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26-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Facebook rolls out local camera effects designed for India

In line with its mission to make the world open and connected, Facebook on Wednesday hosted an interactive showcase of its family products and apps and rolled out local camera effects designed for India.Sharing latest numbers, Facebook also said it now...

24-Apr-2017 London

Facebook not arbiter of truth : Sheryl Sandberg

Responding to the criticism that Facebook has been facing over dissemination of fake news on the platform, the social media giant's Chief Operating Officer (COO) has said that the company is not an "arbiter of truth".Speaking at BBC Newsnight, Sheryl Sandberg said:...

24-Apr-2017 New Delhi

This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!

Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and...

22-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Do your bit, save the planet : Google's Earth Day Doodle

Do your bit and make a huge difference to saving Earth, the only known object in the universe known to harbour life, suggests Google's Earth Day Doodle on Saturday.Do small things like eating less meat, opting for carpooling, and unplugging unused electronic...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's AR camera platform to empower developers

Giving a fresh impetus to its Augmented reality (AR) dream, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new augmented reality platform for developers to encourage AR camera effects.Wearing his signature gray t-shirt and blue jeans on the first day of Facebook's...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook is for all : Zuckerberg takes a jab at Snapchat

In an apparent reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's purported disinterest in expanding business to "poor countries" like India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is for everyone and not just for "the high end".In a subtle jab at Spiegel, Zuckerberg...

19-Apr-2017 United Nations

UN to issue 10 stamps of 'asanas' on International Yoga Day

The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York.The 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large 'Om' in...

13-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google releases app for food delivery, home services

Google has introduced Areo, one single app for food delivery and home services, currently live in Bengaluru and Mumbai on Android devices."Areo lets users search for local restaurants and home services like electricians, plumbers, and painters, and schedule...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google.org announces $8.4 mn grant to four Indian NGOs

Google's philanthropic arm Google.org on Thursday announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs over the next two years to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.These grants are part of a global $50 million...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Google.org announces $8.4 mn grant to four Indian NGOs

Google's philanthropic arm Google.org on Thursday announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs over the next two years to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.These grants are part of a global $50 million...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

'Google Play Music' subscription now in India

Offering music lovers a fresh take on streaming that is easier and consumes little data, Google India on Thursday launched 'Google Play Music' subscription in India.'Google Play Music' is available across Android, iOS and web. By signing up at early stages, users...

06-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook rolls out tools to stop 'revenge porn'

Facebook has rolled out tools to help people thwart the circulation of their intimate images without consent or 'revenge porn' on its platforms including Messenger and photo-sharing service Instagram.In a press statement issued late on Wednesday, Facebook said...

05-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook leads consortium to counter fake news

To ensure the news that internet users get is not fake, Facebook is leading a consortium that is pouring $14 million into the creation of a News Integrity Initiative.Apart from academics and non-profits, Mozilla and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales are also...

05-Apr-2017 New York

Facebook's appeal to block bulk search warrants rejected

A US court has rejected Facebook's challenge to quash the search warrants ordering it to hand over information of hundreds of accounts involved with a disability fraud case related to the 9/11 attacks.According to a report in New York Times on Tuesday,...

04-Apr-2017 New York

What is the strange rocket button icon doing on Facebook?

Social networking giant Facebook recently added a new icon -- that of a rocket -- on selected users' home screens without any hint about what to do with it or what it means, said a media report on Tuesday.On clicking on the rocket, it leads the user to an altered...

01-Apr-2017 New York

'Twitter egg' hatches into 'human'

After being trolled on several social media platforms, Twitter has now changed its default profile photo from "Twitter Egg" it has used since 2010 for users who do not upload their own photo, to a new human silhouette.The reason for the change is that the...

30-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook apps to stop working on many devices

Facebook app and Messenger will soon stop working on many smartphones which run the older version of these apps.According to a report in Independent on Wednesday, Facebook will end support for devices running some older versions of the apps, including v55 of...

29-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Google rolls out Knowledge Graph in Bengali language

Aimed at helping Bengali speakers discover new information quickly, Google on Wednesday announced the introduction of Knowledge Graph in the Bengali language on Google Search.What is more, Google said its search will now also support spell correction for Bengali...

