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16-Jan-2017 New Delhi

SC notice on plea for privacy regulations on WhatsApp, Facebook

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the central government's response on a plea seeking to put in place regulation to protect the privacy of the messages of WhatsApp and Facebook users.The court also issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India...

07-Jan-2017 New York

Facebook hires former CNN anchor to lead news partnership team

Facebook has hired former NBC and CNN anchor Campbell Brown to lead its news partnership team, media reported.But the Brown job will not address the issue of fake news spread, as it was earlier speculated.Ever since the job was opened in December 2016, there...

07-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Google Doodle honours inventor of worldwide standard time

Google has honoured Sandford Fleming, a Canadian inventor and engineer of Scottish birth known for his invention of worldwide standard time, with a Doodle."Today's Doodle reflects Fleming's legacy on this, the 190th anniversary of his birth," Google said in...

05-Jan-2017 Kharagpur (West Bengal)

Sundar Pichai has heart-to-heart talk with IIT-Kharagpur students

In a heart-to-heart conversation at his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai talked about various things in his college life, ranging from his girlfriend, bunking classes to mess food.He visited the campus after 23 years,...

05-Jan-2017 Kharagpur (West Bengal)

Global software giants from India in 5-10 years : Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday expressed confidence that big global software companies will start emerging from India in the next five to 10 years."In five- to 10-year time frame, we will see big global software companies coming out of India and we will...

05-Jan-2017 Kharagpur (West Bengal)

Google betting big on AI, machine learning : Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday said his organisation is "betting big" on advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the coming years.Asked on the next big thing at Google, Pichai said: "I can't quite tell exactly but advances in...

03-Jan-2017 Mumbai

Google Doodle pays tribute to India's first feminist

Google dedicated a Doodle on Tuesday to mark the 186th birth anniversary of India's 19th century social reformer Savitribai Jyotirao Phule, considered the first feminist of the country.Savitribai K. Patil was born on January 3, 1831, in a rich and influential...

27-Dec-2016 New Delhi

India largest country in demand for mobile developer courses : Google

India overtook the US to become the largest country in terms of interest in mobile developer courses in 2016, Google India said on Tuesday -- search queries in mobile development courses from India saw 200 per cent (year-on-year growth) in the last two years.Karnataka,...

22-Dec-2016 New York

Facebook has emerged as a new kind of media platform : Zuckerburg

Facebook is neither a "traditional" media company, nor it is a "traditional" technology company, CEO Mark Zuckerburg has said, adding that it is a new kind of platform.Zuckerburg on Wednesday invited his 82 million followers on Facebook to sit in on his discussion...

16-Dec-2016 San Francisco

Facebook wants fact-checking agencies to identify fake news

Responding to criticism from all quarters over the spread of fake news, Facebook has asked its users to flag fake news stories which will be verified by third party fact-checkers.According to media reports, Facebook was going to work with five fact-checking agencies...

15-Dec-2016 New York

Facebook won't help build Muslim registry

Breaking its silence, Facebook on Thursday said that it would not help US President-elect Donald Trump's administration to create a list of Muslims present in the US.In a statement to the Intercept, Facebook said: "No one has asked us to build a Muslim registry,...

14-Dec-2016 New Delhi

'Sultan', 'Kabali' take top spots among trending movies: Google India

Bollywood actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Disha Patani - who starred together in "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", and superstar Salman Khan's "Sultan" were amongst the top searches on Google in 2016.Google India on Wednesday issued a statement of the 2016 recap...

12-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Google's Pulkit Trivedi joins Facebook India as Industry Director

Facebook on Monday announced the appointment of Pulkit Trivedi, who had led Google's e-commerce team until recently, as Industry Director for e-commerce, retail, travel and financial services verticals, where he will lead in building and maintaining strategic...

09-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Vijay Mallya's twitter account hacked

The official twitter handler of controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya appeared to be hacked on Friday morning.A series of abusive and embarrassing tweets were sent out to over 5.51 million followers by a cracker group or individual named 'Legion'.A group...

