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Signal beta update adds new features targeted at ex-WhatsAppers

24 Jan 2021

Signal beta update adds new features targeted at ex-WhatsAppers

Signal's latest beta (5.3.1) release contains features designed to give the former WhatsApp users a reassuringly familiar experience.

IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

22 Jan 2021

IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

The standing committee of the Parliament on Information Technology grilled officials of Facebook and Twitter at a meeting on Thursday over their views on the prevention of misuse of online platforms.

WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

21 Jan 2021

WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

On Tuesday, the Indian government's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, asking him to withdraw the recent update to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Indian users.

India demands WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy

19 Jan 2021

India demands WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy

The Indian government has demanded WhatsApp to withdraw its updated privacy policy. It has deemed the messaging service's unilateral changes to be unfair and unacceptable while issuing the ultimatum.

Only 18 percent of surveyed Indians might continue using WhatsApp

19 Jan 2021

Only 18 percent of surveyed Indians might continue using WhatsApp

In a recent survey conducted by social media platform LocalCircles, it was found that only 18 out of every 100 Indian users surveyed were willing to accept WhatsApp's updated policies and continue using the platform.

Hike messaging service shuts down, leaves app stores

18 Jan 2021

Hike messaging service shuts down, leaves app stores

Indian messaging app Hike StickerChat has been shut down. The platform officially closed down today following a Twitter announcement by founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal on January 6.

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

18 Jan 2021

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, spent long hours battling a global outage last weekend. The disruption is reported to have been caused by a high influx of new users.

Soon, Reliance may let you order groceries from WhatsApp

18 Jan 2021

Soon, Reliance may let you order groceries from WhatsApp

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Ltd. is reportedly working toward embedding JioMart into WhatsApp within the next six months. The move will allow 400-million Indian WhatsApp users to address their grocery needs from neighboring outlets through Ambani's hyperlocal e-commerce platform.

WhatsApp capitulates: Won't implement controversial privacy policy for 3 months

16 Jan 2021

WhatsApp capitulates: Won't implement controversial privacy policy for 3 months

With WhatsApp's clarifications being received with skepticism, the chat app has pushed the deadline for accepting its new Terms of Service (ToS) forward by three months.

WhatsApp's policies under government scrutiny following global outrage

16 Jan 2021

WhatsApp's policies under government scrutiny following global outrage

The Terms of Service (ToS) and privacy policy of Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp were recently updated. And, the revised documentation is now being scrutinized by the IT Ministry of the Government of India.

TRP scam: WhatsApp chats between Arnab Goswami, ex-BARC CEO leaked

15 Jan 2021

TRP scam: WhatsApp chats between Arnab Goswami, ex-BARC CEO leaked

The Mumbai Police, which is probing the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) scam, has reportedly released alleged WhatsApp chats between Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and ex-CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Partho Dasgupta.

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

14 Jan 2021

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

The market of mobile apps continued to grow in 2020 in spite (or rather because) of the pandemic.

WhatsApp highlights key points in a tweet busting recent rumors

12 Jan 2021

WhatsApp highlights key points in a tweet busting recent rumors

In light of the recent hullabaloo surrounding WhatsApp's disregard for confidentiality of user data, users have flocked to alternative messaging services such as Signal, which reported a sharp increase in new user sign-ups.

WhatsApp group invite links, user profiles accessible via Google search

11 Jan 2021

WhatsApp group invite links, user profiles accessible via Google search

In a disturbing development, several WhatsApp private groups and user profiles are showing up on Google search, compromising the privacy of users.

WhatsApp claims Terms of Service change only affects business accounts

10 Jan 2021

WhatsApp claims Terms of Service change only affects business accounts

WhatsApp recently pushed a notification directing users to accept the revised Terms of Service by February 8.

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or lose account

09 Jan 2021

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or lose account

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and requires users' consent to share their data with Facebook and associated companies. Failure to agree to the new terms of service will cause your WhatsApp account to become inoperable.

Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

08 Jan 2021

Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, took to Twitter to thank new users for their support. It also took the opportunity to apologize for delays in delivery of verification codes preventing registration for many new users.

WhatsApp inches closer to launching multi-device support: Details here

07 Jan 2021

WhatsApp inches closer to launching multi-device support: Details here

WhatsApp has been partially rolling out a new UI for the WhatsApp Web component. The update was a part of the latest 2.21.1.3 beta build available through the Google Play Beta program.

WhatsApp ends support for these smartphones: Details here

02 Jan 2021

WhatsApp ends support for these smartphones: Details here

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has withdrawn support for a number of dated smartphones.

Shastri should have updated Kohli about Rohit's injury: Gautam Gambhir

02 Dec 2020

Shastri should have updated Kohli about Rohit's injury: Gautam Gambhir

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is disappointed with the miscommunication regarding Rohit Sharma's injury fiasco.

NZ tour: Wasim Khan warns Pakistan players after protocol breach

27 Nov 2020

NZ tour: Wasim Khan warns Pakistan players after protocol breach

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan warned the players after breach of COVID-19 protocols in New Zealand.

