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Walmart-owned Flipkart introduces multilingual voice assistant for grocery shopping

Walmart-owned Flipkart introduces multilingual voice assistant for grocery shopping

Walmart-owned ecommerce giant Flipkart has introduced a voice assistant for grocery shopping in India. The AI assistant will be available only in the app’s grocery sub-section, Supermart, with support for English and Hindi. The company said its development team collected samples from across the country to understand pronunciations and variations in different languages. Flipkart is…
Amazon and Flipkart set to resume delivering non-essential goods in India

Amazon and Flipkart set to resume delivering non-essential goods in India

On Sunday, the Indian government issued a new set of guidelines that might bring much-needed relief to businesses that are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. These guidelines will allow ecommerce companies to deliver non-essential items such as mobile phones and laptops. India used a color-coding system of Red, Orange, and Green to indicate the…
Facebook and ByteDance investor General Atlantic pumps $870 million into Reliance Jio

Facebook and ByteDance investor General Atlantic pumps $870 million into Reliance...

India’s Reliance Jio has scored its fourth investment in four weeks. US-based firm General Atlantic has invested ₹6,598.38 cores ($870 million) in Jio Platforms in exchange for a 1.34% stake. In the past month, Facebook, Silver Lake, and Vista group have invested more than $8 billion in Jio, picking up 9.9%, 1%, and 2.32% stakes. The…
9 months on, India refuses to restore 4G connectivity in Kashmir

9 months on, India refuses to restore 4G connectivity in Kashmir

India’s supreme court refused to pass an order today to restore 4G in Jammu and Kashmir, the northmost part of India with over 12 million people. Instead, a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana asked the government to form a committee to review ground situations and pass an order.  The supreme court was hearing to a petition…
After Facebook’s mega-investment, Indian carrier Reliance Jio raises $748M from Silver Lake

After Facebook’s mega-investment, Indian carrier Reliance Jio raises $748M from Silver...

After getting a $5.7 billion investment from Facebook, Indian’s largest carrier, Reliance Jio, has raised another $748 million at a valuation of $65 billion — this time from private equity firm Silver Lake. The firm will own a 1% stake in Jio. Jio is currently India’s biggest telecom network provider with more than 388 subscribers.…
Facebook invests $5.7B in Indian mobile carrier Reliance Jio to bring small businesses online

Facebook invests $5.7B in Indian mobile carrier Reliance Jio to bring...

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Facebook today announced that it investing ₹43,574 crores ($5.67 billion) into India’s biggest carrier, Reliance Jio, to pick up 9.99% stake in the company. It’s the social network’s biggest investment in the country till date. Last month, Financial Times reported that the social networking giant was in talks with Jio to make an investment. However, the…
India will let IT companies operate with 50% of staff in their offices from April 20

India will let IT companies operate with 50% of staff in...

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Yesterday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and extended the countrywide lockdown till May 3 to curb the coronavirus spread. However, according to guidelines issued but the government, there might be some concession for technology businesses from April 20, provided they’re not in a ‘hotspot’ area with a high number of COVID-19 cases. One…
Many of India’s IT employees are still working from offices amid coronavirus to keep the world turning

Many of India’s IT employees are still working from offices amid...

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Last month, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day lockdown to help quell the spread of coronavirus, critical IT services backing important operations such as banking and security were exempt from it — which is resulting in roughly a third of India’s four million techies still going to the office for work, instead of…
Uber India starts delivering groceries amid coronavirus crisis

Uber India starts delivering groceries amid coronavirus crisis

Uber has tied up with multiple retail chains to deliver groceries to people stuck at home during India’s ongoing 21-day lockdown. The ride-hailing company announced a partnership today with Walmart-owned ecommerce giant Flipkart in the country to deliver essential goods to customers in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Last week, Uber unveiled several such deals with…
Google is shutting down its Neighbourly app

Google is shutting down its Neighbourly app

Google is killing another one of its experimental apps — Neighbourly. The company said it’s shutting down the app on May 12, as the project didn’t take off as expected. The search giant first unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in the Indian city of Mumbai to let you explore your neighborhood…

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