Belarus welcomes Telegram revolution: Protests get a digital spin

MOSCOW: Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus’ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messaging app. They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement. ‘Today will be one more important day in the fight for our freedom. Tectonic shifts are happening on all fronts,...

Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus untruths

SAN FRANCISCO: As the newspreads globally, the online battle to keep misinformation about the disease is also stepping up. Google,and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people. ‘The public concern about coronavirus is being used as a vehicle to...

Prince Harry joins pop royalties like Selena Gomez, J-Lo at ‘Vax Live’ concert in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: Britain’sjoined pop royalty includingat a star-studded concert inSunday to urge faster and more even global vaccinations, as he voiced support for India during its devastating Covid outbreak. ‘: The Concert To Reunite The World’ featured video messages from the pope and President Joe Biden and in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean...

YouTube goes the TikTok way, starts testing short video-sharing app ‘YouTube Shorts’ in India

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube, on Monday, began testing arival in India, saying it would refine its short video format and roll it out in more countries in coming months. made its debut as TikTok pursues a partnership with Oracle that it hopes will spare it from being shut-down in the US by. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday confirmed a bid from Oracle concerning TikTok’s American...

Working with governments to ensure openness of platform, protect users from harmful content: YouTube

is focused on working withto better shape regulations that allow the video streaming platform to preserve openness, while protecting communities from, YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said. The top executive noted that the platform has always had a robust set of community guidelines to protect the ecosystem of users,and partners from aspects like hate speech, misinformation and harmful...

Inside the BITS YouTube mafia

‘When the world zigs, zag.’ This 1982 strapline for Levi’s (written by Barbara Noakes) resonates well with ninestudents who have recently found popularity as YouTubers. In an environment where the world expects premier engineering college students like them to become future startup founders, product designers, or analysts at major investment banking firms, these 18-to-22-year-olds took a...

Google Maps feature will let people track availability of beds, medical oxygen in India

NEW DELHI:on Monday said it is testing a new feature in Maps that enables people to ask about and share localon availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations. This is part of the tech giant’s efforts to support the relief efforts amid the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘…we’re testing a new feature using the Q&A function in Maps that...

Google told its scientists to ‘strike a positive tone’ in AI research: Document

Alphabet Inc’sthis year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a ” review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications and interviews with researchers involved in the work. Google’s new review procedure asks that researchers consult with legal, policy...