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Pokemon GO ‘Haram’ as Islamic Fatwa renewed

Saudi Arabia has renewed a fatwa on Pokemon because it violates Islamic rules on gambling and uses images such as Christian crosses and Jewish stars. The edict warning the popular game was haram, or forbidden, was first issued in 2001 when it was played with cards. Now Muslim clerics have re-issued the ruling following the release of Pokemon GO for smartphones. It warns the game includes triangular symbols ...

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Tigo customers to enjoy free morning calls and internet browsing

Telecom brand of the year, Tigo, has revamped its loyalty programme for its pre-paid customers. In what will give customers a very exciting morning, Tigo is offering free calls, text messages and internet browsing to customers from 6am to 8am every day. The exciting package will enable all Tigo pre-paid customers catch up with latest news on their social media platforms during the early morning rush hours w ...

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion…LinkedIn shares jump 47%

Microsoft announced a $26.2 billion deal on Monday to acquire professional social platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. Shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent after the announcement to near $193, while Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent. Trading in Microsoft had been halted briefly for news pending before the announcement of the all-cash deal. Jeff Weiner will stay on as CEO of LinkedIn and will report to ...

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HTC 10: The company’s classiest-looking phone could get it ready to take on the iPhone

he latest smartphone from HTC will go on sale later this month, the Taiwanese manufacturer revealed this afternoon in an online press conference. The Independent saw the new phone last week in a behind-closed-doors briefing. Here are some first impressions… Design It looks good. The new phone, called the HTC 10, follows on from last year’s HTC One M9. But while it continues the same design language such as ...

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Indian state requires users to get government permit to create WhatsApp groups

While WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption for all users two weeks ago, users in the conflict-ridden Kupwara district in north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir will require a license to start WhatsApp newsgroup. A new circular issued by the district magistrate of Kupwara asks for the mandatory registration of all "WhatsApp news groups." The registered groups will be monitored by the authorities for "p ...

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Find out who has ignored your Facebook friend request

Ever get the feeling that someone is ignoring you? Maybe you met them at a party, talked for a long time about your shared love for Game of Thrones and thought you’d hit it off. So you go home and before you go to bed you send them a request on FB. It never gets accepted. You go through all the usual excuses; perhaps they didn’t see it, perhaps they’re not a prolific user of Facebook or maybe they accidenta ...

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The death of a British icon: Land Rover Defender ends production after 7 decades

It is a vehicle that enjoys as much affection as other motoring icons, like the VW Beetle, the Ford Mustang or the original Mini -- but this week, Land Rover is finally turning off the production line for the Defender, the car that lent its name to the company. For the Defender did that and more; its demise brings to an end a vehicle that can be traced back to 1948, when a car known simply as the Land Rover ...

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How to use Google Maps on your smartphone when you don’t have connection

There's nothing more frustrating than being lost with no mobile connection in an area you don't know. If the map on your smartphone loads at all, it's usually very slow, or gets your location completely wrong. Google has found a way around those problems with their 'ofline areas' feature, which allows users to download detailed maps to their phones, meaning they can search for places and get directions with ...

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Major heads to roll at Twitter

Four senior Twitter executives are leaving the media company, which is also adding a new chief marketing officer and two board members, a source said on Sunday, outlining the biggest leadership changes since Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive, calling for "bold rethinking". Media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, product head Kevin Weil, and the head of the engineering division, Alex Roetter, will all leave t ...

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Is Africa hiding the next Mark Zuckerberg? The future of tech talent

On May 14th, 1984, Mark Zuckerberg was born in Westchester County, N.Y., to a dentist and a psychiatrist. Twenty years later, he launched the initial version of “Thefacebook” out of his Harvard dorm room. In August, a decade after opening to its first members, Facebook had one billion users in a single day. Zuckerberg is undoubtedly brilliant. But what if he had been born into a working-class family in Nige ...

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