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About 350 Twitter employees wrote a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey demanding that President Trump be permanently suspended from the platform
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About 350 Twitter employees wrote a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey demanding that President Trump be permanently suspended from the platform

About 350 Twitter employees demanded that CEO Jack Dorsey and other top executives permanently ban President Donald Trump's account on the platform following his role in Wednesday's deadly siege on the US Capitol, according to a report from the Washington Post. "We play an unprecedented role in civil society and the world's eyes are upon us," reads the letter, according to the Post. "Our decisions this week will cement our place in history, for better or worse. "The internal letter also demands that leadership disclose how they decided to treat Trump's tweets on Wednesday, as well as how "our public policy decisions led to the amplification of serious anti-democratic threats." In a statement to Insider, a Twitter spokesperson said the company "encourages an open dialogue...
Tesla Market Value Crosses 0 Billion For The First Time
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Tesla Market Value Crosses $800 Billion For The First Time

Tesla's market value crossed $774 billion, making it Wall Street's fifth most valuable company, just behind Google-parent Alphabet Inc and ahead of social media giant Facebook Inc. Shares of Tesla Inc jumped as much as 5.6% on Friday, pushing the electric-car maker's market capitalization to more than $800 billion for the first time ever and inching closer to the trillion dollar club. Tesla's stratospheric rally has helped Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk surpass Amazon.com Inc's top boss Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest man, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. At today's session high, Musk's 21% stake in the automaker as per Forbes contributes more than $170 billion to his net worth, dwarfing the combined market capitalization of General Motors, Ford Motor Co and F...
Signal, Telegram see demand spike as new WhatsApp terms stir debate
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Signal, Telegram see demand spike as new WhatsApp terms stir debate

Some privacy activists questioned the "accept our data grab or get out" move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram. Reuters Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp's updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media. WhatsApp, which uses Signal's encryption technology, laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location. Some privacy activists questioned the "accept our data grab or get out" move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram. Signal's popularity shot up further on Thursday after it was endorsed by Elon Musk, w...
Apple car: A $21 billion wager on who will build it
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Apple car: A $21 billion wager on who will build it

Magna is helping tech groups and start-ups enter the auto business. Could the iPhone maker be next? A red-hot trend in the car industry is for new entrants such as Fisker Inc. to hand over the complicated and capital-intensive work of engineering and building vehicles to a contract manufacturer. Increasingly, cars are judged on their software and electronics so why bother wasting time and money on metal bashing? If Apple Inc. is indeed seriously considering launching its own vehicle, as press reports suggest, then it will almost certainly decide to outsource, as it does with the iPhone. Apple designs the phone and its operating system but employs Foxconn to assemble components into a handset. There’s at least one big contract manufacturer ready to take advantage of these seismic ...
Internet shutdowns cost India .8 billion in 2020
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Internet shutdowns cost India $2.8 billion in 2020

With 8,927 hours of blacked out or curbed bandwidth access, India restricted internet use more than any other nation, as restrictions originally imposed in 2019 continued throughout 2020, according to a report. Internet shutdowns cost India $2.8 billion, putting the South Asian nation at the top of a list of 21 countries that curbed citizens’ web access in 2020. India -- the second-worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of overall confirmed infections -- accounted for about three-quarters of the $4 billion lost worldwide to internet curbs. It’s losses more than doubled compared to 2019, a report from a U.K.-based digital privacy and security research group showed. Some countries known to limit Internet access or censor material like China and North Korea were...
‘Behind every Galaxy camera click is work done by us,’ Samsung Bangalore R&D head narrates 25-year journey to excellence
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‘Behind every Galaxy camera click is work done by us,’ Samsung Bangalore R&D head narrates 25-year journey to excellence

Among Samsung’s 30 R&D centres, Bangalore has emerged as the centre of excellence for wireless communications, multimedia and image processing, artificial intelligence in vision, voice and text technologies and Internet of Things. Every time you use the 5G capabilities or click a photo using a Samsung Galaxy phone you will be relying on the years of work done by engineers in the Korean giant’s Bangalore R&D facility. But even as Samsung celebrates its 25th year in India, very few people know how the company has always had this strong research and development facility in the county, evolving with the requirements and the technology of the times. There is one person who knows all about it, Dipesh Shah, MD at the Samsung Research Institute, Bengaluru and one of the first employ...
Apple patents point to using your MacBook to wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch
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Apple patents point to using your MacBook to wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple has been granted two patents that describe adding two-way wireless charging to its devices (via 9to5Mac). The patents, first spotted by Patently Apple, include drawings that show a MacBook charging various devices, including an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as drawings of iPads and iPhones doing the same. If this sounds familiar, it’s because many other phone makers have released devices with similar reverse wireless charging technology. Although Apple’s take is a little different. According to the patent images, a MacBook’s lid, palm rest, or trackpad could be used to charge a wireless charging-compatible iOS device. The patent shows a future MacBook device charging an iPhone and Apple Watch, though this configuration would make it trick...
Instagram Testing New UI For Stories For Desktop Users Featuring a Carousel
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Instagram Testing New UI For Stories For Desktop Users Featuring a Carousel

Instagram is working on a new UI design for Instagram Stories for desktop. Instagram users who prefer using the photo and video share platform on PC here is a piece of good news for you. Now the company is planning to make the desktop version easier to use. According to a report from Engadget, the company is working on a new UI design for Instagram Stories for desktop. The company has already started testing the new update which comes with features like Stories in a carousel instead of a single title that covers the entire page. Here’s a closer look at the new Instagram desktop update. Instagram Desktop Update According to the report, with the new update users can click through the Stories or let them play automatically and now you can also keep an eye on where you are in your qu...
Cristiano Amon is the next CEO of Qualcomm, will retain his position as President
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Cristiano Amon is the next CEO of Qualcomm, will retain his position as President

Qualcomm’s current CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, is retiring and the company’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Cristiano Amon to replace him. Mollenkopf has been working at Qualcomm for 26 years and became its CEO in 2014. Amon should be a familiar face to you if you’ve watched phone announcement live streams – he is often invited to speak at major releases of Snapdragon-powered phones. He is also the driving force behind the company’s push into 5G. Amon is in charge of Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, which includes the Mobile, RF Front End (modems), Automotive and Internet of Things divisions. He was promoted to the President position in January of 2018 and will retain that role while also taking on CEO duties. Steve Mollenkopf (left) and Cristiano Amon (right) “Steve...
Electric vehicle maker Tesla to deliver China-made Model Y SUVs this month
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Electric vehicle maker Tesla to deliver China-made Model Y SUVs this month

BEIJING (REUTERS) -Tesla Inc said on Friday it has started selling China-made Model Y sport-utility vehicles (SUV) and will deliver them to customers this month, as the U.S. electric vehicle maker expands sales in the world's biggest car market. China, which offers hefty subsidies for electric vehicles as it seeks to cut down on pollution from petrol or diesel cars, is key to Tesla's global strategy. It is expanding its Shanghai car factory, where it also builds its Model 3 sedans. In October, it started exporting Model 3 vehicles to Europe. It is also adding manufacturing capacity for EV chargers in Shanghai and expanding its sales and service network around the country. It sold over 20,000 vehicles in November. The starting price of a Model Y in China is now 339,900 yuan (...