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'Facebook to become world's biggest virtual graveyard by 2098'
London : If you are bogged down by notifications sent by the known but deceased people in your timeline on Facebook, do not get surprised by this news. According to researchers, the social networking giant will become the world's biggest virtual graveyard by the end of this century as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users.
 
"Social media website Facebook, which currently has 1.5 billion users worldwide, will turn into the world's biggest virtual graveyard by 2098," Dailymail.co.uk quoted statistician Hachem Sadikki from University of Massachusetts as saying.
 
This will happen because the website refuses to delete dead users and instead turns the account into a "memorialised" version.
 
"Facebook's refusal to automatically delete dead users and the plateauing membership of the site means that the living will be outnumbered sooner than you might think," the report said.
 
Sadikki, PhD candidate in statistics at University of Massachusetts, said he worked out the figure by assuming that Facebook's growth will begin to slow soon. 
 
A blogging company Digital Beyond has claimed that nearly 970,000 Facebook users will die this year alone across the world which is far more as compared to 385,968 in 2010 and 580,000 in 2012.
 
Sadikki also assumed that the social media website will retain its existing policy on how to handle dead users.
 
The website's policy has attracted criticism from users in the past as it showed the photos of dead ones in its "year in review" videos (till 2015). Facebookers have also complained about receiving the birthday alerts of dead users.
 
Facebook has tried to solve this problem by asking users to appoint a "Legacy Contact" before they die.
 
The "Legacy Contact" is able to administer the page after a user passes away by writing one last post and even approving new friend requests. The contact can even update cover and profile photo.
 
According to the report, Facebook declined to comment.
 
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Google celebrates International Women's Day with doodle
New Delhi : Global internet search giant Google on Tuesday marked the International Women's Day with one of its special doodles featuring real women rather than animated characters.
 
The International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, is a global event aimed at inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. 
 
Google posted a short video on its home page in which some women are seen sharing their aspirations, completing the sentence "One day I will..."
 
Liat Ben-Rafael, who co-created the doodle, told Mirror Online it was important to her to feature real women in the video, rather than animated characters, which usually appear in Google doodles.
 
"International Women's Day is a celebration of the women who are here today working towards a better future, and in that sense it was important for me to make sure that we celebrate the real women," she said.
 
"It's the unsung heroes, this is what we're celebrating, so not showing the real women behind this would be a big loss."
 
Google users can watch the video on by clicking on the play button on the Google home page in their browsers on March 8.
 
Users are also encouraged to share their own aspirations on social media, using the hashtag #OneDayIWill. 
 
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Internet should not become the monopoly of few: Prasad
New Delhi : India firmly holds that internet is one of the finest creations of human mind and it should not become the monopoly of few, said Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Monday.
 
"We instinctively value internet to be open, plural and inclusive and access should be without discrimination," said Prasad at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 55 summit at the summit in Morocco's Marrakech, according to an official statement here.
 
A month ago, Indian telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled against Facebook's Free Basics programme upholding net neutrality and leaving a level playing field for all players.
 
About Digital India, Skill India, Make in India, Start up India and Smart Cities, Prasad said the transformative programmes are aimed at creating a knowledge economy and empowered India.
 
He said the programmes have a defined purpose to bridge the digital divide, unleash the digital literacy massively and create a profound platform of financial and social inclusion.
 
"All these are being done by leveraging the power of Internet. Our priority is to ensure banking the unbanked, funding the unfunded, securing the unsecured and pensioning the unpensioned," he said, adding that India currently has one billion mobile phone connections, 400 million internet subscribers -" who grew from 300 million to 400 in just one year - and 980 million unique Aadhar identities crucial for executing subsidies and other connected programmes.
 
ICANN 55 is one of periodic public meetings organised in different continents to encourage global participation.
 
Founded in 1998, ICANN is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to keep the internet secure, stable, interoperable, promote competition and develop policy.
 
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