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Budget expectations: What India's tech startups and VC investors are asking

Budget expectations: What India's tech startups and VC investors are asking

IMF revises 2023 growth upward; Apple working on a foldable iPad — report; ChatGPT can fix software bugs

IMF revises 2023 growth upward; Apple working on a foldable iPad — report; ChatGPT can fix software bugs

Google should sell ad manager suite — US; Startup funding in India fell 38 pct in 2022; Indian SaaS projected at $35 bln in 2027

Google should sell ad manager suite — US; Startup funding in India fell 38 pct in 2022; Indian SaaS projected at $35 bln in 2027

Amazon launches air cargo service in India; Salesforce in Elliott's crosshairs — report; Log9 raises $40 mln

Amazon launches air cargo service in India; Salesforce in Elliott's crosshairs — report; Log9 raises $40 mln

India's Supreme Court rejects Google's appeal to block Competition Commission order; PhonePe raises $350 mln

India's Supreme Court rejects Google's appeal to block Competition Commission order; PhonePe raises $350 mln

  • GoMechanic, Sequoia-backed venture, to cut 70% staff, after SoftBank walks away over irregularities

    GoMechanic, Sequoia-backed venture, to cut 70% staff, after SoftBank walks away over irregularities

    GoMechanic, a car service startup backed by VC investors including Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management and Chiratae, will cut 70 percent of its staff and undergo an independent audit of its books, the company's co-founder Amit Bhasin said in a post on LinkedIn yesterday. Also in this brief, Microsoft yesterday confirmed the 10,000 job cuts that had previously been reported in the news, and a TIME investigation reveals how OpenAI used lowly paid workers in Kenya to remove toxic content from ChatGPT

  • Microsoft may cut 5% workforce, announce 10,000 layoffs — reports; Mad Street Den raises $30 mln

    Microsoft may cut 5% workforce, announce 10,000 layoffs — reports; Mad Street Den raises $30 mln

    Microsoft will likely announce thousands of job cuts soon resulting from a decision to cut 5 percent of its global workforce, Sky News reported yesterday. With more than 220,000 employees at Microsoft, that could mean more than 10,000 layoffs, The Verge pointed out. Also in this brief, Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops with the M2 chips, Google's plan for an Airtag-like tracker, and investors take IBM to court for alleged misleading information on its cloud and AI revenue

  • ShareChat latest unicorn to lay off staff with 20 pct cut; Amazon's open software jobs plummet — report

    ShareChat latest unicorn to lay off staff with 20 pct cut; Amazon's open software jobs plummet — report

    ShareChat, yesterday, joined a growing list of Indian startup unicorns that have laid off employees amid a funding winter. The company has laid off 20 percent of its workforce to conserve cash, as the current global economic slowdown has made it harder to raise funding, according to multiple reports. The desi social media venture is among the most funded startups in India. Also in this brief, a Swiss entrepreneur is launching a privacy-first smartphone operating system based on a version of Android, and a Chinese company has built the world's biggest wind turbine

  • Infosys raises outlook amid signs of slowdown, as cloud and automation propel both digital and core

    Infosys raises outlook amid signs of slowdown, as cloud and automation propel both digital and core

    Infosys yesterday raised its revenue outlook for FY23 citing strong growth momentum from the first nine of the fiscal year and a record order book, even as a recession looms large in its biggest markets. The company's numbers beat street expectations and CEO Salil Parekh said its strong capabilities in cloud technologies and automation had helped Infosys win the highest number of large contracts in a quarter in the company's history. He also flagged signs of an economic slowdown and delays in decision-making among clients in investment banking, telecom, hi-tech and retail

  • US flights resume after nationwide disruption due to 'damaged database file'; ChatGPT paid version coming

    US flights resume after nationwide disruption due to 'damaged database file'; ChatGPT paid version coming

