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15-Oct-2017 San Francisco

WhatsApp for Android beta version brings major updates

The newest Beta version of WhatsApp for Android has several updates, including a smaller app size and a feature that would notify the contacts when you change your number, a media report said.According to technology website Teknepolis, the latest package...

12-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Facebook unveils 'Oculus Go' standalone VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new virtual reality headset (VR) called "Oculus Go" VR headset at a starting price of $199."Our first standalone product is "Oculus Go" -- the easiest way to jump into VR. It ships early next year, starting at $199....

12-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Google India launches new AdWords features

Aiming to help advertisers reach customers in a better way, Google India on Thursday launched new AdWords features that will load pages 20 per cent faster to provide instant information."With the new AdWords, there is less clutter and more intuitive workflows,...

12-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Google to 'permanently remove' Home Mini's faulty recording feature

Google has decided to "permanently remove" the feature that led its smart speaker 'Home Mini' accidentally record several times a day without being given any command from the user.The company said that it has made the decision because it wants people to have...

11-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Twitter launches 'Happening Now' feature for new users

Twitter has launched a new feature called "Happening Now" that will showcase newcomers on its platform tweets about events."Happening Now" will highlight groups of tweets about a topic -- starting with sports -- and will expand to other areas like entertainment...

06-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's new button to aid users identify fake news

In a move to help identify stories to read, share and trust on their News Feed, Facebook is testing a button that users can tap to access additional information about where the stories came from.The additional information about a news article will be pulled...

05-Oct-2017 New Delhi

How Google Pixel 2 can threaten Apple, Samsung in premium segment

Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai is a big fan of artificial intelligence (AI). No doubt these are early days for AI, but for him it is the most promising New-Age technology -- one that can potentially change the way enterprises work and grow.Now, AI in smartphones...

04-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Google extends Bengali support to AdWords and AdSense

In a bid to help advertisers create relevant content in regional languages in India, Google India on Wednesday announced support of the Bengali language for Google AdWords and Google AdSense.It will allow publishers and advertisers to reach a larger audience...

04-Oct-2017 San Francisco

All 3 billion user accounts were hacked in 2013: Yahoo

Revealing last year that its one billion user accounts were affected by a data breach in 2013, Yahoo has now announced that all of its users -- nearly 3 billion at that time -- were impacted by the massive data breach.Yahoo, now part of Oath -- a subsidiary of...

03-Oct-2017 San Francisco

WhatsApp unveils iPhone-like emoji set in beta version

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has released a beta version of a new emoji set for Android OS that appears quite similar to Apple's designs.Apart from Apple, Facebook and Twitter have their own custom emoji set within the app."At a glance these could...

03-Oct-2017 Los Angeles

Rapper 50 Cent sued over Instagram photographs

A photographer has claimed that rapper 50 Cent lifted his photographs without permission and used them to promote his products on Instagram.In the lawsuit, Christopher Pasatieri, who says he is a professional photographer, claims that he photographed 50...

03-Oct-2017 San Francisco

10 million people in US saw Russian election ads: Facebook

 An estimated 10 million people in the US saw the Russian ads that were present on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election, the social media giant said while finally handing over nearly 3,000 Russian political ads worth $100,000 to the US Congress.acebook...

29-Sep-2017 New Delhi

User data information requests from India at all-time high: Google

The number of requests that Google received from India in the first half of 2017 for disclosing user data was at an all-time high, reveals the latest biannual transparency report from the search engine giant.Between January 1 and June 30 this year, Google...

29-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Google makes parental control app 'Family Link' public

Google's parental control app for Android devices "Family Link" has completed the beta testing period and is now available to public to download for free in the US.The app, which lets parents manage apps, set screen time limits and more, can be used from either...

29-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Google to build 7-inch "Manhattan"

In a bid to keep up with the growing smart home market, Google is building a tabletop smart screen code-named "Manhattan", similar to Amazon's "Echo Show".The device will offer YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Photos, video calling and also act as a smart...

