Internet

  • China's Internet population reaches 632 million 10 hours 0 minutes ago

    Beijing: China is now home to 632 million Internet users, said a government agency, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown. The Asian giant's Internet population - defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months - has increased by 14 million...
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die? 5 days ago

    Washington: You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading...
  • New social network gives a penny to users everytime they post or share 6 days ago

    Washington: A new social network says its goal is sharing among its users - including some of the profits. Bubblews, which is launching a new platform Wednesday, aims to bring together people by giving a small slice of ad revenues to users for each time they post or share. Founders Arvind Dixit...
  • Yahoo unveils a lineup of free streaming concerts July 12, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo continued its shift to online content with a line-up of free streaming concerts by music stars such as Usher, Michael Franti, and The Dave Matthews Band. A Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen promised to serve up a new live concert daily beginning on July 15 when The...
  • This golden Labrador can sniff out pornographic material and is helping the police smoke out paedophiles July 11, 2014

    A golden Labrador with the Rhode Island internet crimes against children task force in the US has a perfect nose for computer hardware that can help against rising cases of child pornography. Named Thoreau, the dog has already helped cops arrest a suspect who had stashed a thumb drive filled with...
  • Government allocates Rs 500 crore for Internet connectivity in villages July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will allocate Rs 500 crore for its 'Digital India' initiative to set up broadband network in villages and promote local manufacturing of hardware and Indian software products. Under the Digital India initiative, National Rural Internet and Technology Mission, the government will focus on...
  • Author James Patterson's young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' to come to life on YouTube July 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise 'Maximum Ride' into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for 'Maximum Ride' to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels,...
  • Railway Budget 2014: 11 tech initiatives that should have been introduced long ago July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda in his maiden budget presented new technology initiatives that would further help in improving the passenger experience on Indian Railways. The Railways has proposed real-time tracking of trains and rolling stocks, mobile-based wakeup call system for passengers, mobile-based destination arrival alert and WiFi Services...
  • TRAI raises minimum broadband speed from 256kbps to 512kbps July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom sector regulator TRAI has notified that the minimum broadband speed has been raised to 512 kilo bytes per second (kbps) from the earlier 256 kbps. The amendment has been made to the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2012 and the regulations will be called the Telecom Consumers Complaint...
  • Israel army twitter account hacked, posts nuke leak warning July 4, 2014

    Jerusalem: A twitter handle of the Israeli army was taken over by Internet hackers, who posted a message warning that a nuclear facility in Israel have been hit by two rockets, causing a brief torrent of panic. Israel's most popular news portal Ynet posted a screenshot of the alarming tweet: "#WARNING:...
  • Fraud, sex, post-it art among links removed by Google in Europe July 4, 2014

    Brussels: Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The US internet giant said on Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results. The US firm must comply with a...
  • Facebook's mood manipulation experiment 'messed with people's minds' July 4, 2014

    WAshington: A controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation "messed with people's minds," privacy activists said in a formal complaint to US regulators on Thursday, seeking an urgent investigation. In its complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said the study - which has been widely criticised...
  • The more Internet porn you watch, the more narcissistic you become July 3, 2014

    New York: Watching porn is what narcissists love to do the most, a new study has found, adding that the more Internet porn people watch, the more narcissistic they tend to be. Earlier research shows that the more control narcissists have over sex, the more gratifying the experience tends to be. "The...
  • Facebook admits 'terrible' communication gaffe on emotion manipulation experiment July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook communicated "terribly" about a controversial study in which it secretly manipulated users' feelings, the social network's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg admitted Wednesday. Sandberg's comments came as British authorities said they would question Facebook over the experiment to see whether it broke privacy laws. The research was an experiment...
  • Watching porn is what narcissists love to do the most, new study finds July 2, 2014

