Bulli Bai app creator to be produced before Delhi court today

New Delhi [India]: The main conspirator and creator of ‘Bulli Bai’ on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app has been brought to the national capital from Assam on Thursday and will be produced before Delhi court today.
Neeraj Bishnoi, the creator of ‘Bulli Bai’ app has been brought by Delhi Police Special Cell.
“Neeraj Bishnoi, the main Bulli Bai case conspirator, will be presented in Delhi Court tonight. He has confessed, but most importantly, we’ve acquired technical evidence required from his laptop & mobile. The whole network has been busted,” said DCP(IFSO) KPS Malhotra.
Earlier today, the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations unit (IFSO), Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested Bishnoi from Assam.
Neeraj Bishnoi (20) is a resident of Digambar area of Assam’s Jorhat. He is a BTech student of Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal.
The Bulli Bai case was transferred to the IFSO on Wednesday.
Several complaints were received by police stations in the country regarding the listing of Muslim women for “auction” on the ‘Bulli Bai’ mobile application with photographs sourced without permission and doctored. It has happened for the second time in less than a year. The app appeared to be a clone of ‘Sulli Deals’ which triggered a similar row last year.
An engineering student from Bengaluru, a young girl from Uttarakhand, and one of her friends have also been arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, informed police on Wednesday.
“Three people have been arrested in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, including Vishal Kumar Jha and Shweta Singh. The third accused is Shweta’s friend,” said Hemant Nagrale, Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Vishal Kumar has been sent to police custody till January 10 by a Bandra court and Shweta Singh is on a transit remand.
Mumbai Police on Monday filed a first information report (FIR) against unknown persons based on complaints that doctored photographs of women were uploaded for auction on the ‘Bulli Bai’ application hosted on the GitHub platform.
On Sunday, West Mumbai Cyber Police station registered a case against the ‘Bulli Bai’ app developers and Twitter handles that promoted the app.
The case was registered against the unknown culprits under sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion etc), 153(B) (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 295(A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 500 (criminal defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of Information Technology Act.
After both the Delhi and Mumbai police lodged FIR in the matter under relevant sections, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw, in a tweet on Sunday said, “Government of India is working with police organizations in Delhi and Mumbai on this matter.”

Uber, WhatsApp launching ride-booking feature via the messaging app

Washington [US]: You can now book an Uber ride via WhatsApp in India. Uber has partnered with Meta, formerly known as Facebook, to launch a ride-booking feature via WhatsApp in India.
This is a global-first feature for the popular ride-booking app and will dismiss the need for a standalone Uber app on your phone to book a cab. It will let users register on Uber, book a cab, and even get the trip receipt on WhatsApp itself, reported Beebom. Booking a cab via the popular messaging application will be pretty easy and can be achieved in three different ways. Users can send a message to the Uber Business phone number (which hasn’t been disclosed in the official blog post, for some reason), scan a QR code, or visit a link to open the Uber chat window in WhatsApp.
Once there, users can start booking cabs and get pick or drop locations, cab fare details, and more on the chat itself.
Talking about the partnership, Nandini Maheshwari, Senior Director, Business Development, Uber APAC said, “We want to make it as easy as possible for all Indians to take an Uber trip, and to do that we need to meet them on platforms they are comfortable with. We are thrilled at this global-first integration for Uber, and look forward to rolling it out across India.”
As per Beebom, Uber on WhatsApp will also get the same features as available on the Uber app. Users can see the driver’s name and more details on the chat, track the driver’s location, and can even speak to the driver without revealing the phone number.
In case of an emergency, people can type ‘help’ and select the emergency option. Following this, they would get a call from Uber customer care to talk about the concern. Users can also get access to a safety line for 30 minutes after the ride is completed.
The functionality is currently available in English but is expected to be available in more Indian languages soon.
The feature is currently being tested as a pilot in North Lucknow and should be expanded to more cities in India (first to New Delhi) soon. The Uber cab WhatsApp chatbot is available for both new and existing Uber users who have registered with their phone numbers.
Apart from the new ride-booking feature, WhatsApp has added a host of features that allows users to get a lot done. It has allowed businesses to launch chatbots for people to order groceries, find COVID-19 vaccination slots, and more services.

Mumbai court cancels non-bailable warrant in extortion case against Param Bir Singh

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Tuesday cancelled the non-bailable warrant against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with the Marine Drive extortion case after he appeared before the court and filed an application for the same, news agency ANI reported.

