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The US is showing no mercy for international students even in the middle of a pandemic

The over 250,000 Indian students enrolled in US universities now run the risk of being sent packing.The Donald Trump administration on July 6 tweaked an exemption that allowed foreign students to stay in the US even when most of their classes are being held online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.In the fall semester starting in August/September, the US authorities...

We’re trying a petition-based approach to get people back to the office ASAP

We’re in the midst of what is essentially the first and largest work-from-home experiment in human history, and things are about to get even more interesting. As state governments begin to lift stay-at-home orders, companies across the United States are grappling with the million-dollar question: When and how should we reopen our offices?Covid-19 presents...

H-1B workers pay billions in taxes to fund programmes that benefit American citizens

The Donald Trump administration has often blamed H-1B workers for stealing jobs from Americans. But this myopic view ignores how much these foreign workers contribute to the US economy.As per a new study, an estimated three million H-1B visa holders contribute hundreds of billions to the US government programmes like social security and medicare—which...

India’s TikTok stars can survive the ban—if they diversify

The Narendra Modi government’s decision to ban TikTok has left thousands of Indian content creators in the lurch.The short-form video sharing platform, which took India by storm a couple of years back, gave rise to a whole new breed of celebrities in the country: the TikTok stars.Besides enjoying massive fan following on the Bytedance-owned app, these...

David Lee on what will replace the fragile meat industry post-Covid

It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions...

David McCourt says five years will bring us greater connectivity

It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions...

Karen Chupka says we’ll adopt new tech faster post-Covid

It took a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders for 1.5 billion people worldwide, but something is finally occurring to us: The future we thought we expected may not be the one we get.We know that things will change; how they’ll change is a mystery. To envision a future altered by coronavirus, Quartz asked dozens of experts for their best predictions...

Charted: There’s no match for TikTok’s popularity in India yet

India’s ban on 59 Chinese apps includes one that has ruled the roost in the country for years.The reach of TikTok, owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, eclipses all other live-streaming apps in India by a huge margin. More than a third of Indian smartphone owners have TikTok installed, according to market insights firm Kalagato’s survey of five million...

A report card for Mumbai—the world’s top emerging startup hub

India’s financial hub is now set to become the world’s next big startup hub.Mumbai has topped a recent ranking of emerging startup ecosystems, getting a perfect score on a bunch of metrics such as funding, market research and talent. The ranking, issued by research and policy advisory Startup Genome, assessed over 270 ecosystems across 100 countries,...

Is China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system a challenge to US GPS?

With a launch this week, China has completed the build-out of a satellite system called BeiDou (Big Dipper in English), which will be used for navigation and synchronization.If you’ve read the headlines, you might think this system is a “rival” or “challenge” to GPS, the US Global Positioning System. This framing doesn’t really capture what it means...

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