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Google opens public voting for ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest




New Delhi, Oct 23: Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”.

The same contest also ran in regions including Canada, Latin America and other Asian countries.



More Facebook accounts blocked for malicious activities




San Francisco, Nov 14:  The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its platform and on Instagram continues.

“Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behaviour,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy, said in a blog post on Wednesday.

These accounts were mostly created after mid-2017, apart from a few outliers.

“We found a total of about 1.25 million people followed at least one of these Instagram accounts, with over 600,000 of them located in the US,” Gleicher added.

On November 5, Facebook blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram.

“We found a total of about 65,000 followers of at least one of the Facebook Pages, which contained posts almost exclusively in French. About 60 followers were located in the US,” said Facebook.

There was about $4,500 in ad spend from these Pages, and none of the ads ran in the US.

“We didn’t find any ad spend on Instagram, and these accounts seem to have mostly been in English,” the social networking giant added.

On November 6, a website claiming to be associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russia-based troll farm, published a list of Instagram accounts they said that they had created.

“We had already blocked most of them, and based on our internal investigation, we blocked the rest,” said Gleicher.

On November 4, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tipped Facebook off about online activity that they believed was linked to foreign entities.

“Based on this tip off, we quickly identified a set of accounts that appeared to be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour,” said the company.


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Amazon Picks New York City And Virginia For $5 Billion New Headquarters




Seattle (US), Nov 13 : Amazon on Tuesday announced it will invest $5 billion to build two new headquarters in New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

The move will create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington, the company said in a statement.

The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America.

“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.

“The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities,” he added.

Amazon also announced it has selected Nashville for a new Center of Excellence for its Operations business that will create more than 5,000 jobs.

The new Washington, D.C. metro headquarters in Arlington will be located in National Landing, and the New York City headquarters will be located in the Long Island City neighbourhood in Queens.

As part of Amazon’s new headquarters, New York and Long Island City will benefit from more than 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs and approximately $2.5 billion in investment.

“Today, with Amazon committing to expand its headquarters in Long Island City, New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in US history,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York.

As part of Amazon’s new headquarters, Virginia and Arlington will benefit from more than 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs and another $2.5 billion in investment.

“This is a big win for Virginia – I’m proud Amazon recognises the tremendous assets the Commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here,” said Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia.

With more than 610,000 employees worldwide, including over 250,000 in North America, Amazon ranks No. 1 on American Customer Satisfaction Index and also No. 1 on LinkedIn’s “US Top Companies” list.

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Now a digital dance show for Indian audience

The episodes will have four performances — one by a Bollywood dance celebrity, one by a TV dance star, one by a YouTube dance icon and one collaboration between TV and YouTube stars.



Mumbai, Nov 13 : “The Dance Project”, touted as India’s first digital dance show, will go live on Sony Music India’s official YouTube channel from November 23.

“The Dance Project” is a 12-episode show which will feature people from Bollywood, television and YouTube platforms.

“Our thought was to present our extensive song library with a new sound and create bite-sized dance content for quick consumption on the go. We found no better partners in YouTube for the same,” Jay Mehta, Head Digital Business and New Initiatives, Sony Music India, said in a statement.

“We are extremely thrilled to be working with them to create a property that has not been done before in India. With the biggest names in the dance industry, we are confident that the property will become a go to for all dance enthusiasts,” Mehta added.

The episodes will have four performances — one by a Bollywood dance celebrity, one by a TV dance star, one by a YouTube dance icon and one collaboration between TV and YouTube stars.

Its first episode will star actress Elli Avram, dance group Wild Ripperz and dancers Faisal and Vaishnavi.

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