Param Bir had on Monday appeared before the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record his statement in connection with two extortion cases registered against him. The agency is investigating the extortion cases registered against Param Bir at the Marine Drive police station in south Mumbai and Kopri police station in adjoining Thane city.

The CID had earlier arrested police inspectors Nandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke in connection with the Marine Drive case.

Microsoft’s new Windows Xbox app resolves game install headaches

Washington [US]: American tech giant Microsoft is now allowing testers to access a new Xbox app for Windows that greatly improves the game install process from the Windows store.
According to The Verge, as reported earlier this month, the updated app allows PC gamers to install titles into any folder of their choice with unrestricted access to game files. It’s an option that helps address many of the headaches of installing titles from Xbox Game Pass for PC, and it should also mean you can backup game files and restore them if need be.
Previously, Microsoft forced games to install into a Windows Apps folder at the root of a drive, and it was locked down so you couldn’t modify files or freely move them around.
The updated Xbox app now lets you choose a location, and, if you have existing games installed, you can move them onto secondary drives.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can test the new Xbox app through the Xbox Insider Hub app from the store. You’ll need to join the ‘Windows Gaming’ preview within the Xbox Insider Hub app to get the updated Xbox app.
Microsoft does list a number of known issues for this early release though, including issues launching some games on external drives and a number of games that aren’t supported yet.
Users still can’t add games downloaded from the Windows store into Steam, as there appears to be a permission issue preventing that. The Xbox app is still in preview, so that could be a bug that will be addressed before it’s widely available.
Either way, Windows store game installs are finally getting more Steam-like, after years of issues and bugs for PC users. If you’ve been avoiding Xbox Game Pass for PC due to the Windows store, this new Xbox app should remove some of the associated headaches.

Alcor announces SOC 1 Type 1 certification for their IAM Product, AccessFlow

New Delhi [India] : Alcor, a leading partner in the digital transformation space and global provider of cloud solutions, security, and implementation services, announced the successful completion of the Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 Type 1 certification for AccessFlow, an Identity and Access Management Solution.
AccessFlow is an automated, self-service access management product built on the ServiceNow® Now Platform that offers seamless integration with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environments. As a Built on Now native application for ServiceNow, AccessFlow provides the performance, Security, and GUI of the Now Platform – designed and tested for fast, agile, secure, resilient, and connected digital transformation.
SOC 1 compliance certification is an attestation standard defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), certifying that AccessFlow’s Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) are approved to meet the highest level of data protection for the customers. This report provides regulatory compliance that AccessFlow maintains effective internal controls over the design and operations efficiency relevant to financial statement reporting and financial transactions, mitigating risks over financial auditing and controls.
“The SOC1 certification is a big leap forward in building the trust of our customers – they will now be even more confident about AccessFlow having effective internal controls for data protection. This further highlights that AccessFlow can securely handle data of the organizations in highly regulated industries such as Healthcare, Banking, Insurance, Telecommunication, Transportation, Agriculture, and more,” says Amit Singh, Chief Executive Officer at Alcor.
AccessFlow Product Manager, Jenifer Rubavathy adds, “As businesses engage outside vendors to conduct activities that are critical to their operations and strategy, there is a greater requirement for trust and transparency in cloud-based service providers’ internal controls. As a result, we’ve completed SOC 1 audit and received the effectiveness of AccessFlow’s internal control over financial reporting. This illustrates our capacity to ensure security while also fostering trust and confidence in our service’s operational effectiveness.”

Kangana Ranaut in trouble for ‘seditious’ remarks

New Delhi [India] : The Aam Aadmi Party submitted an application to the Mumbai Police on Thursday, demanding that a case be registered against film actor Kangana Ranaut for her reported remarks that India attained freedom in 2014 and what it got in 1947 was “alms”. The AAP’s national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon termed the remarks as “seditious and inflammatory”. The AAP strongly condemns the derogatory statement made by Ranaut- claiming that India’s independence of 1947 was “bheek” and not real independence, Menon said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Menon said they have submitted an application to the Mumbai Police, requesting action against Ranaut for her “seditious and inflammatory statements”, under Indian Penal Code Sections 504, 505 and 124A. Earlier in the day, BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi also slammed Ranaut for her remarks, and said it is an anti-national act and must be called out as such. He also posted a short clip of Ranaut’s remarks during a new channel programme in which she is heard saying in Hindi, “That was not freedom but ‘bheekh’ (alms), and the freedom came in 2014.” Ranaut, who was recently given the Padma Shri, was apparently referring to the BJP coming to power in 2014. She has sparked controversy in the past with her right wing comments and jibes at opposition politicians.

