Samsung: South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung heir in succession probe – Latest News


SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant against Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee in the investigation of a controversial 2015 merger and alleged accounting fraud in a suspected bid to aid his succession plans.

The move spells fresh trouble for Lee, who, if arrested, faces a return to jail just a little over two years after being released from detention in February 2018.

Lee already faces trial on a charge of bribery aimed at winning support to succeed ailing group patriarch Lee Kun-hee, and which involved former President Park Geun-hye, and spent a year in detention until the bribery case was suspended in 2018.

Prosecutors said they sought Lee’s arrest on suspicions of stock price manipulation and audit rule violations, among other offences.

In a statement, Lee’s lawyers expressed “deep regret” at the prosecution’s decision to seek his arrest, adding that he had fully cooperated with the investigation while Samsung was going through management crises.

Shares of Samsung Electronics were up 0.4%, outperforming a rise of 0.2% in the benchmark KOSPI.

Prosecutors have been investigating suspected accounting fraud at drug company Samsung Biologics after the Korean financial watchdog complained the firm’s value had been inflated by 4.5 trillion won ($3.7 billion) in 2015.

Prosecutors contend the violation helped boost the value of its major owner, Cheil Industries, which counted Lee as its top shareholder, and merged with Samsung C&T, a de facto holding firm, Yonhap news agency said.

Samsung requested an outside review of the investigation to weigh the validity of the indictment and the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is following the necessary procedures, it said in a statement.

Last month, prosecutors questioned Lee, 51, over the latest investigation. He also apologized for a series of controversies around his succession planning.

Lee’s year in detention followed separate charges that he bribed Park to win government support for the 2015 merger which helped tighten his control of South Korea’s top conglomerate.





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Canadian telecom companies ditch Huawei for 5G – Latest News


Two of Canada’s largest telecoms firms have teamed with Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia Oyj to build fifth-generation (5G) telecoms networks, ditching China’s Huawei Technologies for the project.

Bell Canada and smaller rival Telus Corp eschewed Huawei, which analysts said would ease the Canadian government’s thorny decision on whether to allow the company into Canada’s 5G network.

Bell, Canada’s second-largest cellphone provider by wireless revenue, announced it would partner with Ericsson for its core 5G network. Previously, it said Nokia would provide other parts of its 5G tech. Telus picked Ericsson and Nokia as its equipment suppliers, the company said in a separate statement. Rogers Communications , the other dominant telecoms operator, has already partnered with Ericsson.

Last week, a Canadian court dealt a setback to Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as she tries to avoid extradition to the United States to face bank fraud charges.

Canada, which is reviewing security implications of 5G networks, has yet to decide on allowing Huawei to provide equipment for them.

The announcements put “a real monkey wrench into the spanner” for Huawei’s business ambitions in Canada, said Lawrence Surtees, lead research analyst on communications at IDC Canada.

Although Huawei has contracts with smaller companies, and continues to provide some tech for Bell’s network, the two companies “are substantial contracts and it’s a nice piece of business for whoever gets it,” he said.

Huawei said it supports Bell’s strategy of selecting multiple equipment suppliers, referring to the Canadian telecom firm’s relationship with Huawei to supply other network components.

Telecoms companies were in a bind due to the government’s indecision.

“There is now equipment certainty and the use of multiple suppliers is an excellent strategy to help stimulate innovation and discipline pricing,” Mark Goldberg, a telecoms industry consultant, said.

Earlier this week, Telefonica Deutschland picked Ericsson to build its 5G core mobile network in Germany, saying the choice would safeguard the security of its next-generation services.





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15 top window and split AC models that people are buying online


Buying a new air conditioner online can be a tricky task with so many options to choose from. Also, as ACs are something you would usually buy for long term, the brand name matters a lot and so does the cooling capacity. In general, it is mostly recommended to opt for a AC model with 1.5 ton at least given the harsh summers across India. However, if you have a small room on the ground floor or basement, then an AC model with 1 ton capacity may get the job too. Here are 15 top window and split AC models that people are mostly buying online.

Note: Prices may change depending on when you buy also there could be an additional installation charge.





