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Uber Rapist Given Life in Prison in India

Uber Rapist Given Life in Prison in India

An Indian Uber Driver, who was convicted of rape while endangering the life of a woman, kidnapping, and criminal intimidation last month, has been given a sentence of life in prison. Shiv Kumar Yadav was found guilty in Delhi on October 20th. His victim, 26, said she fell asleep in the back of his car and when she woke up …

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Facebook Slows Staff’s Internet So They Know What 2G Browsing Feels Like

Facebook Slows Staff’s Internet So They Know What 2G Browsing Feels Like

Many of Facebook’s more than 1.5 billion users aren’t browsing Facebook with the same lightning fast (heh) speed as you are. In many countries, like India for example, Facebook users must suffer through 2G speeds. With that in mind, Facebook is instituting something called “2G Tuesdays”. Many on Facebook’s engineering team visit places in India and Africa to see how …

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Indian Woman Who Sued Uber Over Alleged Rape Pulls Lawsuit

Indian Woman Who Sued Uber Over Alleged Rape Pulls Lawsuit

In January, a Delhi woman sued Uber in US Federal court, claiming the company was at fault for an alleged rape committed by one of its drivers. Now, that lawsuit has been resolved. The woman had demanding unspecified damages. She also wanted Uber to institute some passenger safeguards in India, including mandatory in-car video cameras. “Buyer beware – we all …

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YouTube’s Newest Creative Studio Is Coming to Mumbai

YouTube’s Newest Creative Studio Is Coming to Mumbai

Google has announced the location of its newest YouTube Space – Mumbai, India. It’s the second such creative space in Asia (Tokyo). YouTube Spaces, a project first launched in 2012, provides places “where creators can collaborate, innovate and experiment with new content for audiences around the world to watch and love.” These spaces help foster YouTube videomakers creativity via workshops, …

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Kareena Kapoor, Of Indian Women’s Contest Craftsvilla Miss Ethnic, Says All Indian Women Are Beautiful

Kareena Kapoor, who will be crowning this year’s Craftsvilla Miss Ethnic in Mumbai, had a lot to say about the women who enter the contest. She said, “Every Indian woman is unique and beautiful in their own right. Through Craftsvilla Miss Ethnic, we are looking for those who believe in themselves.” Kareena Kapoor believes that the contest is a great …

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Amazon Is Set to Launch Prime in India: Report

Amazon may be gearing up to make another sizable investment in India. The India Times reports that the company is preparing to launch its Prime service in the country, including Amazon Instant Video within the year. Apparently, Amazon is already in talks with content producers. According to the report, this move will cost Amazon more than $5 billion, much of …

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Selena Quintanilla Will Be Honored by M.A.C. With Posthumous Makeup Collection

Selena Quintanilla was murdered 20 years ago. The Tejano singer will soon be honored by the cosmetic company M.A.C. They have created a new makeup collection made up of several products, all touting her name. “Selena’s talent and beauty, inside and out, have left a colorful, meaningful impact in the world that has continued to grow over the last two …

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Netflix Is Poised to Launch in India Next Year: Report

Netflix hasn’t been shy about its plans for world domination, and by sometime next year the streaming company might put a big piece of the puzzle in place. The Times of India quotes the ubiquitous sources familiar with the matter, who claim Netflix is gearing up to enter India by 2016. From TOI: Netflix, has firmed up plans to enter …

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Uber’s SOS Button Now Sends GPS Info to Police in India

In December of 2014, an Uber driver in India was arrested after a female passenger accused him of rape. Uber, already on he defensive over allegations of playing fast and loose with user safety in the US, stepped up to create tools that would help put Indian officials and customers at ease. One such tool was the SOS button, which …

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Uber Car Service Throws More Money into India After Rape Story

While Uber car service has had its share of horror stories in the past, it is really throwing some cash at the problem in India. Last year a driver in the Uber car service network in India was accused of raping a passenger. The resulting image problem for Uber led to some security features being added to the app that …

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Facebook Brings Free, Basic Internet to India

Facebook has brought its internet.org app to India, giving free, basic internet access to people in six Indian states – Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana. The deal is a partnership with Reliance Communications. By “basic”, we’re talking 38 services – which includes Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Wikipedia, wikiHow, ESPN Cricket Info, Bing search, and BBC News. There …

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Uber Sued by Woman Who Accused Driver of Rape in Delhi

In December, an Uber driver in India was arrested after a female passenger accused him of rape. Now, that passenger is suing Uber – in a US federal court. The woman, who is still unidentified, is demanding unspecified damages. She also wants Uber to institute some passenger safeguards in India, including mandatory in-car video cameras. From Reuters: In the lawsuit, …

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Kim Kardashian Cancels Her Trip To India To Appear On Reality Show

Kim Kardashian had to cancel her trip to India. According to E! News, the Keeping up with the Kardashians star, had to axe her trip to India due to “visa issues.” “Kim had to go to Dubai from India, but as per visa rules she had to appear at the consulate office in Mumbai as she was coming from a …

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Kim Kardashian Nixes India Trip Due To Obligations In Dubai

If you’re a Kim Kardashian-West fan in India who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the reality television diva, you’re out of luck! Kim Kardashian, who’s currently in Australia promoting her new perfume Fleur Fatale, apologized to fans on her Instagram account. She wrote: To all my wonderful fans in India, I’m so disappointed I wasn’t able to come …

