HSI launches third edition of its startup incubator program

Humane Society International/India has announced the third edition of its annual Humane Entrepreneurship program, which is aimed at social entrepreneurs with early-stage startups focusing on animal welfare and environmental issues. The Humane Entrepreneurship Program provides early-stage funding to pioneering innovators in the fields of new plant-based, fermentation-based, and cell-based proteins, next-generation materials that replace animal products, and non-animal testing methodologies. The 6-month virtual program, which will be launched in September 2020, accelerates the growth of social entrepreneurs in India by providing selected participants with a holistic ecosystem of global mentors, expert…

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Google Bans Several Malicious India-linked Domains

More than a dozen malicious India-linked domains and websites that were being used in hack-for-hire attacks targeting users worldwide have now been banned by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG). To alert users to the threat, the company recently published a blog post in which they listed the banned domain links that were used to inject spying tools into users’ PCs/laptops by masquerading as fake login pages for websites or apps. The blog post read, “As part of TAG’s mission to counter serious threats to Google and our users, we’ve published…

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Sportstech startup Hudle raises $1M in funding

Hudle, a sports tech startup based in Delhi, has raised $1 million in a Series A round led by Inflection Point Ventures, with participation from existing investors Survam Partners and Indian Angel Network. Hudle, which debuted in 2018, is a mobile app that allows sports enthusiasts to discover and book sports activities. The startup currently allows users to book a variety of 30+ sports at 700+ venues across the country, as well as All Access Passes, which are sport-specific subscriptions that allow players to play their preferred sport across India…

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Google India Adds 5 New Languages to Its Training Network For Journalists

Tech giant Google on Tuesday expanded its News Initiative Training Network to include five new languages: Punjabi, Assamese, Gujarati, Odia and Malayalam. Google has also launched the Fact-Check Academy in partnership with DataLeads, the tech giant said in a statement. About a 100 new trainers have been inducted to help newsrooms and journalists build capacity to tackle climate misinformation and verify misleading data and claims that include false numbers, it added. The Google News Initiative India Training Network was launched in 2018, and it includes 39,000+ journalists, media educators, fact-checkers,…

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UST announces ‘strategic investment’ in Israeli health-tech start-up

UST, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions, has announced a strategic investment in Well-Beat, an Israeli start-up focused on patient-centered behavioral artificial intelligence (AI). This will hasten UST’s adoption of emerging tech solutions in healthcare and the transformation of lives through the power of technology, according to a company spokesperson. UST and Well-Beat collaborated to develop a digital patient engagement Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that dynamically adapts to each patient over time, provides personalized conversational guidelines to clinicians, provides customized prompts shaped by the patient profile, and…

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Vodafone and Google launch AI Booster platform

Vodafone and Google launched a new AI Booster platform that aims to handle thousands of ML models per day across 18+ countries. AI Booster is the result of 18 months of development and is based on Google’s Vertex AI platform, as well as Vodafone’s Neuron platform. When Vodafone began working on AI Booster, Vertex AI, among other Google technologies, had not yet been officially announced. Cornelia Schaurecker, Vodafone’s Global Group Director for Big Data & AI, stated: “To maximise business value at pace and scale, our vision was to enable fast…

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Ecosystem Being Created to Make Social Media More Accountable: Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Tuesday called social media a “very powerful medium,” adding that how to hold it accountable is a “very valid question” and that an ecosystem is being built around the world, and also in India. According to the Union Minister of Railways, Communication, and Electronics and Information Technology, self-regulation is the first step toward holding social media accountable, followed by industry regulation and then government regulations. “Social media is a very powerful medium. Social media has a big influence on our lives. How to make…

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