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Beyonce ‘breaks the internet’ by posting first picture of her twins

Beyonce shows off her twins on Instagram CREDIT: BEYONCE/INSTAGRAM There was always going to be only one photo that could inspire more excitement on the internet than the one Beyonce posted showing her baby bump – and that was one of her newly born twins. The pop star has now duly delivered, sharing a photo of herself holding her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, who were born ... Read More »

Facebook, Google Protest Proposed Changes to US Net Neutrality Rules on ‘Day of Action’

Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet Inc and dozens of other major technology companies protested online on Wednesday against proposed changes to US net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain Internet services over others. In support of the “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” more than 80,000 websites – from big social media platforms like Facebook to streaming ... Read More »

Paytm Acquires Majority Stake in Ticketing Platform Insider.in

E-wallet platform Paytm on Thursday announced it has acquired a majority stake in Insider.in, a ticketing platform of events company OML Entertainment, for an undisclosed sum. Paytm has been expanding into the events ticketing industry that is currently pegged at Rs. 4,000 crores, with online ticketing accounting for 10 percent of the overall volume. “Digital discovery and events marketing expertise will increase supply of ... Read More »

Halli Labs, a Four-Month-Old Bengaluru-Based AI Startup, Acquired by Google

Halli Labs, a Bengaluru-based company that specialises in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), has been acquired by Google. The startup came into existence barely four months ago. The Halli Labs team will be joining Google’s Next Billion Users effort, the Internet giant’s initiative to bring the next billion users from emerging markets like India online. This is said to be the first acquisition of an ... Read More »

Amazon Prime Day Sale: Deals on OnePlus 5, Moto G5, ‘Free’ TVs, and More

HIGHLIGHTS The Redmi 4 smartphone will be available in open sale OnePlus 5 will get extra Rs. 2,000 off on exchange Amazon Fire Stick TV will be available for Rs. 2,999 The first Amazon Prime Day Sale in India will start today, alongside 12 other countries worldwide, where buyers will get exclusive products launches, flat discounts, cashbacks, and other deals across categories. ... Read More »

Twitter Is Not the Internet, and the Internet Is Not India

HIGHLIGHTS Less than a third of India has mobile Internet Twitter represents only one fiftieth of mobile Internet users The real dialogue on India is still happening offline We’re living in an age where social media has become a very big part of our lives. It’s a great source of news, and apparently it can also impact election results. There is definitely ... Read More »

Reliance Jio Leads in 4G Download Speeds in June; All Operators See Dip in Speeds

HIGHLIGHTS Jio had the fastest download speeds in June at 18.809Mbps Vodafone and Idea Cellular took the next spots All four telcos saw their upload and download speeds dip in June Reliance Jio retained its position as the fastest 4G download network for the sixth successive month in June, even as the four top telecom operators in the country saw a ... Read More »

Instagram Implements AI-Based Moderation System to Block Offensive Comments

Instagram on Thursday said it is using artificial intelligence to filter nasty comments and spam at the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing service. The move comes as Facebook and other Internet companies work to curb trolls, hate speech and the spread of violent ideology on their platforms. “Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely,” co-founder and chief ... Read More »

US Senators Seek Military Ban on Kaspersky Lab Products Amid FBI Probe

HIGHLIGHTS Kaspersky Lab is under a probe conducted by FBI FBI has further sought a ban on use of Kaspersky services in US military Kaspersky is suspected by FBI to be connected with Russian hackers US senators sought on Wednesday to ban Moscow-based cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab’s products from use by the military because of fears the company is vulnerable ... Read More »

Google to Stop Scanning Gmail for Creating Targeted Ads

HIGHLIGHTS Google said it would stop scanning contents of Gmail users’ inboxes Users will still see personalised ads, but would be based on other data Privacy activists have long complained on the scanning of emails Google said Friday it would stop scanning the contents of Gmail users’ inboxes for ad targeting, moving to end a practice that has fueled privacy ... Read More »