning after showdown in Australia
Facebook Inc’s brief but tempestuous standoff with the Australian government over a world-first pay-for-news law is only the start of a string of regulatory battles that the world’s biggest social network faces in 2021.
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US senators, tech execs recommend hack reporting requirement
A bipartisan group of senators on Feb 23 recommended that the US consider requiring companies to disclose when they have been hacked.
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Tech firms say there’s little doubt Russia behind major hack
Leading technology companies said on Feb 23 that a months-long breach of US corporate and government networks was so sophisticated, focused and labour-intensive that a nation had to be behind it, with all the evidence pointing to Russia.
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Season 3 of Formula 1: Drive to Survive is coming to Netflix on the 19th of March 2021
I’ll start this off with a disclaimer that Netflix‘s hit documentary, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, is my favourite sports documentary of all time.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 series now more affordable with 128GB option, priced from RM3,499
If you’ve been eyeing the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung Malaysia has introduced a more affordable option that comes with half the storage.
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8 Local Kombucha Brewers Who Are Delivering Across Klang Valley In 2021
Kombucha is made by brewing tea with sugar and SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast.
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Digital workplace startup bags $20m in series A round from Jungle Ventures, others
Saltmine, an end-to-end digital workplace platform, announced it has raised US$20 million in a series A round from existing investors Jungle Ventures and Xplorer Capital.
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Amartha secures $50m debt facility to invest in Indonesian women
Jakarta-based peer-to-peer lender Amartha announced it has secured US$50 million in a debt facility from Lendable Inc.
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MYEG launches portal to help find alternative quarantine hotels
MY E.G Services Bhd (MYEG) has announced the launch of SafeQ, an online portal offering hotel accommodation and amenity options available to low-risk Covid-19 patients who wish to undergo mandatory qu...
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Razer Announces Kiyo Pro Webcam; Priced At RM1149
Razer has released a number of items that aren’t strictly for gaming before, like the Seiren series of mics.
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Huawei MateBook D 14 Intel Edition Coming Soon To Malaysia For RM 3,399
It took the company quite some time but Huawei has finally brought over the Intel variant of its MateBook D 14 2020 into Malaysia.
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Intel Core i9-11900K Reportedly Achieves 716 Points In CPU-Z Single-Thread Benchmark
It appears Intel’s rusty pipes and plumbing woes have sprung a new leak on its upcoming 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S CPU lineup.
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Popular Leakster Suspended From Twitter After Sharing Battlefield 6 Rumour
Electronic Arts (EA) seems to be taking some drastic measures to quell any and all rumours and leaks pertaining to the next instalment of its Battlefield franchise.
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Clubhouse bans user for streaming private audio feeds to third-party website
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 ― Clubhouse is steadily turning into a cultural phenomenon (rather, it arguably already has), and the invite-only app hosts a wide range of discussions.
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AirPods Max: Near-magical sound that is almost worth the hefty price
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — It is 2am in the morning.
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Hyundai Motor to recall Kona EV and other electric vehicles in S.Korea
SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co will recall 26,699 electric vehicles including Kona EVs in South Korea due to potential fire risks, South Korea's transport ministry said on Wednesday.
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China imposes new rules to restrict independent online content creators
China has this week imposed its tightest restrictions to date on the publication of original content online via short video and “self-media” accounts, in the latest escalation of its ongoing crackdown on public discourse.
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Australian lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook, Google law
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian lawmakers are expected to approve amendments to landmark legislation to force Alphabet's Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news content, despite opposition from some minor political parties.
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New research: Why Zoom can wipe you out
Covid-19 pandemic has moved our lives into a virtual space. Why is that so exhausting?
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Opinion: Use of algorithms can perpetuate bias
For most of us, the word “algorithm” is fairly new to our vocabulary. But badly designed decision-making algorithms have a growing impact on our lives and can do a great deal of damage.
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California to enforce net neutrality after judge rejects challenge by internet providers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California should soon implement its landmark net neutrality law under a judge's ruling on Tuesday, nearly three years after the state legislature enacted the measure, the state attorney general's office said.
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Samsung SDI to invest $849 million to expand EV battery plant in Hungary
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean manufacturer Samsung SDI Co Ltd said it will invest 942 billion won ($849 million) to expand its electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Hungary, a company official told Reuters on Wednesday.
