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Elon Musk reacts to viral AI pics with Mark Zuckerberg amid ‘cage match’ chatter

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO reacted to the post with a laughing emoji.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. In a now-viral back-and-forth seen on Twitter and Instagram, the two tech billionaires seemingly agreed to a “cage match” face off. (AP)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 01:39 PM IST

Swiggy Genie man ‘steals’ 83k worth Apple Watch, Twitter user chases him down

The Bengaluru-based user said that the Apple Watch Ultra worth ₹82,999 was recovered with the help of the location tracking feature on an iPhone.

Detailing the incident, Jaydeep said that the Swiggy executive cancelled the order after collecting the parcel and blocked both the user and his friend. (Representative)(MINT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 14, 2023 12:03 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 launch: All eyes on India's 3rd moon mission. Countdown begins

Chandrayaan 3 Launch Updates: India is poised to be only the fourth nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon and could then join an elite club.

Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art to wish good luck to ISRO scientists ahead of ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 mission, in Puri, Thursday,(PTI)
Published on Jul 13, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Nambi Narayanan calls Chandrayaan-3 a game-changer, says ‘India will inspire…’

The former ISRO scientist said that a successful Chandrayaan-3 will help India boost its share in the global space business.

Aerospace scientist Nambi Narayanan said that the third lunar exploration mission is trying to avoid the problems that happened with Chandrayaan-2. (File)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 07:39 AM IST

WFH, interstate bus advisory: Top points after DDMA meeting on Delhi floods

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, requested people to help each other in this emergency situation.

Flood hit people take shelter near a bridge as the swollen Yamuna river floods low-lying areas, in New Delhi, Thursday, (PTI)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 06:03 PM IST

‘Rockets, move crypto’: Anupam Mittal on 28% online gaming GST, tomato prices

Earlier, Ashneer Grover had also attacked GST council's decision of a 28% tax, the highest slab, on online gaming.

Shaadi.com founder Anupam Mittal. (File)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Mark Zuckerberg trains with UFC champions, preps for cage fight with Elon Musk?

Photos posted online show Zuckerberg posing at a training session with Adesanya and Volkanovski with the caption, “This is serious business.”

Mark Zuckerberg (C) pictured with Israel Adesanya (L) and Alexander Volkanovski. (Instagram)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 05:43 PM IST

Centre ‘spying’ on AAP? Delhi minister Saurabh Bhardwaj says ‘some people…’

Terming it a “serious matter”, AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj questioned the alleged move of the BJP-led central government.

Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that three unidentified people were seen entering the AAP’s headquarters in Rouse Avenue while a few others waited outside.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 11, 2023 11:02 PM IST

Dunzo defers 50% salaries, may cut more jobs in 3rd layoff round of year: Report

The move comes after the logistics and delivery platform sacked about 400 employees in the first half of the year.

Kabeer Biswas, co-founder and CEO, Dunzo.(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Microsoft lays off 276 workers six months after cutting 10,000 jobs: Report

According to the report, the 276 employees, who have been laid off are in the Washington headquarters of Microsoft.

Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation Satya Nadella.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 11, 2023 05:18 PM IST

‘Unity of my land’: IUML's youth wing conducts Hindu wedding in Kerala temple

The Hindu wedding ceremony was organised by the Muslim League youth wing of the 12th ward of Vengara panchayat in Malappuram on Sunday at 8.30 am.

The wedding of Geetha and Vishnu at the Sree Ammancherikkavu Bhagavathi Temple in Vengara. (Facebook)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 02:17 PM IST

‘Worst-hit’ Himachal Pradesh braces for more rain as temples, houses submerged

Isolated places in the districts of Bilaspur, Solan, Shimla, Sirmaur, Una, Hamirpur, Mandi and Kullu will experience very heavy rainfall, IMD said.

Panchvaktra Temple partially submerged after Beas river swelled up due to heavy rainfall in Mandi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 01:14 PM IST

50-year-old bridges swept away amid rain fury in Himachal Pradesh. Watch

Several bridges in Himachal Pradesh collapsed as rains wreaked havoc across India.

A swollen Beas river after rains continue unabated in Kullu. Himachal Pradesh. ( Photo By Aqil Khan /Hindustan Times )
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 07:32 AM IST

50 kutta’: Noida woman who fought over dog muzzle alleges abuse in new video

The woman shared a video purportedly of the security guard of her apartment, where he is also seen accepting that she had to face verbal abuse from residents.

In a Twitter post by the account - Richa Srinet - the woman explained that her mental health was affected following the online abuse. (screengrab)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 01:58 PM IST

Eknath Shinde asked to resign? Aaditya Thackeray's big claim amid NCP split

"I have heard that CM (Eknath Shinde) has been asked to resign and there might be some change (in the govt)," Aaditya Thackeray said.