29-Mar-2017 New York

Now Facebook gets 'Stories' feature

After Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp got a Snapchat-like "Stories" update, users on Tuesday got access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them add effects to their photos and videos.They can now share this content to a Snapchat clone called...

28-Mar-2017 New Delhi

YouTube sensation Lilly Singh visiting India on book tour

YouTube star Lilly Singh will be visiting India in April as part of her book tour after penning her debut work in which she covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances.Lilly will be holding the book events in Mumbai, Hyderabad...

28-Mar-2017 New York

YouTube ad boycott may cost Google $750 mn

The boycott of video-hosting platform YouTube by advertisers could cost its parent company Google $750 million in revenue, a media report said.Over the past few weeks, major consumer brands, including Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo and McDonald's have pulled...

28-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook launches Town Hall tool to find nearby lawmakers

Facebook has launched a new tool that would make it easier for users to find and "follow" their elected representatives. The tool lists the officials based on users' location and provide a fast access to them.The new tool, currently available in the US, would...

25-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook to begin testing GIF button for comments

Social media giant Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that will allow users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments."Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we are about to start testing...

23-Mar-2017 Las Vegas

Twitter takes away the fear of reaching out to people : Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling, who has achieved superstar status after his role as a passionate jazz musician in "La La Land", says Twitter takes away the fear of reaching out to people but not the consequence of it.Gosling was a star attraction here at the Adobe annual summit...

23-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook Live available to desktop users now

Facebook users can now go live directly from their desktops using their webcams and also broadcast gameplay from their computers.According to a Facebook blog post on Wednesday, Facebook live on desktops was earlier available for pages only, but now the status...

22-Mar-2017 Washington

Facebook COO pens a self-help book

The first woman to serve on Facebook's board, who is now the Social media giants Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg has announced the release of her latest book, which focusses on finding meaning and happiness after an adversity.Titled "Option B: Facing...

22-Mar-2017 New York

Twitter shut six lakh terror-related accounts in 18 months

Micro-blogging website Twitter has blocked more than six lakh terror-related accounts in last one and a half years, media reported.According to a report in CNET on Tuesday that quoted Twitter's 'Transparency Report', the micro-blogging site has suspended a total of...

21-Mar-2017 New York

New Facebook tool curbs sharing fake news

In a battle against fake news, Facebook has started to roll out a new tool that fact-checks the stories a user shares.According to a report in Telegraph on Monday, some users in the US saw a pop-up window appearing when they shared a story on their profile,...

21-Mar-2017 New York

Twitter to launch Live video API later this week

In a bid to make easier for media firms to post live video broadcasts, micro-blogging website Twitter will launch Live video application programming interface (API) later this week."The API will let companies hook up professional broadcasting and video...

18-Mar-2017 New York

Impulsive Facebook use may cause brain imbalance

Do you have the habit of constantly checking Facebook or other social media sites while driving, in a work meeting, or at other times? Beware, it could lead to a deficiency in the balance between two systems in the brain, researchers warn.The findings showed...

14-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook, Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance

To curb spying by authorities and other law enforcement agencies, Facebook has banned developers from using data obtained from them to provide tools that are used for surveillance.In a post on Monday, social networking giant that also own Instagram explained...

10-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook launches 'Messenger Day'

Facebook has launched "Messenger Day" that let users share with the public or a custom friend decorated photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.Messenger Day is rolling out for everyone at the top of Facebook's chat app on both iOS and Android. "You are...

08-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Google invites entries for 'SMB Heroes' awards

Google India on Wednesday invited entries for "SMB Heroes" awards, a nationwide programme designed to recognise and celebrate small and medium businesses (SMB) that have gone digital to become successful.The programme in partnership with the Federation of Indian...

08-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Facebook launches new tool to compare campaigns

Facebook is making its cross-device Atlas data available to more advertisers and has launched an "Advanced Measurement" tool that will allow them to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns across the social network and other platforms.The Atlas advertising...

08-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Google doodle celebrates International Women's Day

The search engine giant Google on Wednesday dedicated the International Women's Day in a creative manner through its doodle.Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8.With eight slide shows, the doodle reminded of the female pioneers and their...

07-Mar-2017 New York

Antitrust probe launched against Google in Turkey

American multinational tech company Google faces a regulatory scrutiny in Turkey after officials launched an antitrust investigation on the companys Android operating system, a media report said.The investigation, prompted by a complaint from Google's Russian...

