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A US jury on Wednesday ordered Meta to pay $174.5 million (roughly Rs. 1405 crore) for violating live-streaming patents developed by a US Army veteran seeking to fix shortcomings in battlefield communications. A trial in Texas federal court ended with jurors deciding that “live” features at Facebook and Instagram used technology patented by Voxer, a
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Whistleblower Frances Haugen – a former Facebook engineer who leaked documents suggesting the firm put profits before safety – on Thursday launched an organisation devoted to fighting harm caused by social media. The new Beyond the Screen nonprofit said that its first project will be to document ways big tech is failing in its “legal
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Meta Platforms’ WhatsApp said on Thursday that it was working to keep users in Iran connected after the country restricted access to the app and social media platform Instagram. WhatsApp “will do anything” within its technical capacity to keep the service accessible and that it was not blocking Iranian phone numbers, the messaging service said
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Iranians experienced a near-total Internet blackout on Wednesday amid days of mass protests against the government over the death of a woman held by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating its strictly-enforced dress code. An Iranian official had earlier hinted that such measures might be taken out of security concerns. The loss of connectivity
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Twitter witnessed the maximum number of conversations ever on its microblogging platform on September 8, the day when the Royal Family announced the passing away of Queen Elizabeth II. Twitter also announced that over 11.1 million tweets were posted on the same day about the Queen’s demise. The social media firm added that the Royal
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The US Department of Defense has launched a review of its psychological warfare operations after the discovery of fake accounts on social media promoting pro-West disinformation, an official confirmed Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder confirmed the review after a Washington Post report said social media giants Facebook and Twitter had shut down a number of
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The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Twitter India and Delhi Police officials over alleged videos of child pornography and rape being shared on the social media platform. DCW took suo moto cognizance of several alleged tweets on the social media platform Twitter displaying child pornography. “Videos of child pornography were shared on Twitter
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Elon Musk has reportedly accused Twitter of concealing serious flaws in the social media company’s data security. The billionaire who is sticking to his decision to terminate the $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,49,400 crore) takeover deal, also alleged that Twitter hid from him that it was not complying with a 2011 agreement with the Federal
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Zoom, one of the most popular video-calling apps, issued a statement on Thursday evening after thousands of users reported issues with the platform on Downdetector.com. After more than 40,000 complaints regarding problems while working on the video-conferencing platform, Zoom assured its users that it is actively working to resolve the problem. Within an hour, the
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Byju’s on Wednesday posted a 13-fold widening in losses in the year through March 2021. The Indian online education platform’s losses reportedly widened to Rs. 45.7 billion for the financial year 2021, while the Bengaluru-based firm reported a revenue of Rs. 24.3 billion. Byju’s released the financial statements after a delay of 18 months, and
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Twitter’s former security chief and popular hacker Peiter Zatko will testifty before a US Senate Committee on Tuesday, according to a report. Zatko is expected to be grilled by the committee over his claims of security lapses on the part of the popular microblogging service in a whistleblower complaint to multiple US agencies. The former Twitter
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Twitter shareholders on Tuesday voted in favour of Elon Musk’s deal to acquire the microblogging service for $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,49,800 crore) according to a report. The outcome of the shareholder vote, which was announced on Tuesday, comes a month before the upcoming legal battle between the Tesla CEO and Twitter, which will begin on October 17
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Twitter’s data centre in Sacramento, California was recently taken offline due to a heat wave in the region, according to a report. An executive of the microblogging service reportedly stated in an internal memo that an outage at another cata centre might prevent Twitter from providing access to some users. The company is yet to officially announce
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