29-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Twitter bans 200 accounts, identified RT's role in US elections

 As the probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election intensifies, Twitter announced that it has deleted over 200 fake Russian accounts and identified Russia Today of buying bought ads targeted at American users' accounts.In a...

28-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Facebook was never against you: Mark Zuckerberg to Donald Trump

 Dismissing US President Donald Trump's claim that Facebook was hostile against him like The New York Times and The Washington Post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Trump's allegations were baseless.Trump tweeted late Wednesday: "Facebook was always anti-Trump. The...

27-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Enabling regional languages will boost India's digital economy: Google

Building more digital content in regional languages will give a major boost to India's bid to become a $1 trillion digital economy, Google India said here on Wednesday."If we do not allow Internet to build local language elements, I think the story could go completely...

27-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Digital to drive FMCG consumption worth $45 bn by 2020: Google India

Underlining the rapid growth of digital in India, 40 per cent of consumption in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment worth $45 billion will be driven digitally by 2020, a new report said on Wednesday.According to the report by Google India and Boston Consulting...

27-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Google acquires Cloud firm Bitium

Google has acquired Bitium, a company that provides enterprise customers with identity and access management solutions, including single sign-on (SS) and provisioning for Cloud applications, for an undisclosed sum.With the acquisition of Bitium, Google Cloud...

27-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Google celebrates 'surprises' on 19th birthday

Google is celebrating its 19th birthday on Wednesday with a "surprise" spinner Doodle that allows users to explore 19 games it has launched over the years - including a new version of the snake game.The reason Google is celebrating surprises is because it believes...

27-Sep-2017 San Francisco

To Donald Trump's delight, Twitter now testing 280-character limit

In a move that will surely delight US President Donald Trump and frustrate many, Twitter has begun testing 280-character tweets -- doubling the previous 140-character limit - to help users become more expressive.Currently, the 280-character tweet facility...

26-Sep-2017 Bengaluru

India cloud centre will spur economic activity: Google

Technology giant Google's India cloud centre, slated to become operational in Mumbai by the end of 2017, will spur economic activity in the country, a top executive from the company said on Tuesday."We believe that the India cloud centre will spur a whole of economic...

26-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Trump's tweets are 'newsworthy', will stay: Twitter

As twitteratis wondered why the micro-blogging platform did not remove US President Donald Trump's latest controversial tweet on North Korea that clearly violated its guidelines, Twitter has given a confusing reply.Trump tweeted last weekend: "Just heard...

23-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Google launches crowdsourced movie reviews feature in India

Google has launched a new feature which allows the users to contribute to movie and television reviews within Google Search results.The tech giant has confirmed the new feature is available in India only on web, mobile and the app in English, Tech Crunch reported...

23-Sep-2017 San Francisco

Facebook tests WhatsApp shortcut in its app

Facebook appears to be testing a new feature which will allow the users to launch WhatsApp directly from its app.A dedicated WhatsApp button showed up in the Facebook app of some users on the Android platform, which acted like a shortcut to open the chat app,...

20-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

Account information requests jump 55% from India: Twitter

Between January and June this year, the Indian government made 261 account information requests -- a 55 per cent increase from the previous period -- and asked for 102 accounts to be removed, Twitter's 11th Transparency Report has revealed.The micro-blogging...

20-Sep-2017 London

WhatsApp rejects Britain's request to access encrypted messages

  Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reportedly rejected the British government's request to access encrypted messages that the authorities had made in the wake of recent terror attacks in the country.The inability to access terrorists' encrypted conversations...

18-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Google honours Samuel Johnson with Doodle

Grabbing a dictionary to know the meaning of a word may now have become a thing of the past in the online world, but Google Doodle on Monday decided to honour Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled a mammoth dictionary of the English language 150 years before the...