US to waive immigration application free for thousands of evacuated Afghans

Washington [US] : The United States will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons on or after July 30, the Department of Homeland Security said.
The department, in a statement, said that these actions will help facilitate the resettlement of Afghan nationals in the US by streamlining the processing of requests for work authorization, Green Cards, and associated services. The DHS is the lead federal agency coordinating Operation Allies Welcome, the ongoing all-of-government effort to resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.
“By providing these evacuees with access to streamlined processing and fee exemptions, we will open doors of opportunity for our Afghan allies and help them begin to rebuild their lives in communities across our country more quickly,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N Mayorkas.
“These actions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to Afghan nationals who provided valuable assistance to the United States over the past two decades as well as other Afghans at risk,” Mayorkas added.
Approximately 70,000 Afghans have arrived in the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome.
Following the biggest airlift in US history, DHS exercised its discretion to parole many Afghan nationals, on a case-by-case basis, into the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons.
The department said Afghan nationals will also have the opportunity to apply for immigration benefits such as Afghan special immigrant status, lawful permanent residence, and asylum.

Meta acquires VR fitness app Supernatural

Washington [US]: A day after Facebook’s rebranding as Meta, the company announced that it is acquiring Within, the company behind VR workout service Supernatural.
As per The Verge, Meta recently revealed that the studio behind Supernatural will be joining the company, adding to the roster of studios owned by what used to be known as Facebook’s Oculus division. The company said that Within will continue to work on the popular fitness app and will also help Meta’s Reality Labs “enhance future hardware to support VR fitness apps.”
Meta scooping up Within isn’t necessarily a surprise move. It has spent the last few years acquiring tons of popular VR studios, like Lone Echo devs Ready at Dawn, the team behind Beat Saber, and others working on projects that some have called the VR versions of Fortnite and Roblox.
Supernatural has been one of the real success stories in virtual reality fitness, with movement-based high-impact cardio exercises.

Aryan Khan moves application in Bombay HC against NDPS court order on bail rejection

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : As the bail applications of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were rejected by Mumbai’s Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) in connection with their alleged involvement in the cruise drugs party case, Aryan Khan moved an application in Bombay High Court against the Special NDPS court order on his bail rejection.
Arbaaz Merchant’s lawyer also said that they will move to Bombay High Court today after NDPS rejected their applications. Speaking to ANI, Ali Kasif, Arbaaz Merchant’s lawyer said, “We are trying to move the bail application of Arbaaz Merchant in Bombay High Court today. The other two are also likely to move bail applications in the High Court today.”
The court heard the bail pleas of these three accused today at 2.45 PM and rejected their applications.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on the Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.

Instagram getting rid of IGTV

Washington [US]: Photo-video sharing social networking service Instagram has finally acknowledged that IGTV, its first big push into video, didn’t pan out.
According to The Verge, on Tuesday, the company will be rebranding IGTV as ‘Instagram TV’, and it’s also getting rid of the exclusive IGTV video format. Videos posted to the main Instagram feed can now run up to 60 minutes long, a length previously reserved for IGTV videos, and users no longer have to leave the main app to view them.
A spokesperson for Instagram said that the IGTV app, now called the Instagram TV app, will remain as a “destination for people to visit with the intent of watching video.”
IGTV was introduced in June 2018 and was essentially meant to become a mobile equivalent to YouTube, creating a space to discover and watch longer videos. But the longer format never caught on and just two months later, an app called TikTok launched in the US.
Instagram has since refocused its video efforts on rivalling TikTok with its short video format Reels, which was launched in August 2020, and Instagram has aggressively pushed forward with them, giving them a central spot in the app’s navigation, starting to sell ads, and cross-posting them into Facebook’s News Feed.
As per The Verge, Reels still has one major shortcoming though, it doesn’t offer a consistent way for creators to get paid out, as YouTube and TikTok do. Facebook plans to pay USD 1 billion to creators by the end of 2022. Some of that money has gone to Reels creators, but it’s not a dedicated system for video-makers to get paid, which is always a good way to encourage people to make things on your app.

