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Google was stealing your Aadhaar data?

Google's admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India's telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015. After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phonebooks by default, Google issued a statement, saying its "internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since". However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country. According to Google, "since the numbers get listed on a user's contact list, these get transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device". Google was yet to comment on the new development.

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50% business executives sold personal data to third parties

With consumers rampantly facing major data breaches due to increased online transaction -- whether for work, leisure or play -- a new survey has revealed that nearly 50 per cent of business executives sold consumer data that includes personally identifiable information (PII) to third parties.

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Facebook begins testing its dating project internally

In a bid to take on mobile dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Facebook has begun testing its dating project internally with employees.

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US jobless rate drops to 3.9%. in July; 157,000 new jobs created

The United States' headline unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 per cent in July, a month in which nonfarm payrolls in the world's largest economy rose by 157,000, the Labour Department said on Friday.

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Oil prices decline amid rising output

Russia and key OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) members such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have all increased production recently, trying to help compensate for a potential decline in Iranian crude supplies once planned US sanctions take effect later this year.

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Oil prices decline amid rising output

Oil prices went down on Friday amid rising supplies from countries including Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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Modi Govt's smashing record..5th crore free LPG connection given to Muslim lady..target achieved 8 months before schedule

The government today gave out the last of the five crore targeted Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) connection, achieving the target almost eight months ahead of schedule. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan handed over papers for an LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana -- which was launched on May 1, 2016 with a target to give 5 crore connections by March 2019 -- to a Muslim lady Takrdiran who is a resident of Sangam Vihar of the national capital. Govt achieves target of 5 cr free LPG connections 8 months ahead of schedule Speaking on the occasion, Mahajan said the scheme has not just saved eyes and money of the poor women but also their "honour" as they would now not be required to venture into forests to collect firewood.

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Modi Magic..GST on many items may be cut, Council meet tomorrow

Before the 2019 elections there is some more good news in store for you on the GST front. The Goods and Service Tax Council in its meeting on August 4 may replace 12% and 18% slabs with 14-15%. This means that the products attracting 18% GST will be taxed at 14-15% GST. This was indicated by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and GST Council member Sushil Modi. The GST Council meeting will focus on the problems faced by the MSME sector as the small manufacturers, traders and service providers have been facing difficulties due to the new system.

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Modi Govt's masterstroke..Low cost medicines get BJP brand before 2019 elections?

The 'Jan Aushadhi' scheme launched in 2008 by the UPA government to sell low-cost generic medicines was re-branded twice by the Modi government in the last three years. Now the advertising and marketing of the flagship programme for the poor has taken a complete saffron and BJP hue -- literally. The saffron-hued logo of the scheme -- with Bha Ja Pa in Devanagari, also the short form for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Hindi -- stands out starkly.

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Aadhaar shock for smartphone users, don't miss

Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday as a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI was saved in their phonebooks by default. "This is no joke as it is on my phone too. I didn't save this number. Check your phone asap, feeling worried," a user tweeted with a screenshot of the saved number. "How the hell this got into my phone book? If you can do this, then you can read and monitor my activities," another user tweeted. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), however, said that some vested interests were trying to create "unwarranted confusion" in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider for providing any such facility.

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