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To reward creators or digital broadcasters? The current Copyright Act gets it all wrong

We need to question if widening the scope of Section 31D of the Copyright Act to grant large streaming companies an automatic licence to content would be fair to artists and creators.
Farmers during a gherao of Karnal Secretariat, in Karnal on 8 September 2021

Mobile internet, SMS services suspended for 4th day in Karnal as farmers’ protest continue

The farmers are continuing their protest outside Karnal's mini secretariat — against lathi-charge on agitating farmers — after talks with district administration remained inconclusive.
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Is the internet really more effective at radicalising people than older media?

TV remains a potent means of manipulation. But the internet may be an algorithmic, personalised upgrade.
Baby HTML's aunt shared the news of his birth and name on Facebook | Photo: Pixabay/Facebook post screen grab

Meet my son, ‘HTML’. Yes, that’s what a web designer who loves his job has named his baby

The newborn’s aunt posted his photo on Facebook, and the caption read: ‘Welcome to the world HTML’. The boy's full name is Hypertext Markup Language Rayo Pascual.
Representational image | People use smartphones at a railway station in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

By 2025, rural India will likely have more internet users than urban India

Moving at a growth pace over 3x faster than urban India, rural areas will likely force many changes in how internet is accessed and the digital ecosystem at large.
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Internet Explorer to retire in June 2022, after serving for over 25 years

In a blog post, Microsoft said the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge and Explorer mode in Edge will be supported through at least 2029.
A logo sits at AstraZeneca Plc's facilities in Sodertalje, Sweden

Tweets on AstraZeneca have disinformation, Hyderabad-based portal among sources, claim researchers

Titled ‘#AstraZeneca vaccine disinformation on Twitter’, study was conducted by researchers from Poland’s Kozminski University & was uploaded on preprint portal Medrxiv on 16 April.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

Yahoo! Answers was internet’s Stone Age. It was also our friend, agony aunt, and teacher

Sex-education hungry kids to conspiracy theorists — Yahoo! Answers became the internet’s first meme corner.

How routing data could reduce the internet’s carbon toll

The internet consumes electricity in different places: on our devices, data centres and communication networks that transfer data & the total consumption is significant.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

A future with bitcoin, block-chain & digitisation looks dystopian, but there’s a positive too

New rules will be needed for this emerging world, but who will write them? How should personal data be used and not used? Can the digital divide be bridged?

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Al Zeyoudi (file photo) | Bloomberg

UAE seeks $100 billion non-oil trade with India to deepen economic ties

The United Arab Emirates ​is looking to reposition itself as a global hub for business and finance in the face of growing regional competition from Saudi Arabia.

Defence

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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