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October, 2020

  • 20 October

    Microsoft Teams to Get AI-Based Noise Suppression Feature in November

    Microsoft Teams will soon be getting an AI-based noise suppression feature that will automatically remove unwanted background noise during meetings. This will be an update to the existing noise suppression feature – users will now have control over how much noise suppression they want. There will be a new ‘high’ ...

  • 19 October

    TikTok Pakistan Ban Lifted After Company Vows to Moderate Content

    Pakistan has decided to lift a ban on popular social media app TikTok after the company vowed to block all accounts involved in spreading “obscenity and immorality,” the country’s telecom authority said on Monday. The move comes some 10 days after Pakistan blocked TikTok for failing to block “immoral and indecent” ...

  • 18 October

    Twitter Backtracks, Allows Users to Post Previously Blocked New York Post Article on Joe Biden’s Son

    Twitter on Friday confirmed it reversed its decision to block links to a New York Post article about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, despite reaffirming the ban late on Thursday. Republicans who had decried Twitter’s earlier actions posted the story freely on the site. “You can now share the ...

  • 17 October

    Google Trusted Contacts Officially Pulled From App Stores, Support to Stop After December 1

    Google has officially pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. First introduced in 2016, the app offered users a way to share their device activity status and location with selected contacts. It has now disappeared from both Google Play store and the Apple’s App Store. The tech giant will ...

  • 16 October

    OnePlus Phones to Not Come With Pre-Installed Facebook Apps and Services, Starting From OnePlus 8T: Report

    OnePlus phones will no longer come with pre-installed Facebook-owned apps and services, as per a report. OnePlus had received criticism when it started pre-installing Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and other Facebook services on its phones a few months ago. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that starting from the recently launched ...

  • 15 October

    Twitter Security Fell Short Before Celebrity Hack, New York Regulator Says

    Twitter suffered from cybersecurity shortfalls that enabled a “simple” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of several of the world’s most famous people in July, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report by New York’s Department of Financial Services recommended that the largest ...

  • 14 October

    What Is Doomscrolling, and Who’s to Blame for It?

    What is doomscrolling? You wake up and you reach for your phone. It’s instinctive. On unlocking it, you start to check your social media apps almost subconsciously, scrolling, scrolling, bad news, pandemics, global catastrophes. The world feels like its ending and you haven’t even had your first cup of tea. ...

  • 13 October

    Facebook to Ban Content That Denies or Distorts the Holocaust

    Facebook said on Monday it was updating its hate speech policy to ban any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. The move comes two years after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a 2018 interview with tech website Recode said that while he found Holocaust denial deeply offensive, ...

  • 12 October

    OECD Says Global Deal on Taxing Tech Giants Won’t Be Secured This Year

    The 137 nations trying to hammer out a new global standard for taxing multinational tech firms will not secure a deal by the end of this year as hoped, the OECD acknowledged Monday. “The glass is half full: the package is nearly ready but there is still no political accord,” ...

  • 11 October

    TikTok Banned in Pakistan Over “Immoral and Indecent” Content

    Pakistan’s telecom regulator blocked TikTok on Friday for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, another blow to the social media app that has come under increasing scrutiny as its popularity has surged across the globe. The ban comes in view of “complaints from different segments of the society ...