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Apple admits to giving governments access to users' information

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The firm’s latest Transparency Report reveals Apple received 32,342 demands from governments around the world to access 1,63,823 devices, with 80% of the requests granted. The highest number of requests came from Germany, with more than 42% of all requests from German authorities. Apple said in its report that the high volume of device requests from Germany was “predominantly due to stolen devices investigations”.



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Facebook doubles legal, ad spends

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The Menlo Park-based company is going through one of its toughest years after its image took a drubbing for privacy breaches and data misuse. In India, the government and regulators are watching how the social-media giant is dealing with privacy concerns, especially when the country goes to the polls next year.



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Bonuses up to Dh 80,000 for These Employees in UAE

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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has rolled out the implementation of its new bonus policy for all Tasheel service centres. 

For every completed application, the director of the service centre will receive Dh2. The deputy director will also receive Dh1 per completed application, as per Al Khaleej report.

The bonus for the customer service staff remains at Dh45 per application so long as the processing fee is no less than Dh100.

Manager salaries range from Dh13,000 to Dh15,000. (Shutterstock)

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Advertisements of Illegal Pets in UAE Can Cost You up to Dh 500,000 Fine

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Advertisements of illegal pets and exotic animals for sale in UAE have been making the rounds on websites online.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment affirmed that it is currently working on an initiative that warns residents against such dangerous practices, as per Emarat Al Youm report.

Among the dangerous animals are lions, poisonous snakes, tigers, cheetahs, foxes and rare dogs. They can cost anywhere from Dh3,000 up to Dh10,000. 

Violators will face prison time and a fine of no less than Dh50,000 and up to Dh500,000.

A group of cheetahs, lion cubs, and snow foxes were on sale for Dh5,000 each. (Shutterstock)

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Survey: UAE Is the World's 12th Most Desired Destination for Migrants

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The UAE fascinates not just short-term residents who come here to make a quick buck. It is also one of the most-desired destinations among global citizens when it comes to permanent migration.According to a global survey conducted by Gallup, the UAE is the world’s 12th most desired destination for potential migrants, with 12 million keen to make the Emirates their permanent home. Considering the UAE’s population of 9.4 million, this will more than double the country’s existing population.

The UAE was found more attractive among migrants than Singapore, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, South Korea, Turkey, Russia and China. (Shutterstock)

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5 Common Habits Come in the Way of Your Financial Freedom

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Most of us drift through our daily lives without giving much thought to the habits and behavioural patterns that subconsciously control our spending habits.

Money-related habits can be the most difficult to change, despite being the primary cause of the chaos in your financial life. You have to re-examine these habits in your own financial life to build yourself a stronger chance of rising above this situation.

We’ve rounded up some of the most common habits that are coming in the way of your financial freedom.

You have to re-examine these habits in your own financial life to build yourself a stronger chance of rising above this situation. (Shutterstock)

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Heart of Europe Sold for Dh 1.5 Billion

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Kleindienst Group, a European property developer and creator of The Heart of Europe, has announced that it has sold 85 per cent of second homes part of phase one with a project value of Dh1.5 billion.  

Kleindienst Group has worked on properties on Sweden Island, Germany Island and 78 Floating Seahorses situated in a Maldivian setting at honeymoon Island, St Petersburg.

Handover of phase one started in 2018 and is on track to complete in 2019. 

A miniature snapshot of what the Heart of Europe project will look like from a bird’s-eye view upon completion. (photos by Ziyad Alarfaj/Arab News)

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OPEC: Oil Prices to Rebalance in 2019

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Oil ministers from leading OPEC nations said Sunday they expect prices will arrest their recent slide and rebalance early next year, when a deal on new production cuts takes effect.Oil prices have shed more than 36 percent since early October to trade at $54 per barrel, due to fears of oversupply and weak global demand.But president of OPEC and UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei said that the surplus in the oil market was small compared to 2017 and expected it to vanish in one or two months.

OPEC and non-OPEC members agreed in early December to trim production by 1.2 million barrels a day from Jan. 1, in a bid to shore up sagging prices. (Shutterstock)

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Blockchain Technology Evolves Despite Cryptocurrency Crash

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It was the year cryptocurrencies fell to earth — the crash has been so severe that parallels have been drawn with the dotcom bust at the turn of the millennium.Bitcoin is down 80 percent from just under $20,000 12 months ago to about $3,500 in December. Similar falls have been recorded by other cryptos such as ethereum.

GCC states are spearheading developments in blockchain to underline their efforts to become a global tech hub that links trade and finance between East and West. (Shutterstock)

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