Category: Asia

Indian government orders mobile internet to be suspended in the capital, says Airtel


Amid protests across the nation over new and upcoming citizenship laws in India, a major carrier called Airtel said in a now-deleted tweet that the government has ordered mobile data, voice, and SMS services to be suspended in some parts of the country’s capital of New Delhi. This is alarming because it illustrates that the country’s government is clamping down on citizens‘ efforts to voice their opinions on numerous issues plaguing India right now, and restricting their ability to coordinate protests. The news follows the onset of protests in several cities and towns against the National Register of Citizens Bill…

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UberEats’ India business is reportedly being sold to its local rival


Uber is close to selling the India-based arm of its UberEats food delivery service to Zomato, a local competitor in the crowded space, reports TechCrunch’s Manish Singh. According to the outlet’s sources, Uber is in advanced stages of talks to close the deal; UberEats is said to be valued at roughly $400 million, and its parent company will invest between $150 million and $200 million for a stake in Zomato. The move is likely a measure for Uber to cut losses, as it’s bled billions of dollars each quarter this year, and aims to become profitable by 2021. UberEats has…

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Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country


Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps from Russian tech firms. The bill was tabled in the parliament earlier this month. The government is expected to publish for each device type a list of Russian software that manufacturers will need to include on devices sold in the country. “The bill provides Russian…

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265 Indian fake news sites caught pushing anti-Pakistan propaganda


Researchers have discovered a network of 265 fake local news sites — named after defunct newspaper and media outlets — across 65 countries that are being used to disseminate anti-Pakistan coverage and serve Indian governmental interests. Uncovered by the EU DisinfoLab, an EU-based NGO focused on researching sophisticated disinformation campaigns, the operations were traced back to a group of Indian companies, NGOs, and think tanks. The sites — such as 4newsagency.com, eptoday.com, and timesofgeneva.com — operated by serving syndicated news from Russia Today and Voice of America. But the researchers said they “unexpectedly” found a large number of articles related…

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