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Google bans Paytm app from Play Store for allegedly violating its gambling policies

Paytm competes directly with Google Pay in India. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Google banned Paytm app from the Play Store on Friday for allegedly violating its gambling policies. The “sudden” disappearance of Paytm from the Play Store comes on the same day the global search engine giant issued a blog post highlighting its “Play gambling policies in India.” Interestingly, the blog post also comes a day before the Indian Premier League 2020 is scheduled to kick off.

Clearly, Google wants to send out a message and Paytm app going missing from the Play Store could be its first strike on apps

Samsung starts selling Galaxy Note 20 at whopping Rs 15,000 discount; how to avail limited period offer

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Okay, that was quick, even for Samsung. Nearly a month after launching it, Samsung has slashed the price of its vanilla Galaxy Note 20 in India by a whopping Rs 9,000. If you happen to make your purchase using an HDFC Bank card, you will also be eligible for an additional Rs 6,000 cashback, bringing the price further down. This means, Samsung is basically selling Galaxy Note 20 at Rs 15,000 discount if you factor in both the deals. The effective price of the phone thus becomes Rs 62,999. The Galaxy Note 20 was launched

52,000 new companies opened in India amid lockdown; more firms opened than closed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various occasions has reiterated his ‘Make in India’ vision, and has said that local production should be encouraged.

India registered more new companies since the start of the lockdown till August, while the number of companies that shut down in the period were comparatively small. The number of companies registered from April to August 2020 by all Registrar of Companies (ROCs) is 51,807, while only nine companies closed or were struck off during the same period, according to the data provided by MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur. However, the applications for setting

After listing 50k kiranas, Flipkart to hire 70k delivery executives, packers, sorters this festive season

The annual online sale by Flipkart usually coincides with Amazon’s Great Indian Festival Sale. Image: Reuters

Walmart-owned Flipkart has said that its biggest annual sale event The Big Billion Days will help create more than “70,000 direct and lakhs of indirect seasonal jobs.” The direct jobs will come up in areas including the company’s supply chain involving delivery executives, pickers, packers and sorters while the indirect jobs will be created at Flipkart’s seller partner locations and kiranas. “This will be further supplemented by job creation in ancillary industries including vendor locations, and freight partners,” Flipkart said in a statement on

Amazon ropes in Amitabh Bachchan to be Alexa’s first Indian celebrity voice

Piku-starrer will be the first Indian celebrity to voice Alexa.

You will soon be able to talk to Amitabh Bachchan, and that too from the comfort of your home. Amazon has roped in Big B, who needs no introduction, to be Alexa’s first Indian celebrity voice. Come 2021 and you will be able to listen to weather updates, poetries, jokes, advice and motivational quotes from Alexa voiced by none other than Amitabh Bachchan. The experience will be paid and will be introduced next year you’re also free to test the feature. Users will have to say “Alexa, say hello

Coming soon, credit guarantee scheme, seed fund for startups; DPIIT working on solving funding issues

The schemes once formulated by DPIIT would have to be approved by the Ministry of Finance followed by the Union Cabinet for their implementation.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is looking at introducing two new schemes to solve credit-related challenges for early-stage startups in India. According to DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra, an inter-ministerial consultation process is underway to frame the contours of a credit guarantee scheme and a seed fund scheme, PTI reported. Under the credit guarantee scheme, the government would provide a corpus to banks through which the credit would be disbursed into startups.

Shaktikanta Das asks banks to reorient post-pandemic; suggests to look at these ‘sunrise’ sectors

Shaktikanta Das suggested that banks need to look out for ‘sunrise’ sectors while supporting those which have the potential to bounce back. 

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the banks should look deeply within and reorient banking after the coronavirus pandemic. Shaktikanta Das added that the core of resilient banks is made up of good governance, effective risk management, and robust internal controls, according to the RBI’s September bulletin. He further said that as boosting the immunity of the population is the key to tackle pandemic, the key to long term financial stability would be to foster tangible improvement in

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 launched in India for Rs 1,49,999; pre-orders start September 14

Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a successor to the original Galaxy Fold.

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in India at an aggressive price of Rs 1,49,999. The reason why we say it is aggressive is because India price of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is same as its US price which is $1,999. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 India price is also aggressive considering its predecessor’s launch price. The original Galaxy Fold was launched in India at Rs 1,65,000.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 pre-orders will start in India from September 14 across Samsung.com and leading retail

WhatsApp for Android may soon get new call button, catalogue shortcuts and more

Catalogue shortcut is expected to enable quick access for product portfolio, thus making it easier for businesses to communicate.

WhatsApp is apparently working on several improvements for the Android version of its app. The company is expected to bring a new catalogue shortcut for business accounts, a new call button and ‘Doodle’ option. According to a report by WABetaInfo, the company has been working on these features and they have been spotted in the beta version for Android. Catalogue shortcut is expected to enable quick access for product portfolio, thus making it easier for businesses to communicate.

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Xbox Series S arrives on November 10 with ray tracing, 512GB SSD and 120fps playback

Hours after revealing its first look and price, Microsoft has shared the launch date and some key hardware details of its second upcoming console, aka Xbox Series S. The Xbox Series S arrives on November 10 with ray tracing, 512GB SSD, 120fps playback, and more. The higher-end Xbox Series X is also expected to launch on the same date.

With the Xbox Series S, Microsoft is promising next-generation performance packed inside a smaller package. While we do not know exactly what that entails, we now know that the Xbox Series S is 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X. Microsoft