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11-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google 'Posts' that brings results from verified users now in India

In a bid to give users timely updates from verified users such as celebrities and organisations directly from the source, Google on Monday announced the launch of "Posts" feature in India."To get started, do a Google search for the name you want to claim,...

11-Dec-2017 New Delhi

BB Ki Vines, Vidya Vox among top 10 creators of 2017 : YouTube

American singer Vidya Iyer (known as Vidya Vox), comedian-singer Bhuvan Bam aka BB Ki Vines and Nisha Madhulika, a vegetarian Indian YouTube chef, were among the top 10 creators of 2017, the Google-owned company revealed on Monday.The "YouTube Rewind 2017" report...

11-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google Doodle honours German physicist Max Born

The Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the 135th birth anniversary of German physicist and mathematician Max Born who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the field of quantum mechanics.An atom is the smallest unit of matter and quantum mechanics...

10-Dec-2017 San Francisco

Facebook testing new 'greetings' features

Facebook users will soon be able to send a variety of ‘greetings to interact with their friends in a unique way. Apart from 'Poke', now you can send a wink, a high-five, a hug and a wave.According to a report in The Nation, the options are under trial in Britain,...

09-Dec-2017 Mumbai

Google remembers Homai Vyarawalla, India's 1st woman photojournalist

Google on Saturday dedicated a special doodle acknowledging Homai Vyarawalla -- India's first woman photojournalist -- on her 104th birth anniversary.Vyarawalla, regarded as India's "first lady of the lens", is known for her electric images of India's independence...

09-Dec-2017 San Francisco

We have zero tolerance sexual harassment policy : Facebook

Facebook follows a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment to keep the workplace safe, the social network's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has announced."We have a zero tolerance policy, and that means that when we are able to determine that harassment...

08-Dec-2017 San Francisco

Facebook to introduce live streaming, video chats to Messenger games

More than a year after launching "Instant Games" -- a new platform for gaming with friends on the Messenger chat app, Facebook has announced support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers."First, we're launching live streaming,...

07-Dec-2017 San Francisco

Facebook best place to work, Apple slips to 84th spot

 While Facebook has become the best place to work in America, Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has tumbled to number 84 this year from its 36th position last year in the leading job website Glassdoor's "100 Best Places to Work in the US".Apple still remains...

07-Dec-2017 San Francisco

Gender discrimination lawsuit against Google dismissed

In a respite for Google, a judge has dismissed a gender discrimination lawsuit from former Google employees that accused the tech giant of paying male employees more than women.According to a report in wthitv.com late on Wednesday, San Francisco Superior...

06-Dec-2017 San Francisco

Google blocks YouTube on Amazon's Echo Show, Fire TV

Google has announced blocking YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV and its Echo Show amid growing rivalry between the two tech giants as their businesses continue to overlap."We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products...

05-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google unveils new India-first products to connect next billion

Firming up its commitment to connect the next billion Indians, Google on Tuesday announced several India-first products and features that will be rolled out in other developing countries in the coming months.Currently, there are nearly 400 million Internet users...

05-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google Voice Assistant comes to JioPhone

In a move to empower feature phone users in the country, Google on Tuesday announced to bring its Voice Assistant on Reliance JioPhone.The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi, the company announced during an event here.This...

05-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google Maps introduces two-wheeler mode in India

To help bikers find the most suitable route in India, Google on Tuesday incorporated navigation routes for two-wheelers with Voice Assistant capabilities in its Maps feature.The new travel mode in Google Maps in India is seen alongside Drive, Train or Bus...

03-Dec-2017 Shanghai

Google's work boon for Chinese companies, says Sundar Pichai in China

Hinting at a possible resumption of a harmonius relationship with China, Google's India-born Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Sunday said that a lot of the tech giant's work actually helps Chinese companies.Attending the fourth edition of the Chinese state-run...

30-Nov-2017 New Delhi

World needs to collectively tackle fake news : Facebook

Although Facebook is doing its job to tackle the presence of fake news and polarised ads on its platform, the world needs a collective take on bad actors -- be it state or non-state -- to ensure the flow of high-quality information on social media, a top company...

30-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Google 'Datally' app to help you save on mobile data

Google on Thursday launched an app designed to help Android phone users understand, control and save on their expensive mobile data.This app, called Datally, allows users to track their data usage in real time, and get personalised recommendations on saving...

