Zoom

The quarantine measures that followed the COVID-19 outbreak almost became synonymous with Zoom, a California-based video-chat app. Launched in 2011, the communications tech company received increased fame during the pandemic, with its app being downloaded 2.13mn times in March 2020. Despite its share market slump, the company’s stock price spiked more than double in just three months. However, it also came under the media lens and faced public ire because of security and privacy issues. Zoom has been founded by Eric Yuan, a Chinese-American billionaire businessman, an alumnus of Stanford Graduate School of Business. Video-telephony, online chat, and business telephone systems are some of the services being offered by it. In 2019, the company went for initial public offering, thus becoming a public enterprise.

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72-year-old man killed by son during Zoom call in US

22 May 2020

72-year-old man killed by son during Zoom call in US

A 72-year-old man was stabbed to death during a call on the video conferencing platform Zoom in New York, United States. The attacker is said to be the 72-year-old's own son.

Hackers are using Zoom, Google Meet for phishing attacks

12 May 2020

Hackers are using Zoom, Google Meet for phishing attacks

The spread of COVID-19 has surged the global demand for video-conferencing services like Zoom and Google Meet.

'The Office' cast just reunited for an online wedding

11 May 2020

'The Office' cast just reunited for an online wedding

Even after seven years of its conclusion, The Office continues to spread smiles in the lives of people.

Jio is also bringing a video-conferencing app: Details here

01 May 2020

Jio is also bringing a video-conferencing app: Details here

As more than a third of the world's population remains under some kind of lockdown, video-conferencing has become the go-to option to connect and interact, be it with colleagues or friends.

Google Meet video conferencing service is now free for everyone

29 Apr 2020

Google Meet video conferencing service is now free for everyone

Google Meet, the premium video conferencing service operated by Google, is now free for everyone around the world.

Messenger Rooms, Facebook's free service to take on Zoom

26 Apr 2020

Messenger Rooms, Facebook's free service to take on Zoom

In a major move, social media giant Facebook has launched Messenger Rooms, a dedicated virtual meeting platform to take on the likes of Zoom and Google Meet.

This tool can transcribe your Zoom meeting in real-time

23 Apr 2020

This tool can transcribe your Zoom meeting in real-time

From students to remote workers, everyone knows the pain of trying to take down notes while attending a virtual meeting.

Watch: AI-created Elon Musk Zoom-bombs virtual meeting

22 Apr 2020

Watch: AI-created Elon Musk Zoom-bombs virtual meeting

You may already know about deepfakes, the AI-generated clips that show one person's face or voice in another person's video.

No! 'Namaste' is not Indian government's answer to Zoom

22 Apr 2020

No! 'Namaste' is not Indian government's answer to Zoom

A few hours ago, multiple reports suggested that the Indian government has launched a video-conferencing service called 'Namaste' to help people replace Zoom, a virtual meeting app it recently declared 'unsafe'.

Watch out! Hackers are bombing Zoom classes with porn

21 Apr 2020

Watch out! Hackers are bombing Zoom classes with porn

As India faces the COVID-19 lockdown, educators are rushing to use digital resources to ensure students keep learning even while being at home.

Now, New Yorkers can have 'video weddings' via Zoom

19 Apr 2020

Now, New Yorkers can have 'video weddings' via Zoom

Given the whole COVID-19 situation, New York has officially started allowing wedding ceremonies to be conducted via video conference.

Zoom v/s Google Meet: Which one is better?

17 Apr 2020

Zoom v/s Google Meet: Which one is better?

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, more and more people are rushing to handle most of their jobs from the safety of their homes.

Indian government says Zoom is 'not safe' to use

16 Apr 2020

Indian government says Zoom is 'not safe' to use

Zoom, the video conferencing app that shot to fame before being embroiled in several privacy-related debacles, has been red-flagged by the Indian government.

Zoom will let customers choose data centers for routing calls

14 Apr 2020

Zoom will let customers choose data centers for routing calls

It has become dichotomous for video-conferencing giant Zoom. On one hand, its user have sky-rocketed, but on the other, those users are fast losing confidence, given the shady security practices of the company.

Microsoft Teams update brings Zoom-like custom background for video calls

12 Apr 2020

Microsoft Teams update brings Zoom-like custom background for video calls

Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Teams communication platform that introduces custom background support for video calls.

Zoom creates 'security council' to fight data privacy concerns

09 Apr 2020

Zoom creates 'security council' to fight data privacy concerns

In light of growing privacy-related concerns, popular video-conferencing service Zoom has announced a new 'information security council and advisory board'.

Man 'walks in' on himself in Zoom meeting. How exactly?

06 Apr 2020

Man 'walks in' on himself in Zoom meeting. How exactly?

With video calls on the rise, it is not totally uncommon to see people walk in on virtual meetings.

More than 15,000 private Zoom meetings leaked online: Details here

05 Apr 2020

More than 15,000 private Zoom meetings leaked online: Details here

Zoom, the video conferencing service that shot to fame in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is drawing flak for leaking private meetings of its users.