14-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Google likely to launch payment app 'Tez' in India

Joining the digital payment bandwagon in India, Google is reportedly launching a Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment service called "Tez" as early as next week.According to The-Ken.com, on September 18, "Google, Alphabet Inc's subsidiary,...

06-Sep-2017 New Delhi

Online tools helping Indian SMEs sell products globally: Facebook

While 43 per cent of Indian exporters in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) depend on online tools for 75 per cent of their international sales, 63 per cent agree that using online tools for selling internationally has increased their revenue, a new...

29-Aug-2017 San Francisco

Pages sharing fake news can't buy ads : Facebook

Taking ahead its battle against the spread of fake news and misinformation, Facebook has decided to stop Pages that share fake news regularly from buying any ads from the company.According to a TechCrunch report on Monday, when a story is marked as disputed...

23-Aug-2017 Gurugram (Haryana)

We want to democratise artificial intelligence: Google

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) get set to take a giant leap in improving day-to-day life, the key is to democratise these new-age tools for all and benefit the communities of developers, users and enterprise customers, a top Google...

20-Aug-2017 New York

Facebook community rescues woman from swimming pool

A US woman stuck in a swimming pool was rescued by a Facebook group after she asked for help on the social media platform last week.According to a New York Daily News report, the 61-year-old Leslie Kahn was at the end of a swim in her backyard pool when...

19-Aug-2017 San Francisco

Google adds 6-second video preview to mobile search

In a major update, search engine giant Google has added a six second video previews to its mobile search results, the media reported on Saturday.Google would use some of its machine learning capabilities to actually analyse the entire video and then decide...

18-Aug-2017 New York

Facebook to reduce video clickbait from News Feed

After Facebook launched three updates earlier this year to reduce clickbait content on its platform, the company has announced two more updates to limit video clickbait posts from appearing in the News Feed.Video clickbaits are those posts that have fake video-play...

17-Aug-2017 San Francisco

Facebook shuts down chat platform used to 'harass' employees

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and 'harass' the company's employees, media reported on Thursday.Initially launched in 2015 for employees...

14-Aug-2017 New Delhi

Google announces voice search support for eight Indian languages

Google on Monday launched voice search support for eight additional languages spoken in India, allowing people to use their voice to dictate queries both in Gboard on Android and in Search through the Google App.The languages are Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada,...

13-Aug-2017 San Francisco

Google rolls out anti-phishing mechanisms for iPhone Gmail app

Google has rolled out its anti-phishing mechanisms for the Gmail app for iPhone users that will warn you about potential phishing attacks when you click on a shady link.Google said the new feature will take nearly two weeks before it is available everywhere.According...

12-Aug-2017 San Francisco

New update brings front flash to 'Google Camera'

The "Google Camera" application named has been updated to feature a selfie flash which is usually missing from the front cameras of most smartphones, the media reported on Saturday.As noted by Google, the latest version is designed to work on recent Nexus...

09-Jul-2017 San Francisco

Google Maps speed limits available only in two areas

The Google Maps feature that indicates speed limits for vehicles is so far available only in two areas, the tech giant has confirmed.According to a post shared by Android Auto Team on behalf of Google Maps, the feature is currently available in San Francisco...

08-Jul-2017 San Francisco/London

Google grants UK news agency $805,000 to automate writing local news

In what could put automation in full swing in the field of journalism, Google is providing Press Association, the British news agency, $805,000 to build a software that will gather, automate and write nearly 30,000 local stories a month.Dubbed as 'Radar'...

05-Jul-2017 New York

Facebook refuses to install crucifix emoji

Facebook has refused to install a cross "reaction" emoji as demanded by conservative Christians following the social networking site's decision to celebrate LGBT Pride month in June.The rainbow flag emoji was added to Facebook in June to celebrate Lesbian Gay...

28-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Facebook deletes 66,000 hateful posts per week

Facebook has said that over the past two months, it has removed roughly 66,000 posts on average per week that were identified as hate speech.The social network disclosed this information on Tuesday as part of a series of statements intended to detail its action...

