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Aarogya Setu iOS code open sourced on OpenForge on Aug 10

You’re reading it here first: The team behind Aarogya Setu quietly open sourced the iOS version of the app on OpenForge, the government’s own open source platform, on August 10. People can’t raise issues on the platform yet as “pull requests” are currently disabled. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh told MediaNama about this development earlier this morning. The repository only has one “commit” right now, from Rajeev Arkvanshi, a senior iOS developer at NeGD. It is not clear how the government will consi...
Tags: Travel, Ios, Open Source, News, Microsoft, NIC, Singh, Abhishek Singh, Medianama, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Digital India Corporation, Rajeev Arkvanshi, Android Bug Bounty Programme

Article Removed: Inside Aarogya Setu: How ShadowMap got access into the worlds fastest growing mobile application

This article has been removed following a request by the author. According to a report on the Hindustan Times, in a widely circulated statement issued on Wednesday evening, the government called the claims “malicious, nefarious and unsubstantiated” and threatened to pursue legal actions against the Security Brigade, the company which originally published the article. Since then, the original article this story was cross-posted from has been taken down, and the government has also retracted its p...
Tags: Travel, News, Hindustan Times, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, ShadowMap, Security Brigade

Inside Aarogya Setu: How ShadowMap got access into the worlds fastest growing mobile application

By ShadowMap Aarogya Setu is the fastest growing mobile application in the world and now claims over 150,000,000 users on the platform today. This is the story of how ShadowMap discovered the source-code for the Aarogya Setu platform including its back-end infrastructure being exposed on the public internet. Additionally, some insights and expert analysis from the accidentally published source code. Background & Bug Bounty Program Aarogya Setu, India’s national platform for tackling the ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, European Commission, Github, Bangalore, Jenkins, Cross, Amazon AWS, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Aarogya Setu India, ShadowMap, ShadowMap Aarogya Setu, Aarogya Setu GitHub

U.S. Issues Bizarre Warning About 'Health Risks' in New Zealand During Covid-19 Pandemic

The U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning for New Zealand this week, warning Americans to exercise “increased caution” because the country poses a “health risk” due to the covid-19 pandemic. In reality, New Zealand hasn’t had community spread of the coronavirus in months and has just 23 active cases of the…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Canada, New Zealand, Disease, U S State Department, US State Department, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, Covid 19, U S Issues Bizarre Warning About Health Risks

Uber picks up Autocab to push into places its own app doesn’t go

Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which sells SaaS to the taxi and private hire vehicle industry, with the aim of expanding the utility of its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips to local providers who do. No acquisition price has been disclosed and Uber declined to comment on the terms of the deal. Autocab has a SaaS presence in 20 countries globally at this stage, according to an Uber spokeswoman. We’ve asked whether it will be closing a mar...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Transportation, Uber, Apps, Europe, UK, London, United Kingdom, SaaS, Oxford, Manchester, Gm, Colchester, Ipswich, Taxi Apps

As e-commerce accelerates, fintech startups raised record $100M rounds in Q2

Reading headlines here and there, one might assume that venture capital interest in fintech startups is setting records every quarter. After all: didn’t Robinhood raise $280 million and $320 million more this year? Stripe raised $600 million just a few minutes ago, and wasn’t it Monzo that raised £60 million a few weeks back? Oh, and Hippo raised $150 million the other day. And what about that huge Plaid exit earlier in the year and Chime’s jillion dollars that came right before 2019 ended? T...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Finance, Digital, Venture Capital, Square, Robinhood, Fintech, Shopify, Cb Insights, Hippo, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch

Q3 2020 is primed to be an intense shopping season for VCs

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Economy, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

What Q2 fundraising data tells us about the rest of 2020

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Economy, Architecture, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Startup Company, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston

Traveloka tops up with $250M amid the coronavirus crisis

Indonesia-based online travel portal, Traveloka, has picked up $250M in fresh funding to beef up its coronavirus-battered balance sheet. The travel aggregator dubs the capital injection a “strong vote of confidence” in its strategy to adjust to what it couches as a ‘new normal’ for travel by retooling its focus on domestic and short hop excursions and activities. The funding round is led by an unnamed global financial institution. Traveloka also says “some” existing investors also participate...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Asia, Indonesia, Tech, Thailand, Malaysia, Tourism, Vietnam, Travel Industry, Expedia, Staycation, Traveloka, Recent Funding, Willson Cuaca, Coronavirus