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Aaditya Thackeray addresses a press conference, at Matoshree, in Mumbai. (ANI)
Published on Jul 08, 2023 12:54 PM IST

Meet the world's most expensive iPhone, costlier than a Lamborghini Huracan Evo

Only three pieces of this limited edition phone - customised in collaboration with British jewellery brand Graff - are currently available.

The exorbitant price of the exclusive device can be attributed to a centrepiece pendant made of platinum and white gold on the backplate. (Caviar)
Published on Jul 08, 2023 07:25 AM IST

Congress' poll promises to Namma Metro: 3.27 lakh cr K'taka Budget in numbers

The 2023-24 budget is the first since the Congress party romped back to power in the state.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah arrives to present the first state Budget of his government in Assembly, in Bengaluru, Friday, (PTI)
Published on Jul 07, 2023 02:24 PM IST

This YouTuber is the first person to hit a million followers on Meta's Threads

MrBeast's achievement was announced by GWR on Twitter with a video showing the exact moment when his 999K Threads followers turned to 1 million.

MrBeast achieved this feat within a few hours of joining the app on Thursday.
Published on Jul 07, 2023 01:29 PM IST

Heavy rain batters Kerala, schools to remain shut in these five districts today

A red alert has been issued in Kannur and Kasaragod districts and an orange alert in seven other districts of the state for the day

 People wade through a flooded area as they carry a sick elderly man to a hospital, in Thiruvalla, Thursday, July 6, 2023.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 10:55 AM IST

Elon Musk says ‘cheating is…’ after Twitter threatens to sue Meta over Threads

In the letter sent to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro argues that the Elon Musk-owned app's trade secrets were used to build Threads.

Elon Musk has threatened to sue Meta over Threads, an Instagram app, alleging it poached former Twitter employees to create a copycat app. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 06:34 AM IST

‘False happiness of…’: Elon Musk's jibe at Instagram after Threads launch

More than 10 million people have signed up to Threads within seven hours of its launch, the company's CEO Zuckerberg announced Thursday.

Elon Musk wrote on Twitter, “It is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter, than indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram.” (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 06, 2023 02:03 PM IST

Meta's Threads app logo stands for Tamil alphabet? Netizens say…

Meta said in a blog post that individual feeds will include “threads” that were posted by other users that they follow, in addition to recommended content.

In this photo illustration, the Twitter and Threads logos are displayed on a cell phone.(Getty Images via AFP)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 12:31 PM IST

Mark Zuckerberg's first tweet in 11 years jabs Elon Musk amid Threads launch

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s first tweet since 2012 comes days after Musk challenged him to a cage fight.

Tech titans Zuckerberg and Musk are engaged in a fierce business rivalry that has even spilt over into a playground spat.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 08:24 AM IST

HDFC merger: Ex-chairman Deepak Parekh's offer letter shows first salary was…

According to the offer letter, Parekh was offered a basic salary of ₹3,500 plus ₹500 as dearness allowance.

Deepak Parekh, former chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation(HDFC) Ltd.(Hemant Mishra/Mint)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Heavy rains bring life to a standstill in Kerala, orange alert in 11 districts

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cautioned people to stay away from waterbodies and mountain regions.

 A 68-year-old man went missing after being carried away by an overflowing river in Kozhikode’s Thamarassery on Tuesday. (Representative Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 02:12 PM IST

Kolkata college apologises for ‘colonial English-medium only' admission policy

Loreto college had announced that those who completed their school education in vernacular medium would not be considered for undergraduate admissions.

Loreto College in Kolkata. (College website)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 08:02 AM IST

‘For a mission like Twitter…’: Linda Yaccarino reacts to tweet-reading limit

In a statement, Twitter said that the ‘temporary limit’ was set in to crack down on spam accounts.

Ex-Twitter CEO Elon Musk, center, speaks with Linda Yaccarino,(AP)
Published on Jul 05, 2023 06:21 AM IST

iPhone users may soon get satellite-powered voice call, internet feature: Report

The report added that AT&T and AST SpaceMobile are planning to enable “satellite-powered voice calls and internet access to unmodified consumer smartphones.”

The SOS feature allows users to send texts to emergency services without the need of cellular reception of WiFi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 09:45 PM IST

'BJP’s washing machine…': Cong after Ajit Pawar's Maharashtra move splits NCP

Reacting to Ajit Pawar taking charge as Maharashtra deputy CM, Congress' Jairam Ramesh said, “Clearly the BJP's Washing Machine has resumed its operations.”

Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh addresses a press conference. (ANI)
Published on Jul 02, 2023 06:27 PM IST

Sharad Pawar said Modi will be PM in 2024? NCP's Chhagan Bhujpal claims…

Chhagan Bhujbal claimed that the Patna opposition meeting, which saw 32 leaders from 15 Opposition parties agree to jointly take on the BJP, lacked unity.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar being felicitated by Chhagan Bhujbal during party's foundation day celebrations in New Delhi in June.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 05:16 PM IST
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