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A town in US appoints 'a goat' as mayor

Washington, Mar 10: In a divided America where politics seems increasingly to get people's goat, a small town in Vermont has taken the concept to heart -- this week electing one as mayor.

He may be a political novice but the goat's name, Lincoln, brings with it a storied pedigree. And the leading human official in Fair Haven --...

India's ultra-rich prefer investing in equities, bonds over real estate, gold: Report

Mumbai, Mar 7: India's "ultra-high net worth individuals" (UHNWI) -- with assets worth $30 million and more -- prefer investing in equities and bonds rather than real estate and gold, a Knight Frank report said on Wednesday.

According to the data provided by The Wealth Report 2019, around 30 per cent of investments by Indian UHNWIs went to equities...

'Bolo' app won't send children's data to us: Google

New Delhi, Mar 7: Joining the race to grab the attention of young children, Google on Wednesday launched the beta version of its "Bolo" app to help primary grade children improve Hindi and English reading skills, while ensuring that the app do not send out data on children.

"Nothing is ever sent to Google through the app," Nitin Kashyap,...

Google launches 'Bolo' to tutor children to read Hindi, English

New Delhi, Mar 6: Tech giant Google Wednesday unveiled a new app 'Bolo' that aims to help children in primary school learn to read in Hindi and English.

The free app, which is being launched in India first, uses Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.

The app features an animated character 'Diya', who encourages children to read stories...

IRCTC launches payment aggregator system 'IRCTC iPay'

New Delhi, Feb 28: In a bid to promote digital transactions, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Thursday launched its much awaited payment aggregator system 'IRCTC iPay'.

The exclusive digital payment gateway will provide better digital experience and improved online digital payment convenience to rail passengers availing online travel-related services through the website, IRCTC said in...

Gender gap in Internet access narrowing: Facebook study

Men still have more Internet access than women globally but low- and lower-middle-income countries narrowed the gender gap in 2018, a Facebook-led study has revealed.

According to the Inclusive Internet Index (3i) prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook, there are demonstrable benefits from comprehensive female e-inclusion policies, digital skills programmes and targets for women and girls...

Ensure polls not influenced, work closely with EC: Parl panel to Twitter

New Delhi, Feb 25: A parliamentary panel on Monday asked micro-blogging site Twitter to address issues in real-time and engage more with the Election Commission of India (ECI) ahead of general elections and also summoned senior officials of other social media platforms Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram on March 6.

This was informed by Anurag Thakur, chairman of Parliamentary Standing...

Nestle, Epic, Disney, McDonald’s pull out of YouTube ads over ‘paedophilia ring’ concerns

California, Feb 21: After reports emerged about YouTube overlooking the loopholes that allow pedophiles to abuse the platform to network through comments on innocuous videos, some of the top brands are reportedly backtracking from advertising on the Google-owned platform.

Major companies, including Nestle, Epic, Disney and McDonald’s announced that they have put on hold their advertising on YouTube. The...

Statue of Iconic World War II Kiss Vandalized With '#MeToo' After US Sailor’s Death

Washington, Feb 21: A statue depicting the famous scene of a sailor kissing a woman in New York's Times Square as people celebrate the end of World War II has been vandalized with red spray paint spelling out #MeToo.

The graffiti covers the ankle-to-knee area of the left leg of the woman being kissed, said police in Sarasota, Florida...

NASA providing daily weather reports for Mars

Washington, Feb 21: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide daily weather reports for Mars, thanks to the Red Planet's newest robotic resident, InSight, mission scientists announced Thursday.

"The InSight lander is close to the Martian equator -- just north of the equator -- so it is experiencing Martian winter," said Don Banfield, the mission's lead for the lander's Auxiliary...