Vibhuti Sharma

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24 Apr 2019 | 2:30 PM

Snap restarts user growth with original shows, Android overhaul

Snap said that the number of daily active Snapchat users rose to 190 million in the first quarter from 186 million in the prior period, but remained below the 191 million it had a year earlier.

Earlier this month, Snap launched a gaming platform within its Snapchat app. — Reuters
23 Apr 2019 | 12:30 PM

Tesla says robotaxis coming to US roads next year

Chief executive Elon Musk said Tesla Inc robotaxis with no human drivers would be available in some US markets next year, continuing a habit of bold pronouncements that have excited many investors while often missing deadlines.

Tesla has been working on a self-driving chip since 2016 and Musk had previously forecast that cars would be fully self-driving by 2018. — Reuters
16 Jan 2019 | 1:17 PM

Netflix raises prices for US subscribers

Netflix Inc is raising monthly fees for its US subscribers by between 13% and 18%, the video streaming pioneer's first price increase since 2017 as it spends heavily on original content and international expansion.

Prices for its popular standard plan, which allows streaming on two devices at the same time, will rise to US$12.99 per month from US$10.99, the company said in a statement. — Reuters
21 Dec 2018 | 2:21 PM

Amazon to lower some fees for third-party sellers Inc is going to lower some fees it charges third-party sellers on its marketplace, the company said.

Analysts believe that the move would help the company better compete with other retailers. — Reuters
19 Dec 2018 | 2:50 PM

Facebook's Sandberg cites need to do more after reports of Russia meddling

Facebook Inc's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company needs to step up its efforts to curb misinformation after research revealed that Russia-backed organisations targeted African-Americans, who favoured Hillary Clinton, to suppress voter turnout during the 2016 election.

Sandberg said Facebook needs to step up its efforts to curb misinformation. — Reuters
7 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

How Apple is losing its grip on India: analysis

Software engineer Samee Alam was ready to take the big leap and buy an iPhone in this week's Diwali festival sales, but at the last minute he opted for cheaper Chinese competitor OnePlus instead.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is peak selling time for electronics in India, but the Apple-licensed store in one of Bengaluru's big shopping malls was deserted this past Saturday. — Reuters
24 Oct 2018 | 5:20 PM

Netflix backs ‘Sacred Games’ season 2 after probe

Netflix Inc said it would stick with the team behind Indian hit show "Sacred Games" for a second season after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against two individuals involved with the show.

Netflix said it would continue to work with the show's lead writer Varun Grover, one of two men called out in a wave of #MeToo allegations in India in recent weeks. — Reuters
12 Sep 2018 | 6:30 PM

Tesla to drop some colour options for cars to simplify production

Tesla Inc will eliminate some colour options for its electric cars to streamline production, as the company intensifies its efforts to ramp up production.

The colour options that will still be available are Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Pearl-White Multi-Coat, and Red Multi-Coat. — Reuters
19 Jul 2018 | 12:45 PM

Speakers, TVs, Kleenex in demand on Amazon Prime Day

Online shoppers purchased more than 100 million products worldwide during Inc's annual Prime Day sale this week, despite glitches on its mobile app and websites that prevented several customers from placing orders.

The world's largest online retailer said it recorded the largest daily sales for its Echo range of smart speakers, helped by heavy discounts. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo Dot were the best-selling devices. — Reuters
11 Jun 2018 | 12:19 PM

Apple to make 20% fewer new model iPhones this year: Nikkei

Apple Inc expects to ship 80 million new model iPhones this year, down 20 percent from what it had planned at the same time last year, Japanese financial daily Nikkei reported on Friday, citing industry sources.