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12 Apr 2021Kerala
Kerala: Dancing medicos inspire cops to bat for vaccines
Dancing to the tunes of 1970s Boney M classic Rasputin, Janaki and Naveen, two medical students from Kerala's Thrissur Medical College, have shaken the social media for more reasons than one.
06 Apr 2021Sushant Singh Rajput
'SSR Wrong Height Recorded' trend reignites SSR's death mystery
The untimely demise of Kedarnath actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year remains one of the most discussed topics till date.
02 Apr 2021Social Media
Twitter confirms Spaces is coming to desktop web browsers
Twitter has confirmed to The Verge that Spaces will soon be available on web browsers. This will allow users to access Spaces from their desktop PCs and laptops.
31 Mar 2021LinkedIn
Spotify and LinkedIn gear up to join the Clubhouse party
Spotify and LinkedIn are preparing to jump into the trendy "live audio" space after the invite-only Clubhouse app grabbed the attention of millions of iPhone users.
26 Mar 2021Facebook
NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit users get transgender employee fired, and more
The last couple of days saw high drama with several high-profile subReddits going private to protest Reddit censoring dissent against an employee. Redditors expressed concerns against a recent Reddit hire and former transgender politician's checkered past.
25 Mar 2021Social Media
Twitter may introduce emoji reactions, downvote option for tweets
In a move resembling the 2015 replacement of Favorites (star icon) with Likes (heart icon), microblogging site Twitter could reportedly introduce emoji reactions and downvotes for tweets.
23 Mar 2021Celebrity
34 and successful: Kangana writes note to self on birthday
National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut turned 34 today and penned a note for herself.
22 Mar 2021Donald Trump
NewsBytes Briefing: Trump is coming back with vengeance, and more
Just when it looked like the Trump derangement syndrome had subsided and the mainstream media seemed ready to find a new bogeyman, former US President Donald Trump is coming back with his own social network.
22 Mar 2021Cryptocurrency
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's tweet auctioned for $2.4 million
Twitter CEO Jock Dorsey's first-ever tweet was auctioned for a whopping $2.4 million (around Rs. 18 crore). The Twitter founder declared that the entire auction proceeds would be donated to charity of Dorsey's choice, fittingly in the form of Bitcoins.
20 Mar 2021Social Media
Twitter confirms undo tweet feature, but it could be paywalled
The long-rumored undo tweet feature gets closer to reality. But there's some bad news. Noted app researcher Jane Manchun Wong has discovered more evidence hinting at the feature's impending release, but she also noticed a subscription screen tied to it.
20 Mar 2021Facebook
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter gets ready for fifth-generation warfare, and more
You really need to pay attention when Angela Merkel, who was once scouted by Stasi secret police, gets spooked by Big Tech censorship.
19 Mar 2021Donald Trump
Twitter wants to ban rule-breaking leaders, seeks users' opinions
After Twitter and the rest of the Big Tech cabal permanently unpersoned then US President Donald Trump earlier this year, Twitter is toying with the idea of muzzling elected government officials and world leaders alike for breaking its capricious rules.
18 Mar 2021Amitabh Bachchan
Why is #RippedJeans trending on Indian Twitter?
Indian Twitter users have decided to school Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat for his comments on women wearing ripped jeans.
16 Mar 2021SpaceX
NewsBytes Briefing: Google faces a $5 billion lawsuit, and more
Google's last-ditch effort to have the class action lawsuit thrown out has failed. Now the technology conglomerate faces $5 billion in potential fines for tracking user activity through Chrome browser's incognito mode.
15 Mar 2021Technology
Ahead of Assembly elections, Twitter launches multilingual initiatives
On Monday, Twitter announced that it is launching multilingual features to assist with the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry this year.
13 Mar 2021Facebook
NewsBytes Briefing: Google demands its pound of flesh, and more
Google has amply demonstrated there is no such thing as free lunch with its payments app. After getting people accustomed to its convenience, Google Pay will soon monetize users' transaction data.
12 Mar 2021Clubhouse
Everyone can host Twitter Spaces from next month
Earlier this month we reported that Twitter has copied Clubhouse and launched the clone as Spaces on Android and iOS.
12 Mar 2021Facebook
NewsBytes Briefing: Uncle Sam wants your YouTube money, and more
YouTubers have been suffering lately from rampant demonetization, COPPA purges, and the overall decline in AdSense revenues, but Google isn't done just yet.
11 Mar 2021Facebook
Indian government blocked 4,400 Facebook, Twitter URLs in 2020
The Indian government has blocked more than 4,400 URLs from Facebook and Twitter in the year 2020. The revelation was made to the Indian Parliament on Wednesday.
07 Mar 2021Blockchain
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is auctioning off the first-ever tweet
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has put up his first-ever tweet for sale as a non-fungible token (NFT). The tweet reads "just setting up my twttr" and was posted on March 22, 2006.
05 Mar 2021Reliance
NewsBytes Briefing: Reliance is gunning for low-cost laptops, and more
After upending the telecom space with Jio, Reliance has now got its sights on the laptop segment. Like the JioPhone, the Indian conglomerate is rumored to be working on an Android-based low-cost laptop dubbed the JioBook.
05 Mar 2021Twitter India
Undo tweet feature spotted, could be launched soon
Application decoder Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter discovered an animation on the platform suggesting that Twitter is actively exploring the concept of an undo tweet feature.
05 Mar 2021COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccination drive gives people something to smile about
As the elderly population of the country is currently getting vaccinated against COVID-19, many social media users are professing their love for their parents and some are expressing it with a shot of healthy humor.
04 Mar 2021Microsoft
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter brings Clubhouse to the masses, and more
Even as Clubhouse tries to be a hipster and keep Android users from experiencing its new take on social media, Twitter has cloned the experience for them with Spaces.
03 Mar 2021Social Media
Twitter Spaces arrives on Android before its inspiration Clubhouse
Twitter's Clubhouse copy Spaces is now available on Android. With that, the microblogging platform has brought the novel audio-based take on social media interaction to non-Apple users. The feature was restricted to iOS until now, just like Clubhouse.
02 Mar 2021Election Commission of India (ECI)
Twitter hashtags must be seen as political advertisements, suggests panel
An expert committee has said that hashtag trends on Twitter must be seen as political advertisements during the election process, TOI reported on Tuesday.
27 Feb 2021Xiaomi
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.
26 Feb 2021Social Media
Twitter's 'Super Follow' will allow users to charge their followers
Twitter announced significant new features dealing with user monetization and community-focused content.
24 Feb 2021NASA
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.
17 Feb 2021Social Media
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.
16 Feb 2021Koo
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.
13 Feb 2021Facebook
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.
12 Feb 2021Republic Day Violence
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.
12 Feb 2021Facebook
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.
12 Feb 2021Koo
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.
12 Feb 2021Social Media
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.
11 Feb 2021Ravi Shankar Prasad
'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.
10 Feb 2021Huawei
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.
10 Feb 2021Jack Dorsey
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.
10 Feb 2021Ravi Shankar Prasad
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.