Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »

US Treasury Secretary to visit Middle East over Iran threats

:: US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will be visiting the Middle East this week to discuss the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC) partnership and other matters on Iran. Accompanying Mnuchin is More »

Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to More »

 

Category Archives: Technology

Krypto Labs opens unique incubator concept in Abu Dhabi

:: Krypto Labs, a world-class ecosystem for groundbreaking start-ups, is officially opening its custom-built all-in-one incubator, accelerator and co-working space in the heart of Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, helping bridge the gap between innovators and investors. The new 2,600 square-meter

US warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

:: The US government issued a rare public warning about hacking campaigns targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest evidence that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security

Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week

:: Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told Reuters on Friday. The dismissals were a result of a company-wide annual review, Tesla said in an

Twitter steps up fight against sexual harassment

:: Twitter has announced tough new rules on tweets containing “non-consensual nudity” and sexual harassment, which could be seen as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal. The rules will come into force in the coming weeks, Twitter said in

Uber rival Lyft says Alphabet leads latest $1 bln round of funding

:: Uber rival Lyft said on Thursday Capital G, the growth investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, led a $1 billion round of financing, boosting the valuation of the ride-hailing service to $11 billion. The company already received

UAE retailer MAF trawls Silicon Valley for data specialists

:: Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim, the Middle East operator of French retailer Carrefour SA, is hiring 200 people as it rolls out an ambitious strategy to expand its digital and e-commerce operations, its chief executive told Reuters. Majid Al Futtaim,

Uber appeals against loss of London license

:: Uber submitted a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London’s transport regulator that stripped the taxi app of its operating license in one of its most important markets. Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley

Hyperloop One gets Richard Branson on board

:: Los-Angeles-based company, Hyperloop One said billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in the company to form a strategic partnership. Branson joined the board of Hyperloop One and the company would rebrand itself as Virgin Hyperloop One in the

Skype blocked in Qatar, but no explanation given

:: The online voice and video call service Skype has confirmed that it has been blocked in Qatar. A message posted on the site’s FAQ section said the app was being stopped by Internet service providers (ISPs) in Qatar. The

Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico’s cell networks

:: 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., which controls Google, obtained authorization from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy

Google launches new phones, speakers with ‘real time translation’

:: Google on Wednesday unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc. Google’s

Google’s sister company Deepmind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

:: DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an “ethics and society” unit to study the impact of new technologies on society. The announcement by the London-based group acquired by Google parent Alphabet is

Overhaul of Pakistan’s communications framework on the cards, courtesy China

:: Pakistan’s communications framework is set to undergo a radical overhaul as a result of Beijing and Islamabad envisioning their Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. According a Dawn news report, the most critical component of this

Facebook pulls page, limits posting for exiled Chinese tycoon Guo

Guo Wengui

:: Facebook has taken down a page affiliated with China’s highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, and temporarily restricted his ability to post on his profile, citing violations of its community standards. Guo, who is living in New York,

Google unveils new moves to boost struggling news organizations

:: Google announced new steps to help struggling news organizations Monday — including an end to a longstanding “first click free” policy to generate fresh revenues for publishers hurt by the shift from print to digital. The moves come amid

Airbnb enters restaurant reservation businesses

:: Rent-a-room giant Airbnb is now in the restaurant reservation business, hoping to provide customers with a memorable meal before they drift off in their home away from home. The travel accommodations startup that launched in 2008 has teamed up

MENA-focused VC fund MEVP to back region’s tech entrepreneurs

:: MEVP, one of the largest venture capital firms in the Mena, on Wednesday announced the launch of its third MENA venture capital fund – the Middle East Venture Fund III (MEVFIII) – with a target size of $250 million.

Uber appeals UK court case on drivers’ rights

:: Uber appealed before a British employment tribunal on Wednesday against a ruling that would give its drivers official worker status, as the company also battles against a threatened ban in London. The landmark case brought by two Uber drivers

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