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On The Sets of Baahubali 2 - A VR Experience
Google New Messaging App - ALLO
Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition.
More details - https://allo.google.com/
Junior Superstars - 2016 Pondati - Rocking Kids
Yendi Enna Paatha - Music Album
SpaceX - Static Fire Anomaly - AMOS-6 - Facebook Satellite Destroyed VideoMessage from Mark Zuckerberg
As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.
Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.
Happy Internaut Day! - Celebrating 25 Years of Internet (WWW)
Thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee!
Web Inventor and Founding Director of the World Wide Web Foundation
Can you imagine a day without access to the Internet?
The World Wide Web forms an integral part of modern existence, but it was not until August 23, 1991 that its inventor, a British scientist at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee allowed its access to the general public - the non-technical people.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of public access to the world of endless information.
Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 while working at CERN. It was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.
Subsequently, the web was opened to all. Berners-Lee is now dedicated to enhancing and protecting the Web's future.
By definition, 'Internaut' is a portmanteau of the words 'Internet' and 'astronaut' and refers to a designer, operator, or technically capable user of the Internet.
Happy Internaut Day!
Happy birthday Madras, you turned 377 today and still you look beautiful as before !So here from Chennai Memes we bring you some mind blowing facts about madras a.k.a chennai on this special occasion.
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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83 billion
After a months-long bidding process and many layoffs, Yahoo has finally found a buyer. Verizon (which owns AOL, which owns TechCrunch) is officially acquiring Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion in cash, which includes Yahoo’s advertising, content, search and mobile activities.
“Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertiser,” Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said in the release. “The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”
Yahoo’s stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan aren’t part of the acquisition. These stakes are worth tens of billions of dollars alone. As of Friday July 22nd, Yahoo’s 15 percent stake of Alibaba represented $31.2 billion, and its 34 percent of Yahoo Japan was worth $8.3 billion. Yahoo’s patent portfolio, which is worth around $1 billion, isn’t part of the sale either. Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters are part of the acquisition, a source told TechCrunch.
Yahoo will be integrated with AOL, and Verizon EVP and President of the Product Innovation and New Businesses organization Marni Walden is going to lead the process. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong also mentions Marissa Mayer in his memo though. “For me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter,” Mayer wrote in an internal Yahoo memo. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2017.
“Yahoo is a company that has changed the world, and will continue to do so through this combination with Verizon and AOL. The sale of our operating business, which effectively separates our Asian asset equity stakes, is an important step in our plan to unlock shareholder value for Yahoo,” Marissa Mayer said in the release. “This transaction also sets up a great opportunity for Yahoo to build further distribution and accelerate our work in mobile, video, native advertising and social. Yahoo and AOL popularized the Internet, email, search and real-time media. It’s poetic to be joining forces with AOL and Verizon as we enter our next chapter focused on achieving scale on mobile. We have a terrific, loyal, experienced and quality team, and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements to date, including building our new lines of business to $1.6 billion in GAAP revenue in 2015. I’m excited to extend our momentum through this transaction.”
Last year, Verizon acquired AOL for $4.4 billion to boost its media and advertising businesses. Verizon remains a giant telecom company, but the acquisitions of AOL and now Yahoo show that the company wants to diversify its revenue and operations.
Once the deal closes, Verizon wants to merge Yahoo and AOL to form a bigger advertising and media subsidiary. This way, AOL gets more scale and reaches enough internet and mobile users to become an advertising giant reaching hundreds of millions or even billions of people.
As we noted last week when reports emerged that a deal was imminent, AOL has been preparing for this integration process for months already. It will be a sizeable integration process, and the company seems to want to hit the ground running when it comes to combining the two teams.
Eventually, Verizon wants to compete with Google and Facebook when it comes to advertising. Online advertising is currently dominated by the two Silicon Valley-based companies. Verizon wants to become the third way.
This isn’t the first time a telecom company has been looking at ways to provide and operate more than dumb pipes for computers and phones — Verizon now wants to control what’s going through these pipes. And the company is investing a lot of money in this venture.
