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Kanpur's wanted criminal Vikas Dubey | ThePrint

Brahmin pride and pain flood Facebook after Vikas Dubey’s encounter killing

For many social media users, gangster Vikas Dubey was first and foremost a Brahmin — a ‘tiger’ whose killing is just another ‘atrocity’ on the community under 'Thakur' CM Yogi Adityanath.
WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store. Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

Ladakh Police summon people from Srinagar who received anti-Modi audio clip on WhatsApp

Clip featured Ladakh councillor & Srinagar Congressman berating PM Modi & the Army. Congress asks why those receiving WhatsApp forwards are being called in.
WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store. Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

Stigma of fake news is locking WhatsApp out of India’s lucrative digital payments market

While Facebook Inc. deserves scrutiny for being a platform for hate speech and fake news, cashless transfers is one area where it can be a force for good.
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Twitter, Facebook profited a lot from India’s hate agenda. Time to pull the plug with a law

French parliament now has a law mandating social media and tech firms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google remove hateful content within 24 hours of being flagged.
WhatsaApp | Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

CCI ‘looking into’ antitrust complaint against WhatsApp payments service, says report 

Report of a new complaint against WhatsApp payments service comes on the back of concerns about the app with regard to India’s data-localisation norms. 
A Delhi school student studies online via WhatsApp | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Zoom, Google Meet out of reach, it’s WhatsApp or no classes for poor students in Delhi

Students who attend govt & low-budget private schools struggle with online classes, while teachers say can't use data-heavy video apps for lack of resources from schools.
WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store. Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

The American Karen is the Indian Suresh, the WhatsApp Uncle who thinks he knows best

Social media and memes have never been about nuance. Given the pandemic and the lockdown the world is struggling with, they have become something to cling to.
WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store. Photographer: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

How a WhatsApp ‘Hi’ can transform India’s $1 trillion digital payments market

WhatsApp gives the Jio-Facebook deal a big edge in India’s fast-growing cashless payments market which is estimated to be worth $1 trillion by 2023.
WhatsaApp | Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg

WhatsApp doubles limit on group calls as world is using the platform ‘more than ever before’

WhatsApp said people globally have been spending over 15 billion minutes every day on both voice and video calls in the past several weeks.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd.

Days after Facebook-Reliance deal, JioMart begins field testing in Mumbai

JioMart, an e-commerce venture of Reliance Retail, intends to deploy kirana stores as delivery points for groceries during lockdown.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
JioGigaFiber

After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.