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  • Amazon India launches GST Cafes to help sellers transition into the new tax regime

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    Amazon India launches GST Cafes to help sellers transition into the new tax regime

    With only two days to go before GST becomes functional, Amazon India has launched an initiative to help its vendors and merchants understand rules, regulations and compliances better. The e-commerce giant has set up 16 ‘GST Cafes’ at various Amazon Service Provider and Amazon partner sites across 11 Indian cities. These support centers will address sellers’ queries on GST compliance, and help them smoothly transition into the new tax regime. The cafes opened on June 26, and will be operational for two weeks. More →
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  • Global app economy projected to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021: App Annie

    By on June 28, 2017 at 11:48 AM.

    Global app economy projected to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021: App Annie

    As smartphones take over the world, app usage and spends are soaring as well. The global app economy is poised to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021, according to a report by app analytics provider App Annie. The market was valued at $1.6 trillion last year. This sharp growth would be led by mobile commerce, which presently occupy 90 percent of app spends. Other drivers include digital payments, and in-app advertising. More →
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  • Facebook is getting serious about original programming; will take on Netflix

    By on June 27, 2017 at 12:49 PM.

    Facebook is getting serious about original programming; will take on Netflix

    Now, Facebook wants to get into original programming. This could lead to an emergence of a new order in the world of video-streaming -- currently among the most lucrative business streams, with giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video competing for eyeballs and ad dollars. More →
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  • GST: Relief for Amazon, Flipkart as government defers implementation of tax at source

    By on June 27, 2017 at 11:14 AM.

    GST: Relief for Amazon, Flipkart as government defers implementation of tax at source

    The Ministry of Finance has issued a statement regarding a clause in goods and services tax (GST) -- which rolls out in four days -- that will make e-commerce firms heave a sigh of relief. The government has deferred the implementation of TCS (tax collected at source) that required the likes of Amazon India and Flipkart to deduct a one percent tax on payments exceeding Rs 2.5 lakh to their suppliers. A new date of its implementation would be announced later, PTI reported. More →
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  • Many Uber India employees have signed a petition to get Travis Kalanick back

    By on June 26, 2017 at 3:28 PM.

    Many Uber India employees have signed a petition to get Travis Kalanick back

    After Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down on June 21 following investor pressure, scores of employees of the ride-hailing company have started a petition to get him back in some "operational role". It is said that over 10 percent of Uber’s global workforce has signed the petition. The initiative – ‘Bring Back Kalanick’ – has found support in India too. More →
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  • Narendra Modi meets CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon; urges them to invest more in India

    By on June 26, 2017 at 12:14 PM.

    Narendra Modi meets CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon; urges them to invest more in India

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who’s currently visiting the US met with top Silicon Valley chiefs in Washington yesterday. The elite roundtable included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon Founder & CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe Chairman Shantanu Narayen and a host of others. More →
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  • Instagram Stories: 6 ways it’s winning the race against Snapchat

    By on June 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM.

    Instagram Stories: 6 ways it’s winning the race against Snapchat

    When Instagram Stories rolled out last August, Snapchat was the fastest-growing social network. It had trumped Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in quarterly growth and was making it to every list of ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’. And why not? Back in 2013, Snapchat had pioneered the raw, impermanent, short-form visual content format — “Snaps” as it was called — that is now a rage, with everyone from WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to homegrown Hike trying their hands at what they call “Stories” or a series of images that disappear within 24 hours of being posted. More →
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  • नोकिया स्मार्टफोन की भारतीय बाजार में वापसी के ये हैं 5 कारण

    By on June 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM.

    नोकिया स्मार्टफोन की भारतीय बाजार में वापसी के ये हैं 5 कारण

    नोकिया मोबाइल सेक्टर में एक लोकप्रिय ब्रांड रह चुका है। कंपनी के फोन साधारण तौर पर काले व सफेद रंग में ही उपलब्ध थे। वहीं इनमें कलर स्क्रीन और कैमरा फोन भी शामिल थे। नोकिया भारत समेत दुनिया में कई बाजारों में एक टॉप ब्रांड के रूप में स्थित रहा है। कंपनी द्वारा बाजार कई खास हेंडसेट पेश किए जा चुके हैं। जिनमें रो​टेटिंग कीपैड और पावरफुल स्पीकर वाला नोकिया 3250 शामिल था। कंपनी के एन सीरीज स्मार्टफोन सिंबियन ओएस पर आधारित थे। जिनमें गेमिंग के लिए एन-गेग और ए-गेग क्यूडी पर फोकस किया गया था। नोकिया ने निश्चित रूप से पिछले कुछ सालों में अपनी चमक को खो दिया था। वहीं, स्मार्टफोन की रेस में दूसरी कंपनियों के साथ कदम से कदम मिलाने में भी कंपनी विफल रही। More →
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  • TRAI looking at new policies for predatory pricing: Report

    By on June 20, 2017 at 7:37 PM.

    TRAI looking at new policies for predatory pricing: Report

    Tariff wars have been raging in the telecom industry since the launch of Reliance Jio last September. Now, it just got more official. Three days after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone called out Jio’s predatory pricing, industry regulator TRAI has said that it is formulating new policies on the same, according to an ET report. More →
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  • 5 reasons why Nokia is poised for a comeback in the Indian smartphone market

    By on June 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM.

    5 reasons why Nokia is poised for a comeback in the Indian smartphone market

    Late last year Finnish mobile phone developer, HMD Global, came into existence with the sole purpose of reviving Nokia — the erstwhile tech giant that had lead the way in ‘connecting people’ and making the world smaller. Nokia, of course, had lost a bit of sheen in the last few years. One, it failed to catch up with the smartphone revolution. Two, it began to be seen as a bit of a ‘daddy’ brand, slightly uncool and old, by the happening millennial population — that is now defining mobile industry trends. And three, Microsoft messed it up completely with a failed acquisition in 2014. More →
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