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Breaking News Live: Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize its ‘metaverse’ vision – Times of India

In explaining the rebrand, Zuckerberg said the name “Facebook” just doesn’t encompass “everything we do” any more. In addition to its primary social network, that now includes Instagram, Messenger, its Quest VR headset, its Horizon VR platform and more.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the company’s live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference, said the new name reflected its focus on building the metaverse.

Skeptics point out that it also appears to be an attempt to change the subject from the Facebook Papers, a leaked document trove that has revealed the ways Facebook ignored internal reports and warnings of the harms its social network created or magnified across the world. (AP)

The company said the change would bring together its different apps and technologies under one new brand.

Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize its ‘metaverse’ vision
Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would rebrand as Meta, a name change that comes as the company battles criticisms from lawmakers and regulators over its market power, its algorithmic decisions and the policing of abuses on its platforms.
PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Rome, beginning tomorrow, will be his first visit to the Italian capital after assuming office. It’ll also be the first visit by an Indian PM to Rome in almost 12 years: Dr Neena Malhotra, Indian Ambassador to Italy. (ANI)

Uttarakhand: Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of two persons who got trapped in the debris of landslide caused by heavy rainfall at a village in Narainbagar area of Chamoli on Oct 19, says DM Himanshu Khurana (ANI)

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Nepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma to visit India between Nov 9-12 (ANI)

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In line with our tradition of living in harmony with nature and culture of deep respect for the planet, we are taking ambitious action on expanding clean & renewable energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity: PM

This will be the first in-person Summit of the G20 since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 and will allow us to take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how the G20 can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience and building back inclusively and sustainably from the pandemic: PM Modi

In Glasgow, I will highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues including equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation and resilience building measures, mobilization of finance, technology transfer and importance of sustainable lifestyles for green and inclusive growth: PM

During my visit to Italy, I will also visit the Vatican City, to call on His Holiness Pope Francis and meet Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin: Modi

In Rome, I will attend the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit, where I will join other G20 Leaders in discussions on global economic & health recovery from the pandemic, sustainable development & climate change: PM Narendra Modi

I will be visiting Rome, Italy & the Vatican City, from Oct 29-31 at the invitation of PM Mario Draghi, following which I will travel to Glasgow, UK from Nov 1-2 at the invitation of PM Boris Johnson: PM Narendra Modi

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