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Truecaller launches messaging app from India
Truecaller, an app that helps identify unknown numbers and also block spam calls launched a new app on Tuesday that offers a substitute to the stock messaging app on Android phones from India.
 
Truemessenger, which will follow in other markets after India, seeks to curb spam messages by identifying numbers in the SMS inbox. 
 
"Truecaller identifies 900 calls a month and one in seven calls are spam. We are looking to provide the same experience in texts with the new Truemessenger app," Truecaller India head Kari Krishnamurthy said.
 
Truecaller has currently over 80 million users in India, while its global user base is near 180 million.
 
"India is the number one market for us and we are also looking to double our team in India. Truecaller has 10 people working out of Bengaluru and Gurgaon," Krishnamurthy added.

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Smartphone addiction cause digital amnesia: Survey
Excess use of smartphones and internet can kill your memory, leading to so-called "digital amnesia," says a new survey.
 
According to the survey conducted by global software security group Kaspersky Lab, most of us nowadays do not think about recalling information using our memory and resort to search engines looking for quick answers.
 
Many users in the survey of 1,000 people were so dependent on their devices that they were worried at the thought of losing them, WTNH Connecticut News reported.
 
Nearly 91 percent of the people said they use internet as an online extension of their brain. Almost half of them said their smartphone serves as their memory.
 
Many adults could not remember important phone numbers of family members and friends. The survey also showed that people are not doing much to protect their information online.
 
Less than a third of the people surveyed put security precautions on heir devices.

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Greek banks closed till Wednesday
The Greek government extended the week-long bank holiday that started on June 29 till Wednesday, while its latest proposal for a debt deal was to be presented to an emergency Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday and an extraordinary eurozone summit later in the evening.
 
Greeks gave a resounding “No” to creditors' draft deal proposal in Sunday's referendum, which could possibly lead to a default and the Greek exit from the eurozone.
 
The extension of the bank closure, which was aimed at tightening capital controls to avert a further bank run and the collapse of the banking system, was announced after a meeting between Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas, Greek Bank Association chief Louka Katseli and other bankers on Monday night, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Only 1,000 bank branches will be exempted, as it had happened last week, to service pensioners and the unemployed for social benefits. Each individual can withdraw up to 120 euros (about $131.50) weekly from these bank branches, while debit card users can withdraw up to 60 euros daily from ATMs.
 
The government is expected to decide when to reopen the banks and whether to lift or change the limit of capital controls after the crucial talks in Brussels.
 
Mardas told media that the government would soon announce its decision on when savers may have access to safe deposits boxes in banks' vaults.
 
Katseli said last week that ATMs were expected to run out of cash by Tuesday, but Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis assured that depositors can withdraw cash until this Friday as long as the capital controls of 60 euros per day continue.
 
Greece will resubmit Tuesday a request for a two-year bailout programme worth 29 billion euros through the European Stability Mechanism, according to government sources. Athens presented the idea earlier in July but was rejected by its lenders.
 
Some European partners have openly expressed their preference for the signing of a "bridge agreement" that would last for only a few months in exchange for the swift implementation of reforms by Greece before a comprehensive deal is reached.
 
European officials and financial experts warn that any decisions should be made by July 20, when Greece needs to repay 3.5 billion euros in loan installments to the European Central Bank.
 
Greece missed a similar crucial deadline on June 30 and was declared in arrears to the International Monetary Fund.

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