Bangalore taps tech to fix unruly gridlock

In Bangalore, tech giants and startups typically spend their days fiercely battling each other for customers. Now they are turning their attention to a common enemy: the city’s infernal traffic congestion.
Cross-town commutes that can take hours has inspired Gridlock Hackathon, a contest initiated by Flipkart Online Services for technology workers to find solutions to the snarled roads that cost the economy billions of dollars. While the prize totals a mere $5,500, it’s attracting teams from global giants Microsoft Corp, Google and Amazon.com to local startups including Ola.

Sex toys, drones in customs haul

From drones and remote-controlled helicopters to sex toys and porn, a bewildering variety of objects being illegally brought into the country from abroad are detained regularly by the customs department.

Why Robot takeover of economy is proceeding slowly

Vik Singh’s company has powerful artificial intelligence software that helps firms hunt down the best sales leads. Getting somebody to use it -- well, that’s a story that says a lot about the US expansion.

Microsoft sales shuffle means thousands of job cuts

Microsoft reorganised its sales and marketing operations in a bid to woo more customers in areas like artificial intelligence and the cloud by providing sales staff with greater technical and industry-specific expertise.
The changes will mean thousands of job cuts in areas such as field sales, said a person familiar with the restructuring who asked not to be named because the workforce reductions are not public.
The company had 121,567 employees as of March 31. The memo didn’t mention any job cuts.

Apple Tests 3-D Face Scanning to Unlock Next iPhone

Apple Inc is working on a feature that will let you unlock your iPhone using your face instead of a fingerprint.
For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system.

Facebook’s small print might be next big antitrust target

Facebook Inc’s small print may be the next big thing in European antitrust as watchdogs home in on how the world’s biggest social network collects information from users that helps generate vast advertising revenues.
Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is examining whether Facebook essentially takes advantage of its popularity to bully users into agreeing to terms and conditions they might not understand. The details that users provide help generate the targeted ads that make the company so rich.

Hospital bills to go up despite exemption to healthcare services

Under GST, healthcare services have been exempted from taxes. But for the end customer the healthcare costs will go up as higher taxes for medical technology products and medicines will escalate the bill amount.
“The decision of the Indian government to exempt healthcare services from GST has been good news for start-ups as well as established healthcare businesses. However, for the end-consumer the costs could rise, given the increase in input costs as proposed by GST,” said Ameera Shah, MD, promoter, Metropolis Healthcare.

Restaurants to bill differently today, pre midnight and post

With the launch of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), those planning to dine out tonight may find themselves caught in minor disputes over payments, if they stay on post midnight.
Diners may be presented with two bills in some places -- one before midnight, and one after 12 AM.
With a single tax replacing the current system of multiple taxes, eating out may become cheaper, but restaurants are looking at ways to bill their midnight diners tonight.

Opposition should focus on mainstream, not fringe issues: FM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today rejected Opposition charge of GST launch being a 'self- promotion',
saying they should focus on mainstream rather than latching on to "fringe" issues.
He appealed to Congress, Left, TMC and RJD, who are boycotting the gala launch function, to rise above partisan politics.
The opposition parties have decided to boycott the midnight
function in protest against the way GST is being implemented, claiming that it would adversely impact small and medium enterprises.

Naidu launches DDA's new housing scheme, 12000 flats on offer

The Delhi Development Authority's new housing scheme with 12,000 flats on offer was today launched by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who said the people of the city should fully utilise the scheme.
Addressing a gathering at the Nirman Bhavan, the minister said the scheme had been linked with the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana as "the vision of our government is to provide affordable housing by 2022".
"This is a step in that direction," he said.
Most of the flats are in Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura and Paschir Vihar.