Google Says Won’t Track Individual Web Activity for | Sidnaz Blog


Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post on Wednesday, in a move that will reshape how online advertising works. Google first announced that it would get rid of third-party cookies, which for decades has enabled online ads, early last year to meet growing data privacy standards in Europe and the United States.

Privacy activists for years have criticised tech companies including Google for using cookies to gather web browsing records across websites they don’t own, enabling them to develop profiles on users’ interests to serve personalised advertisements. Now, Google is pledging it will not use other technology to replace the cookie or build features inside Google Chrome to allow itself access to that data, though it continues to test ways for businesses to target ads to large groups of anonymous users with common interests.

“Keeping the internet open and accessible for everyone requires all of us to do more to protect privacy — and that means an end to not only third-party cookies but also any technology used for tracking individual people as they browse the web,” Google said in the blog post.

Earlier this year, Google unveiled the results of tests that showed an alternative to the longstanding practice of using user-tracking cookies. The company claimed that it could improve online privacy while still enabling advertisers to serve up relevant messages.

“This approach effectively hides individuals ‘in the crowd’ and uses on-device processing to keep a person’s Web history private on the browser,” Google product manager Chetna Bindra had explained in unveiling the system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC). “Results indicate that when it comes to generating interest-based audiences, FLoC can provide an effective replacement signal for third-party cookies.”


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BJP should tender apology to people of Telangana: KTR | | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: TRS working president KT Rama Rao said that the BJP leaders should tender an apology to the people of Telangana for failing to bring Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR).
In a statement, KTR, who is also IT minister of Telangana, said BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay was trying to mislead the people on ITIR project.
Referring to the Union IT and electronics minister Ravi Shankar Prasad‘s statement in the Parliament that the ITIR scheme has been shelved in the country, KTR said that the BJP state president Bandi Sanjay was unaware of this fact and this shows his ignorance.
“Bandi Sanjay’s letter on ITIR is a bundle of lies. He wrote the letter to gain publicity through media coverage,” KTR said. He fired at Bandi Sanjay for writing a letter that is misleading the people of the state.
The working president said that the ITIR has not gone ahead even in Bengaluru though it’s the same party that runs the government at the Centre and Karnataka. “Apart from Hyderabad, the ITIR project was sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Karnataka but has not seen any development in any of these states. Is the TRS government responsible for no development there too?” KTR asked.
We will provide all the letters written to the Union government since 2014 and also the Detailed Project Report of ITIR to Bandi Sanjay. Does he have the power to get ITIR to Hyderabad?, he said. If the Telangana BJP has any sincerity towards bringing ITIR to Hyderabad, they should make the union government announce it, the minister said.
I challenge Bandi Sanjay to either bring ITIR or a project equivalent to ITIR to Hyderabad, said KTR. He also added that the BJP has disappointed the youth of Telangana who have been waiting for ITIR to become a reality.



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Gold Price Today At Rs 44,768 Per 10 Grams, Silver Rate | Sidnaz Blog


Gold Rates Today: Domestic spot gold closed at Rs 45,217 per 10 grams today

Gold Price in India: Domestic gold futures registered a negative session on Wednesday, March 3, as gold prices dropped by Rs 208 to Rs 44,768 per 10 grams in the national capital, tracking weak global bullion market trend, according to HDFC Securities. Silver rates also declined by Rs 602 to Rs 68,194 per kg, compared with the previous close of Rs 67,592 per kg. Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) gold futures, due for delivery tomorrow, i.e., April 5, was last seen trading 1.16 per cent lower at Rs 44,813, having swung between Rs 44,670 and Rs 45,544 during the session compared to their previous close of Rs 45,548. Silver futures were trading lower by 1.32 per cent at Rs 66,450. (Also Read: Is Silver The New Gold?

Domestic spot gold closed at Rs 45,217 per 10 grams on Wednesday, and silver at Rs 67,919 per kilogram – both rates excluding GST, according to Mumbai-based industry body India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA). 