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trai: No, Trai is not making mobile numbers longer – Latest News


New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai said it has not recommended 11 digit mobile numbers but only suggested prefixing ‘0’ when mobile numbers are called from landlines. The recommendation on prefixing ‘0’ for calls from fixed line to mobile numbers will generate 2,544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to cater to the future requirements, it said.

As per Trai recommendation, the country will continue to follow a 10-digit numbering for mobile services, and the regulator has “categorically rejected” shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan.

“Trai has not recommended 11-digit numbering scheme for mobile services,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a statement.

Trai has recommended a dialling prefix ‘0’ while making a call from a fixed line number to mobile number, the statement said, adding that introduction of a dialling prefix for a particular type of call “is not akin to increasing the number of digits in the telephone number”.

“This change in dialling pattern will generate 2,544 million additional numbering resources for mobile services to cater to the future requirements,” it added.

The regulator last week had said that migration to a unified or single numbering scheme for fixed line and mobile services is not required for now and that sufficient numbering space can be created by various methods, including prefixing ‘0’ for all fixed to mobile calls.

Trai while releasing its recommendations on “ensuring adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services” had felt that there needs to be no change in dialing plan for fixed-to-fixed, mobile-to-fixed, and mobile-to-mobile calls.

It has also recommended that a revised and new National Numbering Plan (NNP) should be issued at the earliest, and has made suggestions on ways to free up unutilised capacities, to create space for mobiles services.

During the course of the consultation, most of the operators had opposed 11-digit numbering for mobile numbers, arguing that an 11-digit numbering scheme would incur massive configuration modifications including software and hardware, involve additional cost for the players, and cause confusion and inconvenience to the customers.

“The authority is of the opinion that some serious problems are anticipated with change in the mobile number from 10 digits to 11 digits. This would require widespread modifications in the configuration of switches involving cost.

“This would also cause inconvenience to the customers in the form of dialing extra digit and updating phone memory. This could lead to more dialing errors, infructuous traffic, and loss of revenue to the operator,” the regulator had explained in its recommendations.





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Twitter takes on a new kind of task for fact-checking – Latest News


In addition to disputing misleading claims made by US President Donald Trump about mail-in ballots this week, Twitter has added fact-checking labels to thousands of other tweets since introducing the alerts earlier this month, mostly on posts about the coronavirus.

The company does not expect to need additional staff for the undertaking, Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said on Saturday. Nor is it partnering with independent fact-checking organisations, as Facebook and Google have, to outsource the debunking of viral posts flagged by users.

Social media platforms have been under fierce scrutiny over how they police rapidly spreading false information and other types of abusive content since Russia exploited the networks to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Fact-checking groups said they welcomed Twitter’s new approach, which adds a “get the facts” tag linking to more information, but said they hoped the company would more clearly lay out its methodology and reasoning.

On Friday, CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged the criticism, saying he agreed fact-checking “should be open source and thus verifiable by everyone.” In a separate tweet, Dorsey said more transparency from the company was “critical.”

The company’s move to label Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots separates it from larger competitors such as Facebook, which declares its neutrality by leaving fact-check decisions to third-party partners and exempts politicians’ posts from review.

“To a degree, fact-checking is subjective. It’s subjective in what you pick to check, and it’s subjective in how you rate something,” said Aaron Sharockman, executive director of US fact-checking site PolitiFact, who said Twitter’s process was opaque.

Twitter telegraphed in May that its new policy of adding fact-checking labels to disputed or misleading coronavirus information would be expanded to other topics. It said this week – after tagging Trump’s tweets – that it was now labelling misleading content related to election integrity.

Twitter’s Kelley said the team is continuing to expand the effort to include other topics, prioritising claims that could cause people immediate harm.

A Twitter spokesman said the company’s Trust and Safety division is tasked with the “leg-work” on such labels, but declined to give the team’s size. This week, Twitter defended one of these employees after he was blasted as politically biased by Trump and his supporters over 2017 tweets.

Twitter also drew Trump’s ire for putting a warning over his tweet about protests in Minnesota over the police killing of a black man for “glorifying violence,” an enactment of a 2019 policy that was long-awaited by the site’s critics.

In the tweet, Trump warned the mostly African-American protesters that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a phrase used during the civil rights era to justify police violence against demonstrators.

Facebook did not take action on the same post.

