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More than 160 tech companies file brief against Donald Trump’s latest immigration ban

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Its 162 tech firms against Donald Trump. Tech titans like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Snap and 150 other tech companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the revised immigration order issued in March. The

Amazon launches fire TV stick in India to take on Google Chromecast

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Amazon has launched its Google Chromecast rival, Fire TV Stick, in India that will let you access thousands of movies, TV shows, apps and games from various content providers. The streaming device priced at Rs 3,999 comes with a quad-core processor and fast Wi-Fi

Mark Zuckerberg sold over $1bn worth of Facebook stock in 2016 to fund Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also sold more than $1 billion worth of Facebook stock last year to support his philanthropic project, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission

Jeff Bezos’ new venture Blue Origin is costing him $1bn Amazon stock a year

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Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, is selling about $1 billion in Amazon stocks per year to finance his venture Blue Origin, a rocket company which aims to launch paying passengers on 11-minute space rides starting next year. At the

Flipkart reportedly to raise up to $1.5bn in new funding round

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After a tough season marked by devaluations, cash crunch and executive exits, Flipkart is finally making news for all the right reasons. India’s largest e-commerce marketplace is all geared up to get between $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion in fresh

Amazon introduces tools to help developers create engaging Alexa Skills

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Amazon is giving one more ability to its Alexa Skills– to fetch information regarding its user’s locations. Aiming to help Alexa developers create more functional and engaging Alexa Skills, Amazon has announced some new tools for development. Now developers can use the new

Amazon acquires Middle-East e-commerce giant Souq.com

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Amazon has agreed to buy Middle-East’s biggest e-commerce platform, Souq.com. The acquisition had been making a lot of rumours in the past week, but Amazon has now officially confirmed the deal without disclosing its value. SOUQ.com, that is often referred to as the Amazon of

Flipkart reportedly to acquire eBay India

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India’s startup poster boy Flipkart is planning to acquire eBay India’s operations as part of its latest funding round of $2billion, according to a Factordaily report. Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Flipkart had raised $1 billion and further aimed to

Flipkart likely to raise $1.5bn from Tencent and eBay

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Finally, Flipkart seems to be ending its fund-drought phase, which has been going on since last year. Flipkart is reportedly in talks to raise $1.5 billion from Chinese Internet giant Tencent and eBay. According to the Economic Times report, US-based

Besides Siri, iPhone users can now also use Alexa’s services

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Siri is getting a new roomie, Alexa. Yes, now iPhone users would not only be availing the services of the intelligent virtual assistant, Siri but could also use Amazon’s app with its digital voice assistant, Alexa. Though Siri will be the

AWS has acquired meeting productivity startup Do to boost Chime

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Amazon’s new communications suite for businesses may only be a month old, but Amazon is already devising ways to enhance the product that it offers through Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company has acquired Do.com, a startup that specialises in making meetings more productive with services

Twitch announces a new social media feed, Pulse

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Amazon-owned video game streaming company Twitch has announced a new feature Pulse, an integrated social media feed “where streamers can post and engage with all of their followers and the greater Twitch community right from the Twitch front page.” Similar to

AWS acquires media rendering solution company Thinkbox

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Amazon Web Services, a public cloud infrastructure provider, has acquired Thinkbox Software, a company that offers software for managing media rendering workloads. Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed, and Amazon is yet to comment on the acquisition. Thinkbox, founded

Amazon explains the embarrassing reason of AWS outage

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What caused numerous customers and businesses to witness outage for several hours, was nothing else but a human error. To be specefic, it was a typo. Amazon has released an official statement explaining the outage caused by its Amazon Web

Paytm’s online marketplace grabs $200mn from Alibaba and SAIF Partners

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is leading a $200 million investment in Paytm E-commerce Private Limited along with another existing backer SAIF Partners. While Alibaba Singapore E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd will invest $177 million in Paytm’s online marketplace unit, rest will come from SAIF Partners, an early investor

Amazon Web Services’ S3 outage crippled a large chunk of the online world

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Amazon’s S3 web-based storage service(AWS) experienced “high error rates” on Tuesday causing disruption either partially or fully among many of the sites that depend on AWS to work. The AWS offering provides hosting for images for a lot of sites

Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa now has 10,000 skills

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Growing by leaps and bounds, Amazon Alexa now has 10,000 “skills”. Since hitting the market in June 2015, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant had about 1,000 skills in June, 5,000 by December and more than 10,000 as of now, the tech giant

Samsung’s reputation currently at its lowest in the US, says Harris Polls

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Undoubtedly, 2016 was a bad year for the South-Korean tech giant Samsung. Though the company’s earnings report didn’t show any impact on the financial status of the company, its reputation has gone for a toss. According to 2017 Reputation Quotient

Bumper smartphone sales help Flipkart edge past Amazon in Dec, Jan

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Beating the expectations of many analysts, Flipkart made a turnaround defeating its arch-rival Amazon, during the Big Billion Day (BBD) sale in October. Continuing the same trend, Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd raked in gross sales of more than Rs 2,600

Google Home and Amazon Echo could be your new telephones devices at home

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The smart, cloud-connected speakers Amazon Echo and Google Home, can currently answer questions, read audiobooks, report traffic and weather, order pizza or an Uber, and apparently, play music. Adding one more feature to these smart assistants, Google and Amazon are