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LIVE Cyclone Cook sweeps through NZ

  Cyclone Cook is expected to bring heavy rain and gusts of up to 140km/h as it moves south overnight, MetService says. A state of emergency is in place in Bay of Plenty and the Thames-Coromandel District. The wild weather has brought down landslips and trees, closed roads and disrupted flights in many parts of the North Island. Power cuts ... Read More »

Internet privacy fight enters new phase

The fight over internet privacy is entering a new stage. The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is moving to roll back his agency’s net neutrality rules, a plan critics warn could deal another blow to online privacy protections. It comes on the heels of Republicans repealing Obama-era rules that would have required internet service providers to get customer consent before ... Read More »

Amazon India Gets RBI Nod For Mobile Wallet

New Delhi: Online marketplace Amazon India has secured a licence to operate prepaid payment instrument (PPI) or mobile wallet in the country as it tries to compete more aggressively against rivals Snapdeal and Paytm. The approval will help the US-based giant to cash in on the booming digital payments market in India. “We are pleased to receive our PPI license ... Read More »

United Airlines incident: What went wrong?

A common overbooking problem on a United Airlines flight on Sunday ended with a man being bloodied and dragged from his seat and an already troubled airline earning more bad press. How did it all go so wrong? Overbooking on flights happens all the time. Empty seats cost airlines money, so they offset the number of passengers who miss flights ... Read More »

Why Hidden ‘Darknets’ Are More Resilient to Attacks Than the Internet

Darknets — the often seamy counterparts of the internet that are accessible only through special programs that help to ensure privacy and anonymity — may be far more resilient to attack than the internet, a new study finds. Darknets are computer networks of hidden services. The most popular darknet, and the one that most people think of, is the Tor ... Read More »

Here’s everything that’s included with T-Mobile One

Mobile phone carriers typically compete in three key areas: price, coverage and network speed. T-Mobile does as well, but adds a fourth area to the list: freebies. The self-proclaimed “Uncarrier” offers a wealth of extra goodies to subscribers — so many, in fact, that I thought it might be worthwhile to gather them in a list. Full disclosure: I’m not ... Read More »

Jio Summer Surprise Offer Cancelled, but You Can Still Get Free Reliance Jio Services Here’s How

After an order issued by TRAI, Jio Summer Surprise offer has been withdrawn by Reliance Jio, meaning the end to the operator’s free services over six months after it started operations. The Reliance Jio summer offer provides users 3 months of free 4G data and other services with the Rs. 99 Jio Prime membership and a recharge or Rs. 303 ... Read More »

RBI proposes wholesale, long-term finance banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday proposed to float wholesale and long-term finance (WLTF) banks that would fund long-term high-value projects — something similar to the development finance institutions (DFIs) of the past. “Going forward, considering the existing landscape of banking and non-banking services in the country, it is felt that there is a need to explore the ... Read More »

Inequality in Thai education still a major handicap

Whose fault is it that our Mathayom 6 (12th grade) students failed four out of five subjects on average in the latest round of the Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net)? Most scored under 50% in mathematics, English, social studies and general sciences, and just scraped through on the fifth subject, Thai language. This reflects a nagging problem with Thailand’s education ... Read More »

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits private, public schools

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter schools, was visiting both private and public educational institutions during a busy two-day schedule in Miami-Dade. DeVos traveled in a sports utility vehicle under the guard of Secret Service special agents. She started her Thursday morning at the Christian Academy for Reaching Excellence Elementary School in Miami’s ... Read More »