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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 Washington

Google denies claims that it suppresses Conservative opinions

Search engine Google on Tuesday denied the claims that its search engines are "biased towards any political ideology", thus responding to US President Donald Trump's accusation that those search algorithms are designed to silence conservative voices."When users...

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...

20-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Facebook donates Rs 1.75 crore for Kerala flood victims

Social networking giant Facebook is donating $250,000 (nearly Rs 1.75 crore) for relief work in Kerala, which has been battered by torrential rains, floods and landslides, leaving over 300 dead amid massive destruction, the company said on Monday.Facebook will...

18-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Google sports colourful Doodle on opening day of 18th Asiad

Google on Saturday featured a colourful Doodle to celebrate the start of the 18th Asian Games where athletes from 45 countries will compete in 55 events.Organised by the Olympic Council of Asia and held every four years, the Asian Games are the second largest...

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...

01-Aug-2018 Los Angeles

Facebook eliminates 32 accounts accused of election interference

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it eliminated 32 accounts for what the company described as "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" ahead of the mid-term US congressional elections in November."This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook because we don't...

27-Jul-2018 Washington

'Shadow banning' due to technical issue, resolved : Twitter

After US President Donald Trump slammed Twitter for "shadow banning" Republicans, the micro-blogging platform on Friday said it is not involved in banning people based on political viewpoints and there was a technical issue in its search that has been resolved.Trump...

29-Jun-2018 New Delhi

Google Doodle honours P.C. Mahalanobis

Google on Friday dedicated a Doodle in honour of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, regarded as the chief architect of Indian statistical system as well as father of statistical science in India.Mahalanobis set up the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in 1931 in...

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...

14-Jun-2018 New Delhi

Fully responsible for securing customers' data : Google

With regulators around the world now keeping a closer watch on data security than ever before, Google on Thursday owned up complete responsibility for the security of customers' data on its Cloud platform."Our businesses cease to exist if we violate customers'...

07-May-2018 New Delhi

NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India

Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have come together to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country.A Statement of Intent...

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 Mumbai

Google celebrates K.L. Saigal's 114th birthday

Google on Wednesday paid a Doodle tribute to the legendary singer-actor Kundanlal Saigal, considered India's first 'superstar', on his 114th birth anniversary.The Doodle, designed by Vidhya Nagarajan depicts Saigal sporting a kurta and a 'gamcha', with his...

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,"...

11-Apr-2018 New Delhi

Google celebrates India's 1st superstar K.L. Saigal

Search engine Google on Wednesday dedicated a doodle to legendary singer-actor K.L. Saigal on his 114th birth anniversary.The doodle, designed by Vidhya Nagarajan, shows Saigal singing with the background of Kolkata, where the Hindi film industry or Bollywood...

11-Apr-2018 Washington

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over data scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday testified before the Congress and during his five-hour testimony, the lawmakers asked him tough questions on fake news, Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election and censorship of conservative media.During...

10-Apr-2018 Washington

Google, AMA to invite solutions for integrated health model

Google has joined hands with the American Medical Association (AMA) to invite new solutions of mobile health technology, through devices and applications, that can help effectively monitor patients as well as share medical health data to manage chronic conditions.AMA's...

10-Apr-2018 New Delhi

Google 'Home' and 'Home Mini' smart speakers now in India

Taking on Amazon's Alexa-powered smart speakers, Google on Tuesday brought its voice-activated speakers "Home" and "Home Mini" to India that can help people with their commute, play favourite songs and videos, plan daily schedule and lots more.Google Assistant-powered...

10-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Google confirms testing 'more results' for Search

Google is officially testing and refining the "more results" button to load more search results on the same page instead of making searchers click to the next page.According to a report in searchengineland.com on Tuesday, it seems to be visible to many while...

03-Apr-2018 New Delhi

Now send 360-degree photos, HD videos on Facebook Messenger

Giving its Messenger a more visual appeal, Facebook on Tuesday said that users can now send 360 degree photos and HD videos from within the platform.The 360 degree photos in Messenger are available globally on both iOS and Android platforms.HD quality videos...

03-Apr-2018 New Delhi

Google Doodle remembers activist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay

Search engine giant Google on Tuesday created a special Doodle to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, hailed as a freedom fighter, social activist, actor and promoter of the arts.The Doodle, created by Finland-based Indian artist Parvati...

31-Mar-2018 Mumbai

Google Doodle honours India's first US-trained female doctor

Google on Saturday created a special Doodle to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of Thane-born Anandi Gopal Joshi, regarded as India's first US-trained female medico.The Goodle, designed by Kashmira Sarode of Bengaluru, depicts a young sari-clad Anandi, with...

31-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Google Doodle celebrates India's first US-trained female doctor

Google on Saturday dedicated a Doodle to India's "first" female doctor Anandi Gopal Joshi to mark what would have been her 153rd birthday.The Doodle is created by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode who imagines Joshi celebrating her degree."Not only was...

28-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google acquires GIF platform Tenor

Google has acquired mobile GIF keyboard and search engine Tenor for Android, iOS and desktop making it easier for users to find and share GIF images, the company has announced."Most people use Google Images to find more information about a topic and to help...

27-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads from Tuesday

Twitter has confirmed that it will begin blocking cryptocurrency-related ads on the platfrom from Tuesday even as the micro-blogging site updated its policy relating to such advertisements."We are committed to ensuring the safety of the Twitter community. As...

