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Pranav Mukul


Explained: Why the Akamai outage is worrisome
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Akamai faced a disruption on its Edge DNS service that took down platforms such as Zomato, Paytm, parts of Amazon, Airbnb, PlayStation Network, Steam, Disney+Hotstar, etc for a short while.

Explained: The making of Pegasus, from startup to a global spy-tech leader
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Project Pegasus: Israel's NSO Group is at the heart of the alleged state surveillance of thousands of human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and dissidents in countries including India.

Cost of putting Pegasus in phones runs into crores
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

NSO maintains that it sells its technologies solely to law enforcement and intelligence agencies of “vetted governments” for the purpose of “preventing criminal and terror acts”.

Phones of 2 Ministers, 3 Opp leaders among many targeted for surveillance: report
Mon, Jul 19, 2021

The Indian Express had in 2019 reported that Facebook-owned WhatsApp had confirmed use of Pegasus to target journalists and human right activists in India. WhatsApp had made the disclosure in a lawsuit it had filed in a US court in San Francisco.

Explained: Why Mumbai may soon allow vaccinated flyers without Covid-19 negative certificates
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Several states in India are allowing vaccinated travellers into their respective jurisdictions without a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate. Are there central guidelines on this? What does this mean for the aviation industry?

Eying rising competition, Flipkart raises $3.6 bn; SoftBank returns
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Flipkart Group comprises e-commerce marketplace Flipkart, online fashion retailer Myntra, fin-tech firm PhonePe, Flipkart Wholesale and online travel portal Cleartrip.

Explained: How US anti-trust order could impact big tech elsewhere
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to foster competition across sectors. It is being seen as a decisive policy step in his administration's stated mission of targeting Big Tech.

Explained: Here’s what to look for before investing in a consumer internet company
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

While the pandemic has severely hit the services sector, business improved for consumer internet companies after the initial lockdown last year. These benefited once home delivery of food was permitted while restaurants were not allowed to open.

Open-sourcing project govt panel: What’s in store for online retailers
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

This is a step in the direction of making e-commerce processes open source, thus creating a platform that can be utilised by all online retailers.

E-comm cos call out lack of clarity in draft rules as govt extends feedback deadline
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

Companies have expressed concerns at clauses regarding fallback liability, flash sales, etc. They called out the way these draft rules were brought out.

ONDC: Looking to open source e-comm processes, DPIIT sets up 9-member panel with Nilekani, RS Sharma
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

In addition to R S Sharma and Nandan Nilekani, other members on the advisory council are Quality Control of India Chairman Adil Zainulbhai, Avaana Capital Founder Anjali Bansal, Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta, National Payments Corporation India CEO Dilip Asbe, National Security Depository MD Suresh Sethi, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal, and Retailers Association of India CEO Kumar Rajagopalan

As lawsuits try to clip Air India wings, govt readies ‘not alter ego’ case
Mon, Jul 05, 2021

Last week, investors of Devas Multimedia moved a US federal court seeking the takeover of Air India assets to enforce payments awarded in a $160 million arbitration compensation over a failed satellite deal with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Regulator’s high table to company boardroom: India Inc’s prize pickings
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

Among top regulators, markets monitor Securities and Exchange Board of India has a one-year period before its chairman or whole-time member can accept other employment after tenure. The Reserve Bank of India also has a cooling-off period of one year for its Governor and Deputy Governors.

Not just PSUs, even India Inc likes IAS on board as director
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

From the top finance official who took over as HDFC Bank chairman just last month to the senior industries official who joined the board of tractor manufacturer Escorts Ltd within six months of retirement.

Explained: Why a US court has dismissed FTC lawsuit against Facebook
Wed, Jun 30, 2021

In December last year, an antitrust lawsuit was filed against Facebook alleging that has harmed competition by buying up smaller companies like Instagram and WhatsApp to squash the threat they posed to its business.

Centre rolls out second wave stimulus, expands credit relief for health, tourism
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Nirmala Sitharaman also announced an additional Rs 1.5 lakh crore for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) expanding its limit by 50% to Rs 4.5 lakh crore.

‘Bit of arrogance’: Why is timing of Piyush Goyal’s comments on US e-comms key?
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has accused foreign firms of arrogance and of flouting Indian laws by indulging in predatory pricing practices. What exactly did he say, and what is the significance of the timing of his comments?

$266-mn US IPO, but Sprinklr’s Kerala govt pact sprinkled with privacy abuse claims
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

The company, which raised $266 million from the IPO, was caught in a political and legal controversy in India last year, when the Kerala government, which appointed the firm for a Covid data management project, was alleged to have shared data without user consent.

Centre may fix stricter rules for unmanned aircraft systems
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

On Sunday, two explosive devices were dropped from a drone at the air force base in Jammu, in what was the first known drone attack on an Indian military establishment.

Explained: The draft rules for e-commerce companies, and how it will impact online shoppers
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

The government has proposed changes to the e-commerce rules under the Consumer Protection Act. What changes for online shoppers and for companies? How is it similar to the rules for social media companies?

Share info with Govt, ban on ‘specific’ flash sales: Move to tighten e-commerce norms
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

The draft rules released Monday are broadly in line with the IT intermediary rules announced for social media companies earlier this year. Representatives of local traders and sellers described the proposed norms as a step to “purify” the e-commerce landscape of the country.

Infosys earlier drew flak for MCA21, GSTN portal ‘issues’
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

In all of these three major projects, Infosys’ products saw performance issues. Government sources said Ministry of Corporate Affairs faced major issues in the rollout of version 2 of its MCA21 portal by Infosys in March 2016.

OTP, password, linkage glitches bug I-T portal
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

New Income Tax e-filing portal: On Saturday, Infosys chief operating officer Pravin Rao spoke on this issue at the company’s 40th Annual General Meeting, and said that the company is working to resolve the concerns in the new income-tax e-filing portal.

Explained: What are the Covid-19 protocols for Indians travelling to Dubai?
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The Dubai government has relaxed restrictions for travel from India, Nigeria and South Africa with effect from June 23. What are the conditions of relaxations for travel to Dubai?

Rs 54.5 crore service tax claim on Cloudtail: what is this case?
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Cloudtail is one of the biggest sellers on Amazon India marketplace and is a joint-venture between Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy’s Catamaran Ventures and Amazon India.