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TikTok banned in India over fears of porn and sexual predators

The Indian government has banned social video app TikTok, Reuters reports from an IT ministry official. The ban came at the urging of a regional court which determined that the app harbors pornographic content and allows sexual predators to prey on younger users. The developer, China-based Bytedance, is appealing the order.

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OK Google, bullion me: Google Pay in India can now buy actual gold

Google's payment platform is expanding rapidly. Just a day after rolling out new countries, and after adding support for several cities' transit passes, Google Pay is now able to handle a rather uncommon currency. Indeed, Indian users can now buy and sell gold straight from their phones.

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WhatsApp offers fact-checking service to combat fake news during India elections

WhatsApp is collaborating with a startup in India as it hopes to change the perception that the messaging app is used to spread misinformation. A new feature will help users determine the credibility of information sent to them during the country's national elections.

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Google Duo's colorful Holi video effects are live

The festival of spring and color, Holi, is quite a cheerful celebration in India and Nepal, which is now spreading to more and more countries. Google likes to honor these occasions in various ways, and we knew this year's Holi would bring video effects in Duo. They're now live, though they may be geolimited. Update: They're available in India only.

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Google Photos is getting Express backups and various data cap options

Photos sits firmly among the most beloved Google services, and although feature additions have been limited lately, they have been quite significant — like Live Albums. Two new options are beginning to show up in Photos now, though their rollout is starting in India and should expand to dozens of countries soon.

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You can be arrested for playing PUBG in some cities in India

The Times of India is reporting that last Friday, police in Urbannagar in the Rakhial area of Ahmedabad (a city in India) arrested a twenty-year-old for the perverse and twisted crime of playing PUBG. Apparently, the city banned the game as of last Wednesday. In fact, three more people were arrested in there for the same crime just later that day, and two other people were arrested two days earlier on Wednesday for playing PUBG in the city of Rajkot.

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[Update: Official] Google Pay lets you buy IRCTC train tickets in India

Google Pay for India, né Tez, is a convenient mobile payment option, and it keeps adding new features. The most recent is the ability to buy IRCTC train tickets directly from the app — no need for any additional app.

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YouTube Music and Premium launch in India, starting at ₹99 ($1.42 USD) per month

Google has a unique position with YouTube Music, since YouTube itself is home to countless music-related videos. Indian users can now join in on the fun, with both YouTube Music and Premium officially launching in the country.

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Google's Bolo helps children read and understand English and Hindi [APK Download]

You can't underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars of that is the ability to read. When I travelled to Nepal a couple of months ago, I was astonished by how thirsty for learning children in rural areas are. In the afternoon, many were being dropped off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) trek up hills to get back home. In the morning, many could be seen carrying their backpacks and walking for at least half an hour or more just to get to their school or bus. And us privileged folks complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up right from our doorstep!

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HTC may resort to licensing its brand name in India

Things have not been going well for HTC as it continues to hemorrhage money quarter after quarter. Its decision to sell off its Pixel division to Google didn't do anything to staunch the bleeding; it's just more blood to run through the sieve. Now, HTC is considering a bold strategy, according to a new report. The smartphone maker may simply license its name to other smartphone manufacturers.

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