Google launches Startup School India for early-stage products

Google has launched Startup School India, a Google for Startups initiative designed to organize startup knowledge into a structured curriculum and deliver it across a broad footprint. The nine-week virtual program will include fireside chats with Google leaders and collaborators from the startup ecosystem, including fintech, direct-to-consumer (D2C), B2B and B2C e-commerce, language, social media & networking, and job search. The curriculum will include instructional modules on topics such as developing an effective product strategy, diving deep into product user value, road mapping and PRD development, developing apps for the…

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Designing next generation analog chipsets for AI applications

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a design framework for next-generation analog computing chipsets that could be quicker and use less power than the digital chips found in most electronic gadgets. The team developed a prototype of an analog chipset dubbed ARYABHAT-1 using their new design methodology (Analog Reconfigurable Technology And Bias-scalable Hardware for AI Tasks). This type of chipset is very useful for AI-based applications such as object or speech recognition (think Alexa or Siri) or those that demand enormous parallel computing operations at fast speeds. Since…

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AI-powered app to boost smartphone batteries

A cutting-edge AI invention will be disclosed to technology titans, with the potential to increase smartphone battery life by 30% and save countless kilowatts on energy expenses. The groundbreaking work produced by the University of Essex has been included in an app called EOptomizer, which will be exhibited to specialist researchers and designers, as well as large manufacturing businesses such as Nokia and Huawei. It is hoped that the EOptomizer app would be used across the industry and help reduce carbon emissions by extending the life of consumer items. It…

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Big tech could be forced to reveal their algorithms

A landmark case in Japan may force tech giant to reveal the inner workings of their algorithms. A Tokyo court ruled in favour of Hanryumura, the operator of a BBQ restaurant chain, in an antitrust case brought against Kakaku.com, the operator of Tabelog, Japan’s largest restaurant review platform, last month. Hanryumura claimed that Kakaku changed the way user scores were calculated, which harmed sales at its restaurants. The restaurant owner was awarded $284,000 in damages, but that’s not the most interesting aspect of the case. In an unprecedented move, the…

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Twitter Pursues Judicial Review of Indian Content Takedown Orders

Twitter is attempting to overturn some Indian government orders to remove the content in a legal challenge that alleges official abuse of power according to a source familiar with the matter. The efforts by the US social media company to obtain a judicial review are part of a growing conflict with New Delhi over content regulation. The Indian IT ministry threatened Twitter with criminal charges if it did not comply with certain orders. Over the last year, Indian authorities have asked Twitter to take action on content such as accounts…

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