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Southwest Airlines is preparing to furlough nearly 7,000 workers for the first time in its history

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. Lawrence Jenkins/Getty Images Southwest Airlines just sent 6,828 workers WARN notices after it couldn't come to an agreement with employees to take a pay cut to avoid furloughs. Ramp workers and flight attendants are among the most impacted workgroup with over 4,000 WARN notices issued between them. Workgroups that accept Southwest's proposed temporary pay cuts will be exempt from any furlough.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly 7,000 Sout...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, US, Trends, Chicago, Flying, George Bush, Dallas, Aviation, Airlines, Houston, Boeing, United, Southwest Airlines

Ryanair just placed a massive order for more Boeing 737 Max jets intended to cram as many passengers into a plane as possible

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Ryanair just upped its Boeing 737 Max order by 75 aircraft for a total of 210 in a $22 billion order. The Boeing 737 Max 8200, as Ryanair calls it, will seat 197 passengers in a high-density configuration ideal for low-cost operations. Deliveries will begin in spring 2021 with Ryanair expecting all of the aircraft by 2025.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ireland's Ryanair is the latest carrier to seek out more B...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Washington, Planes, Trends, Ireland, Ryanair, Boeing, United, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Tulsa Oklahoma

Delta is launching a new passengers contact-tracing initiative as new lockdowns ruin the airline's plans to stop burning through cash

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900 XWB. viper-zero / Delta Air Lines is introducing a voluntary contact tracing program for international arrivals to the US. Passengers will be asked for their full name, email address, contact numbers, and address in the US to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CEO Ed Bastian announced in the same memo that the airline will not achieve its goal of daily losses of $10 million for the fourth quarter and will fall short...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Navy, Cdc, Planes, US, Trends, Atlanta, Rome, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Pfizer

SBI’s YONO app suffers system outage

State Bank of India’s (SBI) flagship mobile banking application, YONO, has been facing issues for the past few days, with customers raising their concerns on social media. In a tweet on Thursday, the bank said that the mobile banking app has been impacted by a system outage and that necessary steps were being taken to restore services. One of the banks’ customers tweeted that they could not access the app for the past two days, nor could they log on to their internet banking account. Another cus...
Tags: Travel, News, UPI, Digital Banking, SBI, HDFC Bank, State Bank of India, Digital Payments, SBI YONO, YONO, YONO Lite, YONO Business

Delhi HC issues notice in plea challenging govt’s mass surveillance systems NATGRID, Netra, CMS

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Home Ministry, Law Ministry, IT Ministry, Communications Ministry, and Defence Ministry in response to a petition challenging various government surveillance systems such as the Central Monitoring System (CMS), Network Traffic Analysis (NETRA), and National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). LiveLaw first reported this. The plea filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Delhi-based digital rights group Software Freedom Law Ce...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Amit Shah, Cms, Surveillance, Personal Data, Parliament, Delhi, Skype, Karnataka, Delhi High Court, Bhushan, Medianama, Delhi Haryana

Flipkart to partially hive-off PhonePe

E-commerce platform Flipkart will partially hive-off PhonePe which will allow the digital lending platform to gain access to long-term capital, the two companies said in a joint statement. The development was first reported by Economic Times. “Recognizing the momentum that has been achieved, as well as PhonePe’s significant growth potential, Flipkart’s Board determined that this was the right time to partially spin-off PhonePe so it can access dedicated capital to fund its long-term ambitions ov...
Tags: Travel, News, India, US, Walmart, Flipkart, Business Standard, Digital Payments, Sameer Nigam, Phonepe, Ministry of Corporate Affairs It, Economic Times Recognizing, Flipkart 's Board, Flipkar, Hemant Gala, Sameer Nigam Flipkart

Attorney General KK Venugopal consents to contempt proceedings against cartoonist who criticised Supreme Court

We missed this earlier: The Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal, granted consent for proceedings to be initiated against Rachita Taneja, an artist who runs the Twitter handle @sanitarypanels, for allegedly being in contempt of the Supreme Court. This was first reported by Bar and Bench. Venugopal was replying to a letter sent by an Aditya Kashyap, a law student from Punjab’s Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, who had taken offence to a cartoon Taneja had shared. Taneja’s cartoon showed ru...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Supreme Court, Mumbai, Free Speech, Contempt Of Court, Punjab, Maharashtra, Prashant Bhushan, Bhushan, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Arnab, Supreme Court of India, Goswami, Arnab Goswami

