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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.
Google logo

Don’t want location & web browsing data saved? Google to give users a delete option

Amid the prickly debate over privacy, Google announced users can choose to have their data deleted after a three-month or 18-month period.
Facebook

Facebook wants AI to screen content, but fairness issues remain

Mark Zuckerberg wants AI to auto-filter Facebook content but the technology is too immature for this. Plus, AI tools can be gamed where news sources have political biases.

Googlers protest retaliation; even some Facebook staff join fray

Employees of Google & Facebook have reported retaliation for protesting sexual harassment & unethical practices by their companies.
The Facebook Inc. application | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Facebook unveils major app redesign with focus on Groups

Facebook will be introducing features like instant sharing, more chat options & identity protection to Groups so as to boost community sharing.
Electric cars in China

Robots? No, breakthrough technology will be in cars

With Tesla reimagining the car and companies like Uber and Lyft being two of the biggest IPOs this year, cars are the next big thing.

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Netflix logs everything you have ever watched and how you watch – every time you pause, what programmes you consider watching but choose not to.
Samsung Galaxy Fold

It’s too early to consider the Samsung Galaxy Fold a failure

Samuel West, a Sweden-based psychologist, says that Samsung has a lot to learn from the Fold fiasco but should get credit for launching something new.

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get 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.