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Reuters
August 18, 2018
Technology executives and trade groups have discussed approaching Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office to appraise him of their worries. Separately, the industry is considering pitching the issue as a trade concern, including at the India-US talks in September in New Delhi.


BusinessToday.In
August 17, 2018
Patanjali's messaging app Kimbho was taken down yet again, one day after it went live on Independence Day. The app was launched as a beta trial version with \"some shortcomings\".


PTI
New Delhi, August 15, 2018
More than two months after it was taken down hastily, Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved today said that its messaging app 'Kimbho' is ready with new features and plans to re-launch it this month.


BusinessToday.in
New Delhi, August 15, 2018
Modi says India is now the land of reform, perform and transformPrime minister Narendra Modi delivered his fifth Independence Day Speech as PM. Running parallel to the  Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme would be the Jan Aarogya Abhiyan which would kick off on September 25, he announced. The healthcare schemes will ensure access to good quality healthcare for the poor and marginalised. Modi also said India used to be a 'sleeping elephant', but has started walking and running now'. He announced a manned mission to space by 2022. He also thanked the business community for the success of GST.Rupee has fallen due to external factors, nothing to worry says govtThe rupee fell to a record low of 70 against the dollar on Tuesday amid fears that the financial troubles faced by Turkey may spread to other emerging economies. The rupee ended trading on Tuesday at 69.89 per dollar.Attributing the fall in rupee value against the US dollar to 'external factors', economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said that there was nothing to worry about as long as the depreciation was in line with other currencies.Rupee has given 'vote of no confidence' to Modi by crashing to historic low, says RahulWith rupee touching a fresh all-time low of 70.08 against dollar , Congress President Rahul Gandhi turned the heat on the Narendra Modi government over its failure to control the declining rupee. The Indian currency has seen nearly 10 per cent fall this year alone. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister's remarks of \"70-year misrule\" of various parties, including the Congress, the party said \"Modiji finally managed to do something that we couldn't do in 70 years\".RBI rejects Kotak Bank's promoter stake dilution plan, says it does not meet normsDays after private lender Kotak Mahindra Bank said it had used the preference share allotment route to reduce promoter Uday Kotak's shareholding in the bank, the RBI rejected it saying \"it does not meet their promoter holding dilution requirement\". In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, Kotak Mahindra Bank said it still believes that the bank's stake dilution plan meets the requirement, and assured to continue engaging with the central bank over the issue.India's richest women: Smitha Crishna, Roshni Nadar top listA survey, prepared by Kotak Wealth-Hurun, features Smitha Crishna, the third generation heir of the Godrej empire, as the wealthiest Indian woman with net worth of Rs 37,570 crore. The total wealth of each woman featured in the top 100 women exceeds Rs 1,000 crore, while their average income is around Rs 4,000 crore. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the only richest self-made women -- with the total wealth of Rs 24,790 crore - who could make it to the top 100. Following Smitha is HCL CEO and Executive Director Roshni Nadar, whose net worth is around Rs 30,200 crore. On the third spot is Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman and Co Group, whose total wealth is estimated to be around Rs 26,240 crore.Twitter launches Twitter LiteMicro-blogging platform Twitter has launched Twitter Lite Android app in 21 more countries, including India, that will minimize data usage. It will load quickly on slower networks and take up less space on a mobile device. It's on the same lines as Facebook Lite and Youtube Go. The app, built for 2G and 3G networks which are still in use in several parts of India, helps a user save on data while using it.Reliance Jio's broadband service GigaFiber registrations to start todayRegistrations for Jio GigaFiber high-speed broadband are now officially open, allowing you to show your interest in the service. Jio GigaFiber was announced last month at the company's 41st Annual General Meeting, and will provide speeds to 1Gbps, according to the company. The company will give priority to areas with the highest interest for the rollout. The Jio broadband service was being tested out for the past two years.Cash-strapped Fortis Healthcare sees signs of improvementCash-strapped Indian hospital operator Fortis Healthcare Ltd said it was starting to see some signs of recovery, as it secured shareholder approval for its takeover by Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Bhd. Fortis which operates 30 private hospitals in India has been struggling with a cash crunch, rising debt and other problems. IHH will invest 40 billion rupees at 170 rupees per share in Fortis.


