Facebook After Reports Of Snub To Apple

Tim Cook had said Apple will not traffic its users’ personal life on Facebook privacy (File)

San Francisco: 

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network today said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating system in the world.

The New York Times yesterday said that “after Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, quipped in an interview that his company did not traffic in personal data, Mr Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones“.

In a statement today, Facebook said Mr Zuckerberg’s disagreement with Mr Cook is only over the business model.

“Tim Cook has consistently criticised our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees. So there’s been no need to employ anyone else to do this for us,” Facebook said. 

“And we’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world,” the social networking giant added.

In a Recode and MSNBC interview in March this year, Mr Cook had called for increased regulation of social media, and questioned the practice of monetising user data on free platforms by selling ads that allow advertisers to target specific groups.

The Apple CEO was asked how he would handle the crisis Facebook is facing.

“I wouldn’t be in this situation,” he said.

“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetised our customer… If our customer was our product,… We’ve elected not to do that.”

Reacting to Mr Cook’s remarks, Mr Zuckerberg had said his remarks about the social networking giant were “extremely glib”.

Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook remains free to use because it’s focused on connecting people and many people can’t afford to pay, therefore, “having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people”.

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Rahul Gandhi Had Assured Me Ticket, Says Vyapam Whistleblower Anand Rai After Snub

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election: Vyapam whistleblower said he will work to strengthen the Congress


The whistleblower in the Vyapam exam scam is not on the list of Congress candidates who will fight the Madhya Pradesh assembly election on November 28. Anand Rai was the first person to go to the high court alleging that candidates bribed government officials to make it to the list of those who cleared the test, without taking the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam.

“I have not been given a ticket to fight elections even though Rahul Gandhi had assured me of it. It was only because of me that the Congress’s Sanjeev Saxena (another Vyapam accused) was not given a ticket,” Mr Rai said.

Mr Rai got suspicious back in 2005 when he himself took his exams, and found it strange that many who qualified were all from the same hostel block. He kept digging for evidence and after filing repeated complaints and receiving no response, finally went to court in July 2013.

“I am innocent and the truth will come out. For now, I will work towards strengthening the Congress. For once, I felt that I have been betrayed but now I feel that I should walk behind those with bigger issues,” Mr Rai said.

Senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders, including state unit president Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh will not be contesting the elections. The Congress announced its final list of candidates on Thursday.

In its fourth list released on Wednesday, the Congress named 29 candidates including Sanjay Singh Masani, brother-in-law of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The BJP, which has been in power in Madhya Pradesh for 15 years, won the 2013 elections with a big majority. The Congress is hoping that the Vyapam scam and the Mandsaur agitation would spoil the BJP’s chances this time.

There are 230 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.

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After Test Snub, Mohammad Amir Dropped From T20I Series

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Australia and pacer Mohammad Amir was once again given the cold shoulder by the selectors. Amir was dropped from the Test team after a poor outing in the Asia Cup 2018 and the selection committee, headed by Inzamam ul Haq, excluded the 26-year-old from the shortest format of the game as well. Left-arm pacer Waqas Maqsood (yet to play for the national senior team) has been included in the team after good performances in domestic cricket while Imad Wasim, who missed the Asia Cup due to injury, returns to the squad.

“Waqas Maqsood has been drafted in the T20 squad after his recent performances in the domestic cricket and playing for Pakistan ‘A’ team in the recent series. Similarly, Imad Wasim makes a comeback in the team after his form and fitness was monitored by the selection committee during the current domestic matches,” said Chief Selector Inzamam ul Haq.

Pakistan are currently playing a two-match Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. The first match in Dubai ended in a draw while the second match is currently being played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The three-match T20I series against Australia will start on October 24 in Abu Dhabi. The second and third T20I will be played on October 26 and 28 Dubai, respectively.

Pakistan T20I squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf.


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Murali Vijay Questions Selectors’ Lack Of Communication After Test Snub

Murali Vijay Questions Selectors

Murali Vijay was dropped from the team after the 3rd Test in England. © AFP

India opener Murali Vijay was dropped from the Indian team after the third Test in England due to a poor string of performances. Following that, he was left out of the ongoing two-match Test series against the Windies as well. Talking about his omission from the Test squad, Murali Vijay on Thursday said that no one from the team management, or the chief selector, spoke to him about his omission. Reiterating his point, Vijay mentioned that it is important for a player to know why he is being kept out for the team so that he knows where he stands in the scheme of things.

“Nothing at all. Neither the chief selector nor any other person spoke to me in England after I was dropped from the third Test,” Vijay was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.

“None of them have spoken to me since. I did have a conversation with the members of the team management in England and that’s it,” Vijay further said.

Last week, India’s veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had said that he failed to understand the parameters of being selected in the team after Rohit Sharma and Karun Nair failed to make it to India’s 15-member squad for the West Indies series. Following up on that, Vijay also agreed with Harbhajan.