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Teen From India Has 232 Teeth Removed

A teen from India recently had 232 teeth removed … all at once. According to the dental surgeons in Mumbai, 17-year-old Ashik Gavai was suffering from a condition called odontoma; a mouth tumor compromised of teeth and teeth-like substances. The diagnosis was confirmed after Gavai’s jaw started swelling. Through x-rays, the doctors determined that Gavai had a large tumor composed …

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Sheryl Sandberg Sees India as Facebook’s Next Market

Things for Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, have not been going well as of late. Recently, it was revealed that Facebook had run an emotion experiment affecting some 700,000 users – all done without the consent of the users themselves. While Sandberg somewhat apologized for and excused the actions of the Facebook researchers (essentially boiling it down …

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Buildings Collapse In India After Heavy Rain, Dozens Killed

The death toll in two separate building collapses in India reached 27, authorities reported on Monday. More victims who are trapped under rubble are still being rescued. On Monday, authorities also reported that the death toll in the city of Chennai is up to 19. Rescuers had a difficult time during the rescue operations due to the heavy rains. According to …

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Narendra Modi: Ready To End Strife With Pakistan?

Narendra Modi was sworn in on Monday as the 15th Prime Minister of India, an event watched by heads of government from all of South Asia including from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The most surprising appearance was made by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the head of a nation that has been at war with …

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India Launches Another Google Antitrust Investigation

The Competition Commission of India has reportedly launched a new antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices following a complaint that Google allegedly blocked a business’ ads because it competed with one of Google’s own Helpouts business. Google launched Helpouts last year as a new way for people to make money online, helping people learn how to do things using live …

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Narendra Modi To Be Next PM Of India After Violent And “Cool” Elections, Exit Polls Show

Four major exit polls have pegged Narendra Modi to be the next prime minister of India. The campaign has been a lengthy one. Reuters reported that Indian elections are a five week process, in which security forces visit 815 million voters, in staggered groups. Last Monday, when the Indian election process wrapped up, Modi was considered the front runner. It …

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Mr. Poo Is India’s Anti-Public Defecation Mascot

Warning: Those who have a weak stomach should not read this story. According to Unicef, around 620 million people (half the population) in India alone poops in public; that’s around 143,300,482 lbs. of feces every day. The rampant rise of excrement leads to higher risks in bacterial and virus contaminations of water, which is, to say the least, very unhealthy …

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Narendra Modi Set To Form India’s Next Government

Monday is election day in India and Narendra Modi is the current front-runner. After Monday’s prime minister election, Modi could be the leader of the world’s biggest democracy. A Modi win would also make his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the country’s biggest. A vote for Modi could have the country seeing massive job creations and an overhaul of …

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Google Fined $166K In India Antitrust Probe

Google has been fined by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to the tune of roughly $166,000 (US) in relation to an antitrust probe launched two years ago. The probe began after a complaint from consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International about alleged anti-competitive practices. The complaint was followed by another from matrimony.com. In a statement, …

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Paul McCartney & PETA Work to Rescue Elephant

Paul McCartney headed a campaign to rescue an elephant from a temple in India after a trip there in 2012. He saw 14-year-old Sunder being obviously mistreated at Jyotiba temple and, with the help of Maharashtra State’s forest department and India’s Project Elephant, arranged his transport to a sanctuary. It would have been really nice for Sunder who already suffered …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 to Hit India, Other Models in the Works

The citizens of India will now be able to stay in touch using the Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung announced last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it will launch its latest flagship smartphone in India, on March 28. The phone won’t actually hit the shelves until April 11, but those interested can begin to pre-order the phones …

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Veena Malik: Does She Think “India Sucks”?

Pakistani actress Veena Malik is reportedly in hot water over a hateful tweet posted. Via Twitter account @iVeenaMalik, an unverified account, the actress is purported to have tweeted “India sucks!” to the world. This is kinda awkward considering the fact that Malik owes much of her fame to India. The 30-year-old model/actress is known to many across India thanks to …

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Holi (Festival Of Colors) Celebrated With Google Doodle

As mentioned, Google is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with its annual doodle, but in India, it’s celebrating Holi (the festival of colors) with one. Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of love, and has become popular throughout South Asia over the years. It’s primarily observed in Indian and Nepal. Google had this to say about it …

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Google Reportedly Facing $5 Billion Fine In India

Google is reportedly facing a $5 billion fine from the Competition Commission of India in relation to an antitrust probe launched two years ago. The probe began after a complaint from consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International about alleged anti-competitive practices. The complaint was followed by another from matrimony.com Google could be forced to pay the …

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India’s Olympics Ban Lifted By IOC

India is back in the game, officially. After being suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2012, India has been reinstated in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. The suspension is a result of the country’s refusal to ban a corruption-tainted official, Lalit Bhanot, from running for elections in the Indian Olympic Association and consequently getting a top …

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Maruti Celerio Plans to Up Indian Car Sales

In America, a car with an automatic transmission is no big deal. A lot of us can’t even drive a car with a manual shift, and we’ll do okay in life despite that. In India, however, the case is virtually the opposite. According to Wall Street Journal, only 1% of passenger vehicles sold in India have automatic transmissions. The reason …

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