The Twitter spokesman said decisions on the labels are made by a team of executives, including Sean Edgett, Twitter’s general counsel, and Del Harvey, the vice president of Trust and Safety. CEO Jack Dorsey is informed before actions are taken.

The company’s curation team aggregates tweets on the disputed claims and writes a summary for a landing page. The team, which includes former journalists, normally pulls together content in categories including Trending, News, Entertainment, Sports and Fun.

Twitter, whose executives at one time referred to it as “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” has been tightening content policies for several years after recognising that abuses had grown rampant.

Dorsey met privately with academics and senior journalists shortly after the 2016 US election, which former New York Times editor Bill Keller, who attended one meeting, called an “ahead-of-the-pack effort” to cope with fake news and abuse.

Critics say the company was slow to act after that, but it has accelerated its efforts in the last year.

In March, it debuted its “manipulated media” label on a video of Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 election, posted by the White House social media director.

Twitter’s content review operation is small relative to its peers, with about 1,500 people. Facebook has about 35,000 people working on “safety and security,” including 15,000 moderators, most of them contractors, although it also dwarfs Twitter in size: 2.4 billion daily users compared to Twitter’s 166 million.

Facebook, which this week distanced itself from Twitter’s actions, is also setting up an independent oversight board to rule on a small number of contentious content decisions.

From January to June last year, Twitter said the company took actions on 1,254,226 accounts for violating its content rules. Twitter does work with independent organisations on content issues, but fact-checking groups, some of them paid by Facebook, told Reuters they wanted more dialogue with Twitter about its new steps.

Baybars Orsek, the executive director of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute, said the organisation had reached out to Twitter recommending more transparency features in its fact-checking, such as the use of time-stamps.

Vinny Green, vice president of operations at fact-checking organisation Snopes, said he has pressed Twitter to establish partnerships since 2017, but had received tepid responses.

Facebook since 2016 has run a fact-checking program with dozens of external partners, including a Reuters unit.

YouTube, the video service of Alphabet Inc’s, in April started showing U.S. viewers information from fact-checkers such as FactCheck.org and PolitiFact, although it declined to share a full list of partners.





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Paytm moves HC claiming telecom companies not preventing phishing activity over their networks – Latest News


One97 Communications Ltd, which runs the online payment platform Paytm, has moved the Delhi High Court alleging that telecom service providers are not blocking fraudsters who are defrauding its customers by “phishing” activities over the various mobile networks.

Paytm has claimed that millions of its customers have been defrauded by the phishing activities over the mobile networks and the failure of the telecom companies to prevent the same has “caused financial and reputational loss” to it for which it has sought damages of Rs 100 crore from them.

Phishing is a cybercrime where people are contacted by email, phone calls or text messages by someone posing as a legitimate representative of an organisation to lure them to part with their sensitive data, inlcuding banking and credit card details and passwords.

Paytm , in its petition, has contended that the telecom majors — Airtel, Reliance Jio, BSNL,MTNL and Vodafone — are violating their obligations under the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preferences Regulations (TCCCPR) 2018 which was notified by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to curb problem of unsolicited commercial communications.

Paytm has contended that under the regulations, the telecom companies are required to verify purported telemarketers seeking registration (called registered telemarketers or RTMs) with them before granting access to their customer data and also take action immediately against all fraudulent RTMs.

The petition has contended that the telcos “failure” to undertake proper verification prior to such registration enables fraudulent telemarketers to carry out phisihing activities against customers of Paytm and its associate companies.

It has further contended that under the statutory regime it is the telecom companies responsibility to prevent such fraud and deter the fraudsters through blocking and/or financial disincentives.

Explaining the modus operandi of the fraudsters, Paytm has said that such people or entities get registered with the telecom companies and get assigned themselves headers, like Paytm, PYTM, PTM, IPAYTN, PYTKYC and its derivatives, which are similar to official headers of Paytm — including BPaytm, FPaytm, PAYTMB, Ipaytm and mPaytm — and then send messages to its customers for getting their sensitive and private information, including account details and passwords.

The messages usually contain some link which when clicked installs a software on the phone allowing the fraudster to get the customer’s financial account details stored on the device, the petition has said.

Some fraudulent RTMs call the customers and seek their private information under the pretext of completing their KYC (know your customer) requirements for making their Paytm wallets operational, it said.