“Our mission at AOL is to build brands people love, and we will continue to invest in and grow them. Yahoo has been a long-time investor in premium content and created some of the most beloved consumer brands in key categories like sports, news and finance,” AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said in the release. “We have enormous respect for what Yahoo has accomplished: this transaction is about unleashing Yahoo’s full potential, building upon our collective synergies, and strengthening and accelerating that growth. Combining Verizon, AOL and Yahoo will create a new powerful competitive rival in mobile media, and an open, scaled alternative offering for advertisers and publishers.”
Verizon now faces two challenges if the acquisition is approved by the regulator. First, the integration process will be tough. In its most recent earnings call, Yahoo said that its headcount stands at 8,800 employees and 700 contractors — by comparison, AOL has around 5,600 employees. So merging two big teams with thousands of employees will be no small feat for everyone involved. Second, Yahoo has been losing quite a bit of money. Verizon will need to turn Yahoo into a money-making, profitable company otherwise it’s going to hurt AOL’s bottom line.
In the official announcement, Verizon named a few reasons that justified an acquisition. Yahoo has a global audience of more than 1 billion users, including 600 million on mobile. The company also owns premium brands in finance, news and sports. Yahoo Mail has 225 million monthly active users. And when it comes to advertising technology and analytics, Verizon named Brightroll, Flurry and Gemini. Interestingly, Verizon didn’t mention Tumblr.
In February and after years of turmoil, Yahoo officially announced that it was exploring acquisition offers. A month later, activist investor Starboard wrote a controversial letter saying that the entire board should be replaced and both the board and the management team were dragging their feet on the acquisition process.
Between the lines, you could see that Starboard wanted to sell Yahoo as quickly as possible and maximize the acquisition price. But Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer kept giving interviews and saying that she could turn the company around in five to seven years.
When Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo in July 2012, she had big plans to make Yahoo relevant again. She doubled down on mobile, made dozens of acqui-hires, acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, acquired Brightroll for $640 million and revamped key products, such as Yahoo Mail, Flickr, Yahoo Weather and Yahoo Messenger.
But all of these changes didn’t really boost the company’s bottom line, leading to today’s acquisition.
While Verizon has been the most likely buyer from day one, other potential buyers included AT&T, a private equity group led by TPG, and an investor group led by Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans. Verizon will hold a call in a little bit more than an hour with more details about the transaction. Verizon’s stock is flat (+0.21 percent) in pre-market trading following the news. The deal started leaking on Friday and shareholders anticipated today’s announcement.
Content Source: Tech Crunch
WhatsApp will stop working on many phones end of 2016
WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app platform, is used by almost 95 per cent smartphone users in India. However, there are a few smartphones that will not be able to use WhatsApp by end of this year. According to statements by the popular app service, WhatsApp will be pulled out from Symbian and BlackBerry BBOS this year.
WhatsApp has announced that December 31, 2016 will be the last day for support on Symbian and BlackBerry smartphones. This will also include Nokia S40. WhatsApp also mentioned that older smartphone operating systems on Android, Windows and iOS will also face the same wrath. The announcements were being made since March 2016, but no final date for the final support was made, however, it is now clear.
Those having older Android, iOS and Windows phones and others having feature phones with Symbian and BBOS will be affected. The move from WhatsApp comes in since the market prediction reveals that feature phones will be overtaken by smartphones from 2017 onwards.
Using WhatsApp on older smartphones and feature phones could pose a security threat later since there would be no more updates and security patches supplied by WhatsApp. Third-party developers would opt for the versions and tweak it in order to make them function. However, using a third-party or tweaked application is never recommended.
WhatsApp had announced the end of support for the said operating systems on their blog in February.
'So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.'
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle
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Acer admits hackers stole over over 30,000 customers' credit card details
In another massive security breach, data of as many as 34,500 Acer customers have been hacked. The Taiwanese company recently told California's Attorney General (AG) that hackers broke into the company's online store and stole sensitive customer data.
The company also sent out letters to its customers, saying, "We recently identified a security issue involving the information of certain customers who used our ecommerce site between May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016, which resulted in unauthorized access by a third party."
According to the company, the leaked data includes information such as customer names, addresses, and credit card numbers including expiry dates and three-digit CVC security codes.
The hack affects company's customers based in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
So far, it's not clear how the hackers broke into Acer's servers. On its part, Acer reportedly said that the breach was was the result of an "unspecified security issue."