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21-Jul-2021 San Francisco

Instagram users can now restrict, turn off sensitive comments

Facebook has announced a new setting that allows Instagram users to decide how much sensitive content shows up in the Explore tab.The new ‘Sensitive Content Control' feature gives Instagram users an ability to turn off comments or restrict someone from interacting...

21-Jul-2021 San Francisco

YouTube rolls out new tool to tip creators

Google-owned YouTube is rolling out a new tool "Super Thanks" that will let users tip their favourite creators on the platform.This new feature gives creators yet another way to earn money while also allowing them to strengthen relationships with viewers."We have...

21-Jul-2021 New Delhi

Twitter rejigs social media dashboard TweetDeck

Twitter has announced a new and improved version of TweetDeck, and is testing new features with a small group of users in the US, Canada and Australia.TweekDeck is a social media dashboard which many Twitter users are not aware of, and the company may turn its...

20-Jul-2021 San Francisco

Twitter Beta now lets users log in with Google Account

The latest Twitter beta update for Android lets users to log in using a connected Google Account, the media reported.Google Account integration with Twitter is definitely long overdue, with the social media platform similarly working on Apple Account sign-in...

14-Jul-2021 New Delhi

Twitter to let users change who can reply to tweets after posting

In a bid to give more power to its users, Twitter on Wednesday said it is rolling out a new feature where you can decide who can reply to your tweet after you post it, a move that will help curb harassers and abusers on the platform.Called "Change who can...

11-Jul-2021 New Delhi

Twitter finally appoints India-based grievance officer

Paying heed to India's demand, Twitter has finally appointed Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance officer (RGO) for the country.The micro-blogging platform had informed the Delhi High Court last week that it will take eight weeks to appoint a resident grievance...

09-Jul-2021 San Francisco

Google launches AI academy for small newsrooms

In a bid to help small media publishers reach new audiences and drive more traffic to their content, the Google News Initiative (GNI) has launched a training academy for 20 media professionals to learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used to support...

26-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Twitter may soon let you connect your Google Account

Micro-blogging site Twitter is working to make it possible to sign in to your account through a connected Google Account.As discovered by app investigator Jane Wong, Twitter is looking into enabling Google Account integration, 9To5Google reported.For years, Google...

21-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Facebook rolls out Clubhouse-rival Live Audio Room

Taking on Clubhouse and Spotify, Facebook on Monday rolled out Live Audio Rooms and podcasts on its platforms for public figures and select users in the US.The social network said that it is also working with creators who will use its audio tools to further...

20-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Google Messages now allow font size changes in conversation threads

Google is rolling out a new option where users can now pinch-to-zoom to change the font size in Google Messages for Android.The functionality is quite straightforward and starts by opening any thread. Pinching out with two fingers increases most text in the...

15-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Parliament panel summons Twitter over misuse of its platform

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology has asked Twitter to appear before it on June 18 and put its views on prevention of misuse of its platform. The meeting will be held in Parliament complex where safeguarding of citizens' rights will...

14-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Google Workspace, Chat now open to all for seamless hybrid work

Google on Monday announced that its integrated communication and collaboration service Workspace is now available to everyone with a Google account.The company's 3 billion-plus existing users across consumer, enterprise, and education have access to the full...

06-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Facebook makes its best tool available for better translation

In a bid to help build better translation systems, Facebook has open-sourced FLORES-101, a first-of-its-kind, many-to-many evaluation data set covering 101 languages from all over the world. For the first time, researchers will be able to reliably measure...

06-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Dorsey's firm Square to invest $5M for solar-powered Bitcoin mining

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey-run financial services company Square is investing $5 million to build an open-source, solar-powered Bitcoin mining facility with blockchain technology provider Blockstream Mining. The facility will be a proof-of-concept for a 100 per...

05-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Govt's 'last' notice to Twitter, warns of penal action

The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT has sent its final notice to Twitter over non-compliance of the new IT rules and has again warned of penal action in case the US-headquartered social media platform fails to comply to the norms. The notice sent by...

