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New Skype emoji’s created by Paul McCartney

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(DIYA TV) — Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his creative genius to the world of technology—exactly 52 years to the day after The Beatles made their historic first U.S. visit and appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, McCartney’s talents have been enlisted by Microsoft.

Skype, a Microsoft-owned company, will collaborate with the rock and roll icon to create a new group of 10 moving emoticons, which the company refers to simply as Mojis, for the desktop and mobile versions of its app. Characters named Sumo Cupid, Excited Octopus, and Flirting Banana will be included in the “Love” Mojis.

The animated emoticons wiggle and gyrate to short snippets of non-lyrical music, as well as the occasional “doo dee doo deeeeee” from Sir Paul himself. Picture them as GIFs without sound. The move was made in time for delivery by Valentines Day.

Sir Paul McCartney records in studio (Photo courtesy of TechRadar).

Sir Paul McCartney records in studio (Photo courtesy of TechRadar).

“Paul genuinely loves Skype and, inspired by our existing Mojis, was excited to lend his voice to the Mojis family,” the Skype team wrote in a statement. “Likewise we were over the moon to work with Paul, and it was a great creative challenge for us to create the animations to compliment his legendary sound. Take a look at the final product!”

During a press conference earlier in the week, Skype group manager Steven Abrahams said that the company’s users have now sent over half a billion mojis, and that until now, Skype had almost exclusively partnered with BBC television in the past to offer these advanced emoticons. Abrahams added that Skype is hoping to partner with more artists in the future, and hopes to keep a line of communication open with McCartney for future collaborations.

“We think artists — and in particular musicians — have a deep understanding of emotions,” Abrahams said. “And if you think about music as something very visceral, it’s really a great way of expression.”

Last October, Skype introduced clips from popular Bollywood TV shows and movies, along with emoji honoring Indian food, holidays, and traditions.

 

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Federal Court rules Trump must turn over tax returns | Diya TV News

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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