Facebook Portal Video Chat Devices Go on Sale in the US

Facebook has made its new smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal+, available for purchase in the US. Consumers can purchase Portal for $199 (roughly Rs. 14,400) and Portal+ for $349 (roughly Rs. 25,100) from portal.facebook.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, as well as Amazon Books and Best Buy stores, Facebook said on Wednesday. Portal has a 10-inch 1280×800 pixels display and Portal+ brings a 15-inch 1920×1080…

WhatsApp Reportedly Testing ‘Vacation Mode’, Linked Accounts; Tweaks Notification Behaviour for Muted Chats

Alongside actively working on curbing the circulation of fake news, WhatsApp is looking to improve the end user experience by adding new features. WhatsApp recently brought Picture-in-Picture mode for Instagram videos and a ‘Swipe to Reply’ gesture to its users on Android devices. Now, the Facebook-owned company is reportedly planning to introduce a Vacation Mode, as well as a “Linked Accounts” feature. Additionally, WhatsApp…

Why Understanding Is Key to Thwarting Social Media Threats

How times change. Thirty years ago, the task of recruiting someone for intelligence purposes involved a lot of legwork and a lot of vulnerability for the operative. Now the process is a whole lot simpler thanks to the internet and, more importantly, the ubiquity of social media. These two topics — intelligence and social media…

Facebook to Drop On-Site Support for Political Campaigns

Facebook said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with US President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have long offered free dedicated assistance to strengthen relationships with top advertisers such…

Hate Speech-Detecting AIs Can Be Fooled: Study

Machine learning detectors deployed by major social media and online platforms to track hate speech are “brittle and easy to deceive”, a study claims. The study, led by researchers from the Aalto University in Finland, found that bad grammar and awkward spelling – intentional or not – might make toxic social media comments harder for artificial…

Snapchat Expands Its ‘Our Story’ Feature to Media Partners

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is expanding its “Our Story” feature to about 20 media partners to enable them to crowd-source images and videos for their own “Snap Stories”. “Our Story” feature collects snaps submitted by Snapchatters from around the globe about a place, an event or a topic from different points-of-view and presents them as a Story for…

Aadhaar Snooping Social Media? Top Court Seeks Attorney-General’s Help

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought the help of the government’s top law officer after an alleged move by the UIDAI, the parent body which gives citizens their Aadhaar number, to monitor social media. The Attorney General will respond to the Supreme Court during the next hearing. A lawmaker of the Trinamool Congress filed a…

LinkedIn Says Tech Jobs Are Fastest Growing for Indian Professionals

If you are aspiring to be a machine learning engineer or an application development analyst, you could be in high demand as these technology jobs are the fastest growing and is among the top 10 for professionals in India, LinkedIn global professional network site said on Thursday. While the role of machine learning engineer has registered a…

Facebook, Twitter Face US Congress Over Politics and the Internet

Top Twitter and Facebook executives will defend their companies before US lawmakers on Wednesday, with Facebook insisting it takes election interference seriously and Twitter denying its operations are influenced by politics. But no executive from Alphabet’s Google is expected to testify, after the company declined the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to send one of its most senior executives, frustrating lawmakers. Facebook…

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Users Faced Temporary Outage on Monday

Facebook on Monday said a technical problem prevented some users from accessing and posting on the social network as well as messaging app WhatsApp and Instagram, and it had mostly fixed the issue. “Earlier today, a networking issue caused some people to have trouble accessing or posting to various Facebook services. We quickly investigated and started restoring access, and…