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  • Harassment a common part of online life: Survey Yesterday

    New York: A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Centre found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty per cent have experienced...
  • All 10 seasons of 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' coming to Netflix; to be available starting January 1, 2015 6 days ago

    Los Angeles: "Friends" may have wrapped up ten years ago, but Ross, Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey will appear on Netflix beginning in January, Warner Bros. TV and the online Internet-streaming service said on Wednesday. All 236 episodes of the popular NBC 10-season series, one of the most-watched US shows...
  • Messaging app Line reaches 30 million users in India; to partner game developers 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Messaging app Line today said it has touched the 30 million userbase milestone in India and is on track to reach the 50 million-mark by the year end. The Japanese company, which has over 560 million users globally, had launched its services in India in May last year. "We make...
  • Man using Google Glass 18 hours a day treated for Internet addiction October 16, 2014

    Paris: A 31-year-old American was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said. It is the first known case of Internet addiction involving Google Glass, a fledgling technology which provides online access via...
  • Internet can't be managed as private property: India tells UN October 15, 2014

    United Nations: Underscoring its commitment to the "free growth" of the Internet, India has told the UN General Assembly that the cyberspace cannot be managed as a "private property" and its management should be "transparent and democratic" in nature. "As a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and democratic society, India is fully committed...
  • 113-year-old woman fudges date of birth to join Facebook October 12, 2014

    New York: Anna Stoehr, one of the oldest living people in the world at age 113, has finally got herself a Facebook account. What she had to do was to lie about her actual age as the earliest birth year listed on Facebook to create a new profile is 1905. Stoehr,...
  • Why people stalk Facebook profiles of not-so-successful friends October 12, 2014

    New York: When feeling down and out, do you scan through Facebook profiles of friends who are not so successful to find some solace that you are not alone struggling with life? According to a study, people in good mood surf profiles of friends who are successful and attractive. On the other...
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants to make internet affordable for all October 9, 2014

    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants to make internet accessible and affordable for all. "We need to implement basic free internet plans for everyone. India needs to adopt the internet even more. Connectivity to the internet should be a fundamental right," said Zuckerberg. ...
  • Facebook has no near-term plan to monetise WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook Inc, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday. Zuckerberg, who is visiting India to participate in an event to boost Internet usage, did not give details. Facebook's final...
  • Mark Zuckerberg addresses the first Internet.org summit in New Delhi; to meet PM Modi on October 10 October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a two-day visit to India, the second biggest market for the social networking giant, addressed the first Internet.org summit on October 9 in New Delhi. Addressing the summit, Zuckergberg said that more than one billion people don't have the Internet access in...
  • Is the smartphone your better half? October 8, 2014

    Sydney: Is the smartphone your new partner? A survey says so, suggesting that most people check their mobile phones on an average of 1,500 times a week, that too even before the sun rises. After analysing the smartphone habits of 2,000 Britons, digital marketing agency Tecmark found that smartphone users were...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to visit India on October 9; to meet PM Narendra Modi October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: After Sheryl Sandberg, its now the turn of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to visit India, the second biggest market for the social networking giant, later this month. Zuckerberg, who will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be in India to address the first Internet.org summit taking place on...
  • Flipkart claims billion hits, buyers feel cheated on discounts October 7, 2014

    Bangalore: India's largest e-retailer Flipkart claimed to have got a billion hits for its special sales offer Monday, but millions of buyers felt cheated on its discounts, as they alleged the prices quoted were higher, even as its portal crashed during the day. "The prices printed in its advertisements in leading...
  • Has e-commerce hit the business of traditional retailers? October 6, 2014

    Discounts are perhaps not new for e-commerce giants. But now they've taken it to the next level with prices hitting a rock bottom. These websites have hit the business of traditional retailers. Shylaja Varma checks out how e-commerce is burning a hole in their pockets and what the customer really...
  • New privacy system makes surfing the web safer October 6, 2014