“I tend to agree with what Harbhajan Singh has said (on Tuesday) about parameters of selection. I think it is important that a player is told about the reasons for keeping him out so that he knows where exactly he stands in the team managements’ and selectors’ scheme of things.” Vijay remarked.

The right-handed batsman is currently playing for Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

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Akhilesh Yadav’s Advice To Congress After Mayawati Snub

Akhilesh Yadav said that the BSP does not take any decision due to fear of anyone


Urging the Congress to show magnanimity, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that any delay in this regard might prompt other parties to declare their candidates for the upcoming assembly elections.

His comments came hours after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati announced that her party would contest the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh assembly elections either on its own or in an alliance with regional parties, but not with the Congress.

Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Mr Yadav said, “I am saying even today that the Congress should show its large-heartedness, and it should contest elections by taking along all the political parties who have similar thoughts and ideology.”

“If there is any delay, then there is a possibility that other parties may declare their candidates. After this, they (Congress) will be levelling allegations that they colluded with the BJP,” Mr Yadav said.

But, Akhilesh Yadav added, he knows one thing that the BSP does not take any decision due to fear of anyone.

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After Mayawati Snub, A Don’t Know From Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath said there is no possibility of an alliance with the BSP now that Mayawati has called it off.

New Delhi: 

Dalit powerhouse Mayawati’s shock announcement that she would not ally with the Congress in the coming elections in Madhya Pradesh has the state party on the backfoot. Kamal Nath, in charge of the elections in the state and a key interlocutor with Mayawati, indicated that the Bahujan Samaj Party chief’s stance was unexpected.

“I do not know why Mayawati did what she did. We were discussing (seat sharing) with her and her party till day before yesterday,” Mr Nath told NDTV in an exclusive interview. “There is no possibility of an alliance with the BSP now that she has called it off,” he added.

The shock announcement from Mayawati came this afternoon after weeks of negotiations that failed to break the impasse the two parties had hit. Mayawati had demanded 40 of the state’s 231 seats, but with a package deal in Rajasthan. While Madhya Pradesh Congress was agreeable to a deal though with a rider on the number of seats to be offered, the Rajasthan Congress was of the view that it would be Mayawati who would benefit from any seat sharing arrangement in the state. Mayawati made it clear that she would not make any deal unless her demands were met.

“It was not about me getting the Chief Minister’s post but getting the Congress back in power,” Kamal Nath told NDTV, responding to Mayawati’s allegations of “sabotage” by “some leaders”. “We couldn’t give her the seats she demanded, which would have allowed the BJP to win easily. We did not want the vote against BJP to be fragmented,” he said.

“Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi both want that the BSP and Congress party should have a tie-up for the state and Lok Sabha polls. I feel that their intentions for Congress-BSP alliance are honest… but some leaders are sabotaging it,” said Mayawati, who was photographed months ago holding hands with Sonia Gandhi at the oath ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka. Mayawati was the ally of Mr Kumaraswamy, whose party joined hands with the Congress to keep the BJP out of power in the state.

The other key Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, reiterated his remark that Mayawati was under the Centre’s pressure to not ally with his party.

“When Mayawati addressed a press conference with Jogi (September 20), she categorically said that she will not align with the Congress and went ahead to declare her party’s alliance with Jogi and even announced contesting 22 seats in Madhya Pradesh unilaterally,” Mr Singh said.

The central leaders of the Congress said they hoped that the BSP chief reposing her faith in Rahul and Sonia Gandhi will provide it a window of opportunity help iron out the “creases”.

“Mayawati has expressed her sentiments and we respect that. She has reposed full faith in Rahul ji and Sonia ji and we respect that too. If there is harmony among Sonia Gandhi, who is our guide, and Rahul Gandhi, who is our leader, and Mayawati ji, then no fourth person can create a rift among them,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

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Digvijay Singh Refuses To Be Blamed For Mayawati’s Congress Snub

Digvijaya Singh reiterated that Mayawati was under the Centre’s pressure to not ally with the Congress.

New Delhi: 

As Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati ruled out an alliance with Congress for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said he stood by his comments that she was under the Centre’s pressure to not ally with his party.

Digvijaya Singh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, also dismissed Mayawati’s accusation that he had “sabotaged” the BSP-Congress alliance.

Mayawati had denied Digvijaya Singh’s claims that she was under a “lot of pressure from the Centre because of which she did not want an alliance with the Congress“. 

The senior Congress leader pointed out that the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had earlier made her intentions clear by announcing an electoral pact with Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh for the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh.

“When Mayawati addressed a press conference with Jogi (September 20), she categorically said that she will not align with the Congress and went ahead to declare her party’s alliance with Jogi and even announced contesting 22 seats in Madhya Pradesh unilaterally,” Mr Singh said. 

Asked if his statement on Mayawati triggered her latest snub, Mr Singh said: “Nationally, central agencies have been let loose to suppress the voices of every political party or person who is not with the BJP or has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his government.” 

