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15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit : Facebook

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 on Thursday said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

YouTube Premium service expands to 7 new countries

YouTube Premium, the paid streaming subscription service and YouTube Music Premium is being rolled out to seven new countries, taking the services to 25 and 21 global markets, respectively.Initially launched in June and formarly known as "YouTube Red", YouTube...

14-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues."Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated...

13-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google probing 'malicious' attack on its internet traffic

After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was "external" and under investigation.Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that...

11-Nov-2018 San Francisco

California wildfires toll reaches 25

The death toll in the three raging wildfires in California has increased to 25, while the fires have caused destruction to numerous communities across large areas of the US state, the media reported on Sunday.Fires continued to rage on both ends of California...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Manually backup data to Google Drive on Android soon

Google is rolling out the ability to initiate manual backups to Google Drive -- that does not need the usually recommended Wi-Fi -- on Android devices including the older ones, a media report said.Previously, for backups, a smartphone had to be connected to...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to make arbitration for harassment claims optional

Following Google's footsteps, Facebook is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle sexual harassment claims made against colleagues in private arbitration alone, The Wall Street Journal reported.Facebook announced the new policy...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook quietly rolls out short-format video app 'Lasso'

Facebook has launched a video app "Lasso" that enables users to make and share short-format videos with filters and special effects."Lasso, FB's new short form video app is now available in the US!" Facebook Product Manager Andy Huang said in a tweet on Friday.Equipped...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

5 Dead, 150,000 evacuated as new wildfires hit California

At least five people died in the last few hours in California, where three large wildfires have forced 150,000 people to evacuate.The largest blaze, known as Camp Fire, has hit northern California and is the only one that has been deadly so far, devastating...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google apologises for past handling of harassment, brings changes

After a global walkout by over 20,000 employees last week, Google has apologised for the past handling of sexual harassment cases while promising to bring changes to make the company a safer workplace."We recognise that we have not always gotten everything...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google hires Geisinger CEO to lead healthcare initiatives

Google has reportedly picked David Feinberg, CEO of US-based health services organisation Geisinger Health, to lead the company's healthcare efforts.While Google has not officially confirmed the move, Geisinger, in a statement on Thursday, said that Feinberg...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Removed 14 mn terror-related content so far: Facebook

Facebook has removed more than 14 million "pieces of terrorist content" on its platform till September this year that was related to the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and their affiliates.In the second quarter (April-June) 2018, Facebook took action on 9.4 million...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google CEO unveils new policy to address sexual harassment at workplace

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said the company has worked out a new comprehensive policy to address diversity and sexual harassment that became a great concern of Google employees.In an email to Google workers, Pichai on Thursday admitted that Google has "not...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google CEO unveils new policy to address sexual harassment at workplace

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said the company has worked out a new comprehensive policy to address diversity and sexual harassment that became a great concern of Google employees.In an email to Google workers, Pichai on Thursday admitted that Google has "not...

08-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger planning 'delete' feature for sent messages

Facebook is planning to roll out a new update to Messenger that will allow users to delete sent messages from chat threads within 10 minutes of sending.A Twitter user spotted the feature listed as "coming soon" in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger's...

06-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google set to release fix for memory issue in Pixel 3

With some Pixel 3 users reporting a memory management flaw, Google is planning to release a software update "in the coming weeks" to fix the problem, the media reported.Many Pixel 3 users have noted that taking pictures with the phone often kills background...

06-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook promises more action to curb hate speech in Myanmar

Coming under fire for not doing enough to stop the misuse of its platform for spreading hate in Myanmar, Facebook has promised to invest more in people, technology and partnerships to make the social network a safer place for people to express themselves.Facebook...

04-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook apologises for 'White supremacy' ad

Social networking giant Facebook has apologised after letting an ad campaign target its users interested in "White genocide conspiracy theory".News site The Intercept had no trouble in launching the campaign just a few days after conspiracy theory about external...

03-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter records 10 mn tweets on US midterms

Twitter has recorded over 10 million tweets about voting since October 1 as the US midterm elections loom."This has already been the most tweeted-about US midterm election ever. Nearly 15,000 US users even have 'vote' in their display name," Bridget Coyne, Senior...

01-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter testing home button to switch tweet order

Twitter is testing a home-screen button to help its 326 million users switch the order of the tweets they see, the social network announced on Thursday.The micro-blogging platform said a small number of iOS users will soon see a button on the home screen that...

