Zomato Introduces Controversial “Period Leaves”, Women Employees To Get Extra 10 Leaves Per Year

Zomato Introduces Controversial “Period Leaves”, Women Employees To Get Extra 10 Leaves Per Year

Indian startups might be mired in crores of losses, but they’re still experimenting with some controversial HR ideas. Zomato has introduced the concept of “period leaves” for women. Women employees at Zomato will now get 10 extra days off a year. “Ladies, How many times have you had to send a message to your team saying “unwell today – taking the day off” and having to answer concerned questions about your health with a feeble…

Google, Facebook To Let Employees Work From Home Till Mid 2021

Google, Facebook To Let Employees Work From Home Till Mid 2021

The biggest companies in the world seem to be in no hurry to return to offices after the coronavirus lockdowns had forced employees to work from their homes. Facebook and Google have said that they’ll let employees work from home till mid-2021. Earlier, both companies had announced that they would let employees work from home till the end of 2020. But with coronavirus cases now spiking in some countries, both companies have gone ahead and…

Byju’s Acquires 20-Month Old Mumbai Startup Whitehat Jr For Rs. 2,250 Crore

Byju’s Acquires 20-Month Old Mumbai Startup Whitehat Jr For Rs. 2,250 Crore

The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a pall of gloom for India’s startup industry, but it’s also seen some incredible deals being inked. Byju’s has acquired 20-month old ed-tech startup WhiteHat Jr in an all-cash deal worth $300 million (Rs. 2,250 crore). WhiteHat Junior is a coding platform that looks to equip students with computer coding skills, and was founded only in November 2018. WhiteHat Jr connects kids aged 6-14 with online coding teachers, and…

Xiaomi’s Browser App, Bytedance App CapCut And Other Apps Banned By India After Initial Ban On 59 Apps

Xiaomi’s Browser App, Bytedance App CapCut And Other Apps Banned By India After Initial Ban On 59 Apps

India has continued its hardline stand against Chinese apps, after having previously banned 59 Chinese apps in June. Several Chinese apps have been banned by the Indian government as late as on 24th July, nearly a month after 59 Chinese apps had been banned. On 24th July, the government had banned 47 news apps, but most of these apps were “Lite” or “Pro” versions of the previously banned apps. But the list also has 15…

UPI Creates Record, Registers Highest-Ever Transactions And Transaction Values In July

UPI Creates Record, Registers Highest-Ever Transactions And Transaction Values In July

It’s might be still early days to determine if India’s economy is bouncing back from the coronavirus crisis, but there’s an indicator that’s been getting progressively more encouraging over the last few months: UPI transactions. UPI has created a new record in July, registering its highest-ever number of transactions and highest-ever transaction values. In July, 1.49 billion transactions took place on the UPI platform, and Rs. 2.90 lakh crore was transacted. The previous highest volumes…

TikTok Agrees To Sell Its US Operations, Hours After Trump Threatened To Ban Chinese App: Reports

TikTok Agrees To Sell Its US Operations, Hours After Trump Threatened To Ban Chinese App: Reports

After India had banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps last month, the US also appears to have forced the app to leave its shores. China’s ByteDance, which owns TilTok, has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of its completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, reports Reuters. Just a few hours ago, US President Donald Trump had told reporters that was looking at options to curtail the operations of…

Incredible Facebook Emails Show How Mark Zuckerberg Had Approached The Instagram Acquisition In 2012

Incredible Facebook Emails Show How Mark Zuckerberg Had Approached The Instagram Acquisition In 2012

The internal machinations of large tech companies are opaque for the most part — the ordinary public often doesn’t know the story that goes behind the business decisions, the mergers and acquisitions, and negotiations that are worth billions. But while the latest Congressional hearing of tech CEOs has put the focus on the power that companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have been amassing, it also provided a rare glimpse into their internal workings. …

Flipkart Launches Flipkart Quick, A 90-Minute Hyperlocal Delivery Service For Groceries And Electronics

Flipkart Launches Flipkart Quick, A 90-Minute Hyperlocal Delivery Service For Groceries And Electronics

Flipkart is taking yet another stab at the hyperlocal deliveries market. Flipkart has announced a 90-minute hyperlocal delivery service for groceries and electronic products. Called Flipkart Quick, the service is operational in in parts of Bangalore, and will be expanded to 4-5 major cities in the coming months. Flipkart will source items from its own Flipkart Hubs, and will use logistics firm Shadowfax, and its own logistics arm, Ekart, to fulfil orders. Consumers will be able to…

Dunzo Says Users’ Last-Known Locations, Phone Numbers, And Phone Types Were Compromised In Data Hack

Dunzo Says Users’ Last-Known Locations, Phone Numbers, And Phone Types Were Compromised In Data Hack

The Dunzo data breach, which was first disclosed earlier this month, might have been more serious than initially estimated. Dunzo has now said that in addition to users’ phone numbers and email addresses, other data items, including users’ last-known locations, phone types, and device type was also compromised. “Based on our latest investigation we learned the information compromised contained additional Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data besides email and phone numbers,” Dunzo wrote on its blog…

Reliance Brands Buys 15% Of Lingerie Brand Zivame, In Talks To Take Full Control Of Firm

Reliance Brands Buys 15% Of Lingerie Brand Zivame, In Talks To Take Full Control Of Firm

Reliance’s startup acquisitions thus far have centered around tech — it had previously acquired chatbot company Haptik, and Hyderabad-based startup NowFloats. It now seems to be setting its eyes on retail firms. Reliance has acquired a 15% stake in lingerie retailer Zivame. Reliance Brands bought the 15% stake from Ronnie Screwvala’s Unilazer Ventures. ET reported that Reliance was in talks with other partners to take full control of the firm. Reliance will reportedly value Zivame…

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