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Healthcare bore brunt of cyberattacks in 2020, study says
The global health care and pharmaceutical industries bore the brunt of cyberattacks in 2020 as nation-state hackers and criminals targeted companies looking for information on Covid-19 as well as vaccine development, cybersecurity research firm CrowdStrike said in a report made public Monday.
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Opinion: Don’t let technology run you out of a job you like
Ever feel like your employer is bringing in new software for the express purpose of driving you so crazy you’ll quit? You’re probably not alone.
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And the latest TikTok trend is... personal finance
Dances and lip-syncs aren’t the only trends on TikTok these days. Now, the Chinese social network is attracting a new breed of influencers offering advice on how best to invest money and boost your personal finances.
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The dark side of ‘buy now, pay later’
25-year-old Stefanie Yeo tried a buy now, pay later (BNPL) offer for the first time last year on a set of invisible braces which cost US$1,500. At that price point, the option to pay in three interest...
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RentSmart - the fully insured online marketplace to lend and borrow items
The thought of earning income from renting out expensive, underutilised items in your possession is appealing.
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Google withdrawal threats risk antitrust backlash, Vestager says
European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned of potential antitrust action against Google or other US technology giants if they threaten to pull out of markets.
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UN: Workers’ rights under threat as online work surges five-fold
Digital platforms have soared five-fold over the past decade, offering opportunities to some but also eroding workers' rights, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Tuesday.
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Facebook's oversight board has received appeal from 'user' in Trump ban case
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's oversight board has received a "user statement" for the case it is deciding about whether the social media company was right to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts, a board spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.
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LinkedIn says tech issue on platform resolved
(Reuters) - LinkedIn, Microsoft Corp's professional networking site, said on Tuesday it had resolved a technical glitch on its platform, after thousands of users reported difficulties in accessing the website.
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Exclusive: French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with news publishers - sources
PARIS (Reuters) - French antitrust investigators have accused Alphabet Inc's Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority's orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over copyright, two sources who read the investigators' report said.
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Investors jolted by sinking Bitcoin, Tesla and other market favorites
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin, shares of Tesla and a high-flying exchange traded fund (ETF) fell on Tuesday, retreating from recent rallies in a volatile session that gave investors a gut check.
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Twitter removes hundreds of accounts it says are linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter said on Tuesday it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies.
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Huawei MateBook D14 Intel Edition arrives in Malaysia, priced at RM3,399
If you’re looking for a new laptop for Work From Home, Huawei Malaysia has finally released the Intel version of its MateBook D14 2020 series.
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Microsoft Sides With Publishers Who Want Facebook And Google To Pay For News
Microsoft is openly allying with European publishers in their efforts to force big tech platforms – particularly, Facebook and archrival Google – to pay for news content.
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Sony Confirms Next-Gen PlayStation VR For PS5; Will Feature A New Controller
Sony has confirmed via its official PlayStation (PS) blog that the next generation PS Virtual Reality (VR) system will be coming to its recently launched console, the PlayStation 5.
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Telegram 7.5 Beta Introduces QR Code Group Invites And Other New Features
Telegram is currently testing several new features via its latest beta, version 7.5.
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Astro And Local Content Creators Demand Higher Penalty Against Digital Piracy
In a statement that is said to represent the local entertainment and media industry, Astro and several industry representatives have expressed their displeasure with the penalty that is being imposed ...
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Asgard Launches First DDR5-4800MHz Memory Module; Will Ship Out In 64GB Capacities
Asgard, a Chinese memory maker owned by Shenzhen Jiahe Jinwei Electronic Technology Co. Ltd., recently launched its first DDR5 memory module.
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SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike executives face Senate grilling
(Reuters) - Top executives at Texas-based software company SolarWinds, digital giant Microsoft and cybersecurity firms FireEye and CrowdStrike are expected on Tuesday to defend their companies' responses to a sprawling series of breaches blamed on Russian hackers when they face the U.S. Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence.
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Ismail Sabri: Individuals summoned for crossing “police districts” can appeal against compound notices
Those who received compound notices for allegedly crossing “police districts” during the movement control order (MCO) can now appeal to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for their summonses to be total...
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COVID-19: 2,468 new cases and 14 deaths today, total active cases drop to 30,475
Malaysia has recorded 2,468 new COVID-19 cases today which brings the total number of infections to 288,229.