27-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google blocks access to its apps on uncertified Android devices

Google has started blocking access to its apps on uncertified Android devices whose firmware was built after March 16 which could cause trouble to users who like to load custom ROMs on their smartphones."Android is an open source operating system and a million...

26-Mar-2018 Mumbai

45th anniversary of 'Chipko Movement' marked with Google Doodle

A Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko Movement, one of the most influential non-political eco-conservation movements in the world, among whose stalwarts were Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Sundarlal Bahuguna.The Goodle (Google...

26-Mar-2018 San Francisco

We don't save Android users' data without permission : Facebook

Facebook has said that it does not save call and text data of Android users without their permission, adding the practice is "widely used" with users having an option to opt-out from it.Facebook was replying to several media reports which claimed that the social...

25-Mar-2018 Mumbai

Google Doodle remembers Farooq Sheikh on his 70th birth anniversary

Google on Sunday remembered late actor Farooq Sheikh on his 70th birth anniversary with a doodle styled on hand-painted movie posters of the 1970s, and especially his "Umrao Jaan".Born on this day in 1948, Farooq grew up in Mumbai, in a simple, middle-class...

22-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Google Doodle remembers Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi

Google on Thursday honoured pioneering Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi with a Doodle on her 98th birthday."Today on her 98th birthday, we pay tribute to Dr. Katsuko Saruhashi for her incredible contributions to science, and for inspiring young scientists...

21-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Zuckerberg admits mistake over Facebook data breach

As Facebook got mired into its biggest-ever controversy, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday admitted that the social media giant "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users."I want...

21-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Committed to protect user data, says Facebook

Facebook on Wednesday said it would engage with the Indian government after IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad threatened to summon its CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the alleged harvesting and use of personal data from the social media giant to influence...

21-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Paytm more preferred by Indian professionals than Google : LinkedIn

Professionals in India prefer home-grown tech and mobile Internet companies like Directi, Flipkart and One97 Communications (Paytm) more than global giants like Google and Amazon as their workplace, revealed a new LinkedIn report on Wednesday.The report includes the...

21-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Google celebrates Ustad Bismillah Khan's 102nd birthday

Search engine Google on Wednesday paid tribute to Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, one of India's most beloved musicians, on his 102nd birth anniversary with a special doodle.The doodle, designed by Chennai-based illustrator Vijay Krish, celebrates Khan...

18-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Data breach claims false : Facebook

After suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), along with its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, for violating its policies and commitments, Facebook has denied any data breach as claimed by some media reports."The claim that...

13-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Google India makes address search, navigation easy on Maps

In a bid to make it easy for users to find addresses and navigate, Google India on Tuesday announced a string of updates and features on Maps and added "Voice Navigation" in six additional regional languages.In India, it can be challenging to reach a given...

08-Mar-2018 New Delhi

'Relatable role models' help women thrive : Google India

There is an urgent need to highlight "women role models" who are relatable, so that more women get inspired and come forward to utilise economic opportunity, grow and succeed in their businesses, which can ultimately help bridge the gender gap in our society,...

06-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Google India launches #HerStoryOurStory campaign

Aiming to celebrate women's voices and uncover their inspiring stories of trials, hope and success in everyday life, Google India on Tuesday launched #HerStoryOurStory campaign ahead of International Women's Day.As part of the campaign, Google will be sharing...

06-Mar-2018 Pune

Google extends Areo's services to Pune

Google on Tuesday extended to Pune the services of Areo, the food delivery and home services app that makes everyday chores and ordering food easier.Areo, built specifically for the Indian market, was first launched in April 2017 in Bengaluru and Mumbai. It...

06-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google celebrates women behind Play Store's best apps, games

Google is celebrating inspirational women in technology by featuring games and apps developed by them on the Google Play Store. The initiative is in honour of International Women's Day on March 8, which celebrates women's achievements around the world.Starting...

06-Mar-2018 London

Facebook asks if men could request sexual photos from minors

Facebook has admitted that a survey asking users whether it should allow an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a "mistake".The social network ran a survey for some users on Sunday asking how they thought the company should handle grooming...

03-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing 'Voice Clips' status updates for Indian users

Facebook is testing a new feature called "Add Voice Clip" that appears in its status update composer menu that allows users to record a short audio snippet to use as a status update.The new feature was first spotted by an Indian user and the social media giant...

02-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook ends alternative News Feed experiment

Facebook has ended its month-long experiment with the alternative News Feed feature, Explore, that was started in October 2017 in six countries.We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better...

28-Feb-2018 New Delhi

WhatsApp to soon show 'Forwarded Message' for spam posts

In a move to stop mass-level spam circulation on its platform, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will show "Forwarded Message" if the spam post has been forwarded from another group or from one of the members in the same chat group."Forwarded...

28-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook unveils local news accelerator for publishers

To help "metro newspapers" take their digital subscription business to a new level, Facebook has launched a local news accelerator for news publishers.The $3 million, three-month pilot programme titled "Journalism Project: Local News Subscriptions Accelerator"...

27-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google brings health 'Symptom Search' feature to India

As more and more people seek Google's advice first when it comes to health symptoms before visiting a doctor, Google India on Tuesday rolled out its feature called "Symptom Search" in India that lets users find quality health information on their smartphones.In...

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