Associated Press
August 13, 2018
An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.


PTI
August 12, 2018
The Unique Identification Authority of India intends to equate the Aadhaar number with other personal information (such as PAN, bank account and credit card number) to caution users against placing their personal details in the public domain.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 9, 2018
WhatsApp loophole lets hackers get into group chats and modify messages WhatsApp is by far the most popular messaging application in the world and it far exceeds its closes competitors in terms of user-base. The convenience and reach of the message platform is a big plus for the app but it also comes with its own cons as well. A report from an Israel-based cyber security firm claims that they have found major security flaws in WhatsApp which allows a stranger to enter a group cat without being a part of it and even send texts in that group. The company WhatsApp officially launches a feature in India to limit message forwards to five people Instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally rolled out the limited 'forward message' option for India, which restricts a forward message to just five users, the company said on Wednesday. The Facebook-owned company has been under fire ever since several incidents of lynching, linked to rumours spreading through WhatsApp, were reported from different parts of India. \"The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp,\" the company said in a statement on Wednesday.Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain hints at an India-exclusive flagshipXiaomi India Chief Manu Kumar Jain, in an interview given to Business Standard, claimed that the company is working on a special flagship phone for India. This phone will have the best of both worlds according to him. It will not only be feature rich but will also be priced in a way that will attract masses.


BusinessToday.In
August 9, 2018
An Israeli cybersecurity research firm, Check Point Research, discovered security loopholes in WhatsApp that can be exploited by hackers to \"intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations\".


BusinessToday.In
August 9, 2018
The social media giant is reportedly planning to rejig the top management's structure, entrusting whoever eventually occupies the corner office with a bigger role.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 9, 2018
IMF sees Indian economy as an elephant that is starting to runThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes the $2.6 trillion economy is an elephant that is starting to run.What's more, its latest report on India not only reaffirms that the country is \"again one of the world's fastest-growing economies\" - accounting for about 15 percent of global growth - but also that India it could be what China previously was for the world economy.The report's favourable medium-term outlook reflects continued robustness in private consumption and a recovery in investment, which is supplemented by progress in bank balance-sheet repair and improved credit growth. WhatsApp officially rolls out forward message feature; restricts limit to 5 usersInstant messaging app WhatsApp has finally rolled out the limited 'forward message' option for India, which restricts a forward message to just five users, the company said on Wednesday. The Facebook-owned company has been under fire ever since several incidents of lynching, linked to rumours spreading through WhatsApp, were reported from different parts of India. \"The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp,\" the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Ikea opens its first store in Hyderabad todaySwedish retail giant Ikea has put all its might behind the company's first store in India opening in Hyderabad. The company put in around 12 years of work and took 6 years after their announcement to open their first Indian outlet. It is finally opening today. Flipkart-Walmart deal: CCI nod to US retail giant's Flipkart acquisition for $16 billionThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) cleared the acquisition of India e-commerce major Flipkart by the United States-based retail behemoth Walmart. The approval from the competition watchdog clears the path for the biggest FDI deal in the history of Indian corporate sector. Back in May, Walmart had announced acquisition of 77 per cent stake in Flipkart in lieu of $16 billion. Once the deal is complete, the 11-year old Indian e-commerce firm will be valued at $20.8 billion.SBI launches a unified payment terminal MOPAD State Bank of India, the largest lender with a fifth of the market share, launched a payments machine that would help merchants eliminate the multiple choices that they keep to facilitate transactions from cards to QR code based payments. The new device titled MOPAD, or Multi Option Payment Acceptance Device, is a Point of Sale (PoS) terminal that would along with cards accept payments through UPI, Bharat QR, and SBI Buddy wallet which till now required different tools to receive payments as reported by the Economic Times.Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has this suggestion on ownership for Indian startupsFlipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has a suggestion on ownership for Indian startups. One of the country's newest billionaires courtesy his recent exit from the company post its $16 billion deal with Walmart, Bansal told The Economic Times that differential voting rights will be helpful for the Indian startup ecosystem, especially for entrepreneurs. Bansal's decision to sell his entire stake to Walmart was reportedly the result of differences with the investors.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioned by US senators over reported Chinese search engineGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai is being questioned by six US senators on reports about the company's plan to release censored search engine in China as reported by the Indian Express. Reports that came out last week stated that Google is planning a censored search engine project for China via The Information. Following these reports, six US senators including Florida Republican Marco Rubio have written to Pichai. Google has neither confirmed nor denied these reports.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 8, 2018
The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 8, 2018
Bansal's decision to sell his entire stake to Walmart was reportedly the result of differences with the investors.