“Spot prices for 24 karat gold in Delhi fell by Rs 208 in line with decline in global gold prices and rupee appreciation,” said Tapan Patel, Senior Analyst (Commodities), HDFC Securities.

In the international market, gold was trading lower at $ 1,730 an ounce and silver was also marginally down at $26.68 an ounce. 

”Gold has recovered from June 2020 amid retreat in US dollar and bond yields from recent highs, optimism about US stimulus package, renewed virus concerns, mixed economic data, loose monetary policy stance of central banks and minor ETF inflows. Gold may continue to sway along with US dollar however a sustained rise is unlikely until there is sharp correction in bond yields or concrete measures on US stimulus,” said Ravindra Rao, VP, Head Commodity Research at Kotak Securities.

Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 65 paise to settle at 72.72 against the US dollar tracking positive domestic equities and weaker American currency. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, gained 1.69 per cent to $ 63.76 per barrel.





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Hyderabad: Gold and foreign cigarettes seized at RGI airport | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: Customs sleuths apprehended a passenger who arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) Airport from Dubai for trying to smuggle in 1.6 kilo gold on Tuesday.
Customs officials have also apprehended a passenger for trying to smuggle in foreign cigarettes.
The passenger, Amtul H Mohammed, of Hakimpet, concealed pouches containing gold paste weighing about 1.6 kilos inside her clothes. The accused arrived by FlyDubai airlines flight (FZ 8779) at 2.50 pm on Tuesday.
Amtul opted for a green channel at Customs check area indicating that she was not carrying any dutiable items. Customs sleuths intercepted her and recovered the gold worth Rs 74 lakh. Customs sleuths booked a case against her under the Customs Act and seized the gold.
In another incident, Customs officials apprehended a 41-year-old man for trying to smuggle in 40,000 cigarette sticks. During the early hours of Wednesday, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel intercepted a passenger, Abdul Azeez K of Kerala who arrived from Abu Dhabi in Etihad airways flight (EY 274). As Abdul was behaving in a suspicious manner, CISF staff approached him inside the airport and they found 200 cigarette packets worth Rs 4 lakh in his possession. Abdul Azeez was handed over to Customs sleuths for further investigation.



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Sara Ali Khan’s “Vitamin Sea” Post Is Burning Up | Sidnaz Blog


Sara Ali Khan shared this image. (courtesy saraalikhan95)

Highlights

  • Sara posted pictures from Maldives
  • She can be seen wearing an orange bikini in the pictures
  • She went to Maldives with her mom and brother earlier this year

New Delhi:

The best thing to do in Maldives – soak up the sun and a dose of “Vitamin sea” – Sara Ali Khan approves. The actress, on Wednesday evening, shared a set of pictures on the photo sharing application Instagram and stunning can’t even begin to describe them. Sara added a dash of orange to the blue paradise. She opted for an orange bikini and threw over a knitted cape of sorts. She accessorised her look with a shell necklace and had her hair tied in a ponytail. Extra points for the swag, expressions and the caption. Sara, who always has her pun game on point, wrote: “Your daily dose of Vitamin C.” She added the hashtags #vitaminc and #vitaminsea to her post.

Take a look at Sara Ali Khan’s post here:

ICYMI, this is how much fun Sara Ali Khan had in Maldives along with her mother Amrita Singh and brother Ibrahim Ali Khan, when she went on a vacation with them earlier this year. See some of the posts here:

Sara Ali Khan stepped into Bollywood in the year 2018 with the film Kedarnath, opposite late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She has starred in films such as Simmba, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Love Aaj Kal with Kartik Aaryan. Sara’s upcoming project is Atrangi Re, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. She was last seen in Coolie No 1 remake, co-starring Varun Dhawan.

Sara is the daughter of Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh. Her father Saif Ali Khan is now married to actress Kareena Kapoor. Saif and Kareena welcomed their second child – a baby boy together. They are parents to 4-year-old Taimur.





