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  1. Amazon launches free video streaming service miniTV in India Image Credits: TechCrunch Amazon has long maintained that its video streaming service, Prime Video, helps it drive more sales on the shopping app. Now the e-commerce giant is testing what happens when it brings the video streaming service to the shopping app itself. The e-commerce giant on Saturday launched miniTV, an ad-supported video streaming service that is available within the Amazon shopping app and is “completely free.” miniTV is currently available only in India, Amazon said.
  2. The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer is facing a Covid-19 vaccine shortage at home Come again another day. With never-before surges in Covid-19 infection every day, a vaccine shortage in India couldn’t have come at a worse time. Yesterday (April 8), India saw 131,968 new infections of the novel coronavirus, the highest single-day spike yet. Meanwhile, several states have reported extreme shortages in Covid-19 vaccines. Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is experiencing its worst-ever wave of Covid-19 yet, and the most acute vaccine shor
  3. India's second wave hits the whole world through vaccine export curbs Facing a brutal new wave of coronavirus cases, India on Thursday made anyone over 45 eligible for vaccination. But the scramble to vaccinate as many people as possible has also meant sharply curtailing exports. Why it matters: The hopes of vaccinating the world have largely fallen on the shoulders of India, a vaccine manufacturing powerhouse and home to the world’s largest producer, the Serum Institute. Until recently, India was exporting most of the doses it was producing — a mix of donations
  4. It has been a rough few days for India when it comes to global surveys and associated criticism. Over the last week, the world's largest democracy lost it's ranking as a 'free' country on the 2021 Freedom in the World index, and led the world leaderboard for internet shutdowns. India led the world last year in internet shutdowns that affected hundreds of millions of people, as governments cracked down on political rivals and tried to suppress protests. At least 155 internet shutdowns in 2020 disrupted access for people in 29 countries, according to
  5. India’s finance minister reconsiders a ban on cryptocurrencies The Indian government might not completely ban cryptocurrencies. In an interview on March 5, country’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she wants to foster innovation in crypto. “We want to make sure that there is a window available for all kinds of experiments which will have to take place in the crypto world,” she said during an interview on CNBC TV18, a business and financial news television channel in India. “We are not closing our minds.” The comments from Sitharaman count
  6. Asked whether you will buy bitcoins, big bull Rakesh Jhunjhunwala answered, "I won't buy it for even $5." In an interview with CNBC International TV, the ace investor said, "Only the sovereign has the right to create currency in the world. Tomorrow people will produce 5 lakh bitcoins, then which currency will go? Something which fluctuates 5-10% a day, can it be considered as currency?" "If a dollar moves 1-2%, it becomes a news, but bitcoin fluctuates 10-15% every day," Jhunjhunwala said. On cryptocurrency trading, he said, "I think it's speculation of the highest order."
  7. Allegations of planted evidence raise questions about hacking ecosystem in India (Flickr/ Vijay Chennupati/CC-BY-2.0) Recent allegations that planted evidence may have been used to frame an activist in a terrorism case are raising new questions about the surveillance and hacking ecosystem in India. The human rights activist in question, Rona Wilson, is one of several people accused of plotting to overthrow the Indian government in connection with a violent demonstration in Bhima Koregaon, India in 2017. Wilson is among the several activists accused of
  8. IDC: Indian market drops 2% in 2020, strong H2 counters weak H1 In its latest market report, IDC focuses on the performance of the Indian smartphone market in 2020. The first half of the year, which was marked by the lockdowns and restrictions at the beginning of the current pandemic, saw a 26% year-over-year decline in shipments, while the second half of 2020 saw a recovering market push to a 19% YoY growth. The resulting nearly 150 million phones shipped are a decline of just -1.7% YoY, which is the first after several years of growth for the Indian market.
  9. Everyone should worry that Indians aren’t taking their second vaccine doses On Jan. 16, India started its vaccination drive against Covid-19, administering preliminary doses to nearly 200,000 healthcare workers, and reminding them to come back on Feb. 13 for their second shots. But when that date rolled around, fewer than 8,000 returned—a measly 4% of the total. By Monday morning (Feb. 15), the proportion had improved, but only just: 24,561 healthcare workers got their second shot out of the 224,301 who ought to have received it, or just over 10%.
  10. PayPal is shutting down domestic payments business in India Image Credits: Yichuan Cao/ NurPhoto / Getty Images PayPal is shutting down its domestic business in India, less than four years after the American giant kickstarted local operations in the world’s second largest internet market. “From 1 April 2021, we will focus all our attention on enabling more international sales for Indian businesses, and shift focus away from our domestic products in India. This means we will no longer offer domestic payment services within India from 1 April,” said a com
  11. Microsoft India’s newest office is palatial Microsoft’s offices have become increasingly lavish, and their Seattle headquarters is currently in the middle of a major refurbishment which has seen several buildings completely demolished. One of their newest offices is located in Noida, a satellite town of India’s capital New Delhi, and Microsoft has recently published a blog post showing off the palatial architecture, inspired directly by the Taj Mahal. Design brief Spread across the top three floors of a six-story building, the offices will be housin
  12. India plans to introduce law to ban Bitcoin, other private cryptocurrencies Image Credits: Getty Images India plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in the country and provide a framework for the creation of an official digital currency during the current budget session of parliament. In the agenda (PDF) published on the lower house website, the legislation seeks to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India,” but allow “for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology [blockchain] of crypto
  13. Apple registers record iPhone sales in India - It may be the new start it was expecting 5G demand may push it further up (Image credit: TechRadar) A report from analytics firms Counterpoint Research and CyberMedia Research (CMR) suggest that Apple may have doubled its year-on-year iPhone sales in India in the company's fourth quarter of 2020. Apple shipped more than 1.5 million iPhone units in India in the quarter that ended in December, up 100% on its year-on-year performance.
