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This buzzy, new app is beating Instagram, Zoom, WhatsApp and TikTok

Technology titans, political figures and leaders in entertainment are driving another wave of exponential growth for the app, not only in the U.S. but also around the world.
Logos of some of the 'instant loan' apps under investigation by the Hyderabad police | Image: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Hyderabad police find ‘Chinese link’ in instant loan apps cases that ‘drove 3 to suicide’

Police say unauthorised lenders shamed, harassed and even threatened borrowers online, links have been found to Indonesia and a 'Chinese national'.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

UPSC, JEE-NEET, robotics — you can study for almost everything online in India now

Edtech in India gets a boost under Covid as old and new platforms claim massive user, revenue spurt. Report claims users doubled to 9 crore from 4.5 crore between 2019 and 2020.
Digital media

Multitasking between different digital media linked to memory failure, finds Stanford study

Researchers studied brain activity and pupil dilation to discover that engaging with multiple digital media simultaneously led to an inability to recall events, even in young adults.
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India needs laws to regulate app stores but first know how Google, Apple control the system

Google's attempt to bring its model of operation closer to Apple’s App Store and build a similar tightly controlled mobile environment has been thwarted. But for how long?
Representational image for Google | Bloomberg file photo

Why Indian app developers are most vocal in resisting Google’s 30% ‘gatekeeper’s fee’

Google has decided to strictly impose a 30% fee on all digital purchases through Play Store, but backlash from Indian firms has caused it to push back deadline.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Paytm forms Rs 10-crore investment fund for new mini app store to take on Google

Paytm’s mini-app store, launched 5 October, seeks to break Google Play’s dominance in app distribution on the Android ecosystem.
Representational image | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee| Bloomberg

Paytm launches its own Mini App Store for Indian developers, and to take on Google

Paytm move comes days after Google announced new policy of 30% cut in in-app purchases on Play Store. Google has now delayed its new payment rules for app developers in India.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

This is how Karnataka’s Covid War Room is fighting the big battle, one app at a time

Karnataka govt has developed 8 in-house apps as part of its pandemic management. IAS officer Munish Moudgil, the Covid War Room chief, has been at forefront of this effort.
Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fish delivery to migrant database ⁠— a govt app for everything in India during lockdown

Around 40 apps have been created by various state govts to meet the needs of people, as well as their own, and mitigate the challenges arising out of Covid.

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Downside of dowry crackdown — women’s decision-making power falls, domestic violence goes up

Researchers from Rice University in US studied the relationship between dowry payments and Indian women's post-marital status by using amendments to the anti-dowry law.

Tax cut on fuel prices should be joint call of Centre, state govts, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The FM said that both states and the Centre draw revenue out of taxes levied on petrol and diesel, while adding 41% of the tax collections made by the Centre go to the states.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

India’s resolute response on borders has helped in resolution of key issues — Rajnath Singh

The Defence Minister also said that India has nurtured close relations and partnerships with like-minded countries to further the common security interests.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

There’s no stopping Modi govt because Rahul Gandhi is flaunting his muscles as Congress sinks

We can complain about undermining of institutions, misuse of agencies, discriminatory laws, use of sedition, rail-roading of legislations. But, on all key issues, Congress is MIA.