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5 Most insightful tech stories you should read today

  • The massaging app WhatsApp is reportedly making a foray into digital payments in India. The company is planning to bring digital payments to the platform, allowing users to send money to each other, similar to how virtual money works on Facebook Messenger, says a report. The company has also posted a job listing for a Digital Transactions Lead in India.<br /> <br /> Thinkstock Image<br />
  • The state of Kerala declared recently that all citizens should have access to WiFi as a basic human right. Thomas Issac, the finance Minister of the state made the announcement and said the government would provide free Internet for across the state.<br /> <br /> The initiative aligns with the UN direction which says everyone must be able to access the Internet to exercise their right to freedom of expression.<br /> <br /> Thinkstock Image<br />
  • Yahoo will be brought under a new company called Oath along with AOL and other brands. The name was confirmed by AOL boss Tim Armstrong. Yahoo as a brand will continue to exist, a source familiar with the matter tells TechRadar, only now under the new company. Verizon hasn\'t indicated it plans to shutter such mainstays as Yahoo Mail, Finance or Sports, which along with other Yahoo properties have over one billion users.<br /> <br /> Another report also suggest that CEO Marissa Mayer will not be part of the new company.
  • Donald Trump is cracking down on the H-1B visa program. This essentially means that tech companies may face scrutiny on hiring foreign workers. The trio of policy shifts that Trump administration rolled out made it tough for companies to bring tech workers to the U.S. on H-1B work visa.<br /> <br /> However, the Indian IT industry body Nasscom said the clarifying guidance by the USCIS on eligibility for computer programmers under the H-1B visa norms will have little impact on its members, as the clarification has been the adjudicatory practice for years.
  • Apple is working on its own graphics technology for iPhones and watches and will soon stop using graphics processors made by British chip designer Imagination Technologies.<br /> <br /> Apple’s decision to stop licensing graphics chips from Imagination Technologies shows the iPhone maker\'s determination to take greater control of the core technologies in its products.<br /> <br /> "Today we do much more in-house development of fundamental technologies than we used to," Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said at a February conference. "Think of the work we do on processors or sensors. We can push the envelope on innovation. We have better control over timing, over cost and over quality."
  • Samsung recently unveiled its latest premium smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. And the company hopes to restore its reputation as one of the world’s top smartphone makers. The company is set to launch the flagship phone later this month in India market. It remains to be seen if the company can reclaim its magic with the Galaxy S8 and start a new beginning.
  • Over a two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented what we all use today --the World Wide Web. The web have evolved incredibly giving rise to the app ecosystem. Berners-Lee, who was recently awarded with Turing Award — an honor recognizing the historic accomplishments of a computer scientist, in an interview with The Post predicted a massive outcry over online privacy. Read the complete story <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/04/04/the-inventor-of-the-web-explains-why-you-shouldnt-use-a-vpn/?utm_term=.20d3638c93c7">here</a>.

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