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J&K police lodge FIR against people for using social media via VPNs; Our take

The Jammu & Kahsmir police on Monday lodged an FIR against people for using social media platforms via VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), reported the Indian Express. Why was the FIR lodged? The FIR has been lodged taking note of the social media posts by ‘miscreants’ using VPNs, which allegedly ‘spread rumours regarding the current security […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Social Media, Vpn, Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir, Internet shutdowns, Jammu Kahsmir


Reliance consolidates all media properties under Network18

Reliance Industries is consolidating all its media and distribution properties under Network 18, TV18 said in a statement to BSE on February 17. As a result, TV18 Broadcast, Hathway Cable and Datacom, and Den Networks will merge into Network18 Media & Investments. The boards of these companies met on February 17 to approve the consolidation […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Reliance Industries, Reliance Industries Limited, Network18, Den Networks, TV18, Hathway Cable, Hathway Datacom


ICANN writes to Internet Society seeking answers over .ORG’s sale to Ethos Capital

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has asked the Internet Society (ISOC) if the latter received multiple bids for the sale of Public Interest Registry (PIR), and if it had asked bidders how they would uphold the commitments made by ISOC in 2002, when it had successfully bid for the management of […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Icann, Domain Name, Domain, ISOC, Internet Society, Public Interest Registry PIR, Org, Internet Society ISOC, Ethos Capital


Facebook experiments with Pinterest-like app for documenting and sharing personal projects

Facebook launched Hobbi, an app that lets users document their projects and hobbies using photos and videos, last week. The app has only been released in the US and some other countries, according to The Information, which first reported this development. It is currently not available in the App Store and Google Play in India. MediaNama has […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Pinterest, US, Hobbi, New Product Experimentation, Google Play in India MediaNama


Apple will miss March revenue forecast as coronavirus impacts manufacturing and sales

Apple does not expect to meet its revenue forecast for the March quarter due to impact of the coronavirus outbreak on manufacturing of iPhones and sale of Apple products within China, the company announced yesterday. The COVID-19 outbreak has shuttered large parts of China and its impact is resounding in the global economy. In a […] ...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, News, China, Tim Cook, Foxconn, Coronavirus


Brussels Airport to scrap facial recognition enabled e-gates as the system was ‘constantly defective’: Report

Less than 5 years after installing them, the Brussels Airport will scrap its electronic passport gates because they keep malfunctioning, Belgian outlet De Standaard reported. The automated gates use face recognition technology to compare each passenger with their passport photo, and open if there is a match. The e-gates, which were first installed in July 2015, […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Eu, Surveillance, Belgium, Facial Recognition, Brussels Airport, De Standaard


4 Chinese military personnel indicted for Equifax breach

On January 28, a federal grand jury in Atlanta indicted 4 Chinese military personnel for hacking into the credit reporting agency Equifax between at least May and June 2017 and for stealing Americans’ personal data and Equifax’s trade secrets. The four men — Wang Qian, Xu Ke, Liu Lei and Wu Zhiyong — are members […] ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, China, Atlanta, Data Breach, Equifax, Wang Qian Xu Ke Liu Lei, Wu Zhiyong


JACOB BOYLAN, DIRE CONTACT at LONE GOAT GALLERY

Dire Contact is a continuation of Jacob Boylan’s exploration of his experience of contemporary Australia. Guided by the restrictions of found imagery Jacob attempts to navigate his way through cliché’s, hypocrisies, stereotypes and everyday banalities of Australian society. In Dire Contact he has especially focused on the subtleties of our multi-faceted “national identity”, asking the audience to prod past their initial impressions and look deeper into what the images represent. JACOB BOYLAN ...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Sydney, Art Education, Jacob, Byron Bay, JACOB BOYLAN, Northern Rivers Jacob, COFA, SCU Lismore


Inside Life on the Crew Decks on Coronavirus-Stricken Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

Three times a day, Gie and her team push a convoy of dining carts through the corridors of the quarantined luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess. Wearing face masks and gloves, they stop at occupied rooms, greeting passengers and delivering meals before moving on to the next deck. The task runs like clockwork — crew members offload appetizers, the main course, drinks and utensils, largely in that order. (Sometimes, there’s dessert.) But lately, something often interrupts their flow: The thank...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Facebook, Hong Kong, News, Australia, China, India, Uncategorized, Ukraine, Philippines, Cambodia, Portland Oregon, Carnival, U S U K, Overnight


Social media cos must take down illegal content within 24 hrs in Pakistan, according to new rules

Content takedowns within 24 hours, data localisation and physical office in Pakistan are some of the rules that social media companies will now have to follow to operate in Pakistan. The Pakistani Government notified its rules governing social media companies on February 13. Called the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020 (available below), they […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Social Media, Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority


PAN not linked to Aadhaar by March 31 to become inoperative: Income Tax Dept issues gazette notification