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A sneak peek at Genting’s RM3.2b SkyWorlds theme park, opening mid-2021
The wait is almost over as Resorts World Genting’s (RWG) movie-inspired theme park Genting SkyWorlds, is set to welcome visitors in the second quarter of 2021.
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Gartner: Apple dethrones Samsung to become the top smartphone maker in Q4 2020
Apple has toppled Samsung from the top spot in the smartphone vendor rankings during the final three months of 2020.
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Sources: One Championship eyes US IPO via SPAC route
Details: The company has chosen Credit Suisse Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group to manage the potential listing.
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Dailyhunt parent VerSe acquires AI firm Cognirel Technologies
VerSe Innovation, the parent company of news aggregator Dailyhunt, announced it has acquired India-based artificial intelligence solutions provider Cognirel Technologies.
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Facebook to reverse news posting ban for Australian users
Details: The move follows days of negotiations between the social media titan and the Australian government, which involved talks between Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook’s Mark Zucke...
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Ex-cricketer Sachin Tendulkar picks up minor stake in Indian edtech firm Unacademy
Details: According to Unacademy, Tendulkar will coach and mentor users through a series of live interactive classes on the platform, which can be accessed by users free of cost.
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This Airbnb-like startup for film location rentals nets $220k in funding
Singapore-based film location rental startup Filmplace said it raised US$220,000 in the fourth quarter of 2020 in a pre-series A funding round led by New York’s Admiralty Holdings.
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Facebook To Restore News Content For Australian Users After Negotiation
Facebook says that it will unblock news content for Australian users in the coming days.
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New Aya Neo Reviews Show Handheld Console Capable of Running Crysis Remastered
Remember the Aya Neo? The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U-powered, portable handheld gaming machine first made its debut back nearing the end of last year, but lacked any proper demonstration of its gaming prowess.
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OPPO Find X3 Models To Launch On 11 March According To Leaker
Earlier in the month, serial leaker Evan Blass shared images of three devices in the new OPPO Find X3 line.
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Epic Games pays virtual money in loot box settlement
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23 —  Fortnite-maker Epic Games yesterday put out word it is paying the equivalent of about US$8 (RM32) worth of its virtual money to some players to settle a lawsuit over so-cal...
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Digi updates its postpaid mobile plans to offer more savings
Digi's updated lineup of postpaid mobile plans boasts a variety of discounts, with cheaper add-ons for family lines and related packages like its phone contracts and fibre broadband.
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Hit game ‘Genshin Impact’ helps Chinese studio double its sales
The Chinese developer of Genshin Impact doubled revenue to almost US$800mil (RM3.23bil) last year, riding one of the biggest video game hits of the pandemic era.
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Militant preppers, ‘boogaloo’ members and QAnon adherents can push products on Amazon
In a low-profile corner of Amazon’s expansive online retailscape, militant preppers, pro-gun provocateurs and election-fraud conspiracy theorists are turning a buck on the back of their beliefs.
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Huawei is releasing an updated MateBook D 14, which now packs an Intel processor
Huawei's refreshed MateBook D 14 2020 Intel Edition comes equipped with a faster Intel processor, packaged in a lightweight and slender frame.
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Samsung commits to four years of security updates for Galaxy devices launched since 2019
If you are a Samsung Galaxy smartphone user, we have some good news for you.
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Why doesn’t Clubhouse let you record conversations?
Clubhouse is probably the hottest social media phenomenon right now, and you could attribute its popularity to a number of factors.
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Leak suggests that the Sony WF-1000XM4 might look very different from its predecessor
One of my favourite headphones has to be the Sony WF-1000XM3. They feature some of the best noise cancellation I’ve used on in-ear headphones, and in general, they sound very, very good.
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We Had To Know Why These M’sians Make Portraits Of People Out Of Nasi Lemak & Other Food
When it comes to celebrating diversity and unity, it’s likely we’d be hearing “I don’t see colour” comments among Malaysians.
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Sleek names ex-UOB exec as head of fintech, strategic partnerships
Singapore-based fintech startup Sleek has named Pauline Sim, former senior vice president of United Overseas Bank’s (UOB) fintech, ecosystem, and innovation division, to serve as its head of fintech...
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Monk’s Hill Ventures and Qualgro lead $5m round in edfintech firm ErudiFi
Edfintech firm ErudiFi announced it has raised US$5 million in its series A financing round led by Monk’s Hill Ventures and Qualgro.
