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Several tech brands besides Facebook and Google are tracking us

Facebook and Google would be able to buy data from other ad market players even if they were banned from gathering information about users’ browsing.
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The web is 30 years old. What better time to fight for its future

If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.
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Online life is causing people to invest less in memories & long-term sense of satisfaction

It is now far easier to pursue immediate happiness, compared to the available options in, say, 1986.
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The Virtual Private Network of your internet may not be fully private

Most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for.

India proposes regulating cross-border data flow in draft policy

The draft policy recommends data on Indians not be used by companies to store abroad, or shared with foreign governments.

Why do people still use fax machines?

Faxing persists since its cheaper, more convenient, more secure, and more comfortable.

Why big techs like Google and Facebook are worried about the net’s ‘Next Billion Users’

With number of customers in the rich world not already online rapidly dwindling, the challenge of tech companies is to find its “Next Billion Users” in lower-income markets.
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How to save your teenage child from sextortion on Instagram

Ahead of Safer Internet Day, experts discuss the growing prevalence of sextortion among young Indians.
Women in Mumbai look at a phone | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why India must worry about splitting the internet. Ask the Chinese

China will succeed in creating a zone on the internet where it rules the roost.
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Fix call drops and sluggish speed before you think of regulating internet

It would be bad enough if TRAI was merely interested in protecting telecom operators at the cost of consumer interests.

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Industrialisation only hope to eliminate poverty in Africa

African development is key to a stable world. For if it remains underdeveloped, Africa, with its exploding impoverished population, will fall prey to climate disasters and wars.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.