29-Nov-2017 San Francisco

Google Search adds donate button for nonprofits

To make it easier for people to give money to their favourite organisations this holiday season, Google Search has added a "Donate" button to its knowledge graph.The button allows users to contribute to the organisations directly when they search for US-based...

23-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Google to prepare 1.3 lakh Indians for emerging technologies

Sensing the need to skill the Indian talent for emerging technologies, Google, in association with technology learning platform Pluralsight and educational institution Udacity, on Thursday announced a new scholarship programme that will help train 1.3 lakh developers...

22-Nov-2017 Mumbai

Google doodle celebrates Hindu woman who fought child marriage

Google on Wednesday dedicated a special doodle to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of medico Rukhmabai Raut, who proved instrumental in getting the obnoxious practice of child marriages banned not only in colonial India but the entire British Empire.The Hindu...

09-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Google to start blocking redirect ads in Chrome from 2018

Google is planning to start blocking annoying redirect advertisements in Chrome, and the plan will reportedly roll out in three parts in 2018."Following on from features like Chrome's pop-up blocker and autoplay protections, over the next few releases we'll...

08-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Google doodle celebrates Kathak legend Sitara Devi's birthday

Search engine Google on Wednesday dedicated its doodle to 'Nritya Samragini' Sitara Devi on her 97th birth anniversary.n the doodle the Kathak legend is seen in a pink costume posing elegantly at the centre of the graphic, with the accompaniments of instruments...

06-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Facebook to encourage users in Gujarat and Himachal to vote

Social networking major Facebook on Monday said that it will encourage its users in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to participate in this years state elections.The social networking major said that it will collaborate with the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer...

04-Nov-2017 San Francisco

Did Sundar Pichai relish 'Android burger' at Google office?

After an intense debate on the social media over the placement of cheese in Android's and Apple's burger emojis -- which was joined by India-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai -- the tech giant has finally served "Android burgers' to its employees.At its Seattle...

01-Nov-2017 New Delhi

Google honours Urdu writer Desnavi with a doodle

Known for his huge contribution towards the enrichment of Urdu language, Abdul Qavi Desnavi was honoured by search engine Google with a doodle on his 87th birth anniversary on Wednesday.The doodle showed Desnavi sitting in the middle and writing. The letters...

31-Oct-2017 San Francisco

'126 mn Facebook users saw Russian ads during 2016 US election'

 Facebook, Google and Twitter prepared to face questioning on November 1 into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the tech giants were planning to tell the lawmakers that the Russian content on their respective platforms reached more users...

29-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg visits China again, meets students

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on an annual trip to China with the aim to finally enter the world's largest internet market by users in 2018.In his Facebook post on Saturday, Zuckerberg said he was in China for an annual meeting of the advisory board...

28-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Facebook to disclose details about political advertisers

 Facebook has vowed to make political ads more transparent, allowing users of the social network to know more about the advertisers which may include their identity and location.The move comes ahead of the November 1 US Congressional hearings in which tech giants...

26-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Facebook launches Workplace Chat app for desktop

Facebook on Thursday launched the desktop version of its Workplace Chat app that can be downloaded by anyone on PC, Mac, Android or iOS."Now, we're offering a messaging-focused experience through Workplace Chat, both on desktop and mobile," said Julien Codorniou,...

23-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Google 'investigating' Pixel 2 XL display burn-in problem

In a grim reminder of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, now, people with review units of Google Pixel 2 XL are reportedly encountering display burn-in issues.Also called screen burn, this issue happens when there is a permanent discolouration on a portion...

21-Oct-2017 New Delhi

Google Doodle puts spotlight on Nain Singh Rawat

About a century and half ago, a young Nain Singh Rawat who hailed from the Kumaon region of what is now in Uttarakhand, set out for a journey that no one had dared before -- to survey Tibet, a Google Doodle on Saturday highlighted.The terrain was tough, resources...

19-Oct-2017 Mumbai

Google honours astrophysicist Chandrasekhar with doodle

Google on Thursday dedicated a special Doodle to mark the 107th birth anniversary of India-born US scientist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar who became the first astrophysicist to win the Nobel Prize for his treatise on the evolution of stars along with Willaim...

18-Oct-2017 San Francisco

Facebook 'Building 8' head to quit just after 18 months

Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's secretive research lab "Building 8", is leaving the company, just after 18 months at the helm."Today I am announcing that early next year I will be leaving Facebook to focus on building and leading a new endeavour. I will be...

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...

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