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Brands see the big picture in augmented reality-filter craze
Augmented reality (AR) filters available across social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat allow users to play with such computer-generated effects that they can superimpose on their pictures and share.

Work-from-home, online learning fuelling need for massive investment in digital infra: Trai chief
India has moved quickly on path of rapid digitisation, he said adding that given significant capabilities in telecom and software, the country stand poised to benefit from new digital technologies and platforms.

Cyber security incidents in India tripled to 3.5 lakh in July, August from Jan-March: Sanjay Dhotre
Dhotre, responding to a question from BJP MP Vishnu Dayal Ram, quoted data from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), saying that cyber security incidents were seeing an increase during the Covid-19 pandemic. H

DDoS attacks are on the rise in India, says cyber security firm Radware
In August 2020 the number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) incidents in India hit a record high in terms of total DDOS packets, which were well in excess of 10 billion as per a study by global cyber security firm Radware. DDoS attack makes an online service unavailable to users by interrupting them or suspending the hosting servers.

Homegrown social app Chingari crosses 30 million downloads
The social app said in a statement it achieved the feat in a matter of three months, with content creators making a beeline to join it.

India to consider fresh responses from TikTok
India will consider fresh responses from TikTok if it seeks to re-engage with the government over its ban in the country, a senior official said, after the popular Chinese short-video platform agreed to sell some stake to Oracle and Walmart in the United States.

All options open in 'fight' against Google: Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma
The Paytm founder & CEO, who tore into Google’s practice of barring apps which were compliant with Indian laws, said his 'fight' will be a long-drawn one.

We will continue to aggressively invest in India: Facebook India's Head Ajit Mohan
When we think of products and partnerships, we don't apply the lens of short term monetization. We look at can we have impact for the long term and can we build sustainable economic models also for the long term. And I think that's the same lens that we're bringing to India.

Google reiterates over Paytm row: Its policies donít allow online casinos or daily fantasy sports in India
Paytm has been alleging that its app was removed for launching a UPI cashback campaign on its app called ‘Paytm Cricket League’ and that Google also runs similar schemes on its own apps.

Facebook neutral, non-partisan, its India chief says defending handling of hate speeches
"The content policy of team that is at the centre of all the enforcement decisions (on hate speeches) is separate and independent in India from the public policy team (that handles government relations)," Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan said. "It's designed for independence."

Internet user base rises 3.4% to 743 mn at Mar-end; Jio commands over 52% market: Trai data
"Total number of internet subscribers increased from 718.74 million at the end of December 2019 to 743.19 million at the end of March 2020, registering a quarterly growth rate of 3.40 per cent," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its report.

View: Internet platforms canít be allowed to monetise hate
The problem lies in their profit model. They offer great free services. Their profits come from advertising, often subliminal advertising. This means flashing messages for very brief periods below the normal human perception level, reaching the subconscious. Subliminal advertising has long been used by conventional advertisers too, highlighted in books like Vance Packard’s ‘The Hidden Persuaders’.

Snack Video: Another China-developed app taking TikTokís place in India
Snack Video escaped the wide-ranging government ban on Chinese apps, and in August it was the most downloaded video app on App Store and Google Play. Following Snack is MX Player’s TakaTak, data shared by Sensor Tower shows.

Paytm app back on Google Play store after being pulled down briefly for policy violation
On Friday, Paytm app -- which facilitates use of wallet and payments bank services -- was removed from the Google Play store.

India's public cloud market to reach Rs 63k cr by FY2025, SMBs may account for 30% share: Nasscom
In a survey of 1,000 SMBs in India, 60 per cent said they are already using cloud, though almost half are at early stages of adoption. Best-in-class SMBs that adopted cloud have been able to drive 25-30 per cent productivity improvement and 15-20 per cent reduction in operational costs.


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