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Uber is making it compulsory to enter destination before requesting a ride

Ride-hailing service Uber just announced an update to its services which now requires customers to enter their destination when requesting a ride. The update will also allow partner-drivers to receive requests while they are completing a trip. The ride-hailing behemoth has been trying to improve its services locally with recent …

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Unicode approves hijab, breastfeeding emoji for 2017 update

The Unicode Consortium has announced the approval of 51 new emojis that include the much anticipated hijab emoji along with a prayer emoji for Muslims. The shortlisted emojis are expected to be encoded in the upcoming Unicode 10 next year. The 51 new emojis also feature a woman breastfeeding a …

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Facebook buys social media buzz tracker

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday announced it has bought startup CrowdTangle, which specializes in tracking hot content on social networks for media agencies and others. “Publishers around the world turn to CrowdTangle to surface stories that matter, measure their social performance and identify influencers,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an …

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Will social commerce stunt the growth of ecommerce in Asia?

It is no surprise that social commerce is flourishing in Southeast Asia as Facebook and Instagram are among the most popular social networks where internet users spend up to 3.7 hours every day on average. Add to that Asia’s high mobile phone penetration, the fact that Southeast Asians are reluctant …

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Zuckerberg among Facebook users mistakenly declared ‘dead’

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook accidentally declared its founder Mark Zuckerberg and many other users dead on Friday, acknowledging after fixing the problem that it had committed a “terrible error.” “For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP. …

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Alibaba breaks records, sells $17.7 billion on Singles Day

As the clock struck midnight, Alibaba announced its final total for 2016’s Singles Day sales frenzy: $17.7 billion. Alibaba has beaten its own sales totals each year since the sales began, and this year was no different. It passed last year’s $14.3 billion high-water mark early in the evening, a …

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Apple now offers refurbished iPhones at a discount

Smartphone giant Apple will now be offering refurbished versions of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at a discounted price. Apple might be working on a new ‘Jet White’ iPhone 7 Refurbished devices are now available at Apple’s website with discounts ranging from $80 to $110. The tech giant previously …

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Progress, but uphill slog for women in tech

They are under-represented in the industry and sometimes made to feel unwelcome in geek-infested workspaces, but women are making their voices heard at Europe’s largest technology marketplace. Organisers of this week’s Web Summit in Lisbon said nearly half its 53,000 attendees were women, helped by their offer of free tickets …

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Zuckerberg sure fake news on Facebook didn’t sway election

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday rejected the idea that bogus stories shared at the social network paved a path of victory for President-elect Donald Trump. “The idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way …

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What tech industry could face under Trump’s presidency

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favoured rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic control of the White House and sending America on a new and uncertain path. For tech industry giants who took on Trump during his presidential campaign, future …

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