Facebook Portal Camera: Privacy and Other Matters With Facebook’s Latest Gadget

It’s rare that a new gadget these days serves a true need. Rather, it creates a want. You certainly don’t need the Facebook Portal, whose primary purpose is to let you make the types of video calls you can already make on Facebook’s Messenger app. And given the company’s poor record on user privacy, do you even […]


Facebook Board Overhaul Called for by Civil Rights Groups

Dozens of civil rights groups on Tuesday called on Facebook to purge Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg from its board for blunders including “weaponising anti-Semitism.” Advocacy and rights group took direct aim at Zuckerberg and Sandberg for Facebook enlisting Definers Public Affairs to conduct research on company critics. “You retained the services of Definers Public Affairs to investigate, undermine and attack […]


Facebook’s Location Tracking for Ads Can’t Be Switched Off: Report

ou can try but you can’t hide seems to be the mantra of Facebook’s advertising system that utilises users’ location to target ads. One American researcher recently discovered that there is virtually no way to stop Facebook from trying to determine your location even if you have turned off Facebook’s access to your location every way […]


Google ‘Web Rangers’ Contest to Promote Internet Safety Is Back in Its 4th Edition

To spread awareness about Internet safety and promote digital citizenship, Google on Wednesday announced the fourth edition of its ‘Web Rangers’ contest that will reward school students who know how to stay smart, safe and savvy online. The competition aims to encourage teenagers to unlock creativity in highlighting the importance of cyber safety, the company […]


Facebook Let Some Companies Access Your Private Messages, Friends Lists: Report

Another day and another set of startling revelations about Facebook’s lax attitude towards user privacy. The social giant reportedly gave major tech companies more access than advertised to the personal user data. According to a report, the company effectively exempted the tech giants like Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify from privacy restrictions that are […]


Twitter for iOS Gets Reverse Chronological Feed With ‘Sparkle’ Button, Coming to Android Soon

Listening to its users, Twitter has finally revived the reverse-chronological feed for iOS devices that will come to Android soon. The original way to tweet is now available as an option along with the current ranked timeline as a toggle which Twitter has called “Sparkle” on top right side of the app for iOS users to switch […]


Google’s New Ad Recreates Iconic Home Alone Scenes With Macaulay Culkin and Google Assistant

Google has released a new American holiday-season ad for its series of products — the Pixel 3 XL₹ 76,399, the Home Hub, the Home Mini, and the Nest doorbell and thermostat — that brings back Macaulay Culkin as a much older version of his character Kevin McCallister from the 1990 movie Home Alone. It’s a Christmas […]


Uber Loses Latest UK Legal Bid to Block Worker Rights for Drivers

Uber has lost its latest court bid to stop its British drivers being classified as workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage, in a decision which jeopardises the taxi app’s business model. Two drivers successfully argued at a tribunal in 2016 that the Silicon Valley firm exerted significant control over them to […]


Swiggy Raises $1 Billion in Naspers-Led Funding Round, Now Said to Be Valued at Over $3 Billion

Online food delivery service provider Swiggy said it has raised $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,000 crores) in its latest funding round, led by South African Internet giant Naspers. Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, Hillhouse Capital and Wellington Management Company took part in the funding round, together with Swiggy’s existing investors, DST Global, Meituan Dianping and Coatue […]


Google Denies It Altered YouTube Code to Slow Down Microsoft Edge

Google has denied it altered YouTube code to break Microsoft Edge, thus slowing down its performance while users streamed YouTube videos – a claim made by a former Microsoft intern. Microsoft Edge is a Web browser included in Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One devices, replacing Internet Explorer as the default Web browser. According to a […]