Subrata Roy’s Aamby Valley auction sees just two bidders: What makes the luxury resort so expensive?

Sahara Group’s massive luxury resort town Aamby Valley, which has been put up for auction by the Supreme Court, has found just a couple of parties who have shown interest in the bid. There are many steps in the auction process, but the first step for the bidder is to submit the KYC details. Both […]

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President? Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President? HIGHLIGHTS Zuckerberg took a new year resolution to visit all 50 US states Zuckerberg also said that he no longer considers himself an atheist Some people have started believing that he may run for President As America changes presidents, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is doing something. This week, he did something in Texas: He went to his first rodeo. He wore a hard hat and a safety vest. He thanked police officers in Dallas for their hard work. He helped plant a community garden. So what, exactly, is Mark Zuckerberg doing? Well, even without a peep from the man confirming any interest in the job, some have started to believe that Zuckerberg is running for president. The reason people think that is, well, because whatever it is that Zuckerberg is doing looks a lot like what presidential hopefuls do: In this case, Zuckerberg was in Dallas to testify in a $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,616 crores) lawsuit. The Facebook-owned Oculus VR company has been accused of corporate theft by ZeniMax – an accusation that Facebook has denied. But the chief executive managed to make the most of his trip on Facebook itself by looping it into an unrelated personal project. Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure that he has visited each of the 50 states by the end of the year. He has been to several already, (for instance: Hawaii, where he owns a house and is suing some of his neighbours), so the resolution will mean making sure he visits about 30 additional states by December. “My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year,” Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post explaining the resolution. But that resolution wasn’t the first thing Zuckerberg that sounded a bit presidential to some. Over the holidays, Zuckerberg said he no longer considers himself an atheist and that religion is “very important” to him. He also hired David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former campaign chair, to work for the philanthropic organization that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, created. Once again, it is important to emphasize that while the above sure does make you go “hmm,” Mark Zuckerberg has not said that he is running, or would like to run, for president. One other reason that Zuckerberg might want to spend 2017 meeting Americans could have to do with, you know, Facebook. This year, the company was accused of having a bias against conservative news sources and topics in its trending topics bar. That accusation had a lasting impact on Facebook’s reputation in conservative circles. And after the 2016 election, the company faced repeated interrogations from the media about its influential role in spreading fake news and hoaxes. As a result, Facebook announced changes designed to improve its ability to discourage the sharing of outright false information. Zuckerberg’s business model depends on its users believing that the platform is a newsworthy and trustworthy place where they might feel comfortable posting lots of things from their personal lives. Both perceptions have been threatened over the past year. Going out and talking to people, particularly those who have recently lost trust in the company, could be helpful PR for Zuckerberg – for reasons that have nothing to do with running for president. With someone like Zuckerberg, it can be hard to separate signs of insatiable ambition from those pointing to a specific political goal. Take this passage from Nick Bilton, who outlined the case for at least thinking about the possibility that Zuckerberg might run over at Vanity Fair: “If he does want the job, Zuckerberg definitely has the personality for it. When Facebook went public in 2012, I co-authored a profile of the young C.E.O. During the reporting, I heard from several friends about his penchant for playing world-conquering board and video games. Early childhood pals told me that one of Zuckerberg’s favorite video games as a boy was Civilization, the game in which you have to “build an empire to stand the test of time.” Others have told me that, to this day, Zuckerberg loves to play Risk, a strategy board game where you have to essentially take over the world.” Interesting. Except, my dudes, I too really love playing Civilization, and I would never want to run for president. Other things pointed to in that Vanity Fair story are more concrete – like the fact that a Facebook proxy statement from April said Zuckerberg could leave Facebook to serve in a government office but still keep control of his company. Hmm. (In a long statement about those changes in April, Zuckerberg said he was “committed to our mission and to leading Facebook there over the long term.”) Zuckerberg would be 36 by the time the 2020 election rolls around, which is one year over the minimum required age to be president (by contrast, incumbent President Donald Trump would be 74). But even if the rumors of a Zuckerberg run are true – which, again, is not something that has been confirmed in any way – Bilton says that the prevailing thought in Silicon Valley is that the still completely hypothetical Zuckerberg run for office would happen in 2024. © 2017 The Washington Post Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Social, Oculus, Donald Trump [“Source-Gadgets”]

Snapchat IPO Pursuit Sees US Exchanges Rent Helicopters, Drape Banners This past November, Nasdaq Inc hired a helicopter to film Manhattan’s skyline using Snapchat’s new video-camera sunglasses and sent the aerial footage to its social media followers. The New York Stock Exchange – its arch-rival – on the same day tweeted a video shot from […]

Apple Sees Drop in Profit, Revenue as iPhone Sales Slump

Apple’s quarterly profit slumped on a widely expected drop in iPhone sales, but gains in services offered some optimism on the company’s efforts to curb dependence on its smartphone. The company said Tuesday that profit fell 19 percent to $9 billion (roughly Rs. 60,134 crores) in the fiscal quarter ending September 24. Revenue fell nine percent […]

New MacBook Pro Sees Replacement of MagSafe 2 Port With USB Type-C

HIGHLIGHTS Headphone jack still intact on new MacBook Pro MagSafe port used magnetic component to connect to laptop New MacBook Pro can be charged from any Thunderbolt 3 port Back in September, Apple took a bold step by removing the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack from its new iPhone models. Now, the company seems to have […]

HTC Sees Dismal sales of recent Flagship in China, paperwork VR agency: reports

HIGHLIGHTS only 251 HTC 10 gadgets had been reportedly bought at some stage in the pre-order period. HTC reportedly confirmed if it has shaped a new VR agency. HTC however did not confirm its plans to spin off the VR firm. it is no secret that Taiwanese telephone manufacturer HTC has been going through difficult […]

HTC Sees Dismal income of recent Flagship in China, paperwork VR company: reviews

HIGHLIGHTS most effective 251 HTC 10 gadgets have been reportedly bought for the duration of the pre-orderduration. HTC reportedly showed if it has fashioned a brand new VR organisation. HTC but failed to verify its plans to spin off the VR company. it is no secret that Taiwanese telephone producer HTC has been going via […]

TSMC Sees Drop in Q1 Profits Due to Delayed Shipments

Top chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Thursday reported a plunge in quarterly profits after a powerful earthquake delayed shipments, and slashed its outlook for the next three months. The world’s biggest tailor-made microchip maker by revenue said first-quarter net income fell to TWD 64.78 billion (roughly Rs. 13,318 crores), down 18 percent from a year […]

Google Fiber Sees 79 Percent Surge in Video Subscriber Growth: Report

Alphabet Inc’s much-talked about high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, had 53,000 video subscribers as of December end, up 79 percent from a year earlier, brokerage MoffettNathanson said, citing numbers from the US Copyright Office. Google has been expanding the service, which promises Internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second, in several cities in […]

View from Dawn: India sees Pakistan as a roadblock in its path to Great Power status

Image credit: PIB/AFP PHOTO India’s ambitions of achieving Great Power status cannot be fully realised unless Pakistan is strategically neutralised. A conventional military defeat of Pakistan has been a costly and unlikely option ever since the latter acquired a credible nuclear deterrence capability. Pakistan has also built a strategic relationship with China which provides it with […]