COVID-19: Swiggy lays off another 350 employees

Just two months after online food delivery platform Swiggy laid off 1,100 employees owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has now laid off another 350 people, as part of what it called is a “final realignment exercise”. It said that the industry has only recovered to about 50% of its peak, however, this new round of lay offs will also be its final, with no further plans of restructuring, the company said in a statement on July 27. Entrackr first reported the development. Affected employees...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Zomato, Swiggy, Online Food Delivery, Coronavirus, COVID, Ecommerce and COVID-19, July Zomato

Aarogya Setu mandatory to enter Saket Court Complex in Delhi

To file non-urgent matters at the Saket Court Complex in Delhi, petitioners and their lawyers must have Aarogya Setu downloaded on their phone, according to the protocol for physical filing of non-urgent/ordinary matters issued by District and Sessions Judges Neena Bansal Krishna (South-East) and Poonam A. Bamba (South) on July 15. Rights group, the Internet Freedom Foundation first tweeted about this. According to the protocol, all advocates, parties in person, advocates’ clerks who enter the S...
Tags: Travel, News, Judiciary, Delhi, South East, Kanojia, Nair, Medianama, Internet Freedom Foundation, Kerala High Court, Gopinath, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Jaishankar V Nair, Gopinath Puzhankhara

MEITY wanted protocol for all governing all COVID-19 data, not just Aarogya Setu: RTI

In its nascent stages, what eventually culminated as the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020, was actually supposed to be a “guideline document for entire lifecycle of data governance related to Covid19 pandemic [sic]”, RTI have revealed. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) had, in fact, sought to develop these rules as general guidelines for any “such disaster response” and internally called them Disaster Management (Processing of the Publi...
Tags: Travel, News, India, National Executive Committee, Ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Information, Home Ministry, Kumar, NDMA, National Disaster Management Authority, RTI, MHA, ICMR, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, MeitY

IndiaMART sees massive reduction in cash generated from ops, and cash collected from customers

Even though B2B e-commerce platform IndiaMART increased its profits in the June quarter over the last quarter, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on it is clear: Cash generated from operations dipped a whopping 97% in June, compared to March, and collections from customers fell by 54% in the June quarter as opposed to the last quarter. Paying subscribers in June reduced by more than 9% compared to the last quarter. The company also saw a 10% decline in its revenue in the June quarter — a period...
Tags: Travel, News, E-commerce, Earnings, Agarwal, Dinesh Agarwal, Indiamart, Coronavirus, Earnings Jun20

The sun is setting on unsustainable long-haul, short-stay tourism — regional travel bubbles are the future

Unprecedented border closures and the domestic lockdown have paralysed New Zealand's $40.9 billion a year tourism industry. In the process, the vulnerability of the sector to external shocks and the tenuous nature of tourism employment have been exposed. While New Zealand's handling of the pandemic has been hailed as a global masterclass, and the prospect of travel bubbles promoted as a way to restart the tourism economy and save jobs, it is clear there is no quick fix.The inherent dangers of re...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Australia, European Union, Public Health, Innovation, New Zealand, Pacific, Nz, Don, Kiwis, Pandemic, United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO, Global Issues, Coronavirus

The future of work is human

Heather Hartnett Contributor Share on Twitter Heather Hartnett is general partner and CEO of Human Ventures, an early-stage venture fund and startup studio in New York City. More posts by this contributor Building and investing in the ‘human needs economy’ Human Ventures builds and invests in what we call the “human needs economy,” which encompasses products and services that address material human pr...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Column, Future Of Work, Remote Work, Hiring, New York City More, Human Ventures, Heather Hartnett, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Human Needs Economy

‘Economy has recovered sharply between April and June’, says HDFC MD Aditya Puri

On the basis of indicators such as oil consumption, electricity consumption, e-way bill and toll collections, along with capacity utilisation of companies in auto, steel, FMCG sectors, HDFC Bank managing director Puri concluded that the economy “appears to have recovered sharply from April” during the bank’s Q1FY21 earnings call on July 18. However, this recovery could see moderation in future because some of this is “pent-up demand from the lockdown phase that could lose steam”, steady rise in ...
Tags: Travel, News, Banking, Earnings, Fmcg, Tata, SEBI, HDFC, HDFC Bank, Puri, Shukla, STP, Digital Payments, Rahul Shukla, Coronavirus, Aditya Puri

#594 What Are the New Rules When Your Employees Work from Home?

