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    Jul

    Google to invest $10 billion in India

    Google  said on Monday that it plans to invest $10 billion in India in the next five to seven years as the search giant looks to help accelerate adoption of digital services in the key overseas market. Sundar Pichai,  chief executive of Google, today unveiled Google for India Digitization Fund through which the company will be making the investments in the country. ...
  • 13
    Jul

    US threatens to restrict WeChat following TikTok backlash

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    Amid intense scrutiny over TikTok,  WeChat,  the essential tool for Chinese people’s day-to-day life, is also taking the heat from the U.S. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox Business on Sunday that “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that.” Navarro alleged that “all of the data that goes into those ...
  • 3
    Jul

    Velodyne becomes latest tech company to go public using a SPAC, eschewing the traditional IPO ...

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    Velodyne Lidar, the leading supplier of a sensor widely considered critical to the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, said Thursday it has struck a deal to merge with special-purpose acquisition company Graf Industrial Corp., with a market value of $1.8 billion. The company said it was able to raise $150 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE, from new institutional ...
  • 26
    Jun

    Mary Meeker’s Bond backs Indian online learning startup Byju’s

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    Indian online learning startup Byju’s has nearly doubled its valuation in a year as it adds one more high-profile name to the list of its backers: Bond. In a statement on Friday, Bangalore-based Byju’s said it had raised an undisclosed amount from the VC fund co-founded by Mary Meeker. The first-female founded VC firm’s check valued the nine-year-old Indian startup at ...
  • 26
    Jun

    Amazon launches ‘Smart Stores’ in India to win mom and pop

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    For Amazon,  it’s never too late to try something in India. The e-commerce giant is exploring ways to further spread its tentacles in the largely offline, technology-free neighborhood stores in one of its key overseas markets. The American firm’s latest attempt is called “Smart Stores.” For this India-specific program, Amazon is providing physical stores with software to maintain a digital log of the ...
  • 25
    Jun

    5 Tips for Startups to Protect Themselves Against Cyberattacks

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    Almost every day, we get news of data breaches making the rounds.The ones we hear about, though, are that of the big businesses. This is where we have the likes of Yahoo, Uber, and more losing millions and billions of user data to hackers. What we do not hear as much, though, are the attacks happening to the smaller businesses.As ...
  • 24
    Jun

    Walmart’s Flipkart makes local languages push to win small Indian cities and towns

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    Flipkart on Wednesday added support for three more local languages as the Indian e-commerce giant looks to widen its foothold in smaller cities and towns across the country where fewer people speak English and Hindi. The Walmart -owned firm said its online marketplace now has interfaces in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, three languages that are spoken by roughly 200 million people in ...
  • 24
    Jun

    London fintech Curve to power Samsung Pay Card in the UK

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    Curve, the London fintech that is re-bundling various financial products by letting you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and app, is partnering with Samsung in the U.K. to power its forthcoming debit card, which is scheduled to launch later this year. Dubbed “Samsung Pay Card” — and obviously a bid by Samsung to better compete with ...
  • 24
    Jun

    Google updates its analytics tools for newsrooms

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    Google is introducing new tools for newsrooms looking to understand their online audiences and how those audiences feed into their overall business. These efforts fall under the umbrella of the broader Google News Initiative, introduced in 2018 as a way for the search giant to fund quality journalism and find other ways to support the industry. Since then, Google has introduced ...
  • 23
    Jun

    Google employees demand company stop selling tech to police

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    A growing group of more than 1,666 Google employees is demanding Google stop selling its technology to police departments, TechCrunch has learned. “We’re disappointed to know that Google is still selling to police forces, and advertises its connection with police forces as somehow progressive, and seeks more expansive sales rather than severing ties with police and joining the millions who want ...