Permanent Account Number (PAN) not linked to Aadhaar as of March 31, 2019 — the current deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar — will become inoperative, the Income Tax Department said in a gazette notification on February 13 (see below). The Department said that for people whose PAN becomes inoperative, will be considered as not […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Taxation, Pan, Department, Aadhaar, Gujarat High Court, Income Tax Department, Aadhaar Act, Aadhaar linkage


Naukri billings up 8.5% YoY, 99Acres billings up 10.9% YoY: Q3FY20

InfoEdge, which operates Naukri, 99Acres, Jeevansaathi, and Shiksha, saw a 10.3% YoY growth in billings to Rs 299.9 crore in Q3YFY19-20. Net sales (Revenue): Rs 320.5 crore, up 14% YoY from Rs 281.1 crore Total income: Rs 340.9 crore, up 9.7% YoY Billings in Q3FY19-20 Naukri: Rs 210 crore, up 8.5% YoY 99Acres: Rs 54.3 […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Earnings, InfoEdge, 99acres, Jeevansathi, Shiksha, Naukri, Earnings Dec-19, Jeevansaathi


Passenger Confirmed to Have Coronavirus After Leaving Cruise Ship That Docked in Cambodia

A passenger on a cruise ship that was denied entry from several countries amid concerns about the spread of a deadly coronavirus was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus after she and her husband disembarked when the ship was allowed to dock in Cambodia. The confirmation of an infection on the ship has raised concerns about the virus’ further spread, and authorities are scrambling to confirm if other passengers might be infected, potentially spreading the virus to countr...
Tags: Travel, Japan, News, Bali, Australia, China, Singapore, Uncategorized, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cambodia, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, Phnom Penh, Guam, Holland America Line


Facebook bans pages linked to telecom companies over alleged disinformation against competitors

In one of the first instances of Facebook taking action against a business for disinformation tactics, on February 12, the social media platform banned 10 pages and 13 fake accounts linked to Vietnamese and Myanmarese telecom providers Viettel and Mytel, after accusing the companies of discrediting competitors, and violating Facebook’s policy against coordinated inauthentic behaviour. Facebook […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Southeast Asia, Telecom, Disinformation, Viettel


Stone & Wood brews Resilience Beer for wildlife rescue after bushfires

Local independent brewery Stone & Wood has joined over 200 breweries in Australia and around the world in the Resilience Beer initiative, whereby participants brew the same beer and direct its proceeds to their local bushfire relief efforts. Managed by the Independent Brewers Association , The Resilience Beer project is a response to the recent Australian bushfire crisis that invites breweries to brew a 5% pale ale using the same recipe and sell this in their taps rooms or partnering venues...
Tags: Travel, Food, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Sierra Nevada, Byron Bay, NSW Queensland, Stone Wood, Independent Brewers Association, Byron Bay Tasting Room, Fixation Brewing and Granite Belt Cider Co, Victoria Currently, Byron Tasting Room


UK’s Ofcom, a TRAI-like body, to regulate social media platforms

The UK government wants to make Ofcom, the communications regulator that is akin to India’s TRAI, the regulator of online harms on the internet. UK Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan and Home Secretary Priti Patel announced this on February 12. Given its “experience of overseeing the broadcasting and telecoms sectors”, the British government said that “it […] ...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, India, Social Media, Ofcom, Nicky Morgan, Intermediary Liability, Trai, Priti Patel, UK Digital


‘Every inch of Telangana will be under surveillance,’ says state government

Telangana Police’s command and control centre building, at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, will be ready in six months, and will be able to process footage from 100,000 CCTV cameras in under a minute, the state government said in a tweet on February 14. The tweet, originally, in the Telugu language, claimed that “if you go […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Cctv, Hyderabad, Telangana, Telangana Police, Banjara Hills


Thousands stranded at Heathrow due to check-in systems meltdown

IT glitches described by a passenger as ‘utter chaos’ badly disrupted flight schedulesHeathrow airport has apologised after thousands of passengers had their flights cancelled or severely delayed because of technical issues affecting its departure boards and check-in systems.The situation at the airport on Sunday was described on Twitter by one passenger as “utter chaos”, while another shared pictures of whiteboards displaying handwritten flight numbers and destinations. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK News, Air transport, Heathrow, Transport, Heathrow Airport, UK Weather


Mullum at Night Craft Beer & Street Food Gathering

Gather your friends and family and head to the lush green grounds of the Mullum Leagues Club for a night of dancing under the fairy lights. Grab a bite to eat from the bevy of delicious world food chefs at the pop up street food markets and a drink from the outdoor pop up bars. Handmade, designer, plants & makers markets Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options Pop up bars Kids fun and activities Bring your own picnic rug Camping available on site (by booking) ATM on site – a lot of vendors hav...
Tags: Travel, Food, News, Culture, Khan, Mullumbimby, Mullum Leagues Club, Dale Hayes, Khanage Johnson


SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – LUCY DYSON

Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to welcome Berlin-based Australian artist, animator and award-winning music-video director Lucy Dyson as the festivals 2020 Artist in Residence. Lucy’s residency with Splendour will include creation of the festival’s 2020 artwork, poster and official lineup announce video and you’ll also be able to see some of her work onsite at the event. Lucy’s “beautifully detailed, unique and off-beat” (Gotye) collages have been commissioned for album covers and exhib...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Beyonce, News, Berlin, Nike, Culture, Paris, Sydney, Lucy, Festivals & Events, Bey, Paul Smith, Byron Bay, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gotye


Top 10 stories of the week: February 10th to 16th February 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 16th February 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. RBI proposes setting up a self regulatory body for digital payments ecosystem The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed setting up a self-regulatory organisation “for orderly […] ...
Tags: Travel, Home, News, Reserve Bank of India RBI


Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb

Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb How many of you have used Airbnb as an alternative to a hotel or for an extended stay option?  Many times it works out well but like everything once successful the bad guys get into the game and scams begin and it all goes downhill from there.  Some sc...
Tags: Travel, Security, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Social Media, Sem, Scams, Cybercrime, Airbnb, Scam, Threats, Rentals, Hospitality, Vrbo


Renew Fest – Festival for Full System Change, 8-10 May

PLEDGE YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW. Renew Fest is scheduled for 8-10 May 2020 in Mullumbimby Showground (camping available at Showground). All-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign to ensure the festival goes ahead ends 17 Feb. We need a flock of 600 visionary “early birders” to pledge their tickets by 17 February via this all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign… If we reach the target, the festival goes ahead – and if the target isn’t reached, everyone automatically gets a refund. We are excited t...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay


Charles Yonge obituary

My brother Charles Yonge, who has died aged 74, was a climber, explorer and caver who opened up many new routes and discovered caves all over the world. He also carried out numerous ascents in the Rocky Mountains in Canada.Born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Charles was the son of Wg Cmdr John Yonge, an RAF pilot, and his wife, Enid (nee Blanch), who worked in surveillance for MI5. He was educated at Sutton Valence school in Kent and then at the University of Surrey, where he gained a degree in ...
Tags: Travel, Science, Americas, UK News, World news, Canada, Mountaineering, Geology, Raf, Exploration, Kent, Rock Climbing, Adventure Travel, Chesterfield, Rocky Mountains, University Of Sheffield


Workshop: Digital Security and Privacy for Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers at Nullcon2020 #Ad

NULLCON, Asia’s leading information security conference, training and exhibition platform is all set to happen from March 3rd to 7th in Goa. It is one of the largest information security conferences where hackers, industry experts, vendors, delegates from the government and CXOs come together to discuss and learn the current scenario of information security and […] ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, News, Goa, Digital Security, NULLCON Asia


Facebook postpones EU launch of Facebook Dating

Facebook has postponed the launch of Facebook Dating in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said in a statement. The regulator added that Facebook failed to provide it the Data Protection Impact Assessment of Facebook Dating when Facebook initially contacted the regulator about the launch. Facebook had planned to launch the service on February […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Privacy, Eu, Data Protection, Gdpr, Data Protection Commission, Facebook Dating, European Union Ireland


SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2020 LINEUP DROPS NEXT WEEK!

Splendour in the Grass celebrates 20 years in 2020! That’s twenty years of Splendour road trips, campground kingdoms, old friends, new friends, planning your set times, set time clashes, dashes from one stage to another, hikes up heartbreak hill to the Amphitheatre, meeting mates at the sound desk, late nights, dusty AF mornings but most of all… MUSIC… and all those moments you’ll never forget! Seriously, we have a metric shit ton of #TBTs and #FBFs to get through before the fest so SITG HQ is p...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Splendour


76% of IRCTC profits came from e-ticketing: Q3FY20

76% of IRCTC’s profits and 32% of its revenue came from internet ticketing for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. IRCTC, the Indian Railways’ ticketing & services arm, reported its second quarterly financials report ever since it went public in October 2019. E-ticketing and catering accounted for 70% of IRCTC’s revenue for Q3FY20. 1. E-ticketing […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Earnings, Indian Railways, IRCTC, Earnings Dec-19


CCI defends its probe against Amazon in Karnataka HC: Report

Update at 14:10: The Karnataka High Court has reportedly stayed the CCI investigation, granting interim relief to Amazon, according to a Bar & Bench update. Senior Advocates Gopal Subramanium and Sajan Poovayya had appeared on behalf of Amazon India, per the update. We have reached out Amazon for comment. Breaking: Karnataka HC grants interim relief […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Amazon India, Karnataka, CCI, Karnataka High Court, Competition Commission of India, Gopal Subramanium, Competition Law, Sajan Poovayya


Karnataka HC grants interim relief to Amazon from CCI probe: Report

Update at 17:30: The Karnataka High Court has ordered a 2-month stay on the CCI probe against Amazon and Flipkart, Hindustan Times reported. Amazon told MediaNama that it welcomes the court’s decision, and is confident about its compliance. Update at 14:10: The Karnataka High Court has reportedly stayed the CCI investigation, granting interim relief to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Karnataka, CCI, Karnataka High Court, Competition Commission of India, Competition Law, Flipkart Hindustan Times



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