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TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment

TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment

TikTok to provide a positive in-app environment for its users in India, has revealed the removal of over six million videos that have violated its Community Guidelines.

This is part of TikTok’s ongoing efforts to make its millions of users feel safe and comfortable within the community by empowering them with the right tools and resources.

TikTok has also introduced its age-gate feature for its new users, which will only allow users age 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok, further adding to the safety mechanisms in place to ensure that underage users do not use the platform.

Helena Lersch, Director, Global Public Policy, TikTok, says, “As a global community, safety has been one of TikTok’s key priorities. The launch of our age-gate feature in addition to our existing takedown of content that violates our Community Guidelines reinforce our ongoing commitment to ensure that our platform remains a safe and positive space for our Indian users and we discharge our obligations under the Intermediary Guidelines of India, in a meaningful manner. We are looking forward to introducing more relevant features and initiatives to help Indian users be safe and continue to enhance their experience with TikTok.”

TikTok’s continued safety efforts in India

These announcements closely follow the launch of TikTok’s Safety Center and resource pages tackling Anti-Bullying in ten major local languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya.

Additionally, TikTok recently added an advisory for the upcoming General Elections in English and 10 major local languages on the Safety Center page which links to the website of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the cVIGIL app.

Source: TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment


Zomato Introduces delivery via bicycle : Moving towards Profit, Startup, Environment, foodies & rider friendly

Zomato Introduces delivery via bicycle : Moving towards Profit, Startup, Environment, foodies & rider friendlyZomato’s food delivery CEO Mohit Gupta In a Press Release this Monday, said  “Climate change and environmental challenges are an inalienable reality of the future.” This only went on to emphasise how climate change was real, and there is an alarming need for sustainable development. Keeping this in mind, the food tech giant has recently launched bicycle delivery services with the aim of peddling the future towards sustainable mobility.

It is a well thought out step that is to benefit the society, company, and the startup ecosystem from all angles. How? Let’s take a look at the society angle first.

Environment, foodies & rider friendly

Approximately Zomato has a million orders a day, and the distance traveled is 4.4 kms on each trip. With short distance deliveries by cycles will be both mechanical and electrical pollution reduces significantly, in terms of carbon footprint and noise, in turn, reducing environmental damage.

For the willing riders, this will result in better health, easier navigation in streets and narrow lanes, they will not have to get stuck in traffic, and will face no parking issues as well. These riders, along with a bicycle, will also receive an ergonomic delivery bag, diligent training, and education in on road safety norms at the Zomato Rider University.

Most importantly, it creates an employment opportunity for a large part of the population that doesn’t have a driving license.

Since this service is only applicable on last mile delivery, where orders to be delivered within an average of 2.5 km radius, this means speedier delivery by an efficient delivery fleet.

Profit & startup friendly

When it comes to the company, Zomato has entered into the partnership with several startups operating in the cycling segment like Mobycy, e-HIRAN, Yulu, TNT, and Zoomcar’s PEDL to provide cycles to the fleet.

This, for one, means lower investment in gathering the required number of cycles for the riders, plus a reduction in fuel costs. The cost of training the riders is one time. Further, what the company loses in paying these new set of riders, it shall make up in the reduced fuel costs and the expected increase in scale.

Read More: https://varindia.com/news/zomato-introduces-delivery-via-bicycle–moving-towards-profit-startup-environment-foodies–rider-friendly

Amazon Looking for more clarity on FDI norms, Keeping Future Group stake buy plan on hold

Amazon Looking for more clarity on FDI norms, Keeping Future Group stake buy plan on hold

The US e-commerce Giant Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) has decided to plan for buying  stake in Kishore Biyani’s Future Group, instead of the  new FDI policy implemented this month. The company now a days is analyzing the damage done by new FDI rules and will not go ahead with the plans until it gets more clarity to expand its offline presence, said sources close to the development. It is also reassessing plans to buy More retail after getting clarity on FDI norms.

Things were moving as planned and Amazon was to close the deal in the first quarter of 2019 but FDI came into effect and e-tailer has now to change its plan, sources said to a report. Amazon had kept aside $2 billion to invest in retail chains the report said.

