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07-Sep-2020 Sydney

Don't blame us for classified ad decline in newspapers : Google

Google reiterated on Monday that it is passing on the vast majority of money advertisers pay the Search engine giant directly to Australian publishers and it should not be blamed for classified ads decline in newspapers.The company said it does not object to...

04-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Facebook rolls out dedicated tab for Instagram Reels in India

As millions of Indians scout for new platforms to unleash their creativity in absence of Chinese TikTok, Facebook on Friday rolled out a dedicated tab for Instagram Reels for most of India.The Reels tab is a new tab in the navigation bar so the feature...

01-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Google to display 'licensable' badge over images

In a bid to better help Search users find images that can be used for their personal or professional work or not, Google has made it easier to find licensable images on its platform.For results where the publisher or image creator provided licensing information,...

31-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google launches Kids Space on select Android tablets

Google on Monday launched a new kids mode on select Android tablets that features apps, books and videos for your children to explore, learn and have fun as they stay home.Google Kids Space will be available globally on certain Lenovo tablets first, including...

29-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Apple's 'stranglehold' on App Store blocks innovation: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slammed Apple for its App Store policy, saying it blocks innovation and allows the tech giant to "charge monopoly rents".Buzzfeed first reported that Zuckerberg told 50,000 employees in a webcast that Apple has a "unique stranglehold...

28-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Facebook invites people to explore Horizon VR project

Facebook has invited people to join its Horizon project which is a social experience where people can explore, play and create with others in virtual reality (VR) at one place.To begin with, the invite-only beta will be available on Oculus Quest and the Rift...

28-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google runs largest chemistry calculation on quantum computer

Google has successfully performed the largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date, a feat that can unlock new frontiers in chemistry, improving a wide variety of industries.The Google AI Quantum team used a noise-robust variational quantum eigensolver...

27-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google not in race to buy TikTok: Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has denied his company is in the race to acquire the Chinese short-video making app TikTok.On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Marvel's Avengers game to get early access on Google Stadia

Marvel's Avengers by Square Enix is one of the exciting new games coming to Google's Cloud gaming service Stadia on September 1 with 72-hour early access.Square Enix is already available on pre-orders for a while on other platforms such as Xbox, Steam and PlayStation...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google launches faster tabs, cool features in Chrome browser

Google has introduced several features including tabs that load faster and let you organise and find them easily in Chrome browser as you work or study from home.To start with, Google has made tabs 10 per cent faster in Chrome via under-the-hood performance...

19-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook will junk Trump posts for violations: COO Sandberg

In a first direct challenge to US President Donald Trump in the run-up to the November presidential election, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said the platform would remove Trump posts if they violate company standards.Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, Sandberg...

19-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google introduces AI-powered 'Sounds of India' app

Google on Wednesday said it is offering a new AI-powered web app called Sounds of India that will allow you to sing Jana Gana Mana into your phone, karaoke-style and it transforms your voice into one of three traditional Indian instruments.The Sounds of India...

06-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Twitter allows iOS users to limit replies to their tweets

Twitter has rolled out a new feature for iOS users which will allow them to limit replies to their tweets on the platform.The micro-blogging platform first tested this feature with a limited set of users in May."In May, we tested a new way to have a chat with...

05-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook launches TikTok rival Instagram Reels in US

Amid uncertainties surrounding TikTok's business in the US, Facebook on Wednesday introduced Instagram Reels in the country that will allow people to create and discover short, entertaining videos.With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos...

03-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Now you can use Google Chrome to quickly create PDF

You can now easily create a free Adobe Acrobat PDF from any Microsoft Office or image file simply by typing PDF.new into Chrome and uploading the desired file, thanks to a collaboration between Google and Adobe.One can also type Sign.new into the browser...

03-Aug-2020 New York

Google launches Pixel 4a, to arrive in India in October

Google on Monday introduced the new affordable smartphone Pixel 4a starting at $349 for the lone 6GB+128GB model in the US that will arrive in India in October.The company said it will reveal the price for the Indian market closer to its launch, which will...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google helps people identify Black-owned businesses

Google has started adding an icon in Google Maps and Search to help people identify Black-owned businesses.The move, which comes amid a surge in online searches for Black-owned businesses, is part of the company's commitment to support underrepresented entrepreneurs.With...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Twitter plans 'Undo Send' button with paid subscription service (Ld)

Twitter has started working towards its paid subscription service that will provide users options like "Undo Send" button (like an edit button) and ability to tweet longer and high-quality videos, among other features.The micro-blogging platform hinted last...

30-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram as it was a 'threat' to Facebook

The US House antitrust subcommittee has made public the email exchanges between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former chief financial officer David Ebersman, revealing that the company (and Zuckerberg, in particular) wanted to buy Instagram to avoid competition...

