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New app deletes your social media mistakes

A new app is here that can clear up all your loud thinking that you blurted out on the social media in a fit of rage or after downing a few drinks, and which your potential employers may consider 'negative'

 

Have your social media observations and statements ever come to haunt you during a job interview? That happens with many people, but there is a remedy for it now.
 
A new app is here that can clear up all your loud thinking that you blurted out on the social media in a fit of rage or after downing a few drinks, and which your potential employers may consider 'negative'.
 
Developed by former Jeb Bush aide Ethan Czahor, the app has been aptly named as "Clear", CBS news portal reported.
 
When he got his dream job working as the chief technology officer (CTO) of Jeb Bush's political operations, his social media past came back to haunt Ethan.
 
When someone found a bunch of jokes that he had tried out on Twitter years earlier while studying improv comedy in California, Ethan Czahor was fired.
 
"Unfortunately, my Twitter feed was unearthed, spun completely out of context to make me appear as someone I am certainly not, and I lost my job," he wrote.
 
He created the app, Clear, "to make sure situations like mine never happen to anyone ever again".
 
Using proprietary algorithms and the help of IBM's Watson supercomputer, the app scans your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and flags posts it thinks might be "negative".
 
Then you can go through and choose which of those posts to keep, and which to clear away for good.
 
The app looks for fairly obvious expressions of negativity or disparagement -- such as "gay" that ranks as 100 percent negative on the app's sensitivity report -- to less obvious ones, such as "America".
 
Delete all or your potentially negative messages, and the app will declare you "100 percent clear". 'Clear' is currently in beta for iOS.
 
There is one glitch though -- if someone has already screen-shot your feeds, there is little this app can do!
 

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Nifty, Bank Nifty, Sensex may move higher – Wednesday closing report
If Nifty closes above 8,500 and Bank Nifty above 18,300, the indices will make further gains
 
We had mentioned in Tuesday’s closing report that NSE’s CNX Nifty may try to stage a rebound, after taking a support at around 8,300. The 50-stock index reached marginally below this support and started moving higher.
 
S&P BSE Sensex opened at 27,757, while Nifty opened at 8,400. Sensex moved from the low of 27,385 to the high of 27,947, while Nifty hit a low at 8,285 before reaching a high at 8,450. After hitting the day’s high, both the benchmarks closed near that level. Sensex closed at 27,890 (up 214 points or 0.77%), while Nifty closed at 8,430 (up 52 points or 0.62%). Sensex reversed the entire loss of Tuesday. Bank Nifty too followed the same pattern of trading today. It opened at 18,197 and moved from the low of 17,799 to 18,297 and closed at 18,244 (up 138 points or 0.76%). NSE recorded a volume of 74.07 crore shares. India VIX rose 1.06% to close at 17.2100.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that quantitatively the seasonal monsoon rainfall is likely to be 93% of the long period average (LPA) during the June-September southwest monsoon season this year, with a model error of plus/minus 5%. The probability for below normal rainfall is 35%, for deficient 33% and for normal 28%.
 
Fertilisers Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that New Urea Policy (NUP) – 2015 is under the consideration of the government. There is no proposal with regard to increasing the maximum retail price (MRP) of urea.  Also, there will be no free supply of fertilisers to help dry land farmers to survive under various circumstances, Ahir said.
 
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has projected a credit flow of up to Rs2,205.66 crore for priority sectors in Meghalaya for 2015-2016, a rise of 19% over last year's outlay.
 
Coming back to the Indian stock market, Just Dial (11.35%) was the top gainer in ‘A’ group on the BSE. It was in the news that it will launch a mobile app next month that will provide a single platform for 20-25 services, ranging from doctor's appointment to taxi booking to grocery and fruit delivery.
 
Wipro (6.01%) was the top loser in ‘A’ group on the BSE. It was also the top loser in the Sensex 30 pack. Its revenue rose marginally from Rs10,401.80 crore for the quarter ended 31 March 2014 to Rs10,651.50 crore for the quarter ended March 2015. For the fourth quarter, its net profit fell to Rs2,141.60 crore compared with Rs2,353.10 crore for the quarter ended March 2014.
 
