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German Chancellor Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech

German Chancellor Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech

Essen, Germany ( Reuters): A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year. Speaking at a party conference of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in Essen, western Germany, […]

Modi Govt to waive service tax on debit & credit card transactions up to Rs 2,000

NEW DELHI(PTI): Government will waive service tax on debit and credit card transactions of up to Rs 2,000 in a bid to promote digital transactions amid cash crunch following withdrawal of old Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes. The government has decided to “exempt services by an acquiring bank to any person in relation to settlement […]

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Social Media: “secret conversation” in Facebook Messenger

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Social Media: “secret conversation” in Facebook Messenger

Facebook rolled out a feature called secret conversation which gives users the opportunity to have an end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger. Unfortunately, this feature is not activated by default. Here’s how to get it started: Step 1: Open the Facebook Messenger app and tap the new conversation icon at the bottom right corner — It […]

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Google Allo app will now recognise Hindi

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Google Allo app will now recognise Hindi

Google has announced that its Allow messaging app will now recognise Hindi. The app was released back in May, to compete not only with digital personal assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa but also messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Facebook Messenger. To configure the messaging app to recognise Hindi, a user […]

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Amazon Go is the grocery shopping store of the future

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Amazon Go is the grocery shopping store of the future

Amazon has started (December 5) trialing its new grocery store “Amazon Go” among employees in Seattle using “Just Walk Out” technology, where there are no queues, no cashiers, and no registers. As a customer enters the store — which exists for employees-only in Seattle for the moment — the app’s virtual shopping cart records items […]

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Supreme Court of India pushes Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft to help curb cybercrime

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Supreme Court of India pushes Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft to help curb cybercrime

NEW DELHI(PTI): The Supreme Court today sought response from internet majors Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook on a plea seeking curbs on sharing of sexual offence videos on social networking sites and steps to check cyber crimes. A bench of justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit issued notice to these companies and sought […]

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Aadhaar must for senior citizens to avail rail concessions from April 1

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Aadhaar must for senior citizens to avail rail concessions from April 1

NEW DELHI(PTI): Come April 1, 2017, reservation of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) cards on a mandatory basis for availing concessions at both counter and e-tickets. However, such a requirement will be optional during January-March 2017. Railway Ministry has decided to implement Aadhaar-based ticketing system […]

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From the theatres, AI steps into the real world

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From the theatres, AI steps into the real world

While on their way to Jupiter, a ship’s crew gets double crossed by its sentient computer, Hal. Slowly, the “infallible” Hal manages to kill most of the astronauts. A fierce battle ensures between Hal and the lone surviving astronaut, Dave, before Dave finally manages to shut down the computer. When ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was […]

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How smart is my phone? Not much, say feature phone loving Indians

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How smart is my phone? Not much, say feature phone loving Indians

New Delhi Taxi driver Haricharan would not trade his humble feature phone for any hi-fi smartphone. “I can start chats (on Facebook Messenger) directly from the browser. On a smartphone you need to have two apps. Also, you end up paying much more (for a smartphone), and the battery doesn’t even last 24 hours… My […]

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Want to build robots that care for us: SoftBank’s Son

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Want to build robots that care for us: SoftBank’s Son

“Only god created something which has emotion … mankind never created anything which shows and understands emotions…” Masayoshi Son, CEO and founder of SoftBank, the Japanese telecom conglomerate, was talking about how he wants to change the way robots of the future function. He said machine will eventually become more intelligent than humans. Pepper, Son’s […]

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