Yahoo to shut down newly acquired startup Ptch

Yahoo to shut down newly acquired startup PtchInternet search firm Yahoo! has acquired the Dreamworks-backed social-video app called Ptch, which it will shut down early next year.

After news of the acquisition deal broke out, Ptch confirmed that it would be joining Yahoo, and as part of the transition, Ptch would be shut down on 2nd of January next year.

Google Street View turns its attention to indoor locations

Google Street View turns its attention to indoor locationsAfter mapping streets, and many public parks, resorts, canals, rivers, islands; Google's Street View service has now turned its attention to some indoor locations.   

Over the recent past, Internet search giant Google has added sixteen international airports as well as more than fifty train and subway stations to its widely popular Street View service.

Fake Twitter accounts boosting popularity of celebrities

Fake-TwitterWashington, Nov 25 : Celebrities around the world have been reportedly hiring professionals for generating fake Twitter accounts to "follow" their accounts on the social network to boost their popularity.

Jim Vidmar admitted to have been managing 10,000 robots for around 50 clients, who pay him to make them appear more popular and influential, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rapper Dave Murrell hired Vidmar, who bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for 58 dollars from an online vendor in Pakistan, to manage Murrell's popularity online.

India leads social networking growth; set to top Facebook

FacebookWashington, Nov 20 : With more and more Indians logging onto social networking sites, India has recorded the highest growth in their usage and is set to control the largest Facebook population worldwide by 2016.

The US remains the single country with the greatest number of Facebook users, at 146.8 million this year, and India comes in a distant second with a mere 7.7 percent penetration, according to a new study by New York based eMarketer, an independent market research company.

Yahoo to encrypt users' data in bid to thwart NSA spying

Yahoo to encrypt users' data in bid to thwart NSA spyingWashington, Nov 19 : Yahoo is reportedly going to encrypt all of its users' personal data that flows through its data centers across the globe, in a bid to save it from the prying eyes of world's surveillance agencies.

CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company will be encrypting connections between its data centers beginning now and into the early part of next year.

Worldfloat beats Facebook with 25,000 free online movies

Worldfloat beats Facebook with 25,000 free online moviesNew Delhi, Nov 18 : Social networking site Worldfloat has introduced free online movie watching service offering over 25,000 English and Hindi movies and plans to include films in other languages.

"We have introduced movie service. It is for free. Worldfloat movie feature is currently the largest free movie service in the world for both English and Hindi languages," Worldfloat founder Pushkar Mahatta said.

Google reveals US' 'snoop-data requests' tripled in last 3 yrs

GoogleWashington, Nov. 15  : Google has reportedly said that the US government's requests for user data increased three-fold in the last three years.

The search giant revealed in its transparency report that the US requests for data soared from 3,580 in 2009 to 10,918 in June 2013.

The transparency reports from tech giants have become a norm since the revelations made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who exposed the US' mass surveillance programmes in which these companies were made part of.

Facebook and Google went slow in start-up acquisitions in Q3

Facebook GoogleWashington, Nov. 2 : Two of the web giants, Facebook and Google have reportedly slowed down on their acquisition spree of start-ups in the third quarter.

Both the companies have been active acquirers in the last few years, with the exception of the third quarter this year.

According to AllThingsD, Facebook spent 246 million dollars buying companies in the first six months of 2013 but spent only 14 million dollars in the next three months.

NYSE runs Twitter IPO test to avoid Facebook chaos

twitterA test run was carried out by the New York Stock Exchange on Saturday of Twitter's profoundly expected market making a big appearance, as it looks to evade the sorts of issues that tormented Facebook's (FB. O) first sale of stock on opponent Nasdaq.

The NYSE was trying essentially for two things: To check whether its frameworks could handle the measure of message activity that could be created by the IPO; and to determine that once the IPO occurred any firms that put requests would speedily gain the reports letting them know that their requests had been executed.

Is Google secretly building 'floating data center' in San Francisco Bay?

GoogleWashington, Oct. 27 : Google is reportedly speculated to be building what appears to be an oversized 'floating data center' in San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island.

Although, the search giant is tight-lipped about the large structure made of cargo containers which is heavily guarded, it has been revealed that the company was indeed granted a patent in 2009 for constructing a floating data center.

Twitter appeals to potential investors

TwitterMicro blogging site, Twitter is appealing to the potential investors in its initial public offering to show trust in the company, claiming that it needs investments to reach higher profitability.

Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta said in a video yesterday that the lower investments have limited the company and the company will be able to achieve higher profitability once it reap the benefits of those investments. The video was uploaded as part of the investor road show, in which Gupta and Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo will travel from their homes in San Francisco to cities including New York, Denver, and Chicago.

Now, even Skype investigated for possible NSA links

Now, even Skype investigated for possible NSA linksLondon, Oct 12 : Instant messaging service, Skype, which was renowned for its anti-surveillance feature, has reportedly come under the privacy scanner for its possible links with the US' National Security Agency, in furnishing user data for surveillance.

Skype could face EU sanctions over data it has made accessible to the NSA in the US. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the NSA's Prism programme.

'Ethical' Pak hackers attack Google Malaysia

GooleIslamabad, Oct. 12  : A team of ' ethical' Pakistani hackers have reportedly attacked Google's Malaysian domain, and made the site inaccessible to users for a day.

The hackers, who call themselves ' Team Madleets ', and its lead hacker, who identifies himself a '1337' have claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Dawn News, the hackers' Facebook page boasts of attacks on several other high-profile intrusions across the world but they insist that they are focused only on helping countries improve their security.

Defiant Twitter CEO fires back at 'all-boys tech club' remark

Dick CostoloWashington, Oct. 8  : Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reportedly got in a 'tweet-brawl' when Indian-American technology entrepreneur and academic at Stanford's Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Vivek Wadhwa criticized Twitter for being an 'all-boys club' with lack of women in its top ranks.

Wadhwa noted that Twitter's board and C-suite were all white and all male with the exception of General Counsel Vijaya Gadde, who joined the company only recently.

According to the New York Post, Costolo fired several tweets, calling Wadhwa as the 'Carrot Top of academic sources' and that he had a propensity for silly hyperbole.

Google to take down mug shot sites from search results

GoogleWashington, Oct 7 : Google has reportedly decided to demote mug shot sites from its search results in a bid to help criminals or offenders come over the uncomfortable memory of the crimes and get a chance at not being stigmatized.

Several for-profit web sites repost mug shots obtained from local law enforcement agencies making it appear as a public service, however, it may hinder the efforts of those acquiring jobs or housing opportunities, who are guilty and want to pursue a better life.

Twitter slammed after refusing to pay in fight against child porn

Twitter slammed after refusing to pay in fight against child pornLondon, Oct  7 : Twitter has been reportedly slammed for resisting request of an increase of 5,000 pounds in contribution to fight against child porn on the internet.

The microblogging site was asked to raise the sum to 75,000 pounds but it disputed the amount and wanted clarification over why it had to pay the sum to Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and if it was calculated in relation to users.

Sources said that Twitter thinks Facebook should also pay much more than it has.

Incredible map reveals Google 'most popular' site across globe

Incredible map reveals Google 'most popular' site across globeSydney, Oct. 7 - Google is the clear winner when it comes to popularity and usage across the world as revealed by an interesting map made by Oxford Internet Institute researchers.

The map is made by Mark Graham and Stefano De Stabbata, and shows that the search engine giant rules in Australia, the US, and most of Europe and South East Asia, followed close by China's Baidu search engine.

Facebook asks if you 'really' like it

FacebookWashington, Oct 5 : In a first-ever self examination survey, Facebook will be gauging its users' attitudes towards the site, and how the attitudes evolve over time.

The social media giant has formed its first 'feedback panel', where people will be surveyed for six months to check their level of satisfactions with the site and why they change.

According to Huffington Post, the site will be analyzing how users respond to ads and stories in their News Feed in a bid to learn which ads make its members happiest.

Google to bring India's top heritage sites online

Google to bring India's top heritage sites onlineNew Delhi, Oct 3 : Technology giant Google Thursday tied up with the government and the Archaeological Survey of India to bring online the country's major heritage sites like the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho and the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Vice president and managing director of Google India Rajan Anandan said the initial target is to cover the country's 100 most important heritage sites.

According to the plan, Google will create 360-degree online imagery that will be available on Google Maps and also on the World Wonders site.

China lifts ban on Facebook, Twitter

Facebook-TwitterLondon, Sep 24 : Authorities in China have lifted the ban on Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times sites in the Shanghai Free-trade Zone so that foreign companies feel more at home, The Independent reported.

"In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home," reported the South China Morning Post citing government sources.

"If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China.”

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