San Francisco, Sep 25 (AP/UNB) — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.
Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram's chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off "to explore our curiosity and creativity again."
"Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team," Systrom said. "We've grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We're now ready for our next chapter."
"Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that's what we plan to do," Systrom said. "We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion."
No explanation was given for their sudden departure from the photo-sharing network they founded in 2010.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, just before going public, at a price that seemed inconceivable at the time — $1 billion — especially for a little-known startup with no profit. At the time Instagram was ad-free, with a loyal following of 31 million users who were all on mobile devices — still a somewhat elusive bunch for the web-born Facebook back then. Since then, the service has grown to more than 1 billion users and has of course added plenty of advertisements.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders" and said he was looking forward "to seeing what they build next."
The departures are a challenge for Facebook. Instagram has been a bright spot for company not just because it's seen as a more uplifting place than Facebook itself, but because it is popular with teens and young people — a group Facebook has had trouble keeping around.
Instagram has largely escaped Facebook's high-profile problems over user privacy, foreign elections interference and fake news, even though it is not immune to any of these things (Facebook recently disclosed it has deleted hundreds of pages on its namesake site as well as Instagram that were linked to global misinformation campaigns intended to disrupt elections).
Though Systrom, in the early days of Instagram ads, famously checked each one personally to ensure it aligned with the app's aesthetics, he was not as loudly anti-ads as the founder of another popular Facebook-acquired mobile app, WhatsApp.
WhatsApp's CEO Jan Koum resigned in April.
Koum had signaled years earlier that he would take a stand against Facebook if the company's push to increase profits demanded radical changes in the way WhatsApp operates. In a blog post written when Facebook announced the biggest acquisition in its history, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product."
Dhaka, Sep 24 (UNB) - Handset maker Motorola has launched its latest Moto E4 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus mobile sets in Bangladesh market in partnership with Robi.
The launching ceremony was held at a city hotel on Monday, said a press release.
Motorola launched its handsets in Bangladesh after 10 years, making this a much anticipated launch for the tech enthusiasts of the country. All these handsets from Motorola will be exclusively available in robishop. Smart Technologies BD Ltd. brought the Motorola brand in Bangladesh as the national distributor of the Moto devices.
State Minister for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, was present at the launching ceremony as the chief guest. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s (BTRC), Director General (Spectrum Management) Brig. Gen. Md Nasim Parvez was present as the special guest.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer, Shihab Ahmad and Smart Technologies BD Ltd’s Chairman, Mohd. Mazharul Islam, Group Director, MD Zafor Ahmed and Director, Shakib Arafat were present on the occasion.
The Motorola Moto E4 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus are priced at Tk 11,990, Tk. 14,990 and Tk. 19,990 respectively. These exciting new handsets come with large display with advanced cameras that snap crisp, gorgeous photos even in low light.
Moreover, with massive battery capacity, fast performance, impressive loud speakers and stunning design, these handsets promises to herald a new era of entertainment through mobile device.
All these handsets come with amazing gift items (Motorola Bag/ Cap/ T-shirt/ Bluetooth Speaker), 15-month warranty, 0% EMI for six months and 4GB free data (2GB regular and 2GB 4.5G) with 30-days validity.
In addition, the customers can enjoy 100 percent bonus data volume upon purchasing any existing data pack above Tk 100 within nine months of purchasing any of these handsets.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for ICT Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, said, “Motorola, the company that had invented mobile phone has re-entered Bangladesh market with new enthusiasm. This is indeed a good news for us. We need digital devices to implement the vision of Digital Bangladesh. It is one of the objectives of the Government to make quality digital devices available at a reasonable price.”
Commenting on the much awaited launch of Motorola handsets, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said, “Robi has created, by far, the largest 4.5G network of the country with 7,100 4.5G sites. In this backdrop, we are excited to partner with Motorola to launch their three latest handsets. I am sure through the Robi’s ecommerce outlet, robishop, and the excellent distribution network of Robi’s assisted ecommerce brand, Digired, the customers across the country would be able to avail these exciting handsets with utmost convenience.”
Smart Technologies BD Ltd’s Chairman, Mohd. Mazharul Islam said, “Motorola has started working in Bangladesh with support from Smart Technologies. We have got Robi as our partner in this journey. We want to continue our winning streak with Motorola and Robi in this team. We have set a target for this market and taken a number of initiatives to achieve it.”
The robishop is an e-commerce of the country offering a wide ranging choice of latest handsets from the world renowned handset makers and a wide variety of options for electronic appliances. The service delivery is available in more than 400 thanas of the country, delivering product in the quickest possible time line.
Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNB) - Symphony on Sunday inaugurated its newly-established manufacturing plant, ‘Edison Industries Limited’ at Zirabo, Ashulia.
The ceremony was commenced by Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, said a press release.
The top officials of Symphony, including the Chairman of Edison Group, Aminur Rashid, Managing Director, Jakaria Shahid and Director of Edison Industries, S M Morshed-Uz-Zaman were also present at the programme.
Mustafa Jabbar said, “This achievement has added a new milestone in the digitization of Bangladesh. Our prime minister’s long desired dream of seeing local manufacturing of mobile handsets has been successfully turned into reality by Symphony.”
Managing Director Jakaria Shahid said “After receiving permission of setting up ‘A’ category industry, we are now focusing all our energy here so that we can produce handsets of international standards and in doing so, contribute greatly behind realizing the dreams of a digital Bangladesh.”
According to Symphony, Edison Industries Limited has been constructed on a massive 57,000 square foot space. Japanese and German machineries have been installed in the facility. Approximately 400-500 new workplaces have been created here. Initially, 30-40 lakh units of smartphones will be produced from 8 production lines. More of these lines are planned to be added in the future.
The director of Edison Industries, Mr. S M Morshed-Uz-Zaman informed that 80 percent of all workers have been hired from polytechnic institutes and were rigorously trained for months before placement.
Tokyo, Sep 23 (AP/UNB)— An unmanned Japanese space capsule is headed to the International Space Station filled with cargo including food, experiments and new batteries.
The craft was launched Sunday at 2:52 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It will take 4 ½ days to reach the space station.
The launch was delayed for about two weeks because of bad weather and a mechanical problem.
The delay has led NASA to postpone two space walks to install the six lithium-ion batteries until new crew members arrive next month. They will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for the station's electric power, enabling an extension of its operations.
The supply ship is a 9-meter- (30-foot-) long cylinder that will be retrieved by the space station's robotic arm. It is named Kounotori, which means white stork.
The 5,500 kilograms (12,000 pounds) of cargo includes racks and equipment for experiments and an experimental re-entry capsule to try to demonstrate a novel technology to bring back samples from the space station.
Once it is unloaded, the supply craft will be filled with trash and sent Earth-ward. It will be destroyed when it re-enters the atmosphere.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - The number of the country's total internet users is now 9.05 crore, according to statistics published on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)'s website on Thursday.
The BTRC released its statistics updated till the end of August.
Among them, 8.47 crore are mobile phone internet users, 57.33 lakh are broadband internet (ISP + PSTN) users and the rest 83,000 are WiMax users.
The total number of internet subscribers reached 8.89 crore at the end of July.