  14. India to impose permanent ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok: Indian media FILE PHOTO: Smartphone with Chinese applications is seen in front of a displayed Indian flag and a "Banned app" sign in this illustration picture taken July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration (Reuters) - India’s ministry of electronics and information technology has issued fresh notices to make permanent a ban imposed on video app TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June, Indian media reported late on Monday. When it first imposed the ban, the Indian government gave
  15. Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Go in India Microsoft has finally announced the Surface Laptop Go in India. Buyers in India will now be able to buy “ultra-light” Surface Laptop from authorized retail and online partners, including Reliance Digital, Amazon. The Surface Laptop Go starts at INR 63,499 and goes up to INR 110,999 for the top model. You can also pay in parts — Microsoft is giving you the opportunity to buy it in No-cost EMI options from authorized retail and online partners start at INR 8,000 per month. You’ll be able to buy it from tomorrow, Januar
  16. Rumors suggest that the next Assassin's Creed could be set in India The India connection gets stronger (Image credit: Ubisoft) Assassin's Creed is one of the biggest game franchises out there and rumors of upcoming games are always rife on the internet. And according to a new leak, the setting for the next instalment could be India. For the record, Assassin's Creed Chronicles, which has four different settings, did include India. But that was not meaty enough to be called a proper portrayal since it
  17. Google India boots out 'rogue' loan apps from Play Store They were digital Shylocks (Image credit: Shutterstock) Google India has removed several personal loan apps from its Play Store that are in violation of its safety policies and Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) guidelines. India's banking regulator had earlier conveyed its misgivings over the proliferation of unregulated fintech apps on Google Play Store and advised them to take the errant applications down. "We have reviewed hun
  18. Amazon launches mobile-only, more affordable Prime Video plan in India Image Credits: Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg / Getty Images Amazon is doubling down on one of the biggest strengths of Prime Video streaming service: Aggressive pricing. The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched Prime Video Mobile Edition, an even more affordable tier of the on-demand video streaming service — now also bundling some mobile data. Prime Video Mobile Edition, for which Amazon has partnered with Indian telecom network Airtel, will feature 28-day mobile-only, sin
  19. Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society filed a lawsuit in India late December to compel local ISPs to block access to Sci-Hub and Libgen on copyright infringement grounds. With the case set for a hearing tomorrow, scientists, academics, teachers and students are calling on the government to prevent a blockade for the good of society. Following in the footsteps of the entertainment industries, publishers are increasingly trying to have pirate sites shut down or blocked to prevent the unlicensed spread of academic and scientific papers.
  20. A legal campaign by academic and scientific publishers to prevent Internet users from accessing Sci-Hub and Libgen has expanded to India. In a complaint filed at the High Court in Delhi, Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society, are demanding that local ISPs should block the sites to prevent copyright infringement. More than thirteen years after the first pirate site was blocked following a court order in Denmark, movie, music and sports companies in dozens of countries have sought similar action. More recently, publishing giants inclu
  21. Varanasi in India is installing 3,000 CCTV cameras with automated facial recognition tech at the city’s crossings. From mandatory face masks and temperature checks, to socially distant holiday seasons, 2020 has upended our lives in the most haunting way. It’s also meant that governments across the world could introduce intrusive surveillance technology into our daily lives in the name of public health. In China, the government has been tracking its citizens by monitoring their smartphones. Meanwhile, countries like Singapore and India have been using a con
  22. Bloomberg) -- India entered an unprecedented recession with the economy contracting in the three months through September due to the lingering effects of lockdowns to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. Gross domestic product declined 7.5% last quarter from a year ago, the Statistics Ministry said Friday. That was milder than an 8.2% drop forecast by economists in a Bloomberg survey, and and a marked improvement from a record 24% contraction the previous quarter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in March, sapping
  23. Another antitrust headache for Alphabet. What you need to know Google is being investigated bu the Competition Commission of India over antitrust allegations. The company is being accused of unfairly privileging its Google Pay payment system in the Play Store over competitors. Google rejects this characterization, arguing that it neither has a monopoly on phones nor does is the Play Store the exclusive distribution area for smartphone apps in India. The CCI rejects Google's claims regarding being a m
  24. The COVID-19 outreach is turning out to be not only health, social, and economic hazard but also a cybersecurity crisis. The pandemic has presented new challenges for businesses in the areas of remote collaboration and business continuity. With increased remote working for better business continuity, employees are using numerous Internet tools. As businesses and people have started relying more on technology and are busy fighting with the pandemic, the attackers now have plenty of options to target them more than ever. According to PWC's April report, the n
  25. Minister says more supers will advance society. So why wait to develop silicon, networks, storage and more? India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” program – a national drive for self sufficiency in just about everything – has added building a supercomputing hardware stack to its to-do list. Minister of state for education, communications and electronics & information technology, Shri Sanjay Dhotre yesterday kicked off the drive by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India’s Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Nation
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