27-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Google working on smart tattoos that turn skin into living touchpad

Google is working on smart tattoos that, when applied to skin, will transform the human body into a living touchpad via embedded sensors.Part of Google Research, the wearable project is called "SkinMarks" that uses rub-on tattoos.The project is an effort to...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

New Google fund to address missing data for key research

Google has launched a new Lacuna Fund which is the worlds first collaborative nonprofit effort to directly address the missing labeled data in the field of languages to health and agriculture and more.There is currently a lack of relevant, labeled data to represent...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google spying on users' data to learn how rival apps work: Report

Google is reportedly keeping tabs to how its users interact with rival Android apps, selectively monitoring how the users interact with non-Google apps via an internal programme to make its own products better.According to a report in The Information, an internal...

21-Jul-2020 New Delhi

This tool can protect kids from viewing risky videos on YouTube

Global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has introduced a new monitoring feature in its parental control app to protect children from viewing risky videos while browsing the popular video streaming platform YouTube.When activated, the 'Safe Search in YouTube' feature...

20-Jul-2020 Mumbai

Facebook inks music licensing pact with IPRS

The Indian Performing Rights Society Ltd on Monday announced a pact to license its music repertoire for video and other social experiences across Facebook and Instagram.People will now be able to choose music from the IPRS repertoire with hundreds and thousands...

18-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Facebook to launch new section to debunk corona myths

Facebook has announced that it will launch 'Facts About Covid-19' -- a dedicated section -- on its social media platform next week to limit the spread of misinformation about the  pandemic.It will debunk common myths that have been identified by the World...

17-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Facebook expands Messenger screen sharing to iOS, Android

Facebook has now made screen sharing available globally on the latest versions of Messenger's Android and iOS apps, besides the desktop app and Web.Screen sharing allows people to instantly share their screen with friends and family one-on-one or in a group video...

17-Jul-2020 New Delhi

YouTube brings back 1080p streaming option in India

YouTube has lifted restrictions on 1080p HD video streaming in India after limiting the streaming quality to 480p or Standard Definition (SD).At the end of March this year, YouTube had temporarily restricted its video playback quality for users in India to lessen...

16-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Twitter hack: 367 users lost over Rs 90 lakh in just 2 hours

As Twitter went through the worst-ever cyber attack on any social media platforms on Thursday, at least 367 users transferred around $1,20,000 (over Rs 90 lakh) to hackers in Bitcoins before the Twitter teams swung into action to stop the cryptocurrency...

16-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google redesigning Gmail to make it a productivity hub

Google has announced a major overhaul for Gmail that will expand the service beyond emails and become a productivity hub for workplace.The new design shows four tabs at the bottom of a user's screen: Mail, Chat, Meet for video calling, and Rooms, CNET reported...

16-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Coordinated social engineering attack has hit us: Twitter

Facing the worst-ever scam in the history of social media, Twitter on Thursday acknowledged hackers have taken control of its internal system and tools as they made over $100,000 in bitcoin scam (the figure was still growing) after hijacking several top-notch...

15-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google introduces new games, titles for Play Pass users

Google has introduced new features in its Play Pass which connects users to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases.Over the past few months, Google Play Pass has added over 150 new titles - from racing games to drawing apps - to the Play...

15-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Facebook takes on YouTube, set to launch licensed music videos

In an ambitious bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook is readying itself to launch officially-licensed music videos for artists on its platform in the US next month.In an email sent to Facebook Page owners linked to artists, the social network informed...

15-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Twitter, NDRF launch dedicated search for disaster relief in India

Twitter on Wednesday announced a partnership with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in India to expand its efforts towards handling disaster situations, with launching a dedicated search prompt to help people stay updated with the latest information...

18-Apr-2020 Mumbai

Zareen Khan debuts into the YouTube space with her own channel

With social media becoming the new age norm, most actors today have their own channels, especially on YouTube. After Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Kartik Aaryan, now  Zareen Khan too has jumped onto the bandwagon. Today, Zareen launched her own channel...

16-Apr-2020 Chandigarh

Google strengthens its commitment to India during COVID-19 and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities, and businesses across India. In times like these, it is more important than ever to help people get the right information to stay safe, informed and connected. Google has accelerated its...

29-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Did you apply for Google CEO's job on LinkedIn?

To the surprise of millions of LinkedIn users, the high-profile job of Google CEO Sundar Pichai was up for grabs on Microsoft-owned professional networking platform and some wannabes even applied to become what would be a dream job on Earth.Later, LinkedIn...

27-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Google donating 100K Home Minis to paralysed people

Google has joined hands with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to give away 100,000 units of its Home Mini smart speakers to people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Eligible residents in the US can apply on the website of the foundation.The...