05-Jun-2021 San Francisco

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey now plans a Bitcoin wallet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced to consider making a hardware wallet for Bitcoin for the customers of its digital payments services company Square. The hardware wallet will be build entirely in the open, from software to hardware design, and in collaboration...

05-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Twitter restores verified blue tick of Vice Prez's personal handle

Microblogging social media site Twitter on Saturday removed the blue verified tick badge from the personal handle of India's Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu for a few hours. The blue tick badge was later restored after a few hours. However, the official handle of...

04-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Google to disable Advertising IDs for users who opt out of tracking

Google has announced to disable 'Advertising IDs' for users who opt out of tracking by Android apps, and will show developers a 'string of zeros' in its place, as the tech giant plans to give users more control over who can use and share their data.Starting...

02-Jun-2021 New Delhi

Twitter reopens blue badge verification after a brief pause

Twitter on Wednesday reopened its blue badge verification programme after a brief pause, as it has been inundated with verification requests.Twitter on May 29 hit the pause button on its blue badge verification programme within a week of its launch, saying it...

27-May-2021 San Francisco

Google to use 'patient data' to develop healthcare algorithms

Google has collaborated with the US hospital chain HCA Healthcare to develop healthcare algorithms using patient records, the media reported.According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google will have access to patient records from HCA, which operates 181 hospitals...

27-May-2021 New Delhi

Twitter Spaces now available on desktop, mobile web browsers

Twitter on Thursday announced its live audio conversation app Spaces is now available from desktop and mobile web browsers.Previously, the Clubhouse-like audio meet app, Spaces was only available via iOS and Android apps."Spaces are making their way to Twitter...

22-May-2021 Mumbai

Koo meets new intermediary guidelines ahead of May 25 deadline

Homegrown micro-blogging platform Koo on Saturday said it has met the compliance requirements of the new IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2021 ahead of its May 25 deadline set by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).The ministry has...

19-May-2021 New Delhi

Now you can check Fleets while scrolling tweets

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday announced that its users can now check ephemeral, Snapchat Stories-like Fleets while scrolling Tweets on their timeline.The company said that it is rolling out the new feature on iOS and soon on Android."When there's a blue...

18-May-2021 New Delhi

Google launches News Showcase in India with 30 news publishers

Google on Tuesday announced it has rolled out News Showcase in India with 30 news publishers including national, regional and local news organisations like Indo Asian News Service (IANS), ABP LIVE, India TV, Zee News, Amar Ujala, Deccan Herald, Punjab Kesari,...

07-May-2021 San Francisco

Google is turning on two-factor authentication by default

To secure users from online security threats, Google is reportedly enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on Google accounts by default for users.Users who have set up 2FA will be asked to confirm the right person is signing in to an account by tapping...

02-May-2021 New Delhi

Google launching handshake emoji with 25 skin tone options

Google is launching a new emoji showing multi-skin toned handshake, in a bid to bring gender diversity and inclusion into practice.The multi-skin handshake emoji in 25 options should appear in the next release, Emoji 14.0, meaning the users should see it appear...

17-Mar-2021 San Francisco

Facebook eyes newsletter biz with new publishing platform

After launching Facebook News, the social network now aims to monetise the newsletter business and will soon start testing partnerships with independent writers for its new publishing platform.According to a report in Axios, the newsletter publishing platform...

17-Mar-2021 New Delhi

Google launches website to help parents with kids' tech use

In an effort to give parents more controls over their kids watch time, Google has introduced families.google, a website with resources for family as kids begin using technology.According to Google, two in five parents are not confident in talking about...

25-Feb-2021 San Francisco

YouTube announces supervised content, more parental control

Google-owned video-streaming platform YouTube has unveiled a new feature that would help parents to control what their kids watch on the platform by enabling different content settings on the platform.The new feature will give parents the ability to choose from Explore,...

