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12 Apr 2021


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 2021

Sushant 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 2021

Social 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 2021


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 2021


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 2021

Social 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 2021


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 2021

Donald 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 2021


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 2021

Social 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 2021


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 2021

Donald 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 2021

Amitabh 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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021


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 2021

Twitter 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 2021


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 2021


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 2021

Social 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.

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 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.

26 Feb 2021

Social 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 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.

17 Feb 2021

Social 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 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.

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.

12 Feb 2021

Republic 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 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.

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.

12 Feb 2021

Social 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 2021

Ravi 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 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.

10 Feb 2021

Jack 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 2021

Ravi 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.