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Slack raises $250M from SoftBank; Now valued at $5.1B

By : CIOL Writers

Software startup Slack has been valued at $5.1 billion after its recent round of financing from SoftBank where it raised $250 million. The latest funding led by SoftBank through its Vision Fund and joined by Accel and other investors have lifted

Airtel Payments Bank integrates UPI on its digital platform

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Airtel Payments Bank has become the first payments bank in India to integrate the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform adding to the customer choice and convenience for making secure digital payments to online/offline merchants and making instant money transfers to any bank

Xiaomi teams up with Hrithik Roshan to launch special Mi Band-HRX edition

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Xiaomi has partnered with Hrithik Roshan’s HRX brand to announce the arrival of the HRX Mi fitness band. The device is said to deliver a 23-day battery life and comes with an improved tracking algorithm and splash resistant capability. The

Bing now includes Fact Check labels in the search results

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Following in the footsteps of Google, Bing has officially announced the support for ‘Fact Check’ labels in the search results. The labels may be used on both news articles and web pages that Bing has determined contain fact checking information

Zomato’s COO Deepak Gulati quits within 6 months of appointment

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Deepak Gulati, the President and chief operating officer (COO) of Zomato has resigned from his post within six months of joining the company, ET reports.  Gulati, however, will continue to be on the advisory board. Confirming the resignation, a Zomato spokesperson told ET, “Deepak

Over 3TB of Vevo documents leaked online after hack

By : CIOL Writers

While the West may still be reeling under the after-effects of the cybersecurity breach at the credit monitoring firm Equifax, here comes news about yet another security breach at music-streaming service Vevo, leading to release of over 3 terabytes of internal documents

Google launches UPI-enabled digital payment app Tez in India

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Falling in line with all the recent rumors, Google has unveiled a new mobile wallet in India- Tez to tap into the country’s booming digital payments industry. “Send money home to your family, split a dinner bill with friends, or pay

Belkin launches Boost↑Up wireless charging pad for the latest iPhones

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Apple’s latest iPhones- 8, 8 Plus and X may not have started shipping as yet but Belkin looks all set to meet the demand for the new wireless charging pad. The mobile accessory maker has unveiled its new Boost↑Up wireless charging pad that is

Samsung pledges $300M fund and a business unit for autonomous technology

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Samsung Electronics, renowned for its Galaxy smartphones is making a bigger push into the self-driving car market. The company announced in a statement that it is setting a $300 million fund called the Samsung Automotive Innovative Fund and a dedicated

Google to launch Pixel 2 on October 4

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Google is all set to launch its next iteration of Pixel series on October 4, as confirmed by a new advertising campaign and official landing page citing the date of the launch. The page says that anyone who is “thinking about changing phones,”

Now Facebook is opening an AI research lab in Canada

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Canada is rapidly becoming the hot bed for AI talent and research. Joining the likes of Google and Microsoft, Social networking giant Facebook is now opening a new AI research office in Montreal, Canada. Joelle Pineau, the co-director of McGill University’s Reasoning and Learning

Google is rolling out video reviews for Maps

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Google has launched a new feature under its Local Guides program that allows users to upload videos of up to 30 seconds in length. TechCrunch says that the feature was made available by Google a couple of weeks ago, but now

Facebook is testing a feature to temporarily hide friends in your feed

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Facebook is always at work to improve the overall user experience on its platform. Now, the social media giant is testing a feature that allows users to temporarily mute their friends or in other words hide them from appearing in

HP unveils pocket-sized printer ‘Sprocket’ priced at Rs 8,999

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HP has unveiled a pocket-sized printer named Sprocket that allows users to take prints of the photos from their mobile phones instantly. The device will be available in India through Amazon and HP India’s website for Rs 8,999 from September 14. “While

Alphabet could invest up to $1B in Lyft

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As Uber tries to find a way out of its troubled tides, its arch-rival in the US- Lyft is taking every possible advantage of the situation. According to Bloomberg, Lyft is in talks to raise up to $1 billion from Alphabet.

Twitter signs over 35 deals across Asia Pacific region for premium video content

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Social Networking platform, Twitter has announced deals with more than 35 entities over the Asia Pacific region for premium video content. According to a PTI report, Twitter has joined hands with entities like the International Cricket Council(ICC), Filmfare Awards, NDTV and

Facebook testing a group video chat app named Bonfire

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Facebook is secretly testing a standalone group video chat app called Bonfire, that allows you to chat with up to 8 friends as well as use Snapchat like effects inside the app. The app which is very similar to HouseParty

Elon Musk to unveil Tesla’s all-electric semi-truck on October 26

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Tesla which had earlier set September as the timeframe for the grand launch of its all-electric semi-truck is now going to unveil the big rig on October 26. The new date has been confirmed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in

Zomato acquires Runnr to strengthen its food-delivery platform

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Amidst intense competition from rapidly-growing rivals like Swiggy and FoodPanda, Food-tech startup Zomato has acquired Nexus Venture-backed Runnr aimed at strengthening its food delivery platform. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “With the combination of Zomato and Runnr, we

US Transportation Department announces new set of guidelines for self-driving cars

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US Department of Transportation has announced an updated set of guidelines for the self-driving cars. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed a 36-page report at a press conference in Michigan and called it Version 2.0, with the Version 3.0 due next