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‘MRI of…’: Elon Musk may need surgery before ‘cage fight’ with Mark Zuckerberg?

Elon Musk was responding to a post about Mark Zuckerberg's rebuttal to the former's announcement about the battle being livestreamed on X.

Elon Musk said that the date of the 'cage match' is still undecided.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 10:17 AM IST

When will Meta's Threads get search, web functions? Mark Zuckerberg says…

Threads was launched in July this year and became the fastest to hit 100 million signups.

The Meta CEO asserted that “the community here (Threads) is on the trajectory I expect to build a vibrant long term app.”(AFP)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 06:00 PM IST

‘Best Sunday’: Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal’s special delivery on Friendship Day

Deepinder Goyal shared pictures of himself on a Royal Enfield bike holding a bunch of friendship bands which had ‘best food friends forever’ written on it.

Deepinder Goyal enroute his special delivery of food and friendship bands. (X)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 03:23 PM IST

'Hindi national language, communicate before Uttar Pradesh court in…,' says SC

The petitioner had urged the transfer of proceedings from Farukkhabad to Darjeeling as all witnesses in the case were from Bengal’s Siliguri.

Supreme Court (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(PTI)
Published on Aug 04, 2023 03:08 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Truecaller CEO offers job to Canada student trolled for ‘dream to leave India’

Truecaller CEO Alan Mamedi offered Ekta a job, saying, "I think you're cool and living the dream!

Truecaller CEO Alan Mamedi, Indian student Ekta (R). (screengrab, File)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 07:22 AM IST

Bengaluru-based startup lays off 18 employees, co-founders offer employment help

The layoffs at Fam were necessitated due to a shift in focus from hyper-growth to sustainability, Sambhav Jain explained on X (formerly Twitter).

co-founders of fintech app Fam Sambhav Jain and Kush Taneja (R). (Twitter, Linkedin)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 05:59 PM IST

Ethereum co-founder enjoys ‘ghevar cake’ in Bengaluru on crypto's 8th birthday

Angel investor Ishank Gupta also met Vitalik Buterin and shared his ‘fanboy moment’.

Extending birthday wishes to the world's second largest crypto, Sandeep Nailwal said that Buterin’s visit also included a bit of
Published on Aug 01, 2023 10:10 PM IST

Zomato hires first-ever Chief Fitness Officer, to focus on employees' wellbeing

Anmol Gupta will work closely with Zomato employees to pursue wellness and healthy living.

Zomato CEODeepinder Goyal and new CFO Anmol Gupta (R). (File, Instagram)
Published on Aug 01, 2023 08:03 PM IST

Owaisi rebuts Adityanath's Gyanvapi mosque ‘historical mistake' jab; ‘judicial…’

UP CM Yogi Adityanath, in a podcast with ANI Editor Smita Prakash, had remarked that the Muslim society should provide a solution for the ‘historical mistake’.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. (R) (File)
Published on Jul 31, 2023 03:44 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Amid SAG-AFTRA strike, Netflix is seeking AI product manager with salary of…

The role aims to ‘increase the leverage’ of its AI Machine Learning programme (MLP).

The company noted that it is its 'first hiring' in product management to support the ML platform.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 04:48 PM IST

Houses of duo accused of raping 12-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh bulldozed

The accused, identified as Ravindra Kumar and Atul Bhadoliya, are daily wage labourers

Both the rape accused’s houses were found to be constructed illegally. (Twitter)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 07:45 PM IST

‘Political tourism’: BJP MP's dig at Opposition bloc's Manipur ‘photo session’

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari suggested that the Opposition leaders should focus on assessing the situation in Manipur instead of clicking pictures.

A delegation of I.N.D.I.A parties MPs prior to leaving for violence-hit Manipur, at airport in Delhi and BJP's Manoj Tiwari (R)(Agencies)
Published on Jul 29, 2023 04:00 PM IST

‘Rare’ Apple sneakers made for employees in 1990s up for auction. It now costs…

Titled the ‘Omega Sports Apple Computer Sneakers’ the white trainers are made of leather, rubber, and cotton.

The men’s shoes with an air-cushioned heel come in a UK size of 8.5.
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 06:57 PM IST

BSF jawan seen molesting woman in Manipur grocery store, suspended

An internal probe has reportedly been initiated against the head constable.

The incident reportedly happened last week at a grocery store in the Imphal West district.
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 07:57 PM IST

‘Privileged’: Google news' Indian-origin director sacked after 13 years service

London-based Indian-origin news executive Madhav Chinnappa expressed his happiness regarding the several achievements at Google.