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Indian edtech firm Vedantu acquires doubt-solving platform Instasolv
India-based edtech firm Vedantu announced it has acquired doubt-solving platform Instasolv for an undisclosed sum.
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Sources: MobiKwik appoints investment banks to prep for its 2022 IPO
Details: MobiKwik is also in talks with a few other investment banks to manage the domestic initial public offering (IPO) process.
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Digital bank Tyme raises $110m, to apply for license in the Philippines
Neobank Tyme said it has raised US$110 million in a series B round from its new Singapore headquarters, laying the foundation for its ASEAN expansion and the further growth of its South African digiba...
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Boost inks partnerships with Lazada Malaysia, McDonald’s
Malaysian homegrown e-wallet Boost announced that it has forged new partnerships with Lazada Malaysia and McDonald’s. Boost users shopping in Lazada Malaysia can now pay seamlessly at the checkout b...
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Alleged Intel Core i7-11700 Review Gets Published Ahead Of Launch
Earlier yesterday, we reported on the performance of Intel’s alleged 11th Gen Core i5-11600K appearing on Geekbench.
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Digi Unveils All-New Postpaid Plan Lineup For 2021: Now Starts At RM 40 Per Month
Digi today has unveiled its new Postpaid plan lineup that has been revamped for 2021.
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Nintendo Teases Switch Port Of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 released back in September last year to much fanfare.
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Reports: Chinese man causes outage after sit-ups atop power pole
A man in China scaled a utility pole to do sit-ups off the top of it, stunning onlookers and causing a power cut to thousands of homes, media said on Feb 23.
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Bill Gates wants to team up more with Jeff Bezos to combat climate crisis
Bill Gates is aiming to work more closely with Amazon.com Inc chief executive officer Jeff Bezos to combat a climate crisis that the Microsoft Corp co-founder said could dwarf the current pandemic in fatalities and global impact.
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WeWork co-founder Neumann nears settlement with SoftBank
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is in talks to settle his lawsuit against backer SoftBank Group Corp., which may see the company buy half the shares it originally agreed to, back in 2019.
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After Facebook, Twitter ban, Trump fans and extremists turn elsewhere
With Trump banned from mainstream social networks, his fans have moved on to new platforms, which were less regulated and more confidential.
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Huawei delivers 'slight' growth in challenging 2020, chairman says
Shanghai, China (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies, which is struggling under U.S. sanctions, saw slight growth in its annual performance, helped by significant levels of confidence from its customers.
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Elon Musk loses RM60.63bil in a day after Bitcoin warning
Elon Musk drops from top spot, becoming world's second richest after Jeff Bezos, after Tesla stocks slid, wiping RM61.44bil from his net worth.
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Microsoft, EU publishers seek Australia-style news payments
Microsoft is teaming up with European publishers to push for a system to make big tech platforms pay for news, raising the stakes in the brewing battle led by Australia to get Google and Facebook to pay for journalism.
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Facebook to restore news pages in Australia in coming days
Facebook Inc said it’s working to restore news pages in Australia after reaching an agreement with the government over disputed media legislation.
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Daft Punk calls it quits after nearly three decades of glorious music
It’s a sad, sad day for music-lovers everywhere.
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NASA provides you with “front row seats” to the Perseverance Mars landing
The NASA Perseverance Rover safely landed on Mars on 18th February 2021.
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Pre-empting the anti-vax propaganda, here are the expected deaths post COVID-19 vaccination
This is a brief article to help us understand that there will be some expected deaths after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, especially in the elderly.
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What These 4 Gyms Are Doing Smarter In The Pandemic After Hustling Through 2 MCOs
The pandemic has brought to light the importance of keeping fit and healthy.
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How SMEs can lay the foundation for their digital transformation
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation around the world, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been able to leverage new technology to keep moving in the face of eco...
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Zomato banks $250m in pre-IPO round
Indian restaurant discovery and food delivery platform Zomato has closed a US$250 fundraise from five different investors, according to an Info Edge filing.
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Shopee to roll out ecommerce app in Mexico
Details: Shopee is set to offer free shipping throughout Latin America’s second-biggest economy, its app preview showed.
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Gojek and Bukalapak: The origin story
Dear readers, Southeast Asia’s tech scene is maturing, and this could be a year when many of the region’s largest internet companies offer their shares to the public.
