A Tech Park In Bangalore Is Now Letting Employees Grow Their Own Organic Food

A Tech Park In Bangalore Is Now Letting Employees Grow Their Own Organic Food

Tech parks can often be a maze of glass and concrete, but the Manyata Business Park in Bangalore is now turning a healthy shade of green. And it’s not just green that’s a result of some landscaping – it’s thanks to the efforts of the employees themselves. Office-goers at the tech park, which houses 90,000 workers across companies such as NVIDIA, Nokia, Cognizant and IBM, have been allotted patches of land on which they can…

Whatsapp Has Added A New Status Feature, And The Memes Are Coming Thick And Fast

Whatsapp Has Added A New Status Feature, And The Memes Are Coming Thick And Fast

Whatsapp today released its much-awaited status feature, through which users can now graduate from drab text statuses to statuses that use images, video and gifs. With this update, Whatsapp is starting a look a lot like Snapchat, with its full-screen pictures and its the ability to embellish them with text and emoticons. However, not everyone is pleased. People in particular are concerned that there might just be too many storytelling apps out there. Next time a kid…

Google Has Just Sued Uber For Stealing Its Self-Driving Car Technology

Google Has Just Sued Uber For Stealing Its Self-Driving Car Technology

Secretly installed software. Illegally downloaded designs. And a heist that could be worth billions of dollars. This sounds like a Hollywood potboiler, but if Google is to be believed, it’s played out in very real terms, and now Google wants reparations. Google has just sued Uber for stealing secrets from its self driving division, Waymo. In 2016, Uber had acquired Otto, a self driving truck company that had, in a very dramatic and public display…

The Indian Startup Community Is Coming Together To Help Laid-Off Snapdeal Employees Find Jobs

The Indian Startup Community Is Coming Together To Help Laid-Off Snapdeal Employees Find Jobs

There’s been lots of chatter about Snapdeal’s latest round of layoffs. People have been speculating over what it means for the company, and the e-commerce industry in general. There are also worries if this will extend to other sectors, and whether the startup bubble has finally first. Amidst all this, what’s gone relatively ignored is that over 600 people have lost their jobs overnight. Snapdeal’s laid off employees are now on the lookout for new roles,…

Homestay Marketplace Stayzilla Has Shut Down

Homestay Marketplace Stayzilla Has Shut Down

This week is going from bad to worse for Indian startups. After Snapdeal announcing that it was firing 600 people, and Flipkart saying that it had no use for 70% of the office space it had contracted in 2015, and reports of mass layoffs at YepMe, homestay marketplace Stayzilla has said that it’s shutting down. “I would like to announce today that we would be bringing to a halt the operations of Stayzilla in its current…

Snapdeal’s Job Cuts Could Rise To 2,500: Reports

Snapdeal’s Job Cuts Could Rise To 2,500: Reports

Snapdeal’s already laid off close to 600 workers, but the number might end up being a lot higher. Moneycontrol has reported that the job cuts at Snapdeal might touch 2,500 – that would mean that a majority of its current 4,300 strong workforce would be given the sack. Snapdeal reportedly wants its monthly salary bill to fall from Rs. 48 crore to Rs. 20 crore, and the report estimates that it would be hard to achieve that with…

Watch: Striking Uber Drivers Throw Stones At Uber Office, Break Windows

Watch: Striking Uber Drivers Throw Stones At Uber Office, Break Windows

Tensions have spilled over during the driver strikes at Bangalore. Uber drivers approached the Uber’s HSR Layout 7th Sector office yesterday and threw stones, breaking several windows in the process.  While there were no injuries reported, the glass facade of the building was damaged. Uber had to evacuate its employees and deploy additional security at its office. The protesting drivers stayed outside the premises till late in the evening. “The hours demanded by Uber, for…

Here’s How Twitter’s Reacting To Snapdeal’s Mass Layoffs

Here’s How Twitter’s Reacting To Snapdeal’s Mass Layoffs

Snapdeal finally dropped the bombshell today that was being spoken of in hushed whispers in the Indian startup world for a while – the company’s now admitted it’s in big trouble, and has now turned to desperate measures in a bid to stay alive. Being unable to raise a next round of funding, Snapdeal today announced that it was laying off over 600 employees, and founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal were forgoing their Rs….

Snapdeal Founders To Take 100% Salary Cut To Help Tide Over Current Crisis

Snapdeal Founders To Take 100% Salary Cut To Help Tide Over Current Crisis

Snapdeal’s in trouble – and the founders are leading from the front to help salvage the company. Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have pledged to take no salaries for an unspecified period to help the company tide over its current cash crisis. “We believe that every resource of the company should be deployed for driving us towards profitable growth and with this announcement, both Rohit and I are taking a 100% salary cut,” CEO…

HDFC Bank Charges Customers Without Consent, Receives Backlash On Social Media

HDFC Bank Charges Customers Without Consent, Receives Backlash On Social Media

HDFC Bank has been drawing harsh criticism over a loyalty program that allegedly charged customers without their consent. The issue was first brought up by Karthik Srinivasan, a prominent blogger and a longtime HDFC customer, who claimed that HDFC had unethically signed him up for its Preferred Banking Programme which cost Rs. 400 per year. Srinivasan wrote that HDFC had sent him a mail welcoming him into the program, which would give him access to a…

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