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  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing 12 hours 9 minutes ago

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...
  • Army fights misinformation campaign on Whatsapp December 10, 2014

    Srinagar: Battling a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army now has to fight with a new problem of misinformation campaign on social media which appears to be a tough challenge. It all began with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda admitting to the "mistake" by his personnel in...
  • Photos: 'Facelook' beauty parlour, WhatsApp sari, Google hotel: 16 Indians who won the Internet with their slightly disturbing love for social media December 3, 2014

    Indians are normally very active on social media sites. If they aren't sharing jokes on WhatsApp groups, they're posting Goa vacation or Karwa Chauth pictures on Facebook or outraging against Honey Singh on Twitter. It's the perfectly normal thing to do unless someone takes their obsession to a new level....
  • Teenagers spend more time on WhatsApp than Facebook: Study November 27, 2014

    New York: A study involving 1,70,000 internet users across 32 countries has found that more and more teenagers are spending more time on instant messaging apps than on Facebook. Nearly 66 per cent of teenagers (aged 16-19) in the US and Britain said they were using Facebook less frequently. While the teenagers...
  • WhatsApp begins end-to-end encryption for all messages November 19, 2014

    San Francisco: WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping. The messaging service, which has 600 million users and is especially popular in Europe and Asia, added the new encryption to...
  • Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring his Whatsapp messages November 17, 2014

    Dubai: A Saudi man has divorced his wife after she ignored his Whatsapp messages despite reading them. The husband, in his 30s, was frustrated by his wife's seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family. "She spent most of her time on the phone to the...
  • WhatsApp now lets users disable 'blue check marks' read receipt feature November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After receiving flak for its newly introduced 'read receipts' feature from users around the world, WhatsApp has now updated the app with a new setting that lets users disable the feature - giving some a sense of relief. The updated WhatsApp app is not available on Google Play...
  • WhatsApp updated with new 'blue check marks' feature; lets users know when their messages were read November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: WhatsApp has added a new feature to its cross-platform instant messaging app that lets users know if their messages have been read by recipients, and if read, they can also see the exact time they were read. Once a message is read, the two check marks next to...
  • In a first, a woman in Bihar turned to WhatsApp to lodge a complaint against a police officer for misconduct November 6, 2014

    Patna: A woman in Bihar Wednesday turned to mobile messenger service WhatsApp to lodge a complaint against a police officer for an alleged molestation bid and to send his picture. The police officer was later suspended. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said he suspended the police officer after the...
  • WhatsApp user base crosses 70 million mark in India November 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Mobile messenger service WhatsApp's user base in India has grown to 70 million active users, which is over a 10th of its global users, its business head Neeraj Arora said today. "We have 70 million active-users here who use the application at least once a month," Arora, a vice-president with...
  • AIR launches 'WhatsApp' number for overseas audience October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to stay connected with overseas audience, All India Radio (AIR) has launched a 'WhatsApp' number for its Urdu service. The new service was launched on the occasion of Diwali on October 23, a statement said. Listeners can send in their song request for 'Suraj Ke...
  • Facebook has no near-term plan to make money from WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, 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 WhatsApp...
  • Maharashtra polls: BJP pulls advertisements that triggered jokes on social media October 9, 2014

    Mumbai: The BJP has withdrawn a series of advertisements rhetorically asking "Kuthe neun thevlay Maharashtra maajha? (Where have you taken my Maharashtra?)" that attracted severe criticism from various quarters. "The ads have been dropped, but that is a scheduled action and has nothing to do with criticism or ridicule they...
  • 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...
  • Facebook closes WhatsApp purchase now worth $21.8 billion October 7, 2014

    New York: Facebook has completed its acquisition of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for almost $22 billion, up from the original $19 billion when the cash-and-stock deal was struck early this year thanks in part to the rising price of Facebook shares. Facebook named WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum to...
  • Facebook wins European Union approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid October 4, 2014