Paytm has sought directions from the court to TRAI to ensure complete and strict implementation of TCCCPR provisions to curb fraudulent unsolicited commercial communications sent over mobile networks and to take action against the telecom companies for violating their obligations to verify telemarketers under the regulations.

It has also sought direction to the Centre to ensure no sim care is sold without proper verification and to establish an inter-agency task force to coordinate action for limiting fraud taking place over telecom networks.

Paytm has alleged that even after violations were brought to the notice of the telecom companies they failed to take prompt action to block the fraudulent RTMs and impose financial disincentives against them.

It has sought a direction to the telecom companies to take effective action under the TCCCPR to block the phone numbers of the telemarketers who are sending unsolicited commercial communications.

Paytm has also claimed that certain TCCCPR provisions provide for action only against those telemarketers who make unsolicited communications in bulk and provide for only graded penalties and had has sought an order declaring such regulations as unconstitutional and ultra vires the TRAI Act.

It has also sought a declaration from the court that under the regulations the telecom companies are obligated to put in place mechanisms to register reports of violations from customers.





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Microsoft store: How to download apps in Windows 10


Microsoft introduced a dedicated app store for Windows with Windows 8 and it remains a constant in Windows 10 as well. The Microsoft Store, although, does not have a wide range of apps and games compared to Android and iOS. However, it does offer a selection of important apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Instagram, Asphalt 9, Candy Crush, Ludo King and many more.

Windows apps are usually more optimised to work on both desktop interface with keyboard and mouse and also the touch screen interface for touch-based Windows 10 systems.

If you want to know how to install the Windows apps on Windows 10, follow our step-by-step guide.

Do note that to install Windows apps the preferred version is Windows 10. The Store is also available on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. However, there might be some compatibility issues with the apps on the previous Windows versions.

Steps to install apps using Microsoft Store

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Click on Start button and type Store

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Click on the app to open it

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Once done, search for the app you want to download and install on your PC

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Now, click on the app from the list and then click on the Get button.





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Facebook German privacy case referred to European Court – Latest News


The German Federal Court referred a lawsuit filed by a consumer protection watchdog alleging privacy violations by Facebook to the Court of Justice of the European Union to seek clarification on the applicable law.

The long-running case, brought by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv), alleged that the social network had allowed operators of online games to improperly collect the personal data of people who played them.

Facebook declined to comment on the court statement pending the release of a full written judgment.

A lower court ruled in favour of the vzbv and Facebook appealed the decision.

In its written ruling, the Federal Court said it was suspending the case to seek advice from the European Court as interpretations of the applicable law varied.

“This question is disputed both in court judgments and in the literature,” the court, based in Karlsruhe, said in a statement.

At issue were online games offered on Facebook’s App Center back in 2012 in which, by playing them, a user automatically agreed to share personal data including their email address.

At the end of the game, users would see a message saying that the app could post their status, photos and other information.

Such games – including quizzes – were widely used at the time to harvest data on users of Facebook. The company subsequently overhauled its privacy settings, although they have continued to be a source of controversy.

The European Union’s two-year-old privacy rulebook, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), stipulates that any requests to collect personal data should be subject to clear, informed consent.

However it is not clear, according to the Karlsruhe court, whether organisations that can bring litigation under national law have the necessary standing to press their case under the GDPR. It is seeking clarification on this matter of principle.





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German chipmaker Infineon raises 1.06 billion euros with capital increase – Latest News


German chipmaker Infineon Technologies raised about 1.06 billion euros ($1.16 billion) by issuing new shares to partially finance its $10 billion acquisition of U.S.-based Cypress Semiconductor, it said.

Infineon said its share capital would be raised by about 4% after a private placement with institutional investors, adding that the shares were priced at 19.30 euros apiece.

The company closed the acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor in April, coupling its own prowess in managing electric drivetrains with Cypress’s superior connectivity in areas such as in-car entertainment.

Infineon said earlier this month that it expects sales to decrease by 5% in the fiscal year to Sept. 30 because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, compared with an original target of a 5% increase.

Infineon is a leading maker of power management chips used in electric drive trains, exposing it to the sudden halt in car production that occurred because of the pandemic.