13-Feb-2021 San Francisco

FB working on smartwatch with social, fitness focus

Facebook is reportedly working on a smartwatch that will focus on messaging and health features. Wearers will be able to send messages with Facebook services like Messenger and WhatsApp, and it will work with a cellular connection without a tethered smartphone,...

10-Feb-2021 New Delhi

YouTube cracks down on music videos related to farmer protests

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday blocked a music video by famous Punjabi singer Kanwar Grewal titled 'Ailaan' that was related to the farmer protests and raked in over 60 lakh views.YouTube has placed a notification on the original video, saying "This content is not...

04-Feb-2021 New Delhi

AWS veteran Bikram Singh Bedi to lead Google Cloud's India biz

Google Cloud on Thursday announced that Bikram Singh Bedi, who set up the Amazon Web Services (AWS) operations in India, will succeed Karan Bajwa as its new Managing Director for the country.Bajwa has already been elevated to become the new leader for Asia...

03-Feb-2021 New Delhi

YouTube growing fast, Shorts gets 3.5B daily views: Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has revealed that videos in the new YouTube Shorts player are receiving 3.5 billion daily views, and the company will bring it to more countries in 2021.Shorts is a video-making app like TikTok where people can express themselves...

01-Feb-2021 New Delhi

Twitter suspends several high-profile accounts in India

Twitter on Monday suspended several accounts of high-profile celebrities and organisations, including actor Sushant Singh, Caravan magazine, Kisan Ekta Morcha, Tractor2twitr and several other politicians, farmer leaders, writers and activists, at the behest...

13-Jan-2021 New Delhi

Google's coding competition 'Hash Code 2021' goes virtual

Hash Code 2021, Googles flagship team programming competition, is back in a virtual avatar owing to the ongoing pandemic.'Hash Code 2021' will kick off with the Online Qualifications on February 25 and wrap up with the 'Virtual World Finals' in April.Hash...

09-Jan-2021 New York

Twitter permanently suspends Donald Trump handle

Social media giant Twitter announced that it is banning US President Donald Trump from its platform, citing "risk of further incitement of violence".On Twitter, Donald Trump's handle is now an empty white page, frozen with 51 followed accounts and 88.7 million...

30-Dec-2020 New Delhi

Google testing feature to show videos from Instagram, TikTok

In a bid to retain users on its platform, Google is testing a new feature where Instagram and TikTok videos will appear in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices, the media reported on Wednesday.According to a report in TechCrunch,...

11-Dec-2020 New Delhi

Google to let users turn off YouTube ads for alcohol, gambling

In a respite for millions of users globally, Google has introduced a new control in Ad Settings that will enable people to see fewer alcohol and gambling ads on both Google and YouTube platforms.The feature will roll out in Ad Settings gradually, beginning...

06-Dec-2020 San Francisco

Google Fi offering $100 to non-VoLTE customers for an upgrade

Google Fi, a service by Google that provides telephone calls, SMS, and mobile broadband using cellular networks, Wi-Fi will stop activating non-VoLTE phones from January and it is offering a $100 credit to help customers upgrade their smartphones from the Fi...

06-Dec-2020 New Delhi

Twitter allows hardware security keys for iPhones, Android

Twitter has rolled out hardware security key support for Android and iPhone devices, to help users keep their accounts more secure.Now anyone with a security key set up on their Twitter account can use that same key to log in from their mobile device, so long...

04-Dec-2020 New Delhi

Twitter kills threaded replies, shuts down beta app twttr

Twitter has turned off its threaded replies experiment as it made conversations hard to read and shut down its beta app called twttr, designed for experiments like threaded replies.The threaded replies experiment was meant to make replies easier to read and...

03-Dec-2020 Google confirms to shut down 'Poly' 3D platform next year

Google confirms to shut down 'Poly' 3D platform next year

Google has made it official that it is going to shut down Poly, its 3D platform, next year.In an email sent to Poly users, Google said the service will completely shut down on June 30, 2021, and will stop accepting uploads on April 30, 2021.The users are advised...