In August last year, Amazon had signed a term sheet with the Future Group to buy a stake between 10 and 15 percent for up to $700 million. It was touted as a probable third investment for the e-tailer.

In October 2017, Jeff Bezos-led firm had bought 5 per cent stake in Shoppers Stop for $26.35 million. In September last year, Amazon along with PE firm Samara Capital signed a deal to acquire food and grocery retail chain More.

The e-tailer planned to have strong hold through the deal in omnichannel retailing as it would have given access to food and grocery market through the Big Bazaar and Nilgiris supermarket chains and other outlets.

In the recently implemented FDI policy for e-commerce, the Indian govt prohibited marketplaces from selling products through companies in which they own stakes. The policy asked Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart, to restructure their business model.

Read More: https://varindia.com/news/amazon-looking-for-more-clarity-on-fdi-norms-keeping-future-group-stake-buy-plan-on-hold


OITF 2019 highlights the growth areas that is transforming the state

OITF 2019 highlights the growth areas that is transforming the stateBhubaneswar, Odisha recently played host to the VARINDIA 11th edition of Odisha Information Technology Fair – OITF 2019 that provided a platform to the IT industry to converge and discuss some of the key vital issues concerning the state. The invitees to the event included IT & Telecom honchos, senior Government officials, industry leaders, VARs and SIs.

The evening commenced with the ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony in the presence of high profile guests that included Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Member of Parliament, Govt. of India; Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA-Bhubaneswar (North), Govt. of Odisha; C J Venugopal,IAS, Principal Secretary, Electronics & IT department, Govt. of Odisha and Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI and Mr Deepak Kumar Sahu, President & CEO, VARINDIA.


EIITF-2016EIITF-2016While talking about the growth of start-ups that are emerging in cities such as Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Ahmedabad in his opening speech, Dr Deepak Kumar Sahu, President & CEO, VARINDIA said that as per the survey done by VARINDIA, there are around 15,000 start-ups in the country that is slowly moving towards 20,000. “India continues to rank third in the global pecking order of start-ups ecosystem, after the US and Israel,” he said. “These start-ups are rapidly embracing the smaller cities over the bigger metros by targeting the growth of key industries such as fintech, health tech, SaaS, agritech, Taxi aggregators, B2B enterprise products (e-commerce) and deep technologies etc. Now the start-ups are really growing to solve the regional specific issues with deep learning and special designed AI techniques. It’s really an amazing experience. During our survey, we visited a few start-ups and found out that they are aiming at solving immediate issues that are affecting people at the grass root level.”

EIITF-2016The evening saw the government officials, as well as top industry executives present speak on topics concerning technology in the state. C J Venugopal, Principal Secretary, Electronics & IT department, Govt. of Odisha enlightened the audience on the opportunities in Bhubaneswar and it could be turned into a smart city. He said, “We have a very good ICT policy which brings very good incentives for the ICT sector. We have moved a proposal to set up a mobile manufacturing unit here in Odisha. We are also in the process of discussing with several other manufacturing vendors to make the electronic manufacturing cluster in the state.”


EIITF-2016Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI spoke about the telecom and digital landscape in the country, while also giving the roadmap for 5G in 2019. “If we look at the industry today, it has invested 15 lakh crore rupees in terms of spectrum and network investments. Odisha has around 17,000 cell towers and Rs 5,000 crore has been invested already, while looking further for growing the network.”



In the corporate presentations, IT Corporates Sophos and NetApp shared their vision for the state and how to make it smarter. Rishi Sharma, Sales Engineering Leader, Sophos presented his company’s views by co-relating security to the physical world. TausifSiddiqui, Enterprise IT Architect, NetApp spoke on how NetApp is committed to bringing the state-of-the-art technology to bring secure and scalable storage technology to the state of Odisha.

EIITF-2016The theme for the panel discussion was Unlocking the Potential of Odisha and was moderated by Dr DeepakKumar Sahu, President & CEO, VARINDIA. In Bhubaneswar, almost 90% of the smart city budget is allocated towards Area Based Development, which entails retrofitting, renewal and extensions in 985 acres of the city. This includes projects related to infrastructure engineering and building development, slum housing, green and park areas, road development and accessibility. The discussion delved into how it has become important for a robust infrastructure to be there in Bhubaneswar in order for it to become a smart city. The panelists at the discussion were – Dr. Cmdr. J Jena, DDG- COAI,Mr. Rishi Sharma, Sales Engineering Leader, Sophos,Mr. Tausif Siddiqui, Enterprise Architect Leader, Netapp India,Mr. Monoranjan Mohapatra, Founder- Suyog India, Mr. A . K Mohanty, CEO- TATWA Technologies.


