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Google takes on Facebook in India with hyper-local network Neighbourly

In an era of fake news, trolling and privacy concerns, Neighbourly could help Google take on Facebook and WhatsApp. A Mumbai train commuter who witnessed an accident earlier this month, turned to his smartphone to ask neighbors how to help a bleeding victim. Responses poured in instantaneously. Take him to the station master at the next stop; ask the ticket collector for first aid; call 138 for emergency help and so on. Not long after, the commuter posted a happy ending: the injured party had received medical attention. This transpired within minutes on Neighbourly, the hyper-local social network unveiled in India this month by Google’s Next Billion Users program. The neighborhood network -available in Mumbai and soon to expand to other cities - lets people share local expertise and crucial information with others in the vicinity. The crowd-sourced recommendations range widely: kitchen cabinet makers, service stations that repair electric scooters, cricket...
IPS Officer Rema Rajeshwari addresses villagers at a public awareness programme for fake news via social media apps in Balgera village

Telangana female cop’s fight against fake news is saving lives in more than 400 villages

Police officer Rema Rajeshwari has a local antidote, an education campaign, to fight fake news.

Facebook’s acquisition of every possible digital ad space shows weakness

Facebook's six years lessons as a public company has made it incredibly adept at making money by finding new places to stick ads and tailoring them to specific needs. 
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HoaXposed: Fake photograph of ‘corrupt politicians being executed’ in China goes viral on WhatsApp

Taken on 7 April, 2004, the photograph is actually of convicts at a sentencing rally in the Chinese city of Wenzhou.
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Kimbho’s no Bolo rip-off, Patanjali says just hired same techie who made US app

App developer Aditi Kamal explains that US app Bolo Messenger was created by her and her husband when they were in the US. It was a startup funded by their savings.
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Launching next week, WhatsApp Pay will attempt to hasten India’s payments

Whatsapp's entry into India’s payments space has been likened to WeChat, which reshaped payments in China when it expanded beyond messaging.
Delhi Police paraded two people in space suits which they used to scam a businessman | @DelhiPolice | Twitter

India’s most notorious con jobs are almost always ‘launched’ by NASA

Time and again, the US space agency has stepped in to refute fake claims and hoaxes that surface in India.
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HoaXposed: National flag not hoisted at Red Fort post sunset because of the code

The picture of the Red Fort without the National Flag in Delhi was shared by more than 29,000 people and had over 12,000 reactions on one Facebook post.
Protest during 'Bharat Bandh' in Amritsar on Monday

Was it upper castes or foreign hand? Modi govt clueless on who called Dalits’ Bharat bandh

The Intellegince Bureau has been assigned the job of finding out who actually called for the 2 April shutdown and it seems to be struggling for an answer.
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WhatsApp speculation about solar storm is just that: Speculation

The storm has already passed, still there is a buzz that it will knock out power, cause darkness and give us dizziness over the weekend.

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Imperative banks raise capital as pandemic could increase NPAs, says RBI’s Shaktikanta Das

The pandemic is the biggest test of the economic and financial system's resilience and robustness, Das said, adding that RBI has asked banks to conduct Covid stress tests.

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Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
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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.