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YouTube plans to end targeted ads on videos aimed at kids

Since targeted ads rely on collecting information about the viewer, US laws effectively bar companies from serving them to children under 13 without parental permission.

An Israeli firm’s prototype ‘Alice’ could make electric aviation a possible reality

Developed by Israeli firm Eviation, the battery-powered plane will be able to carry nine passengers for up to 1,046 km.

Automation & AI won’t make low-skilled jobs disappear

Companies must ensure that employees don’t get stuck in low-skilled jobs, but are instead able to grow in knowledge and skills.

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe user audio files

The transcription work has rattled contract employees as they listen to conversations of Facebook users, sometimes with vulgar content.

Censoring extremists on social media may do more harm than good

When extremist opinions are removed from social networks, they find like-minded individuals in darker corners of web.

Android — The defensive shield that prevented Apple from standing between users & Google

If Android had never existed, or if Google wasn’t the company behind it, smartphones would not have become the globally ubiquitous tech we now know them to be.

A new way to make rockets reusable: Catch them with a helicopter

California-based Rocket Lab plans to deploy parachutes and then catch the rocket body in midair with a helicopter rather than use thrusters to help rockets land.

WhatsApp flaws could allow hackers to alter messages: Cyber firm

Check Point, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, said it alerted WhatsApp about three potential flaws late last year but the company said only one of them has been addressed.

Smartphones business might be struggling, but there is one market preparing for a boom

There's been a slowdown in global smartphone sales. Not for companies that make the sensors powering your phone’s camera though.

Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is set up for failure

Facebook has created a playing field that is tilted in favor of an all-encompassing single parent company and no assessor can remedy the inherent unfairness of that.

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Biden calls on Congress to suspend gas tax for three months

Will US craft a new oil compact with Saudi Arabia? Joe Biden may have to eat his own words

Like many, India will be anxiously watching the US-Saudi Arabia summit in Jeddah—knowing its fate is tied to the decisions King Salman and Joe Biden make.
File photo of Isha Ambani, daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani | Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to be named chair of Reliance retail

Isha Ambani, the current director of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., is expected to be announced as the chair as early as Wednesday.

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The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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