The event also witnessed the award ceremony that felicitated two vendors, Cisco and Sophos and the Regionals VARs from the state of Odisha. While Cisco was awarded in the category of Best Converged Infrastructure, the award for Best Security Services Company went to Sophos Technologies. Five Regional VARs were awarded in the categories of The Best VAR, Odisha; The Best Software Distributor, Odisha; The Best Reseller, Odisha; Best Technology Services, Odisha; and The Best Software Services Company. The names of the winners respectively are – Nigama Comptech, Tristar Software and Solutions, Info care Solutions, Tatwa Technologies, and Suyog Computech.



EIITF-2016The event also took the opportunity to felicitate the winners of the 9th VARINDIA IT Cup 2018 Cricket Tournament, which was played by 20 teams representing different companies. The cricket matches were played at Kishore Club Ground, Bhubaneswar and was supported by STPI and Electronics & IT Department, Govt. of Odisha.



The first semi-final match was played between Esquare and SPARC, where Esquare won the match by 8 wickets. In the second semi-final match played between TCS and Luminous Infoway, the latter (Luminous) won the match by 10 runs. The final match was played between Luminous Infoway and Esquare, in which Luminous Infoway clinched the title, while Esquare emerged as the Runner-up of the 9th VAR INDIA IT CUP 2019.

Source: OITF 2019 highlights the growth areas that is transforming the state

Fortnite’s Vulnerability: Only the Secure Survive

Fortnite's Vulnerability: Only the Secure SurviveFor the last two hundred years, Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ theory of natural selection has shaped our view of man’s existence on earth. In the last couple of years, though, Fortnite, the massively popular online game played by millions worldwide, has taken this concept of survival to a whole new level.

Played in a virtual world, players of Fortnite are tasked with testing their endurance as they battle other online players for tools and weapons that will keep them secure and the ‘last man standing’. In the last few weeks, however, Check Point Research discovered security vulnerabilities in the game’s login process that could have allowed a threat actor to take over the account of any user, view their personal account information, purchase virtual in-game currency and eavesdrop on in-game chatter as well as home conversations.

Previous Fortnite Hacks created by Epic Games, an American video game developer, Fortnite is the game played by nearly 80 million people worldwide and is responsible for almost half of their $5bn-$8bn estimated company value. With such a meteoric rise in fortune, it is no surprise the popular game has already attracted the attention of cyber criminals set on conning unsuspecting players.

These scams previously took the role of deceiving players into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, a commodity that can usually only be acquired through the official Fortnite store or by earning them in the game itself. These sites promote players to enter their login credentials, as well as personal information like name, address and credit card details (usually of the player’s parents) and are spread via social media campaigns that claim players can “earn easy cash” and “make quick money”.

Our team’s research, however, relied on a far more sophisticated and sinister method, that did not require the user to hand over any login details whatsoever. Instead, it took advantage of Epic Games’ use of authentication tokens in conjunction with Single Sign-On (SSO) providers such as Facebook, Google, X-Box and others that are built in to Fortnite’s user login process.

Source: Fortnite’s Vulnerability: Only the Secure Survive

Amazon is egging Golden Eggs on Internet – the Coconut Shells For Over Rs. 1,200 – EMI available : Are Indians half baked…???

Have you ever seen the Golden Eggs..Yes it is true for Amazon now. The ecommerce Giant Amazon is now egging Golden Eggs…!!! Making fool…???  No, not at all.  Well, this is coconuts Shells …’Natural coconut shell cups’ !!!  After Kylie Jenner’s Instagram post on a stock image of an egg garnered 26 million likes, a product on Amazon – a coconut shell – has become the netizen’s Internet talk.

Source: Amazon is egging Golden Eggs on Internet – the Coconut Shells For Over Rs. 1,200 – EMI available : Are Indians half baked…???