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WhatsApp delays launch of controversial feature after privacy backlash

WhatsApp delays launch of controversial feature after privacy backlash

Technology
WhatsApp is delaying the rollout of new business features following a user backlash over the company's data sharing practices.The delay is a setback for its plan to generate revenue by facilitating commercial exchanges on the messaging app, which Facebook acquired for $ 19bn in 2014 but has been slow to monetise. WhatsApp has said users will no longer have to review and accept its updated terms by 8 February - and no accounts will be suspended or deleted by that date. Privacy advocates have jumped on the WhatsApp changes, pointing to what they say is Facebook's poor track record of supporting consumer interests when handling their data.Many have suggested users would migrate to other platforms, and rival app Signal surged up the App Store charts on iPhone and the Google Play Store on A...
Longest night of 2020 to feature year’s final meteor shower

Longest night of 2020 to feature year’s final meteor shower

Science
The longest night of the entire year will feature an astronomical double-header giving stargazers plenty to look for from sundown until daybreak. The December solstice occurs on Monday at 5:02 a.m. EST, the day when the sun's rays are most direct over the Southern Hemisphere. Advertisement For the Northern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day and longest night of the year and marks the transition from astronomical autumn to astronomical winter. Meanwhile, this solstice signals the start of astronomical summer south of the equator with Dec. 21 bringing the longest day and shortest night of the year. For folks across the Northern Hemisphere, the extended hours of darkness will feature two celestial happenings that may be worth staying up late to see. The first of the two events can be ...
NPCI adds offline transactions feature in RuPay cards, reloadable wallet facility for retail payments

NPCI adds offline transactions feature in RuPay cards, reloadable wallet facility for retail payments

Finance
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Wednesday said it has added features in RuPay cards that will allow offline transactions even in areas with limited internet connectivity, besides offering a reloadable wallet facility to boost seamless retail transactions. RuPay cardholders can make contactless offline payments at POS (point of sale) in areas with limited network and an additional feature of reloadable wallets in the form of RuPay contactless (offline) will facilitate seamless day-to-day retail transactions, the NPCI said. These additional features will augment the overall transaction experience for RuPay cardholders and revolutionise the overall card payment ecosystem, it said. NPCI said with the relodable RuPay NCMC card, customers can store money to ensure quick and ...
BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

Entertainment
Orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will be performed at the Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed.It had been reported the songs could be dropped over concerns of associations with colonialism and slavery.The pieces are usually sung but will be performed without lyrics this year, although they are expected to be back in full when the pandemic is over.The concert is due to take place on 12 September but without an audience.In a statement on Monday evening, BBC Proms said it was announcing the concert's programme following recent speculation.It said there would be new orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory, and Rule, Britannia!, as well as a new arrangement of Jerusalem."With much reduced musical forces and no...
NPCI launches UPI AutoPay feature for recurring payments

NPCI launches UPI AutoPay feature for recurring payments

Finance
National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI), on Wednesday, launched its one-stop fintech payment solution- UPI AutoPay in a virtual event of Global Fintech Fest. The feature is dedicated to recurring payments and can be used for multiple financial purposes such as utility payments, booking bus pass, train tickets, paying DTH subscriptions among others. Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Infosys, said, “We have long been planning a digital payments economy. And, now we are seeing a huge amount of digital payments, more than cash withdrawals. As we provide more and more such user-friendly services like UPI AutoPay we will see more and more adoption of digital payments. This is one of the national goals to increase the proportion of digital payments and r...