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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...

30-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google commits $25 mn to AI-powered humane projects

Google has pledged to give $25 million to launch projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to inspiring solutions to societal problems.Google said the grant will be used to fund the Google AI Impact Challenge contest, which is part of its...

29-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages

In a bid to train 3 lakh Indians in digital safety, Facebook on Monday announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library -- a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.The announcement was made at Facebook's South...

26-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment

Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016.In a letter to employees on Thursday, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a "hard line" on inappropriate conduct, reports the BBC.The...

25-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google drops plans for Berlin campus

Google has dropped plans to open a large campus in a trendy district of Berlin that were strongly opposed by German campaigners.The US tech giant planned to set up an incubator for start-ups in Kreuzberg, long known for radical and underground culture. However,...

24-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook introduces simplified version of Messenger

In a move to declutter Messenger, Facebook has started rolling out a new version of the text and video chat app -- Messenger 4 that brings down the number of tabs from nine to three."Messenger 4 will gradually roll out globally over the coming weeks," Stan...

22-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Google Assistant to now answer Airtel-related queries

Bharti Airtel on Monday announced that its customers will be able to interact with customer care through Google Assistant.Currently available in English, the feature will also be rolled out in regional languages to deliver a personalised experience to millions...

20-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to charge $40 per device to Android makers

Android manufacturers will have to pay $40 per device to Google in Europe to be featured into Google Play Store and other mobile apps.According to a report in The Verge on Friday, a confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the...

16-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook expands policies on voter suppression

With the US mid-term elections looming, Facebook has announced to expand its policies against voter suppression -- action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting.The social media platform has banned "misrepresentations about how to vote, such...

14-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter under Irish investigation over data collection

Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from...

12-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to allow up to 250 people on group chat

Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats that, up to 250 members could join, the media reported."Facebook Groups" gives the 1.4 billion active users of the app a platform to collectively...

12-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing 'tap-to-advance' feature to browse through posts

Facebook-owned photo-messaging platform Instagram is testing "tapping" as a replacement of scrolling through posts on the platform, the media reported.The company is testing the tap-to-advance feature to navigate between posts in the Explore section of the app."We're...

11-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to bring Safety Check to 'Workplace' early next year

To help organisations locate their people in a crisis, Facebook is planning to introduce the Safety Check feature in "Workplace", the social network's messaging service for businesses."With Safety Check, if a crisis arises, organisations can identify who...

10-Oct-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp 'fixes' bug that let hackers break into video calls

WhatsApp has understood to have fixed a bug in its Android and iOS mobile app that allowed the hackers to let the app crash during incoming video calls.According to a report in ZDNet on Wednesday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has over 1.5 billion users, fixed...

10-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter kills ability to create 'Moments' on mobile

Twitter has announced killing the ability to create "Moments" within the iOS and Android apps because it was apparently not seeing a lot of use of the feature that essentially gives users a way to stitch multiple tweets together to tell a story.Making Moments...

09-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to close Google+ social networking site

Internet giant Google has said it is shutting down the consumer version of its own social networking site Google+ due to low usage and a bug discovered in March last year that could leak the data of about half a million of its users."The consumer version of Google+...

08-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google rolls out new cybersecurity solution on Play Store

Google's cybersecurity unit "Jigsaw" has rolled out a new application called "Intra" to the Google Play Store to protect users from Domain Name System (DNS) manipulation attacks, the media reported on Monday.DNS is the phonebook of the Internet from where users...

06-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Facebook establishing task force for 2019 India elections

Facing the uphill task of tackling election-related interference on its platform as India gets ready for polls next year, Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising "hundreds of people" in the country to prevent bad actors from abusing...

02-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Google to donate $1 mn towards Indonesia quake relief

Google will contribute $1 million (nearly Rs 7 crore) towards relief and restoration work in Indonesia which was hit by a 7.5-magnitude quake and an ensuing tsunami that has claimed over 1,200 lives."We're deeply saddened about the earthquake and tsunami in...

02-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Twitter steps up fight against fake accounts

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter on Tuesday said it will now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviours.As platform manipulation tactics continue to evolve, the micro-blogging platform said it is expanding...

02-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Twitter India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti with customised emoji

Twitter India on Tuesday celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the announcement of a new customised "Gandhi Emoji".The "Gandhi Emoji" was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the micro-blogging site, which features a caricature...

26-Sep-2018 Washington

Google discusses data privacy before Senate hearing

As US lawmakers geared up to grill tech giants again on data privacy, Google said the organisations must operate with respect for individuals' interests when they process personal information.In a three-page framework, Google said companies must be transparent...

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