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17-Dec-2018 Tel Aviv

Facebook blocked Netanyahu's son for anti-Muslim posts

Facebook temporarily banned Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for posting anti-Muslim posts, the media reported on Monday.According to a report in The Times of Israel, Yair's Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours on Sunday...

07-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Facebook tightens political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.Now anyone who wants to run...

05-Dec-2018 San Francisco

Facebook temporarily removes post on 'black people problem'

Facebook reportedly pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the social media giant of having "a black people problem", the media reported.According to a report in CNET on Tuesday, the post by Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global...

03-Dec-2018 New Delhi

WhatsApp launches TV campaign in India to fight fake news

Facing flak for the misuse of its platform, WhatsApp on Monday launched its first-ever TV campaign in India as part of its efforts to address the challenge of misinformation and pernicious rumours.The popular messaging platform earlier launched two phases of...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google acquires large office park in Silicon Valley for $1 bn

Google has invested $1 billion on a large office park near its headquarters in Mountain View, California, the media reported.A Google representative confirmed the $1 billion purchase price for the office park but did not comment beyond that, The Mercury News...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages

With several users complaining about old messages resurfacing on their Facebook Messenger, the social networking giant said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix, The Verge reported.The issue of old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically,...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp's Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits

In yet another high-profile exit at WhatsApp, its Indian-origin Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora has quit, saying he needs "time off to recharge and spend time with family".Arora has been with WhatsApp since 2011 -- well before the mobile messaging service's...

26-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries

Google is rolling out a new feature to the Search app on mobile web, Android and iOS that would not show multiple links to a query if it could be answered by a direct result for faster search experience."For queries where we have extremely high confidence that...

24-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Facebook plans to train 5 mn Indians in digital skills by 2021

To help small businesses in India reach the global economy, Facebook is planning to train five million people with digital skills in three years, a top company executive said here on Saturday.With ten ongoing programmes, Facebook has already trained one...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to scrutinise political ads before EU polls

In the run-up to European Union (EU) elections in May 2019, Google will introduce a EU-specific Election Ads Transparency Report and searchable ad library to provide more information about who is purchasing election ads, whom they're targeted to and how...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter bans far-right activist for violating rules

Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.Loomer was banned for violating Twitter rules regarding "hateful conduct", Mic.com reported...

21-Nov-2018 New Delhi

WhatsApp appoints Ezetap Co-founder Abhijit Bose as India head

Under pressure from the government to build a separate corporate entity in the country, instant messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday named Ezetap Co-founder Abhijit Bose as its India head.Bose will join WhatsApp in early 2019, the company said.He will build...

21-Nov-2018 New York

Twitter bots played 'disproportionate' role in 2016 US polls : Study

Automated accounts or "bots" played a "disproportionate" role in spreading misinformation online during the 2016 US presidential polls, revealed an analysis of 14 million messages and four lakh articles shared on Twitter.Researchers from the Indiana University...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform

Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users' time spent on the app, Facebook has now released "Your Time on Facebook" tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.The feature is designed to help users manage...

21-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Google News to fund new ideas for quality journalism in Asia-Pacific

Google News has launched a new innovation challenge to help scribes and publishers in the Asia-Pacific region produce quality journalism in the digital age.The Asia-Pacific Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge will fund selected projects up to...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

I have no plan to step down : Mark Zuckerberg

Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire.In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the...

20-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger crashes globally

Several users in the US and Europe on Tuesday reported that Facebook Messenger was not working for them.According to DownDetector.com, a portal that tracks when outages happen in the digital world, thousands of Messenger users were unable to receive messages,...

19-Nov-2018 London

Google News may shut down in EU over 'link tax'

Google may shut down its Google News service in the European Union (EU) if a proposed "link tax" for using news stories comes into force in member countries, The Guardian reported.According to the new copyright directive, adopted by the European Parliament...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user's household - the number of people in the household, the interests that they share,...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google halts project to build glucose-sensing contact lens

Google's parent company Alphabet has put on hold a project to build glucose-sensing contact lens for people living with diabetes due to unsatisfactory results from clinical work.The aim of the project was to turn contact lens into a cutting-edge medical device...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to allow users to comment on search results

Google is planning to launch a new feature that will enable users to leave in search results comments that could be seen by others.While the feature has not yet gone live, an official Google help document has described how it would work, the Search Engine Journal...

