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Facebook helps woman ‘steal’ her own cycle from thief

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London, July 17: In a bizarre incident, a woman in London “stole” her stolen bicycle back from a thief who advertised it for sale on Facebook.

According to a report in the Telegraph on Saturday, cyclist Jenni Morton-Humphreys from Bristol had posted a picture of her stolen cycle on Facebook and appealed for help.

Incidentally, her fellow cyclist found the same cycle on display when she surfed through Facebook pages which sold such cycles.

The fellow cyclist and 30-year-old Morton-Humphreys then planned to buy the cycle from the vendor.

She requested the city police to accompany her on the mission and arrest the culprit, but this was declined. The denial did not hold her back and she approached the vendor to arrange a meeting.

“I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the cycle. I said the saddle was too high and asked if I could get on it to test it out,” Morton-Humphreys was quoted as saying.

The woman then took a test ride and just pedalled away. To add to her joy, the cycle’s minor repairs were fixed by the thief ahead of the sale.

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Google shows Trump’s photo if you search for ‘idiot’

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The first results shown for the word "idiot" in Google Images search were of US President Donald Trump.

San Francisco, July 20: After grabbing headlines for showing results related to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the search of the word “Feku” in May, Google algorithms are again hogging the limelight. This time for showing images of US President Donald Trump for a search of the word “idiot”.

The latest image onslaught is apparently the result of a campaign by online activists who are manipulating Google’s algorithm by linking the word to an image of Trump, CNET reported on Thursday.

According to a report in The Guardian this week, the trend began with Reddit users upvoting a post containing a photo of Trump and the word.

The campaign to link the word “idiot” with the US president’s images has taken the form of an online protest as it is spearheaded by people who are not happy with Trump’s policies.

By helping prioritise information presented in search results, Google’s algorithms have played stellar role in the rise of the company, but at times they have also played the spoilsport.

In May, a Google search for the name “Pappu” led to results related to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

“Feku” and “Pappu” are less-than-flattering names given by the opponents of parties of Modi and Gandhi.

In April, Google showed pictures of Modi if one searched for “India’s first Prime Minister” until the glitch was corrected by the global search engine.

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WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to 5 chats in India

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New Delhi, July 20: As the government served WhatsApp with a second notice asking it to check the spread of fake and provocative content, the Facebook-owned platform has said it is launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone in India.

“In India where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world, we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once.

“We will also remove the quick forward button next to media messages,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Thursday.

In its second notice, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on Thursday said WhatsApp has been requested to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news.

“It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response,” MeitY said.

WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, “will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app”.

“We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we’ll continue to improve our app with features like this one,” it added.

In its first reply, WhatsApp wrote to the IT Ministry, saying the company is horrified by terrible acts of violence.

The IT Ministry had asked WhatsApp to ensure that the platform is not used for malafide activities over the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours.

WhatsApp, which has over 200 million monthly active users in India, listed several measures it is taking — including labelling Forwarding messages — to control the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platform.

Several people have lost their lives in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.

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Rajya Sabha now Wi-Fi enabled

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New Delhi, Jul 19 : The Rajya Sabha is now Wi-Fi enabled, offering law makers of the Upper House access to Internet for browsing government and Parliament websites, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said today.

Present rules allows MPs to carry mobile phones, laptops and tabs inside the Rajya Sabha chamber but the devices were not connected to the Parliament Wi-Di.

Parliament Wi-Fi was available to members in lobbies and other parts of the Parliament House complex.

When the House met for the day, Naidu said there have been demands from members to allow Wi-Fi connectivity inside the chamber.

“The Rajya Sabha chamber has now become Wi-Fi enabled,” he said.

The Wi-Fi, he said, can be used to browse only government websites including those of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on any mobile, laptop or tab inside the House.

The user name and password provided to members for accessing Parliament Wi-Fi in lobbies in other parts of the complex would run in the Rajya Sabha chamber as well, he said.

Parliament Wi-Fi can be used to access any website in the lobby or Parliament House complex as before, he said.

Earlier, the House congratulated Hima Das for winning a gold medal in the 400 meter race in the Athletic Under-20 World Championship in Tampere, Finland.

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