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Elon Musk takes over Twitter: White House says concerned over 'power of large social media platforms'

WASHINGTON, April 26: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has successfully purchased Twitter for $44 billion. The deal will give the world's richest person control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders.

Now that the Tesla CEO has purchased Twitter, the US government has expressed some concerns.

During a Monday press briefing, the White House said that US President Joe Biden was concerned about the power that large social media outlets hold.

Dismissing that this concern had anything to do with the billionaire, spokesperson Jen Psaki said the White House would not comment on an individual transaction.

"Our concerns are not new," said Psaki.

"No matter who owns or runs Twitter, the President has long been concerned about the power of large social media platforms, that power they have over our everyday lives."

She added that Biden "has long argued that tech platforms must be held accountable for the harm they cause."

Just a few hours ago on Monday, Musk successfully clinched a deal to purchase micro-blogging site Twitter for $44 billion.

His takeover of Twitter is the culmination of a whirlwind of announcements and counter-announcements, punctuated by gleefully fired punches at the company, that too on its own platform.

Musk's new character as a social media tyrant is sure to stoke a debate over his political leanings, corporate practices, and outsized personality.

Even as he touts himself as an advocate of free speech, he is known to be libertarian, anti-woke, and impulsive. His critics describe him as autocratic and bullying.

Officials in the Biden administration believe that more vigilance will help to avoid the spread of misleading information about political concerns and the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to Psaki, the White House continues to push for the repeal of Section 230, a rule that protects online corporations from liability for user-submitted content, as well as more anti-trust and transparency enforcement against digital giants.

"We engage regularly with all social media platforms about steps that can be taken," Psaki added. "That has continued, and I'm sure will continue, but there are also reforms that we think Congress could take."

Apple Watch saves Haryana dentist's life

NEW DELHI, March 18: When Haryana resident Nitesh Chopra gifted his wife an Apple Watch Series 6 last year, he had no indication the device would be instrumental in saving his life. The 34-year-old Yamuna Nagar resident had been experiencing some chest pain, his wife Neha asked him to take an ECG on the watch.

Some irregularities appeared in the ECG and the couple went to a hospital to seek treatment. An angiography later, Chopra was told there was a frightening 99.9 percent blockage in his arteries.

After a surgery and a few days in the hospital, Chopra was discharged.

“The doctor placed a stent in his heart and said that we were lucky that anything bad didn't happen,” Neha said.

“It was the Apple Watch that actually gave as indication as because my husband is in his early 30s, we would have never even imagined him to be suffering from blocked arteries,” she added.

Neha was grateful that the smartwatch alerted them on time and wanted to thank Apple CEO Tim Cook for the technology that was key in saving her husband’s life. So she sent him an email.

"We reached the hospital only because of the technology provided by you and he is now fine and healthy. I wish you lots of love and happiness and thank you for giving my husband his life,” Neha wrote in the email.

Much to her surprise, Cook responded to her.

“I’m so glad you sought medical attention and received the treatment you needed. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Be well. Best, Tim," the email read.

Neha now plans to buy another Apple Watch and she and her husband are currently sharing the watch.

Chopra, a dentist by profession, is now back home recovering.

“We ignored the readings thinking a young man in his early 30s can't have such arrhythmia. But our last reading on Saturday, March 12, was consistent with the previous alerts and made us believe that something was not right with my heart health and we should rush to the hospital. Once we reached the hospital, the doctor did an ECG and we even compared it with the monitor. When I was in CCU, my wife and I were continuously comparing our Apple Watch reading with the monitor and they were in sync,” Chopra says.

"I definitely recommend this not just for heart patients but everyone who cares about their own health," he adds.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the timing and strength of the electrical signals that make the heart beat. By looking at an ECG, a doctor can gain insights about the heart rhythm and look for irregularities.

The ECG app on the Apple Watch checks the electrical pulses to get the heart rate and see if the upper and lower chambers of the heart are in rhythm.

In many stories across the world, the Apple Watch has saved countless lives in several ways like by dialing emergency numbers, checking for health issues and monitoring vital functions.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 And iPad Air 2022 Goes On Sale In India

NEW DELHI, March 18: Apple iPhone SE 2022 And iPad Air 2022 are now available for sale in India. Both the new Apple products made their debut at the Apple Sprint event a few weeks back. And now, the devices can be bought in India from online as well as offline channels.

The iPhone SE 2022 borrows its design from the previous but uses the latest A15 Bionic chipset to give you top-end performance and support the 5G network. The iPad Air 2022 also looks the same but now you get it with the M1 chipset, which powers the iPad Pro lineup and the MacBooks.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 price in India starts from Rs 43,900 which gets you the base model with 64GB storage. You also have the 128GB model and a 256GB variant that cost Rs 48,900 and Rs 58,900 respectively. iPhone SE 2022 sale offers include a Rs 2,000 instant discount if you buy the phone using ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank or SBI cards. You also have special no-cost EMI schemes and exchange offers worth checking out.

Apple iPad Air 2022 prices start at Rs 54,900 which buys you the Wi-Fi only 64GB variant. You can get the 256GB model for Rs 68,900. The Wi-Fi and Cellular model in 64GB and 256GB storage option comes for Rs 68,900 and Rs 82,900.

Buyers can avail special cashback discount of Rs 4,000 using ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank and SBI cards.

iPhone SE 2022 carries a 4.7-inch HD Retina display with a Touch ID at the bottom. The phone comes powered A15 Bionic chipset with 4GB RAM and you can get it with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. iPhone SE 2022 runs iOS 15.4 version out of the box. It gets a single 12-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel camera on the front for FaceTime.

iPad Air 2022 gets a 10.9-inch LED Liquid Retina display with support for 2340×1640 pixels resolution. You get it powered by the M1 chip now along with the iPadOS software. Apple has added an improved 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the front that supports CenterStage. It has the same 12-megapixel rear camera as the previous version. iPad Air 2022 comes with 64GB and 256GB storage variants that can be paired with Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + cellular model.

iPad Air 2022 gets the USB Type C interface for charging.

 

 

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