Lasso was launched in 2018 as an answer to TikTok, which has gained popularity globally. However, Lasso failed to gain traction and match TikTok. Facebook is now betting on Instagram Reels. It is also similar to TikTok where a user can record 15 second videos.
Bengaluru: Bigo Technology on Thursday took down its short video app Likee from Google Play and App Store temporarily, following the decision of the Indian government to ban 59 applications. Bigo Technology is owned by Chinese Internet firm Joyy Inc. In compliance with the directives issued by the government, Likee has suspended its service in the country, it said in a statement.The company, however, said that it would work closely with all government authorities concerned on the issue within th
Bengaluru: The ban on Chinese short-video apps like TikTok and Likee has led to an increase in downloads of Indian 'Me-Too' apps such as Trell, Bolo Indya, Mitron, Chingari, and Roposo, but the battle to replace them with India-made ones is far from over, investors said.Gaining downloads is just the first step, they said.Retaining users, getting them to create a digital footprint and making them addicted to the app is crucial in this winner takes all market, they added.According to industry esti
PUNE: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency which administers the US visa process, will place around 13,400 people (over 70% of its workforce) on furlough, or unpaid leave, for three months starting August 3.The decision is expected to severely slow processing times of visas and green cards.According to media reports, the employees were informed two days ago that they would be furloughed from August.The USCIS has requested $1.2 billion in aid from the US Congress in May
New Delhi: TikTok stars and celebrities have been gaining lakhs of new followers on rival Facebooks photo sharing app Instagram since the ByteDance owned app was banned alongside 58 other Chinese apps on June 29. Industry watchers said Instagram seems to be the most obvious migration platform for the followers of these TikTok stars as they already had existing accounts on the app. These users became household names after their popularity soared on TikTok. As per shared with ET by influencer data
Kolkata | Mumbai: The Gupta Family Group Alliance, led by UK-based Sanjeev Gupta, is keen on investing and acquiring more stressed assets in the metals and mining space in India. The group entered the country earlier this year, acquiring bankrupt steelmakers Adhunik Metaliks and Zion Steel for Rs 425 crore in cash.Over the next 6-12 months, there will be quite a lot of consolidation happening in the steel and mining sectors. We will be keenly reviewing options on how and what role we can play, g
New Delhi: Contests have almost disappeared for Indias exploration licenses lately with private players staying away from auctions and two state players ONGC and Oil India - winning acreages without much challenge.In the fifth round of bidding, the latest under the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP), the government received just 12 bids for 11 blocks on offer. This included 7 bids by ONGC and 4 by Oil India. For just one block, ONGC will compete with a private bidder, Invenire Petrodyne Ltd.
AASU stated that the ordinance will alienate indigenous people from their land. The supporters of AASU on Thursday burnt copies of cabinet decisions in different places except in Kamrup (Metro) which is under lockdown.
New Delhi: In a statement on Thursday, ByteDance owned TikTok said it is not going to legally challenge the government's ban of the app. There have been statements in the press concerning the possibility that TikTok might pursue legal action regarding the directive by the Government of India. We have no plans to pursue such action, TikTok said in a statement. \We are committed to working with the government to address its concerns. We comply with the laws and regulations of the Government of Ind
In a press statement, Rajasthan government chief secretary D B Gupta said that, from now on, chief minister Ashok Gehlot would chair meetings to ensure time-bound implementation of all the ease of doing business measures. Gupta said the chief minister would personally monitor the progress on EoDB parameters achieved by various departments.
NEW DELHI: After Hetero and Cipla, another pharmaceutical major Mylan was given permission by India's drug regulator on Thursday to manufacture and market the anti-viral drug remdesivir for
estricted emergency use on hospitalised COVID-19 patients, official sources said.Written informed consent of each patient is required before the use of the drug while active post-marketing surveillance data and reporting of serious adverse events have to be submitted.On June 21, Hetero and Cipla were given p
New Delhi: Chinas loss appears to be South Koreas gain, at least as far as the smartphone market in India is concerned.Samsung may displace Vivo and regain its No. 2 position by September end, if not the end of the June quarter, benefitting from the anti-China sentiment in India and the unavailability of fresh stocks of Chinese smartphones, experts said.Given the disturbance in the supply chain and stalled manufacturing, Chinese brands are not able to distribute products in the market even if de
Sunil Sharma, General Secretary of International Society for Small & Medium Enterprises said that there is a need to implement certain short- to long-term plans to reduce our import dependence on China.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajputs death by suicide is under investigation by the Mumbai police. In a new development, according to Times Now, film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actress Kangana Ranaut and film director Shekhar Kapur will be questioned by Mumbai police in connection with Rajputs death. #Breaking | @SLBfilm, @shekharkapur and Kangana Ranaut to be questioned by Mumbai Police over Sushant Singh Rajput https://t.co/z5B1cmiQR1 TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) 1593680698000While Bhansali is lik
NEW DELHI: The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday launched its vehicle lease subscription service for individual customers under 'Maruti Suzuki Subscribe' brand.The company said it has tied up with ORIX Auto Infrastructure Services Ltd, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, Japan, to launch the subscription service in India.The subscription service will begin as a pilot project in Gurugram and Bengaluru and will be initially available on Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga
India has crossed the nine-million mark in conducting COVID-19 tests, with 90,56,173 samples having been examined till July 1, officials said on Thursday. The officials of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also said there are now 1,065 testing labs in the country -- 768 in the public sector and 297 in private. The daily testing capacity is also growing fast, they said, adding it was around 1.5 lakh per day on May 25 and is more than three lakh per day now. As many as 2,29,588 samples wer
In a freewheeling interview with ET Now, Sameer Nigam, founder and CEO of leading UPI app PhonePe, defends Paytm and its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and asks people not to vilify the company that they cheered for five years ago. ET Now (ET): The latest National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data showed digital payments bouncing back to pre-Covid levels. What trends have you seen? Sameer Nigam (SN): We feel that June has been good for us. Digital payments boomed during the first phase of