Listen to “#594 What Are the New Rules When Your Employees Work from Home?” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: Great leadership is what’s needed during this pandemic. But what exactly does this look like? Here to help is Keith Ferrazzi, the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a management consulting and team coaching company that works with many of the world’s biggest corporations. SEGMENT 2, starting at 20:15: It has been a ...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Leadership, Air Travel, Small Business, Sales, Los Angeles, Remote Work, CMO, New York Times, Bravo, Starwood, Airbnb, Deloitte, Travel Industry, Vrbo

U.S. passports are worthless — "Welcome to the Plague States of America"

"Americans have gone from having access to most of the world to being banned from most of it," writes Indi Samarajiva for Medium Politics. "An American passport is now worthless." The world now looks at Americans as unhygienic, arrogant, willfully ignorant, science hating, magical thinking, untrustworthy, selfish rule-breakers. The most reliable projections are saying 200,000 dead and 50 million infected by election day in November. Even these projections struggle to account for completely irrat...
Tags: Travel, Post, News, America, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Indi Samarajiva, Plague States of America

What do investors bidding up tech shares know that the rest of us don’t?

The biggest story to come out of the post-March stock market boom has been explosive growth in the value of technology shares. Software companies in particular have seen their fortunes recover; since March lows, public software companies’ valuations have more than doubled, according to one basket of SaaS and cloud stocks compiled by a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Such gains are good news for startups of all sizes. For later-stage upstarts, software share appreciation helps provide a welc...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Developer, United States, SaaS, Silicon Valley, Nasdaq, Exchange, Bessemer, Market Analysis, BoldStart Ventures, Jai Das, The Exchange, Extra Crunch

COVID-19 pivot: Travel unicorn Klook sees jump in staycations

Spring 2020 was gloomy for Klook. As countries closed their borders and went into complete or partial lockdown, the SoftBank-backed travel platform saw its revenue plummet by as much as 90% through March and April. The World Travel and Tourism Council said in April that the coronavirus could put up to 100 million jobs in the global travel and tourism at risk. But in the dark times, opportunities were also bubbling up. Six-year-old Klook enables travelers, primarily from Asia, to discover and boo...
Tags: Travel, Social, Startups, Ecommerce, Asia, China, Softbank, Tech, Tourism, Cambodia, Klook, Napa Valley, World Travel and Tourism Council, Eric Gnock Fah, Pandemic, Market Analysis

Petitioner to file amended PIL against mandatory use of Aarogya Setu; next hearing on July 17 in Karnataka HC

While it may no longer be mandatory to use Aarogya Setu for rail and air travel, Anivar Aravind’s battle in Karnataka High Court is not yet over. Earlier today, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing Aravind, argued that despite not being mandatory, Aarogya Setu is being mandated across the country. He said that Bangalore Metro had made it mandatory to install the app. He also cited the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s June 4 SOP that makes it mandatory for all employees to install...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Delhi, Karnataka, Kumar, Aravind, Petitioner, Karnataka High Court, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangalore Metro, SFLC, Colin Gonsalves, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu

Four views: is edtech changing how we learn?

