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1. Slack work platform enters India to help companies establish “digital headquarters”

Workplace communications platform Slack has announced its official entry into the Indian market, to help businesses navigate the transition to a hybrid workplace by establishing a digital headquarters.

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2. upGrad acquires corporate training company Work Better

upGrad has acquired Mumbai-based Work Better for an undisclosed amount to bolster its corporate learning and development offerings. After the acquisition, Work Better will merge with upGrad and be renamed upGrad Work Better, to offer bespoke courses to employees and organizations.

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3. ITC, Unilever, Dabur in talks with ONDC; Shopify can also join

Major FMCG players like ITC, Unilever, Dabur and Nivea are in talks with ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce), which is developing technology enabling interoperability between e-commerce platforms, to join the network, sources say. developments. India’s open e-commerce network is also exploring ways to create a system that will help FMCG companies provide distinct offers and pricing to distributors, retailers and individual consumers.

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4. Microsoft will offer a standardized online identity verification system

Microsoft will offer its customers a standardized online identity verification system from August. Using Microsoft’s Entra management systems, which include Verified ID, it provides users with the ability to identify themselves to entities that require user verification. The launch is in response to various people using fake accounts to access sensitive online networks, including Microsoft’s own Azure cloud platform. Instead of having personal information spread across a multitude of apps and services, this verified ID system acts as a kind of digital wallet or personal information wallet that can be given to employers, bankers or anyone who needs verified identification.

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5. Thousands of amendments submitted for EU AI law

Euractiv reports that the proposed EU artificial intelligence law has garnered thousands of potential amendments from every political group in the European Parliament. One of the most debated topics in the draft is the definition of AI, with Parliament’s co-rapporteurs oscillating between a broad definition and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s version. Other proposals include changing the scope to include AI in the metaverse, a possible outright ban on facial recognition, and updated governance arrangements.

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6. Adoption of the law on the right to repair of electronic devices

Under a law passed, electronics manufacturers selling products in New York State will be required to provide repair information, parts, tools, software and components to consumers and independent repairers. The Right to Repair Act, called the Digital Fair Repair Act, will mean that customers will no longer have to return their damaged or broken electronics to the original manufacturers for an authorized repair, and will instead be able to repair them themselves. even things like phones or laptops, or take them to independent repair shops for less.

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7. Facebook owner Meta makes antitrust commitments over online advertising

The French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) said in a statement that it had approved commitments made by the owner of Facebook Meta Platforms (META.O) regarding the French online advertising sector. According to the statement, Meta has committed to providing access over a five-year period to advertising inventory and campaign data to so-called ad technology companies under transparent, objective and predictable conditions.

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8. Tech Association Lobbying Government to Only Allow Made in India Crypto Exchanges

IndiaTech, a tech industry association whose members include Zebpay, CoinDCX, Coinswitch Kuber and WazirX, through a letter, wants the Indian government to only let cryptocurrency exchanges registered or founded in India operate such companies. IndiaTech has also asked the Ministry of Finance to clarify the taxation of crypto assets in the upcoming budget session.

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9. RBI appoints department to regulate crypto exchange and formulate CBDCs

According to reports, the Reserve Bank of India has opened a dedicated fintech department that will help create regulations for cryptocurrency and its future central bank digital currency (CBDC). The report also states that RBI is working on two types of CBDCs – wholesale and retail – and the new department will be responsible for overseeing their development.

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10. RBI prohibits wallets and prepaid cards from offering lines of credit to customers

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has banned non-bank wallets and prepaid cards from loading their lines of credit on these platforms. RBI, in a one-page circular to non-bank prepaid payment instruments (PPIs), ordered them to stop the practice immediately. The circular is seen as an effort to crack down on card fintech and companies operating as neo-banks that have tied themselves to banks to offer lines of credit.

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11. New VPN rules: CERT-In gives VPN providers 3 months respite

CERT-In has given a breather to virtual private network (VPN) service providers across the country. The cyber agency gave them an additional three months to comply with its new rules.

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12. Germany launches anti-cartel investigation into Google Maps

The Federal Cartel Office has opened an investigation into Google Maps to examine possible anti-competitive restrictions imposed by Google Maps Platform to the detriment of alternative map service providers.

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