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WhatsApp rolls out new feature, adds colourful text-based Status updates

CALIFORNIA: Internet-based messaging app WhatsApp’s ‘Status’ feature was complimented well by its users and amassed around 175million daily users.

To make its Status version successful, WhatsApp is always busy in bringing some best updates. Now, WhatsApp is allowing the users to update their status with colourful, meme-like text posts instead of photos and videos.

The feature, which is currently being rolled out is a lot like Facebook’s colourful status update which came a few weeks ago.

Simply write snippet of text with a colourful background appearing and you can customize the font. You can also link out to other websites from within a text post much like what Snapchat recently introduced.

The feature is still in the rolling out phase meaning some users may not immediately receive the update.

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Google all set to buy HTC’s assets for $1.1 bn

TAIPEI: Smartphone maker HTC has said that it was selling part of its smartphone business to the search engine giant Google for $1.1 billion.

“The deal includes intellectual property licensing and half of its research staff, or around 2,000 people, and is expected to be completed in early 2018 pending regulatory approval,” HTC said.

“For Google, the deal will further strengthen its investment in and commitment to smartphones and its hardware business… it shows that Google sees Taiwan as a key hub for innovative technology,” HTC spokesman Peter Shen told a press conference in Taipei.

The deal marks Google’s second major foray into smartphone manufacturing. It purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012 and sold it off to China’s Lenovo Group Ltd for less than $3 billion two years later.

Google’s strategy of licensing Android for free and profiting from embedded services such as search and maps has made Android the dominant mobile operating system with some 89 percent of the global market.

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Twitter 300,000 accounts over ‘promotion of terrorism’

CALIFORNIA: Micro-blogging site Twitter has said that it has removed approximately 300,000 accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism”.

“299,649 accounts promoting terrorism were removed in the first half of this year,” the company said.

“Less than 1 per cent of account suspensions were due to government requests,” Twitter said and added that the previous 95 per cent were thanks to the company’s internal efforts to combat radical content with “proprietary tools”.

Twitter defines “promotion of terrorism” as actively inciting or promoting violence “associated with internationally recognized terrorist organizations.”

The company further added that it had removed 935,897 accounts for the promotion of terrorism between August 1, 2015, and June 30 this year.

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Christian man in Lahore sentenced to death for sending blasphemous WhatsApp text

LAHORE: A Christian man living here has been sentenced to death for insulting Islam in his poem, a lawyer said Friday.

Nadeem James wrote a poem that insulted Islam and sent it to his Muslim friends on WhatsApp. One of his friends, Yasir Bashir complained to the police against James.

Taking action, Lahore police arrested the man and produced him before the court. He was charged in July last year.

“James was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges,” defence lawyer Anjum Wakeel said.

“My client will appeal the sentence in the high court as he has been framed by his friend who was annoyed over James’ affair with a Muslim girl,” Wakeel said.

He said the trial was held inside a prison due to security reasons after local Muslim clerics had threatened James and his family. Court officials confirmed the sentence.

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