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Amazon to Launch Portable Version of Echo Voice Assistant Speaker

Amazon is expected to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated Echo speaker, citing people familiar with the plans. The new device, code-named “Fox”, is expected to be priced lower than the $180 (roughly Rs. 11,800) Echo, the newspaper reported. The company launched Amazon Echo in November 2014, a speaker one can leave on […]

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Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up on New Republic Magazine

The Facebook billionaire who promised to give new life to the venerable US liberal magazine The New Republic four years ago said Monday he was putting it back up for sale. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes admitted in a public letter that he had misjudged how hard it would be to revive the teetering 100-year-old publication […]

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Twitter May Allow Brands to Use Your Tweets in Promotional Campaigns

Social media platform Twitter is said to be developing a way to give brands an access to mentions about their products in everyday users’ tweets that they could use into promotional campaigns. According to a Monday report from Digiday, participating advertisers would be able to cut through the online noise and with the help of […]

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Britain’s Draft Internet Spying Law Threatens Key Rights

Britain’s proposed new Internet spying laws could threaten key rights if passed unchanged, UN rights experts said Monday, calling for a “comprehensive review” of the draft legislation. The proposed measures, which were unveiled in November, would allow security agencies to access the Internet communication records of suspects and require web and phone companies to keep […]

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It looks like Google gave $6 million in free advertizing to the Church of Scientology

In 2014, Google gave about $6 million in free advertising to the Church of Scientology, an activist for the church has claimed. Few people noticed the move at the time: The information resurfaced a few days ago on Hacker News, a technology news aggregator, under a headline that said, “Scientology says it’s received $5.7m from […]

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Facebook allowing some developers to build chat bots

Facebook is allowing a handful of developers to create automated chat robots that work through its Facebook Messenger app, TechCrunch reports. Right now, Facebook is testing a bot named M that some users have been given access to. They can use it to order things online, and to carry out other tasks. It’s basically an […]

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Google Testing More Detailed Weather Card for Google Now

According to some Android users, Google is testing a revamped weather card in Google Now. The card includes new features along with major changes in design and looks. The new weather card in Google Now maximises, appearing like a full-fledged app. You can swipe to switch between Today, Tomorrow, and the next 10 Days. The […]