Facebook halts plans for ‘Instagram Kids’ app after criticism

Washington [US]: Facebook is pausing the development of Instagram Kids, a version of the photo-sharing application for children under 13.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced the news in a blog post, saying that the Facebook-owned company would continue to work on parental-supervised experiences for younger users, reported The Verge. In the blog post and series of accompanying tweets, Mosseri blamed the critics for misunderstanding the purpose of the app.
“It was never meant for younger kids, but for tweens (aged 10-12),” he wrote.
In a separate tweet, he added that news of the project “leaked way before we knew what it would be. People feared the worst, and we had few answers at that stage. It’s clear we need to take more time on this.”
Pausing work on the app comes after a leading publication posted a series of damning reports into Facebook last week.
These included a story revealing how Instagram’s own internal research suggested that the app made body issues worse for teenage girls. Facebook said these reports mischaracterised the company’s studies, but it has so far refused to release its data firsthand for critics and supporters alike to analyse.
The development of a version of Instagram aimed at younger users was widely criticised by a number of groups.
Facebook responded to this criticism by saying young people were already active online and it was better that their experience be supervised. The company also said it wouldn’t show advertising on the new app. However, critics were not convinced.
Mosseri noted on Twitter that critics will see Instagram pausing development of the kids app “as a concession that the project is a bad idea.”
He added, “I have to believe parents would prefer the option for their children to use an age-appropriate version of Instagram – that gives them oversight – than the alternative. But I’m not here to downplay their concerns, we have to get this right.”

As per Variety, critics included more than 40 state attorneys general who urged Facebook to kill the project, raising red flags including research showing social media can be harmful to the emotional and mental well-being of children.

14-year-old builds personalised news app, becomes co-founder of cloud computing firm

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Fourteen-year-old Prajwal NH, a Grade 9 student of BGS National Public School, Bengaluru, has built a news app called NewsSir that allows users to curate and customise their newsfeed.
Prajwal was able to bring his dream project to fruition after attending a competition organised by Atal Innovation Mission with the guidance of his mentor Bhavesh Goswami, Founder & CEO of CloudThat. The project helped kickstart Prajwal’s journey as a ‘social entrepreneur’ and he recently Co-founded Cloud Attack, a cloud computing solutions and consulting company. A technology enthusiast and a budding social entrepreneur, Prajwal has been learning coding for three years and has a keen interest in building applications that have social implications and solve issues people face daily. He learnt coding from popular online code learning platform Codingal.
Speaking about his application NewsSir, Prajwal says, “I saw the gap between how most people around me consumed news and the news they actually wanted to read. I wanted to give people the option to have a personalised news feeds based on their taste and interests. I am happy I got an opportunity to build this app under Atal Innovation Mission and I hope more and more people will start using the app.”
Prajwal was interested in electronics and robotics from a very young age. When he was in grade 6, he joined a robotics class which required him to learn C and C++ programming languages. He says he also enjoyed dismantling his toys and using the electronics to build his own motor-based toys.
The first time Prajwal realized the level of his coding skills and his real potential was when he attended a hackathon for school kids that was hosted by Codingal.
Prajwal says he was drawn to coding once he discovered the immense power that coding gave him to create anything and everything that he could imagine. “Learning to code helped me realize one of my dream projects. I urge fellow coders to start creating applications and experiment more. Like me, they too can come up with exciting solutions to solve big problems. We do not need any high-level calculus or knowledge of physics to code, you just need the desire to learn and create. Learning to code helped me develop logical and analytical thinking and I now use that to create solutions to the problems I see around me.”
The first time Prajwal realized the level of his coding skills and his real potential was when he attended a hackathon for school kids that was hosted by Codingal.
“When Prajwal participated in a Hackathon we had hosted with BIT Mesra in 2020, he had already been coding for three years and his level of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking immediately caught our attention. We are proud to have him on the Codingal platform and to see him realise his dream,” says Codingal Co-founder Vivek Prakash.
“Codingal is always looking to identify and nurture such talent among children and to provide them a platform and all the necessary tools to fully express their creativity,” Vivek adds.
Codingal is an online coding platform on a mission to make school kids fall in love with coding through personalized, 1-on-1 coding classes and exciting coding competitions. Codingal has already empowered over 100,000 kids from over 5,000 schools to create a better future with code.
Codingal has developed the world’s first coding curriculum that integrates the BIDE Model (broad, inspiring, deep, efficient) with Bloom’s Taxonomy with a dedicated focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) subjects. The curriculum helps children develop a deeper understanding of STEM subjects and improves their performance at school, all as they learn the essential 21-century skill and become the creators of a better future.
Codingal is an online coding platform for K-12 (school) kids with a mission to help children fall in love with coding at a young age. Launched in September 2020 and backed by Y Combinator, Codingal has already empowered over 100,000 kids by motivating them to start learning coding via competitions and 1-on-1 online classes with all-star teachers. Codingal has developed the world’s first coding curriculum that integrates the BIDE Model with Bloom’s Taxonomy to promote STEM learning.