06-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Coursera, Google offer cloud training courses

US-based edu-tech company Coursera on Monday announced a collaboration with Google to offer 'Google Cloud Training' courses on its platform.Developed and taught by Google experts, these courses will be available on-demand for any current or aspiring IT professionals...

06-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook may add 'Dislike' button in Messenger

After offering a slew of "Reaction" buttons for posts last year, Facebook may soon add a new reaction "Dislike" for Facebook Messenger, a media report said.According to a report in Tech Crunch, Facebook was testing out a "thumbs down" reaction in addition...

05-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook launches 'disputed' tag to crack down on fake news

Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped "fake news" crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as "disputed" the stories that are deemed false by fact checking organisations, the media reported on Sunday.The new feature uses non-partisan third-party...

04-Mar-2017 New York

Facebook may soon broadcast original shows

After the success of its Facebook Live feature, Facebook is looking for original TV-like programmes from various genres and may pay hefty amount for it, a media report said.According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Facebook was interested...

04-Mar-2017 New York

Google to unveil new Pixel phone this year

US tech giant Google will release a new Pixel smartphone later this year. The device, with the built-in personal Google Assistant, will directly competes with the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus."The device will remain 'premium' in its next iteration and the...

01-Mar-2017 Singapore

How Google can help save our ecosystem

Using nearly 100,000 images extracted from Google Street View, a team of researchers has developed a method to map and quantify how street trees regulate ecosystem services.With urban populations exploding in megacities like Tokyo, Shanghai and Delhi to well...

24-Feb-2017 New Delhi

WhatsApp now has 200 mn users in India

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Friday announced that it has 200 million monthly active users in India.Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, along with Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp, on Friday visited Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi...

24-Feb-2017 New Delhi

WhatsApp's new 'Status' feature available to all

Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp's new "Status" feature is now available to all users across the globe on iPhone, Android and Windows devices.The "Status" feature lets users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that...

20-Feb-2017 London

Google, Microsoft agree to crack down on internet piracy

Websites that stream or host pirated material may find it harder to feature on the first pages of two leading search engines as Google and Microsoft, which uses Bing search engine, have agreed to a new code of conduct designed to demote such websites in Britain,...

17-Feb-2017 New York

Mark Zuckerberg hails Modi for connecting with masses via Facebook

As India conducts assembly elections in five states, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of working using the social networking platform to establish a meaningful dialogue between the people and the government.Modi...

16-Feb-2017 New York

Facebook announces new video app for TV

In a bid to give users more options as to how and where they can watch videos, social media giant Facebook on Thursday announced a new app for TV.The app will be rolled out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more...

15-Feb-2017 New York

Facebook videos to now autoplay with audio

Facebook is soon rolling out an update to all its users that would autoplay the sound of a video on News Feed, without users having to tap on it.In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook said that as people had begun watching more video on phones, they expected sound...

07-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Need to simplify ways for online safety : Google India

Many internet users in India are coming online for the first time and there is a need to simplify ways to make them safe, a Google executive said here on Tuesday.Safer Internet Day 2017 is being celebrated globally on Tuesday, with the theme 'Be the change:...

03-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Facebook celebrates 13th birthday with new products

On its 13th birthday on Friday -- and calling it "Friends Day" -- Facebook is launching new products to encourage people to connect with their friends."Through friendship, our world grows more connected, powerful things can happen, and lives and communities...

28-Jan-2017 New York

Twitter releases NSLs that forced it to reveal users' data

Twitter on Saturday became the latest tech giant after Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google to release national security letters (NSLs) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that forced them to reveal user data to the government.The tech companies have been...

28-Jan-2017 New York

Zuckerberg criticises Trump's orders on immigration

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network to criticise US President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies and his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico.In his first week in the White House, Trump signed executive orders for the border...

27-Jan-2017 New York

Gmail users can't send Javascript files from February 13

To protect users from potential viruses, tech giant Google has announced to restrict Gmail users from sending Javascript files from February 13."Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons and similar...

25-Jan-2017 New York

Zuckerberg has no plans to run for US presidency

Shelving rumours surrounding his plans to run for the US presidency, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has insisted that for now he has no such intentions, saying he would continue to work to grow his company.For now, he said he would continue working on growing his...

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...

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