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Instant messaging app in spotlight after IS attacks

Telegram, a free app which was launched in 2013, offers an encrypted chat service with self-destructing messages and has recently launched a way to create public channels to broadcast to unlimited audiences The instant messaging app Telegram, created by Russian Internet guru Pavel Durov, says it has blocked dozens of accounts associated with the jihadist Islamic State group. Read more ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: BlackBuck, Urban Clap, Chillr, Paynear, Online RTI, and More

Home  |   Apps  |   Apps News India Funding Roundup: BlackBuck, Urban Clap, Chillr, Paynear, Online RTI, and More by Sriram Sharma , 11 December 2015 Share on FacebookTweetShareShareEmailReddit BlackBuck B2B logistics startup BlackBuck has raised $25 million (about Rs. 167 crores) in funding in its Series B round from Tiger Global, Apoletto (DST-Yuri Milner’s Founders Fund), Accel and Flipkart. The ... Read More »

‘Internet Economy’ Is Six Percent of US GDP: Study

The Internet’s economic impact has doubled since 2007 and now fuels at least six percent of the overall US economy, a study showed Thursday. The study for the Internet Association – which includes major companies such as Facebook and Amazon – found the online sector accounted for $966 billion (roughly Rs. 64,72,151 crores) in economic activity in 2014, and some ... Read More »

Yahoo a key part of Internet history

Familiar Internet name Yahoo has struggled in recent years, and currently handles just 12.7 percent of online searches—once its core function, but one long since dominated by Google Among the best-known names on the Internet, Yahoo was one of the first companies that enabled users to find their way online, but it has lost its role as a leader. Read ... Read More »

Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook

Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a ban on Facebook, three weeks after it was imposed for security reasons in the tense country, but mobile messaging apps remained barred, the telecoms minister said. Read more at: The government ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last month after two opposition leaders lost their appeals against the death penalty for war crimes committed ... Read More »

Alibaba to Buy South China Morning Post in Hong Kong

Home  |   Internet  |   Internet News Alibaba to Buy South China Morning Post in Hong Kong Reuters , 12 December 2015 Share on FacebookTweetShareShareEmailReddit Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed to buy Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), in the most politically sensitive acquisition by the e-commerce giant to date. Alibaba and SCMP Group Ltd ... Read More »

Turkey fines Twitter over ‘pro-terror’ content

Turkey’s communications regulator has imposed an unprecedented fine on Twitter for allowing the publication of content deemed to justify terror, the state-run Anatolia news agency said Friday. Read more at: he Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has fined Twitter 150,000 lira ($50,700), the first time it has issued such a penalty to the company. Despite repeated warnings, Twitter ... Read More »

1 in 5 Americans Use Internet ‘Almost Constantly’: Pew Study

A great majority of Americans go online every day, and 21 percent use the Internet “almost constantly,” according to a survey by Pew Research Center. Of the 87 percent of survey respondents who reported going online at all, the most common option chosen was that they go on “several times a day,” with only 6 percent reporting not going online ... Read More »

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Gives Birth to Twin Girls

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has followed a major business announcement with some big personal news. She gave birth to identical twin girls Thursday, the day after unveiling plans to hatch a new company to control Yahoo’s Internet business. This is the second time that the 40-year-old Mayer has given birth since Yahoo hired her as CEO in July 2012. She ... Read More »

Airbnb Hosts Discriminate Against Black Renters, Study Says

There is “widespread discrimination” on Airbnb against renters with African-American-sounding names, according to a working paper from Harvard researchers. Overall, users with names like Latoya and Darnell were 16 percent less likely to be accepted as guests than those with names like Allison or Greg, according to the study. Unlike booking sites like Expedia and Priceline, Airbnb users create profiles ... Read More »