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Full blocking of mobile apps to harm users’ constitutional rights: COAI to DoT

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) told the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that any move to block popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and Instagram would amount to curtailing freedom of speech, and pointed out that it was technically impossible to completely block an app.  The complete blocking of any app […]

Trump administration sanctions Russian bank, North Koreans for ‘illegal financial activity’

The Trump administration announced new sanctions targeting a Russian bank, two North Korean entities and one North Korean citizen for facilitating “illegal financial activity.” The new sanctions, announced by the Treasury Department, came as President Donald Trump continued to pursue negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize […]

Consumers shun e commerce, flock retail stores for fresh fashion

Fashion and lifestyle retailers, reeling from the deep discounting of e-commerce over the past five years, are finally seeing a silver lining: their full-price business appears to be staging a comeback, with consumers returning to physical stores to buy the latest merchandise. Fashion retailers say there is no way they […]

Can’t fly beyond 60 days, Jet Airways tells staff

Jet Airways has informed its employees that the airline will not be able to operate beyond 60 days unless cost-cutting measures, which include pay cuts, are put in place. The warnings of low cash levels have rattled employees at India’s oldest private sector airline, who have been told in recent […]

Starbucks CEO confirms Alibaba partnership, plans to expand delivery to 2,000 stores in China

Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson told Starbucks has officially struck a partnership with Alibaba Group with a multi-pronged plan to boost the beverage company’s digital and physical presence in China. In the exclusive agreement, the global fast-casual chain will leverage all of Alibaba’s properties, including delivery platform Ele.me and supermarket chain Hema, […]

Companies came up with nearly 190 promotions a day on grocery products in 2017

Companies offered nearly 68,000 promotions in the form of extra grammage or price-cuts in 2017, a 21% increase or 12,000 more than a year ago, as per latest Kantar World panel data. K Ramakrishnan, country head, Kantar Worldpanel said, “Despite high promotion, we didn’t see any co-relation between promotions to brands’ […]

Kit Kat loses bid to protect shape of four-finger bar at ECJ

The European Union’s top court today ordered the EU’s intellectual property office to “reconsider” Kit Kat’s bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle’s decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar’s distinctive shape.  Nestle has been locked in a blockbuster legal war with US rival Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolate, over […]

APac nations push India to end duties on 90% trade goods

India is under pressure from 15 other Asia-Pacific countries, including China, to commit to eliminating duties on at least 90% of goods it trades with them under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) being negotiated.  Trade negotiators from the 16 countries are meeting in Thailand at present to reduce differences […]

Whats App to limit message forwarding to five chats in India

Under unrelenting pressure from the Indian government to effectively handle the menace of rumors and fake news on its platform, Whatsapp has announced another series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images, and videos.  Whatsapp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp. “In India […]

Two key Apple executives quit amid Siri reshuffle

Apple’s Head of Search Vipul Ved Prakash and Tom Gruber, Head of Siri’s Advanced Development Group, have quit the company which is currently reshuffling its Siri team.  One of the original Siri co-founders, Gruber “will be pursuing personal interests in photography and ocean conservation”.  Revealing its future plans, Apple last […]