    Brussels: Facebook, the world's most popular social network, gained European Union clearance on Friday for its proposed $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry. The landmark deal is the largest in Facebook's 10-year history and will give it a strong foothold...
  • Google plans to launch new mobile chat app; aims to take on WhatsApp, Line October 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Software giant Google plans to launch a mobile messaging app it is likely to test in India and other emerging markets, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources. The daily said Google was in the early stages of development of the app, which will not make it mandatory...
  • Constable recruitment paper leak case solved: Delhi Police September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Crime Branch on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the Delhi Police Constable Recruitment examination paper leak case in May this year, with the arrest of 27 people from four states. The four month long investigation also revealed that the question paper, which was circulated among 'clients' through WhatsApp,...
  • Delhi Police to connect with people on WhatsApp September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi police will soon assist and connect with the public on the popular social messenger app WhatsApp. A circular issued by the top brass of the force has asked all the officials from Chowki incharge to Joint Commissioners, to use the app to connect with the general public apart...
  • WhatsApp to soon launch free voice calling feature: Reports September 1, 2014

    New York: If media reports are to be believed, mobile messaging service WhatsApp is set to launch a free voice calling feature for its 600 million active users. Recent changes in the interface of the app suggests the feature is coming soon. "The leaked images of the upcoming user interface shows that...
  • 'What is this WTF your friends use on Facebook?' 16 questions your parents ask that make you wonder why you introduced them to social media August 27, 2014

    Wow! Your parents are on Facebook. You have to add them. That fateful day when you added your parents as friends on Facebook was probably the last day you were happy about them joined the social networking site. Since then you have only been the IT guy of your house....
  • Man arrested for sending porn clip to Delhi Police helpline on WhatsApp August 22, 2014

    A man has been arrested for allegedly posting a pornographic clip at the recently launched WhatsApp anticorruption helpline of the Delhi Police. The accused identified as Chandan Singh was arrested by the New Delhi District Police after it received a complaint from Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) on August 19....
  • A new service that lets you transfer money over Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Payment solutions provider Oxigen today launched its mobile wallet (mWallet) service, Oxigen Wallet, through which users can transfer money, purchase gifts for their friends and family on social networking platforms. Besides, users would also be able to use their wallet to recharge their mobile phones, pay bills and shop...
  • Delhi Police launches WhatsApp helpline to curb corruption August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Smartphones and the popular chat messenger WhatsApp in it has now turned into an effective weapon against errant policemen with Delhi Police launching a new anticorruption helpline where one can send audio or video clips if any cop seeks bribe or harasses a person. The new helpline...
  • Here's how you can use WhatsApp to help catch corrupt policemen August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The next time a police officer seeks a bribe or harasses you, don't feel frustrated. Help is at hand, literally in the form of your smartphone equipped with chat application Whatsapp. Apart from calling and registering a complaint, a recorded audio or video clip can be sent to the...
  • Photos: 'Facelook' beauty parlour, WhatsApp sari, Google hotel: 15 Indians who won the Internet with their slightly disturbing love for social media August 7, 2014

    Indians are normally very active on social media sites. If they aren't sharing jokes on WhatsApp groups, they're posting Goa vacation or Karwa Chauth pictures on Facebook or outraging against Honey Singh on Twitter. It's the perfectly normal thing to do unless someone takes their obsession to a new level....
  • BJP to launch multimedia messaging service like WhatsApp for local body elections July 30, 2014

    The BJP plans to launch a multimedia messaging service on the lines of WhatsApp before the scheduled local body elections. "We are developing a multimedia messaging service on the lines of WhatsApp to be called Bhajapa Samvad Setu," a senior office bearer of the BJP's state level information technology cell said...
  • Facebook extends closing of WhatsApp acquisition by a year July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook has extended by a year the closing of its landmark $19 billion deal to acquire instant messaging app WhatsApp. The Californiabased firm will have to pay WhatsApp $1 billion in cash and $1 billion in stock options in case it fails to close the deal...
  • Twitter adds a WhatsApp button to its Android app June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Twitter has added a new WhatsApp button in its new version of the Android app. The WhatsApp button that appears within in a tweet as a sharing option now lets users easily share tweets with people on WhatsApp. Earlier users would go to the share button and select the...
  • India's first Internet deaddiction clinic offers counselling to web addicts June 18, 2014

    Bangalore: How addicted are you to the Internet and online games? Are you constantly on Facebook without any reason? India's first Internet deaddiction clinic is trying to solve these and other problems that the virtual world has taken over lives with. During a slow summer vacation, four friends have got together...