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Telangana: Singareni Collieries sets a target of 700 lakh | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has set a target of producing 700 lakh tonnes of coal production and its transportation in the 2021-22 financial year.
The SCCL chairman and managing director N Sridhar gave instructions to general managers to ensure that at least 2 lakh tonnes of coal is produced per day in March and April 2021. They were told to follow all quality and safety standards and norms.
At a review meeting with the general managers and directors held through a video conference from Singareni Bhavan in Hyderabad, the SCCL chairman and managing director said it would be difficult to sell the coal if quality is not maintained in the present competitive market.
“There should be no compromise on safety but ensure there are no constraints on the costs. Measures should be taken from now itself to face the challenges that would arise due to the ensuing rainy season. All areas are to be ready to achieve a record 700 lakh tonnes of production in the coming financial year and also cover the losses incurred by the company due to Covid-19 pandemic,” Sridhar said.
Stating that the demand for Singareni coal is increasing as Industries are recovering gradually after the pandemic, he said none of the coal mines are to be closed in the ensuing fiscal. Also, the target is to gradually increase the coal production from the new mines. “The conditions are favourable for at least 700 lakh tonnes of coal production and its transportation. All areas are to be ready to achieve targets from this April itself,” Sridhar said.
He requested all the GMs to come forward with unique proposals to achieve targets and solve problems.



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Epic Games Buys Fall Guys Developer Tonic Games Group | Sidnaz Blog


Epic Games has announced that is acquiring Tonic Games Group, the developer behind the blockbuster, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Epic Games is currently best known for its battle royale game, Fortnite, apart from past titles like the Unreal and Gears of War franchise, and also recently, the Epic Games Store game distribution platform. The terms of the acquisition are still unknown but it is the third party to join Epic Games roster.

Announcing the acquisition in a blog post, Epic Games said that Fall Guys will retain its original gameplay. It echoed Tonic Games’ statements from last month, to say the game will soon be made available for Nintendo Switch and Xbox along with PC and PlayStation. However, it will be interesting to see how it pans out in the future since Fall Guys is built on the Unity Engine that is a rival to Epic Games’ own Unreal Engine.

Both the companies said in another blog post that there are no plans to make the game free-to-play. However, the PC version of Fall Guys may be available may be available on Epic Games Store sometime in the future.

Dave Bailey, Tonic Games Group Co-Founder and CEO, in a statement said, “At Tonic Games Group we often say that ‘everyone deserves a game that feels like it was made for them.’ With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us. They share our mission to build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.”

Alongside, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games Founder and CEO, said, “It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal. As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.”

In other Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout-related news, it recently became the most downloaded game on PlayStation Plus game and had more than seven million purchases on Steam. The game takes inspiration from classic TV shows like Takeshi’s Castle and It’s a Knockout, where players clumsily navigate through a series of life-or-death mini-games, which bring a breath of fresh air on the oversaturated battle royale gaming genre. Epic Games recently acquired the video calling app Houseparty as well as Psyonix, the developer of Rocket League – the football game played with cars instead of humans.





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Steel Exports To Remain Low Amid Rising Domestic Demand, | Sidnaz Blog


The country’scrude steel output in January was at 10 million tonnes

Steel exports from the country are likely to remain low over the balance of the fourth quarter in the current financial year, due to continuing strong domestic demand and robust realisations in the economy. According to credit rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), the finished steel exports in January 2021 totaled 0.58 million tonnes, down six per cent month-on-month and 16 per cent year-on-year as producers focusing more on domestic sales due to robust demand. During the COVID-19 lockdown phase, export volumes were at 8.84 million tonnes, up 23 per cent year-on-year, according to the report.

On the other hand, the finished steel imports were higher by two per cent month-on-month and 8.3 per cent year-on-year at 0.52 million tonnes in January 2021. The country’s finished steel imports between April 2020 to January 2021 were at 3.79 million tonnes, registered at 37 per cent lower year-on-year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Also, the reduction in import duties to 7.5 per cent from 10 to 12.5 per cent earlier on all the semi- and finished-alloy and non-alloy steel products must have a stabilising impact on the domestic supplies and steel prices in the near term,

The report by the rating agency said that domestic hot-rolled coil prices corrected by three per cent in mid-February to Rs 53,750/ million tonnes, but are still 40 per cent higher year-on-year. The domestic flat steel prices have decreased due to the rising inventories.

