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India’s brand-new drone guidelines make it much easier to fly lawfully– however there’s a huge catch

India’s brand-new drone guidelines make it much easier to fly lawfully–...

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Last week, India introduced new regulations governing the use of drones by private citizens in the country, effectively overturning a ban from 2014 and allowing people to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) legally. That’s great, but there’s one hitch that might keep drones grounded for a bit. Let’s first take a look at the…
Walmart-owned Flipkart Group CEO resigns over claims of misbehavior

Walmart-owned Flipkart Group CEO resigns over claims of misbehavior

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Flipkart, the largest online store in India, just saw its company group CEO and co-founder Binny Bansal resign over allegations of misconduct. The news follows an independent investigation into Bansal’s actions at the Walmart-owned firm, and his denial of the allegations. Details of the incident are scant; Walmart noted in a press release: While the…
India to define draft cryptocurrency policies in December

India to define draft cryptocurrency policies in December

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Quartz reports that the Indian government is set to lay out a draft of its regulations for cryptocurrencies next month – clarifying its stance on how these digital assets can be used and traded in the country. A panel set up by the finance ministry a year ago is expected to issue a draft report…
Blockchain is the fastest growing ability in Singapore, states LinkedIn

Blockchain is the fastest growing ability in Singapore, states LinkedIn

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Blockchain is one of the fastest growing skills among workers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, according to a LinkedIn report published Wednesday. LinkedIn analyzed the skills listed by its members from the APAC region over the last five years to identify the top 10 rising skills. The report found blockchain to be the fastest…
Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger Chinese state-sponsored attack

Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger...

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Remember that massive breach of the Mariott-owned Starwood hotel chain from last month, which saw 500 million users’ data stolen? The New York Times reports that the intrusion was part of a larger state-sponsored intelligence-gathering effort spurred on by China‘s spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. China was suspected to be behind the attack…
Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and Televisions offered in the nation

Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and...

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Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps…
India to look for EU’s approval on GDPR compliance for ‘adequacy’ status

India to look for EU’s approval on GDPR compliance for ‘adequacy’...

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The Economic Times reports that India is gearing up to seek ‘adequacy’ status with the European Union‘s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a set of privacy laws adopted by the region in 2016 and enforced from last year. If it goes through, it would mean that the EU recognizes India’s data protections as equivalent to…
China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge API

China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge...

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China’s emerging social credit system (SCS): rarely has a topic been more hotly discussed, and more poorly understood. When most people think about the SCS, they imagine it primarily as a scoring mechanism, a way for the central government to rank China’s citizens and companies based on their behavior. But that’s a skewed misconception of what…
Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot them

Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot...

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Tencent revealed this week it would be pulling its test version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market. Instead, it’s going to publish a similar but more, um, approachable app called “Game for Peace.” Tencent announced it was pulling back the test version of PUBG it’d released to Chinese gamers. Shortly thereafter, it announced the release of Game for Peace. According…
Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than driving

Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than...

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Tokyo-based media outlet The Asahi Shimbun’s Takeho Morita published a quintessentially Japanese story last week: many people who rent cars through vehicle-sharing services across the country don’t drive them at all. Instead, they use them to take naps, making business calls, catching up privately with friends, eating lunch, – and according to a 2018 survey…

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