WhatsApp Breach Turns Into A Competitive Advantage For Telegram And Signal

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New-Age Internet Companies Are Going Big On Soft-Skill Training

New-age internet companies across the eCommerce, food-tech and fintech sectors are increasingly using soft-skill providers to train their workforce. These human resource development programmes have traditionally been used by the manufacturing and automobile industries for their staff. “Even larger companies…

Cognizant Slashes Jobs As Part Of Cost Cutting, Revamp Plan

Cognizant Technology Solutions will eliminate as many as 7,000 mid-senior level jobs globally and reskill about 5,000 employees as part of a plan to save costs and simplify the company’s organizational structure. “Such layoffs are already happening quietly in the industry…

#BoycottJio Controversy: No More Than A Storm In A Teacup

On October 9, 2019, I noticed my Twitter timeline was abuzz with a hashtag, #BoycottJio. Until then, I hadn't heard about the announcement by Reliance Jio to charge users 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to other networks.…

Banks May Take 3 Years For Tech Merger

Banks may take 2-3 years to standardise core technology, products and customer applications after the government proposed to merge some prominent public sector lenders last week, analysts said. “The integration process would take 24-36 months. Website, mobile apps, IVR —…

Reliance Jio, Microsoft Partner To Bring Azure Cloud To Jio’s Data Centers

Reliance Jio and Microsoft have entered into a long-term alliance to offer a set of solutions comprising connectivity, computing, storage solutions etc to create more affordable offerings for Indian SMBs, startups and large enterprises while also adding capabilities to Reliance Industries’ ecosystem. Sanchit…

Amid Fake News Menace And Data Privacy Issues, Facebook’s India Story Is Still Booming

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Mukesh Ambani Sets Out To Dominate Digital India

For all the publicity blitz accompanying Mukesh Ambani’s $30bn charge into the digital economy, the details of his long-term strategy remain a closely guarded secret. Mr Ambani’s Reliance Jio venture has upended India’s telecom sector, devastating the profits of incumbent operators…

Respite From Pesky Calls, Messages: Airtel Awards Pan-India Blockchain Deal To IBM

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India Has Added Two New Tech Unicorns In Just The Last Month

2019 is turning out to be great for Indian internet ventures. It’s not even mid-way into the year, and the country has already seen two internet firms achieve unicorn valuations, and at least one more is close to the milestone.…

Unprofitable WhatsApp May Hit Facebook’s Profitable Apps: Mark Zuckerberg

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Who Wins And Who Loses If India’s Draft eCommerce Rules Are Implemented

In proposing to tighten the rules around e-commerce, India is both offering respite and ruffling feathers in equal measure. The draft e-commerce policy released by the Modi government on Feb. 23 is poised to shake up the country’s nearly $40 billion (around Rs2.8 lakh crore) online…

E-commerce Policy Draft: DPIIT Digs Heels On Data Localisation

Following the ‘data is oil’ argument often used by businesses, the latest e-commerce policy draft focuses on different aspects of data localisation, while also seeking to establish data as an economic resource, said experts. The government has made its intent to regulate…

WhatsApp Business: How Companies Are Using App To Cut Costs And Communicate Better

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Intel India FY18 Profit Up 4.6% To Rs 379 Cr, Revenue Grows 23%

Intel India saw profits grow 4.6% to Rs 379 crore and revenue by 23% to Rs 4,149 crore in fiscal 2018, according to the company's filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC). The company has seen increased competition from peers such as…

Theresa May’s Brexit Vote Defeat Complicates Indian IT Firms’ Future

The huge blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons has further complicated an already-uncertain environment for Indian IT services firms. The UK is the second-largest market for the Indian IT industry after the US, and…

Netflix Hasn’t Increased Prices In India Probably Because It Can’t Afford To

On Jan. 15, video streaming service, Netflix, made headlines as it increased its subscription cost by 13-18% across the US and Latin America. This is the biggest increase by the company since its inception 12 years ago and will impact 58 million American subscribers,…

Hike Shows Why Super Apps Don’t Work In India The Way They Do In China

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Kavin Mittal Redraws Game Plan, To Unbundle Hike

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As Action Moves To Cloud, Server Sales Take A Hit

Server sales in India declined for the first time due to weak demand from IT services firms, whose clients are increasingly renting space on the cloud to host applications instead of setting up their own infrastructure. Analysts said there were examples of…

Indian Travellers Are Chasing Cheap Chills This Winter

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Tiger Global’s Stake In Razorpay To Increase With ESOP Buyback Plan

US-based hedge fund and venture investor Tiger Global Management is buying back the shares of 140 employees at payments firm Razorpay via an employee stock option (ESOP) plan, a statement by the Bengaluru-based startup said. The investor is buying the…

OYO Already Had The Bucks. Now It Has A CEO Who Can Use Them.

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As Jack Dorsey Visits India, Experts Feel Twitter Still Has A Long Way To Go Here

Even as Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey makes the right noises on his maiden visit to India, experts feel the social media platform has missed several opportunities to make itself relevant in the country. “At a time when the current government…

India Has Already Hit Record Number of $1 Billion Startups This Year

You get a clear sense of Policybazaar’s target audience the first time you watch Yama, the Hindu god of death, drag a bedridden man to hell for failing to buy insurance. In a series of melodramatic TV spots, the fearsome deity,…

Visa, Mastercard, Amex In Breach As Deadline For Data Localisation Passes

As the deadline for payment companies to comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) data localisation rule ran out, major payment network players, including Visa and Mastercard, were in breach. While there was no official word on the status…

Digging Deeper – Data localisation: RBI deadline ends

The RBI's deadline of 15 October for all payment system operators to comply with the central bank’s data localisation norms just went by. Companies like Visa, American Express, Facebook, PayPal, Mastercard, Google and WhatsApp are required, as per the Reserve…

Visa, Mastercard, Amex In Breach As Deadline For Data Localisation Passes

As the deadline for payment companies to comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) data localisation rule ran out, major payment network players, including Visa and Mastercard, were in breach. While there was no official word on the status…

How 5-star Hotels Are Using Tech To Improve Customer Relations

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RBI Unlikely To Extend Oct 15 Deadline On Data Localisation

The Reserve Bank of India is unlikely to extend the October 15 deadline for the payments ecosystem players to set up a facility to store transaction-related data in India. Those players that do not comply with the central bank’s April…