Thursday, 29 Oct, 2020

Tech

Google founder step down and Sundar Pichai steps in

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, have announced they are stepping down from running the online giant's parent company. The pair will leave their respective roles as Alphabet's CEO and president but will remain on the company's board. Google's CEO

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users. The regulation, announced in September, was due to come into effect on

Apple to take 'deeper look' at disputed borders

Apple says it is taking "a deeper look" at how it handles disputed borders. Ukraine criticised the tech giant for showing Crimea as part of Russia's territory on its Maps and Weather apps. An Apple spokeswoman says the company follows international and domestic laws and the

Facebook posts corrected under Singapore 'fake news' law

Singapore has ordered a fringe news site to correct a post made on its Facebook page, under a controversial "fake news" law. It is the second time in less than a week that the law - which was passed earlier this year - has been invoked. The government said a post by the States Times

Singapore invokes 'fake news' law for first time over Facebook post

A politician in Singapore has corrected a Facebook post that questioned the independence of state investment firms after a government request, in the first use of the country’s “fake news” law. Brad Bowyer used “false and misleading” statements alleging that the government

Assange 'could die’ in UK prison, fear doctors

More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they fear Julian Assange’s health is so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British jail. The 48-year-old Australian is still fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the

Tesla truck gets 150,000 orders despite launch gaffe

Tesla has received almost 150,000 orders for its new pickup truck, boss Elon Musk has said, despite an embarrassing hiccup at its launch. Mr Musk was caught out on stage when the windows of the Cybertruck shattered during a demonstration supposed to show their durability. Tesla

Facebook would have let Hitler buy anti-Semitic ads: British comedian

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said if Facebook had existed in the 1930s it would have allowed Hitler a platform for his anti-Semitic beliefs. The Ali G star singled out the social media company in a speech in New York. He also criticised Google, Twitter and YouTube for

Yahoo Japan and Line set to merge

Japan's biggest search engine and messaging app are set to merge under a deal agreed by their parent companies. Yahoo Japan is the country's biggest search engine, and has e-commerce and online banking subsidiaries. Line is the country's dominant messaging app, and is

Facebook shut down 5.4bn fake accounts this year

Facebook said Wednesday it shut down 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform so far this year -2 billion more than what was removed in all of 2018. The news was announced in the tech giant's latest transparency report on the removal of harmful content from its site. The

China imposes gaming curfew for minors

DHAKA: China is imposing a curfew on online gaming for minors, the government has announced. Gamers under 18 will be banned from playing online between 22:00 and 08:00. They will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays. Its

Facebook changes product branding to FACEBOOK

Facebook is introducing new branding for its products and services in an attempt to distinguish the company from its familiar app and website. Instagram and WhatsApp are among the services that will carry the new FACEBOOK brand in the next few weeks. The main Facebook app and

Microsoft Japan’s 3-day weekends sees productivity jump 40%

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day workweek and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity. The tech giant recorded an almost 40% jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance, Daily Mail

Rafiqul Matin new MD of BTCL

DHAKA: Dr Md Rafiqul Matin has been made Managing Director (MD) of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL).    He took his office as MD in BTCL on Sunday (November 3), said Mir Mohammad Morshed, General Manager (Public Relations and Publications) of BTCL. Prior to that

Fitbit snapped up by Google in $2.1bn deal

Fitness device marker Fitbit is being bought by Google for $2.1bn (£1.6bn). The move allows Google to expand into the market for fitness trackers and smart watches. It comes at a time when loss-making Fitbit has been looking to expand into other areas. "Google is an ideal partner

Indians among those 'targeted' by Whatsapp spyware

Messaging app WhatsApp has said Indian journalists and activists are among some 1,400 people worldwide who were targeted with Israeli-made spyware. WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against NSO Group on Wednesday, alleging it was behind cyber-attacks that infected devices in April and May.

Twitter to ban all political advertising

Twitter is to ban all political advertising worldwide, saying that the reach of such messages "should be earned, not bought". "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics," company CEO

How much money can now pay to BRTC: SC asks GP

DHAKA: The Supreme Court asked Grameenphone to inform it how much money out of Tk 12,580 crore dues the company can pay to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) now.  GP lawyers have been ordered to inform the matter to the apex court after taking instruction from

Youths to be trained across country: Sajeeb Wazed

DHAKA:  Information and Communication Technology Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister Sajeeb Wazed Joy said young people will be trained across the country on information and technology. Sajeeb Wazed Joy said the training program is not just Dhaka-based; the training program will be

Free BTCL connections on Mujib Borsho

DHAKA: The government will provide free landline connection and reconnection of the state-owned telecommunications company Bangladesh Telecommunications Limited (BTCL) on the occasion of Mujib Borhso. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mostafa Jabbar revealed the government