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Amazon says ‘appropriate’ executive to be available, as US panel

Amazon has said it would make an “appropriate” executive available to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee to testify about allegations related to how the company uses third-party sellers’ data. The panel had called on chief executive Jeff Bezos to testify. Amazon’s blog late on Friday did not commit to a specific person or […]

US tightens rules to crack down on Huawei’s chip supply

The Trump administration moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering shares of U.S. producers of chipmaking equipment. A new rule, unveiled by the Commerce Department and first reported by Reuters, expands U.S. authority to require licenses for sales to Huawei of semiconductors […]

Antitrust allegations against Facebook’s WhatsApp in India

India’s antitrust watchdog is looking into allegations that Facebook‘s WhatsApp is abusing its dominant position by offering payment services to its vast base of messaging app users in the country, three sources told Reuters on Friday. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is reviewing a complaint filed in mid-March alleging that WhatsApp was bundling its […]

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max First Impressions

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 series had just started rolling out in India before the country went into lockdown. We did review the Redmi Note 9 Pro, but its more premium sibling, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, couldn’t get to us in time. That’s not all, the very first sale of this device had to […]

Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s rival to Zoom rolls out: All that

Facebook’s all-new video chat platform Messenger Rooms is now available to everyone. Users can access it both on mobile as well as desktop. Thanks to the runaway success of teleconferencing app Zoom, despite myriad security issues, tech giants have been scrambling to get their video chatting platforms in shape. Google recently made its Meet platform […]

Facebook Buys Giphy to Integrate GIF Website With Instagram

Facebook is acquiring Giphy, a popular website for making and sharing animated images, or GIFs, and will integrate it with its rapidly growing Instagram photo-sharing app, Facebook said in a blog post on Friday. The cost, which Facebook and Giphy declined to disclose, was placed at around $400 million (roughly Rs. 3,035 crores) by news […]

Fitbit is reportedly planning to build ventilators to help treat

Fitbit, which makes fitness-tracking wearables, will be shifting supply chain resources to make emergency ventilators, Fitbit CEO James Park said to CNBC. The ventilators will be used to help treat COVID-19 patients and could help bolster the national supply of the medical devices, which have been in need during the pandemic. “There was a lot […]

Facebook’s Giphy acquisition sounds antitrust alarms in Congress

A bipartisan group of senators are sounding the antitrust enforcement alarm Friday over Facebook’s newly announced acquisition of Giphy, a GIF-making and sharing website. On Friday, Facebook announced that it would acquire Giphy for the reported price of $400 million. Giphy is one of the largest GIF sites on the internet and social media and […]

Panasonic resumes work at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, but not in

Panasonic has resumed its work making battery cells at Tesla’s Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, the company tells The Verge. But Panasonic will not return to work at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York solar panel factory this weekend as planned. Mark Shima, president of Panasonic Solar North America (PSNA), has told employees in emails obtained by The […]

Microsoft’s Surface Duo may not have great battery life

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is meant to be a showcase for its unique, dual-screen design, so it may be a bit more forgivable that its specs don’t include the latest and greatest components or anything all that’s impressive by way of battery life and storage. According to Windows Central, the phone will ship with the older […]