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  • The Tech Weekender | India's new IT Rules, Australia's media bargaining code, Apple vs Facebook, first foldable smartphone of 2021, and more Feb 27, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    The Tech Weekender | India's new IT Rules, Australia's media bargaining code, Apple vs Facebook, first foldable smartphone of 2021, and more

    In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments from the world of technology from the week ended February 27.

  • New IT rules lay down India’s authority over social media Feb 26, 2021 01:01 PM IST

    New IT rules lay down India’s authority over social media

    The government has laid down the law to establish its authority without fear of further challenges from social media platforms. To that extent, India’s new social media rules are strong and robust, and might be a template for adoption by many other countries

  • Facebook signs letter of intent with three Australian media firms Feb 26, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    Facebook signs letter of intent with three Australian media firms

    Facebook said it had signed partnership agreements with Private Media, which owns online magazines, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media. Commercial agreements will become effective within 60 days if a full deal is signed.

  • New IT rules: Social media platforms must remove content within 36 hours of govt order Feb 25, 2021 12:47 PM IST

    New IT rules: Social media platforms must remove content within 36 hours of govt order

    Govt issues new rules for social media platforms and digital media companies.

  • Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect Feb 25, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect

    "Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban," Facebook said in a blog post. "We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) on Facebook and Instagram are too great."

  • Australia passes landmark law to make Google, Facebook pay for news Feb 25, 2021 07:31 AM IST

    Australia passes landmark law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

    The amended legislation is intended to address the market imbalance between Australian news publishers and the two gateways to the internet.

  • India plans new social media controls after Twitter face-off Feb 24, 2021 09:10 PM IST

    India plans new social media controls after Twitter face-off

    The latest draft rules - which would be legally enforcable -say companies should remove content as early as possible, but not later than 36 hours, after a government or legal order.

  • Australia news code row | A look at the new law and what changed after Facebook's news ban Feb 24, 2021 06:47 PM IST

    Australia news code row | A look at the new law and what changed after Facebook's news ban

    As Facebook decides to restore news sharing in Australia, a look at the Australia's 'media bargaining code' and what changed after the tech giant's news ban.

  • Instagram Lite users in India will now be able to watch Reels Feb 24, 2021 04:47 PM IST

    Instagram Lite users in India will now be able to watch Reels

    While the feature has only rolled out to users in India, it could soon be available on Instagram Lite in other regions.

  • Australian lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook, Google law Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM IST

    Australian lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook, Google law

    The government introduced amendments to the so-called Media Bargaining Code after Facebook last week escalated a dispute over the new laws by blocking Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on its popular social media platform. Australia's Senate began debating the amendments on Wednesday.

  • Facebook to restore Australia news pages after deal on media law Feb 23, 2021 11:50 AM IST

    Facebook to restore Australia news pages after deal on media law

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook said a compromise had been reached on key aspects of the law, which was fiercely opposed by the tech companies.

  • Facebook to restore news pages in Australia as deal reached on media law Feb 23, 2021 09:56 AM IST

    Facebook to restore news pages in Australia as deal reached on media law

    Facebook said it will lift a contentious ban on news pages in Australia 'in the coming days' after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law that the tech giant has fiercely opposed

  • WhatsApp will disable messages for anyone who doesn't accept the new privacy policy Feb 22, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    WhatsApp will disable messages for anyone who doesn't accept the new privacy policy

    WhatsApp makes it clear that you won't enjoy the "full-functionality" of the app unless you say yes to the new policies

  • Australia vs Google: Smaller news players are feeling the squeeze Feb 22, 2021 08:59 AM IST

    Australia vs Google: Smaller news players are feeling the squeeze

    When elephants fight, grass tends to get trampled

  • The Tech Weekender | Perseverance rover lands on Mars, first look at Android 12, Facebook takes aim at Australia, Office 2021 is here and more Feb 21, 2021 10:09 AM IST

    The Tech Weekender | Perseverance rover lands on Mars, first look at Android 12, Facebook takes aim at Australia, Office 2021 is here and more

    In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments from the world of tech from the week ended February 20.

  • Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, says Australia Feb 20, 2021 07:57 PM IST

    Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, says Australia

    Facebook’s abrupt decision to stop Australians from sharing news on the site and strip the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets also erased several state government and emergency department accounts, causing widespread anger.

  • What do the WhatsApp policy changes actually mean? Feb 19, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    What do the WhatsApp policy changes actually mean?

    India lacks a strong law to protect the data of its citizens, giving companies free reign to decide the best privacy policies for us.

  • Facebook used 'deeply wrong' ad metrics for 'significantly' increased revenue Feb 19, 2021 12:58 PM IST

    Facebook used 'deeply wrong' ad metrics for 'significantly' increased revenue

    The social media giant had requested to keep some filings confidential due to its sensitivity but the judge ruled that the matter involved public interest, the report said.

  • WhatsApp's privacy policies haven't changed but way to show them to you has Feb 19, 2021 12:06 PM IST

    WhatsApp's privacy policies haven't changed but way to show them to you has

    WhatsApp is updating the way they share changes with users

  • Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs will testify about misinformation before US Congress Feb 19, 2021 08:17 AM IST

    Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs will testify about misinformation before US Congress

    A pair of House Energy and Commerce subcommittees will hold a fully remote joint hearing including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as Congress considers whether to make changes in legal protections for social media companies.

  • Explained: Why has Facebook blocked news in Australia; here's everything you need to know Feb 18, 2021 07:56 PM IST

    Explained: Why has Facebook blocked news in Australia; here's everything you need to know

    The lowdown: Australia news media code – what is it, how will it be implemented, will the FB ban impact the users, and more.

  • #DeleteFacebook trending worldwide on Twitter: Here's why Feb 18, 2021 03:54 PM IST

    #DeleteFacebook trending worldwide on Twitter: Here's why

    #FacebookWeNeedToTalk and #BoycottZuckerberg were also trending in Australia

  • Can Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code be a blueprint elsewhere? Feb 18, 2021 12:22 PM IST

    Can Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code be a blueprint elsewhere?

    While the immediate flashpoint concerns the news and media company, the real issue is much bigger. It is about the digital monopolies created by the big-tech, which is now reshaping the real economies

  • Google strikes deal with News Corp, Agrees to pay for showcasing its news Feb 18, 2021 09:55 AM IST

    Google strikes deal with News Corp, Agrees to pay for showcasing its news

    Google and Facebook had earlier pushed back against the proposed legislation with Google threatening to completely exit the island country. Facebook has also warned that it would ban Australian users to share news on the platform.

  • Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content spat escalates Feb 18, 2021 08:24 AM IST

    Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content spat escalates

    Facebook and search giant Google Inc had both warned they could cancel services in Australia because of looming laws that will force them to pay local publishers for content

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