    London: Researchers have built a new system that protects Internet users' privacy and dramatically improves the safety of surfing the web. Researchers from University College London, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers University of Technology and Mozilla Research have built the system called 'Confinement with Origin Web Labels,' or COWL. It works with Mozilla's...
  • MTS slashes mobile Internet rates by about 33 per cent October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Triggering a price war in mobile Internet segment, telecom operator MTS India today launched new schemes with a price reduction of about 33 per cent in its high-speed service offerings. "We have lowered the price barrier for first time data customers with as much as 33 per cent reduction...
  • The world's first 'online murder' may happen by the end of year October 6, 2014

    London: The world's first 'online murder' via a hacked internet-connected device could happen by the end of this year, experts have warned. The European Union's law enforcement agency Europol has cautioned that governments are ill-prepared to combat the looming threat of "online murder" as cyber criminals exploit internet technology to target...
  • Airtel, Vodafone, Idea hike mobile Internet rates by up to 100% October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. The three companies jointly hold...
  • Women more likely to watch same-sex porn: Study October 5, 2014

    London: Women are more likely to watch same-sex porn videos than heterosexual porn videos, says an interesting study, adding that women watch more porn than men. The findings revealed that top three categories for female viewers are "lesbian," "gay (male)," and "teen," while the top categories for men are "teen," and...
  • Leading telcos hike mobile internet rates by up to 100 per cent October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators have raised mobile internet rates up to 100 per cent in June-September period across country. Airtel is latest to increase mobile rates by up to 33 per cent while Vodafone and Idea have started gradually implementing the increased mobile internet rates from June. ...
  • Google to enable faster search on slow mobile networks in India October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Aimed at strengthening its foothold in the Indian mobile Internet space, tech giant Google will enable a faster search capability for mobile phones with slower network connections. Using a new streamlined version of its search results page, the US-based company will automatically check if a user has a slow...
  • Hackers who hit JPMorgan attacked some nine other firms: Report October 5, 2014

    Boston: About nine other banks and brokerages were infiltrated by the same group of hackers who recently attacked computer systems at JPMorgan Chase & Co, the New York Times reported late on Friday, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. The report, which could not be independently verified and did not...
  • Doesn't everyone want a free and open Internet? 5 key questions about 'net neutrality' answered October 4, 2014

    Washington: The US Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. It's a topic that has attracted record-setting public attention. The agency received 3.7 million comments on the subject - more than...
  • Google threatened with lawsuit over leaked celebrity photos October 3, 2014

    New York: A lawyer who represents about a dozen female celebrities whose private photos were posted online by hackers has threatened to sue Google for failing to take the photos off its websites, according to the New York Post. Martin Singer, an entertainment industry lawyer, said in a letter on Wednesday...
  • Google Glass to be used to fight crime October 3, 2014

    Dubai: Dubai police plan to issue detectives with Google Glass hands-free eyewear to help them fight crime using facial recognition technology, a police spokesman in the wealthy Gulf Arab emirate said. The wearable device consists of a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame and is capable...
  • Amazon to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October: Report October 2, 2014

    Bangalore: Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October, the Economic Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Amazon, which has already started accepting bookings for Coco-Cola Zero - the beverage's low-calorie variant, will eventually start selling fresh food in India, the...
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to visit India on October 9; will address the first Internet.org summit in Delhi October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: After Sheryl Sandberg, its now the turn of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to visit India, the second biggest market for the social networking giant, later this month. Zuckerberg, who will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be in India to address the first Internet.org summit taking place on...
  • 46 per cent users in India spend 6 hours or more on Internet daily: Study September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Indicating towards the growing importance of Internet in the country, a survey today revealed that 46 per cent of users in India spend 6 hours or more a day actively using the Internet whereas 82 per cent admit to the fear of missing out when not connected. ...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses September 30, 2014

    Google is 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 idea of how popular and...
  • Facebook to test Internet beaming drones in 2015 September 28, 2014

    Washington: Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar-powered drones in 2015, with the ultimate aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online. Mark Zuckerberg had unveiled Facebook's Connectivity Lab and its partnership with the Internet.org project in March this year. The initiative seeks to use solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles to...