Apple faces an antitrust case reportedly over its in-app payment system in India

Apple faces antitrust charges for requiring developers to use its in-app payments service in India. Apple earlier banned app developers from contacting customers through email for payment-related purposes. While Apple enables app developers to sell their services directly, all in-app purchases made within applications downloaded from the App Store must use the iOS payment system and pay Apple a charge ranging from 15% to 30% of total revenues. Apple has been sued by epic in the United States for this practice. Google, which also charges developers a fee and takes a percentage of…

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Airtel to receive huge funds from high quality investors

Airtel, the world’s largest telecommunications company, has announced that it has received interest from high-quality investors. It did not, however, confirm whether Google is one of them. The exchanges sought clarification from Airtel following rumors of Google investing in the telecom provider and negotiations reaching an advanced stage. “Being a significant player in the telecom and digital industry, the company receives interests from high-quality investors and companies for its various businesses,” Airtel said in a regulatory filing. It further added as a clarification to the previous reports and speculations noting that, “We…

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Instagram is down globally

Instagram is suffering an outage in several parts of the world due to unclear issues. According to Downdetector, the platform that keeps track of internet outages, the Instagram services went down about an hour ago, while the reports about the outage peaked at around 12.15 pm. India seems to be the worst hit by the outage, with swaths of consumers reporting they are not able to access Instagram in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai. Facebook has not taken note of the outage yet, but it is likely…

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A group of researchers develop ‘brain-inspired computing architecture’

A multinational team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Limerick in Ireland, has identified a novel molecule that might help computers make even faster decisions. The energy-saving discovery, which resulted in the development of a new sort of computing architecture, might have far-reaching implications in fields ranging from financial decision-making to bioinformatics. The Bernal Institute at UL revealed that a small molecule made up of only 77 atoms provides a new fundamental electronic circuit element in which complex logic is encoded in nanoscale material characteristics. By optimizing the…

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Amazon is going on another hiring spree

Amazon said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 55,000 employees globally, with around 40,000 of those positions based in the United States. Amazon said that all available opportunities are for tech and corporate positions. Separately, the firm has hired hundreds of warehouse employees to pack and transport online orders. During the epidemic, other companies lay off workers, while Amazon’s headcount grew as more people stayed at home and purchased toilet paper and food from the shopping site. It employed 500,000 workers in last year. Amazon presently employs over 1.3…

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Twitter tests new feature to block abusive internet trolls

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it is testing a new tool that automatically bans abusive posts, as the US social media platform faces increased pressure to shield its users from online abuse. Users who use the new Safety Mode will have their “mentions” filtered for seven days, preventing them from seeing messages marked as likely to contain hate speech or insults. According to Twitter, the functionality will be tested first by a small number of English-speaking users, with priority given to “marginalized populations and female journalists,” who are frequent targets…

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Indian users can register for covid 19 vaccination through google search

Google Search, Google Maps, and the Google Voice Assistants will now provide Covid-19 vaccine-related information to Indian users. Google announced that Covid-19 vaccination-related information, including vaccine availability, pricing, and more, would be displayed on Google Search and Google Maps. Users can locate the nearest vaccination centre and reserve a time slot. Covid-19 is still causing havoc in some regions of the world, and the only way to limit the virus’s spread is to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Google said that from this week, it would display information on the availability…

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Telegram 8.0: All you need to know

Telegram has announced a significant upgrade that will remove the limit on the number of people that may see a livestream. The software has also enhanced the way messages are transferred across conversations, and it now includes a function that recommends popular stickers to users. Telegram will also display whenever a user selects a sticker during a chat. In addition, new animated stickers will be distributed to users. Furthermore, Telegram has reportedly discontinued support for its Wear OS app, as it is no longer available for download from the Google…

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TRAI’s recommendations to improve broadband connection in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a number of proposals to improve broadband connection in the country, one of which is to set the minimum download speed for broadband access at 2Mbps. This is four times faster than the existing minimum broadband speed of 512Kbps, which was set by the FCC in 2014 as an improvement to the previous 256Kbps level. TRAI further suggests that the government expedite fixed-line broadband expansion in rural regions by reimbursing 50% of monthly subscription charges. Its proposals to improve broadband penetration…

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Researchers bring AI and simulation tools in the fight against covid 19

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is leading efforts to combine artificial intelligence (AI) and cutting-edge simulation workflows to better understand biological observations and accelerate drug discovery in its ongoing campaign to reveal the inner workings of the Sar-CoV-2 virus. Argonne started working with academic and commercial research partners to achieve near real-time feedback between simulation and AI approaches in order to better understand how two proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 viral genome, nsp10 and nsp16, interact to help the virus replicate and evade the host’s immune system….

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