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Facebook finds new way to enter China, secretly launches app under a different name
Posted on 12th August 2017
Facebook Inc. has found a new way to enter China: secretly launching an app under a different name.The photo-sharing app, called Colorful Balloons, was released in May to help Facebook enter a market that it’s been blocked from since 2009, according to a person familiar with the matter. Facebook has said its goal of connecting the world wouldn’t be possible without the world’s most populated country, but declined to confirm the details that were first reported by the New York Times.

“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different ways,” the company said. “Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.” Facebook has long eyed China’s more than 700 million internet users, who currently use homegrown social networks including Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has made repeated attempts to woo Chinese authorities, learning Mandarin and touting a book by President Xi Jinping. He even posted a photo of himself jogging past Tiananmen Square last year that caused a stir on social media.

Chinese authorities have recently ramped up censorship of social media and messaging platforms, partially blocking Facebook-owned WhatsApp last month. Some users have relied on virtual private networks, a technology that allows users to route their data overseas, to get around the block — although the government has been cracking down on those tools too.


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Aruna Reddy creates history to win bronze at Gymnastics World Cup
Posted on 24th February 2018
NEW DELHI: Aruna Budda Reddy became the first Indian gymnast to clinch an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne by securing bronze in the women's vault. Reddy, 22, scored 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania and Emily Whitehead of Australia who took silver. The other Indian woman in contention, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with a score of 13.416.

Rupee closes higher against US dollar on Asian cues
Posted on 24th February 2018
Mumbai: The Indian rupee strengthened against the US dollar on Friday, tracking gains in local equity markets.

The home currency ended at 64.73, up 0.50% from its previous close of 65.05. The local currency opened at 64.96 a dollar and touched a high and a low of 64.69 and 64.97, respectively.


Kohli to be honoured with ICC Test Championship Mace after Newlands T20
Posted on 24th February 2018
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the ICC Test Championship Mace to India captain Virat Kohli at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town after the end of the third and final T20 International against South Africa on Saturday.

On behalf of the ICC, ICC Cricket Hall of Famers Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock of South Africa will make the presentation immediately after the awards ceremony for the T20I series.


GST e-way bill should be mandatory from April 1, suggests Sushil Modi
Posted on 24th February 2018
The GST provision requiring transporters to carry an electronic way bill or e-way bill when moving goods between states should be implemented from April 1, a group of state finance ministers recommended on Saturday.

GoM head and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the requirement for intra-state movement of goods of more than Rs 50,000 value would be introduced in phases after assessing the response for inter-state movement.


47% Indians care more about smartphones than their loved ones: Study
Posted on 24th February 2018
Nearly 33 per cent of people, specially the younger generation that has grown up in a digital world, care more for their smartphones over engaging with individuals they love and India tops the list with 47 per cent, a report said on Saturday.

The study by telecommunications company Motorola, which is developed in partnership with Nancy Etcoff -- expert in 'Mind-Brain Behaviour and the Science of Happiness', from Harvard University, said: "We, as a generation, are losing control of our lives."


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