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Afghanistan orders suspension of WhatsApp, Telegram

Kabul - Afghanistan has ordered the suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram to resolve "technical problems", officials said Saturday, sparking outcry among social media users.

Appeal trial for Samsung heir starts in Seoul

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong was back in court Thursday to appeal his five-year sentence for bribing South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye, with prosecutors arguing for a longer jail term.

Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks

New York - Google's parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Alphabet Inc.

Digital technologies help telecoms to simplify services

To address an increasingly competitive sector, most telecoms companies are seeking to reduce their public-facing offerings. However, more simplification is needed and digital technologies should be at the front-line, a new report recommends.

Government internet shutdowns cost Africa dear: report

Johanesburg - Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions.

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Dhaka - Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday.

US sued over border searches of phones and computers

Washington - US rights groups sued the government Wednesday over the increasing use of warrantless searches of cellphones and computers of travelers, including American citizens, arriving at US borders from abroad.

Like father, like son: Samsung heir convicted

Seoul - Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has spent his life trying to prove himself worthy of his father's legacy, and on Friday he followed in the older man's footsteps by being convicted in the same courtroom.

Samsung heir guilty of bribery, sentenced to five years jail

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung empire was convicted of bribery and other offences Friday and jailed for five years in connection with the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye.

Five charges facing Samsung's Lee

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung business empire Lee Jae-Yong faces five charges in his corruption trial, after being caught up in the scandal that brought down president Park Geun-Hye.

Samsung heir faces corruption verdict

Seoul - The heir to the Samsung business empire, including the world's biggest smartphone maker, awaited the verdict Friday in his corruption trial over the scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye.

Samsung eyes reset with new Galaxy Note

New York - Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new model of its Galaxy Note as it seeks to leave behind the debacle over exploding batteries in the previous generation of the device, and mount a renewed challenge to Apple and its soon-to-come iPhone 8.

S. Korea prosecutors seek 12 years' jail for Samsung heir

Seoul - South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the heir to the Samsung empire be jailed for 12 years over his role in the corruption scandal that brought down the country's last president.

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Jakarta - Indonesia has blocked web-based access to a popular messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its "terrorism" content, the government said.

Uber merges with Russia's Yandex in six ex-Soviet countries

Moscow - Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country's leading internet giant, Yandex.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Paris - Long an important source of revenue for telecom companies, roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15, raising pressure on operators in a tight market.

Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Seoul - Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday.

Several Spanish firms targeted in cyber attacks

Madrid - Telecom giant Telefonica and several other Spanish companies were targeted in cyber attacks Friday, the government said.

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Vancouver - Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care.

Italian court rules mobile phone caused tumour

Rome - In a potentially landmark case, an Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

Samsung heir accused of bribery, perjury as trial opens

Seoul - South Korean prosecutors Friday accused the heir to the Samsung business empire of embezzling funds, committing perjury and playing a key role in a corruption scandal that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-Hye.

EU to end mobile roaming charges in June

Strasbourg - The EU will abolish mobile phone roaming charges from June 15 following a vote in the European Parliament on Thursday.

China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

Washington - Chinese telecom giant ZTE has pleaded guilty in a US court to violating US export controls by selling goods to Iran and North Korea over several years.

Cybercriminals focusing on data-rich smartphones

Barcelona - Smartphones have become a mine of personal information, holding bank data, credit card information and addresses, making them the preferred target for cybercriminals, experts warn.

Briton arrested over Deutsche Telekom hacking

Frankfurt Am Main - A British national has been arrested at a London airport on suspicion of staging a cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom last year that knocked around a million German households offline, officials in both countries said Thursday.

European roaming charges to end in June as EU inks deal

Brussels - European travellers will no longer have to pay roaming charges for using their mobile phones within the EU after the bloc reached a deal Wednesday that will take effect in June.

Mexico's Slim: Trump is 'negotiator, not Terminator'

Mexico - Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said his country was in a position of strength in negotiations with US President Donald Trump, joking that the fellow tycoon was a negotiator, "not Terminator.

Google rejects EU anti-trust charges over Android

Brussels - US Internet giant Google on Thursday rejected EU allegations that it abused the market dominance of its hugely successful Android mobile phone operating system.

Yahoo reveals more details about massive hack

San Francisco - Yahoo provided more details on Wednesday about an epic hack of its services, including that the culprits may have planted software "cookies" for ongoing access to users' accounts.In revelations that could jeopardize the company's pending $4.
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