TikTok emerges as most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide for Sep

Short video platform TikTok emerged as the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide for September 2021 with more than 59 million installs. According to Sensor Tower, the countries with the largest number installs were from Douyin in China at 16 per cent, followed by the US at 12 per cent. …

Facebook expands harassment policy to protect public figures

Facebook will expand its policies on harassment to remove more harmful content, the company said on Wednesday in its latest change following congressional testimony from a whistleblower who faulted the social media giant for not doing enough to stop harmful content. Under the new, more detailed harassment policy, Facebook will bar …

Chip machine maker ASML will grow into a $500 billion business next year, tech investors predict

ASML Holding Semiconductor company logo seen displayed on smart phone. ASML is a Dutch company and currently the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. ( SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images LONDON – ASML, a Dutch firm that makes high-tech machines used in semiconductor manufacturing, will see its …

$38 billion software start-up Databricks makes acquisition to leave code behind

Databricks, which was recently valued at $38 billion by investors, is putting some of that money to work in its second-ever acquisition, of German no-code start-up 8080 Labs. 8080 Labs makes bamboolib, a data exploration tool that does not require coding to use, bringing what has become one of the most-popular trends in enterprise development …

Short-form video consumption to reach 650 mn users in India by 2025

As online video consumption explodes in a mobile-first country, three in four Internet users — or 600 to 650 million Indians — will consume short-form videos by 2025, with active users spending upto 55 to 60 minutes of this per day, a new report showed on Wednesday. India’s online video user …

‘Buck stops with Mark’: Whistleblower blasts Facebook ‘metrics-led culture’

In more than three hours of riveting testimony, a former Facebook employee tore into the now embattled social networking giant, blaming its “metrics” driven culture for hurting children, fueling hate and walking away from ethical considerations because profits come first. Frances Haugen, testifying to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, …

Microsoft exec Panos Panay explains how the company keeps PC makers happy while also competing with them

Panos Panay, chief product officer of Microsoft Corp., displays the new Surface Laptop 3 computer during a Microsoft product event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Microsoft unveiled a dual-screen, foldable phone that will run on Google’s Android operating system, jumping back into a market it exited years ago. Mark Kauzlarich | …

Alphabet’s DeepMind A.I. lab turns a profit for the first time ever

DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis at a 2017 event in China. Source: Alphabet LONDON — DeepMind, one of the world’s premier artificial intelligence labs, has turned a profit for the first time ever, according to a filing with the U.K. company registry published Tuesday. The London-based research firm recorded a profit of £43.8 million ($59.6 million) …

Facebook says sorry for mass outage and reveals why it happened

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram logos are displayed through broken glass in this illustration taken October 4, 2021. Dado Ruvic | Reuters Facebook has apologized for the mass outage that left billions of users unable to access Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger for several hours. “To all the people and businesses around the world who depend …

Facebook blames ‘faulty configuration change’ for nearly six-hour outage

Facebook Inc blamed a “faulty configuration change” for a nearly six-hour outage on Monday that prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The company in a late Monday blog post did not specify who executed the configuration change …