Thursday, December 03, 2020


TikTok testing longer, 3-minute videos to take on YouTube

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making platform TikTok is reportedly planning to allow its users longer, three-minute videos in an apparent bid to take on YouTube.

Google spied on employees before firing them: US Labour Board

San Francisco, Dec 3 (IANS) The US Labour Board has accused Google of violating its laws by allegedly spying on workers who were organising protests against workplace discrimination, and then firing them.

TECNO set to launch new 'POVA' smartphone on Friday

NEW DELHI: TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand of Transsion Holdings, is all set to launch a new product line "POVA" which is designed to deliver powerful performance.

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

SAN FRANCISCO: 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.

Facebook Libra changes name to Diem Association

WASHINGTON: Facing regulatory backlash worldwide, the Libra Association, which manages Facebook's cryptocurrency project, has decided to change its name to Diem Association in a bid to reinforce its organisational independence.

Reddit reveals it has 52 million daily active users

NEW DELHI: Popular online discussion platform Reddit has for the first time revealed that it now has 52 million daily active users.
According to a report in Wall Street Journal, the Reddit numbers are for the month of October -- up 44 per cent from the same month a year earlier.

Instagram Live now allows 3 more users in India

NEW DELHI: Instagram on Tuesday announced that its 'Live Rooms' feature, now has an ability to go Live with up to three additional people in India which help creators grow their audiences by going live with multiple guests.

WhatsApp brings custom chat wallpapers, other updates

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday said they are starting to release some new updates including improvements to Wallpapers, the launch of a search feature for Stickers and a new animated sticker pack.

Microsoft links Vietnamese hackers to cryptomining malware

NEW DELHI: Microsoft has revealed that Vietnamese government-backed hackers are deploying cryptocurrency-mining malware alongside their regular cyber-espionage toolkits.

Zoom quadruples its revenue again, adds 63K new subscribers

NEW DELHI: Riding on the pandemic-driven remote work, video conferencing app Zoom has once again quadrupled its quarterly revenue, registering $777.2 million in its third fiscal quarter that ended on October 31 -- up 367 per cent (year-over-yea

Facebook acquires customer service platform Kustomer for $1bn

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has acquired Kustomer, a startup specialising in customer-service platforms and chatbots, for a reported sum of $1 billion.

Cartel TikTok: Narcos post guns, drugs and boat chase videos

NEW YORK: If you are fascinated by the narco TV series on streaming platforms like Netflix, read on as the drug cartels have now gone live on social media and the Chinese short-video making platform TikTok is their new destination.

Spotify suffers hour-long outage globally

NEW DELHI: The Swedish music streaming service suffered a rare outage on Friday as users were unable to listen to their favourite songs for nearly an hour.

Facebook Libra's first digital coin arriving in January: Report

NEW DELHI: The Libra Association, which manages Facebook's cryptocurrency project, will launch a single coin backed by one dollar as early as January, The Financial Times reported on Friday.

Facebook ad tool bug leaves thousands of advertisers in shock

SAN FRANCISCO:  Facebook is offering millions of dollars in credits to compensate some affected advertisers after it quietly reported about a code error in its ad metric tool that went unfixed for as long as 12 months.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, Surface Pro 8 devices leaked online

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is planning to launch new versions of its Surface Pro 8 as well as Surface Laptop 4 and now, images of the same devices have surfaced on Internet, along with details about when they are scheduled to arrive.

UK to set up new antitrust unit to scrutinise Google, Facebook

LONDON: The UK government on Friday said it will set up an antitrust unit to introduce and enforce a new code to govern the behaviour of platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook.

Microsoft fixes Xbox bug as demand for new gaming consoles surge

NEW DELHI: As the company struggles to meet to surge in demand for new Xbox Series gaming consoles, Microsoft has patched a bug in the Xbox website that could have allowed hackers to link usernames to the real email addresses.

US grants TikTok 7-day extension for sale of its US biz

WASHINGTON: The Donald Trump administration has granted China's ByteDance further seven-day extension to sell its short video-sharing platform TikTok's American business.