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Spotify HiFi Tier To Be Available Later This Year; Offers Lossless Audio Format
During the company’s Stream On virtual event last night, Spotify has announced a new subscription tier that will be made available later this year called Spotify HiFi. The name itself describes what...
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Watch Dogs Legion Multiplayer Launches On 9 March
Watch Dogs Legion launched late last year, and it was supposed to have its mutliplayer component launch alongside.
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Survey: iPhone 12 sales propel Apple to top of smartphone market
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23 ― Strong sales of iPhone 12 models lifted Apple to the top of the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, a survey showed yesterday.
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Australia closer to passing watershed Google, Facebook laws
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's lawmakers on Tuesday inched closer to passing landmark laws that would force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay news outlets for content and could set a precedent for tighter regulation in other nations.
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Epic Games stopped from pursuing Apple in the UK over ‘Fortnite’ ban
Epic Games Inc was prevented from widening its fight with Apple Inc over access to its popular Fortnite video game after a UK judge said the case couldn’t continue in London.
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Wall Street’s robots are taking on the confusing world of Reddit
Reddit forum WallStreetBets is hard for humans to follow at the best of times. But spare a thought for the machines.
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US city passes restrictive ban on facial recognition use by police, others
Citing concerns about its reliability and potential to harm communities of colour, the Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city agencies.
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Facebook restricted this activist as it grappled with fallout from the US Capitol riots
Facebook is an important tool for Akin Olla, a West Philadelphia socialist activist. He's used the platform to organise protests outside statehouses, promote his podcast on revolutions, and share his columns criticising President Joe Biden. He’s the social media manager for a left-leaning nonprofit that trains activist groups.
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The Huawei Mate X2 fixes 3 flaws of the Galaxy Z Fold 2
The Mate X2 is finally revealed and this is Huawei’s 3rd attempt at making a foldable smartphone.
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Are One Championship’s fiercest critics right about the company?
Chatri Sityodtong, founder of One Championship, has built a persona as a larger-than-life CEO on social media, echoing the likes of Min-Liang Tan of Razer and Elon Musk of Tesla.
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BiiB sprints ahead to connect more people through their running platform
Running is often seen as a lonely sport.
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Waymo brings robo-taxis to San Francisco in new test
Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, said it would begin testing its driverless ride-hailing service on the streets of San Francisco with employees as riders.
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A simple patch could help monitor your cardiovascular health
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a skin patch that has the ability to continuously measure blood pressure and heart rate, among other things.
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Study: Social media users more likely to believe misinformation
Americans who rely on social media as their main source of news are more likely believe false or unproven stories about important topics such as politics and Covid-19, a survey showed Monday.
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Can sleep trackers really help you get a better night’s rest?
Connected devices designed to monitor – and therefore improve – one’s sleep are becoming increasingly popular around the world, but do they really bring benefits to the user?
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Apple users may spend more on non-gaming mobile apps by 2024 - report
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's customers may end up spending more on non-gaming mobile apps by 2024, data analytics firm SensorTower said on Monday, as lockdown lifestyles result in users looking beyond games to apps that help with more essential services.
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Report: Malaysia trails behind ASEAN neighbours in EV race, lack of incentives to blame
Malaysia has dragged its feet in stimulating the adoption of electric vehicles (EV). According to Maybank Investment Bank Research, the country had fallen behind its Southeast Asian peers, despite hav...
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Daily Basket calls Big Basket a bully for sending legal notice over use of the word ‘basket’
India-based online grocery firm Big Basket has sent a legal notice to a South India-based startup called Daily Basket over the use of ‘basket’ in its brand name.
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Indonesian eyewear firm Saturdays bags seed funding in Alpha JWC co-led round
Indonesia-based eyewear firm Saturdays has raised an undisclosed amount in its seed funding round, which was led by VC firms Alpha JWC and Kynesis Group.
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Huawei Mate X2 Foldable Phone Goes Official: Features 8-inch Main Display, Kirin 9000, 100x Zoom Camera
Despite the on-going turmoil that Huawei has faced from the U.S sanctions, it doesn’t stop the company from coming out with new products.
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Clubhouse Chat Audio Stolen; Causes Privacy Concerns Yet Again
Clubhouse chats may not be as private as expected.