Google to pay select publishers for paywalled news content

As part of its $1 billion investment in news, Google will start paying select news organisations for access to their paywalled content for its News Showcase program, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday.  Paywalls are a crucial part of some publishers’ revenue strategies, the company said. “To support that goal, we’ll pay participating partners to provide limited access to paywalled content for News Showcase users. In return, users will register with the news publisher, providing a...
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All police stations must be equipped with CCTV cameras, persons in custody have right to secure CCTV footage: SC

Every police station in the country must be equipped with night-vision Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, capable of recording both the video and the audio, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. This is a significant move to increase police accountability, and how it treats people while interrogating them, or while they’re in custody. The court also held that the footage captured by these cameras must be made available to a person who complains of force being used against them while they w...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Cctv, The Supreme Court, Home Ministry, Police Accountability, Closed Circuit Television CCTV, State Human Rights Commission, Rohinton Fali Nariman KM Joseph, Aniruddha Bose, Human Rights Courts, Women 's Commission This committee, Zilla Panchayat

RBI orders HDFC Bank to examine lapses within digital platforms

HDFC Bank Ltd has been ordered by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to examine lapses and fix accountability with regards to a number of incidents over the last two years which saw the banks’ internet banking, mobile banking, and payments channels go offline, according to a by the bank on Thursday. In a December 2 order, the RBI has also advised the bank to temporarily stop all launches of its digital business activities, under the banks’ Digital 2.0 initiative, which is yet to be launched, and ...
Tags: Travel, News, Digital, Bank, Reserve Bank of India RBI, RBI, Reserve Bank of India, HDFC Bank, HDFC Bank Ltd, Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge CITY

The CDC says Americans shouldn't travel for the holidays. Knowing they will anyway, the agency suggests 2 COVID-19 tests.

Health care worker Elizabeth Cameros, right, administers a deep nasal coronavirus test to traveler Wade Hopkins at a COVID-19 testing station at LAX on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC says the safest way to celebrate winter holidays this year is at home. But if you do plan to travel, the CDC recommends getting tested twice, once before and once after, and restricting your outings to only those most essentia...
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Getty Images, Rebecca, Public Health, Getty, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, South Carolina, Lax, Travelers

The DOT is cracking down on emotional support animals on airplanes and will only allow trained dogs to fly

A service animal onboard a United Airlines plane. AP Photo/Julio Cortez The US Department of Transportation no longer classifies an emotional support animal as a service animal.  Airlines can further crackdown on the practice of classifying a pet as an emotional support animal and charge passengers seeking to bring animals onboard. Bonafide service animals will still be allowed to fly and the new rule takes effect in 2021.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US Departm...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Airlines, Department Of Transportation, United Airlines, Dot, Service Animal, LA Times, US Department of Transportation, Julio Cortez, Emotional Support Animals

Payment companies suffer frequent UPI system outages

In the last few weeks, payment companies have suffered frequent “downtimes” or “outages” on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform leading to many unprocessed customer and merchant transactions, four payments industry executives, who operate UPI-based apps and platforms, told MediaNama. While the adoption of UPI has grown significantly since April, there has been a corresponding rise in transaction failures on account of the high volumes of transactions flowing through the banking system....
Tags: Travel, News, India, UPI, ICICI Bank, Bank of India, Digital Payments, Medianama, Indian Bank, NPCI, National Payments Corporation of India, National Payments Corporation of India NPCI, Sameer Nigam, Unified Payments Interface, BharatPe, Ashneer Grover

India’s drug regulator grants medical device registration to three GOQii devices

India’s apex drug regulator has granted medical device registration to three wearable devices from GOQii, the California-based fitness technology company. These devices offer measurements of body temperature and a pulse oximeter, as well as of vitals such as Electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure, and heart-rate, among other things. Wearables Smart Vital, Vital 3.0, and Vital ECG have received an approval for registration from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). While t...
Tags: Travel, Health, Wearables, News, California, India, Mumbai, Goqii, Ministry of Health, Gondal, Vishal Gondal, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, CDSCO, Wearables Smart Vital Vital, Vital ECG, Tricog Health

Ant Group considers stake sale in Paytm: Report

Chinese fintech powerhouse Ant Group is considering to sell its 30% equity stake in Paytm’s holding company One97 Communications Ltd, Reuters reported. While the a formal sale process has not been initiated, the trigger for the prospective stake sale, the report says, is the worsening relations between India and China in the past few months. Senior managers at Ant, who were reviewing various investments, believe that it would not be possible for the group to raise its stake in Paytm, so either a...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Softbank, US, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, Zomato, Paytm, Reuters, Digital Payments, One97 Communications, Alibaba Tencent, T Rowe Price Associates, Vision Fund Alibaba

RTI: Kolkata, Delhi police refuse to give information on facial recognition systems

