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2,500 Wi-Fi Hotspots to Be Installed by Next Fiscal

The government plans to reach up to 500 million Internet subscribers in next 6-7 months, besides installing 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots at 256 places by the next fiscal, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Sunday. “Today mobile penetration is 1 billion, while Internet penetration is 400 million. It took more than 3-4 years to become […]

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Hike ‘Car Match’ Launched for Ride-Sharing During Delhi’s Odd-Even Scheme

Hike on Monday launched Car Match, a “micro-app” within Hike to help users share rides with friends during the ongoing odd-even scheme in the national capital. The Car Match “micro-app’ matches odd-numbered cars with even-numbered cars in a user’s vicinity, it also ensures that car categories are as similar to each other as possible. With […]

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Facebook Spent Rs. 300 Crores on Free Basics Ads in India

Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to make its Free Basics campaign a hit in India. A new report has claimed that the social network has spent close to Rs. 300 crores on Free Basics ad campaigns in the country. A recent Live Mint report citing media buyers estimates that of the Rs. 300 crores, […]

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Uber Pushes Into Public Transit With New App Partnership

Transportation technology company TransLoc announced on Monday a partnership with Uber, marking a significant advancement in the ride-hailing company’s effort to ally itself with public transit agencies. TransLoc, which builds technology products for public transit passengers and agencies, will integrate Uber into the TransLoc Rider app, a smartphone application that provides real-time bus tracking and […]

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White House Joins Snapchat Ahead of State of the Union Address

The White House said on Monday that it had joined Snapchat, marking the Obama administration’s latest move to reach a younger generation of Americans through social media. The administration has made outreach through non-traditional media platforms a top focus ahead of President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, which is scheduled for Tuesday. […]

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Lenovo Executive Says Google Play Services Coming to China in 2016

Google is planning to reintroduce Google Play Services to China this year, according to one of its partners. Chen Xudong, Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group and President of the Lenovo Mobile Business Group, laid bare the Mountain View company’s plan. Google had pulled most of its products and services out of the country in […]

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Amazon to Launch Portable Version of Echo Voice Assistant Speaker

Amazon is expected to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated Echo speaker, citing people familiar with the plans. The new device, code-named “Fox”, is expected to be priced lower than the $180 (roughly Rs. 11,800) Echo, the newspaper reported. The company launched Amazon Echo in November 2014, a speaker one can leave on […]

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Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up on New Republic Magazine

The Facebook billionaire who promised to give new life to the venerable US liberal magazine The New Republic four years ago said Monday he was putting it back up for sale. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes admitted in a public letter that he had misjudged how hard it would be to revive the teetering 100-year-old publication […]

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Twitter May Allow Brands to Use Your Tweets in Promotional Campaigns

Social media platform Twitter is said to be developing a way to give brands an access to mentions about their products in everyday users’ tweets that they could use into promotional campaigns. According to a Monday report from Digiday, participating advertisers would be able to cut through the online noise and with the help of […]

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Britain’s Draft Internet Spying Law Threatens Key Rights

Britain’s proposed new Internet spying laws could threaten key rights if passed unchanged, UN rights experts said Monday, calling for a “comprehensive review” of the draft legislation. The proposed measures, which were unveiled in November, would allow security agencies to access the Internet communication records of suspects and require web and phone companies to keep […]