Sunday, 03 Jul, 2022


Meta prepares for 'serious times' ahead, reduces hiring plans

Meta Platforms, the owners of Facebook, has cut plans to hire engineers by at least 30% this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees recently, as he warned them to brace for a deep economic downturn. "If I had to bet, I'd say that this might be one of the worst downturns that

US FCC chief asks Apple, Google to remove TikTok from app stores

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head Brendan Carr has written to Apple and Google requesting them to remove the Chinese short-video making platform TikTok from their respective app stores for "its pattern of surreptitious data practices". In his letter, Carr

Nasa launches first rocket from Australian commercial spaceport

An unassuming patch of red dirt in remote Australia has made history as the site of Nasa's first rocket launch from a commercial spaceport outside the US. The sub-orbital rocket blasted off from the tiny site early on Monday local time. It will enable astrophysics studies that

Twitter tests 'notes' feature with 2,500 word limit

Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share "notes" as long as 2,500 words. The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters. Twitter said the move was a response to seeing people use the platform to post pictures of longer announcements and

South Korea successfully launches its first satellites into space

South Korea has successfully launched its first satellites into orbit, stepping up the country's ambitions in space. It was the second launch of the homegrown Korean Satellite Launch Vehicle II, known as Nuri, which took off from Goheung, about 500km (310 miles) south of Seoul.

Google Co-Founder, World's 6th Richest Person, Files For Divorce

Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder and world's sixth-richest person, filed for a divorce from his wife of three years, making him the third mega-billionaire to do so in as many years. Brin filed a petition for dissolution of his marriage to Nicole Shanahan this month, citing

Bangabandhu satellite-1: restores telecommunication in flood-hit areas

The government has decided to use Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to re-establish telecommunication services in Sylhet, following Sunamganj, Natrekona and other flood-hit districts of the country. Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) is providing all necessary equipment to the rescuers

Apple employees vote to form their first US union

Apple Inc workers in the city of Maryland in the United States have voted to join a union, becoming the first retail employees of the tech giant to unionize in the country. More than 100 workers in Towson near Baltimore “have overwhelmingly voted to join” the International

Microsoft retires Internet Explorer

Microsoft is officially ending support for its iconic web browser, Internet Explorer, today – June 15, 2022. Internet Explorer, also known as IE or MSIE, was first released in 1995 as part of an add-on package for Windows 95 – the first Windows with the infamous

Amazon to start delivering by drone in California town

Amazon plans to start flying some purchases to customers later this year, the e-commerce giant said Monday, announcing drone delivery that will debut in a California town. Retail rival Walmart already offers drone delivery and in May announced it is dramatically ramping up the service,

Musk to hold first meeting with Twitter employees 

Elon Musk will speak to Twitter employees on Thursday for the first time since launching his $44bn (£36.2bn) bid for the company in April. The multi-billionaire Tesla boss is expected to take questions from Twitter's workers at the meeting. Mr Musk has warned he may quit

Google pays $118m to settle gender discrimination suit

Google said on Sunday that it was "very pleased" to be settling, without admission of wrongdoing, a class-action lawsuit that argued it underpaid female employees and assigned them lower-ranking positions. The $118 million settlement covers about 15,500 female employees who

NASA launches probe to study UFO sightings

Nasa is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science. The space agency announced on Thursday that it was setting up an independent team to see how much information is publicly available on the matter and how much more is needed to understand the

Whiteshell’s special discount on MSI products for women entrepreneurs 

To encourage women’s participation in the country’s economy and to facilitate the use of technology for enhancing the skills of women entrepreneurs, Whiteshell, the MSI’s distributor in Bangladesh, has announced a special offer on MSI laptops.  The participation

E-gates introduced at Dhaka airport for swift immigration

Authorities of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) today (June 7) introduced e-Gate (Automatic Border Control System) fully aiming to complete passenger's immigration quickly. Airport Executive Director Group Captain Kamrul Islam confirmed the matter, saying that

Google told to pay Australian politician $515K for defamation

An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former lawmaker A$715,000 ($515,000), saying its refusal to remove a YouTuber's "relentless, racist, vilificatory, abusive and defamatory" videos drove him out of politics. The Federal Court found the Alphabet Inc

Google launches suicide hotline for Pakistan

To tackle the rising number of suicidal cases as well as mental health issues, Google has launched a suicide hotline for Pakistan on Thursday in collaboration with ‘Umang Pakistan’ enabling users to get quick help at the top of the search result page as they browse anything

Sheryl Sandberg to quit Facebook after 14 years

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook's parent company Meta, has announced that she is leaving the business after 14 years. Ms Sandberg announced her departure in a Facebook post, saying she hoped to focus on her foundation and philanthropic work in the future.

China prepares to launch Shenzhou-14 crewed spaceship

China's next manned spaceflight — the Shenzhou-14 mission — will soon be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The agency said in a brief released on Sunday that a Long March 2F carrier

Big tech ad revenue growth to taper as pandemic bubble pops: analyst report

After unprecedented revenue growth last year, digital platforms including Alphabet Inc, Meta Platforms Inc, Snap Inc and Twitter Inc now face a sobering reality as pandemic-driven advertising trends dissipate, according to an analyst report on Thursday. Research firm MoffettNathanson