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US Congress Spars Over Social Media Filtering; Companies Skip Hearing

HIGHLIGHTS Republicans suggested that content from conservatives are being censored Lawmakers agreed tech companies must remove illegal content Members differed on whether objectionable content should be removed Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday sparred over the role of social media platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter in filtering content after representatives of the tech companies skipped a hearing. Republicans repeatedly suggested at ... Read More »

US Congress Spars Over Social Media Filtering; Companies Skip Hearing

Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday sparred over the role of social media platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter in filtering content after representatives of the tech companies skipped a hearing. Republicans repeatedly suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter are censoring or blocking content from conservatives, a charge the companies denied. Lawmakers from both parties agreed ... Read More »

Apple Being Investigated by Israeli Agency Over Handling of iPhone Slowdown

Israel’s consumer protection bureau said on Tuesday it was investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones. The Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority said in a statement it had questioned the head of Apple in Israel, Rony Friedman. A spokesman at the Authority said it had the power to levy significant fines in civil ... Read More »

Facebook Pressed Over Role in People Smuggling

A United Nations migration official called Thursday for Facebook to police its site and its WhatsApp messaging subsidiary for use by abusive human smugglers. Leonard Doyle, director of media and communication at the UN International Organisation for Migration, said that Facebook and WhatsApp have become the media of choice for people smugglers in the Middle East and Africa to advertise their services and make arrangements with ... Read More »

Car Imports From India To UK Jumped By Over 8%

Car imports from India to the UK spiked last year with an 8.3 per cent hike in registration of Indian-built vehicles by buyers in Britain, authorities said today. While imports were strong, exports to India declined, according to the latest UK automotive industry figures released here. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that the popularity of Indian-built ... Read More »

Twitter Users Divided Over 280-Character Limit for Tweets: Survey

HIGHLIGHTS Only 38 percent users said they approved of the 280-character limit Thirty-two percent of the users preferred 140-character tweets A month after the change, 5 percent tweets are longer than 140-characters A month after Twitter doubled its 140-character restriction for people to express more in a tweet, users were divided on the new 280-character limit with only 38 percent approving the ... Read More »

Instagram Doubles Monthly Active Advertisers to Over 2 Million

HIGHLIGHTS Time spent watching video on Instagram is up more than 80 percent YoY Number of videos produced per day has increased by 4X from last year Businesses are finding more opportunities to connect with their audiences Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram on Tuesday announced it has doubled its advertiser base in the past six months to reach over two million monthly active ... Read More »

Honda to Roll Out 6 New Cars Over Next 3 Years

Representative Image :Honda Logo. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com) Japanese car maker Honda buoyed by strong growth in the domestic market has planned to roll out six new launches over the next three years, a top official said yesterday. During the period April-October 2017, the company witnessed a 17 percent rise in sales as compared to last year. “Honda Cars India Ltd ... Read More »

Android Set to Get ‘DNS over TLS’ Support, Hides Web Browsing History From ISPs

HIGHLIGHTS The addition of “DNS over TLS” support on Android will limit the use case Commits on Android Open Source Project have suggested the new development Android 8.1 could be the first version to get new support Keeping Internet service providers (ISPs) at bay, Google appears to be planning to add “DNS over TLS” support to Android. The new development will encrypt your ... Read More »

Essential, Android Co-Creator’s Startup, Sued Fadell-Backed Keyssa Over Connector Tech

Two of the best-known names in the smartphone hardware business are squaring off in court over new technology that allows phones to connect to devices like cameras without wires or metal connectors. Privately owned Keyssa Inc, backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Essential Products Inc, a smartphone startup founded by Andy Rubin, the co-creator of the Android mobile phone operating system, ... Read More »