09-Dec-2016 New York

Twitter rolls back changes after 'confusion'

Twitter timelines were full of complaints against the experimental change where the names mentioned would be stripped from the start of replies in the notification tab and would not be counted towards the character count in replies.According to a report in BuzzFeed...

07-Dec-2016 New York

Tweeting emoji at Google will surprise you

If you tweet an emoji at Google, it will interpret it and show you relevant results.The feature that starts from Wednesday takes a few seconds to come up with relevant Google searches for an emoji.For example, if users have to find a restaurant in the area,...

06-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Demonetisation was most significant moment on Twitter in 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move on November 8 was the most significant moment on Twitter in 2016. The social network recorded 650,000 tweets in 24 hours following the announcement and millions more tweets in the following weeks, the company...

05-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Say hello with Google Allo in Hindi now

In a bid to take instant messaging experience to millions in India, Google on Monday introduced Hindi language capabilities in its Google Allo smart messaging app.The new updates in "Google Assistant" and "Smart Reply" features will roll on Allo from Monday...

03-Dec-2016 New York

Facebook working on Snapchat-like Discover feature

In yet another attempt to take on photo sharing mobile service Snapchat, Facebook is working on a new feature which will showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed."The feature called 'Collections' functions similarly to...

01-Dec-2016 New Delhi

How Rahul, Congress Twitter accounts may have been hacked

As the news of Congress Party and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi's Twitter accounts being hacked spread like wildfire on Thursday, cyber experts were not surprised as the phenomenon is quite common across the globe where hackers are always a step ahead...

01-Dec-2016 New Delhi

Congress Twitter account hacked

Indian National Congress's official Twitter account was hacked on Thursday morning, a day after the account of its Vice President Rahul Gandhi was hacked.Expletives and abusive tweets were posted on the handle.One of the tweets posted on the account said that...

30-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Will help mobile-driven businesses in India: Facebook

At a time when mobile is transforming the way people connect, Facebook is committed to help mobile-driven businesses to grow in India, a top executive said on Wednesday.Speaking at the "Mobile Moves Business" event here that brought together businesses,...

28-Nov-2016 New York

On Twitter, images of children continue to be exploited

Some Twitter users have been indulging in swapping of illegal images of children to sexualise them, the media reported.According to a report in BBC on Monday, images of young girls in their school uniform or swimsuit and which are actually innocuous, are...

20-Nov-2016 New York

Mark Zuckerberg announces new steps to curb fake news on Facebook

A day after US President Barack Obama crticised Facebook for spreading fake news that favoured Donald Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new steps to counter fake news on the platform, a media report said."We take misinformation seriously,"...

19-Nov-2016 Mumbai

Google Arts and Culture unveils virtual exhibition on Indian women

Technology giant Google has on Saturday, through its cultural arm Google Arts & Culture, unveiled a virtual collection of artworks and exhibitions on the life of Indian women in history -- spanning 2,500 years and from 26 cultural institutions across the country,...

19-Nov-2016 New York

Facebook plans its first stock buyback

In a first since going public, Facebook is planning to buy back $6 billion in stock from shareholders beginning in the first quarter of of 2017, a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed."Usually a stock buyback programme is...

17-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Google rolls out new themes, smart stickers for Allo

Ramping up the user experience in its smart messaging app Allo, Google on Thursday released a new set of updates including smart smileys, chat themes and an exclusive "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sticker pack.With smart smiley, Google Allo makes...

16-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Google launches new app to scan, digitise 'memories'

Technology giant Google on Wednesday launched "PhotoScan" app that scans and digitises photos directly from the phone. "PhotoScan" is available for both Android and iOS devices from Wednesday.Google described "PhotoScan" as a free-to-download app that gets digital...

16-Nov-2016 San Francisco

Twitter hands more power to users to stop cyberbullying

In a fresh bid to empower its over 300 million users, the micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday made it easier for them to report cyberbullying.Twitter has expanded its "mute" feature which enables users to mute accounts they don't want to see Tweets...