03-Dec-2020 San Francisco

Google acquires data management company Actifio

Google Cloud has acquired data management company Actifio which is a leader in backup and disaster recovery for an undisclosed sum.Actifio offers customers the opportunity to protect virtual copies of data in their native format, manage these copies throughout...

03-Dec-2020 New Delhi

Google offers people access to paywalled content in News Showcase

Google has announced to start offering people access to paywalled content in partnership with select news publishers, as part of $1 billion News Showcase initiative launched two months ago.The tech giant said that its media partners in Germany and Brazil, the...

25-Nov-2020 New Delhi

Google Pay not to charge money transfer fee from Indian users

Google India on Wednesday clarified that Google Pay which is set to kill the peer-to-peer payments facility on its web app in January along with adding a fee for instant money transfers is specifically for the US market and will not impact its apps in India.The...

23-Nov-2020 Sydney

Don't blame us for news businesses revenue decline: Google

As Australia debates the draft News Media Bargaining Code that would govern the relationship between news businesses and digital platforms, Google on Monday said that making it responsible for decline in revenue of news publishers would amount to barking...

19-Nov-2020 San Francisco

Google Pay becomes an all-encompassing money app

Google has introduced several features in its Pay feature for both Android and iOS users which have been first rolled out in the US.The new Google Pay app is designed around relationships with people and businesses."It helps you save money and gives you insights...

18-Nov-2020 New Delhi

Instagram introduces keyword search on its platform

Instagram users in select countries will now be able to search the platform using keywords and no hashtags are required.The Facebook-owned company said the keyword  search feature will initially be available in English in six countries, including the UK,...

18-Nov-2020 San Francisco

YouTube introduces audio ads for brands to expand reach

In a bid to help marketers and creators further grow brand awareness on its platform, YouTube has introduced audio ads -- its first ad format designed to connect brands with  audiences in engaged and ambient listening.Audio ads, currently in beta,...

13-Nov-2020 San Francisco

Facebook CEO says Joe Biden is next US President

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the first Big Tech CEO to acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next president of the US, at a time when Donald Trump has refused to accept his defeat and is fighting a legal battle.The Facebook CEO told employees in a...

13-Nov-2020 New Delhi

YouTube cancels its annual 'Rewind' celebration for 2020

YouTube has announced that it will not organise its annual end-of-year 'Rewind' celebratory recap video this year.The company in a statement acknowledged that "2020 has been different," adding that "it doesn't feel right to carry on as if it weren't.""We know...

13-Nov-2020 New Delhi

Twitter removes Home Minister Amit Shah's DP, reinstates

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Thursday night removed the Display Picture (DP) of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. It, however, reinstated the picture after some time.It turned out that Twitter took the action after someone claimed copyright on the image. However, as...

05-Nov-2020 San Francisco

YouTube refuses to block video that claims Trump won election

Google-owned YouTube has refused to block a video that claims US President Donald Trump has won the election, saying the video does not violate its election misinformation policies.The video, titled "Trump Won. MSM hopes you don't believe your eyes," was published...

31-Oct-2020 New Delhi

New zero-day bug puts Windows OS at threat, reveals Google

A team of Google security researchers has revealed a zero-day vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system that is under active exploitation.According to Google project Zero technical lead Ben Hawkes, the zero-day vulnerability is expected to...

30-Oct-2020 San Francisco

We face a competitive environment : Sundar Pichai

Even as scrutiny of Google's dominance on Internet search intensifies, the CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai, has said that it faces a competitive environment.In an earning call with analysts on Thursday, Pichai said that the company is confident about the...

30-Oct-2020 New Delhi

YouTube generates $5bn in ad revenue for Google in Q3

YouTube brought in $5 billion in advertising revenue in the third quarter of 2020, signaling that there has been a rebound in advertising revenue for both Google and YouTube.YouTube now has over 30 million music and premium paid subscribers, and over 35 million...

30-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Working hard to let people chat across our apps : Mark Zuckerberg

Stressing that the messaging experience in the US is very fragmented compared to India or China, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is working hard to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp so that they can start to function a little bit more like...

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