    New York: Watching porn is what narcissists love to do the most, a new study has found, adding that the more internet porn people watch, the more narcissistic they tend to be. Earlier research shows that the more control narcissists have over sex, the more gratifying the experience tends to be. "The...
  • UK probing Facebook over emotion manipulation experiment July 2, 2014

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on users of the social network, the Financial Times reported. The data regulator is probing the experiment and plans to ask Facebook questions, the newspaper reported....
  • Confessions of a rehabilitated Orkut addict July 2, 2014

    2004 Kolkata Book Fair. Our gang of college friends were roaming around the ground browsing books. Debarati picked up a copy of The Simoqin Prophecies. "See this?," she exclaimed. "The author Samit Basu is my friend on Orkut!" Those were the days of Orkut. Cell phones were still primarily used for...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses July 1, 2014

    Google has announced that it will be shutting down its once-popular social networking website Orkut on September 30. The glory days of Orkut are now long gone with its last bastions India and Brazil also switching their loyalties to Facebook, this news item from eight years ago gives us an...
  • Facebook experiment sparks criticism: Is Facebook guilty of manipulating users' emotions? June 30, 2014

    Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger. CNN-IBN takes calls of people from across the country and asks them whether Facebook is guilty of manipulating users' emotions. ...
  • Facebook under fire over 'creepy' secret study that manipulated users' emotions June 30, 2014

    Washington: Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users' news feeds to study how this affected...
  • How to respond to negative comments on Facebook June 29, 2014

    There are times when our opinions on a given subject differ from those of our friends and acquaintances. And with the widespread use of social networking sites, such disagreements are often expressed on public platforms than in person. It is observed that difference in opinions often lead to clash of...
  • Here's why 4G technology will take another two years to gain momentum in India June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: It has been quite some time that the Indian telecom industry is talking about the fourth generation (4G) technology but is the market and the subscribers ready for it? Experts feel it will take another couple of years for 4G to gain steam and become a mass product...
  • Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet June 29, 2014

    Miami: A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met the group in Havana. The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with Cuban officials as well as independent people in the technology and digital field,...
  • Violent video games may promote good behaviour in real life June 29, 2014

    Washington: Contrary to the popular belief that violent video games turn people aggressive, a new study suggests playing them may actually lead to increased moral sensitivity and pro-social behaviour in real life. New evidence suggests heinous behaviour played out in a virtual environment can lead to players' increased sensitivity...
  • Internet TV startup Aereo suspends service June 29, 2014

    Washington: A US startup firm that allows subscribers to watch broadcast television over the Internet suspended its service on Saturday, three days after losing a Supreme Court ruling. Aereo had been heralded by major tech groups as an innovative technology that opened up more choice for consumers, while the television industry...
  • Amazon and Indian investment firm to help small businesses get online June 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Amazon.com Inc's Asia unit will provide back-end support in a venture with an Indian private investment firm formed by Infosys Ltd co-founder NR Narayana Murthy that aims to help get Indian companies online. Catamaran Ventures's partnership with Amazon Asia will target small- and medium-sized firms, Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads...
  • Google starts 'forgetting' things in Europe June 27, 2014

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday said that it is "forgetting" things in Europe to comply with a legal ruling granting people the power to have certain information about them removed from searches. "This week, we're starting to take action on the removal requests that we've received," Google said in an email...
  • Vodafone doubles its mobile Internet rates for 2G, 3G subscribers June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Vodafone India has doubled its mobile Internet rates for 2G and 3G customers across the country, and it is being implemented in a phased manner. The new rates for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pre-paid and post paid users are 4 paisa per 10 KB, as compared to 2 paisa per 10...
  • Flipkart to hire 12,000 people this year, aims to beef up its support and technology operations June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Flipkart will hire 12,000 people this year to beef up its support and technology operations as the homegrown firm witnesses strong surge in online shopping in the country. The online marketplace giant has already chalked out an ambitious plan to expand its reach across India, the world's third...
  • What the world is sharing online during the World Cup June 21, 2014

    New York: Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches. Defending champion Spain's stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of...