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Electric scooter manufacturer Ather Energy has blamed an "extremely rare" phenomenon for a fire at its experience centre in Chennai, saying structural breach allowed water to find its way into the battery pack of the scooter, which triggered a thermal runaway event resulting in smoke and...

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While studying journalism, we were told that every piece of information that becomes crime news is ultimately related to three things, wealth, wine or passion. Behind every crime, you will find one of these elements closely associated with the motive. No wonder criminals also use these...

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Third-party smartphone apps for connected cars belonging to top brands like Tesla, Nissan, Renault, Ford, and Volkswagen are using the vehicle owners' credentials without asking for their consent, a new report claimed on Friday.   On top of this, one in five of applications have no...

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Did you ever get misled due to a review of a product that you bought online? Did you feel cheated after buying something online as you found it did not conform with the reccos online?   The government claims it is alive to such situations and troubles faced by the consumers and now...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 May 2022
As many as 53% of phone users report that their phones are listening to their private conversations, as was evident from advertisements related to such conversations that are served up to them. This was revealed in a survey conducted by LocalCircles.   LocalCircles says, "...since 53%...

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Twitter has agreed to pay $150 million to settle a privacy lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptively using at least 140 million users' email addresses and phone numbers for targetted advertising.   According to the FTC, Twitter...

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The defence research & development organisation (DRDO) that was tasked with investigating into EV (electric vehicle) fire incidents by the Union road transport and highways ministry, has found serious defects in the batteries, including designs of the battery packs and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 May 2022
When Ola Cabs began to offer outstation services, most people thought it was a safe and smooth way to book vehicles, especially for family, children and senior citizens to travel out of town. But the absolute lawlessness and thuggery allowed to recovery agents of banks and finance companies,...

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When it comes to cyber crimes, we often consider poor or less educated people more susceptible to fraud. However, highly educated people or professionals are more likely to fall prey to fraudsters. This week, we will see how a chartered accountant (CA) lost about Rs13 lakh in a job fraud and...

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To ensure speedy redressal of consumer complaints, the department of consumer affairs on Friday asked registrars and presidents of national, state, and district commissions not to grant adjournment for more than one month to ensure adhering to the timelines provided under the Consumer...

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Several companies and brands are reportedly abusing Google Messages' RCS (Rich Communication Services) feature in India to bombard users with multiple ads, specifically selling personal loans and life insurances, without their consent.   Multiple users took to social media platforms...

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Nearly 64% Indians get three or more spam calls every day, according to a report on Tuesday.   According to the report by LocalCircles, an independent community engagement and social media platform, a whopping 95% of mobile subscribers that have registered on Telecom Regulatory...

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As the country prepares for the 5G era, India dropped four spots in rank globally for overall median fixed broadband speeds -- from 72nd to 76th spot in the month of April, a new report showed on Wednesday.   Overall median fixed download speeds in India saw a slight decrease from...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 May 2022
As the temperature almost hit 50 degrees Celsius in many parts of India, power outages continue for three in five households for over a month of the heatwave, and people are now demanding solutions. Households cite poorly governed and managed power departments, poor supply infrastructure and...

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Technology is a boon and a great leveller because it does not differentiate between users. However, fraudsters and cheaters are way ahead of ordinary people when it comes to using technology for fraud. This week, we will see how Instagram/ Facebook messages followed by nude video calls are...

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In yet another tragic incident involving Ola Electric's controversial 'reverse mode', a 65-year-old man in Jodhpur suffered serious injuries after the Ola e-scooter unexpectedly went into a reverse mode at full speed.   Pallav Maheshwari, who is the son of the victim and returned to...

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There is no stopping EV fires in India and now, an electric two-wheeler belonging to Gurugram-based Benling India has exploded while being charged in Telangana.   According to the local police, no one was injured during the incident and they were yet to receive a...

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As the pandemic tapered off in February, lakhs of excited families planning domestic vacations to exotic locales by flights got a shock bigger than a COVID-19 positive test report.   The airfares of all airlines to various destinations had suddenly shot up—and drastically—for seats on...

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As thousands of commuters find themselves at the mercy of Uber and Ola drivers via ride cancellations, cancellation charges, random surge pricing and long waiting times, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) was set to grill cab aggregators over their algorithms on...

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Sabah Gurmat (The Leaflet) 07 May 2022
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY)  on April 28 issued directions to Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider companies to collect and share user data including IP addresses with it,  for a period of five years. Along with VPN providers, the notification posted by the...

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