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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has initiated the process to ban and block 138 betting apps and 94 loan lending apps with Chinese links, ANI reported. The process to ban these apps was initiated based on a communication from the Ministry of Home Affairs, on an "urgent" and "emergency" basis, the report said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 12:15 pm on 05 Feb
Thousands of Salesforce employees were informed they've been laid off this week, a month after the company announced plans to cut 10% of its workforce, or approximately 7,000 employees. According to a report, 4,000 people disappeared from Salesforce's Slack channel in two days this week. However, a company spokesperson said, "These are part of the reductions we announced in January."
short by Hiral Goyal / 04:35 pm on 04 Feb
World's fourth-richest person Bill Gates told BBC that going to Mars is not a good use of money in his view. "It's actually quite expensive to go to Mars...You can buy measles vaccines and save lives for a thousand dollars per life saved," he said. The Microsoft Co-founder further said, "It just kind of grounds you. Don't go to Mars."
short by Hiral Goyal / 04:55 pm on 04 Feb
Infosys Co-founder NR Narayana Murthy urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to bring back the old regime which allowed non-resident Indians (NRIs) to stay in India for a maximum of 182 days a year, instead of 120 days at present. Murthy said that NRIs add value to the country, "do not ask for anything in return" and positively impact Indian startups.
short by Hiral Goyal / 01:17 pm on 05 Feb
Elon Musk shares meme on US shooting down Chinese 'spy balloon'
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Tesla CEO and the world's second-richest person, Elon Musk, took to Twitter to share a meme after the US shot down an alleged Chinese 'spy balloon' off the US Atlantic coast. The meme showed the flying house featured in the 2009 animated film 'Up' being shot down. China has said America is "clearly overreacting and seriously violating international practice".
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:45 pm on 05 Feb
PM Modi praises Bill Gates' roti making video, says 'superb, try millets'
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday took to Instagram to praise Bill Gates' viral video that showed him making a roti. "Superb Bill Gates! Latest trend in India is millets, which are known for being healthy. There are many millet dishes too which you can try making," PM Modi wrote. The Microsoft's billionaire Co-founder was seen eating the roti with ghee.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 03:45 pm on 04 Feb
Google engineer fired via LinkedIn message during vacation with family
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
A Google engineer of five years was informed about her layoff by her manager through a LinkedIn message while she was on a vacation with her family. "I was like 'oh my gosh.' There's no reason why he'd try to contact me on LinkedIn," she said. "So I knew immediately...My heart just dropped when I saw that," she told Insider.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:47 pm on 05 Feb
Mastercard's NFT Product Lead Satvik Sethi has resigned from his position, citing "harassment & emotional distress" at the company. Sethi tweeted, "There were months at a time when I wouldn't receive...salary until I begged." Revealing that his salary was cut by 40% when he moved from US to UK, he said, "I had to work side make ends meet."
short by Hiral Goyal / 09:54 am on 05 Feb
Microsoft is reportedly integrating ChatGPT to its search engine Bing, reported several Bing users. Users reported being able to access the updated search engine for a few moments before it disappeared. According to screenshots shared online, the "AI-powered answer engine" on Bing offers three suggestions to users - 'ask complex questions,' 'get better answers,' and 'get creative inspiration'.
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:54 am on 05 Feb
Instagram considers charging users for blue tick: Report
short by Hiral Goyal / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Instagram is reportedly considering the possibility of offering paid verification to users. According to code seen by developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, the platform is said to be working on a "paid blue badge" and a new subscription product. The same reference also appears in the latest build of Facebook app. Recently, Twitter started charging users for verification badges.
short by Hiral Goyal / 01:48 pm on 05 Feb
Infosys fires 600 freshers after they fail internal test: Report
short by Hiral Goyal / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Infosys has reportedly fired 600 freshers in the past few months after they failed to clear an internal fresher assessment test. The fired employees reportedly claimed that failing the internal test did not result in termination for freshers who joined before July 2022. However, a company representative told Business Today that failing the internal test has always resulted in sackings.
short by Hiral Goyal / 04:36 pm on 05 Feb
Netflix said it mistakenly launched a set of guidelines for cracking down on password sharing to global users. The guidelines require users to set up a primary location and launch the app at that location at least once every 31 days. The rules are only applicable to Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, where it's trialling a "paid sharing" service, Netflix said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 09:26 am on 05 Feb
Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI which created ChatGPT, said that he "failed pretty hard" at his first startup and "it sucked". The 37-year-old tweeted, "I wish someone told me during the first one...that no one else thinks about your failures as much as you do." Altman co-founded a location-based social networking app called Loopt at the age of 19.
short by Hiral Goyal / 11:17 am on 05 Feb
NASA-ISRO satellite gets send-off in US before moving to India
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), an Earth science satellite being jointly built by NASA and ISRO, got a send-off ceremony in California before it ships out to India later this month. The radar imaging satellite will measure the movement of Earth's surfaces to provide information on trends that affect global challenges like food security, NASA said.