23-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg unveils Facebook's new mission

Facebook's new mission is to give the people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, the social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook's updated purpose on Thursday at the social network's first Community Summit,...

21-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Impossible to weed out hate content completely : Facebook

With the growing debate around spread of violence and crime-related content on Facebook, a top executive of the social media giant has said that it is impossible to completely weed out such content from the platform."Our policy is zero tolerance -- that doesn't...

17-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Facebook leaked identities of moderators to potential terrorists

Facebook has put the security of its content moderators at risk by accidentally leaking their identities to suspected terrorist users on the social network.According to a report in the Guardian on Friday, the security lapse that was identified in November 2016...

13-Jun-2017 New Delhi

SMEs learn from each other in digital environment : Facebook

In line with global trends, small businesses in India are increasingly turning to each other to learn and share ideas in the contemporary digital economy, a survey by social media platform Facebook has found."In India alone, 38 per cent of SMEs (small and...

12-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Google's 'Daydream View' VR headset now in India

Google on Monday launched its "Daydream View" virtual reality (VR) headset and controller in India which will be available on Flipkart for Rs 6,499.With "Daydream View," users can experience sports, live events and more in 360-degree panoramic view.Google's...

08-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Twitter hires Emily Horne to foresee policy issues

Micro-blogging website Twitter has hired Emily Horne as its new communications director to handle policy and user safety issues.Horne will start from June 19 as Global Policy Communications Director and report to Kristin Binns, Senior Director of Comms, Twitter. "Horne...

08-Jun-2017 New York

Facebook to move WhatsApp data from IBM Cloud

Facebook has decided to move the massive WhatsApp data from IBM Cloud to its own data centres.According to a report in CNBC on Wednesday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, used by 1.2 billion people across the globe, has been one of IBM's top five public cloud customers...

07-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Facebook Live will have closed captions for hearing-impaired users

In a bid to make Facebook accessible to all, the social networking giant has allowed publishers to include closed captions (one of a series of subtitles) in Facebook Live, helping people who are hearing impaired to experience live videos."By enabling publishers...

07-Jun-2017 New Delhi

WhatsApp announces new features for iPhone users

Instant messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday announced new album, filter features as well as a reply shortcut for iPhone users.With the new reply shortcut, users can now simply swipe right on any message and start typing response."When users send or receive...

05-Jun-2017 New York

Google's virtual assistant 'Home' facing glitches

Google pinned a lot of hope on its virtual assistant 'Home' to take on Amazon's 'Alexa' but it appears that it has gone bonkers with the users reporting indifferent behaviour from 'Home'.The virtual assistant is spitting out errors instead of controlling smart...

31-May-2017 San Francisco

Instagram doesn't 'copy' Snapchat but 'builds' on it, says CEO

Does Instagram copy Snapchat? Most of you will instantly agree it does but for Instagram CEO, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is just "building" on Snapchat.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Kevin Systrom said that even if Snapchat...

30-May-2017 Berlin (Germany)

German bill not 'right way' to combat hate speech : Facebook

Reacting to Germany's plans of enacting a new law to impose up to a whopping 50 million euros in fine on social networks if they fail to remove hate speech and fake news quickly from their platforms, Facebook has said that the draft law is not the right way to...

29-May-2017 New York

WhatsApp allows teenagers to better express themselves : Study

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed.The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that...

29-May-2017 San Francisco

Google Play Music offers 120 days' free subscription

Google is offering a four-month free subscription on its music streaming service Google Play Music for new subscribers, allowing users to scan up to 50,000 songs from their music library.Typically, Google offers a 90-day free trial when a user signs up, but...

24-May-2017 New York

Now add friend while streaming on Facebook Live

To connect more people on Facebook Live, the social network giant has announced a new feature that will let users go live with an another friend for a collaborative broadcast."The feature was previously available to public figures, but now it is rolling...

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