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Facebook Fined in Germany Over User Content Terms

A German court has fined social networking giant Facebook $109,330 for failing to comply with a court order to make amendments to its terms regarding user content, Wall Street Journal reported. In the Facebook case, the regional court in Berlin came down heavily on Facebook’s terms that applied to German users. According to the Facebook’s terms, users “grant us a ... Read More »

Facebook Executive Jailed in Brazil as Court Seeks WhatsApp Data

Brazilian police arrested a senior Facebook Inc executive on Tuesday as a dispute escalated over a court’s demand that the company provide data from its WhatsApp messaging service to help in a secretive drug-trafficking investigation. Court officials in Sergipe state confirmed that a judge had ordered the jailing of Facebook Vice President for Latin America Diego Dzodan. Federal police in ... Read More »

No Salary, but $68,506 in Compensation for Twitter CEO Dorsey

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did not take salary or stock options since he joined the struggling micro-blogging website last year and received personal and residential security costs totaling $68,506 (roughly Rs. 45 lakhs), a media report said on Saturday. His predecessor Dick Costolo was awarded a total of $91,795 (roughly Rs. 60 lakhs), which included a monthly salary of $7,162 ... Read More »

Twitter Hires New Executive in Bid to Win China Advertisers

Twitter introduced a new head of operations Friday for what it calls Greater China despite still being banned in the mainland, as it attempts to boost already booming advertising. While San Francisco-based Twitter is not allowed to operate in mainland China under the country’s strict Internet censorship, it does have an office in Hong Kong that courts advertisers over the ... Read More »

Facebook Claims 69 Million Daily Active Users in India

Social media network Facebook on Wednesday claimed it had 69 million daily active users (DAU) in India, including 64 million accessing its website on mobile. “In India, we have 69 million DAU, of which 64 million access our site on mobile,” the US-based social network firm said in a statement Bengaluru. The platform also boasts of having in India 142 ... Read More »

EU Privacy Watchdogs Could Seek US Data Pack Review in 2 Years: Reports

European privacy watchdogs could ask for a review in two years of a new transatlantic data pact designed to help companies such as Microsoft and IBM to shuffle around user data, according to three people familiar with the matter. European data protection authorities are assessing whether to endorse the EU-US Privacy Shield, a framework agreed in February that will allow ... Read More »

In a fender-bender? The police may want to analyze your phone

A new device is in the works that informs police whether a driver was using his or her phone prior to a car collision. Legislators in New York are also aiming to implement this device in an effort to better enforce laws against using a phone while driving. The nicknamed “Textalyzer” – a play off of breathalyzers used to confirm ... Read More »

Messaging App Is Latest Front in Tech Fight

While the Justice Department wages a public fight with Apple over access to a locked iPhone, government officials are privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff with another technology company, WhatsApp, over access to its popular instant messaging application, officials and others involved in the case said. No decision has been made, but a court fight with WhatsApp, the ... Read More »

Leaked report points to serious failures in Education

A leaked government report on a rushed reform of Tonga’s education system in 2015 reveals confusion and concern within the Ministry and points to serious systemic failures that will take years to sort out. But the report, which apparently upset the Prime Minister, has not been officially released. The leaked report highlights problems that the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) ... Read More »

Just Launched: A One Stop Platform to Find Mobile Apps Being Used for Social Good in India

There are many apps currently available on mobile phones to address common social problems faced by people – related to safety, governance, disability, education, agriculture, health and much more. Here’s a platform that will help you find them all. Preparing for UPSC exams? There is an app that helps aspirants remain updated with information on current affairs and news in ... Read More »