17-Nov-2018 United Nations

YouTube comedian 'MostlySane' fights hate online but 'likes' trolls

How does one react to the torrent of hate engulfing the social media?The surprising answer of the Indian YouTube personality Prajakta Koli, herself the target of trolls, was: "Personally for me, I like them.""I don't hate them at all because they bring a...

17-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing feature to let you co-watch videos with friends

Facebook is testing a feature called "Watch Videos Together" on Messenger that would enable simultaneous co-viewing of videos over a group chat on different devices.A Facebook spokesperson said this is an "internal test", TechCrunch reported on Friday. The code...

16-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Steep rise in government data requests from India : Facebook report

Facebook has recorded 16,580 data requests from the Indian government in the first six months of 2018 -- a steep rise compared to a total of 22,024 requests in the full year of 2017 and 13,613 in 2016.In the January-June 2018 period, Facebook provided some data...

16-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google set to release new system update to 'Wear OS'

Google is set to release a new system update called the "H Update" to its "Wear Operating System (OS)" with features like the battery saver, body efficiency and smart app resume."In the next few months, you should soon see a system update on your device labeled...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit : Facebook

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network on Thursday said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating...

15-Nov-2018 Mumbai

Shah Rukh Khan, A.R. Rahman meet Twitter CEO

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman met Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, with Rahman calling it an "inspiring" meeting.Shah Rukh on Wednesday evening shared a photograph with Dorsey. The two are seated in a yogic position...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

YouTube Premium service expands to 7 new countries

YouTube Premium, the paid streaming subscription service and YouTube Music Premium is being rolled out to seven new countries, taking the services to 25 and 21 global markets, respectively.Initially launched in June and formarly known as "YouTube Red", YouTube...

14-Nov-2018 Mumbai

Priyanka Chopra joins hands with Facebook

Actress Priyanka Chopra has partnered with Facebook India for a live event called #SocialForGood to spread awareness on issues like mental health, cyber bullying and women entrepreneurship.#SocialForGood will be a four hour long live event, which will take place...

14-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Google Safety Center with 9-language support now in India

TO help users stay safe online in India, Google on Wednesday expanded its Safety Center to the country in nine languages.The center has a wide range of tools and resources, right from basic security guidelines to information on important topics like data...

14-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues."Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated...

13-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Enjoy being on Twitter, PM Modi tells Jack Dorsey

After meeting Twitter CEO and Co-Founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he enjoys being on the platform and has made "great friends" there.Complimenting Dorsey for the passion with which he leads the company, Modi said that...

13-Nov-2018 Paris

Facebook agrees to work with French regulators on hate speech

In a first, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to monitor what steps the social networking giant is taking to combat hate speech, the media reported.Addressing the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel...

13-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google probing 'malicious' attack on its internet traffic

After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was "external" and under investigation.Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that...

13-Nov-2018 Madrid

WhatsApp to delete all chats not saved, updated via Google Drive

The world's most popular freeware instant messaging app confirmed its prior announcement that, as of Monday, any users who have not backed up their stored data and chats on Google Drive will lose their chat histories.WhatsApp, which is owned by tech giant...

12-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Twitter India launches #PowerOf18 initiative for youth civic engagement

Voting rights emerged as the top response when asked what people would consider the power of turning 18 years old, according to a new survey from Twitter India. With this empowering insight, Twitter is launching today a social initiative called #PowerOf18 aimed...

12-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Twitter CEO meets Rahul Gandhi, discusses fake news

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform."Jack Dorsey, the Co Founder and CEO of Twitter dropped...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Manually backup data to Google Drive on Android soon

Google is rolling out the ability to initiate manual backups to Google Drive -- that does not need the usually recommended Wi-Fi -- on Android devices including the older ones, a media report said.Previously, for backups, a smartphone had to be connected to...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to make arbitration for harassment claims optional

Following Google's footsteps, Facebook is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle sexual harassment claims made against colleagues in private arbitration alone, The Wall Street Journal reported.Facebook announced the new policy...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook quietly rolls out short-format video app 'Lasso'

Facebook has launched a video app "Lasso" that enables users to make and share short-format videos with filters and special effects."Lasso, FB's new short form video app is now available in the US!" Facebook Product Manager Andy Huang said in a tweet on Friday.Equipped...