Hindustan Unilever (3.59%) was the top gainer in the Sensex 30 pack.
 
On Tuesday, US indices had a mixed closing with Dow declining sharply, S&P sliding marginally and the Nasdaq up.
 
Asian indices showed mixed performance. Shanghai Composite (2.44%) was the top gainer while SET Composite index of Thailand (1.10%) was the top loser.
 
European indices were trading in the red. US Futures were trading higher. The Bank of England officials voted unanimously to leave the UK central bank's main interest rate unchanged this month and concluded that the recent pickup in growth in the neighbouring Eurozone should help power the UK economy this year, according to the minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee's April meeting published today.

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Nasscom for net neutrality, level-playing field
Advocating net neutrality and level-playing field for start-ups, the Indian IT industry's representative body Nasscom on Wednesday proposed a synergistic model for internet platforms, applications and telecom service providers.
 
"Net neutrality creates an open and level-playing field to facilitate innovation, adoption and inclusion," Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar said, sharing its response to the TRAI consultative paper on regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) services.
 
Noting that internet, mobile telephony, social media, big data, analytics, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) have created a perfect confluence for economic development, the former telecom secretary said the start-up and innovation eco-system and the government's Digital India initiative would transform social and economic spheres, including education, healthcare and financial inclusion.
 
"As the essential building blocks of the digital revolution are not contradictory and can be synergised, we have advocated a forward looking definition of net neutrality to achieve the objectives," Chandrashekhar said.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a paper in March inviting comments from users and firms on how OTT services should be regulated in the country and sought suggestions from stakeholders by April 24 and counter-arguments by May 8.
 
In net neutrality, governments and internet service providers treat data on the internet equally and do not charge users, content, platform, site, application or mode of communication differentially for the benefit of end-customers.
 
"Any stifling regulation restricting access to internet or internet platforms and services will not only hamper the country's socio-economic development, but also suppress growth and success of innovation driven start-ups and small and medium enterprises," National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) internet council chair Sanjeev Bhikchandani said on the occasion.
 
The emergence of the internet, resultant data revolution and the advent of a host of application service providers has disrupted equilibria and business models in several sectors, including telecom and IT.
 
"It is essential to synergise adoption of internet platforms and innovation driven models with growth of telecom infrastructure. This will lead to a cycle of growth, where sustained rise in revenues from data consumption is spurred and driven by the internet platforms and OTT services," Chandrashekhar added.
 
As mobile penetration approaches saturation level, voice traffic will plateau and rising data traffic will be the driver of demand for more telecom infrastructure.
 
"Issues in the TRAI paper arise from the revenue streams of TSPs, which are heavily voice dependent while demand for infrastructure is driven by rising data usage. A revenue stream calibrated to the demand/consumption of data is the way forward to ensure the demand driver and revenue generator are aligned," Nasscom said in its response to the TRAI paper.
 
The industry body also stressed on the need to understand the guiding principles of net neutrality, which is about unfettered user right of making an informed choice in deciding access to legal content/services on the internet.
 
"We believe that users' right to choose will be compromised when regulations fail to proscribe price and non-price based discrimination by TSPs. The downstream impact is needless data demand curtailment," Nasscom noted.
 
The industry body also suggested that universal principles of net neutrality, access for all and leveraging internet for development growth should be upheld.
 
"There should be no roadblocks to rapid adoption of ICT enabled models and innovation that are expected to drive the digital revolution in the country."
 
No rights or discretion to TSPs to censor or block legal content; to throttle lawful internet traffic; determine how users use internet in the form of "normal net management or commercial practices".
 
Telecom service providers should not indulge in double dipping (charging) for data from both consumer and application/platform provider.
 
"It is important to dispel the myth that internet platforms and OTT services are not regulated. The Information Technology Act and its rules pertaining to intermediaries and interception are applicable to them, as also the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Penal Code," Chandrashekhar added.

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