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A recycling symbol and handling instructions sit on a lithium-ion automotive battery pack

Power pioneer invents new battery that’s 90% cheaper than lithium-ion

Japan's Hideaki Horie, who helped commercialize the batteries, has developed an approach he says can speed up manufacturing, making it as easy as 'buttering toast.'
Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels

Instagram to launch its TikTok-like short video feature ‘Reels’ in India today

Reels by the Facebook-owned app will allow users to make 15-second videos. Instagram will launch it at 7:30pm Wednesday.
Google Inc. logo | Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Google, Amazon funnel over $20 million to sites spreading coronavirus conspiracies

A Global Disinformation Index study analysed ads running between January-June on 480 English language websites identified as publishers of virus misinformation
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Facebook, Twitter, Google could just quit Hong Kong after showdown with China

Hours after Hong Kong announced new powers to police the internet Monday, Big Tech firms suspended requests for data from the government.

Why Europe’s failure to tame Google’s dominance is a lesson for US

Big fines have little impact on Google. So regulators are increasingly looking for remedies that may change the company’s behaviour and offer consumers more choice.
UC Browser was India's second most popular web browser on smartphones before the ban on 59 Chinese apps | ThePrint

Everyone’s talking about TikTok but ‘100 million’ Indian smartphone users are missing this app

Tech analyst firm estimates that this app was mostly downloaded by low-budget smartphone users in India.

TikTok distanced itself from China in letter to Modi govt before India banned it: Report

In a 28 June letter, TikTok CEO wrote to India that the Chinese government has never requested user data, and the firm wouldn’t turn it over if asked.
Chingari was launched in November 2018

Video-sharing app Chingari, the ‘accidental’ Indian start-up that’s replacing TikTok

Chingari has hit 10 million downloads on Google Play Store in no time. But despite its similarity to TikTok, users complain about it being a ‘buggy’ app.
Mukesh Ambani

Zoom has a new challenger – budding internet tycoon Mukesh Ambani

Ambani’s Reliance has launched JioMeet video conferencing app after beta testing. The app has already garnered more than 100,000 downloads.
People wear masks as they walk inside a mall west in Florida.

Twitter says users can have an edit button ‘when everyone wears a mask’

Wading into debate in US over wearing of face masks in public, Twitter said users can have the edit button ‘when everyone wears a mask’.

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Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Army Chief General MM Naravane (2nd R) during his visit along along the border in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot region

Army chief Narvane visits forward areas along IB in Pathankot-Jammu region

During the visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation and emphasised on 'zero tolerance' against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.