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1 billion people in the world can’t formally prove their identity. This can help

A digital ID uses technology to verify your identity and can streamline transactions between governments and citizens, reducing lengthy processes.

Panic & praise among Indian bloggers, ‘influencers’ as Instagram hides its likes

The Instagram test on making like counts private is reportedly driven by an endeavour to give content quality precedence over a mad dash for likes.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes calls for company breakup

The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark Zuckerberg’s 'unilateral control over speech', Hughes said
Google, the world's largest Internet-search company, is making a bigger push into entertainment services, adding music storage and movie-rental features to its Android software for phones and tablets

Google’s paid music services reach 15 million subscribers, but still far behind Spotify

The YouTube Music numbers is good news for ad-supported Google that has rarely gotten customers to pay for its services.
The Apple Inc. logo is displayed at one of the company's stores in Hong Kong | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Apple picks Mumbai for its first exclusive retail store in India

Apple was earlier prohibited from opening its stores in India because it didn't meet local sourcing requirements.
At the launch event of latest Google Assistant technology

Google asks for more personal details with latest digital assistant upgrade

Google is betting that the extra convenience will persuade people to keep sharing personal information and help it build its database.

Google launches cheaper Pixel phones as it battles Apple & Samsung

Google is counting on its cheaper Pixel to fill in for people left behind by the rising price of many high-end phones.
The Google Inc. logo at the company's exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany | BloombergThe Google Inc. logo at the company's exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany

Google to give users ‘real choice, useful control’ over who tracks their Chrome activity

Google said it’s tightening rules to give users an either-or control over how much a website’s cookies can track them.
Boeing 737 Max jet

Boeing’s 737 Max defence is a textbook mess

With Boeing not having informed pilots about the new automated feature, its main defence in the 2 crashes that killed 346 people boils down to quibbling about the meaning of the term safety feature.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches privacy, but evidence is elusive

In a bid to to boost privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a 'clear history' feature last year, but it's yet to be unveiled.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.