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Trai Mulls Action Against Online Video Ads

Telecom regulator Trai is mulling an action against annoying auto playing video advertisement. Video ads download automatically at the time of internet browsing, leading to a unwanted surge in data usage for consumers. Considering the growing concerns of consumers on these nagging video adds, Trai has decided to crack the whip on unwanted online brand publicity by advertisers. The issue, which has been noticed across platforms — mobile handsets or home broadband connections — is being taken seriously by the regulator and action may follow very soon, Trai chairman RS...
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Facebook, RailTel In Talks For Free Wi-Fi At Railway Stations

After Google, social media giant Facebook intends to offer free Wi-Fi at Indian railway stations. RK Bahuguna, chairman of Indian Railways’ communications arm RailTel, informed reporters that company would start talks with Facebook for expanding its Wi-Fi coverage to railway stations and villages in the vicinity. “Facebook India has approached us for the Wi-Fi initiative. We will engage with the company for the expansion of our Internet access program across railways stations to cover villages in the vicinity,” ET report quoted Bahuguna as saying. Also Read: Facebook Plans Expansion Of ‘Express Wi-Fi’ In...
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Govt Launches New App Integrating Social Media Handles

The External Affairs Ministry of the Government of India, recently launched an app that brings websites and various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform. The initiative (app) that is aimed at increasing the ministry’s public outreach, has been developed in cooperation with Facebook. The idea is to help people connect with Indian missions abroad and the ministry of external affairs through a range of social media platforms under one roof, instead of accessing multiple websites. “The app is a one stop shop to find...
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Facebook To Bypass Ad Blockers On Desktop

Facebook has announced that the social networking company will start serving ads to its desktop users, including to those who have ad-blocking software installed and running. In a blog post announcing the changes, Andrew Bosworth, vice-president, Ads & Business Platform said, “People don’t like to see ads that are irrelevant to them or that disrupt or break their experience. People also want to have control over the kinds of ads they see. As a result of what we’ve learned, we’ve introduced tools to help people control their experience, improved how we decide...
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Facebook Plans Expansion Of ‘Express Wi-Fi’ In Rural India

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly in talks with Internet service providers (ISPs) to expand its Express WiFi program into a commercial launch in India. The company has completed a pilot rollout of 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots in a tie-up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam. Express WiFi is a Mark Zuckerberg headed Internet giant’s initiative aimed at taking affordable broadband to the rural areas of the country in partnerships with Internet service companies and small entrepreneurs. “We are testing Express WiFi program in India that allows customers to purchase...
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Facebook Rolls Out Services & Shop Features For SMBs

In a move to make its Pages feature valuable for small businesses online, Facebook on Thursday announced the launch of two new Page sections - Services and Shop - for emerging markets including in India where 57 percent of people utilize Facebook platform for their business. The Shop section provides businesses with a new way to prominently display the products they are selling on their Page. It allows people to easily discover, browse and make offers to purchase products through messaging from the businesses they care about, Facebook said in...
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Facebook Messenger Achieves 1Bn Goal

Facebook tractioned 1Bn active users each month in its messenger, making it as big as Facebook’s other messaging app, WhatsApp, and the third Facebook product — along with the flagship Facebook app — to reach a billion active users as reported by recode net. It has been long back that Facebook has witnessed 1Bn regular user in its official page and now finally Facebook messenger app hits 1Bn regular users, which earlier did not get much traction because of the popularity of WhatsApp. Read Also:Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page hacked Messenger which...
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Facebook Commits $15 Mn To Diversify Computer Science Education

In an effort to increase the number of women and other underrepresented groups in the computer science field, Facebook will be investing $15 million over the next five years to Code.org to enable the nonprofit to train teachers to teach computer science in urban public school districts and to expand learning opportunities for students. Facebook released a report on the diversity of its own employees, admitting the company has a long way to go before it has a diverse employee base, particularly for its technical departments and senior leadership. Only 17 percent...
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