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Firefox Send, used to target human rights activists in India, temporarily suspended by Mozzila

In response to use of its file-sharing service, Firefox Send, by malware operators, Mozilla has reportedly suspended the service as it adds a “Report abuse” button, ZDNet reported. We have reached out to Mozilla Foundation for confirmation. When we tried to use the service, we got the following error message: In June this year, Amnesty […] ...

Uber starts grocery delivery in Latin America and Canada

Uber has started grocery delivery in Latin America and Canada, the company announced on Tuesday. In the cities where grocery delivery will be available in these territories, Uber will be relying on its acquisition of Cornershop, a Chilean grocery delivery startup. In Latin America, Uber will be delivering groceries in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru....

Petition in Gujarat HC seeks country of manufacture labels for e-commerce products, court issues notice

The Gujarat High Court on July 7 issued notice to the central government on a petition demanding that all products sold via e-commerce platforms disclose the country where the product is manufactured. The court issued notice to the Union of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, among others. LiveLaw reported...

I&B Ministry proposes to take over content jurisdiction from MEITY

Amit Khare, Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said on Tuesday that the Ministry was proposing to take over jurisdiction on online content regulation in India from the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. “OTT being a digital platform will fall under the purview of the Ministry of IT. We are proposing a […]...

Big Tech hit pause on sharing data with law enforcement in Hong Kong

In response to China’s enactment of Hong Kong’s National Security Law on June 30 (last Tuesday), multiple Big Tech firms have suspended their mechanisms to process data requests from law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong. Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram have paused their data request mechanisms while TikTok has announced that it will cease its...

I&B Ministry’s Amit Khare says 26% FDI limit should apply to news aggregators

Amit Khare, the Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, on Tuesday said that foreign direct investment rules applicable to print media should also apply to news aggregators. Aggregators, like Inshorts and Dailyhunt, are apps or websites that curate their content from other publishers, and some use algorithms to personalise content...

Naukri, 99Acres were more affected by COVID-19 than Jeevansathi, Shiksha

With easing lockdown restrictions in emerging markets, Naukri and 99Acres are back to “minus 20% to minus 15% levels from before the lockdown”, InfoEdge Managing Director Hitesh Oberoi revealed during the company’s earnings call on June 23. “Q1 [of FY21] has been terribly impacted by the lockdown,” Oberoi said. “Most of April and May were […] ...

Zomato has interest from investors outside of China as well: InfoEdge’s Bhikchandani

During InfoEdge’s earnings call on June 23, which owns a 22.71% stake in Zomato, InfoEdge founder and vice chairperson Sanjeev Bhikchandani had said that the funding from Ant Financial was yet to come but they had investor interest from other investors who don’t need any permission to invest in an Indian company. But the Financial […] ...

Aatmanirbharta is not about reverting to economic isolationism’: India’s Foreign Secretary

“The call for Aatmnirbharta is not about reverting to economic isolationism” and the idea “does not mean seeking self-centered arrangements or turning the country inwards“, India’s foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said on Monday. “Its essential aim is to ensure India’s position as a key participant in global supply chains,” he said in an online...

Airtel joins Vodafone–Idea in offering ‘premium’ 4G for subscribers paying more

Airtel will now offer better 4G connectivity to users who pay more, the telco announced on Monday. TelecomTalk first reported on the development on May 24. “Airtel has deployed advanced technologies that give its Platinum mobile customers preference on the network. As a result all Platinum customers will experience faster 4G speeds,” the company said...

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