    Normal air traffic operations are slowly resuming in the US after flights were halted across the country on Wednesday, due to a software glitch in the Federal Aviation Administration's computer systems, BBC reports. Also in this brief, Jio crosses 100 cities with its 5G services; and Maruti Suzuki India expects to launch the eVX, an electric SUV, by 2025 with a range of 550km per charge, the Japanese carmaker said at India's auto show, according to Reuters

  • Microsoft in talks for 49 percent stake in ChatGPT owner OpenAI — report; OneWeb closer to global constellation

    Microsoft in talks for 49 percent stake in ChatGPT owner OpenAI — report; OneWeb closer to global constellation

    Microsoft is in talks to invest $10 billion into OpenAI, the owner of ChatGPT, the AI app that has gone ultra-viral, Semafor reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. OneWeb yesterday confirmed the successful deployment of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX, taking it to a total of 542 low-earth-orbit satellites and a step closer to offering "global" connectivity. Also in this briefing, Infosys Foundation is seeking submissions for its Aarohan Social Innovation Awards 2023

  • TCS Q3: revenue crosses $7 bln, staff strength dips for first time since Covid outbreak; Google invests in Cropin

    TCS Q3: revenue crosses $7 bln, staff strength dips for first time since Covid outbreak; Google invests in Cropin

    Tata Consultancy Services, India's biggest IT services company, said its quarterly revenue has crossed the $7 billion mark, with sales for its fiscal third quarter, the October-December period, coming in at $7.075 billion. A near-term slowdown in demand is apparent in the staff addition numbers. TCS saw a net reduction in its workforce, for the first time since the Covid pandemic began to fan out across the world. For the rest of the current fiscal year, TCS doesn't expect to add many more people. Infosys, HCL Tech and Wipro will report their Q3 earnings this week

  • Apple may not release an iPhone SE in 2024; Infosys Prize for 2022 announced; US FTC proposes non-competes ban

    Apple may not release an iPhone SE in 2024; Infosys Prize for 2022 announced; US FTC proposes non-competes ban

    Apple may not be releasing a new iPhone SE in 2024, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who bases his predictions on sources in the supply chain, The Verge reported on Jan. 7. The Infosys Prize for 2022 was announced on Jan. 7, by Infosys Science Foundation. The Prize carries a pure gold medal, a citation, and a cash purse of $100,000 each in categories including science, engineering and humanities. Also in this brief, the US Federal Trade Commission is seeking to eliminate non-compete clauses, which it termed as exploitative

  • ISRO, Microsoft team up to support India's space tech startups; Amazon layoffs to affect over 18,000

    ISRO, Microsoft team up to support India's space tech startups; Amazon layoffs to affect over 18,000

    Indian Space Research Organisation and Microsoft yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to together help space-tech startups in India. They will offer technology tools and platforms, go-to-market support and mentoring to help Indian space startups scale and become enterprise ready. Amazon's layoffs are bigger than originally rumoured. And also in today's briefing, scientists in the US make a small breakthrough in harnessing live cancer cells to fight cancer and prevent its return

  • Meta fined 390 mln euros; Salesforce to layoff 10 percent staff; Infosys wins Starhub order

    Meta fined 390 mln euros; Salesforce to layoff 10 percent staff; Infosys wins Starhub order

    Facebook and Instagram's parent company Meta Platforms was fined 390 million euros or $414 million in the EU's latest fine against the social network apps provider, Wall Street Journal reports. In India, Google's appeal seeking an immediate stay against a Competition Commission fine has been declined by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, Tech Circle reports. Cloud CRM giant is the latest big tech company to initiate layoffs amid economic gloom. And Infosys has won an order from Singapore's Starhub

  • India currently not considering limiting online game duration; Google rivals join hands to fight Maps dominance

    India currently not considering limiting online game duration; Google rivals join hands to fight Maps dominance

    India currently doesn't plan to put restrictions on how much time individuals, including youngsters, spend playing games online, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India's minister of state for electronics and information technology, told the lower house of the country's parliament on Dec. 14, according to a government statement. Also in today's brief, Moneycontrol reports that SaaS company Freshworks has laid off about 2 percent of its 5,200-strong workforce, amid the global economic slowdown