WhatsApp to delay launch of new business features after privacy backlash

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is delaying the roll out of new business features following user backlash over the company’s data sharing practices. The delay is a setback for WhatsApp’s plan to generate revenue by facilitating commercial exchanges on the messaging app, which Facebook acquired for $19 billion in 2014 but has been …

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Retail book of SAIL OFS subscribed 2.4 times, shares end 4.4% higher

The retail investor quota of the Rs 2,600-crore offer for sale (OFS) in state-owned Steel Authority India (SAIL) garnered 2.4 times subscription on Friday. Individual investors bid for nearly 125 million shares as against 51.6 million on offer. A day earlier, the institutional investor portion too had garnered more than two …

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Signal experiencing technical difficulties, working to restore service

Signal has seen a rise in downloads following a controversial change in rival messaging app WhatsApp’s privacy terms TopicsSignal | whatsapp | free messaging app Reuters  Last Updated at January 15, 2021 22:53 IST (Reuters) – Messaging app Signal said on Friday it was experiencing technical difficulties and working to restore the service. …

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Health ministry takes stock of vaccine preparation, assures jabs are safe

A dedicated covid control room at the Nirman Bhawan premises of the health ministry, which has been analysing the spread of coronavirus in the country, will be monitoring the smooth roll-out of the covid vaccines through the Co-WIN digital platform. Health minister Harsh Vardhan visited the control room on Friday to …

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Banks vote in favour of Piramal offer for DHFL, see holes in Oaktree bid

The Indian public sector banks have voted in favour of Piramal’s debt resolution plan for Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) today thus paving the way for the turnaround of the bankrupt housing finance company which was in bankruptcy court since December 2019. A banker said US-based fund Oaktree’s offer was too “complicated” and there …

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DATA STORY: Global Covid death toll tops 2 mn, of which India accounts for 7.58%

India on Thursday conducted 730,096 coronavirus tests, taking the total count of tests conducted so far in the country to 184,962,401. The test positivity rate recorded was 2.1% TopicsCoronavirus | ICMR | Coronavirus Tests India on Friday reported a net reduction of 576 to take its count of active coronavirus cases to 213,027, the lowest since June 29 …

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Coronavirus LIVE: 114 people in India test positive for UK variant of Covid

Meanwhile, India has registered 15,515 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 10,528,346. Globally, more than 93.5 million people have been infected by the virus. The country continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-wit nations by active cases, according to data from Worldometer. The five …

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LIVE: Govt-farmer unions’ meeting inconclusive; next talks on Jan 19

In Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, protestors raised slogans against the Centre, demanding the rollback of the three farm laws | Photo: @INCIndia Farmers’ protest LIVE updates Day 51: Protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws at their ninth round of talks with three central …

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