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NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

27 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

Even as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bloviates about making Twitter free, the microblogging site announced plans to introduce monetization and paywalled content. Dubbed as Super Follow, the upcoming feature allows Twitter to make money off paywalled content.

Twitter's 'Super Follow' will allow users to charge their followers

26 Feb 2021

Twitter's 'Super Follow' will allow users to charge their followers

Twitter announced significant new features dealing with user monetization and community-focused content.

Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

24 Feb 2021

Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

The parachute unfurled during the final descent of NASA's Perseverance rover had random pattern of red and white bands, on the face of it. NASA officials later said it contained an encoded message.

Twitter rolls out voice DM feature for users in India

17 Feb 2021

Twitter rolls out voice DM feature for users in India

Twitter has started rolling out the voice-based direct messages (DMs) for select users in India. This allows users to send voice messages as DMs, with the length being capped at 140 seconds, just like the original character limit.

Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

16 Feb 2021

Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

The Indian government is reportedly planning to use Twitter rival Koo as its key mode of communication with the public amid a row with the US-based microblogging platform.

Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

13 Feb 2021

Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another milestone by becoming the first person ever to have 500 million followers across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

12 Feb 2021

Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

Being slammed by the Indian government for not acting against objectionable content, Twitter has committed to restructure its team in India, a report in Indian Express claimed, citing government officials.

Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse

12 Feb 2021

Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse

It's tough even for the all-powerful Big Tech cabal to dispatch every new competitor like Parler, so sometimes they have to improvise. Facebook has instead chosen to copy the emerging new audio-based social media phenomenon Clubhouse.

Twitter rival Koo records 3 million downloads after government endorsement

12 Feb 2021

Twitter rival Koo records 3 million downloads after government endorsement

Homegrown Twitter alternative Koo has seen a tremendous growth in its userbase this week. The microblogging app has crossed three million users.

Government readies draft rules to regulate social media

12 Feb 2021

Government readies draft rules to regulate social media

As it remains locked in an intense face-off with Twitter, the Indian government has prepared draft rules to regulate social media, OTT (Over The Top) platforms, as well as news-related websites.

'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

11 Feb 2021

'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday told the tech companies that they are free to work in India only if they follow the Indian Constitution.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter won't block politicians unless Trump, and more

10 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter won't block politicians unless Trump, and more

While Twitter found it easy to engineer regime change in the USA, India is proving to be a lot more resilient.

Twitter mulls giving control of newsfeed back to the masses

10 Feb 2021

Twitter mulls giving control of newsfeed back to the masses

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may have committed high heresy in the eyes of his Big Tech peers. He envisioned giving people back the control of their newsfeed during the recent earnings call.

Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

10 Feb 2021

Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

Twitter, pulled up by the Indian government for failing to comply with its orders, on Wednesday released a verbose blog highlighting the measures it took and didn't take in the recent days, only to receive a scathing response from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on Koo, the homegrown alternative of the micro-blogging website.

Twitter's stock hits 52-week high after posting $1 billion quarter

10 Feb 2021

Twitter's stock hits 52-week high after posting $1 billion quarter

Microblogging website Twitter posted a sizable $1 billion quarter, which is also the second time it has hit this mark. The resulting market frenzy propelled the stock value up four percent in after-hours trading, sending it to a 52-week high.

Amid Centre-Twitter row, IT Ministry moves to homegrown platform Koo

09 Feb 2021

Amid Centre-Twitter row, IT Ministry moves to homegrown platform Koo

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has set up an account on Koo, a homegrown platform akin to Twitter after the United States-based company failed to comply with the government's order of blocking some URLs in connection with the farmers' protests.

Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

08 Feb 2021

Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

In recent days, calls for Twitter to quit India have risen. The microblogging website is facing immense criticism for violating the Indian law by unblocking accounts it had been directed to withhold.

Twitter India Public Policy Director Mahima Kaul resigns

07 Feb 2021

Twitter India Public Policy Director Mahima Kaul resigns

Twitter's Public Policy Director for India and South Asia, Mahima Kaul, resigned from her post in January citing personal reasons, a senior official confirmed on Sunday.

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon caught stealing tips from employees, and more

04 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon caught stealing tips from employees, and more

Amazon is known to routinely work its employees to death, but it gets worse. The American technology giant has been caught stealing tips from drivers working under the Flex program.

Farmers' agitation catches world's eye, courtesy five-member social media team

04 Feb 2021

Farmers' agitation catches world's eye, courtesy five-member social media team

With their tweets, pop star Rihanna and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg drew attention to the farmers' protest that has been continuing since November.

Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

03 Feb 2021

Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

The central government is reportedly sending a notice to Twitter for reinstating dozens of accounts backing the farmers' protest despite its directive.

Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath blessed with a baby boy

01 Feb 2021

Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath blessed with a baby boy

Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma and his wife Ginni Chatrath became parents to a baby boy on Monday morning.

Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli name their daughter Vamika

01 Feb 2021

Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli name their daughter Vamika

Film actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli have unveiled the name of their first child, whom they had welcomed last month.

Jay Shah elected as President of Asian Cricket Council

30 Jan 2021

Jay Shah elected as President of Asian Cricket Council

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has been unanimously elected as the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Saturday.

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

30 Jan 2021

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

Elon Musk's Mars mission has hit a regulatory hurdle. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a probe into the failed December landing of the Starship prototype.

Manoj Bajpayee to star in investigative thriller 'Despatch'

30 Jan 2021

Manoj Bajpayee to star in investigative thriller 'Despatch'

Manoj Bajpayee, who is awaiting the release of the web show The Family Man 2, has been roped in to play the role of a crime journalist in the upcoming movie Despatch.

Civic officials dump homeless outside 'clean' Indore, videos go viral

30 Jan 2021

Civic officials dump homeless outside 'clean' Indore, videos go viral

Indore, judged as the cleanest city by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for four straight years, garnered attention for poor reasons when videos of civic officials dumping homeless elderly at the city's outskirts surfaced on Friday.

Kangana Ranaut set to play former PM Indira Gandhi

29 Jan 2021

Kangana Ranaut set to play former PM Indira Gandhi

Actor Kangana Ranaut is all set to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama to be directed by Sai Kabir.

Yash-starrer 'KGF Chapter 2' gets a release date

29 Jan 2021

Yash-starrer 'KGF Chapter 2' gets a release date

KGF fans, we have some good news for you!

Kunal Kamra refuses to apologize for his jokes on SC

29 Jan 2021

Kunal Kamra refuses to apologize for his jokes on SC

Comedian Kunal Kamra, who was issued a notice over controversial tweets by the Supreme Court, has refused to tender an apology.

Reddit's WallStreetBets goes private; banned on Discord for 'hate speech'

28 Jan 2021

Reddit's WallStreetBets goes private; banned on Discord for 'hate speech'

Hedge funds have lost billions shorting GameStop and AMC stocks.

Taapsee begins training for Mithali Raj biopic 'Shabaash Mithu'

28 Jan 2021

Taapsee begins training for Mithali Raj biopic 'Shabaash Mithu'

Taapsee Pannu is on a roll!

Pamela Anderson uninstalls 'brain controlling' social media from her life

28 Jan 2021

Pamela Anderson uninstalls 'brain controlling' social media from her life

Pamela Anderson has taken a decision that might be good for her well-being but really bad for her fans across all age groups.

Suriya-starrer 'Soorarai Pottru' enters the Oscar race

27 Jan 2021

Suriya-starrer 'Soorarai Pottru' enters the Oscar race

Actor Suriya-starrer Tamil movie Soorarai Pottru has joined the Oscar race for this year in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and other categories.

Parineeti-starrer Saina Nehwal biopic might get a digital release

27 Jan 2021

Parineeti-starrer Saina Nehwal biopic might get a digital release

Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra-starrer Saina, which is a biopic on badminton player Saina Nehwal, is reportedly set to have a digital release.

Fans might get a new TV series on Harry Potter

26 Jan 2021

Fans might get a new TV series on Harry Potter

Potterheads can regain their glory old days, now that a TV series on JK Rowling's career-defining and path-breaking tale of magic is going to be made.

MrBeast will send your photos to the moon for $10

26 Jan 2021

MrBeast will send your photos to the moon for $10

YouTuber and serial philanthropist Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson has devised a clever scheme allowing absolutely anyone to send a photo or short video to the moon for just $10.

Grindr fined $11.7 million for selling user data without consent

26 Jan 2021

Grindr fined $11.7 million for selling user data without consent

Grindr is being fined $11.7 million by the Norwegian authorities for a privacy violation. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority pulled up the location-based dating app targeted predominantly at homosexual individuals for sharing user information to advertisers without their consent.

'The Boys' Season 3 to show oodles of sex, drugs

24 Jan 2021

'The Boys' Season 3 to show oodles of sex, drugs

It's really a risky step to take when one of the most popular and happening superhero franchises instills sex as the main concept.

'No Time to Die' faces delay, won't be released soon

22 Jan 2021

'No Time to Die' faces delay, won't be released soon

It seems like ages have passed since we saw the first-look images of Daniel Craig-starrer James Bond flick, No Time To Die.