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Upcoming Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds Leaks; Features New Design
After two long years since the release of its last flagship-tier true wireless earbuds, it appears that Sony may finally be gearing up to debut a new model sometime soon.
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Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say
MADRID (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google is negotiating individual licensing deals with a divided Spanish news industry that could allow the U.S. tech giant's news service to resume in the country, three sources close to the matter told Reuters.
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Google to resume accepting political ads in U.S.
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will resume accepting political advertisements in the United States from Feb. 24, according to an email to advertisers seen by Reuters.
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Microsoft teams up with EU publishers amid Facebook's Australian spat
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft and European media groups on Monday urged EU regulators to require online platforms to seek arbitration in disagreements over how to share revenues with news publishers, a sticking point in the spat between Facebook and Australia.
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TikTok ramps up ecommerce hiring in Indonesia, Singapore
Short-video platform TikTok has started hiring for its ecommerce service in Indonesia and Singapore, opening positions across several areas.
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Indian top court stops Reliance-Future $3.4b deal on Amazon appeal
Details: India’s highest court reversed the regulatory approval for the acquisition deal between Future Group and Reliance Industries.
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Baidu names ex-Fiat Chrysler exec as CEO of its new EV firm with Geely
Details: Xia was the co-founder and chief technology officer of bike-sharing startup Mobike, which was acquired by food delivery giant Meituan for US$2.7 billion in 2018.
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5G comes to Malaysia..pronto
5G is coming to Malaysia, sooner than you think.
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Cards Reportedly Already Being Sold On Second Hand Market
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is still days away from its official launch, yet by the power of capitalism, the card has already begun appearing on an online retail store that caters to a second hand mar...
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CIMB Private Banking Is Ranked First For Best Private Banking Services Overall In Malaysia
CIMB Private Banking has been awarded Best Private Banking Services Overall in Malaysia by the Euromoney Global Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey 2021.
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Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA - researchers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.
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Black, female and high-profile, Kamala Harris is a top target in online fever swamps
Soon after Joe Biden announced last year that he would pick a woman as his running mate, US Rep. Jackie Speier began warning Facebook executives: Female politicians receive the most vile online attacks, and the company’s filters were failing to stop them.
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Twitter kicked Donald Trump out and its stock surged to a record
Many investors had thrown in the towel on Twitter Inc even before it made a move unlike just about anything a US company had ever done before – permanently banishing the sitting president from its service.
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Mogul vs Mogul: Australia’s tech law pits Murdoch against Zuckerberg
Australia’s push to regulate tech giants has become a power struggle between two of the world’s most powerful men, with Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg locked in a generational battle for media dominance.
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Facebook takes down pages of Myanmar state TV
(Reuters) - Facebook took down the pages of Myanmar's state-run television on Monday, a day after the channel had warned anti-coup protesters against taking action and said that confrontation could put lives at risk.
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US grocery and pharmacy chain’s customer data impacted in vendor hack
Kroger Co says personal data, including Social Security numbers of some of its US pharmacy and clinic customers, may have been stolen in the hack of a third-party vendor’s file-transfer service.
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Yoodo users may face service disruption during 24-26 February due to system upgrade
Yoodo has announced that it will be conducting a system upgrade starting this Wednesday, 24th February 2021.
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MAFE questions why cinemas still closed when gyms, spas, casinos allowed during MCO
The Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) has called for the reopening of cinemas by the Malaysian authorities, saying that cinemas are the “safest form of out-of-home entertainment”.
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Leaked AirPods 3 images reveal an AirPods Pro-like design with smaller charging case
It has been widely speculated that Apple will update its entry-level AirPods this year and it is said to look more like the AirPods Pro.
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Silver Sparrow: New, M1-compatible malware has been detected on nearly 30,000 Macs around the world
Contrary to popular belief, Macs are still susceptible to malware—just like almost every connected device you can find out there.
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Vaccines have finally arrived in Malaysia! | ICYMI #470
Khairy Jamaluddin shares more information on vaccinations in Malaysia through Clubhouse, some sought-after Samsung phones get cheaper, and…Wario looks kinda spiffy in the new Mario Golf trailer.
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Bursa Malaysia Eyes Opportunities to Collaborate With Fintech Companies
Malaysian stock exchange Bursa Malaysia is seeking to collaborate with fintech companies or other strategic partners in a bid to strengthen its value proposition, increase its agility as well as effic...
