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Apple Fixes Latest iOS 13.5 Bug That Prevented Some iPhone Apps From Opening

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The bug impacted apps such as Audible.com, Discord, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, among others.

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  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 12:03 PM IST

Apple has fixed a bug in its Family Sharing system that prevented some iOS and iPadOS apps from opening. The bug led to iOS users getting an error indicating that an app was “no longer being shared with you” and directed them to buy the app from the App Store.

Apple has now resolved the bug that affected iPhone and iPad apps over the last weekend, reports TechCrunch. Several iOS users earlier reported that they were seeing dozens of pending app updates for their iOS devices. Some of them even saw as many as 100-plus new updates to install. The bug impacted apps such as Audible.com, Discord, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, among others.

Even before Apple worked to fix the bug, some users found that they could solve it by deleting and redownloading specific apps. Apple confirmed the problem has now been resolved for all affected customers.




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New Facebook App 'CatchUp' Allows Audio Calls With Up to 8 People Simultaneously

New Facebook App 'CatchUp' Allows Audio Calls With Up to 8 People Simultaneously

CatchUp is currently being tested in the US for a limited number of users on iOS and Android.

  • Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 1:10 PM IST

Social networking giant Facebook has unveiled a new app called CatchUp. Developed by Facebook’s NPE (new product experimentation) team, the app is said to let users engage in audio calls with up to 8 members simultaneously. It is currently being tested in the US for a limited number of users on iOS and Android. Interestingly, apps developed by Facebook’s NPE team are experimental products and they are subject to change or can be taken down as well if Facebook believes they are not benefiting users.

CatchUp is not the first platform from Facebook that offers the group-chatting facility, as it currently has WhatsApp, Messenger Rooms, etc. However, one interesting feature about CatchUp is that it tells users when other members are available to speak. Furthermore, CatchUp only offers audio-calling facility. It also offers a “Ready to Talk” feature which is pretty similar to a feature offered on social networking app HouseParty. Those who would be available to talk can be clubbed under this ‘Ready to Talk’ feature with an option called ‘Join’. CatchUp also has a second section called ‘Offline’ which will show users who are not available to talk right now and can be poked. Users will also get the option to invite others who are not on the platform. Alternatively, users can also create and join family members, friends, and mutual contacts or even place one-on-one calls through the app.

While users have to download the app, it’s not necessary for them to have an existing Facebook account or an account with companies that are owned by Facebook. According to Facebook, CatchUp will serve as a one-screen experience with a toggle button that will be useful to older people. The social networking giant also said that while the idea behind CatchUp came prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, it is the NPI team that accelerated the app’s development due to COVID-19-induced lockdown almost all over the world. Therefore, going forward, it will be interesting to see if Facebook’s intentions behind developing CatchUp really pays off.




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Reliance's Online Grocery Service JioMart is Now Available in 200 Cities Across India

Reliance's Online Grocery Service JioMart is Now Available in 200 Cities Across India

Reliance Industries initially launched JioMart delivery services as a pilot project in Mumbai.

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  • Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 3:54 PM IST

Reliance Industries has rolled out the online extension of its grocery business, JioMart, across 200 cities and towns in India. The move comes a day after Reliance officially rolled out the services in all leading metro cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. The service is now being offered in smaller towns like Mysuru, Bhatinda, and Dehradun.

While Reliance is yet to launch a dedicated app for JioMart, it has a dedicated website (www.jiomart.com) which is currently live. It is beyond doubt, that the latest move by Reliance is expected to throw a tough competition to other prominent grocery delivery services like Amazon India, Flipkart, and Big Basket.

The JioMart deliveries had been in the test run phase in Mumbai as a small pilot project. The deliveries were available in Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan. JioMart also rolled out a WhatsApp business account to select pin codes through which customers could place an order. Interestingly, Reliance has also started signing up small Kirana stores which would allow customers to order online and get groceries delivered from their neighbourhood shop to their doorstep amid the coronavirus crisis.

It must be noted that Facebook Inc had invested Rs 43,574 crore giving the social media giant as much as 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio. The company had said out of the total investment, Rs 14,976 crore will be retained at Jio Platforms to drive future growth, including the JioMart shopping platform on WhatsApp.