01-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google employees plan walk-out against workplace harassment

After Google announced last week it fired 48 people for sexual harassment since 2016, nearly 1,500 workers were planning a walk-out at the company's offices globally on Thursday, the media reported.According to a report in The New York Times, more than 1,500...

30-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Apple brings Group FaceTime and new emoji to iPhones, iPads

Apple has brought Group FaceTime with up to 32 people simultaneously and over 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads via iOS 12.1.FaceTime changed the way people communicate and share important moments and "now with Group FaceTime, it's easy to chat with more people...

30-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter considers removing 'Like' button but not so soon

Twitter has confirmed it was considering removing the heart-shaped 'Like' button after its CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that he was not a fan and would be getting rid of it "soon".After The Telegraph first reported about this on Monday, the micro-blogging platform...

30-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google commits $25 mn to AI-powered humane projects

Google has pledged to give $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to inspiring solutions to societal problems.Google said the grant will be used to fund the Google AI Impact Challenge contest, which is part of its...

26-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Being gay is God's greatest gift to me : Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that being gay has been God's greatest gift to him, the media reported.On October 30, 2014, Cook became the first CEO of a major company to come out as gay.Although his sexual orientation had been widely rumoured beforehand, he...

26-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment

Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016.In a letter to employees on Thursday, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a "hard line" on inappropriate conduct, reports the BBC.The...

25-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google drops plans for Berlin campus

Google has dropped plans to open a large campus in a trendy district of Berlin that were strongly opposed by German campaigners.The US tech giant planned to set up an incubator for start-ups in Kreuzberg, long known for radical and underground culture. However,...

24-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook introduces simplified version of Messenger

In a move to declutter Messenger, Facebook has started rolling out a new version of the text and video chat app -- Messenger 4 that brings down the number of tabs from nine to three."Messenger 4 will gradually roll out globally over the coming weeks," Stan...

20-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to charge $40 per device to Android makers

Android manufacturers will have to pay $40 per device to Google in Europe to be featured into Google Play Store and other mobile apps.According to a report in The Verge on Friday, a confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the...

19-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier : Apple

Top apps in Apple Store are increasingly using Siri shortcuts to make everyday tasks easier for their users, the Cupertino-headquartered company said on Friday."Top apps are integrating Siri Shortcuts, making favourite apps even easier to use with a simple...

16-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook expands policies on voter suppression

With the US mid-term elections looming, Facebook has announced to expand its policies against voter suppression -- action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting.The social media platform has banned "misrepresentations about how to vote, such...

14-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter under Irish investigation over data collection

Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from...

12-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to allow up to 250 people on group chat

Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats that, up to 250 members could join, the media reported."Facebook Groups" gives the 1.4 billion active users of the app a platform to collectively...

12-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing 'tap-to-advance' feature to browse through posts

Facebook-owned photo-messaging platform Instagram is testing "tapping" as a replacement of scrolling through posts on the platform, the media reported.The company is testing the tap-to-advance feature to navigate between posts in the Explore section of the app."We're...

11-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to bring Safety Check to 'Workplace' early next year

To help organisations locate their people in a crisis, Facebook is planning to introduce the Safety Check feature in "Workplace", the social network's messaging service for businesses."With Safety Check, if a crisis arises, organisations can identify who...

10-Oct-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp 'fixes' bug that let hackers break into video calls

WhatsApp has understood to have fixed a bug in its Android and iOS mobile app that allowed the hackers to let the app crash during incoming video calls.According to a report in ZDNet on Wednesday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has over 1.5 billion users, fixed...

10-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter kills ability to create 'Moments' on mobile

Twitter has announced killing the ability to create "Moments" within the iOS and Android apps because it was apparently not seeing a lot of use of the feature that essentially gives users a way to stitch multiple tweets together to tell a story.Making Moments...

09-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to close Google+ social networking site

Internet giant Google has said it is shutting down the consumer version of its own social networking site Google+ due to low usage and a bug discovered in March last year that could leak the data of about half a million of its users."The consumer version of Google+...

08-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google rolls out new cybersecurity solution on Play Store

Google's cybersecurity unit "Jigsaw" has rolled out a new application called "Intra" to the Google Play Store to protect users from Domain Name System (DNS) manipulation attacks, the media reported on Monday.DNS is the phonebook of the Internet from where users...

02-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to donate $1 mn towards Indonesia quake relief

Google will contribute $1 million (nearly Rs 7 crore) towards relief and restoration work in Indonesia which was hit by a 7.5-magnitude quake and an ensuing tsunami that has claimed over 1,200 lives."We're deeply saddened about the earthquake and tsunami in...