15-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Google wants Indian youth to be 'good digital citizens'

Google India on Tuesday launched the second edition of the "Web Rangers" contest, saying it was an effort to promote and educate the youth about staying smart, safe and savvy online.The "Web Rangers" contest is open to students across the country in the 10-17...

14-Nov-2016 Pune (Maharashtra)

Children's Day Google doodle is by Pune schoolgirl

An 11-year-old schoolgirl from Pune has designed Monday's Google doodle, celebrating Children's Day that also marks the birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.The student, Anvita Prashant Telang, studies in Vibgyor High School...

09-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Children-centric video app 'YouTube Kids' launched in India

Making it easier for today's tech savvy kids to find videos on topics they want to explore, popular online video community YouTube on Wednesday launched "YouTube Kids" -- a huge library of learning content for children -- in India."YouTube Kids comes to India...

09-Nov-2016 San Francisco

Twitter breaks US election day tweets record

With 35 million tweets on the US election day, micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday broke its earlier record set in 2012 election day of more than 31 million tweets.By 7.30 a.m. (India time) on Wednesday, over 35 million election-related tweets were posted...

03-Nov-2016 Kolkata

Google aiming to develop more India-relevant features

Search engine Google is yet to receive permission -- primarily on the policy front -- to launch its Street View feature in India, a company official said here on Thursday."However, with more than 5,000 cities and six lakh villages mapped in India, the company...

01-Nov-2016 New Delhi

Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly quits

Micro-blogging website Twitter's India head Rishi Jaitly on Tuesday took to Twitter to announce that he has quit the company."Today, after 4 years of user/business momentum in India & the region, I'm sharing my intention to move on to new opportunities, same mission,"...

01-Nov-2016 New York

Using Facebook may help you live longer

If you are an avid Facebook user, here is some good news. A new study says that using Facebook is associated with living longer as it serves to maintain and enhance an individual's real-world social ties."Happily, for almost all Facebook users, what we...

21-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Google Pixel XL : Real, direct competition to the Apple iPhone 7

When Google launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered premium devices Pixel and Pixel XL earlier this month, the message was clear: The device with the personal Google Assistant built right in sounded the threat bugle for Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.The...

20-Oct-2016 Gurgaon (Haryana)

India main focus as we connect next billion people: Facebook

Facebook deeply cares about India as the company focuses on building for the next billion people coming online, a top Facebook executive said here on Thursday."We are committed to learning about how people everywhere use our product, and making sure Facebook...

17-Oct-2016 Mumbai

Twitter comes out with 'Bigg Boss' emoji

Micro-blogging website Twitter has introduced a special emoji for the tenth season of reality TV show "Bigg Boss".When people tweet using hashtags like #BiggBoss, #BiggBoss10 and #BB10, the eye symbol of the show will be activated next to the hashtag. The emoji was...

14-Oct-2016 New York

Facebook adds Apple TV, Chromecast support to stream videos

To give users even more ways to watch, Facebook has rolled out the ability to stream videos from the social network to your TV through devices like Apple TV or Google Chromecast.To watch a video from Facebook using your smartphone, press the TV symbol in...

13-Oct-2016 New York

Google, Facebook team up for direct undersea connection to Asia

Internet giants Google and Facebook have teamed up with Pacific Light Data Communication and undersea communication solution provider TE SubCom to build the first direct submarine cable system between Los Angeles and Hong Kong with ultra high-capacity.The Pacific...

12-Oct-2016 New Delhi

Google begins Accelerated Mobile Pages roll-out in India

Technology giant Google on Wednesday announced the roll-out of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) for mobile search results in India that will load web pages at a lightning fast speed.With this new update, when you search on your mobile device, you will see a label...

08-Oct-2016 New York

Google to close location-centric photo sharing service Panoramio

Technology giant Google will shut down Panoramio, the location-centric photo sharing service that the company used to augment its Google Maps and Google Earth services, in November, a media report said.Panoramio, the service which Google acquired in 2007, will...

