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NewsBytes Briefing: Google defers 30% commission in India, and more

06 Oct 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Google defers 30% commission in India, and more

Last night, Google deferred the enforcement of its Play Store billing policy that requires certain app developers to pay a 30% commission to the tech giant.

Several US states to back DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Google

13 Sep 2020

Several US states to back DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Google

A week ago, it was reported that the US Department of Justice is planning to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google.

NewsBytes Briefing: SoftBank considering bidders for TikTok India, and more

04 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: SoftBank considering bidders for TikTok India, and more

In another twist to the saga, SoftBank is reportedly working to broker a deal for TikTok India.

How ISIS used Facebook to scam people needing face masks

17 Aug 2020

How ISIS used Facebook to scam people needing face masks

In the past few months, we have seen a number of instances of fraudsters using COVID-19 to con unsuspecting people.

Disgraced singer R Kelly's "friends" arrested for threatening victims

14 Aug 2020

Disgraced singer R Kelly's "friends" arrested for threatening victims

R&B singer R Kelly, currently incarcerated at Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago, is in news for his "friends" now.

World Cup: Former FIFA officials accused of taking bribes

07 Apr 2020

World Cup: Former FIFA officials accused of taking bribes

According to US prosecutors, former FIFA executives took bribes in return for voting for Russia and Qatar to host the World Cup.

US: Indian student gets 5-year jail over $1mn tech scam

11 Jun 2019

US: Indian student gets 5-year jail over $1mn tech scam

A college student from India, who was interning in the United States, has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for running a telemarketing scam.

US: 70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to multi-million dollar immigration fraud

22 Feb 2019

US: 70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to multi-million dollar immigration fraud

A 70-year-old man of Indian-origin, Hardev Panesar, living in the US, has admitted to running a multi-million dollar immigration scam that is said to have duped over a 100 people.

How Huawei employees sneakingly tried cloning Apple's tech

19 Feb 2019

How Huawei employees sneakingly tried cloning Apple's tech

Huawei isn't having the best of the year.

#PNBScam: Interpol issues red corner notice against Mehul Choksi

13 Dec 2018

#PNBScam: Interpol issues red corner notice against Mehul Choksi

Almost half a year after Interpol had issued a red corner notice against absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi, the agency has issued a red corner notice against his uncle and accomplice in the Rs. 14,000cr PNB scam, Mehul Choksi.

US: First FDA-approved marijuana drug available across all US states

02 Nov 2018

US: First FDA-approved marijuana drug available across all US states

The first marijuana-based medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Epidiolex, is now available as prescription medicine across all 50 US states.

Elon Musk's Tesla is now facing a criminal investigation

19 Sep 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla is now facing a criminal investigation

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has initiated a criminal probe against electric car maker Tesla over public statements made by company CEO Elon Musk.

Trump nominates Indian-American professor Aditya Bamzai to Civil Liberties board

08 Aug 2018

Trump nominates Indian-American professor Aditya Bamzai to Civil Liberties board

US President Donald Trump has nominated a prominent Indian-American law professor and legal expert to an agency on privacy and civil liberties.

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

01 Aug 2018

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

A day back, it seemed that the floodgates of gun control were about to burst open in the US, with schematics for 3D-printed guns and supporting software slated to go public from August 1.

American-firm to pay $100,000 to settle Indian-origin employee's discrimination lawsuit

03 Jul 2018

American-firm to pay $100,000 to settle Indian-origin employee's discrimination lawsuit

An American firm will pay $100,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of an Indian-origin employee who was fired for seeking a transfer to care for his differently-abled son.

PNB Fraud case: Interpol issues Red Notice against Nirav Modi

02 Jul 2018

PNB Fraud case: Interpol issues Red Notice against Nirav Modi

Indian agencies are one step closer to nabbing Nirav Modi, the prime accused in a Rs. 13,400 crore fraud, after the Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against him.

NY: Indian-origin man to pay over $136,000 in India-based tech-support-scam

13 Jun 2018

NY: Indian-origin man to pay over $136,000 in India-based tech-support-scam

Paramjit Singh Brar, an Indian-origin man, who had allegedly provided substantial support to an India-based tech-support scam, has agreed to pay over $136,000 and a permanent ban from marketing, promoting or offering tech-support services as part of a settlement with US federal authorities.

US court rules against President Trump blocking his twitter followers

24 May 2018

US court rules against President Trump blocking his twitter followers

A US federal court today declared that President Donald Trump cannot block his followers on Twitter as this violated the First Amendment.

Russia probe: Investigators demand Trump's bank account data

06 Dec 2017

Russia probe: Investigators demand Trump's bank account data

US special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling, has reportedly ordered Deutsche Bank to release details of President Donald Trump's accounts.

Researcher who stopped WannaCry malware arrested by FBI

04 Aug 2017

Researcher who stopped WannaCry malware arrested by FBI

In May, British cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins rose to prominence for stalling the WannaCry cyber-attack which affected millions of computers nationwide.