02-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter steps up fight against fake accounts

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter on Tuesday said it will now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviours.As platform manipulation tactics continue to evolve, the micro-blogging platform said it is expanding...

25-Sep-2018 San Francisco

Twitter launches 'BeAVoter' campaign for US mid-term polls

Ahead of the US mid-term polls in November, Twitter has launched #BeAVoter campaign that will be featured in top US trends and in a prompt in users' timelines on its platform.Through the campaign, Twitter would connect users to TurboVote -- a non-profit organisation...

20-Sep-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp phases out support for older iOS versions

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has started phasing out support for Apple devices running iOS version 7 and older, the media reported.This would not affect people who already have WhatsApp installed on their iPhone 4 devices as it should continue to function...

20-Sep-2018 San Francisco

Google 'Emergency Location Service' for Android now in US

Google is expanding its advanced location tracking feature for Android called "Emergency Location Service (ELS)" to the US.Launched in 2016 and is currently available in 14 countries (excluding India), ELS provides accurate locations both indoors and outdoors...

08-Sep-2018 San Francisco

Twitter now allows live audio-only broadcasts

Twitter has launched an audio-only broadcasting feature so your followers can hear, but not see you.The new feature announced on Friday is currenly publicly available for all iOS users of the main Twitter app and its live-streaming app Periscope, The Verge reported.To...

29-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook's answer to YouTube now rolling out globally

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced "Facebook Watch", its video-on-demand service, often touted as video-sharing giant YouTube's rival, is rolling out globally for people to discover interesting videos and interact with friends and creators.Launched...

29-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Donald Trump warns Google, Facebook & Twitter over fake news

US President Donald Trump issued another veiled threat to Google and social media giants Facebook and Twitter over fake news, stating that these companies are "treading on very, very troubled territory".These tech platforms should "better be careful, because...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook fixes bug that marked some posts as spam

A day after some users complained about their Facebook posts being marked as spam, Facebook on Saturday said it has fixed the bug that caused the problem."We have fixed a bug that caused some posts to be incorrectly marked as spam. We've restored the posts...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Google Assistant coming to LG ThinQ TVs in 7 countries

South Korean tech Major LG Electronics has announced that Google Assistant is coming to its 2018 line-up of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled ThinQ TVs in seven new countries.The company's ThinQ TVs came with integrated Google's digital assistant when they...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

More non-skippable ads coming to YouTube

Google-owned Youtube is expanding the concept of non-skippable advertisements on its platform for the creators to monetise their content and earn more revenue.The change will begin rolling out from next week and eligible creators will get a notification in their...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing feature to connect students to college communities

Photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that would help college students discover and connect with fellow batchmates from the same college community."Opting in for the feature adds a user's university and graduating year -- selected by the...

19-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Donald Trump accuses social media of being unfair to conservatives

After lambasting certain mainstream media houses for producing what he calls "fake news" for quite some time now, US President Donald Trump has now accused social media platforms of discriminating against Republican and conservative voices.But the Trump administration,...

15-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Twitter temporarily bans radio show host Alex Jones' account

After facing protests on its platform, Twitter has temporarily banned the account of US conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones.Twitter confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that Jones' Twitter account was "put in read-only mode".It means Jones can browse...

06-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook removes US conspiracy theorist's pages for hate speech

"Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards," Facebook said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.The world's largest social media company said...

31-Jul-2018 San Francisco

California wildfires toll reach 8

The toll in the 17 wildfires that were currently blazing in California has increased to eight, according to authorities.The Carr fire - in Shasta County, some 400 km north of San Francisco - began a week ago near the town of Redding and has been the most...

17-Jun-2018 San Francisco

'Satire' often being used as cover for fake news : Facebook

While admitting limitations of fact-checkers in fighting fake news, Facebook has said the problem is often compounded by some publishers who spread false news on the social media platform in the garb of being satirical."Sometimes people try to call their sites...

06-May-2018 San Francisco

Google makes AI-powered emoji scavenger hunt

Google has created a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiment that shows how the companys machine learning tools can be used to make fun little games.Called emoji scavenger hunt, the experiment asks the user to use a smartphone's camera to find objects that...

11-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing 'Nametag,' clone of Snapchat's 'Snapcode'

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed as "Nametags" -- a clone of Snapchat's 'Snapcode' which will let users create a "custom scannable tag" by designing a pattern of emojis.The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for...

11-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse

Facebook has launched a "Data Abuse Bounty" programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers."We committed to launching this programme a few weeks ago as part of our efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people's information,"...

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