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Amazon is being sued for allegedly using voice software pioneer’s technology in Alexa

A complaint said Alexa and Echo were strikingly similar to the patented technology that voice software developer VoiceBox Technologies showed Amazon in 2011.
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Delhi HC quotes ‘Spiderman’ while cracking down on companies such as Amazon, Flipkart

The Delhi High Court pulled up e-commerce platforms for selling health and beauty products of direct sellers such Amway and Oriflame without their consent.
Representational image| Amazon Inc. fulfillment center in Bengaluru, India | Ruhani Kaur | Bloomberg

India was about to align its e-commerce market with global rules, then it lost trust

Global economy is under a new industrial transformation, with digital technology leading the change but India wants to address its own rising aspirations.
Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani’s debt-fueled bet on India’s rising middle class is paying off

Mukesh Ambani has ambitions to take on Amazon and Walmart in India, where the middle class is driving the growth of e-commerce.

India proposes regulating cross-border data flow in draft policy

The draft policy recommends data on Indians not be used by companies to store abroad, or shared with foreign governments.
Flipkart

Govt proposes conditions for data storage abroad in draft e-commerce policy

The draft addresses six broad issues -- data, infrastructure development, e-commerce marketplaces, regulatory issues, stimulating domestic digital economy and export promotion.
An Amazon.com packaging facility in Hyderabad | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch proposes more disruptive norms for e-commerce

In letter to ministry, Manch seeks compulsory registration of e-commerce firms with the government, an annual inspection mechanism, among others.
An Amazon.com packaging facility in Hyderabad | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt crackdown on Amazon, Flipkart to hurt online shoppers

The new rules could be a blow for Amazon & Flipkart, which are attempting to crack India’s consumer market & capture its growth potential.
economy

India tightens rules on online retail to check deep discounts

The move is aimed at helping BJP win support of local traders — a key voting bloc for the party that suffered defeats in assembly elections this month.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Everyone is growing but no one is making money in India’s champion sectors

Aviation, telecom and e-commerce/digital businesses are all success stories, but the issue is the same in all three sectors: Profitability.

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The Servant of Sahibs | Source: Sandeep Krishnan

Ghulam Rassul Galwan — The man who named the Galwan river, the site of India-China stand-off

It was unusual in the 19th century for rivers to be named after their regional discoverers. But Galwan, and his love for exploration, stood out.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Chinese troops blacktopping track in disputed ‘finger’ area in Ladakh amid border tensions

The fresh Chinese construction activity is happening around Finger 4 in Pangong lake area. China also blocked the route of Indian patrol teams in the disputed region.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.