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TRUMP THREATENS AMAZON OVER “INTERNET TAX”
The day after Washinton Post did a report on New York Times news piece covering fake news on Trump playing golf. The United States President took it to another level and tweeted that Washington Post controlled by Amazon does not even pay “Internet Tax”. Though such a thing doesn’t even exist.
MASTERCARD INTRODUCES FINGERPRINT SENSOR
Mastercard is looking to replace PIN with safe fingerprint authentication. According to Mastercard, the future is in biometrics. It has started the pilot project in South Africa. By late 2017 Mastercard will launch it all around the world.
US UNDER PETYA RANSOMWARE ATTACK
After Russia and Ukraine, the ransomware has made its way into the United States. The target has been hospitals, commercial companies and also a major port.
GOOGLE SLAMMED BY CANADA SUPREME COURT
The Canadian SC has clarified in a 7-2 judgement that its orders are applicable worldwide and that Google needs to delete the pirated product data across the world.
BATTERY FREE CELLPHONE
In the University of Washinton, Seattle a group of engineers have been able to make calls without a battery. The experimental prototype in works for a decade was able to generate enough power from the air around it and make calls without the need for a battery.
$125 MILLION FUNDING FOR CHARGEPOINT
Chargepoint is a company which provides charging station facility for electric cars. It has been able to secure $125 million funding to enable it to spread across EU. The funding came from Siemens.
FUNDRAISING FIRM JUSTGIVING ACQUIRED FOR $120 MILLION
Justgiving is a peer to peer fundraising platform which has been acquired by Blackbaud.
TELEGRAM BOWS TO RUSSIA PRESSURE
The telegram has agreed to register with the Russian telecom division. However, the CEO has refused to hand over any user data to the authorities.
UBER UNDER DISABILITY LAWSUIT
The lawsuit aginst the Uber reveals that the person with disability waits eight times longer and spends twice as much as the general passenger.
COCA-COLA LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE SUPPORT FOR STARTUPS
COCA-COLA has launched its “The Bridge” programme to support pre-revenue startups.
GOOGLE AI POWERED PHOTO SHARING IS LIVE
The machine learning has enabled Google to launch its AI-powered photo sharing. The AI suggests the photos on the basis of moments. Whether they are wedding photos or party photos. Moreover, it also lets user allow access to the library for other people.
GOOGLE LAUNCHES ADVR
Google has unveiled Area120. This is the way forward to display ads on the virtual reality platform.
ALIBABA RAISES STAKE TO 83% IN LAZADA
Alibaba has further increased its stake in privately owned German e-commerce firm backed by Rocket Internet by investing $1 billion.
AI PREDICTS WEALTH FROM SPACE
Penny the AI based device that provides data about the neighbourhood wealth stats from space is operational. Aman Tiwari is the brainchild behind this project.
BLUE ABYSS TO TRAIN COMMERCIAL ASTRONAUT
The first commercial astronaut training centre is going to come up in the UK. Blue Abyss will start operating in late 2019 with an estimated investment of $120 million.