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In a first, court to send summons via WhatsApp

ARH: With technology revolutionising communication, a financial commissioner (FC) court in Haryana — a quasi-judicial body — headed by senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka has ordered that summons in a partition suit be served via WhatsApp. It is for the first time that this would be done in the country. As of now, summoning process in electronic form is prevalent …

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Uber’s smartphone apps provisionally banned in Italy

ROME: An Italian court on Friday banned the use of smartphone apps for the ride-hailing group Uber, saying they contribute to traditional taxis facing unfair competition, local media reported. In a ruling that is subject to appeal, a court in Rome upheld a complaint filed by taxi unions and gave Uber ten days to end the use of various phone …

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Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

YORK: Facebook is launching a resource to help you spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service. The resource, similar to previous efforts around privacy and security, is basically a notification that pops up for a few days. Clicking on it takes you to tips and other information on how to spot false news and what to …

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Paytm partners with Booking.com to expand accommodation choices

Digital payments company Paytm has partnered with Booking.com to expand accommodation choices for customers on its online travel marketplace. Under this partnership, all domestic and international accommodations available on Booking.com will now be available on Paytm with unique promotions and offers. The online hotel booking service on Paytm has seen a major uptake in bookings since last year owing to …

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How Paytm, Mobikwik and others are changing, courtesy Aadhaar Pay, Bharat QR and more

Electronic payment firms got a big boost when India abolished most of the country’s banknotes last year, but rival state-sponsored e-payment services are forcing them to raise their game to hang on to their new customers. Until November’s move, which scrapped 86% of all notes to foil counterfeiting and the black market, more than 90% of transactions in India were …

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Snapchat parent raises $3.4 billion in IPO

Snap Inc’s in-demand shares were set to rally on their first day of trading in New York on Thursday, after the owner of the popular Snapchat messaging app raised $3.4 billion in its initial public offering (IPO), above its price expectations. Early indications pointed to the shares opening up at between $22 and $24, after the IPO priced on Wednesday …

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Mobile wallet apps are safe, claim experts

Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories – cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swthe wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts. A key reason consumers are hesitant to adopt mobile payments like Apple Pay and Android Pay, surveys say, is fear over security: High-profile retailer data breaches have made buyers wary of sharing credit …

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Twitter Q4 numbers paint a ‘grim picture’

Twitter’s desultory earnings report on Thursday show a company with no evident path to profitability, as core costs climb more quickly than revenue while user growth stagnates. For all the buzz the San Francisco company has created as the preferred platform for US President Donald Trump and other high-profile figures, Twitter has lost more than $1.5 billion cumulatively since it …

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Here’s another reason to use BHIM app

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Tuesday said that it expects all public sector banks (PSBs) to join the digital payment mobile-based app Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) by the end of February. “Since the customer base of PSBs is very large, their participation in BHIM is of crucial importance for the success of this app,” A.P. Hota, …

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Disney India announces partnership with Hotstar

Popular streaming platform Hotstar on Monday partnered with Disney India in a multi-year subscription video on demand (SVOD) deal to showcase Disney hits exclusively on Hotstar’s premium services in India. Movies like Lucasfilm “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and “Moana”, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” and others will be available on Hotstar Premium. “This partnership signals …

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