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Sri Lanka lifts ban on social media imposed after Easter Sunday bombings
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Sri Lanka lifts ban on social media imposed after Easter Sunday bombings

The ban on social media platforms had been applied in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan government blocks access to Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp in the wake of terror attacks
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Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan government blocks access to Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp in the wake of terror attacks

Facebook did not respond to the government's request for better content moderation until services were suspended.

Viber's new feature lets you buy local numbers to receive calls for $4.99 per month
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Viber's new feature lets you buy local numbers to receive calls for $4.99 per month

The subscription service is currently only available in the US, Canada, and the UK.

WCD ministry moots law against indecent depiction of women on digital platforms like WhatsApp, Skype
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WCD ministry moots law against indecent depiction of women on digital platforms like WhatsApp, Skype

Indecent representation of women on digital messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Skype has been proposed to be made illegal by the WCD ministry.

Uganda to levy tax on WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and other social media platform users
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Uganda to levy tax on WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and other social media platform users

Uganda has imposed a controversial tax on people using social media platforms in a move to curb "gossip" and raise revenue, the media reported.

Google removes spyware app called Tizi from Google Play Store; affected devices notified
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Google removes spyware app called Tizi from Google Play Store; affected devices notified

Earlier variant of Tizi did not have rooting capabilities but it developed later on and thereafter started stealing sensitive information from devices.

TRAI to issue recommendations on net neutrality on 28 November, says TRAI chairman RS Sharma
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TRAI to issue recommendations on net neutrality on 28 November, says TRAI chairman RS Sharma

The TRAI's recommendations will come at a time when there is a debate raging over net neutrality globally.

TRAI to come out with views on net neutrality by October end, to start consultation on OTT app regulation
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TRAI to come out with views on net neutrality by October end, to start consultation on OTT app regulation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has already concluded open house discussions around the controversial issue of net neutrality.

Saudi government to lift ban on calls made through smartphone apps, but will monitor and censor them
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Saudi government to lift ban on calls made through smartphone apps, but will monitor and censor them

However, on 21 September morning, Messenger and Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the Saudi kingdom.

Despite end to end encryption, apps like WhatsApp, Messenger are still vulnerable to hacking: Study
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Despite end to end encryption, apps like WhatsApp, Messenger are still vulnerable to hacking: Study

Messaging apps like WhatsApp, and Viber are exposed to hacking because they are unaware of security options like an 'authentication ceremony'.

Researchers claim that most WhatsApp and Viber users are exposed to fraud and hacking
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Researchers claim that most WhatsApp and Viber users are exposed to fraud and hacking

Most Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber users are leaving themselves exposed to fraud or hacking because they are unaware of 'authentication ceremony'.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announces pilot test of WhatsApp for Business in India
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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announces pilot test of WhatsApp for Business in India

Brian Acton, co-founder of popular messaging app WhatsApp, today called on IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways in which the company can contribute to India's vision for digital commerce.

Google Duo climbs on the top of Google Play Store
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Google Duo climbs on the top of Google Play Store

Google Duo, the latest app by Google has topped the Google Play Store "Top Free" ranks within 3 days of the launch. Currently, the video-calling app is number one in Google Play Store in the USA region while number six in the Indian region.

RCOM introduces app-to-app calling plans for apps such as JioChat, Whatsapp, Skype and Viber
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RCOM introduces app-to-app calling plans for apps such as JioChat, Whatsapp, Skype and Viber

RCOM is offering HD app-to-app calling at an introductory price of Rs 39-for 300 minutes of calling in India, and anywhere in the world.

Hike Messenger gets $175 mn funding from Tencent, Foxconn; enters $1 bn unicorn club
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Hike Messenger gets $175 mn funding from Tencent, Foxconn; enters $1 bn unicorn club

Existing investors Tiger Global, Bharti and Softbank Group also participated in this round

SC dismisses plea seeking a ban on WhatsApp and other messaging apps
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SC dismisses plea seeking a ban on WhatsApp and other messaging apps

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking ban on WhatsApp and other communication applications on security grounds and claiming that these services violated the law.

Supreme Court to hear plea to ban WhatsApp
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Supreme Court to hear plea to ban WhatsApp

The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp on the ground that its end-to-end encryption gives terrorists a means of communication

WhatsApp planning to add Gif image support on iOS beta soon
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WhatsApp planning to add Gif image support on iOS beta soon

WhatsApp is supposedly testing a new feature that would allow iOS users to integrate GIFs into their chats.

Viber adds Gif image support, backup and restore options and more in new update
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Viber adds Gif image support, backup and restore options and more in new update

This update comes with features such as Gif image support, backup and restore options. Another new features is the integration of Western Union technology for money transfer among users in up to 200 countries.

Viber launches Rude Rider racing game
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Viber launches Rude Rider racing game

Instant messaging app Viber launched Rude Rider, a free-to-play action-packed racing shooter game featuring its popular sticker character, the irreverent Rudy.