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Six lakh hits per second lead to ‘Freedom 251’ website crash

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New Delhi: A crazy rush to book online world’s cheapest “Make in India” smartphone caused the firm’s website to crash within hours of opening up for pre-order at 6 AM on Thursday.

The Noida-based startup received approximately six lakh hits per second to buy the Rs.251 (less than $4) device, the company said in a statement.

“Dear friends, we are very grateful for your enormous response and your kind patronage and would submit that as of now we receive approx 6 lakh hits per second, as a result of which due to your kind overwhelming response servers are overloaded,” Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd sent as a message on www.freedom251.com.

“We humbly submit that we are, therefore, taking a pause and upgrading the service and will revert within or before 24 hours,” the message read.

Taking the world by surprise, the firm on Wednesday launched “Freedom 251” smartphone that, it said, has been developed “with immense support” from the government.

However, there are some apprehensions about its final appearance and performance as it looks similar to an Apple iPhone and all the icons of the built-in app are a pixel-to-pixel copy of Apple’s iOS icons.

“Freedom 251” has an Android 5.1 operating system, a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.

The device has 3G connectivity and has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory and supports external memory cards of up to 32GB.

To power “Freedom 251”, the company has put a 1,450mAh battery and claims to have a service network of 650 centres across India.

The smartphone has pre-installed apps like Swachh Bharat, Women Safety, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, among others.

The smartphone was supposed to be available for pre-order on the company website from 6 AM on February 18 until 8 PM on February 21. The deliveries for this India’s most affordable smartphone will be completed by June 30, the company said in a statement.

A shipping charge of Rs.40 is being charged by the company and claims that the smartphone will be delivered on June 30 from the date of booking.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi unveiled the India’s most affordable smartphone at Nehru Park.(IANS)(Photo: techpp.com)

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Snap Help US Anti-Trust Agency Into Facebook’s Business Practices

Facebook competitors like Snap are reportedly helping the US FTC as it launches an anti-trust investigation into the social networking giant's business practices

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Snap are reportedly helping the US FTC as it launches an anti-trust investigation into the social networking giant's business practices. Pixabay

Some Facebook competitors like Snap are reportedly helping the US FTC as it launches an anti-trust investigation into the social networking giant’s business practices.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday, Snap which is the parent company of Snapchat, has created a dossier under “Project Voldemort” that apparently contains Facebook secrets.

“The files in ‘Project Voldemort’ chronicled Facebook’s moves that threatened to undermine Snap’s business, including discouraging popular account holders, or influencers, from referencing Snap on their Instagram accounts,” the report claimed.

Snap and Facebook share a bitter history, with the latter copying several of Snapchat-first features into its Instagram and other products.

From launching “Camera Effects Platform” to encourage augmented reality (AR) effects — a move reported by The New York Times as Facebook’s “brazen heist” over Snapchat – to adding Snapchat-style “Stories” and camera special effects in all its core social apps: Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, The Mark Zuckerberg-run company has done it all.

It is Snapchat which has popularised animated AR selfie masks and facial filters.

Facebook has also added Geostickers to Instagram, offering location-specific tags in two cities (New York City and Jakarta) that users can paste over images. Snapchat launched Geofilters back in 2014.

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In a historic judgment, the US FTC in July slapped a massive $5 billion fine on Facebook over users’ privacy violations in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Pixabay

Originally launched by Snapchat, the “Stories” feature shows photos and videos shared in chronological order that disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook introduced something similar in its app Instagram.

Today, Messenger, WhatsApp and the main Facebook app have all added “Stories” feature (In WhatsApp, it is called ‘Status’).

According to the WSJ, the FTC has made contact with dozens of tech executives and app developers.

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In a historic judgment, the US FTC in July slapped a massive $5 billion fine on Facebook over users’ privacy violations in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, along with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) directing the social networking platform to pay $100 million penalty for making misleading disclosures regarding the risk of misuse of user data.
Democrat Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon is even demanding jail term for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying he should face serious consequences for letting his social media platform misuse consumers’ personal data. (IANS)