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Facebook with in-laws goes down

DETAILS TO FOLLOW It’s not the first time happening with social media explicitly facebook. Instagram and WhatsApp as the service are down in major parts of Europe and Asia. Reports from customer feedback.  Service is down globally

It appears that WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook have all crashed this afternoon. Social media users have been complaining of issues with the three platforms on Twitter – and according to DownDetector, the independent outage monitor, the issues are affecting the whole of the UK and even parts of the US.

The tracking site saw a surge in complaints shortly before 3pm on Wednesday (July 3).

Alibaba & Hema sharing technology to transform Beijing as ‘city of new retail’

 

China’s massive e-commerce platform, Alibaba is taking huge strides towards its bold vision of new retail as the conglomerate announced recently to, leveraging its technological advances and retail know how, transform China’s capital city Beijing into a “city of new retail”.

Hangzhou-based Alibaba made the announcement at this year’s Beijing Fair held on May the 28th and inked up a strategic partnership deal with the Beijing municipal government.

According to the partnership, Alibaba will be applying an assortment of technologies including big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, online mapping, etc., coupled by its online and offline businesses such as Ele.me the food delivery service, Hema Xiansheng the convenience store, to help catapult Beijing into a new retail city envisaged by Alibaba.

For instance, thanks to the online technologies and virtual traffic brought in by Tmall, Alibaba’s B2C marketplace, many Beijing-grown time-honored brands saw their offline transaction grew by 85% in the first four months of 2018.

The tie-up with Beijing is part of the commerce giant’s grand plan to integrate and weave a bunch of its retail-related business units – from Tmall (online B2C), Hema (offline new retail store), Koubei (local life services platform), to Eleme (food delivery) and so on – into more cities across China, Beijing is one of the first batch of test beds for the initiative.

TMall supermarket, Alibaba’s answer to arch-foe JD’s online supermarket business, promises 1-hour-delivery for neighboring communities, and has covered thousands of communities; Hema Xiansheng, the post child of Alibaba’s new retail concept, is opening another 30 stores in Beijing to serve more communities; Sanyuanli food market, the renowned fresh good market sells basically everything you’ll need in your kitchen, is also adopting technologies to become cashless and hassle-free.

While the overwhelming growth in China’s e-commerce has led to Alibaba’s present success, it’s interesting to know that 82% of the market still belongs to the offline retail segment.

With the growth in the online shopping area is slowing down, Alibaba turned its eyes to the brick-and-mortar channels for further growth. Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder and chairman conceptualized “new retail”, an idea to blend offline and online channels together in a unified fashion, providing a seamless complete retail experience across multiple channels.

I am going to be careful: Zuckerberg’s told Congress commits better privacy

“As Facebook has grown, people everywhere have gotten a powerful new tool to stay connected to the people they love, make their voices heard, and build communities and businesses,” Mr. Zuckerberg says, in prepared testimony released by a House committee on Monday. “But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well.”

“There are going to be people who are going to say Facebook ought to be broken up,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said recently. “There have been a number of proposals and ideas for doing it, and I think unless [Zuckerberg] finds a way to honor the promise he made several years ago, he’s gonna have a law on his hands.”

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Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of social media platform Facebook, is slated to testify before Congress for the first time on Tuesday, April 10, for his company’s failure to protect user information. It will be the first of two back-to-back appearances the executive will make this week — the first will take place before the joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, and on Wednesday, Zuckerberg will testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It won’t be easy, given the temperament in Congress.

The legislature has released the entrepreneur’s prepared testimony ahead of his Wednesday hearing, in which Zuckerberg concedes that Facebook was “too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference” during the 2016 election.

“We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy, and you will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer,” begins Zuckerberg’s statement. “Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company,” the statement reads. “For most of our existence, we focused on all the good that connecting people can bring. As Facebook has grown, people everywhere have gotten a powerful new tool to stay connected to the people they love, make their voices heard, and build communities and businesses.” Indeed, the social network has been crucial in helping individuals organize — it played a large role in disseminating the #metoo movement, has helped raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief, and also help organize the March for Our Lives demonstration.

Global village Dubai season is just two weekends short

The 22nd season of Dubai’s Global Village is set to open on November 1, 2017, and will continue until April 7, 2018 (watch all our Global Village videos here).

 

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Last year, the event ended with a record-breaking attendance of 5.6 million guests over its 159 days of operation.

Global Village general admission tickets are priced at Dh15 per person. During the season, the tickets are available online and at the gates from 3.30pm every day until half an hour prior to park closure, according to information available on their website.

 

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Global Village is a leading family, cultural, shopping and entertainment destination in the region, with a unique shopping experience at over 30 pavilions representing more than 75 countries with different cultures.

For 20 seasons, Global Village has provided world-class cultural and family entertainment, along with a cosmopolitan and diverse shopping experience to its millions of visitors. Guests are entertained with exclusive live performances, spectacular new rides, delicious international cuisines and authentic crafts and merchandise from its worldwide pavilions

IT Industry remained best in 2016/17 than ever before

Pakistan’s IT exports rose all-time high in the outgoing financial year of 2016-2017.

The country is witnessing a growth boom in the IT industry like never before and the government is also taking steps to support the IT infrastructure. And the numbers prove that the positive activity in the IT industry is delivering good results. According to ProPakistani, figures provided by the State Bank of Pakistan(SBP) indicate that the IT industry’s exports – which includes telecom, and computer and information services – in the outgoing financial year were of $938.640 million. The exports made in the previous financial year of 2015-2016 were worth $788.640 million. This indicates a year-on-year growth of 19%.

The Pakistan Software Exchange Board(PSEB), on the other hand, has reported figures that are three times greater than those reported by the SBP. According to the PSEB, the IT exports stand at a whopping $2.8 billion. There is a huge disparity in the numbers that have been reported by the SBP and the PSEB. However, it should be noted here that the SBP and the PSEB calculate the final figure of IT exports in a different manner. The PSEB reports in different sectors such as financial services, healthcare sector, e-commerce, e-health, but to estimate the final figure of total exports it takes into consideration all the exports done by local software houses to international clients.

If Pakistan’s IT industry keeps thriving at this rate, it certainly rings good news for the country’s economy. Could Pakistan hit the target of $6 billion software exports by 2020 or the target of $10 billion IT exports by 2025? We’ll have to wait and see. But the present certainly does look good.