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Indian-American couple develops ventilator that may cost less than Rs 20,000 – Latest News


WASHINGTON: An Indian-American couple has developed a low-cost portable emergency ventilator which is soon to hit the production stage and will be available in India and the developing world at an affordable rate to help doctors deal with the Covid-19 patients.

Prompted by the lack of adequate ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, Devesh Ranjan, a professor and associate chair in the prestigious Georgia Tech’s George W Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and his wife Kumuda Ranjan, a practising family physician in Atlanta, developed the emergency ventilator from concept to prototype in just about three weeks-time.

“If you can do a manufacturing of scale, it can be produced (item cost) in less than $100. Even with a price point of $500, they (the manufacturer) would have enough money to make sure that they are making enough profit in the market,” Professor Ranjan told PTI.

He said a ventilator of this type, on an average in the US, costs $10,000. Ranjan, however, clarified that theirs was not an ICU ventilator, which is more sophisticated and costs more.

This Open-AirVentGT has been developed to address acute respiratory distress syndrome, a common complication for COVID-19 patients which causes their lungs to stiffen, requiring their breathing to be assisted by ventilators, he said.

The ventilator developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology uses electronic sensors and computer control to manage key clinical parameters such as respiration rate, tidal volume (the amount of air moved into and out of the lungs during each cycle), inspiration and expiration ratio, and pressure on the lungs.

“The whole goal of this project was to make a low cost makeshift ventilator that gives those controls to the physician,” Dr Kumuda told PTI, noting that there is going to be a global shortage of ventilator given the massive spread of coronavirus, which so far has killed more than 345,000 people globally and infected over 5.4 million.

In the United States till Monday, more than 98,000 Americans had died and nearly 1.7 million had tested positive. Scientists are racing against time to develop a vaccine or come out with a therapeutic treatment.

Born and brought up in Patna, Bihar, Ranjan earned his degree in engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy followed by Masters and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching at Georgia Tech for the last six years.

Kumuda moved with her parents to the US from Ranchi when she was six. She did her medical training and residency in New Jersey.

Both Ranjan and Kumuda said that India had the potential to become a global manufacturing of low cost ventilators and export across the world at a rate that is affordable to all.

Professor Ranjan said that the low-cost ventilator has been developed keeping in mind the requirements of countries like India and those in Africa, where the affordability care is a very big factor in providing healthcare to the people.

The idea was to develop a lost cost ventilator, which can be manufactured very easily using the already available supply chain in India, he said.

Rajan said that the team has been approached by Georgia Tech alumni in Ghana and India to set up manufacturing lines in their countries.

“The impact of this could be significant if other parts of the world are hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Having equipment that can be made quickly where it is needed and with the kind of control system doctors need could really help address the worldwide impact of this virus,” he said.

The prototype is now being developed into a real product by Singapore-based Renew Group, headed by Ravi Sajwan, an Indian-American from Uttarakhand.

“We have built a wide collaborative network with a single focus of getting more ventilators into the most disadvantaged health systems in the world in order to help doctors and patients dealing with Covid-19,” Sajwan said.

Addressing the critical shortage of low-cost, mechanical ventilators is a key focus of Renew Group, who are collaborating with a group of companies and affiliates committed to fast-track the manufacture and distribution of the medical-grade ventilation device, Open-AirVentGT to hospitals and remote facilities in under-privileged countries including India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, the company said in a statement.

To maximise the effectiveness of treating patients on ventilators, Renew Group is working together with the LifeSignals Group to integrate their wearable medical biosensors, a single-use patch that allows remote patient monitoring of respiration rate, heart rate, ECG and oxygen saturation (Sp02).

This technology partnership will provide enhanced patient treatment and monitoring by wirelessly transmitting patient vital sign data directly to the Open-AirVentGT ventilator, allowing the ventilator pumps to respond to the patient’s breathing rhythm and requirements complementing the use of standard pre-set algorithms, the company said.

“Ventilators play a critical role in the management of Covid-19 patients suffering with severe respiratory conditions. Our engineers are working to integrate medical biosensor technology into the Open-AirVentGT ventilator that will enhance the treatment and care of the most critical Covid-19 patients,” said Surendar Magar, Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of LifeSignals Group.





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