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Facebook suspends US-based analytics firm over data concerns

WASHINGTON: After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook has now suspended Boston-based data analytics company Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it harvested users' data.

WhatsApp to restrict India service as government talks tough

NEW DELHI: Hauled up second time by the government on its failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platform amid growing lynching episodes, the Facebook-owned platform on Friday said it is launching a test to limit message forwarding to five chats that will apply to its users in India.

India-first 'two-wheeler mode' in Google Maps expands to Asia

NEW DELHI: The "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps that first arrived in India last December has been extended to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

HTC's India exit result of failure to judge Chinese competition: Experts

NEW DELHI: The news of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC shutting its India operations was on the cards as the company -- once the darling of Indian users -- could not cope up with the changing dynamics of the market amid rapid growth of Chinese players, experts said here on Thursday.

Instagram testing emoji reactions feature for 'Stories'

NEW DELHI: Photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a new feature that allows users to react to "Stories" with emojis, just as they can react on Facebook.

Google's Rajan Anandan joins TiE Delhi-NCR to foster start-ups

NEW DELHI: Rajan Anandan, Vice President, South East Asia and India, Google, on Wednesday took an additional responsibility of the Delhi-NCR Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi-NCR) as its President to nurture the Indian start-up ecosystem.

Election integrity forces Twitter to delay account verification process

NEW DELHI: Looming elections in Pakistan, the US, Brazil and India have forced Twitter to shelve its public account verification programme as the micro-blogging platform is busy tackling the spread of fake news and misinformation, the company said on Wednesday.

Apple, Facebook, Twitter celebrate World Emoji Day

NEW DELHI: Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants celebrated World Emoji Day on Tuesday with declaring most used and favourite emojis, announcement of new ones, acknowledging how emojis make conversataions easy and expressive without words, among others.

New Microsoft Skype version for desktop from September 1

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is rolling out the new version 8.

Google Doodle honours Georges Lemaitre's Big Bang theory

NEW DELHI: Google on Tuesday dedicated an animated Doodle to Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaitre who in 1927 propounded the Big Bang theory when he theorised that the universe began as a single point and expanded to become as big as it is now.

itel launches first dual camera smartphone in India

NEW DELHI: China-based Transsion Holdings' itel Mobile on Tuesday launched its first dual rear camera smartphone "A62" in India for Rs 7,499.

BEML, L&T to tap export market for defence products

BENGALURU: State-run Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) and Indian multinational Larson & Toubro Ltd (L&T) on Monday signed an agreement to jointly explore export markets for defence products and systems.

Google teams up with UN to track environmental changes

NEW YORK: The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools.

Amazon faces web issues globally on Prime Day

WASHINGTON: Shoppers in the US and elsewhere in the world are struggling to access e-commerce giant Amazon's website as one of its biggest annual sales, Prime Day, got underway.

Facebook shielding far-right activists, under-age accounts: Report

LONDON: Moderators at Facebook are protecting far-right activists, preventing their Pages from being deleted even after they violate the rules set up by the social media giant, the media reported.

Truecaller announces 'Call Recording' feature

NEW DELHI: Popular communication app Truecaller on Monday introduced a new "Call Recording" feature for its Android users globally.

Indian IT decision makers bullish on AI in BFSI sector: Report

NEW DELHI: Three in one top Indian IT decision makers say there is a strong need for adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector, a new report said on Monday.

Facebook fails to stop users from sharing pirated movies

SAN FRANCISCO: Several Facebook groups are sharing pirated Hollywood movies to hundred of thousands of users and the social media giant's automated software are unable to stop copyright infringements, the media reported.

Regulate use of facial recognition technology: Microsoft

NEW YORK: Microsoft has become the first tech giant to initiate a call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology that can be used for mass surveillance affecting civil liberties.

OPPO unveils budget phone for Rs 10,990 in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker OPPO on Friday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone "OPPO A3s" for Rs 10,990 in India.

Apple launches $300 mn clean energy fund in China

SAN FRANCISCO: Amid heightened trade tensions between the US and China, tech giant Apple has joined hands with its suppliers to launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China.

Women hiring up 5 times at Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: The number of women employees at Facebook has increased five times over five years and there has been a modest growth in the proportion of Asian, Black and Hispanic employees across the company, the social media giant revealed on Friday.

Microsoft Teams now available for free in 40 languages

SAN FRANCISCO: Taking on professional collaboration tool Slack, Microsoft's Teams is now available for free in 40 languages worldwide.

Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.96 bn in damages in baby powder lawsuit

WASHINGTON: A jury in the US on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.

New YouTube feature to stop unauthorised content re-uploads

SAN FRANCISCO: Google-owned YouTube is introducing a feature called "Copyright Match Tool" designed for YouTube creators who have problems with unauthorised re-uploads of their content.

OPPO 'Find X' with AI-driven stealth 3D cameras in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker OPPO on Thursday launched its flagship smartphone "Find X" in India for Rs 59,990.

Trump, Obama lose followers as Twitter sanitises its platform

NEW DELHI/SAN FRANCISCO: US President Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.

Atos launches comprehensive AI software suite

NEW DELHI: European IT services provider Atos on Thursday launched a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence (AI) software suite for businesses globally including in India.

Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report

LONDON: Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported.

You will lose some of your Twitter followers

NEW DELHI: Twitter has announced it will remove locked accounts -- which are disabled owing to suspicious activity -- from follower counts across profiles globally in the coming days resulting in some users seeing a drop in their base of followers.

itel to launch dual rear camera smartphone for Rs 7,500

NEW DELHI: China-based Transsion Holdings' itel Mobile is all set to launch its first smartphone with dual rear camera in India on July 17.

Facebook faces record UK fine for data misuse

LONDON: The UK's data protection watchdog plans to fine Facebook 500,000 pounds ($662,954) over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Paytm launches forex services

NEW DELHI: Payments-wallet services provider Paytm on Wednesday said it has launched foreign exchange services in 20 international currencies.

Google brings peer-to-peer payments service to 'Google Pay'

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has integrated its peer-to-peer payments service "Google Pay Send" into its digital payments solution "Google Pay" to make the latter a one-stop destination to send and ask for money.

New Apple AI chief to oversee Siri, Machine Learning

SAN FRANCISCO: Revealing its future plans, Apple has formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Google 'Launchpad Accelerator' India chapter to nurture desi startups

NEW DELHI: In a bid to nurture Indian startups working in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Google on Tuesday announced to open the India chapter of its global "Launchpad Accelerator" mentorship programme.

Vivo gears up to launch smartphones across price points in India

NEW DELHI: As the competition gets fierce in the Indian smartphone market, Chinese player Vivo is geared up to launch devices across price points in the next six months, a top company executive said on Tuesday.

Facebook's helicopter drone project got grounded: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook discontinued last year a small helicopter drone project that could temporarily replace cellular services in emergency situations, The Verge reported.

Suspending fake accounts won't hurt user metrics: Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO: While confirming a The Washington Post report that Twitter has been suspending as much as one million questionable accounts per day in recent months, the microblogging site refuted the claim that the move will lead to decline in the numbers of monthly active users.

YouTube to invest $25mn in countering fake news

SAN FRANCISCO: Video sharing platform YouTube has announced that it will invest $25 million to fight against fake news, especially for the urgent coverage of breaking news.

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