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TRAI raps Facebook, Apple Stores in India: Tech news you need to know

India’s telecom regulator takes Facebook to school over Free Basics | You can now access Facebook through Tor to protect your privacy | You might get an Apple Stores in your city soon | Twitter has fixed its global outage

tech Updated: Jan 20, 2016 14:00 IST
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India’s telecom regulator, TRAI, made a series of email exchanges with Facebook public on its website and it appears that the regulator is, well, fed up(Reuters)

India’s telecom regulator takes Facebook to school over Free Basics: India’s telecom regulator, TRAI, made a series of email exchanges with Facebook public on its website and it appears that the regulator is, well, fed up. In a strongly worded letter, TRAI calls Facebook’s Save Free Basics campaign a “crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll” that has “dangerous ramifications for policy-making in India.”

You can now access Facebook through Tor to protect your privacy: If you’re concerned about online privacy, you’ve probably heard of Tor, an open-source browser that makes it nearly impossible to track you down on the internet. Facebook has announced that it will let you access the social network privately through Tor using Facebook’s Android app. That’s a great move, but if you’re worried about privacy, you probably shouldn’t be using Facebook in the first place.

You might get an Apple Stores in your city soon: Apple has filed an application with India’ Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to open its own Apple Stores in India, which it hasn’t been able to do so far thanks to the country’s stringent FDI norms that included mandatory local procurement for companies. The government relaxed these norms in November, so if all goes well, we might see Apple Stores in Indian cities soon.

Twitter has fixed its global outage:Twitter says that it has resolved its widespread outage that caused the service to be inaccessible twice in the last two days on phones and computers across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and North America. Twitter blamed the downtime on a glitchy software update.