How to use WhatsApp's 'Disappearing Messages' feature on Android, iOS

23 Nov 2020

How to use WhatsApp's 'Disappearing Messages' feature on Android, iOS

Earlier this month, WhatsApp introduced a new 'Disappearing Messages' feature that allows users to send self-deleting messages in individual chats as well as group conversations.

After WhatsApp, Facebook brings disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram

13 Nov 2020

After WhatsApp, Facebook brings disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram

Facebook has introduced a new feature that lets you send disappearing messages on Messenger and Instagram platforms.

WhatsApp's payments service is finally here: How to use it

06 Nov 2020

WhatsApp's payments service is finally here: How to use it

WhatsApp has launched its payments service in India after receiving a nod from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

WhatsApp introduces new disappearing messages feature: How to use it

05 Nov 2020

WhatsApp introduces new disappearing messages feature: How to use it

WhatsApp is constantly evolving its platform with new features, enhancing the messaging experience for billions of its active users.

OnePlus releases OxygenOS 10.5.9 update for its Nord smartphone

31 Oct 2020

OnePlus releases OxygenOS 10.5.9 update for its Nord smartphone

OnePlus has started rolling out OxygenOS 10.5.9 update for its Nord smartphone.

Facebook India policy head Ankhi Das quits after hate-speech row

27 Oct 2020

Facebook India policy head Ankhi Das quits after hate-speech row

On Tuesday, Ankhi Das stepped down as the head of Facebook's public policy in India, South Asia, and Central Asia.

Here's how to mute a WhatsApp chat forever

23 Oct 2020

Here's how to mute a WhatsApp chat forever

WhatsApp has finally introduced a new feature that lets you mute a chat forever. So, if you are a part of an annoying group on the messaging app, chances are you are going to love this new option.

Will come: Kangana Ranaut after being summoned in sedition case

22 Oct 2020

Will come: Kangana Ranaut after being summoned in sedition case

In what sets the tone for another face-off between Kangana Ranaut and Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government, the actor and her sister, Rangoli Chandel, have been summoned by police in connection to an FIR registered against them.

Miscreants' job: Goa's Deputy CM after porn shared from phone

20 Oct 2020

Miscreants' job: Goa's Deputy CM after porn shared from phone

Chandrakant Kavlekar, the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, courted controversy after a porn clip was sent to a WhatsApp group "Villages of Goa" from his phone. However, he has maintained it was the handiwork of some miscreants.

Rhea Chakraborty released from prison; here are her bail conditions

07 Oct 2020

Rhea Chakraborty released from prison; here are her bail conditions

Actor Rhea Chakraborty has been released from the Byculla prison hours after she was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in a drug case.

Suzuki Access 125 and Burgman Street, with Bluetooth connectivity, launched

07 Oct 2020

Suzuki Access 125 and Burgman Street, with Bluetooth connectivity, launched

Japanese automaker Suzuki has launched the new Access 125 and Burgman Street scooters in India.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple launching iPhone 12 on October-13, and more

07 Oct 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple launching iPhone 12 on October-13, and more

Last night, Apple sent out invites for a 'Hi, Speed' event.

Rhea Chakraborty gets bail; brother Showik will remain in jail

07 Oct 2020

Rhea Chakraborty gets bail; brother Showik will remain in jail

Nearly a month after she was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), that is investigating the drug abuse angle in the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

Judicial custody of Dharma Productions' ex-associate extended in drugs case

04 Oct 2020

Judicial custody of Dharma Productions' ex-associate extended in drugs case

Film executive Kshitij Ravi Prasad, a former associate of filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, has been sent to judicial custody till October 6 by a special court in Mumbai.

NCB to re-examine Karan Johar's 2019 party video: Report

02 Oct 2020

NCB to re-examine Karan Johar's 2019 party video: Report

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will likely re-examine a party video filmed last year at filmmaker Karan Johar's residence, where drugs were allegedly consumed.

WhatsApp testing new features for Android users: Details here

01 Oct 2020

WhatsApp testing new features for Android users: Details here

WhatsApp, the biggest messaging platform in the world, has given a glimpse of a few new features it is developing for Android users.

No clean chit to Deepika, Shraddha, Sara, others: NCB

01 Oct 2020

No clean chit to Deepika, Shraddha, Sara, others: NCB

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has denied claims about giving a "clean chit" to Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and others in connection with an ongoing drugs probe related to fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case.

HC reserves order on bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty, Showik

29 Sep 2020

HC reserves order on bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty, Showik

The Bombay High Court today has reserved the order on the bail pleas of actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, and others.

Seven Bollywood A-listers to be summoned in drugs probe: Report

28 Sep 2020

Seven Bollywood A-listers to be summoned in drugs probe: Report

Seven top Bollywood stars, including some popular producers, could be summoned in the high-profile drugs probe related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case, according to reports.