Disclaimer: News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.




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Facebook Messenger Will Now Protect Minor Users From Potential Scams: Here's How

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The new safety feature educates people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know or spoken before.

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  • Last Updated: May 25, 2020, 2:08 PM IST

In a bid to make Messenger safer, Facebook has introduced a new feature that will help millions of people, especially minors, avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams without compromising their privacy. The Messenger users will now see safety notices popping up in a chat and provide tips to help them spot suspicious activity and take action to block or ignore someone when something doesn’t seem right.

Facebook started rolling this feature out on Android in March and would bring this to more people around the world on iOS this week. “Privacy, safety and security are fundamental to Messenger. We work hard to ensure Messenger is a safe place to connect with the people who matter most while also protecting their privacy,” according to By Jay Sullivan, Director of Product Management, Messenger Privacy and Safety.

As Facebook Messenger moves to end-to-end encryption, it is investing in privacy-preserving tools to keep people safe without accessing message content. “We developed these safety tips with machine learning that looks at behavioural signals like an adult sending a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18,” informed Sullivan. Facebook said that keeping minors safe on its platforms is one of the greatest responsibilities. Messenger already has special protections in place for minors that limit contact from adults they aren’t connected to and uses machine learning to detect and disable the accounts of adults who are engaging in inappropriate interactions with children.

The new safety feature educates people under the age of 18 to be cautious when interacting with an adult they may not know and empowers them to take action before responding to a message. “These features show a great integration of the technical tools that will help curb bad behaviour on the platform, while also reminding people of their own control over their account,” said Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute.

Too often people interact with someone online they think they know or trust when it’s really a scammer or imposter. The new safety notices in Messenger also help educate people on ways to spot scams or imposters and help them take action to prevent a costly interaction. “As Messenger becomes end-to-end encrypted by default, we will continue to build innovative features that deliver on safety while leading on privacy,” said the company.




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Facebook Messenger Rooms is also on Instagram: Here is How it Works

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With the latest update, Instagram users will be able to invite up to 50 people for a video chat session.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 11:57 AM IST

Instagram is the latest in Facebook’s family of apps to be integrated with the new group video chat feature Messenger Rooms. With the latest update, Instagram users will be able to invite up to 50 people for a video chat session.

“Beginning in the present day, you’ll be able to create @messenger Rooms on Instagram and invite anybody to hitch,” Instagram said in a tweet on Friday. Meanwhile, Instagram also shared a video revealing the steps to make use of the brand new characteristic.

A user first needs to go to Instagram Direct messages. There, tap on the video chat icon. Then select Create a Room. One can now send invitations for the room to their Instagram friends. Instagram will then create a room and show a link to it. It will also give an option to Join Room or Send Link and if a user taps on Join Room, Instagram will ask to open the room in the Messenger app.

Messenger Rooms integration is also coming to WhatsApp and has been noticed in the beta version. Last month, Facebook announced Messenger Rooms which allow group video calls of up to 50 people with no time limit. People can create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. In Facebook Messenger Rooms, the users can post links in their News Feed or in Groups or event pages.




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Reliance JioMart Service Officially Rolls Out Across Popular Metro Cities

Reliance JioMart Service Officially Rolls Out Across Popular Metro Cities

JioMart has been in the test run phase for the past few months serving in several areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 3:04 PM IST

With the recent strategic partnership with Facebook, Reliance Jio had announced JioMart, where consumers could get access to the nearest kirana and departmental stores and order online and eventually via WhatsApp. The service is said to be live in major metro cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.

Reliance is yet to launch a dedicated app, but a dedicated website (www.jiomart.com) is live. The company is yet to confirm the list of cities, however certain pincodes in the above mentioned are marked as service-able.

JioMart is the company’s new online destination for grocery shopping powered by Reliance Retail’s Smart and Fresh stores. The website offers a variety of categories including fruits and vegetables, dairy and bakery, personal care, home care and baby care, and more. The service is charging a delivery fee of Rs 25 if a customer places an order of less than Rs 750.

JioMart has been in the test run phase for the past few months serving in several areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. JioMart had also launched a WhatsApp business account, through which customers could add a number to their contact and place an order. The WhatsApp service is limited to select pin codes. Reliance has also started signing up small kirana stores which would allow customers to order online and get groceries delivered from their neighbourhood shop.

