Today’s Facebook update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook. Posts that receive lots of reports will be annotated with a message warning people that many others on Facebook have reported it.
Facebook is not removing stories people report as false and are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.
Read More: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/01/news-feed-fyi-showing-fewer-hoaxes/
Twitter announced that it reached an agreement to acquire ZipDial, a product partner based in Bangalore, India, to make it even more accessible to people around the world.
People across India use ZipDial’s platform to access great content, including cricket scores, audio programming, Tweets from their favorite Bollywood stars and much more on their mobile phones. By coming together with ZipDial, Twitter help more people around the world enjoy great and relevant Twitter experiences on their mobile phones.
Read More: https://blog.twitter.com/2015/bringing-twitter-to-more-people-around-the-world
Popular messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp are in the cross hairs in Britain.
That was the message delivered on Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications.
Read More: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/british-prime-minister-suggests-banning-some-online-messaging-apps/?_r=0
Skype announced today their preview of Skype Translator goes live on Windows 8.1. This translation will be in rea-time of English and Spanish. This means you speak in English and the other person hears translated in Spanish and vice versa.
Skype Translator will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate; people will no longer be hindered by geography and language.
The page below has an exciting video of a Skype trail done by school children in USA and Mexico.
Read more: http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/
Two years after debuting semantic “My friends who…” search for people, places, and photos on the web, Facebook Graph Search is rolling out on iOS in the US along with a new keyword search option for dredging up old News Feed posts by friends.
Keyword search is a big step for Facebook because it indexes and unlocks content previously swept away by the rushing feed or buried deep in people’s profiles.
Full public post search could however lead to people unwittingly ending up embarassed or in the news because someone dug up one of their posts.
Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/08/facebook-keyword-search/
Delhi Government says Uber is “misleading customers” by offering them Taxis with All-India permits that can’t ply in Delhi from point-to-point ferrying customers.
This follows after a rape incident involving a 25-year-old woman in Delhi, who hired a Uber taxi.
Government says Uber never applied for any permission to us, is not recognised under the Radio Taxi Rules and has flouted most of the laid-down rules.
Read more here: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/45411180.cms
Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress
Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.
Meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses.
Read More: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/
With 2014 almost over, Microsoft has released its lists of the top searches on Bing and, so far, Apple’s iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian are the year’s big winners.
“We’re taking a look back at the people, moments, and events that shaped 2014,” wrote the Bing Team in a blog post. “Trends in Bing searches give us a unique view into what mattered most to us throughout the year.”
When it comes to the most-searched apps, Microsoft reported that people wanted information on Facebook’s mobile app more than any other. After that, Twitter, Instagram, Skype and Vine rounded out the top five app searches.
Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2853704/facebook-iphone-6-and-kim-kardashian-top-bings-2014-search-lists.html
The phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. It seems Google may have gotten it right with a “go big or go home” strategy for this generation of hardware.
Nexus is not a populist program, however – it’s a reference hardware initiative that Google undertook because it wanted to help show OEMs how to get the most out of Android, and because it wanted developers to be able to build for a specific set of criteria that would mostly serve them well when their apps appeared on other Android devices, too.
The Nexus 6 seems like it fits the Nexus mould – it’s a device that lets Google show off Android 5.0 on hardware that exemplifies some of its best aspects.
Read More: http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/22/nexus-6-too-big-to-fail/
It seems Amazon is planning to launch its own travel service. The service will feature booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities in the initial phase.
Amazon has a potential advantage over some online travel agencies and hotel booking sites. This is because of the immense amount of data — i.e. Big Data — at its disposal. It could match information about a traveler’s interests with retail offers and make additional sales.
Amazon’s mission is to create a marketplace for retailers who might have a difficulty finding customers, and a high-profile section of Amazon.com in the form of an Amazon Travel would offer such a marketplace for independent and boutique hotels who don’t have the marketing power of big hotels chains or online travel agencies at their disposal.
Read More: http://skift.com/2014/11/20/exclusive-amazon-to-get-into-hotel-booking-with-launch-of-travel-site/