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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...

18-May-2017 San Francisco

Google Android OS installed on 2 bn active devices

Google's Android operating system has reached a milestone by powering 2 billion monthly active devices around the world, the company said.Google's vice president of engineering Dave Burke that Android has "the largest reach of any computing platform of its kind",...

18-May-2017 New York

Facebook announces new updates to reduce clickbait

Facebook has announced three new updates so that people will see even fewer clickbait stories in their feeds, and more of the stories they find authentic.Clickbait describes web content that aims to exploit the curiosity gap, providing just enough information...

16-May-2017 New York

Facebook takes measures to curb bogus live streams

In its mission to fight bogus live streams, Facebook has updated its developer policies so that people cannot use the platform just for attention grabbing and flooding people's news feeds with irrelevant content.The move will also explicitly forbid live...

15-May-2017 New Delhi

Why did you change your privacy policy, Supreme Court asks WhatsApp

The Supreme Court on Monday asked online messaging service WhatsApp why it changed its policy of non-sharing of data of its users after its acquisition by the social networking site Facebook in 2016 to permit sharing of the attributes of its users."You were...

10-May-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's prototype translation technique is 'fastest'

In a bid to overcome language barriers, social networking giant Facebook has announced a new machine learning translation method, claiming it to be nine times faster than other competitors.Artificial intelligence (AI) has been already in place at Facebook...

08-May-2017

Facebook COO's self-help book a hacker's guide through adversity

Let the reader be warned: This book will make you cry, remind you of a dear one you lost and perhaps recreate the most traumatic phase of your life once again. At the core of it, however, lies the simple message that we are far more stronger and resilient...

08-May-2017 San Francisco

Android 'O' Beta coming soon : Google

Just days ahead of the its annual developer conference "Google I/O", the company Google has announced to end the Android "Nougat" Beta and will soon launch Android "O" Beta."Thank you for your interest in the Android Beta Programme. The beta for Android Nougat...

02-May-2017 New York

Instagrammers frustrated as 'Stories' crashes

Millions shared their pain on Twitter on Tuesday after Instagram's 'Stories' feature experienced issues that prevented them from uploading images to the photo-sharing app.According to a report in CNET, Facebook-owned Instagram tweeted that the company was aware...

29-Apr-2017 New York

Google CEO Pichai doubles his pay package

Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai received a stock award of $198.7 million in 2016, almost double his 2015 stock award of $99.8 million, a media report said.That brought his total compensation in 2016 to $199.7 million, almost twice the $100.6 million he...

28-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook launches Messenger Lite in 132 more countries

Facebook Messenger Lite, a stand-alone version of Messenger for Android for markets with slower than average internet speeds is now available in over 132 countries including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.Messenger Lite was...

26-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Facebook rolls out local camera effects designed for India

In line with its mission to make the world open and connected, Facebook on Wednesday hosted an interactive showcase of its family products and apps and rolled out local camera effects designed for India.Sharing latest numbers, Facebook also said it now...

24-Apr-2017 London

Facebook not arbiter of truth : Sheryl Sandberg

Responding to the criticism that Facebook has been facing over dissemination of fake news on the platform, the social media giant's Chief Operating Officer (COO) has said that the company is not an "arbiter of truth".Speaking at BBC Newsnight, Sheryl Sandberg said:...

24-Apr-2017 New Delhi

This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!

Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and...

22-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Do your bit, save the planet : Google's Earth Day Doodle

Do your bit and make a huge difference to saving Earth, the only known object in the universe known to harbour life, suggests Google's Earth Day Doodle on Saturday.Do small things like eating less meat, opting for carpooling, and unplugging unused electronic...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's AR camera platform to empower developers

Giving a fresh impetus to its Augmented reality (AR) dream, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new augmented reality platform for developers to encourage AR camera effects.Wearing his signature gray t-shirt and blue jeans on the first day of Facebook's...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook is for all : Zuckerberg takes a jab at Snapchat

In an apparent reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's purported disinterest in expanding business to "poor countries" like India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is for everyone and not just for "the high end".In a subtle jab at Spiegel, Zuckerberg...