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TransferWise to hire over 70 new employees in Singapore after rebrand
Details: Apart from the name change, the company will also recruit more than 70 employees for roles in expansion, engineering, product, and operations as it moves into a bigger office space.
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Robbie Antonio steps down from Century Properties amid Revolution probe
Details: Century Properties Group said that its board has accepted Antonio’s request to step down from his post so he could “focus on addressing the pressing issues” of Revolution.
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Vertex, Genesis lead series A round in Indonesian social commerce firm
Indonesian social commerce platform RateS said it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a series A round led by Vertex Ventures SEA and Genesis Alternative Ventures.
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China’s new rules tighten requirements for banks’ online lending businesses
Details: Commercial banks must now issue internet loans with a partner, with no less than 30% of the total capital coming from the partner, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Com...
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Facebook co-founder’s firm looks to raise $300m in US IPO via SPAC
B Capital Technology Opportunities, a blank-check company formed by investment firm B Capital Group, has filed for an IPO to raise US$300 million on the Nasdaq, according to a filing with the US Secur...
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New Mac Malware Lies Dormant In Nearly 30000 Macs
Just last week, we saw reports of malware being made for the relatively new Apple M1 chip.
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Leak Suggests Lite Variants Of Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 And Tab A7 Launching In June
Samsung has been offering consumers with more affordable variants of its flagship smartphones and tablets with the introduction of the Lite series, including those from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Tab S...
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What happens if you don’t accept WhatsApp’s new privacy policy by May 15?
The short answer: Users will face limited functionalities.
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Face recognition tech for golden monkeys under development
Chinese scientists are developing a face recognition technology for golden snub-nosed monkeys, an indigenous species on China’s top protection list living in the Qinling Mountains.
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Remote work gains ground in Cuba amid Covid-19 pandemic
Yeni Hechavarria, a 34-year-old interpreter and translator who used to commute from her house on the outskirts of the Cuban capital to her workplace in the city’s entertainment district, has changed her routine after the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Citizens band radio from trucks may have a future in autonomous cars
Citizens band radio, the beloved means of communication for truckers all over North America, Europe and elsewhere, is nowadays rarely used by motorists. And yet the old technology is still highly valued by professional tractor-trailer drivers, who not only want information, but a little company too.
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WallStreetBets video says it’s ‘time to level the playing field’
WallStreetBets’ “OG mods” have finally spoken.
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Global tech firms in Australia launch anti-disinformation code
Global tech firms in Australia unveiled a new code of practice on Feb 22 to curb the spread of disinformation online, following pressure from the government.
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Baidu-Geely EV venture names Mobike co-founder as chief
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Baidu Inc and automaker Geely hired Mobike co-founder and former chief technology officer Xia Yiping as chief executive of their new electric vehicle venture, the search engine giant said on Monday.
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French village says ‘non’ to Elon Musk’s space-age Internet
To realise his dream of satellite-powered Internet, tech billionaire Elon Musk needs to install antennas around the world. In northern France, a village hopes he’ll decide to keep those antennas far away.
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Is Your Monthly Income The Only Deciding Factor When Buying A Car In 2021?
When the pandemic hit, companies had to embrace working from home, and it seems that this will continue in 2021.
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She Quit Digital Marketing During MCO To Sell Jewellery Made Out Of Dried Flowers
“Two things were defining moments for me: strangers purchasing my products, and checking my budget sheet and seeing that I had broken even,” said Yin Li about her 2-month old business, Pebbles + H...
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This M’sian Shop’s Biz Model Is Built On Reselling Gifts That People Got From Bad Exes
When you end a relationship on bad terms, any gift you’ve gotten from your ex-significant other may seem tempting to destroy or trash.
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Many Quit The 9-5 For Entrepreneurship, 6 M’sians Share What It’s Like Doing The Opposite
At Vulcan Post, we’ve seen many Malaysians leaving their 9-5 jobs to chase their passion and start a business.
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Sources: India’s competition watchdog begins antitrust probe into GPay
Details: The Indian agency is currently speaking with local payment majors such as PhonePe and Paytm Payments Bank as part of the investigation.
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Indonesia’s Fundtastic lands $7.7m in series A round
Indonesia-based online investment platform Fundtastic announced it has raised US$7.7 million in a series A funding round led by Ascend Capital Group.
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