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MakeMyTrip’s Acquisition of Ibibo Group Gets CCI’s Nod

HIGHLIGHTS MakeMyTrip and Ibibo announced merger last year in October CCI has approved the acquisition of Ibibo group by MakeMyTrip This will bring redBus, goibibo, Ryde under MakeMyTrip’s group Fair trade regulator CCI has approved online travel portal MakeMyTrip’s proposed acquisition of rival Ibibo group in an equity deal that would create one of the country’s largest online travel firm. ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Expands Presence in Australia, New Zealand

Chinese online retailer Alibaba Group opened its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday, its first expansion in the region as it seeks to tap growing global demand for products from the two countries. The group’s billionaire founder Jack Ma, who spent time in Australia as a young man, said he hoped the e-commerce giant would help Australian ... Read More »

Twitter Is Not the Internet, and the Internet Is Not India

Twitter Is Not the Internet, and the Internet Is Not India HIGHLIGHTS Less than a third of India has mobile Internet Twitter represents only one fiftieth of mobile Internet users The real dialogue on India is still happening offline We’re living in an age where social media has become a very big part of our lives. It’s a great source ... Read More »

IndiGo’s Twitter Account Hacked Twice in a Week

IndiGo’s Twitter Account Hacked Twice in a Week HIGHLIGHTS IndiGo’s Twitter handle hacked twice in less than a week According to the company, the hack occurred early on Tuesday Twitter handle of IndiGo was changed to @activevibezzz1 The official Twitter handle of IndiGo, a low-cost airline headquartered at Gurugram, was hacked early morning on Tuesday. Notably, this is the second ... Read More »

Lego Life Is a Social Network for Children to Create, Share, and Discover Lego Builds

Lego Life Is a Social Network for Children to Create, Share, and Discover Lego Builds HIGHLIGHTS Lego Life is available on Android and iOS The app is meant for children aged 13 or below It hasn’t yet released in India Lego, the toy company known for making plastic bricks for children to connect, assemble, and construct all sorts of things, ... Read More »

Twitter Starts Testing View Counts to Surface the Best Videos

Twitter Starts Testing View Counts to Surface the Best Videos HIGHLIGHTS The view count is visible right next to the usual timer on videos View count could possibly be used to rank content going ahead Twitter spokesperson has confirmed that test is being conducted Twitter has reportedly started showing view count on videos for some users as the social network ... Read More »

Google Allo No Longer Features in Top 500 Apps on Google Play

Google Allo No Longer Features in Top 500 Apps on Google Play HIGHLIGHTS Google Allo has seen a drastic ranking drop in last one month Google recently added a chatbot named Lucky to the app The app has consistently dropped out of top 500 in recent weeks It seems like Google’s experiment to simplify messaging and video chats with the ... Read More »

WhatsApp Sued for Sharing Data With Facebook by German Consumer Group

HIGHLIGHTS German consumer group VZBV sues WhatsApp WhatsApp alleged to transfer data to Facebook without consumer approval Facebook claimed to use WhatsApp data to improve features on its platform WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, has been sued by a German consumer group for sharing data with the parent company. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband) also referred to ... Read More »

Facebook Hits 1.86 Billion Monthly Active Users as Earnings Surge

Facebook Hits 1.86 Billion Monthly Active Users as Earnings Surge HIGHLIGHTS Facebook said it made a net profit of $3.7 billion Daily active users went up to 1.23 billion India was a hot market in the fourth quarter Facebook shares bounced Wednesday with word that profit more than doubled in the final quarter of last year, coming back down after ... Read More »

Oculus Ordered to Pay $500 Million in ZeniMax Copyright Infringement Case

A US jury Wednesday ordered Facebook and creators of its Oculus Rift to pay $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,370 crores) to gaming software firm ZeniMax in a lawsuit that claimed the virtual reality technology was stolen. The Texas jury made the award in a trial in which Oculus was accused of basing its Rift headset on technology stolen from ZeniMax’s ... Read More »