Delhi and Kolkata’s police departments refused to furnish details about their respective facial recognition systems, in responses to RTI queries filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), the digital rights advocacy body said on Tuesday. Additionally, the Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS), which was supposed to provide a facial recognition technology (FRT) solution to authenticate remote voters during the just-concluded Hyderabad municipal elections, told IFF that it had no intenti...
Tags: Travel, News, SEC, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi Police, Telangana, IFF, Noida, RTI, Medianama, State Election Commission SEC, Kolkata Police, Internet Freedom Foundation IFF

Drone traffic management: Privacy plays catch up in India’s drone automation plans

Provisions under India’s proposed data protection Bill will be followed for maintaining the privacy of individuals whose sensitive personal data has been captured by drones, a new floated by the Civil Aviation Ministry said. However, the paper, which deals with automating and securing drone operations, was silent on the blanket exemptions available to government bodies from adhering to provisions under the bill, and whether there will be any additional safeguards around drone data collected an...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Drones, Bill, Ministry, Civil Aviation Ministry, AAI, Medianama, DGCA, Vodafone Idea, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Aadhaar Payments Bridge, DigitalSky Platform

Facebook re-brands digital coin Libra as Diem

The Libra Association, Facebook Inc’s digital coin project, will now be called the “Diem Association” as part of the social media giant’s attempt to rebrand and restructure. While Facebook had released a white-paper for Libra in June last year, the project did not take off as central banks and regulators had raised several concerns over the attempts to create the world’s first digital coin which would be backed by a basket of currencies. Stuart Levey, chief executive officer, Diem Association t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, US, Bloomberg, European Central Bank, Paypal, Cryptocurrencies, Libra, Visa, Reuters, Levey, Facebook Libra, Stuart Levey, Diem Association, Libra Association Facebook Inc

Facebook’s Oversight Board announces first batch of cases, will consider matters of hate speech, nudity

Facebook’s Oversight Board, an independent body that reviews moderation decisions by the social media giant, has chosen six cases concerning hate speech by politicians, nudity, politico-religious speech, and “dangerous organisations”, as the first batch of cases it will review in the coming days. None of these cases concern India directly. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, in response to several years of criticism faced by Facebook over its unsatisfactory content moderation activity. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, France, China, Germany, India, US, United States, Malaysia, Brazil, Nazi, Hate Speech, Misinformation, Baku Azerbaijan

Salesforce is acquiring workplace messaging app Slack for $27.7 billion

Business software company Salesforce is buying workspace messaging platform Slack for $27.7 billion. Announced on Tuesday, the deal is “ a match made in heaven”, according to Salesforce cofounder and chief executive officer Marc Benioff. The deal is expected to give competition to Microsoft, which offers software services similar to Salesforce. Microsoft Teams, on which it has doubled down efforts during the pandemic, directly competes with Slack.   “Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Salesforce, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Marc Benioff, Butterfield, Salesforce Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, AP News, Mergers And Acquisition

Microsoft anonymises productivity tracking feature on Office after privacy concerns

Microsoft had announced a feature for its enterprise Office productivity suite that would let employers check how much time each month employees were spending on Microsoft productivity tools like Word and Excel, but later took steps to hide employee names in these statistics. While Microsoft reportedly told Forbes that the feature, called Productivity Score, was only intended to let IT support staff in companies help employees with trouble in using these applications, concerns mounted that this ...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Office, Office 365, Zoom, Forbes, Spataro, COVID

In a first, Twitter flags BJP IT cell head’s tweet on farmers protest as ‘manipulated media’

Twitter has flagged a tweet by BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya on the ongoing farmers’ protest as ‘manipulated media’ — an audio-visual piece of content which has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated”. This is perhaps the first instance when Twitter has applied this label to an Indian user’s tweet, ever since it rolled out its policy on dealing with manipulated media in February this year. Apart from Malviya’s tweet, Twitter also flagged the same video shared by conservative...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, India, BJP, Trump, Misinformation, Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress, Amit Malviya, Malviya, Kolkata Police, Mohammed Zubair, BoomLive, Madhu Kishwar Twitter Facebook

How United Airlines overcame one of the largest limitations to transporting Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to the US

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner being loaded with cargo. United Airlines United Airlines flew the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The Pfizer vaccine is uniquely difficult to transport as it has strict below-freezing temperature requirements that require the use of dry ice, a dangerous good to transport in the aviation industry. United and the Federal Aviation Administration worked to alleviate the dry ice restrictions ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, China, Planes, US, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Food And Drug Administration, Aviation, Pfizer, Vaccine, Faa, Boeing

‘India can define global standards around payments interoperability,’ says PhonePe’s Sameer Nigam