19-Apr-2017 United Nations

UN to issue 10 stamps of 'asanas' on International Yoga Day

The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York.The 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large 'Om' in...

13-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google releases app for food delivery, home services

Google has introduced Areo, one single app for food delivery and home services, currently live in Bengaluru and Mumbai on Android devices."Areo lets users search for local restaurants and home services like electricians, plumbers, and painters, and schedule...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google.org announces $8.4 mn grant to four Indian NGOs

Google's philanthropic arm Google.org on Thursday announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs over the next two years to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.These grants are part of a global $50 million...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google.org announces $8.4 mn grant to four Indian NGOs

Google's philanthropic arm Google.org on Thursday announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs over the next two years to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.These grants are part of a global $50 million...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

'Google Play Music' subscription now in India

Offering music lovers a fresh take on streaming that is easier and consumes little data, Google India on Thursday launched 'Google Play Music' subscription in India.'Google Play Music' is available across Android, iOS and web. By signing up at early stages, users...

06-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook rolls out tools to stop 'revenge porn'

Facebook has rolled out tools to help people thwart the circulation of their intimate images without consent or 'revenge porn' on its platforms including Messenger and photo-sharing service Instagram.In a press statement issued late on Wednesday, Facebook said...

05-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook leads consortium to counter fake news

To ensure the news that internet users get is not fake, Facebook is leading a consortium that is pouring $14 million into the creation of a News Integrity Initiative.Apart from academics and non-profits, Mozilla and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales are also...

05-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook's appeal to block bulk search warrants rejected

A US court has rejected Facebook's challenge to quash the search warrants ordering it to hand over information of hundreds of accounts involved with a disability fraud case related to the 9/11 attacks.According to a report in New York Times on Tuesday,...

04-Apr-2017 New York

What is the strange rocket button icon doing on Facebook?

Social networking giant Facebook recently added a new icon -- that of a rocket -- on selected users' home screens without any hint about what to do with it or what it means, said a media report on Tuesday.On clicking on the rocket, it leads the user to an altered...

01-Apr-2017 New York

'Twitter egg' hatches into 'human'

After being trolled on several social media platforms, Twitter has now changed its default profile photo from "Twitter Egg" it has used since 2010 for users who do not upload their own photo, to a new human silhouette.The reason for the change is that the...

30-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook apps to stop working on many devices

Facebook app and Messenger will soon stop working on many smartphones which run the older version of these apps.According to a report in Independent on Wednesday, Facebook will end support for devices running some older versions of the apps, including v55 of...

29-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Google rolls out Knowledge Graph in Bengali language

Aimed at helping Bengali speakers discover new information quickly, Google on Wednesday announced the introduction of Knowledge Graph in the Bengali language on Google Search.What is more, Google said its search will now also support spell correction for Bengali...

29-Mar-2017 New York

Now Facebook gets 'Stories' feature

After Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp got a Snapchat-like "Stories" update, users on Tuesday got access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them add effects to their photos and videos.They can now share this content to a Snapchat clone called...

28-Mar-2017 New Delhi

YouTube sensation Lilly Singh visiting India on book tour

YouTube star Lilly Singh will be visiting India in April as part of her book tour after penning her debut work in which she covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances.Lilly will be holding the book events in Mumbai, Hyderabad...

28-Mar-2017 New York

YouTube ad boycott may cost Google $750 mn

The boycott of video-hosting platform YouTube by advertisers could cost its parent company Google $750 million in revenue, a media report said.Over the past few weeks, major consumer brands, including Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo and McDonald's have pulled...

28-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook launches Town Hall tool to find nearby lawmakers

Facebook has launched a new tool that would make it easier for users to find and "follow" their elected representatives. The tool lists the officials based on users' location and provide a fast access to them.The new tool, currently available in the US, would...

25-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook to begin testing GIF button for comments

Social media giant Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that will allow users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments."Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we are about to start testing...

23-Mar-2017 Las Vegas

Twitter takes away the fear of reaching out to people : Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling, who has achieved superstar status after his role as a passionate jazz musician in "La La Land", says Twitter takes away the fear of reaching out to people but not the consequence of it.Gosling was a star attraction here at the Adobe annual summit...

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