US special counsel Mueller assembles grand jury over Russia probe

04 Aug 2017

US special counsel Mueller assembles grand jury over Russia probe

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russia's election interference, has reportedly assembled a grand jury.

Trump's son informed about Russia's attempts to help father's campaign

11 Jul 2017

Trump's son informed about Russia's attempts to help father's campaign

President Trump's son admitted to meeting Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year after she claimed she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

US consultancy paid $1.18mn to NHAI to secure contracts

11 Jul 2017

US consultancy paid $1.18mn to NHAI to secure contracts

A Boston-based firm has admitted to paying $1.18mn (Rs. 6.7cr) to officials of the National Highway Authority of India to secure contracts.

Trump's son, son-in-law met Russian lawyer over Clinton info

10 Jul 2017

Trump's son, son-in-law met Russian lawyer over Clinton info

US President Donald Trump's son has agreed to meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer last year, after being promised damaging information about Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla killing: Kansas man indicted on hate crime charges

10 Jun 2017

Srinivas Kuchibhotla killing: Kansas man indicted on hate crime charges

Adam Purinton, accused of killing Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring two in a Kansas bar, was indicted on federal hate crime and firearms charges.

Former FBI chief Robert Mueller to lead Russia-Trump investigation

18 May 2017

Former FBI chief Robert Mueller to lead Russia-Trump investigation

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has named former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's alleged ties with Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow's election interference.

Trump's son-in-law Kushner ends development talks with the Chinese firm

30 Mar 2017

Trump's son-in-law Kushner ends development talks with the Chinese firm

Jared Kushner's company and China's Anbang Insurance Group Co. have ceased their talks to redevelop an office tower in Manhattan, which had earlier attracted scrutiny on the grounds of ethics.

$100,000 raised for Kansas shooting survivor

27 Mar 2017

$100,000 raised for Kansas shooting survivor

The Indian-American community honoured 24-year old Ian Grillot, who was shot at for standing up to the Kansas city shooter, as 'A True American Hero' at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston.

Trump's son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese

14 Mar 2017

Trump's son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese

Sources revealed that the company run by the family of Donald Trump's son-in-law is to receive $400 million from a Chinese company, investing in a tower in Manhattan.

Trump's attorney general to respond in writing about Russia contacts

05 Mar 2017

Trump's attorney general to respond in writing about Russia contacts

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will respond in writing to questions by Senate Democrats about his meetings with Russia's ambassador to the US last year.

Trump's attorney general Sessions quits Russia investigation

03 Mar 2017

Trump's attorney general Sessions quits Russia investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions succumbed to pressure and recused himself from an FBI investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the US election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russian ambassador during campaign

02 Mar 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russian ambassador during campaign

During the presidential campaign, Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions met the Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice, the Washington Post reported, citing Justice Department officials.

FBI probing Kansas shooting as hate crime

02 Mar 2017

FBI probing Kansas shooting as hate crime

FBI is probing the shooting that killed Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured Alok Madasani as "hate crime", as an American opened fire on them after shouting ethnic slurs.

Indian engineer shot in possible hate crime

24 Feb 2017

Indian engineer shot in possible hate crime

An Indian-American IT engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot and his colleague Alok Madasani wounded by a white man hurling racial slurs at the two.

Rolls-Royce suffered record loss in 2016

14 Feb 2017

Rolls-Royce suffered record loss in 2016

Owing to settlement of bribery and the weaker pound, engineering-giant Rolls Royce has reported a record loss of £4.6 billion.

Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as Trump's attorney general

09 Feb 2017

Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as Trump's attorney general

The US Senate has voted 52-47 in favour of confirming Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions nomination for President Donald Trump's attorney general.

US DoJ: Trump can appoint son-in-law as White House adviser

22 Jan 2017

US DoJ: Trump can appoint son-in-law as White House adviser

The US Department of Justice stated that Donald Trump would not be breaking federal anti-nepotism laws by appointing his son-in-law as an adviser to the White House.

Rolls-Royce to pay $813 million for bribery settlement

17 Jan 2017

Rolls-Royce to pay $813 million for bribery settlement

UK engineering giant Rolls-Royce, in exchange of avoiding prosecution over bribery charges, is set to pay over $600 million to Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), $170 million to the US Department of Justice, and $25 million to Brazil's Ministério Público Federal.

Sessions promises H-1B curbs

12 Jan 2017

Sessions promises H-1B curbs

Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General has promised to push legislative measures to curb the "misuse" of H-1B and L1 visas, used primarily by Indian professionals.

Trump's attorney general faces gruelling senate confirmation hearing, clarifies policies

11 Jan 2017

Trump's attorney general faces gruelling senate confirmation hearing, clarifies policies

Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated by US President-elect Donald Trump for the role of attorney general, is facing a gruelling Senate confirmation hearing, marred by protests.