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ETtech Top 5: RuPay’s e-commerce growth, ByteDance’s India plan & more
A closer look at today’s biggest tech and startup news and why they matter. read more…
With rising swipes, RuPay cards on par with retail in e-shopping
The share of RuPay cards among overall card payments jumped to 24% in January read more…
Fintech startups can test regulatory sandbox: RBI draft
A regulatory sandbox is a controlled environment for commercial testing of new technology with limited regulations and customer exposure read more…
TikTok ban: User safety priority for us, says Bytedance SVP Zhen Liu
The company has 500 local staff 200 of them focus on content moderation, the company claimed and plans to hire 1,000 more. read more…
Uber’s self-driving unit lands $1 billion from SoftBank, Toyota
Uber said that the investment valued its Advanced Technologies Group, which works to develop autonomous driving technology, at $7.25 billion read more…
Won’t share data with governments without user nod: Google Cloud CEO
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian also said the company will never access the data of users on the platform read more…
Amazon is shutting down its marketplace business in China
The move underscores how entrenched, home-grown e-commerce rivals have made it difficult for Amazon’s marketplace to gain traction in China. read more…
How Artificial Intelligence can do a health check
Fitness startups are trying to mimic human intelligence through their products and the benefits are plenty. read more…
Pinterest, Zoom shares surge in market debut after IPOs
The successful debut bodes well for the U.S. IPO market as it readies for the much-awaited listing of ride-hailing giant Uber read more…
Facebook says it uploaded email contacts of up to 1.5M users
Facebook has been hit by a number of privacy-related issues recently, including a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees. read more…
MyHealthcare raises $3 million from Sixth Sense Ventures
MyHealthcare works with hospitals, diagnostic labs and speciality health clinics and builds a suite of enterprise software solutions for healthcare players read more…
TikTok is off app stores, but millions are still using it
A recent report by app intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimated that TikTok added 188 million users in the first quarter of this year. read more…
Amazon, Google agree to bring their streaming apps to each others’ platforms
The companies said in a statement that the official YouTube apps will be available on Amazon’s Fire TV in the coming months. Amazon’s Prime Video app will also add support for Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. read more…
Real problem’s cybersecurity, not local data: Akamai co-founder Tom Leighton
“We’re seeing things like that in many regions of the world today. Privacy in general is important, given the fact that so many data breaches and cyber theft are taking place” Leighton said. read more…
Big corporates back crypto ‘plumbing’ despite currency caution
Bitcoin slumped by three-quarters last year after nearing a record of $20,000 in its frenzied 2017 bubble. read more…
New Apple lab uses robots to rip apart devices for recycling materials
Apple will open a material recovery lab to investigate new techniques using robotics and machine learning to rip apart its devices and recover valuable materials such as copper, aluminum and cobalt read more…
Google lets Android users choose browsers to ease EU antitrust concerns
Users of Android devices will be able to choose their browsers and search engines from five options starting on Thursday. The new options will appear on both existing and new Android phones in Europe. read more…
Amazon to make premium phones affordable
Amazon has plans of increasing affordability schemes which involve partnering with banks, financial institutions, credit rating agencies to help customers avail credit read more…
OYO launches OPEN programme for asset owners
The company said the programme will include 6 core partner promises that the company is making to its asset partners read more…
Reliance Jio Q4 net up 65% on year; but growth slows on quarter
Profit rose to Rs 840 crore in the fourth quarter of the financial year from Rs 510 crore a year earlier, the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco said in a statement on Thursday. read more…
Schools to entrepreneurs through skill simulation
More than 3,000 schools across India have an Atal Tinkering Lab and DAVP is one them. read more…
With driverless cars late, a startup tries remote-control trucks
Phantom’s yard truck customers include retailers with dozens of distribution centers across the country. read more…
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Daily Capsule | 19th April
We have all seen (and even owned) some sort of superhero or pop culture merchandise. A Superman tee shirt, or a Harry Potter figurine, a replica of Ned Stark’s great Valyrian sword Ice, or maybe Sauron’s ring.
But what if you could flaunt your politics using merch too? In the startup world, politics is leading to some quirky offerings. And as the world’s largest democracy – India – heads into its 17th General Elections, Chandigarh-based ecommerce startup BePolitical makes it possible to wear your politics on your sleeve with its unusual merchandise.
Launched by husband-wife duo Ekta and Tushar Jain in January 2019, BePolitical is a “100 percent politically neutral brand” providing quirkily designed T-shirts on various political parties. The company has already sold more than 600 T-shirts online in three months, and is tying up with local retailers for an offline presence too.
So, who are you wearing today?
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These women are leading the fight against trafficking in India
They faced threats, had very little or no help, but moved forward with a singular focus on their mission: to rescue trafficked women and children in India.
OYO launches its partner engagement programme: OPEN
OYO today launched its OYO Partner Engagement Network (OPEN) to ensure stronger interaction and engagement among its asset owner community. The team intends to create a structured way of exchanging ideas, providing support, and building a relationship of trust on “which we hope to build the next several decades to come”.
Netflix is loving India but isn’t sure if cheaper, mobile-only plans are the way to go
Netflix just added 10 million new subscribers in three months, and is excited with how its focus on local language content is paying off across the world, including in India. Its local content across regions is appealing to global audiences. Now, if it could just find the sweet spot for pricing in India.
From a cheque of Rs 11,001 to raising Rs 350 crore: how Ankur Capital is betting big on Bharat
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This15-year-old is a student by day, entrepreneur by night
What did you do at 15? Preparing for your boards, struggling with a massive syllabus? For Bhopal boy Kunal Chandiramani, life is full of these usual challenges and then some. At 15, Kunal is already running two cloud-based tech startups. He is also a TEDx speaker and is working on several projects simultaneously.
From Wicked Ride to Bounce, this startup wants to change the way India commutes
Bike rental startup Bounce is on the road to making the daily commute stress-free, reliable, and time-saving for urban India through its shared mobility solutions. Co-founder Vivekananda HR talks to YourStory’s Shradha Sharma on the startup’s plans to change the way Indians commute.
How Bounce plans on changing the way India commutes
Elections 2019: Bengaluru voter turnout falls below 50 pc despite startups encouraging people to vote
While Karnataka saw a 61.94 percent voter turnout, Bengaluru only witnessed a 47.63 percent – not even the half-way mark. However, best efforts were put in by companies like Flipkart, Swiggy, Ola, and Uber to pitch their contribution to the all-important election.
Justdial shuts down data breach rumours
Hyperlocal search engine Justdial shot down reports that a security breach exposed information of its 100 million users. Earlier this week, several news sites had reported the data leak that allegedly made sensitive user data publicly available, based on the findings of an independent security researcher, who claimed to have discovered a huge loophole in Justdial’s database.
On Women’s Day in 2017, Facebook launched the SheLeadsTech program to empower and help women entrepreneurs scale in the Indian startup ecosystem. Today, with 500+ members from more than 85 cities, it’s time to celebrate! Facebook is hosting its summit on April 25, 2019 in New Delhi to showcase milestones and discuss the way forward. Witness interesting panel discussions, fireside chats, product showcases, and much more. That’s not all, a special masterclass on how you can leverage Facebook’s ecosystem to grow your business is in store. To join the celebration, click here to register.
Since its launch in 2015, Qualcomm Design in India Challenge has incubated 39 startups and awarded $1.2 million in prize money to the incubated startups. This year, you could be among the 10 startups entitled to a win cash award of upto $100,000. Applications close on April 21, 2019. Apply today.
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