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Here are the major announcements from the 44th AGM of Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani on Thursday announced that the $15 billion deal with Saudi oil major Aramco will be completed in 2021. He was virtually addressing the 44th Annual General Meeting of the company. The development comes as oil-to-telecom conglomerate announces the induction of Yasir Al Rumayyan, the chairman of Aramco, into the Reliance...

Outrage after Google search says Kannada ugliest language in India, tech giant apologises

The Karnataka government will send a legal notice to US-based technology giant Google after its search engine showed Kannada as the answer for a query on the ugliest language in India. The government action comes after outrage over the issue, with people and politicians across party lines slamming the tech company for the search result....

Google moves court claiming new IT rules not applicable to its search engine

US-based technology giant Google has approached the Delhi High Court claiming that the new information technology rules for digital media do not apply to its search engine. The company has requested a division bench of the court to set aside the order passed by a single judge which applied the rules on it while adjudicating...

WhatsApp approaches court against Centre’s new digital rules citing users’ right to privacy

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court against the Union government’s new digital rules that came into effect today. The company has claimed that the new rules formulated by the Centre would force it to compromise with the privacy protection of users. As of now, the messaging app provides end-to-end encryption to...

Facebook blocks media content for Australian users escalating tussle with government

In what could be a reflection of the massive power that social media giants wield, Facebook on Thursday blocked all media content for millions of Australian users in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government. The development was severely criticised by human rights advocates, politicians and news producers. The criticism came especially after...

Donald Trump’s channel blocked by YouTube

After a host of social media platforms blocked outgoing US President Donald Trump for the Capitol Hill violence, Google has now suspended his YouTube channel. Not just this, the tech major has also removed a video recently posted on the channel for violation of usage policy. YouTube, in a statement, said that the restriction has...

Google invests in Indian start-ups to scale up availability of content across Indian languages

Technology behemoth Google has invested in two Indian start-ups—VerSe Innovation and Glance—under its India Digitisation Fund. The investment has been made to enable the two companies to further scale up the availability of content in multiple formats across various Indian languages. Google has not disclosed details of its latest investments. However, separate...

Google services resume after brief global outage

Several Google services and mobile applications including Google Search, YouTube and Gmail faced a massive outage across the globe, including in India, on Monday. As per Down Detector, many Google services including YouTube, Gmail, Google, Google Drive Google Play, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Google Duo and Google Meet stopped working for many users in India...

Amazon refuses to appear before parliamentary committee

E-commerce giant Amazon has refused to appear before a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) that is looking into the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Amazon’s refusal amounts to “breach of privilege of parliament”. Media reports claimed that the e-commerce giant has said that its subject matter experts are all overseas and would not be able to...

Mukesh Ambani now world’s fifth-richest

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has become the fifth richest person in the world.  Mukesh Ambani has pipped top American investor Warren Buffett to occupy the fifth spot. The fifth ranking is as per the Billionaires List by Forbes magazine. As per the real-time ranking by Forbes, Mukesh Ambani’s wealth has been estimated at Rs...

IITGN to host workshop for women in computing

IITGN  to host virtual workshop for women in computing The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) is going to host the third edition of the ACM India Grad Cohort, a pan-India virtual workshop for women in computing (IITGN to host workshop for women in computing) from July 24 to 26. The fully online event is...

Delhi HC relief for suspended Gujarat cadre IAS officer

The Delhi High Court has directed US-based Google LLC, Facebook and Twitter to take down or disable certain objectionable posts and tweets on their platforms, which level allegations against a suspended civil servant by a woman. The court has also restrained the woman from publishing or disseminating any news relating to the man in any...