Dunzo has raised $40 mn from existing investor Google and others. Dunzo and food-delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy recorded a fresh surge in popularity during the pandemic. Lightbox, Evolvence, Hana Financial Investment, LGT Lightstone Aspada and Alteria also participated in the fundraising round. Dunzo allows users to order groceries and other items from nearby stores as well as run pick-up and drop errands within the eight cities.
Google’s Chrome v88 now gives an easy shortcut to identify weak passwords and quickly edit them. One has to click on the key icon that appears under the profile or can manually enter chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar. The new feature, which will be rolled out in coming weeks, makes it easier to update multiple usernames and passwords at one place. Google has also promised to roll out more privacy and security features throughout 2021.
Nokia has partnered with Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and let clients offer services like smart retail, automated manufacturing etc. Nokia will bring its expertise in 5G network, while Google Cloud will provide the platform for launching apps. Cloud computing units of big tech firms are partnering with telcos ahead of the deployment of 5G network to corner a share in new businesses the new tech might enable.
Google Cloud has elevated Karan Bajwa as chief of Google’s Asia Pacific Cloud division. He will be based out of Singapore and continue as the interim leader for Google Cloud in India until a new appointment is made. The position got vacant after the former Asia Pacific head, Rick Harshman has moved on. Bajwa will lead all regional revenue and go-to-market ops for Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. He will report to Rob Enslin, President of Sales, Google Cloud.
Play store added a section having all information one needs about the different subscriptions that Google offers at one place. XDA Developers, in a report, claimed that the navigation bar of the Play Store features the subscription page link. Once the user clicks on the Subscription landing page, they will get all the details and updates about its offerings including YouTube TV, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Stadia Pro, Google One, and Google Fi.
Josh, a TikTok copy app, has raised more than $100 mn from investors including Google and Microsoft. Josh is one of several home-grown short-video platforms that have mushroomed after India blocked TikTok and other Chinese apps in June. The app is owned by Bengaluru-based VerSe Innovation, valued at over $1 bn following the investment. The funds will be used to scale up Josh. VerSe owns multiple Indian languages news and content platform Dailyhunt.
Microsoft and Google joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking firm NSO. The tech giants have filed an amicus brief in federal court that said that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” FB’s lawsuit against NSO was filed last year after it was revealed that the NSO had exploited a bug in WhatsApp to help surveil over 1,400 people worldwide. NSO said that as it sells digital break-in tools to govt agencies it should benefit from “sovereign immunity.”
Google’s new website called ‘Travel Insights with Google’ offers insights into tourism demand trends, booking trends, etc. The travel industry can analyse demand and leverage insights to boost businesses. Based on user search data, the website offers time-specific trends such as Destination Insights, revealing the top sources of demand for a destination and destinations within countries. Hotel Insights gives information on the properties of small and independent hotels.
Google has slashed the subscription fee by half for users of Google One storage plans of above 10TB. The price for the 10TB plan is cut to $49.99 / month from $99.99. Google, however, hasn’t announced any changes in the pricing for Indian users. There are no discounts for users opting for smaller plans like 100GB, 200GB and 2TB. “If you’re already on a qualifying plan, you’ll start seeing savings automatically,” Google was quoted in a media report.