 Madhav Chinnappa added that he was on ‘gardening leave’ at the moment.
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 05:30 PM IST

‘PM Modi running away from…’: AAP MP Sanjay Singh after Rajya Sabha suspension

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday suspended Sanjay Singh for the remaining duration of the Monsoon session for his "unruly behaviour".

AAP MP Sanjay Singh with TMC MP Shanta Chhetri and others come out of the Parliament House during Monsoon session, in New Delhi, Monday, (PTI)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:30 PM IST

BJP, Cong spar as Port Blair airport ceiling falls days after Modi inaugurated

Pictures, videos shared online showed the collapsed false ceiling of the newly-built structure in Port Blair airport, sparking sharp criticism from Opposition.

Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair was built at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>710 crore adn was inaugurated on July 18. (Twitter)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 04:36 PM IST

‘Death penalty, blot on…’: Anna Hazare on Manipur women paraded naked video case

Two persons, including a juvenile, were apprehended by police on Saturday in connection with the case.

Referring to women as mothers and sisters, Hazare said that such heinous crimes were unacceptable. (File)
Published on Jul 22, 2023 11:08 PM IST

Banned ISKCON monk Amogh Lila Das apologises for comments on Swami Vivekananda

In the apology video, he said that he did not intend to offend anybody, but was responding to a question during an interview.

Amogh Lila Das has been banned by ISKCON for a month for his comment on Swami Vivekananda.
Published on Jul 22, 2023 10:11 PM IST

Brij Bhushan calls Manipur women paraded naked video ‘sad…’

The BJP MP was granted bail on Thursday in the alleged sexual harassment case filed against him by six women wrestlers.

BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday,(PTI)
Updated on Jul 23, 2023 09:58 AM IST

Twitter to limit DMs for these accounts? Check details

Twitter said that it will restrict direct messages (DMs) for unverified accounts to reduce spam on the platform.

Earlier, Musk had also ‘temporarily’ limited the number of tweets that users can view each day to to address ‘extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation'.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 06:43 PM IST

Bengaluru woman alleges Rapido driver masturbated mid-ride, police responds

Tagging Rapido in the thread, the Twitter user added that the driver continued to harass her from other phone numbers.

The woman alleged that the Rapido driver had arrived on a bike different from the one registered on the app. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 04:47 PM IST

'PM compelled to react…': Owaisi demands CBI probe, sacking of Manipur CM

Earlier, the Hyderabad MP questioned Modi’s two-month long silence and whether CM Singh will compensate for the loss of 160 lives.

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi addresses a press conference, in Hyderabad.(PTI)
Published on Jul 20, 2023 01:21 PM IST

Netflix to crack down on password sharing for users in India from today

The company aims to increase its revenue in the second half of 2023 after it lost nearly 1 million subscribers for the first time last year.

The company said that it will start sending this update via email to customers in the country, who are sharing Netflix outside their household, from today.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 12:28 PM IST

‘Constitutional failure’: CJI Chandrachud slams ‘disturbing’ Manipur women video

The apex court asserted that it will be forced to initiate action if the government doesn’t.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 11:51 AM IST

‘Rat dropped dead on food table,’ claims woman; IKEA Bengaluru apologises

IKEA said it was investigating the matter and taking precautionary measures to prevent similar incidents.

The tweet shared with images evoked shocked reactions from users. (Twitter)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 02:06 PM IST

Oommen Chandy dies at 79: 5 points about two-time Kerala CM

“Appa has passed away,” his son Chandy Oommen posted on Facebook.

Oommen Chandy had been staying in Bengaluru for treatment at a health facility.
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 06:45 AM IST

Kejriwal thanks NDRF, Army for ‘saving Delhiites’; Yamuna level rises again

Delhi Flood: Arvind Kejriwal said that the Wazirabad water treatment plant will soon be operating at full capacity.

 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accompanied by Delhi Public Works Department Minister Atishi interacts with the flood-affected people during his visit to the relief camp set up at Mori Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. (AAP Punjab Twitter)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 11:07 AM IST

‘Favourite Shark…’: Anupam Mittal shares surprise note from IndiGo flight crew

Addressed to the IndiGo crew's 'most favourite Shark', the note expressed their pleasure at having him onboard and their hope to see him again.

Entrepreneur Anupam Mittal appears as a ‘shark’ on Shark Tank India.
Published on Jul 16, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Nothing ‘Drops’ its first-ever pop-up store in India amid Phone (2) launch

Phone (2) will go on open sale in India from 12 pm on July 21.

Day one of Bengaluru’s Drops witnessed a huge rush with hundreds of customers queuing up for hours to get their hands on the Nothing Phone (2). (Twitter)
Published on Jul 16, 2023 04:22 PM IST
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