10-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Google remembers engineer Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu

Google on Saturday dedicated a Doodle in honour of Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu who fought gender barriers to become one of the first woman engineers in the world.Born in the Romanian port city of Galati on November 10, 1887, Zamfirescu passed school with high...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google apologises for past handling of harassment, brings changes

After a global walkout by over 20,000 employees last week, Google has apologised for the past handling of sexual harassment cases while promising to bring changes to make the company a safer workplace."We recognise that we have not always gotten everything...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google hires Geisinger CEO to lead healthcare initiatives

Google has reportedly picked David Feinberg, CEO of US-based health services organisation Geisinger Health, to lead the company's healthcare efforts.While Google has not officially confirmed the move, Geisinger, in a statement on Thursday, said that Feinberg...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Removed 14 mn terror-related content so far: Facebook

Facebook has removed more than 14 million "pieces of terrorist content" on its platform till September this year that was related to the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and their affiliates.In the second quarter (April-June) 2018, Facebook took action on 9.4 million...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google CEO unveils new policy to address sexual harassment at workplace

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said the company has worked out a new comprehensive policy to address diversity and sexual harassment that became a great concern of Google employees.In an email to Google workers, Pichai on Thursday admitted that Google has "not...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google CEO unveils new policy to address sexual harassment at workplace

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said the company has worked out a new comprehensive policy to address diversity and sexual harassment that became a great concern of Google employees.In an email to Google workers, Pichai on Thursday admitted that Google has "not...

08-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger planning 'delete' feature for sent messages

Facebook is planning to roll out a new update to Messenger that will allow users to delete sent messages from chat threads within 10 minutes of sending.A Twitter user spotted the feature listed as "coming soon" in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger's...

06-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google set to release fix for memory issue in Pixel 3

With some Pixel 3 users reporting a memory management flaw, Google is planning to release a software update "in the coming weeks" to fix the problem, the media reported.Many Pixel 3 users have noted that taking pictures with the phone often kills background...

06-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook promises more action to curb hate speech in Myanmar

Coming under fire for not doing enough to stop the misuse of its platform for spreading hate in Myanmar, Facebook has promised to invest more in people, technology and partnerships to make the social network a safer place for people to express themselves.Facebook...

06-Nov-2018 Washington

Facebook blocks more accounts 'meddling' in US mid-terms

Facebook has blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram that may be engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" from foreign entities into the US mid-term elections.According to the social networking giant, US law enforcement contacted...

04-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook apologises for 'White supremacy' ad

Social networking giant Facebook has apologised after letting an ad campaign target its users interested in "White genocide conspiracy theory".News site The Intercept had no trouble in launching the campaign just a few days after conspiracy theory about external...

03-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter records 10 mn tweets on US midterms

Twitter has recorded over 10 million tweets about voting since October 1 as the US midterm elections loom."This has already been the most tweeted-about US midterm election ever. Nearly 15,000 US users even have 'vote' in their display name," Bridget Coyne, Senior...

01-Nov-2018 Mumbai

'Thugs Of Hindostan' team collaborates with Google Maps

The team of forthcoming film "Thugs of Hindostan" have joined hands with Google Maps in India, where superstar Aamir Khan's character from the film "Firangi" will be guiding commuters with directions." As people gear up for Diwali and to watch 'Thugs Of...

01-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter testing home button to switch tweet order

Twitter is testing a home-screen button to help its 326 million users switch the order of the tweets they see, the social network announced on Thursday.The micro-blogging platform said a small number of iOS users will soon see a button on the home screen that...

01-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google employees plan walk-out against workplace harassment

After Google announced last week it fired 48 people for sexual harassment since 2016, nearly 1,500 workers were planning a walk-out at the company's offices globally on Thursday, the media reported.According to a report in The New York Times, more than 1,500...

30-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter considers removing 'Like' button but not so soon

Twitter has confirmed it was considering removing the heart-shaped 'Like' button after its CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that he was not a fan and would be getting rid of it "soon".After The Telegraph first reported about this on Monday, the micro-blogging platform...

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