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Who made Aarogya Setu? A list

Aarogya Setus developers have made the entire list of contributors public on GitHub, along with source code of the Android version of the app. It includes government and industry/academia leaders, many of whom had come out in the public for their involvement with the app as advisors, such as Lalitesh Katragadda, Deep Kalra and Rahul […] ...

27 May 2020 1:18 pm
In a first, Twitter adds misinformation label to Trumps tweets on vote-by-mail

In a first, Twitter has added a misinformation label to a series of tweets by US President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported. In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said, “These Tweets (here and here) contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots. This decision […] ...

27 May 2020 12:26 pm
Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu shut after 42 people test positive for COVID-19: Report

Nokia suspended operations at its manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu last week, after some people at the facility tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters reported. While the company did not disclose the number of people who tested positive, the report pegged the number to be around 42. The factory had started operations in a restricted […] ...

27 May 2020 11:56 am
Aarogya Setu open sources its Android code: Major win for privacy, accountability

In a major win for privacy, transparency and accountability, Aarogya Setu has made its code open source for the Android client, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced at a press conference today. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh also announced a bug bounty programme for the app that will be hosted on the Innovate platform. The source […] ...

26 May 2020 7:10 pm
Govt funding a facial recognition company that can detect peoples age, gender, and soon recognise their faces under a mask

Bengaluru-based Cocoslabs Innovations will receive a loan from the Technology Development Board, under Science and Technology Department, to develop a low-cost solution to identify persons with abnormal body temperature in a crowd and, at the same time, provide an alert system to notify about identified persons to authorities on their phones and laptops. The product, […] ...

26 May 2020 6:02 pm
Supreme Court issues notice in suit to ban Zoom due to privacy concerns

The Supreme Court issued notice on May 22 on a writ petition to ban Zoom until “appropriate legislation” is passed, Bar & Bench reported. The petition asks that the government do a security audit of the app as well. Among other things, the petition points to an April advisory by the Home Ministry for government […] ...

26 May 2020 5:30 pm
Alibaba hits gross market value of $1 trillion, one sixth of Chinas total retail sales

“User growth, annual active consumers in China reached 780 million including 726 million of China retail marketplaces. In other words one out of every two Chinese are buying our platform,” Daniel Zhang, Executive Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group Holding Limited said in the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2020. “On the […] ...

26 May 2020 5:17 pm
Zomato starts home delivery of alcohol in Odisha

Zomato will start home delivering alcohol in Odisha’s capital, Bhubaneswar, starting today, the company announced in a release. The service, named Zomato Wine Shops, will be available on the app’s home page, and will allow users to select any product from the listed retailers (just like grocery stores) between 9 am and 6 pm, the […] ...

26 May 2020 12:37 pm
LinkedIn received 10 government requests from India in 2019, didnt give up data

LinkedIn received 10 requests from Indian government for user data in 2019, but did not provide data in response to those requests, the social media network for professionals disclosed in its transparency report. Those ten requests requested LinkedIn for data on 21 users, and LinkedIn did not provide any of the data requested. LinkedIn says […] ...

26 May 2020 11:22 am
COVID-19: Snapdeal furloughs around 55 employees

E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal has put around 55 people on a 3-month long furlough, and has not renewed agreements with several of its contract employees, the Economic Times reported. Snapdeal has about 750 full-time employees, and the number of people furloughed represent around 7% of its workforce, the ET report said. A Snapdeal spokesperson confirmed to […] ...

26 May 2020 10:31 am
Uber lays off 600 employees in India

Uber has laid off 600 employees in India, accounting for one fourth of the company’s approximately 2,400-strong workforce in India, TechCrunch firstreported. This is part of Uber’s global layoffs of employees, including support staff the companylaid off 3,700 workers on May 6, and announced plans foranother 3,000 on May 18, which the affected Indian […] ...

26 May 2020 9:56 am
Personal data of about 29 million Indian job seekers leaked on the dark web, claims cybersecurity firm

Personal details of about 29 million Indian job seekers, including sensitive information such as their email, phone, home address, qualification, and work experience, among others were leaked on the dark web, according to cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble. The data amounted to over 2 GB, and was posted by a threat actor (an individual or group […] ...

25 May 2020 4:54 pm
Group admins will be held responsible for misinformation, fake news in Mumbai

Group admins on messaging and social media platforms will be “personally” held responsible for dissemination of misinformation and fake news related to COVID-19 and will be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, as per a prohibitory order issued by DCP Pranaya Ashok of Greater Mumbai on May 23. Admins are now responsible […] ...

25 May 2020 3:11 pm
JioMart goes live, marking a huge step on Reliances digital ambitions

Reliance Industries’s home delivery service JioMart went live on May 23, CNBC TV18 reported. Damodar Mall, Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Retail’s grocery business confirmed the rollout on Twitter, saying the service was now available in over 200 towns. JioMart is owned and operated by Reliance Retail. The explosion in scale is somewhat sudden for […] ...

25 May 2020 1:06 pm
Wikipedia to have new rules to tackle harassment, toxicity, faced by editors

Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that operates Wikipedia, will develop and introduce a universal code of conduct (UCoC) that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects by the end of this year. This code of conduct is a means to battle, what the Foundation called, harassment, toxicity, and incivility faced by […] ...

25 May 2020 12:02 pm
Music label Tips drags Gaana for not renewing music licenses

Who does this? Tips Music issued an odd statement last night dragging streaming service Gaana through the mud for not renewing its licensing arrangement with the label. Apparently the existing deal between the companies has fallen through and Tips’s catalogue will no longer be available on Gaana. That’s pretty much all the statement offers us […] ...

25 May 2020 11:29 am
Zoom releases white paper for end-to-end encrypted communication

As promised when the company acquired Keybase, Zoom released its draft cryptographic design for end-to-end encrypted video communications on May 22 for public review. The release of the white paper was announced by Max Krohn, the co-founder of Keybase, a key directory that maps social media identities to encryption keys and offers end-to-end encrypted chat […] ...

25 May 2020 11:23 am
Zomato elevates food delivery CEO Mohit Gupta to co-founder

Zomato has elevated Mohit Gupta, CEO of food delivery, and gave him the title of co-founder. Zomato confirmed the development to MediaNama, which was was first reported by the Economic Times. Zomato co-founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal informed employees of the development in an email sent yesterday. “While the foundation of Zomato was built before […] ...

25 May 2020 11:19 am
Aarogya Setu updates Privacy Policy, Terms of Service: Reverse engineering not banned, but function creep now legitimised

In a major concession and instance of function creep, Aarogya Setu’s new Terms of Service, updated today, include “display [of] a government issued ePass”, provision of “useful information in relation to COVID-19”, and an indicator of whether a person has been infected with the disease or is likely to have been infected. This is in […] ...

24 May 2020 1:51 pm