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Facebook is putting ads everywhere in hopes of finding the next News Feed

    IT Live: Facebook has a cash cow. It’s called News Feed, and for the past five years, it has been the company’s core money maker and source of revenue growth. But there is a problem looming: Facebook has been saying for the past year that it is running out of places to put ads in News Feed. The company has determined that it can’t put more ads into users’ feeds... details

You can now share apps and music directly in WhatsApp

IT Live: WhatsApp is adding a brand new feature in its latest update: the ability to share any file type. WhatsApp previously supported only documents, photos, and videos, but now users can share any file up to 100 MB. This new update could prove to be incredibly useful for people who want to share executable or other obscure files. It could also be useful for people who use... details

Google accused of ‘bias’ in research funds

Live Correspondent: A campaign group has accused Google of using its deep pockets to fund academic research that backs its own agenda. The Campaign for Accountability identified 329 research papers published between 2005 and 2017 on public policies that were indirectly or directly funded by the search giant. Google hit back saying the group refused to name its own corporate funders. It... details

Apple might not be able to get a fingerprint reader into the iPhone 8, says analyst

  IT Live:  A new note from KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Andy Hargreaves suggests that Apple still hasn’t figured out a way to fit a fingerprint reader on the iPhone 8. Several reports have suggested Apple has been battling this problem, which might cause delays of the most high-end OLED iPhone model beyond the expected September launch time frame. Apple’s other... details

Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10…

  IT Live: Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company. In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft. The security company claims the software giant is abusing its market dominance by steering users to its own anti-virus... details

Google steps up efforts to block extremism, following Facebook

IT Live:  Google is stepping up its efforts to block "extremist and terrorism-related videos" over its platforms, using a combination of technology and human monitors. The measures announced Sunday come on the heels of similar efforts unveiled by Facebook last week, and follow a call by the Group of Seven leaders last month for the online giants to do more to curb online extremist... details

Mobile operators paid Tk 855cr revenue in FY 2016-17

  Live Correspondent: The six existing mobile phone operators of the country have paid Tk 855.01 crore as revenue in the 2016-17 fiscal year. State minister for post and telecommunications Tarana Halim came up with the information while replying to a tabled starred question from Sukumar Ranjan Gosh (Munshiganj-1) at the Parliament on Tuesday. She further informed that... details

ICT Division’s website retrieved

  Live Correspondent: The government’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Division’s website has been retrieved, hours after it was hacked. Since Saturday afternoon, users have failed to access the official site, ictd.gov.bd. An ICT Division spokesperson said it believed after their initial findings that Indian hackers were behind the cyber attack. It is suspected... details

Amazon CEO asks Twitter followers how to donate his money

    IT Live: Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday turned to an unusual source of inspiration for how to donate part of his wealth: Twitter. “I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now – short term – at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact,” Bezos, one of the world’s richest... details

Bangladesh wins WSIS award for 4th time

    Live correspondent: For the fourth consecutive year, Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious award for excellence in information technology – the “World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)” award – for innovative initiatives of Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office.   A2i’s innovation projects titled... details

Facebook building feature to let users subscribe to news publications

  IT Live: Facebook may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, according to people familiar with the matter. The feature, long-requested by publishers, is expected to roll out by the end of 2017, three of the people... details

BTRC cuts off internet provider for assisting militants

    Live Correspondent: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has cancelled the licence of an internet service provider in Dhaka for allegedly assisting militant activities. The decision of scrapping licence of Dhaka Fiber Net was taken on Monday, said Zakir Hossain Khan, senior assistant director general (engineering and operation) of the BTRC. The... details

Samsung introduces first HDR QLED gaming monitors…

    IT Live: Samsung has introduced an impressive new line of QLED displays aimed at “virtual competition” and set to “deliver the ultimate gaming experience”. Leading the pack is the ultra-wide 49-inch curved CHG90, which sports a 32:9 aspect ratio, 3,840×1,080 double full HD (DFHD), a 144hz screen refresh rate, and four-channel scanning technology that deters... details