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5 startups get Rs 35 lakh each in WhatsApp India contest

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Invest India on Tuesday picked 5 Indian startups who would receive nearly Rs 35 lakh ($50,000) each to further develop country-first products to solve real-life problems being faced by millions in the country. The start-ups are: digital healthcare platform MedCords; virtual reality content platform Melzo; WhatsApp-based conversational AI platform Javis; […]

Facebook says its digital currency 'Libra' coming in 2020

San Francisco: Amid intense calls to break it down as the company has grown too big, Facebook on Tuesday announced its own digital wallet subsidiary called “Calibra” for its global cryptocurrency “Libra” which would be powered by Blockchain technology. The new digital wallet for Libra will be available in Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and as a […]

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Mother of two commits suicide on TikTok

New Delhi: A 24-year old mother of two children committed suicide on Thursday in Tamil Nadu after she was scolded by her husband and prevented from using the short video-making app. Anitha, recorded herself as she drank the poision and then sent the video via WhatsApp to her husband, who is in Singapore. According to […]

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With debt burden rising, all eyes on Odisha budget 2019

Bhubaneswar: The populist announcements prior to the polls are expected to pose a serious challenge for the Odisha government which will be presenting the full budget on June 28. The Finance department is leaving no stone unturned to announce a suitable budget for everyone and suggestions have been sought from the public through e-mail, SMS […]

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WhatsApp confirms Status Ads coming in 2020

San Francisco: Ads are coming to WhatsApp, finally, and the intrusion into the popular ad-free mobile messaging platform would begin from Status page. At a Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands, Facebook revealed a 2020 launch date for WhatsApp Status ads. “WhatsApp will bring Stories Ads in its status product in 2020,” tweeted Olivier Ponteville […]

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'All-time high' fake news storm hits millions in India polls

New Delhi: Veena Arora, a retired school principal in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, decided to use a smartphone in November last year for the first time at the cajoling of her children so that the family could stay together online even though they live in different cities. In no time, she joined WhatsApp and […]

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BJP mastered WhatsApp elections in India: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mastered the art of influencing voters via social media platforms in Lok Sabha elections and WhatsApp has been their favourite medium simply because of its massive reach, Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor has said. In a commentary piece in Channel News Asia on Sunday, Tharoor said WhatsApp is the […]

WhatsApp warns clones to cease bogus operations in India

New Delhi: Companies in India claiming that they can help people send bulk messages on WhatsApp must cease operations, the Facebook-owned messaging app warned on Thursday. A media report on Wednesday said how political activists and digital marketers are bypassing restrictions on forwards by using counterfeit versions of the popular messaging app and other software tools […]

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WhatsApp discovers spyware attack via voice calling

San Francisco: WhatsApp has urged its 1.5 billion users to upgrade the app after the Facebook-owned platform discovered a vulnerability that allowed a spyware to be installed on users’ phones via the app’s phone call function. The spyware was allegedly developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, reports the Financial Times. The vulnerability […]

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WhatsApp to turn off support for Windows phones

New Delhi: WhatsApp would stop support for Windows Phone on December 31, 2019 which is aligned with Microsoft’s decision to end support for their operating system, the Facebook-owned platform said on Tuesday. After Microsoft pulls support in December, device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until March 10, 2020. “Following […]

FB investing in inclusive AI to curb harmful content

San Francisco: Facebook has announced long-term investments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to proactively detect content that violates its policies. “To help us catch more of this problematic content, we’re working to make sure our AI systems can understand content with as little supervision as possible,” Manohar Paluri from Facebook’s AI team said during […]

'Privacy-focused' Facebook unveils new look, features

San Francisco: In yet another bid to make its platforms “privacy-focused” amid close scrutiny into its privacy practices from governments the world over, Facebook has unveiled new looks and features for Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Addressing nearly 5,000 developers at its annual F8 conference in San Jose, California late Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said gaining users’ […]

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Facebook actively working on WhatsApp Pay in India

San Francisco: Facebook is upbeat on the growth of digital payments in India and is actively working on launching WhatsApp Pay soon, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said. In an earnings call with analysts late Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company is building out Payments for the global market. “We have a test that is running in […]

WhatsApp Alert: Private chat to get more private

San Francisco: Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing an ‘Authentication’ feature which would bar users from taking screenshots of their private conversations. The new feature comes as part of a plethora of security changes that the app has been working on and introducing, keeping in line with the app’s commitment to user-privacy, web portal […]

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WhatsApp testing official emojis for Status doodling

San Francisco: To further customise its app features, Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing its official emojis on the doodle-maker option available for its Status Stories. The decision to remove the current old-school emojis available in the doodle-maker comes after WhatsApp enabled Doodle user interface (UI) improvements in its 2.19.106 beta, WABetaInfo reported on […]

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Facebook-owned apps down again for users worldwide

San Francisco: Exactly a month after Facebook and its family of apps suffered its longest — almost 24 hours — world-wide outage, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook users from around the world on Sunday were again complaining that the apps were not working properly. The outage appeared to have started around 6.30 a.m. Eastern Time, 4 […]

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TikTok added nearly 9 cr Indian users in Q1: Report

New Delhi: Despite facing flak for sleazy content on its platform, Chinese video sharing app TikTok is continuing its dramatic rise in India, adding 8.86 crore users in the first quarter of 2019, according to a new report. This was 8.2 times more new installs than TikTok saw in the country in Q1 of last […]

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Stop 'Frequently Forwarded' messages soon on WhatsApp

New Delhi: In a bid to minimize fake news on its platform, WhatsApp is now testing a new feature within its Groups Settings to help users stop sending “Frequently Forwarded” messages. The Facebook-owned platform is already working on two features that will help its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been […]

WhatsApp tipline of no use for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: WhatsApp’s “Checkpoint Tipline” service that was launched with much fanfare on April 2 to help users in India report fake news is not a helpline number but a data-gathering research project to help the Facebook-owned platform understand how misinformation spreads. According to Proto, a media skill start-up WhatsApp has partnered with for its […]

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Nokia's banana feature phone gets WhatsApp

New Delhi: After arriving on Reliance JioPhones in September 2018, messaging app WhatsApp is now available on Nokia’s ‘8110’ with India becoming the first market to receive the update in Nokia’s feature device, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced on Tuesday. The slider banana 4G feature phone is designed with intuitive tactile mechanics […]

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WhatsApp unveils tipline to report fake news in India

New Delhi: WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service in India where over 200 million users in the country can tip off fake news, misinformation and rumours related to elections. Launched by PROTO, a media skilling start-up, the tipline will help create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint — a research […]

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2nd leg of WhatsApp campaign to fight fake news

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp so they […]

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WhatsApp to tell how may times a post was forwarded

New Delhi: WhatsApp is reportedly working on two features that will help its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded. The “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded” features are not available yet but WhatsApp is working on these features in its Beta update for Android, said the popular website wabetainfo.com […]

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WhatsApp, NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

New Delhi: In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training. As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. The […]

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WhatsApp new beta checks images shared on app

San Francisco: To tackle the spread of fake news via its platform, WhatsApp’s new beta version shows a test feature that would run Google-powered web-checks on images being shared on the app to verify their legitimacy. Called “Search by Image”, the feature would search an image on the web that a user either sent or […]