In what seems to have been an overnight cleanup operation by Google, the Android parent has deleted upto 8 million low-ratings left by TikTok users on its app. Last week after an outrage after some of the content posted on TikTok, users had hit it with thousands of 1* rating and negative reviews, bringing down its original rating from a 4.4 star to a 1.1. As of today, the Tiktok rating on Playstore is back to being 4.4 again.
While there has been no public communication from Google about this, the ratings have jumped back up after negative reviews were deleted by Google.
In what’s probably the first of the many revolutionary changes induced by CoViD19, Shopify has announced that it would keep its offices closed until 2021 and then move to being an almost digital-office only permanently. Tobi Lutke, the CEO of the ecommerce backend company, announced this in a series of tweets today.
A large section of the internet is rallying to get Tiktok banned in India as several pieces of problematic content uploaded on the platform have emerged in the last 24 hours. The hashtag #TiktokExposed and #BanTiktok has been trending on Twitter all day with over 45k tweets on the topic.
The one company that stands for all things Made-In-India and prides itself on being a custodian of Swadeshi versions of every consumer product has been quick on its feet. Patanjali Ayurveda, the FMCG giant established by Baba Ramdev has announced the launch of an ecommerce platform called “OrderMe” and that it will go live within the next 15 days. The platform will sell, other than Patanjali’s own products, made-in-India and Swadeshi products made by others. Other than products, the platform will also offer 24/7 consultations with its inhouse doctors and Ayurvedic experts.
Lendingkart is letting go half of its workforce of around 500 employees with immediate effect. While the company is yet to make an official statement, a few employees exclusively spoke to OfficeChai and apprised us of the goings-on.
Tonbo Imaging, a Bangalore-based company that produces and for the last 12 years has been supplying defence technology such as advanced sensors, cameras, and software used by defence forces, has claimed that the government is not living up to their “make-in-India” mantra themselves. Arvind Lakshmikumar, the CEO of the company has released a strongly worded open-letter to the government that claims that the government has defaulted on the payments for defence equipment supplied by the company.
AirBnb, the charmed travel startup at the helm of the international travel gig economy has taken one of the biggest hits. The company has just announced it is laying off 1500 people — nearly 25% of its entire workforce — around the globe
After almost 45 days of a country-wide lockdown and a complete prohibition on alcohol due to CoVid19, India decided to loosen some of the restrictions across zones as the country looks to scramble back to opening up. The first ostentatious beneficiaries of the partial relaxation were liquor stores as the govt. let individual states decide their status provided all social distancing norms were followed. It wasn’t long before that queues – even as long as kilometre – formed outside the alcohol stores that were open.
As far as high-end smartphones are concerned, Samsung could be having its cake and eating it too. Each time Apple sells a brand new iPhone X, it means one fewer customer for Samsung’s own range of high-end phones. But Samsung likely isn’t overly worried — it ends up making $110 off the sale of every new iPhone X anyway. Samsung provides many of the underlying electronic components for the iPhoneX, including the NAND flash, the DRAM chip,…
Stayzilla’s remaining assets could soon be sold to pay off its creditors. The Chennai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved insolvency proceedings against the homestay aggregator, which had run into trouble earlier this year. Jigsaw Solutions, an advertising agency, had filed a petition under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) before NCLT on 7 September, claiming that Stayzilla had defaulted on dues amounting to Rs1.69 crore. The NCLT bench has now said that it…