Airbnb Ties Up With Sri Lankan Tourism Board to Provide Local Experiences

Global hospitality services provider Airbnb has signed-up with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) to provide tourists with local and traditional experiences in the country through the “Airbnb Experiences” platform. On Thursday, the global hospitality services provider signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SLTDA. Travellers can choose from more than 40 “Airbnb Experiences” in Sri…

Social Media and Censorship

This week’s decision by Facebook, Spotify, Apple, and YouTube to take down material posted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and remove his Infowars channel points to an acute dilemma faced by all of the social media platforms today in reconciling their commitments to both freedom of speech and to social responsibility toward the democracies that…

Flipkart Acquisition by Walmart Gets Approval From Competition Commission of India

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved US retail giant Walmart’s $16 billion (roughly Rs. 1.09 lakh crores) acquisition of online marketplace Flipkart, beefing up the competition to Amazon.com in the fast growing e-commerce market. Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart announced in May it was acquiring about 77 percent of Flipkart for roughly $16 billion in the biggest deal for India’s e-commerce sector, which…

Oppo R17 Specifications, Design Spotted on TENAA; Launch Appears Imminent

Oppo clearly doesn’t believe in the trade-norm of an annual refresh cycle. The company is at the brink of launching the Oppo F9, successor to the Oppo F7 launched in March this year, and now a TENAA listing suggests that it is planning to do the same with its R series. After launching the Oppo R15 in March this year as…

GST Council Clears Proposal to Offer Cashbacks on BHIM, Rupay, and UPI Payments

The GST Council on Saturday cleared a proposal to offer cashbacks to consumers on trial basis for digital payments through Rupay cards, BHIM app, and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system to promote cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas. Volunteer states would roll out incentives on pilot basis for digital payments, and the GSTN, the IT backbone of the…

Honor Play India Launch Today: Where to Watch Live Stream

The Honor Play India launch event is scheduled for today, August 6, bringing the gaming-focused smartphone to the country. Apart from the large 6.3-inch display and HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, the new Honor Play smartphone will have the company’s new GPU Turbo tech for better gaming and overall performance. It has already been confirmed to be an Amazon…

Vivo V9, Vivo Nex to Sell at Rs. 1,947 in Vivo Freedom Carnival Flash Sales

Ahead of India’s Independence Day this month, Chinese phone maker Vivo has announced its Vivo Freedom Carnival online sale. The Independence Day special sale will start from August 7 and will run till August 9 exclusively on Vivo’s e-commerce store. Under the Vivo Freedom Carnival, buyers can avail discounts, coupon deals, and cashback offers on select Vivo…

Udacity, WorldQuant Join Hands to Launch AI for Trading Nanodegree Programme

Silicon Valley-based online education platform Udacityon Friday partnered with US-based investment management firm WorldQuant to launch its new AI for Trading Nanodegree programme. In this programme, the candidates will work with proprietary industry data in a suite of unique projects custom-designed with Udacity’s partners and industry professionals, the company said in a statement. “We have worked…