NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. will partner to bring unique Olympic Winter Games coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, to Snapchatters in the United States next February, including NBC Olympic coverage via daily "Our Stories" and "Publisher Stories" available in Snapchat Discover. NBC Olympics will work with BuzzFeed to co-produce the Publisher Stories. Through this partnership, sales packages will include not only the Snap Ad slots that will run within Our Stories and Publisher Stories, but also opportunities to purchase national…
Social networking giants Facebook have revealed that they have engaged in scanning behavioral patterns of suspicious accounts in order to clamp down and weed out bogus accounts. The security measure is part of a broader effort from Facebook to rid the popular networking site of hoaxes, misinformation and fake news by authenticating users who are what they claim to be. In a blog post, Shabnam Shaik, who is part of Facebook’s protect and care team suggested that people represent themselves…

WhatsApp soon to launch digital payments in India

Written on Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:45
Facebook-owned WhatsApp will soon reportedly offer digital payment services in India which will be its first offering globally. WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, first mentioned the idea to local media in February that the app was in the early stages of investigating digital payments in India. The company is looking a digital transactions lead in the country. Similar digital payment initiatives have been launched in China by the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat. WhatsApp recognizes India as its biggest market,…
Samsung Gulf Electronics announced the early access phase for Samsung Pay in the UAE, on April 4, 2017. Samsung Pay has successfully been launched across twelve different countries, allowing Samsung smartphone users to make convenient contactless payments at outlets with card machines - a best in class mobile payment service that works as a credit or debit card. Samsung is currently working with a number of banks in the UAE to carry out the initial testing stages including Mashreq Bank,…
US telecoms giant Verizon has come under fire over concerns that it could be spying on its customers. The company’s privacy policy on its upcoming AppFlash service promises easier access to search and apps on Android devices. The policy indicates that Verizon can share data on what features and services its customers use, as well as the apps they have installed, with other Verizon businesses to target ads. The privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation lashed out at Verizon calling AppFlash…
Twitter has dropped some subtle hints that suggest it may introduce a subscription-based option on the hugely popular social networking platform. Reports have emerged that management is considering the option of building a premium version of its popular ‘Tweet-deck’ interface which is specifically aimed at professionals. Analysts have predicted that there is now a distinct possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time. Twitter which was founded in 2006 – has like all other…
After the Mach 22 Westminster attack in London, the British government wants its security services to have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, as it was revealed that the app was used by the attacker to send an encrypted message. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was “completely unacceptable” that the police and security services were not able to access the heavily encrypted WhatsApp service to see the message that was sent by the attacker. Rudd…
Snap Inc. the parent of the app Snapchat saw its shares drop on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, March 6, as the momentum of its debut on Wall Street the previous week died down. The company’s shares were down 2.26 percent to $23.77 at the close of formal trading on the Stock Exchange. Snap’s shares jumped 44 percent to close at $24.48 in its inaugural trading day, after raising $3.4 billion in the largest US tech company public…

Indian operator agrees deal with Uber over its new app

Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:09
Reliance Jio, India’s newest telecommunications operator has reached an agreement with US global ride-sharing platform Uber - which will enable passengers to pay for services by utilizing the operator’s new application. The Indian 4G newcomer have recently launched an application called JioMoney which is a digital wallet. The partnership between the firm and Uber will allow those who have the JioMoney app to be able to request to pay for Uber rides by using the application - this will subsequently…
Facebook announced it will be rolling out new apps for Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire and Samsung Smart TV. The apps will allow people to view videos posted on Facebook via their smart televisions. Ultimately, the apps will provide a more convenient way to view Facebook videos on a large screen. Some analysts suggest that Facebook could be moving to compete against Google-owned YouTube or even with streaming services like Netflix to become a premium source of online content for both…
Uber drivers protested in Taiwan circling the country's transport ministry on February 10 after the ride-hailing company halted its operations in the island nation following an impasse with the government of Taiwan which deems the service illegal. Uber announced that it would be suspending its services in Taiwan after the government raised the maximum penalty for Uber drivers to Tw$25 million ($804,000) which is the highest in the world. Taiwan's Transport Ministry said it was preparing to charge Uber Tw$230…
 Social networking platform Twitter announced details of a new initiative which has been specifically designed to crackdown on online harassment and ‘abusive accounts’. Twitter, like other social media platforms have struggled to manage the issue of online abuse from anonymous accounts. Twitter vice president Ed Ho said they have introduced new measures aimed at identifying individuals who have been suspended from creating new accounts. In a statement issued to the press, Ho said: “We're taking steps to identify people who…
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