With the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) leading the charge to take the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) globally, India has the opportunity to define the global standards for interoperable payments, says Sameer Nigam, founder and chief executive officer, PhonePe. “India’s role in the global market will depend on how UPI is allowed to scale internationally with interoperability and our regulator’s stance on the merchant discount rate,” he said during a panel discussion at the Inter...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, India, Myanmar, Bis, UPI, Us Federal Reserve, Reserve Bank of India RBI, Mobile Association of India, Vasudevan, Digital Payments, Nigam, NPCI, National Payments Corporation of India, Bank for International Settlements BIS

IAMAI to come out with ‘implementation code’ in face of I&B Ministry objections to OTT self-regulation code

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) will come out with yet another code, an “implementation code”, for streaming services like Netflix and Hotstar, after the government refused to support the streaming industry’s third attempt at a self-regulation code. This was revealed by two members of the IAMAI’s Digital Entertainment Committee (DEC), Tarun Katial (who chairs the DEC) and Gourav Rakshit, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom18 Digital, during the Fast Track Digital event, organi...
Tags: Travel, News, Netflix, Dec, Ministry, IAMAI, Bedi, BCCC, Mobile Association of India IAMAI, FICCI, Prakash Javadekar, Hotstar, Amit Khare, Karan Bedi, Online content regulation, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Zoom’s revenues outside the Americas grew 629% YoY

Video-conferencing company Zoom Video Communications Inc. did not disclose the total number of customers using its platform, but said that around 433,700 organisations with over 10 employees were using its service as of September 2020, growing by 485% YoY. This segment alone made up 62% of revenue. This growth in the user base was higher than the 355% YoY growth reported in the previous quarter. The company has 1,289 customers contributing over $100,000 in revenue, trailing 12 months, up by 136%...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, India, Americas, Earnings, Rakuten, Zoom, Kelly Steckelberg, Research Development, Eric Yuan, Steckelberg, Zoom Video Communications Inc, EMEA Europe Middle East Africa, Iravati Damle, Earnings Sept-20

UPI clocks highest transactions ever in November

Transactions on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform grew by 106% YoY to ₹3.9 lakh crore in November this year, compared to a little over ₹1.89 lakh crore in the same month last year, according to data published by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Twitter. Transactions on UPI in November have grown by 90% from a little over ₹2 lakh crore in March this year prior to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged more consumers and small businesses to adopt digital...
Tags: Travel, News, UPI, Digital Payments, NPCI, National Payments Corporation of India, National Payments Corporation of India NPCI, Unified Payments Interface, Immediate Payment Service, Aadhar Payment System, Slump for Bharat Bill Payment System, National Electronic Toll Collection

Yes Bank plans to pick up stake in NUE applicant So Hum

Yes Bank Ltd is in discussions to acquire a 9.99% equity stake in So Hum Bharat Digital Payments Pvt Ltd, a payments industry-led entity which will apply for a license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as a New Umbrella Entity (NUE) for retail payments, according to a press statement. So Hum, which is led by Navin Surya, Chairman Emeritus of Payments Council of India and Chairman of Fintech Convergence Council, is one of the first entities to be set up specifically for the NUE lice...
Tags: Travel, News, Bank, Fintech, Reserve Bank of India RBI, Reserve Bank of India, Tata Group, Digital Payments, Medianama, Surya, National Payments Corporation of India, Bank Ltd, National Payments Corporation of India NPCI, Payments Council of India, New Umbrella Entity, New Umbrella Entity NUE

Facebook to pay news publishers in UK for content from 2021

Facebook will launch its curated news platform, Facebook News, in the United Kingdom in January 2021. The social media giant announced on Monday that it will begin paying news publishers in the UK for featuring content — that is not already on the platform — in a dedicated news tab in the Facebook app. The company said some of UK’s biggest news publishers such as Conde Nast, The Economist, Guardian Media Group and so on will feature on Facebook News. “We expect many more partners to join prior t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Australia, France, Germany, US, United States, United Kingdom, Antitrust, Conde Nast, Google Facebook, Facebook News, Interestingly Facebook

DoT sets up working groups for 5G applications in agriculture, fintech, industry, and healthcare, invites volunteers

We missed this earlier: The Department of Telecommunications is inviting volunteers for working groups examining the applications of 5G technology in the following fields: smart water, sewage management, smart agriculture, smart transport, fintech, smart healthcare, smart education, smart grid, and “industry”. The DoT invited volunteers or further nominations for the groups in a circular on November 10 first reported by CNBC Awaaz’s Aseem Manchanda. The working groups’ stated objective is to stu...
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