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The Apple Inc. logo is displayed at one of the company's stores in Hong Kong | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Apple and Amazon show the contradictions in India’s quest to lure foreign investment

Successes such as Foxconn aside, tales of frustrated plans & bureaucratic bottlenecks are holding India back from a China-1990s-style boom.
Smartphone users | Representational image Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Netflix, Tinder, Amazon all have automated algorithms. So, do humans have a choice anymore?

Eighty per cent of viewing hours streamed on Netflix and 35 per cent of Amazon’s sales originate from automated recommendations.

Catch them if you can: The soaring business of downing drones

Companies specialising in detecting and taking down wayward drones are poised to make billions in the future, filled with consumer drones.
An Echo smart speaker inside an Amazon store in Berkeley, California | Cayce Clifford/Bloomberg

Thousands of Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

Amazon's team comprises employees under non-disclosure contracts working in outposts like Boston, Costa Rica, India and Romania and processing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift.
Mukesh Ambani, billionaire and chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd., pauses during a panel session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Mukesh Ambani is making tiny deals to take on Amazon & Walmart

Ambani has spent $2.5 billion on more than two dozen deals as he puts together the building blocks to take on Amazon & Walmart.
Facebook

Latest Facebook data leak exposes dilemma cloud storage services like Amazon face

Amazon is in a sticky situation, for if it starts shutting down access to data breaches, it could open itself to lawsuits and risk broken trust with clients.
The Facebook Inc. application | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Data of millions of Facebook users shows up on Amazon cloud servers

The discovery shows that a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, companies that control that information haven’t done enough to seal up private data.
A "WalMart supercentre" logo above the entrance to an Asda supermarket in the UK

Walmart’s usual victims in America become its new friends in India

Small stores or kiranas will be Walmart’s unlikely allies in its latest attempt to take on Amazon & Reliance in India.

Sundar Pichai meets US General today amid military jitters over Google’s AI push in China

Google invited General Joseph Dunford for talks after he said the firm's AI work in China 'indirectly benefits the Chinese military'.
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple’s reinvention as a services company starts for real today

Tim Cook is expected to unveil streaming video & news subscriptions as Apple pushes to transform itself into a leading digital services provider.

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.