Insta Reels, YouTube videos won’t be considered for admission under ECA: Delhi University

Delhi University officials said performances in videos uploaded on social media websites like YouTube and Instagram will not count as public performances for consideration for admission under the extracurricular activities quota.

As per the brochure, for the common seat allocation system, YouTube, Facebook/Instagram Reels, vlogs and other content on non-peer reviewed video streaming sites will not be considered for taking admission.

Pfizer pays almost $120 million for app that detects COVID from a cough

Pharma giant Pfizer has shelled out nearly US$120 million to acquire a small Australian company claiming to have developed a smartphone app that can accurately diagnose COVID-19 by analyzing the sound of a cough.

Initially the system was trained to diagnose pneumonia, but by 2019 the researchers had shown the technology could effectively distinguish asthma, croup and bronchiolitis.

US antitrust body is looking into Amazon’s takeover of vacuum maker iRobot

  • The US Federal Trade Commission has begun a review of Amazon.com’s $1.7 billion takeover of robot vacuum maker iRobot Corp to decide if the deal violates antitrust law.
  • The US anti-trust body’s iRobot review is wide-ranging and would include both head-to-head competition and whether the deal would illegally boost Amazon’s market share.

ED raids at Bengaluru premises of top fintech companies including Paytm, Razorpay

  • The Directorate of Enforcement conducted search operations in six Bengaluru premises of fintech companies Razorpay, Cashfree Payments, and Paytm in connection with investigations pertaining to the Chinese loan apps.
  • The searches were conducted after ED investigations revealed that nefarious loan apps owned by Chinese individuals were running businesses through various merchant IDs/accounts held with payment gateways and banks.

Zomato Pay, Swiggy Diner Discount Programmes are against interest of restaurant owners: Association

The National Restaurant Association of India has written an advisory to its members against Zomato Pay and Swiggy Diner discount programmes saying these are against the interest of restaurant owners.

The advisory alleges that ‘middlemen’ Zomato and Swiggy are making money at the cost of restaurants, who sign up to be on the Zomato Pay and Swiggy Diner programmes by making them compulsorily offer discounts and also pay commission fee on every transaction on these platforms.

Meta brings Qualcomm on board to produce chipset for VR devices

  • Meta signed an agreement to have chip-maker Qualcomm Inc produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality devices, the companies announced at a consumer electronics conference in Berlin.
  • The agreement shows the dependency of Meta on Qualcomm’s technology even as it tries to develop custom silicon of its own for its virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices.

Twitter blocks 45,191 Indian accounts in July for violating guidelines

  • Microblogging platform Twitter on Friday said it banned 45,191 accounts of Indian users in the month of July over violation of its guidelines, as per its compliance report.
  • Of the suspended accounts between June 26 and July 25, as many as 42,825 accounts were banned for promoting child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity, and similar content.

iPhone has now the biggest market share in U.S.

  • The iPhone US market share hit an all-time high last quarter, giving it more than 50% of the total US market for the first time ever
  • Apple has overtaken Android devices to account for more than half of smartphones used in the US, giving the iPhone maker an edge over its rival.

TCS declares salary hike for all experienced employees

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) rubbished reports that emails have been sent to staff about not rolling out the hikes to employees who have completed one year with the tech firm.
  • It said all experienced hires will be given an increase as part of the annual salary appraisal that follows their one-year anniversary.

FIFA partners with Algorand to launch NFT platform in September

  • FIFA, the global governing body of soccer, is launching a new NFT collectibles platform with the highly anticipated World Cup just around the corner.
  • Algorand is the partner blockchain for soccer’s biggest and most dominant governing body, FIFA. The two are releasing an upcoming NFT platform later this month.

Google brings third-party in-app billing pilot to five more markets including India

  • Google is extending its third-party in-app billing pilot programme to India and four other markets such as Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and the European Economic Area.
  • Starting today, Google said all non-gaming developers across the world can sign up to participate in the pilot and offer an additional billing option to their mobile and tablet users in these five markets.

Xbox to roll out Game Pass, allowing users to share with up to four members

  • Microsoft is currently testing this new Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan in Ireland and Colombia, with pricing at €21.99 per month instead of the regular €12.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
  • Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family will include all the same Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits for four other friends or family members.

UK regulators challenge Microsoft-Activision deal, allege erasing competition

  • UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is challenging Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to justify their planned merger, saying the deal “could substantially lessen competition” in the gaming industry.
  • A CMA announcement cited concerns about “competition in gaming consoles, multi-game subscription services, and cloud gaming services (game streaming).”