Danny D'Cruze
August 8, 2018
Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off Mi A2, its second generation Android One device. After a successful run with the Mi A1, the new device is expected to perform better considering the price to performance ratio.


BusinessToday.In
August 8, 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 will be launched in India today at an event inNew Delhi starting at 4pm. The new device will be an Amazon exclusive andapparently, the price of the device has also been leaked before it is announcedtoday.


PTI
New Delhi, August 7, 2018
Word that Facebook is fishing for financial information comes amid concerns that it has not vigilantly guarded private information.


BusinessToday.In
August 7, 2018
The government is now reportedly mulling an option of blocking popular apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 6, 2018
Samsung Galaxy On8 goes on first sale in IndiaSamsung Galaxy On8 (2018) will be going on its first sale in India. The device is placed in the mid-range segment and comes with Samsung's trademark Infinity display. The device will be competing against the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. The device will be available on Flipkart and Samsung's online store from 12 pm today.The Galaxy On8 is originally priced at Rs 17,990 but Samsung is selling the device at an introductory price of Rs 16,990. Samsung has not confirmed the number of units that will be sold at this price. However, on Flipkart, the device's original price is set at Rs 19,990 and the e-commerce website has announced a discount of Rs 3,000.Honor launches Play with flagship chipset Kirin 970 at Rs 19,999 Huawei's sub-brand Honor has launched Play, a mid-range smartphone with features like a notch-display, dual-camera setup and even a lot of AI features that will put the smartphone's hardware to good use. The new device will be sold exclusively on Amazon India's website and will go on sale on  Monday.The Honor Play will be available in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and the other with 6GB of RAM. The device comes with a 19.5:9 display which gives it a tall form factor and helps accommodate a large screen. The Honor Play comes with nifty features like GPU Turbo technology, which the company claims increases the performance of the device by 60 per cent and decreases the battery consumption by 30 per cent. The camera of the device comes with an AI-based feature that lets the user detect objects on the go and find them on Amazon's online e-commerce platform.Facebook dating service undergoes testing within companyOn the first day of the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook unveiled a product that got people talking. The biggest social network revealed its plans to play cupid through their own dating service. It has been two months since the company made that announcement and we have just got our first sneak peek into what the service will look like.The dating app is being tested internally by Facebook employees. That doesn't mean the company wants their employees to date each other, instead, this is being done to rid the platform of the major bugs before it is made available for public testing. Facebook confirmed the news, as mentioned in a report in The Verge.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 6, 2018
Samsung Galaxy On8 goes on first sale in India; Honor launches Play with flagship chipset Kirin 970 at Rs 19,999 and Facebook dating service undergoes testing within company. Watch more in this episode of Daily Tech Wrap with Danny D'Cruze.


Rajeev Dubey
New Delhi, August 6, 2018
The Srikrishna Committee report has too many loose strings that need to be fixed before it becomes law.


Devika Singh
New Delhi, August 6, 2018
Twitter in India has more to worry besides the bots purge.


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