One important thing: Soon after acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk began overhauling its operations. The "Chief Twit," is reportedly considering making verification a Twitter Blue feature while also charging four times for the subscription service. Twitter Blue is a $4.99/month subscription that enables additional capabilities on the platform.
The billionaire also wants logged-out Twitter users to be redirected to Explore, which showcases trending tweets.
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"I am truly sorry... You are not just 5% of my company, you are 5% of me."
This is just a part of the heartfelt note that Byju’s chief Byju Raveendran wrote to his staff today.
Byju's recently revealed plans to lay off around 5% of its 50,000 staff, earning headlines for its troubles yet again, after a year-long delay in filing its FY21 annual report, a large number of layoffs, and the struggle to close its funding round earlier.
"Some business decisions have to be taken to protect the health of the larger organisation… Sometimes what Byju wants is not what Byju’s demands," he said.
This mail from the founder to employees comes as he battles criticism about the company forcefully asking employees to resign in an attempt to cut costs amid mounting losses.
In the email, Raveendran assured those who had been laid off that they will be prioritised in the rehiring process as the company restructures.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is all set to take the first steps toward introducing the much-anticipated Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Days after launching a concept note on digital currency, the RBI announced that it will commence pilots, beginning with wholesale CBDC.
CBDCs are not cryptocurrencies. It is a digital form of legal tender backed by the RBI, as opposed to cryptocurrencies.
Wholesale digital currency is only available to select financial organisations with restricted access. It is intended for the settlement of interbank transfers and related wholesale transactions.
For retail payments, i.e. day-to-day transactions, the focus will be the pilot of the Retail CBDC.
A big disruption is afoot at Amazon.
Months after the shutdown of Cloudtail, another Amazon India seller is preparing to phase out its operations. Appario Retail, a joint venture between Amazon and Patni group, will cease to list products as a seller on the e-commerce marketplace within a year.
Appario is a seller of electronics on Amazon. On the marketplace, it sells items from brands such as boAt, Fire-Boltt, Noise, Zebronics, HP, and Samsung, among others.
According to a Reuters report last year, Appario and Cloudtail cumulatively accounted for 35 percent of sales on the Amazon India marketplace in early 2019.
As our interview began with Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology ministry Rajeev Chandrasekhar, he interjected our very first question which pointed out that the amendments to IT Rules 2021 took months to be notified.
"Nobody asks me why it has taken so long,” Chandrasekhar said before laying the blame for the same on industries that were tasked to bring in a viable structure of self regulatory organisation (SRO).
"I waited for three months and they did not give me an SRO. We were ready with this (final draft) in July," Chandrasekhar said.
Now that the government has gone ahead with the option of setting up multiple government-appointed grievance appellate committees (GAC) for adjudicating user appeals, it has its task cut out.
"You think this is something I’m excited about doing? Not at all. Nobody in the ministry is excited. But we have to do it," he said.
Essentially, Chandrasekhar envisions the GACs to be like a ‘traffic light of internet appeals’.
"Let us say a patent or an IP dispute comes up. The GAC will say I'm not equipped to deal with it and point you in the direction of the tribunal that deals with it," he said.
Man's quest for youth in perpetuity has taken him to far-flung places and inspired myths and legends in countless cultures.
Imagine for a moment that there was a way to turn back the hands of time and regain your youth.
More than 15 years ago, Japanese researchers discovered that by introducing four proteins to aged skin cells and waiting for a couple of weeks, they could rejuvenate the cells. The scientists claim to have found evidence that giving lab animals carefully regulated doses of the reprogramming proteins makes the animals, or at least some of their organs, more youthful.
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