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This Week’s Top Indian Tech News

1. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is optimistic about the company’s prospects in India, a $16 billion e-commerce market. Amazon has already committed $5 billion to grow it’s presence in the country, and Bezos called out the performance of its India business at its earnings call last Thursday. Continue reading

GamesBeat Summit’s Lightning Round Will Focus On Disruption

GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1-2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Continue reading

Why Waymo’s Self-driving Car Test In Phoenix Is Such A Big Milestone

All of the intelligence we program into an interface — a speaker like Amazon Echo, the chatbot you use at work, or a car that drives on its own — has to be tested in the real world by actual human beings, and until those tests are perfected, it won’t be saving anyone. Even then, this computer entity is really an extension of the human mind, isn’t it? An AI is only as smart as the humans who create and program it — nothing more and nothing less.

That’s why autonomous cars are so important. Continue reading

Yik Yak Shuts Down After Square Paid $1 Million For Its Engineers

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Blizzard: Overwatch Passes 30 Million Players On PC And Consoles

Blizzard Entertainment revealed today that Overwatch, its class-based team shooter, has surpassed 30 million players since launching in May of last year. The game has caught on with a huge audience on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 thanks to its dynamic combat and fascinating characters, and Blizzard has kept a huge chunk of that audience coming back by regularly updating the game. It also doesn’t hurt that the core mechanics of Overwatch are so strong that it earned GamesBeat’s Game of the Year for 2016. Continue reading

The NSAs Massive Surveillance Operation Is Now Just A Little Less Massive

The NSA’s spying program is still vast, but it’s now a touch more restricted.

The agency has long collected texts and emails sent to and by Americans if those electronic communications contained the names of folks whom the NSA was conducting surveillance on, but that’s no longer the case. 

This, as the New York Times reported Friday, is a significant rollback of a surveillance program that privacy advocates have railed against since a series of NSA spying programs and mechanisms were revealed in 2013. Continue reading

All The Best Signs From Climate Marches Around The World

In Trump’s America, marching has become a weekly activity. 

One week after the massive March for Science, people across the country and around the world took to the streets on Saturday for the People’s Climate March. 

An event that predates the Trump administration, the Climate March this year is getting a little more attention considering our administration just deleted climate change information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website and, you know, our secretary of state used to run Exxon. Continue reading

ProBeat: No, Self-driving Cars Don’t Need Special Smart Lanes

Technology entrepreneur Umberto Malesci argued this week that highways should isolate self-driving cars in special smart lanes. This is absurd.

The goal is to create a self-driving car, not a car that can drive by itself only on certain roads. Continue reading

Chinese Ride-hailing Giant Didi Chuxing Raises $5.5 Billion To Build A ‘sustainable Global Mobility Ecosystem’

The money will be used as part of efforts to “build an efficient and sustainable global mobility ecosystem,” according to a statement issued by the company.

Didi Chuxing came to fruition in early 2015 following a merger between local rivals Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. Similar to Uber, Didi Chuxing offers smartphone-based car services, such as carpooling, taxis, and premium cars with drivers. Continue reading

Uber Simplifies Privacy Controls To Better Manage What Data Is Shared

Last November, the on-demand ride-hailing service redesigned its app with numerous enhancements, such as the ability to get to destinations based on your friend’s location, syncing with your calendar, and more. Along with the ability to collect so much data and use machine learning to provide the best routing and transportation options, Uber believes it’s giving riders an easy way to control what’s being seen by the app.

Of course, there have been a few recent incidents that could make riders concerned about what Uber sees — such as allegations around “fingerprinting,” a practice whereby developers could track users after they’ve deleted an app, something the company has denied doing. Continue reading

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