short by Ananya Goyal / 05:07 pm on 04 Feb
Amazon pauses expansion of Fresh grocery stores to review business
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said during the company's quarterly results call that Amazon has paused the expansion of its physical Amazon Fresh grocery stores. The expansion will remain paused till Amazon finds a distinctive store format with a favourable economic value, Jassy said. "We're optimistic that we're going to find that in 2023," he added.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 05:48 pm on 04 Feb
Chrome to let Android users erase 15 mins of search data: Report
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Google is working on a "quick delete" feature for Chrome users on Android that will let users delete the last 15 minutes of their search history, according to a report by Chrome Story. Reportedly, it's unclear whether the feature would just delete browser data or all account activity. Google earlier launched a similar feature for Google app on Android.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 03:03 pm on 04 Feb
Centre raises minimum broadband speed to 2 Mbps from 512 kbps
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
The Centre has changed the definition of broadband connectivity by raising the minimum download speed to 2 Mbps (megabits per second). The minimum download speed was previously 512 kbps (kilobits per second), as per the notification in July 2013. Notably, the median fixed broadband speed in India far exceeds the minimum at around 75.18 Mbps.
short by Ananya Goyal / 04:15 pm on 04 Feb
WazirX moves funds after Binance ends wallet services to the firm
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Crypto exchange WazirX on Friday said it has started transferring funds held with Binance to other wallets. "Users can continue to trade, deposit & withdraw funds as usual. Your funds are safe with us," it said. This comes after Binance said it's ending wallet services to WazirX over the exchange's "misleading claims related to Binance's alleged role" in operating WazirX.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 04:34 pm on 04 Feb
Google layoffs affected veterans of display ad business: Report
short by Mansi Agarwal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Google's recent layoffs reportedly affected at least five company veterans who had played key roles in developing its digital advertising business, Bloomberg reported. Three of the executives had shifted to Google after its acquisition of ad-tech firm DoubleClick in 2008, the report said. In January, Google announced it was laying off around 12,000 employees globally.
short by Mansi Agarwal / 05:09 pm on 04 Feb
Samsung to pay $150 million to UK firm to settle LED patent suit
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Samsung Electronics has agreed to pay $150 million to British nanotechnology company Nanoco Technologies to settle patent lawsuits over technology used in Samsung's LED televisions. Nanoco said the settlement includes a license agreement and the "transfer of certain patents". Samsung had allegedly copied Nanoco's tech after receiving samples during talks about a potential collaboration.
short by Ananya Goyal / 02:49 pm on 04 Feb
Meta's new headset will have better mixed reality tech: Zuckerberg
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Meta Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said its consumer-focused headset coming later this year will feature better mixed reality (MR) technology. "This is going to establish this technology as the baseline for all headsets going forward, and eventually of course for AR glasses as well," he stated. MR technology allows virtual reality headsets to also be used for augmented reality.
short by Ananya Goyal / 03:55 pm on 04 Feb
YouTube Music workers strike over 'unfair' labour practices in US
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
A group of 40 YouTube Music workers went on a strike in the US on Friday. Employed by Alphabet subcontractor Cognizant, the workers accused the firms' management of leveraging unfair labour practices to get in the way of their union drive. The strike came after Cognizant and Google asked Texas workers to return to the office on February 6.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 03:45 pm on 05 Feb
Spotify CEO launches healthcare startup Neko Health
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has launched a Stockholm-based healthcare startup Neko Health. As per the startup's website, its non-invasive full-body scanner can detect and measure the growth of birthmarks, rashes and age spots. Neko says its 360-degree body scanner comes equipped with over 70 sensors. It was founded by Hjalmar Nilsonne and Daniel Ek.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:28 pm on 05 Feb
Advisory firm Innisfree sues Twitter for $1.9 mn in unpaid bills
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
US-based advisory firm Innisfree sued Twitter in New York on Friday seeking about $1.9 million for unpaid bills after it advised the firm on its acquisition by Elon Musk. "As of December 23, 2022, Twitter remains in default of its obligations to Innisfree under the Agreement in an amount of not less than $1,902,788.03," the lawsuit against Twitter said.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 03:12 pm on 05 Feb
Meta posts wider $13.7 billion loss on metaverse unit in 2022
short by Ananya Goyal / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Meta's metaverse-focused Reality Labs reported $13.7 billion in operating losses for 2022, up 34% from a $10.2 billion loss in 2021. The unit brought in $2.16 billion in revenue, against $2.27 billion in 2021. Despite this, the company said it'd continue to invest "meaningfully" in this area given the "significant long-term opportunities".
short by Ananya Goyal / 04:49 pm on 04 Feb
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