Category: News updates

Going ‘live’ on the internet is out of control in wake of Christchurch

In the wake of the Christchurch tragedy, many questions are being asked of some of the world’s biggest tech companies, whose video-sharing platforms allowed the shooter to live-stream his attack in a 17-minute video which was uploaded to multiple social media sites and remained online well after the incident took place. The attack – which was apparently Read More

JOHN OLIVER’S RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR THE “GOLDEN AGE OF INTERNET SHAMING”

John Oliver doesn’t want you to stop making fun of people; that would put the satirist out of a job. But he does want you to think carefully about how and when you do it. The British comedian devoted the entire March 17 episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO to a topic familiar to anyone who Read More

Maduro’s internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

One of the world’s biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming. The bulk of Venezuela’s TV and radio stations, which are controlled by Read More

Putin Signs ‘Fake News,’ ‘Internet Insults’ Bills Into Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday. The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague Read More

Google Fights EU Copyright Overhaul, Says Would Hurt Europe for ‘Decades to Come’

Internet giant Google on Monday urged the European Parliament to resist approving a planned overhaul of the bloc’s online copyright law that the company said would hurt Europe for “decades to come”. European lawmakers could vote as soon as next week on the landmark legislation that is intended to modernise copyright for the digital age Read More

Google Patches Zero-Day Flaw in Chrome Under Active Attacks

Chrome 72.0.3626.121 update is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux HIGHLIGHTS The zero day flaw was reported by Google’s Clement Lecigne There have been reports of attackers exploiting the flaw in the wild The flaw is said to be a memory management error in FileReader API Google has announced that an update released to Read More

Gmail Smart Compose Feature Rolling Out to Other Android Devices

Not all Android phones have Gmail’s Smart Compose yet HIGHLIGHTS Gmail’s Smart Compose is rolling out to third-party Android phones It was only available on the Pixel 3 phones until now Smart Compose suggests auto-complete options for sentences Google has been a bit restrictive about Gmail’s Smart Compose, right from the time it was introduced Read More

Airbnb Acquires HotelTonight in Deeper Expansion Into Hotel-Booking Business

Home-renting company Airbnb has bought HotelTonight, an app for finding hotel rooms at a discount, as it wades deeper into the hotel-booking business to attract a wider variety of travellers ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering. The acquisition, which Airbnb announced on Thursday, expands the company’s inventory by adding a number of listings from hotels, Read More

YouTube Testing New ‘Fact Checks’ on ‘Misinformation Prone Content’ in India

YouTube has started showing fact checks from approved publishers HIGHLIGHTS YouTube is rolling out the new feature in India Fact checks are said to be available for searches in English and Hindi YouTube is working with “approved” fact-checking partners In a bid to curb the circulation of fake news, YouTube is adding new “information panels” Read More

Apple Music, Annie Lennox Campaign for ‘Global Feminism’ on International Women’s Day

Annie Lennox in Apple-powered ‘global feminism’ campaign for Women’s Day 2019 HIGHLIGHTS Annie Lennox highlights women’s issues in Apple video Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadda, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa star Apple Music is launching a “#GlobalFeminism” playlist Apple has partnered with Scottish singer-songwriter and social activist Annie Lennox, and her NGO The Circle, to create a Read More

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