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Google is looking for an app store fix after Fortnite game row over high fees

Epic Games recently pulled its popular Fortnite game from Google, Apple app stores to protest against 'high fees'. Google now updating software to make it easier for consumers to use other app stores.
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Google will block all political ads after US presidential election polls close

Google is treating the election as a 'sensitive event', and said advertisers should expect to wait at least 2 days for political ads to be approved in the lead up to the election.
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We don’t share GPay customer data with third parties — Google dismisses media reports

Google denies media reports that state the company told Delhi High Court it had permission to share user data with third parties.

Flying camera, streaming games, new speakers – Amazon is going after Google & Microsoft

Amazon's Luna, an online gaming service, is the latest product in a long list of many, including smart speakers, that the company is using to elbow out competitors.
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Paytm dropped from Google Play Store for ‘policy violations on sport betting’ ahead of IPL

If an app leads consumers to an external website, allowing them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money, it is a violation of our policies, Google said.
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Amazon, Google, UPS competing to rule the skies in drone wars. 3 things will decide who wins

Successful drone delivery has proven over the past few years to be less about the technology and more about how the drones are used.
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After WhatsApp hacking & Covid lockdown, 155% more Indians searched for encrypted email

A survey between May 2019 and April 2020 by encrypted email service ProtonMail found that more people were looking for alternatives to Gmail due to privacy issues with Google.
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Facebook not among those eligible to get central govt ads but Google, Twitter make the cut

Modi govt devised a policy for social media ads in May. Before the new policy kicked in, no social media firm was eligible to directly get advertisements from Centre.
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Grindr, PlanetRomeo, Gayglers — corporate queerness reached India. But many still in closet

In ‘The Pink Line’, Mark Gevisser explores how the conversation around gender & sexuality has shaped communities across the world in the twenty-first century.
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‘CEO’ meeting his high school math teacher in viral video is not Sundar Pichai

A 2017 video is viral on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, claiming Sundar Pichai met his high school teacher Molly Abraham. But the man in the video is not him.

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Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

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Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
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Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.