Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Tech

How Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Other Billionaires Avoided Paying Income Tax

Several of the world's most prominent billionaires paid minimal to no federal income tax in some years, ProPublica reported on Tuesday, citing confidential Internal Revenue Service records it had reviewed. The world's wealthiest individual, Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos, did

Websites begin to work again after major breakage

A number of leading websites stopped working for a time on Tuesday, including Amazon, Reddit and Twitch. The UK government website - gov.uk - was also down as were the Financial Times, the Guardian and the New York Times. Affected websites displayed the message: "Error 503

Major media websites go down worldwide

Multiple websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, CNN, and Bloomberg News were down across the globe on Tuesday. Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network was also affected. France’s Le Monde newspaper started showing error messages that appeared on the website

ANOM: Over 800 arrested in massive global crime sting using messaging app

More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app, officials say. The operation, jointly conceived by Australia and the FBI, saw devices with the ANOM app secretly distributed among criminals, allowing

France fines Google $268M for unfair online ads treatment

France’s anti-competition watchdog decided Monday to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the online advertising business, an unprecedented move, the body said. Practices used by Google “are particularly serious

Social Media Turns Terrible

The social media sites like TikTok, Likee, Bigo Live and Facebook have turned into platforms for carrying out various anti-social activities and horrific crimes. In the name of freedom of speech, a section of people is using social media for character assassination, social humiliation

BTRC sets monthly broadband internet connection fees

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has fixed maximum monthly fees for broadband internet connections across the country. As per to new ceilings, internet users will have to pay Tk 500 for 5 Mbps, Tk 700 to Tk 800 for 10 Mbps, and Tk 1,100 to Tk 1,200 for 20 Mbps.

G7: Rich nations confident on reaching tech tax deal

Finance ministers from the G7 group of leading economies are confident of striking a deal on taxing multinational companies at their meeting in London. The agreement is expected to include a global minimum rate of corporation tax. It would target tech giants such as Amazon and

Facebook suspends Trump accounts for two years

Facebook Inc has suspended former US President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years. He was barred indefinitely from both sites in January in the wake of posts he made on the US Capitol riots, but last month Facebook's Oversight Board criticised the

Nasa to launch baby squid to International Space Station

More than 100 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals are set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. The creatures, along with other equipment for experiments, will head to the ISS aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket. It hoped that the experiments

Bezos to hand over Amazon CEO reins on July 5

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that he will hand over operational control to his successor on July 5, leaving as the e-commerce giant flexes its muscles in television and cloud. Bezos is ceding his chief executive role to Andy Jassy, who heads Amazon Web Services, the

Bangladesh perfect example of innovation-driven development: Sajeeb Wazed

The ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister, Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy highlighted how Bangladesh harnessed the power of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to achieve its transformative socio-economic development during the past decade at the UN. He was delivering a keynote speech at a

DataBird, Bangladesh’s leading Internet group, raises $3m bridge round

DataBird, Bangladesh’s leading Internet group, recently raised $3 million in funding led by Skycatcher, a global Internet and software investor. Previously, the company raised a Seed round of $4m in 2018, says a press release. DataBird is the parent to Bangladesh’s leading

Facebook adds AFP, Fact Watch to fact-checking programme in Bangladesh

Facebook announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme with the addition of international partner AFP, as well as Bangladesh-based organisation Fact Watch, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation in Bangladesh. AFP and Fact Watch join

BIJF condemns journalist Rozina's arrest, harassment 

Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) demanded immediate release of Prothom Alo Senior Correspondent Rozina Islam and punishment of those who assaulted and harassed her at the Secretariat. In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, BIJF President BIJF President Mojahedul Islam and

China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars

China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a

Musk's SpaceX to launch dogecoin moon mission

Elon Musk has said his rocket company SpaceX will now accept the meme-inspired cryptocurrency dogecoin as payment. In a tweet he said the commercial space exploration firm will launch the "DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon" early next year. It came as dogecoin continued to fall

Melinda Gates gets billions from Bill Gates holding company

Cascade Investment, the holding company created by Bill Gates, transferred stock in two of Mexico’s largest companies to Melinda French Gates, bringing the total amount she’s received in the past few days to more than $2 billion. Cascade moved stock worth more than $500

Huawei and ZTE left out of India's 5G trials

India's telecom ministry has left out Chinese equipment makers Huawei and ZTE from its 5G trials, becoming the latest country to lock the firms out. The ministry granted permission to a dozen firms - including Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung's network unit - to conduct a

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple". "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," the