The Congress leader added: “We will be very happy if we have an alliance with the BSP. At the national level, I have always supported the idea that all parties opposed to the BJP-RSS ideology should come together to defeat them.” 

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Harbhajan Singh, Fans Blast Selectors Over Rohit Sharma Test Snub

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he could not digest the Rohit’s exclusion.

Fans too were left scratching their heads with the decision to leave Rohit out with many taking to Twitter to vent their anger. 

Rohit Sharma finished the Asia Cup 2018 as the second highest run-getter behind only teammate Shikhar Dhawan.

Rohit, who captained India in the absence of Virat Kohli, scored 317 runs in five Asia Cup 2018 matches at an average of 105.67

Having made his debut in the longest format in 2013, the 31-year-old has played played only 25 Tests for India, scoring 1,479 runs at a healthy average of 39.97.

Rohit last played a Test for India against South Africa in January earlier this year. The right-hander struggled to get going against the Proteas, scoring a total of 78 runs in four innings at an average of 19.50.

Rohit’s underwhelming show saw him being dropped for India’s one-off Test against Afghanistan. However, a good performance in UAE would have raised hopes of a Test call-up, however, the selectors thought otherwise and decided to give youngsters a chance.

Indian team for the Windies Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R shwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Turns To Juventus Challenge After FIFA Best Player Snub

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo – who has scored three goals in his last two league games – for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.

“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.

The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.

After Wednesday’s game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.

Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points – three points ahead of Napoli.

Allegri’s side also play Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League a week on Tuesday, a game which Ronaldo will miss after his controversial sending off against Valencia in Spain.

Napoli host promoted Parma, before their trip to Turin, with an eye on their Champions League game against Liverpool in Naples.

“We won there (Juventus) last season and still finished second,” said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne. 

“If we don’t win the midweek game with Parma, then the result with Juve is irrelevant, so we have to take it one at a time.”

Under-pressure Roma host promoted Frosinone looking for a boost after slipping to 14th with their weekend defeat in Bologna.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has reportedly been given a week to save his job, starting against the newcomers from outside Rome, before the city derby against Lazio at the weekend.

Frosinone are second from the bottom of the table with 12 goals conceded, including two to Juventus last weekend.

“At the end of the year when the points are counted the matches like the one in Frosinone you don’t remember immediately, but you know how important they were,” said Allegri.

Roma then host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan face a tough task against Fiorentina in the San Siro Tuesday with coach Luciano Spalletti serving a touchline ban for his over-exuberant goal celebration against Sampdoria.

Inter have been struggling but their last-gasp win against the Genoa side followed their come-from-behind 2-1 win in the Champions League against Tottenham. 

Spalletti’s side travel to the Netherlands to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.

Fiorentina are third in the table five points adrift of Juventus, with Inter in ninth.

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Boxer Sonia Lather Eager To Forget CWG Snub, Eyes Asiad Glory

Two-time Asian Boxing Championship silver medal winner Sonia Lather is heading to the upcoming Asian Games with a positive attitude, leaving behind the disappointment of being excluded from the recently concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG). Lather has enjoyed considerable success during her full-fledged international career and has emerged as one of the brightest emerging stars of women’s boxing in India. The Haryana boxer had taken silver at the Asian Championships of 2012, her first year at the senior international level. She went on to finish runners-up in the 57-kilogram category at the 2016 World Championships before taking another Asian Championships silver last year. Having won the senior national title earlier this year, a confident Lather wants to repeat her past glorious performances when the 2018 Asian Games starts in Jakarta.

“I want to repeat the show again in Asiad. My preparations have been good and received a lot of help from our foreign coach Raffaele Bergamasco, who helped to learn new techniques,” Lather told IANS.

Speaking on her exclusion from the 2018 CWG boxing squad despite winning the national championship earlier this year, the Jind girl said, “Whatever happened during CWG, as a sportsperson I don’t regret about it. I try to keep off the negativity of the past when I am heading to a new competition.”

Lather was all praise for the support from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), which served a four-year ban due to administrative problems and was again recognised by the sport’s international body on December 20, 2016.

“Earlier, we lacked the desired support from the federation but today we get it in advance. A sportsperson excels on motivation and today we receive a huge amount of it from the BFI,” she said.

“As a result, we head to any competition on a positive frame of mind. Now we get every facility well in advance,” Lather added.

When queried on the future of women’s boxing in India, Lather was hopeful that the present working culture of the BFI will result in further improvement in standards.

“When I see the present BFI, future of women’s boxing looks very bright,” the Haryana boxer opined.

“A player wants to feature in more and more of tournaments and the federation is organising a number of national and international competitions which is very beneficial for us,” Lather explained.

Commenting on her strategy at the upcoming Asiad, Lather said: “I personally believe in making strategies after entering the ring and not before that.”

“I simply believe in delivering my best and playing hard,” she signed-off.

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