The recent import duty reduction on steel scrap is likely to benefit the secondary steel producers and the temporary suspension of countervailing and anti-dumping duties should bring some stability to steel prices and supply. However, the country’s crude steel output in January was at 10 million tonnes, about two per cent higher month-on-month and seven per cent year-on- year.



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Covaxin 81% Effective, Works Against UK Variant, Claims | Sidnaz Blog


Covaxin has completed only two of three required trial phases (File)

New Delhi:

Covaxin is 81 per cent effective in preventing Covid and can work against the UK variant of the virus, Bharat Biotech said Wednesday as it revealed Phase III trial results for a vaccine that was cleared in January amid concerns over its safety and efficacy.

“… Covaxin demonstrated 81 per cent interim efficacy in preventing COVID-19 in those without prior infection after the second dose,” Bharat Biotech said in its statement.

The company said the “first interim analysis is based on 43 cases, of which 36 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus seven cases observed in the BBV152 (COVAXIN) group”.

The data has yet to be peer-reviewed.

The trial, which began in November last year, involved 25,800 participants – between 18 and 98 years old – across 25 sites, who were randomly divided into two groups. The participants included 2,433 people over the age of 60 and 4,533 with co-morbidities.

One group was given the vaccine and the other got a placebo.

43 people (seven from the group that got the vaccine) were found to have coronavirus.

Interim analysis also showed that severe, serious, and medically attended adverse events occurred at low levels and were balanced between vaccine and placebo groups, Bharat Biotech said.

The company also said that “analysis from the National Institute of Virology indicates that vaccine-induced antibodies can neutralise the UK variant strains and other heterologous strains”.

Trials will continue to final analysis of 130 confirmed cases in order to gather more data and evaluate the efficacy of the vaccine, the company added.

Data from the third stage of trials – which measures the vaccine’s success in protecting against the coronavirus – has been widely anticipated amid concerns over Covaxin’s safety and efficacy.

Covaxin is one of two Covid vaccines to have been cleared for emergency use approval by the government – the other is Covishield, which was developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and is produced by Pune-based Serum Institute.

Covishield has an efficacy rate of 70 per cent after the second dose.

Both vaccines were cleared by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) in early January, at a time when late-stage trial data for Covaxin was not available; it was cleared on the basis of Phase I and II data that confirmed its “safety and immunogenicity”.

Covaxin was given “restricted use in emergency situation in public interest”, meaning all those who were administered the drug as part of the vaccination drive were enrolled as part of the study.

The criticism prompted an emotional pushback from Dr Ella, who said: “… don’t accuse us of inexperience. We are a global company… have manufactured 16 vaccines…”

As the government launched the national vaccination drive on January 16, many expressed reservations about being given Covaxin, particularly since a choice of vaccines was not offered.

Doctors from Delhi and Karnataka were among those wrote to centre and state governments, asking to be given a choice in the vaccination process.

On Monday, as the second phase of the vaccination drive began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled up his sleeve and got a shot of Covaxin at Delhi’s AIIMS to dispel any fears.

This morning the centre reported nearly 15,000 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, with the active caseload increasing by around 1,700.

As of March 1, of these the number of UK strain cases are 187.



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Man attacks techie in Hyderabad for rejecting marriage | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: A woman software engineer was injured when a man allegedly attacked her using a knife at her residence here, for turning down his marriage proposal, police said.
She has been admitted to a city hospital with multiple cut injuries and was out of danger, they said.
The incident took place on Tuesday evening.
The woman’s mother, who rushed to the rescue of her daughter, suffered minor injuries.
The assailant, who works in a prominent beauty and hair styling salon, was known to the woman for about two years.
The woman’s refusal to marry him appeared to be the primary reason for the attack, police said, adding further investigation was on.



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