Facebook had invested Rs 43,574 crore giving the social media giant as much as 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio. The company had said out of the total investment, Rs 14,976 crore will be retained at Jio Platforms to drive future growth, including the JioMart shopping platform on WhatsApp.

Disclaimer: News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.




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Facebook Work From Home Employees to Face Salary Cuts Based on Their Cost of Living

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook employees who choose to relocate from Silicon Valley may see a change in their salaries.

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  • Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 11:31 AM IST

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a detailed remote-working plan to make half of his 50,000-strong workforce work from home by 2030, and employees who move to cheaper areas will face pay cuts as salaries are based on the cost of living in each location. In a virtual town hall meeting with his employees, Zuckerberg said that Facebook employees who choose to relocate from the Silicon Valley may see a change in their salaries. “That means if you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labor is lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower in those places,” said Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg told staff on Thursday that they would need to move back to their homes by January 1, or tell the company where they are choosing to live instead so Facebook can adjust salaries, which he said was necessary for tax and accounting purposes, reports NBC News. “We’ll adjust salary to your location at that point. There’ll be severe ramifications for people who are not honest about this,” he added. According to him, about half of Facebook employees would work from home five to 10 years from now.

“We are going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, with a thoughtful and responsible plan for how to do this. We’re going to do it in a measured way over time,” said Zuckerberg. As of 2018, the median employee compensation at Facebook was more than $240,000 a year.

According to Market Watch, the median home price in Menlo Park, California, where Facebook has its headquarters, is $2.4 million, while the median home price in the wider Bay Area was $928,000 last year. In an internal Facebook survey, about 45 percent employees were “pretty confident” that they would move to another place if they had that opportunity, with an additional 30 percent saying they “might” move.

Nearly 60 percent said they’d prefer to move to a smaller city or town. “When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds or may have different perspectives,” said Zuckerberg. The company has said workers will be able to work from home at least through the end of the year.




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Facebook Aims to Protect You From Offensive Texts on Messenger Without Reading Your Conversations

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Safety notices will pop up in Messenger text chats if activity taking place in the background is deemed suspicious by artificial intelligence software.

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  • Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 5:07 PM IST

Facebook on Thursday said that its Messenger app will be watching behind the scenes for scammers using the smartphone communication system. Safety notices will pop up in Messenger text chats if activity taking place in the background is deemed suspicious by artificial intelligence software, according to the director of privacy and safety product management Jay Sullivan.

He said the new safety feature “will help millions of people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams without compromising their privacy.” The feature began rolling out to the Messenger app tailored for Android-powered smartphones in March and will head to Messenger on iPhones next week, according to Facebook.

“Too often people interact with someone online they think they know or trust when it’s really a scammer or imposter,” Sullivan said. “These accounts can be hard to identify at first and the results can be costly.”

Artificial intelligence software scans for scammers based on account behaviour, such as sending messages in bulk targeting demographics or geographies, according to Facebook. Warning notices pop up before people respond to messages of possibly dubious origins.

Since the feature does not involve looking at what is in messages, it should continue to add a layer of safety when Messenger takes to encrypted missives as planned by Facebook. “As we move to end-to-end encryption, we are investing in privacy-preserving tools like this to keep people safe without accessing message content,” Sullivan said.

Messenger already uses software tools to fight spam and thwart efforts by adults to contact minors they don’t appear to know. Messenger has been ramping up capabilities and security as the use of online tools to communicate and socialize surges due to restrictions of movement during the pandemic. Facebook recently unveiled a new video chat service with virtual “rooms” where people can pop in to visit friends, aiming at users turning to the popular Zoom platform during the pandemic.




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Reliance Jio And KKR Investment Deal: What the Two Companies Said

KKR, yet another American investment firm, has invested Rs 11,367 crore in Jio Platforms for a 2.32 percent stake. This is the fifth big investment in Reliance Jio Platforms, following investments from Facebook, Silver Lake Partners, Vista Equity Partners and General Atlantic over the past few weeks.

Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of KKR, said, “Few companies have the potential to transform a country’s digital ecosystem in the way that Jio Platforms is doing in India, and potentially worldwide. Jio Platforms is a true homegrown next-generation technology leader in India that is unmatched in its ability to deliver technology solutions and services to a country that is experiencing a digital revolution. We are investing behind Jio Platforms’ impressive momentum, world-class innovation and strong leadership team, and we view this landmark investment as a strong indicator of KKR’s commitment to supporting leading technology companies in India and Asia Pacific.”

KKR has been investing in businesses in the technology sector, including BMC Software, ByteDance and GoJek through its private equity and technology growth funds. Till date the firm has invested over $30 billion (total enterprise value) in tech companies, and currently the firm’s technology portfolio has more than 20 companies across the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors.KKR is making the investment from its Asia private equity and growth technology funds.

“I am delighted to welcome KKR, one of the world’s most respected financial investors, as a valued partner in our onward march to growing and transforming the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indians. KKR shares our ambitious goal of building a premier Digital Society in India. KKR has a proven track record of being a valuable partner to industry-leading franchises and has been committed to India for many years. We are looking forward to leveraging KKR’s global platform, industry knowledge and operational expertise to further grow Jio,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, said,

Prior to this, General Atlantic said it will buy 1.34 percent stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 6,598.38 crore, while Vista Equity Partners said it will be picking up a 2.32 percent stake for Rs 11,367 crore. Prior to that, US private equity firm Silver Lake said it will invest Rs 5,655.75 crore in Jio Platforms for a 1.15 percent stake and Facebook said it would invest USD 5.7 billion for a 9.99 percent stake.

RIL opened its Rs 53,215 crore rights issue for subscription on Monday in an effort to achieve debt-free status in close to a year. The total capital raised by RIL after its last four deals amounted to Rs 1,20,320 crore. The company had a total debt of Rs 1,61,035 crore at the end of FY 20.

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Jio Platforms' Latest Investment Deal With KKR to Push the Digital India Dream

Reliance Jio’s technology platform, Jio Platforms, has been making headlines thanks to a slew of global investments. It all began with the world’s largest social media company, Facebook making a $5.7 billion, or Rs 43,574 crore investment, earning a 9.99 percent stake in Reliance Jio.

This was shortly followed by Silver Lake, which invested Rs 5,655.75 crore for a 1.15 percent stake and Vista Equity Partners, an American investment firm that bought a 2.3 percent stake in Jio Platforms, worth Rs 11,367 crore. A few days ago we saw an investment by General Atlantic acquiring a 1.34 percent stake worth Rs 6,598.38 crore. Today marks the fifth big investment for Jio as private equity firm KKR has offered Rs 11,367 crore in Jio Platforms for a 2.32 percent stake.

Reliance Jio and its investments in India, particularly in the telecom space, have changed the very dynamics of the industry. This is the time when Jio Platforms evolves as a technology company that has expertise in multiple domains. Jio is already present in the broadband space, smart devices, cloud and edge computing, Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented and Mixed Reality as well as blockchain. The money invested by KKR will help the company achieve what it calls a Digital India vision for 1.3 billion people and businesses across the country, including small businesses, micro-businesses and farmers.

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According to the latest investor, Jio Platforms is a true homegrown next-generation technology leader in India that has the ability to deliver technology solutions and services to a country that is experiencing a digital revolution.

“I am delighted to welcome KKR, one of the world’s most respected financial investors, as a valued partner in our onward march to growing and transforming the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indians. KKR shares our ambitious goal of building a premier Digital Society in India. KKR has a proven track record of being a valuable partner to industry-leading franchises and has been committed to India for many years. We are looking forward to leveraging KKR’s global platform, industry knowledge and operational expertise to further grow Jio,” says Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.

Founded in 1976, KKR has been investing in businesses in the technology sector, including BMC Software, ByteDance and GoJek through its private equity and technology growth funds. Till date the firm has invested over $30 billion (total enterprise value) in tech companies, and currently the firm’s technology portfolio has more than 20 companies across the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors.

“We are investing behind Jio Platforms’ impressive momentum, world-class innovation and strong leadership team, and we view this landmark investment as a strong indicator of KKR’s commitment to supporting leading technology companies in India and Asia Pacific,” said Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of KKR.

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