Google Pay to allow users to open fixed deposits on its platform

Washington [US]: American tech giant Google has recently partnered with fintech startup Setu to let users open fixed deposits (FDs) through the digital wallet platform Google Pay.
According to Mashable, Google Pay will initially offer its users FDs of Equitas Small Finance Bank for up to one year. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank and AU Small Finance Bank are also expected to join the list soon.
Reportedly, the maximum interest rate is currently set at 6.35 per cent and users would be required to sign up following an Aadhaar-based KYC (know your customer) process, enabled through a one-time password (OTP).
Fintech startup Setu is an application programming interface (API) start-up. It offers APIs to clients across bill payments, savings, credit, and payments.
As per Mashable, the company has already created a testing version on the platform that offers various tenors for FDs.
These include time periods ranging from 7-29 days, 30-45 days, 46-90 days, 91-180 days, 181-364 days, and 365 days, with interest rates that scale from 3.5 per cent for the shortest FD to 6.35 per cent for the annual FD.
Google India has not confirmed the development yet and an official launch date for the new feature on Google Pay is also kept under wraps.

Xbox cloud gaming now part of Xbox app on Windows

Washington [US]: American software giant Microsoft announced on Monday that it has brought xCloud to Windows PCs with the Xbox app.
According to The Verge, the Xbox Insiders will be able to access a new updated Xbox app with Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) built in it. To access Xbox games from a Windows 10 PC, a user would require a compatible controller connected via Bluetooth or USB, much like how xCloud works through the web.
Reportedly, the updated Xbox app will include a new “cloud games” section, with access to all of the same games available on xCloud on the web.
The Verge quoted Jason Beaumont, a partner director of Xbox experiences saying, “We’ve also added some new features to help you get started, including easy-to-access information on the controller and network status, social features to stay connected with friends, and the ability to invite people – even those also playing on the cloud without the game installed – to join you in a game.”
The users will be able to access the new Xbox app in 22 different countries by signing up to the ‘Windows Gaming’ feature preview in the Xbox Insider Hub app.
After this, the cloud games will be available in the ‘Game Pass’ section of the app, allowing users to resume Xbox games that were started on a console or in the cloud.
The Verge reported that “this new Xbox app also includes the ability to stream games from a local Xbox, allowing you to power on and off a console and play your games streamed from your own Xbox.”
For the users who are not Xbox testers, they can still access xCloud over at the ‘’ link, and the Microsoft company will likely bring this full experience to the Xbox app on Windows in the coming months soon.

Single, unified OneNote app for Windows

Washington [US]: American tech is working on plans to unify its OneNote and OneNote for Windows 10 apps into a single unified OneNote app.
According to The Verge, Microsoft has taken all the improvements in its Windows 10 UWP OneNote app and brought them over to the traditional OneNote desktop app instead. These improvements to the traditional OneNote desktop app that installs as part of Office will appear in a series of updates over the next 12 months. The new updates include a visual refresh and “key existing features currently unique to OneNote for Windows 10.”
It’s not clear which features from OneNote for Windows 10 will make their way over to the OneNote desktop app, but Microsoft has said, “We are working to ensure that all the most loved features will continue to be a part of OneNote.”
Existing users of the dedicated OneNote for Windows 10 app will be asked to upgrade to the full desktop OneNote app in the second half of 2022.
The OneNote team explains, “Advances in Windows and Office will allow us to unify the two apps so that you’ll have the simplicity of a single OneNote app on Windows while enjoying the interface and features you’re already familiar with.”
As per The Verge, while the company immediately won’t kill off the UWP version of OneNote for Windows 10, Microsoft does note that OneNote users should move to the desktop app by October 2025, when OneNote for Windows 10 will reach the end of support.
These changes to OneNote on Windows won’t affect Microsoft’s other OneNote apps for macOS, iOS, Android, or the web. It’s simply Microsoft unifying its separate OneNote apps into something that hopefully has the best of the UWP and desktop worlds.

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