Zoom lifts 40-minute limit on free meetings for Thanksgiving

SAN FRANCISCO: Video meeting app Zoom has said that it is lifting the 40-minute limit on free accounts globally for Thanksgiving in order to help bring families together virtually this holiday season amid the pandemic.

400 games set to arrive on Google Stadia game streaming service

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has announced that around 400 new games are on the way for its Stadia Cloud game streaming service.

Snapchat launches Spotlight, to pay top creators $1mn a day

NEW DELHI:Taking on TikTok, Popular photo-messaging platform Snapchat on Monday officially released Spotlight where Snapchatters will also have the opportunity to earn like they do on the Chinese short-video making app.

Google Pay to remove payments on web app, add transfer fee

NEW DELHI:Google Pay is set to kill the peer-to-peer payments facility on its web app in January and is going to add a fee for instant money transfers, the media reported.

Google to delay 30% in-app purchase policy amid backlash

SEOUL/NEW DELHI:Facing backlash from developers, Google said on Monday that it will postpone enforcing a 30 per cent commission on in-app purchases of digital content from its Play Store from next January to next September.

How to effectively counter hate speech on Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO:Organised movements to counteract hate speech on social media are more effective than individuals striking out on their own, suggests new research that analysed huge swathes of Twitter data with the help of a machine learning algorithm.

Google testing paid service 'Task Mate' in India

NEW DELHI:In a bid to improve its mapping services and bring more businesses online, Google is testing a paid crowdsourcing service called Task Mate in India that will help select users earn some money.

Google Pay becomes an all-encompassing money app

SAN FRANCISCO: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.

YouTube adds extra info about Covid vaccines in fact-check panels

NEW DELHI: YouTube has started adding information about Covid-19 vaccines in a second link to its fact-check panels which are shown below the videos on coronavirus and Covid-19 related themes.

New WhatsApp feature to allow users to mute videos before sending

NEW DELHI:Instant messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that would let users mute their videos before posting those to their friends and family members or putting them up as status.

TikTok expands parental controls, adds new search restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO:Chinese short-video making app TikTok has expanded a privacy feature where parents will have more options over what their children can see and restrict comments on their content.

Instagram introduces keyword search on its platform

NEW DELHI: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, the US, Ireland and Canada.

YouTube introduces audio ads for brands to expand reach

SAN FRANCISCO: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.

Google to fix new Chrome version for Apple Macs with M1 chip

SAN FRANCISCO: After experiencing a snag on Apple Mac devices with M1 silicon chip, Google was set to roll out a compatible version of Chrome for new macOS products on Wednesday.

Phishing emails double in run up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday

SAN FRANCISCO: Researchers with cybersecurity firm Check Point on Tuesday reported a spike in hacker activity over the past six weeks, with a surge in malicious phishing campaigns targeting online shoppers in the form of "special offers."

Twitter names hacker Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko as head of security

SAN FRANCISCO:Twitter has named famed hacker Peiter "Mudge" Zatko as its new head of security a few months after the microblogging site revealed a massive cryptocurrency hack that compromised several high-profile accounts.

Creators can now protect their images, videos on FB, Instagram

NEW DELHI:Facebook has announced to expand access to Rights Manager to help more creators -- who have a large or growing catalog of content --better control when, how and where they share content across Facebook and Instagram.

Microsoft Xbox series supply shortages to continue till April 2021

NEW DELHI:Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are projected to be in short supply until at least April next year.

Zoom to notify users of meetings at risk of being disrupted

NEW DELHI:Video conferencing platform Zoom has launched a new feature called ‘At Risk Meeting Notifier that will help organisers identify which online meetings may be at the risk of being disrupted or ‘zoombombing.

TikTok granted 15-day extension to reach deal with US buyers

WASHINGTON: The US government has granted Chinese short-video making app TikTok a 15-day extension to reach a deal with American buyers, according to a federal court filing.

How WhatsApp video calls are connecting Indians this Diwali

NEW DELHI:Rajshree Saraf, 24, recently shifted to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a creative technologist. She has never been away from home, not even once.