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Glitch lays off ‘substantial number of employees’ to cut costs

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Glitch laid off “a substantial number of employees” on Thursday in an effort to cut costs and ensure “long term viability,” the company confirmed in an email to The Verge. Glitch said it had to “significantly cut operating costs” due to market conditions.

At least 18 people were laid off, according to two former employees who asked to remain anonymous. Glitch had about 50 employees before the layoffs, the sources said. Glitch declined to comment on how many employees were laid off. The company said it is offering “severance, health insurance, and support in finding new employment” to employees who were laid off.

Glitch CEO Anil Dash tweeted that the layoffs came as a result of being a “small company in a fiercely competitive space in a tough economy.”

Glitch is a coding platform that launched in 2017 under what was then known as Fog Creek Software. The platform has a quirky look and emphasizes its ease of use — anyone is supposed to be able to jump in, remix someone else’s code, and launch a bite-sized app that will run on Glitch’s servers.

The service has been completely free to use nearly all of the past three years, though. It wasn’t until one month ago — about a month into the pandemic — that Glitch launched a subscription service, offering users the ability to pay $10 per month for expanded capabilities. The service had a slow start, according to both sources, with one describing the launch as “underwhelming.”

In March, Glitch employees voted to form a union under the Communications Workers of America, making them one of the first tech companies to organize. Glitch agreed to voluntarily recognize the union, but the union had not yet negotiated a contract with the company. The Verge has reached out to the union for comment.

Glitch raised $30 million in funding in 2018. It said the funding would allow the company to “build the kind of platform and community that fits” its ambitious vision.

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Best Indian Apps will be announced today, the winner will get a reward of 20 lakh rupees, see this live !!

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Best Indian Apps will be announced today

Taking a further step towards making the country digital and self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the ‘Self-reliant India Innovation Challenge’ last month.

Under this challenge, the government has given people the opportunity to create Indian apps in different categories.

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These include everything from photo editing to gaming apps. The best Indian app winning in this challenge will be given a reward of Rs 20 lakh and today is the grand finale of this challenge in which the winners will be announced.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared a post on his Twitter account

He posted about the Grand Finale of Best Indian Apps and it has been informed that the names of its winners will be announced today.

These apps have been selected by an eminent jury and represent Indian Tech Innovation.

At the same time, the tweet posted on MyGovIndia’s Twitter account stated that the grand finale results can be seen through the live show.

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This live show will begin at 12 noon today.

This can be seen by visiting mygov’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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  • The self-reliant India Innovation Challenge has encouraged people to develop Indian apps. It is divided into many different categories, from photo editing to gaming apps.
  • So that Indian users in all these categories can get the facility of Made in India apps.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now 

The Government of India has banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, WeChat, and Helo, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security”.

The govt also cited complaints about data on Indian users being transferred abroad without authorization.

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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now | Check Out How to Use Them?

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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now | Check Out How to Use Them

Google announced the new features in a blog post on Wednesday.

The tech giant said that it was announcing enhancements to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slide mobile apps. You can download the apps to avail of these features for Docs (Android/iOS), Sheets (Android/iOS), and Slides (Android/iOS).

Google said in a blog post that the new features aim to help mobile users “efficiently create, collaborate, and communicate.”

Here’s a look at the new features introduced in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides !!

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Latest features introduced in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

  • Smart writing: This AI-driven tool will help reduce spelling and grammatical errors and speed up writing. This feature was already available on the Web at the beginning of this year and is now starting to be launched on mobile phones.
  • Link preview: Now, clicking on the link in the Google Docs will display a dynamic card with information about the content, such as thumbnails, owner details, the latest activity of the Drive file, titles, etc. You can complete all these operations without leaving the application so that your reading process will not be affected. This feature is available on iOS and will be rolled out to Android in a few weeks.
  • Comment response: Now, you will see the latest annotated subject of the document in Gmail, and you can directly parse or reply through the message. This feature was launched by Google on the Internet last year and is now also available for Android and iOS mobile applications.
  • Comment interface: Google has improved the comment interface to make it easier for team members to collaborate. The new interface makes it easier to scroll through, reply to comments, and @mention other content. It is available on Android and will be rolled out to iOS within a few months.
  • Vertical navigation: Now you can use the “Zoom” function to view the slides as a vertical stream in the slides. This will help to view the presentation faster and make it easier to switch to editing or presenting content.
  • Dark theme: Google stated that the dark theme is supported in documents, tables, and slides on Android and will be available on iOS in the next few months. This feature was launched in July.

 

WhatsApp Pay awaits SC verdict to launch service!!

 

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WhatsApp Pay awaits SC verdict to launch service

WhatsApp will need an all-clear from the Supreme Court before it can roll out its payment feature, The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has already given it the go-ahead, saying WhatsApp Pay has fulfilled all data localization norms.

WhatsApp Pay can go live only after the apex court gives its final verdict in a case in which several parties, including the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government, have been made a party, according to a top official aware of the discussion.

The letter of approval to WhatsApp has still not been issued.”

Rivals Google Pay and Walmart-owned PhonePe were given permissions by NPCI, as it is authorized to permit UPI-based payment services.

However, the approval for WhatsApp Pay to go live had become complicated due to several issues.

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The Story about WhatsApp Supreme Court Verdict:

  • NPCI first announced on February 16, 2018, that WhatsApp had been approved for beta testing of its UPI-based service in India for one million users. Soon after, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) wrote a series of letters — first in March and then in May — questioning critical issues such as its compliance with the RBI’s two-factor authentication norms, its user data storage policy and about sharing of data with its parent Facebook.
  • In April 2018, the RBI issued a circular mandating data localization by all system providers. Subsequently, in July 2018, Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC) — a think tank — filed a petition before the top court seeking that WhatsApp complies with RBI data localization norms and appoint a grievance officer in India.
  • In October 2018, WhatsApp said it had complied with all data localization norms, and it’s then CEO Chris Daniels wrote to the RBI seeking permission to roll out the service. RBI then reached out to NPCI and MeitY for their response to the CEO’s email.
  • In January 2019, RBI was made a party to the CASC petition and in November that year, the banking regulator stated that WhatsApp was yet to fully comply with its data localization norms. It identified five areas where WhatsApp had to plug the gaps. The instant messaging firm said it would comply with all norms by May this year.

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