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Starlink internet to reach India in 2022: Here's what the Rs 7,200 pre-order deposit gets you
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Starlink internet to reach India in 2022: Here's what the Rs 7,200 pre-order deposit gets you

The service will be launched in most, if not all regions of India, in 2022, and now open to preorders for a refundable USD 99 deposit.

Older shoppers become big spenders online as COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation among seniors
World

Older shoppers become big spenders online as COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation among seniors

The internet has become a crucial link to the outside world during the pandemic, one that millions of people still don’t have access to.

Father of the Web Timothy Berners-Lee says Australian's media law may render the Internet unworkable
News & Analysis

Father of the Web Timothy Berners-Lee says Australian's media law may render the Internet unworkable

It’s a question dividing proponents and critics of the proposed Australian law: does it effectively make Google and Facebook “pay for clicks” and might it be the beginning of the end of free access?

No internet, no vaccine? Lack of internet access limited COVID-19 vaccine availability for some minorities
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No internet, no vaccine? Lack of internet access limited COVID-19 vaccine availability for some minorities

There was a 154% increase in telehealth visits during the last seven days of March 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Myanmar Coup: Tens of thousands march through streets of Yangon; authorities restore internet access
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Myanmar Coup: Tens of thousands march through streets of Yangon; authorities restore internet access

The demonstrators are seeking to roll back last Monday’s seizure of power by the military and demanding the release from detention of Suu Kyi, the country’s ousted leader and other top figures

Jobs in 2021: With tech taking centrestage, ‘gap year’ 2020 is likely to force professionals to reinvent themselves
India

Jobs in 2021: With tech taking centrestage, ‘gap year’ 2020 is likely to force professionals to reinvent themselves

Jobs in 2021 will be different from jobs in 2019. Some features will be very new. Some may vanish altogether. But some will remain for the next 10 or 20 years, particularly the use of digital technology and the internet for remote working and projectisation

OneWeb launches 36 satellites with an aim to offer high-speed internet in India by mid-2022
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OneWeb launches 36 satellites with an aim to offer high-speed internet in India by mid-2022

OneWeb launched the 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Russia.

SpaceX's Starlink satellites assist emergency responders in Washington with internet
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SpaceX's Starlink satellites assist emergency responders in Washington with internet

This is the first public use of the SpaceX-developed internet-from-space satellite constellation.

SpaceX's Starlink satellite fleet photobombs rare sightings of Neowise comet by astronomers
science

SpaceX's Starlink satellite fleet photobombs rare sightings of Neowise comet by astronomers

Musk said the satellites had been fitted with VisorSat that acts as a set of shades that keep the sun from reflecting off the satellites.

US Senate committee approves anti-child porn bill after addressing Google, Facebook encryption concerns
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US Senate committee approves anti-child porn bill after addressing Google, Facebook encryption concerns

US tech companies believe that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users.

UFO on a stick: Reddit user posts five never-before-seen images of SpaceX’s Starlink ground devices
science

UFO on a stick: Reddit user posts five never-before-seen images of SpaceX’s Starlink ground devices

SpaceX has not confirmed if the leaked pictures are genuine, although one of the pictures show a label on the devices that says they are prototypes and SpaceX’s property.

Centre likely to reduce syllabus for upcoming academic year, announces Ramesh Pokhriyal; classes were delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak
India

Centre likely to reduce syllabus for upcoming academic year, announces Ramesh Pokhriyal; classes were delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak has led to delay in starting classes for the new sessions and postponement of exams.

Low Internet Speeds For Students In Andaman
India

Low Internet Speeds For Students In Andaman

With internet speeds operating between 17-18 kbps, it's next to impossible to access online classes or any additional coursework for students residing in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg worried about China’s influence on internet regulation
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg worried about China’s influence on internet regulation

Facebook CEO said there is a model coming out of countries like China that have quite different values than Western countries.

Asian Americans use digital, streaming services for TV viewing more than other groups in the US, says study
Entertainment

Asian Americans use digital, streaming services for TV viewing more than other groups in the US, says study

The Nielsen company study said that Asian Americans are becoming key consumers and influencers in entertainment and gaming.

When this is over, what will the internet be? Inequities in access thrown into sharper relief by coronavirus outbreak
Lifestyle

When this is over, what will the internet be? Inequities in access thrown into sharper relief by coronavirus outbreak

India has 451 million active internet users, second only to China. A solid 66 million of these are between 5 and 11 years old. This is the kind of data point that puts a gleam in the eyes of tech bros who think that India’s education crisis can be solved with a mobile phone in the hand of every child.

Jio Platforms strikes third unit stake deal; raises $8 billion in two weeks post-Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista investment
Business

Jio Platforms strikes third unit stake deal; raises $8 billion in two weeks post-Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista investment

Unlike traditional mobile carriers which depend on voice services to make money, Ambani has pitched Jio as a trailblazer tech company by offering cheap mobile data plans that helped hundreds of millions of Indians use the internet for the first time

Jio-Facebook agreement vindicates Indian way of doing business: By responding to needs of bottom of the pyramid
Business

Jio-Facebook agreement vindicates Indian way of doing business: By responding to needs of bottom of the pyramid

What is the Jio-Facebook deal all about? Putting it simply, it is about one of the most successful Silicon Valley enterprises investing in India’s large, rapidly growing and attractive digital market

Connectivity as a human right: Significance of the Facebook-Jio deal and how it ties into Zuckerberg's 2013 vision
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Connectivity as a human right: Significance of the Facebook-Jio deal and how it ties into Zuckerberg's 2013 vision

While Jio has paved the way for wide access to the internet in India, this alliance between Facebook and Jio will help make internet access more worthwhile

Coronavirus crisis underscores urgency of bridging divide between India's digital haves and have-nots
Lifestyle

Coronavirus crisis underscores urgency of bridging divide between India's digital haves and have-nots

36 percent of Indians have internet access out of which only a third are women. This is not a digital divide anymore; this is a digital ditch.