Australia recommends strengthening regulation of Facebook, Google

CANBERRA: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

Amazon India to host online sales event for SMBs

BENGALURU:  The Indian arm of global e-tail major Amazon will host 'Small Business Day' online shopping event on December 16 to promote small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) and micro entrepreneurs in the country, the company said on Monday.

Google, Facebook face greater scrutiny in Australia

SYDNEY: Flagging lack of transparency around the algorithms that Google and Facebook use to display ads and news, Australia's consumer watchdog has said that the tech giants need to be monitored closely so that they do not abuse their power.

Italy fines Facebook 10 mn euros for misleading users

LONDON: Italian regulators have fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users' data without informing them.

Google announces 'Journalism AI' project

LONDON:  To help news industry use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in more innovative ways, Google has announced a partnership with Polis, the international journalism think-tank at London School of Economics and Political Science, to create "Journalism AI".

Facebook begins verifying political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

NEW DELHI: Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.

Regulation for facial recognition technology must start in 2019: Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO: Given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said.

Google starts rolling out gender specific translation to reduce bias

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to reduce gender biases in its translation service, Google has started rolling out a feature that provides feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website.

Facebook tightens political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

NEW DELHI: Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.

Google to retire smart messaging app Allo after March 2019

SAN FRANCISCO:  Google has said its smart messaging app Allo will not work after March 2019 as the company focuses on improving its Android Messages app and video calling app Duo.

Facebook adds new updates in Messenger Lite

NEW DELHI: Facebook's Messenger Lite has got richer with more features such as animated GIFs and most customization features that were available in the full-sized Messenger app.

OnePlus planning to release first 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: Joining the top players hoping to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019, Chinese handset maker OnePlus has said that its first such commercial device, which could release in the first of next year, would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Facebook board defends COO Sheryl Sandberg

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook's board of directors has defended Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg's request to look into billionaire critic George Soros' alleged interest in tarnishing the image of the social networking giant.

New Australia bill gives police power to spy on WhatsApp messages

SYDNEY:  Australia is mulling a strict law that gives enforcement agencies power to track messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that offer end-to-end encryption and also to force users to open their smartphones when demanded, a media report said.

Hackers bleeding large Indian firms by $10 mn on average each year: Microsoft AWS logs significant growth in India: Amazon CTO Verizon, Samsung to launch 5G smartphone in first half of 2019 Microsoft unblocking AI to help 1 bn persons with disabilities Microsoft may release foldable smartphone in 2019 Amazon Echo to start streaming Apple Music soon Google to retire Hangouts by 2020: Report Lenovo dominated India's tablet market in Q3 2018 Now, share Instagram Stories with close friends Facebook makes ad breaks available for video creators in India Nokia 7.1 with 'PureDisplay' now in India Facebook expands tool to connect users to local news Amazon Web Services to help skilled students find Cloud computing jobs Huawei launches flagship Mate 20 Pro in India for Rs 69,990 Smartphones subscriptions in India to reach 1 bn by 2024: Ericsson Skullcandy Venue: Value for money, good battery life Amazon unveils cloud-based robotics testing platform Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages Honor 8X: Premium looks, average camera Acer launches VR headset in India at Rs 39,999 Facebook plans to train 5 mn Indians in digital skills by 2021 Microsoft surpasses Apple to become most valuable US company After Samsung, LG hints at foldable smartphone Facebook slammed for viral post auctioning teen as child bride Instagram testing re-arrangement of icons, buttons on its app WhatsApp appoints Ezetap Co-founder Abhijit Bose as India head Apple backs Google Assistant app on iOS with Siri shortcut Panasonic launches Bluetooth-based portable tracker in India Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform Google's 'Find My Device' app now has 'indoor maps'
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