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SURVIVING THIS SUMMER ON THE INTERNET

On the August afternoon that a white supremacist drove a car through a crowd of peaceful protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was perched on a bar stool in a café near my home, sipping a glass of rosé while reading a novel and daydreaming. It was one of those rare, near-perfect New York days when the light streamed through a wide-open ... Read More »

YouTube Desktop Refreshed With Material Design, New Logo Unveiled

HIGHLIGHTS New refreshed desktop theme follows Material Design It was previewed back in May Users on desktop also get a dark theme for cinematic experience Google’s YouTube, the popular video platform, is finally getting a makeover on desktop. The platform is also getting a brand new logo and icon which is the first-ever change made to YouTube since its launch ... Read More »

Snapchat Plans Move Into Scripted Content by the End of the Year

HIGHLIGHTS Snapchat is likely to move into scripted content through its shows Snapchat is relying on its partners to finance video content Snap and Time Warner announced to produce shows in June Photo-sharing platform Snapchat is likely to move into scripted content through its shows by the end of year. A report in the Variety on Wednesday quoted Snapchat’s head of content ... Read More »

India One of the Top Targets of Web Application Attacks, Finds Akamai

HIGHLIGHTS India ranks 8th among countries most frequently targeted for web attacks There has been a 28% year-over-year (YoY) increase in DDoS attacks Egypt was found to be the source of maximum number of attacks India ranks eighth among countries most frequently targeted for web application attacks and stands fifth on the list of source countries, with close to 12 ... Read More »

What’s the Internet ‘game’ killing young people worldwide?

Blue Whale: A reported suicide game (Source: Twitter) Over the past few months, an Internet “game” called the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ has been blamed for the deaths of well over 100 young people in countries around the world — including at least five teens in India. The government has now asked Internet majors like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to “immediately remove” links of ... Read More »

The internet can’t cope as Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce they are ‘legally separating’

One of Hollywood’s favourite pairs, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, have announced they are “legally separating” after eight-years of marriage. In a joint statement released on their social media accounts the actor couple, who married in 2009, said they have “tried hard for a long time,” before asking for privacy for the sake of their four-year-old son Jack. Actors Anna ... Read More »

Facebook Shuts Down AI System After Bots Create Language Humans Can’t Understand

HIGHLIGHTS Chatbots started speaking in their own language defying codes provided Initially the AI agents used English to converse with each other This comes after Elon Musk said that AI was the biggest risk Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was limited, the social media company has reportedly shut down one ... Read More »

Amazon India to Expand Its ‘I Have Space’ Programme

HIGHLIGHTS Amazon plans to expand its ‘I Have Space’ programme The programme currently covers 12,500 stores in 180 cities Amazon Store partners delivered between 30 to 40 packages a day With success of its ‘I Have Space’ programme across the country, Amazon has decided to expand it by adding thousands of store owners for delivering its packages, an official spokesperson said on ... Read More »

Jio Phone Comes With Dedicated Rs. 153 Plan; Jio Phone TV-Cable Announced Too

HIGHLIGHTS JioPhone will come with exciting data plans Voice calls will always be free on the JioPhone, Ambani said The company also announced two sachets for data usage With the JioPhone finally launched, there is a lot of excitement in the market to see whether the handset would be emulate the success of the Reliance Jio telecom venture. A lot of ... Read More »

BharatNet Project: Cabinet Gives Nod for Modified Implementation Strategy

HIGHLIGHTS Cabinet has approved ‘Modified Implementation Strategy’ of BharatNet It aims to give minimum 100Mbps broadband connectivity to gram panchayats It entails a total estimated expenditure of Rs. 42,068 crores The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ‘Modified Implementation Strategy’ of BharatNet project for providing broadband connectivity to all gram panchayats by March 2019, according to an official source. “The Cabinet has approved ... Read More »