07-Oct-2016 San Francisco

Facebook's Oculus working on new VR headset

After creating ripples with its Oculus Rift headset, Facebooks Oculus team is reportedly building another virtual reality (VR) headset that does not need to be tethered to a computer with cables.The new headset was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

04-Oct-2016 San Francisco

Google launches AI-powered Pixel smartphone

With an aim to lead the world of smartphones with its artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology, Google on Tuesday launched much-awaited Pixel -- a new premium device completely designed by the tech giant with Google Assistant built right-in -- at a special...

30-Sep-2016 New Delhi

Google to open 'India Cloud Region' to help customers, developers

In a fresh move to offer secured and improved cloud services to Indian developers and enterprise customers, Google has announced to open a new "Google Cloud Region" which is expected to go live in Mumbai in 2017.Announcing the "Google Cloud Regions" at...

29-Sep-2016 New York

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft on one AI platform

In a major boost to artificial intelligence (AI) research, five top-notch tech companies -- Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft -- have joined hands to announce a historic partnership on AI and machine learning.It means that these companies will...

28-Sep-2016 New Delhi

'Facebook At Work' to be launched globally soon : Report

Facebook is set to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network "Facebook At Work" globally in a few weeks on a per seat pricing model for businesses to make it easier for employees to exchange ideas easily, a media report said on Wednesday....

27-Sep-2016 Mumbai

Twitter India introduces live video interview series

Twitter India and digital video network PING Network are launching a live video interview series with business and technology leaders over Twitter's live streaming app Periscope.Govindraj Ethiraj, veteran journalist and founder of PING Network, will roll out...

27-Sep-2016 New Delhi

Google goes bullish on India, expands free Wi-Fi across the country

In a move to help India's billion-plus population connect to Internet, tech giant Google on Tuesday announced to expand its free Wi-Fi service -- currently available at 52 railway stations -- to public places across India.At the second "Google for India"...

27-Sep-2016 New Delhi

Google goes bullish on India, announces country-specific products

In its bid to bring more and more people online in India, tech giant Google on Tuesday unveiled a slew of products like Google Station and YouTube Go to make it easier for the billion-plus population get connected to the internet faster and better.At the...

26-Sep-2016 Jerusalem

Facebook apologises for disabling Palestinian journalists' accounts

Facebook has apologised for disabling accounts of several Palestinian journalists and activists, saying "the pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate".An anti-Facebook campaign was launched after the social networking giant...

24-Sep-2016 San Francisco

Ajay Devgn, Kajol Devgn visit Facebook campus

Popular Bollywood couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol visited the Facebook campus here. Kajol has also joined the social networking site.Ajay and Kajol, who have been married for 17 years, paid a visit to the Facebook office on Friday.Excited about her first post, she...

23-Sep-2016 New Delhi

BlueStacks now allows you to stream gaming apps on Facebook Live

Mobile gaming platform BlueStacks announced on Friday an integration with Facebook Live's application programming interface that allows users to stream their apps and games directly to the social networking site.With this integration, BlueStacks' over 150 million...

22-Sep-2016 New York

India made 139 account information requests in 2016 : Twitter

Between January and June this year, the Indian government made 139 account information requests and requested for 42 accounts to be removed from the micro-blogging website, Twitter's biannual transparency report revealed on Thursday.Twitter is, however, yet...

21-Sep-2016 Washington

Facebook teams up with ABC News to live stream presidential debates

Social networking giant Facebook has teamed up with ABC News to live stream all US presidential debates online.Viewers will be able to ask questions and make comments on Facebook Live coverage."The debates will also be preceded by a new show called Strait Talk...

17-Sep-2016 New York

Twitter CEO backs 'Pardon Snowden' campaign

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has joined a growing list of celebrities and other public figures rooting for a presidential pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden.#PardonSnowden, Dorsey tweeted on Twitter. The Pardon Snowden campaign, launched by three human rights...

14-Sep-2016 New Delhi

Facebook Groups crosses 80 mn monthly users in India

Social media giant Facebook on Wednesday announced that over 80 million users in India use Groups each month to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends."Last year, millions of people in Facebook Groups left...

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