27-Jul-2019 New York

Facebook ad library failed to serve its purpose: Experts

Researchers and experts have slammed Facebook for making its Ad Library -- meant to bring a new level of transparency to online ad buys -- riddled with errors and technical glitches that make it virtually unusable.In a statement shared with IANS, US-based non-profit...

25-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Facebook removes multiple fake Pages, Groups, accounts

Facebook on Thursday said it removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform and Instagram and originated in Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras.It removed 12 Facebook accounts and 10 Pages...

24-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube faces flak for promoting racism on kids' show

Google-owned content sharing app YouTube has once again come under a cloud, this time for promoting white supremacy by letting a kids' channel show racist content by portraying "beauty" and "ugly" looks in fair and dark skin shades, and failing to remove it despite...

22-Jul-2019 New Delhi

WhatsApp set to empower SMBs go digital in India

After picking 5 Indian startups who would receive nearly Rs 35 lakh ($50,000) each to develop country-first products, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now set to further empower the 50-million plus small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country.Will Cathcart,...

20-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Twitter to soon explain why certain tweets are unavailable

You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is working on to "add context" to "this tweet is unavailable" notices."We're fixing the issue where you see so many 'This...

19-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube Music now lets users switch from audio to video

After matching over five million audio tracks with their official videos, YouTube Music is now letting premium users to transit from the audio of a track to watching the music video without any pauses or interruptions."Switching between audio songs to music...

18-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google removes stalker apps that may have spied on you

Google has removed seven stalker apps that were available on its Play Store as apps for children's safety or finding stolen phones but were being used to stalk employees, romantic partners or kids.The apps were able to track the surveilled person's location,...

12-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube to bring recommendations-free educational playlists

Targeting teenagers, Google-owned content sharing app YouTube is bringing a new education feature called Learning Playlists with dedicated landing pages for educational  videos on topics like math, science, music and language, free from algorithmic recommendations.The...

11-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google Maps to now give Indian users dining offers

Google Maps on Thursday introduced three new features for Indian users to help them discover local experiences and get recommendations that are personalised for better dining experience, including an "Offers" section to help users find deals and claim them...

10-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Official YouTube app now available on Amazon Fire TV

The official YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV platform and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs."We will expand to additional Fire TV devices in the coming months, with YouTube TV and YouTube Kids launching later this year," Amazon said in a blog...

07-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Facebook down again? Chill as the world has not ended yet

Imagine this: All of your favourite social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter have stopped working for an unspecified time period. Are you anxious, nervous or still a relaxed soul?This year has seen several incidences where...

07-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google doodle celebrates FIFA Women's WC final

Google on Sunday splashed its home page doodle with colours of the US and the Netherlands ahead of the teams' face off in the FIFA Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France.The eighth edition of the prestigious tournament, which started on June 7, will come to...

05-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube's ban on 'instructional hacking' videos upsets cyber teachers

Computer security teachers are upset over YouTube's decision to ban instructional tutorials on hacking and phishing from its platform, fearing it could interfere with the training of computer science and security students.To prevent its users from learning how...

02-Jul-2019 New Delhi

TikTok refutes Tharoor's claim on sharing data with China

Chinese short video-making app TikTok on Tuesday refuted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's claim that it was illegally collecting data and sending it to China.Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour on Monday, Tharoor said there were reports that the Chinese...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube adds more controls for home page, Up Next videos

To further streamline videos based on the content that interests users, Google-owned video-sharing app YouTube has decided to give users more control over their Home page and Up Next videos.As part of the changes, YouTube would now let users explore more...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

'Deepfakes' videos different from fake news : Mark Zuckerberg

Admitting that Facebook cannot fight fake news on its own, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is considering to treat "deepfakes" and misinformation separately so that altered "deepfake" videos can be tackled in a better way."Deepfakes" are video forgeries that make people...

19-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Now try virtual makeup while watching YouTube tutorials

With a new "Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature", Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time."Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual...

16-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Towards a happier, less nastier Facebook

Passive use, loneliness and the agony of social comparisons are some of the "ills" being battled on social media and Facebook's answer to these are: easier ways to comment  back, a dating feature and a time tracker to check overuse.During the International...

15-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to rank comments to make conversations meaningful

In a move to make conversations on public posts more meaningful, Facebook has rolled out an update where it will rank comments to promote those that are most relevant to users.Facebook will now start showing comments on public posts more prominently when...

15-Jun-2019 New York

Don't regulate us for the sake of it : Sundar Pichai

Facing an anti-trust probe from the US government, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cautioned against those who may want to regulate the tech giants "for the sake of regulating."In an interview with CNN Business, Pichai said his company had gone through similar...

13-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Facebook COO Sandberg promises to weed out bad content

Grappling with the best and the worst of humanity, a quarterly transparency report from next year and content regulations are some of the steps listed by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg to deal with major content concerns and privacy issues.Committed...

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