In the future, students might dismiss stories about weather-related school closures as folklore. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to experiment with edtech, but it’s still unclear whether attending school virtually with a laptop at the kitchen table offers the same benefits as being in a classroom. One recent study found that only 27% of schools asked teachers to monitor student attendance and 37% were required to do 1:1 check-ins on an ongoing basis. Can education in a post-pandemic world bec...
Tags: Travel, TC, Education, Policy, Information Technology, Egypt, Athens, Minecraft, Ubisoft, Creed, AAA, Video Conferencing, Online Learning, Online Education, Online Classes, Assassin

Aarogya Setu now lets you delete your account, share risk status with other apps and users

Three months after the app was launched, Aarogya Setu finally lets its users delete their account in an update released to the app on iOS and Android devices today but only kind of. As per information displayed while deleting the account on an Adroid device (iOS did not tell us what deleting our account would do), deleting the account means erasing information from government servers 30 days after account is deleted, deleting all app data from the phone, and permanently cancelling your registrat...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Aroon Deep Pranav Dixit

Aarogya Setu’s new feature — more information about Bluetooth contacts; few unanswered questions

Over the weekend, Aarogya Setu released a new feature for Android users that allows users to find out the number of other Aarogya Setu users they have been in close proximity with since they installed the app or in the last 30 days. Under the health status on the home screen of the app, users can choose to view their Bluetooth contacts. This feature was formally released on Sunday but a Twitter user spotted it on Friday night. It is not available for iOS devices yet. The open-source Android code...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, NIC, Mani, Medianama, Niti Aayog, Aroon Deep, National Informatics Centre NIC, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, R S Mani, Aarogya Setu Twitter

Judge upholds Hawaii’s pandemic quarantine on arriving travelers

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER HONOLULU — A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents tried to stop the quarantine by filing a lawsuit alleging it is unfair and unnecessary. It violates the fundamental right to travel freely, they argued. The quarantine mandate, which applies to out-...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, News, Uncategorized, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Disneyland, Honolulu, Carson, Lancaster

International students need to be treated equally

Contradictory pandemic regulations could to be putting critical training in jeopardy The post International students need to be treated equally appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Travel, Students, Education, Schools, Universities, International Students, Learners, Openaccess, SADC, Southern African Development Community, University of Free State, Lockdown, Medical Training, Department of Higher Education and Training, Medical Professions, Coronavirus

Aarogya Setu faces unidentified issues; new privacy policy, terms of use might be released in a couple of days

A number of users were automatically logged out of the Aarogya Setu app and asked to re-register with all their personal information on the app’s 90th day (June 30). Those who tried to re-register also faced issues. Few users got the message “Service Unavailable” while others got the message “Unable to Evaluate your Risk Status”. The app’s official Twitter account also acknowledged the issue. Some users have reported login errors on Aarogya Setu. Our technical teams are on the job. We will be b...
Tags: Travel, News, Mani, Medianama, National Informatics Centre NIC, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, R S Mani

Destinations accepting US tourists

Figuring out this summer’s travel restrictions feels like navigating a labyrinth with no ball of thread. At best, it’s maddening. At worst, it’s simply impossible. The public health situation of every country is fluid, meaning concrete reopening dates are as elusive as airline tickets with no cancellation fees. This is incredibly frustrating for those eager for a much-needed summer vacation. Luckily, some destinations have already reopened their borders to international tourism, or set hard d...
Tags: Travel, New York, Air Canada, US, United States, Delta, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Jamaica, Airlines, Kingston, Maldives, Bahamas, United

Americans officially banned from entering EU, at least for now

The European Union made an agreement on a list of 15 countries that could travel in its bloc from July 1st.Citizens of the United States, as well as Russia, Brazil and India, are not on it.The exclusion of the U.S. reflects concerns over its coronavirus surge. From July 1st, when its external borders will re-open, American tourists won't be welcome in Europe, decrees a new agreement from the European Union. The bloc decided on a list of 15 safe countries whose residents would be allowed to trav...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Medicine, Congress, Cdc, China, Russia, India, Eu, European Union, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Epidemics

MakeMyTrip finally goes public with its involvement in Aarogya Setu

By Aditi Agrawal and Trisha Jalan Deep Kalra, CEO of MakeMyTrip, finally acknowledged the involvement of the company, not individual developers in their personal capacities, in the development of India’s contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu during the earnings call for Q4FY20 on June 26. “[O]ur technology team has also contributed immensely to help the government develop and launch a COVID tracing app called Aarogya Setu. … I’m pleased to share that this app has been downloaded over 130 million tim...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Makemytrip, Kumar, Matthan, National Informatics Centre, NITI, Medianama, Dutta, Deep Kalra, Goibibo, Prashant Tandon, Frontier Technologies, Coronavirus, Aditi Agrawal

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