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Soon, Boston Dynamics will announce new robots for logistics

19 Sep 2020

Soon, Boston Dynamics will announce new robots for logistics

Boston Dynamics, the SoftBank-owned company that has made headlines for its mind-boggling robots, is set to unveil new machines pretty soon.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok US partners with Oracle, and more

14 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok US partners with Oracle, and more

Last night, multiple outlets reported that Chinese giant ByteDance has rejected Microsoft's purchase bid for TikTok and chosen Oracle as its 'technology partner' in the US.

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.

Ed-tech start-up Unacademy raises $150 million, joins elite unicorn club

02 Sep 2020

Ed-tech start-up Unacademy raises $150 million, joins elite unicorn club

Bengaluru-based ed-tech start-up Unacademy has joined the elite unicorn club of India.

NewsBytes Briefing: Snap's revenue grows; Moderna's vaccine won't be cheap

22 Jul 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Snap's revenue grows; Moderna's vaccine won't be cheap

The big story in the technology world is: Snap reported its earnings for Q2 2020 with notable gains - 9 million new users and 17% YoY growth in revenue.

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog available at a whopping Rs. 57 lakh

17 Jun 2020

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog available at a whopping Rs. 57 lakh

Boston Dynamics' creepy 'Spot' robo-dog is set to become widely available.

Ambani's Jio Platforms scores another investment: $1.2 billion from Mubadala

05 Jun 2020

Ambani's Jio Platforms scores another investment: $1.2 billion from Mubadala

In another multi-billion-dollar deal, Jio Platforms, the company holding the telecom and digital businesses of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has agreed to raise Rs. 9,093.6 crore from Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor.

Singapore deploys 'robo-dog' to make sure people observe social distancing

11 May 2020

Singapore deploys 'robo-dog' to make sure people observe social distancing

The spread of COVID-19 has made human-to-human interaction a risky affair.

After UberEats, Zomato is eyeing to buy Grofers

14 Apr 2020

After UberEats, Zomato is eyeing to buy Grofers

A few months after acquiring UberEats, Zomato is looking to buy popular e-grocery start-up Grofers.

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog turns into a rickshaw puller

19 Feb 2020

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog turns into a rickshaw puller

Boston Dynamics' Spot robo-dog has been in the news for plenty of reasons, be it teaming up with a bomb squad or working to detect leaks at an oil rig.

Japan giving 2,000 iPhones to passengers stuck on coronavirus-hit ship

18 Feb 2020

Japan giving 2,000 iPhones to passengers stuck on coronavirus-hit ship

In a bid to help passengers stuck on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship, the government of Japan has resorted to distributing free iPhones.

WeWork appoints real estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as CEO

03 Feb 2020

WeWork appoints real estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as CEO

WeWork, the American start-up that provides shared workspaces, has appointed real estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as its new CEO.

Logistics start-up XpressBees raises $10 million from Alibaba

04 Jan 2020

Logistics start-up XpressBees raises $10 million from Alibaba

Pune-based XpressBees has raised $10 million in funding from existing investor Alibaba, according to regulatory filings of the company.

Lenskart raises $231 million, enters the elite unicorn club

20 Dec 2019

Lenskart raises $231 million, enters the elite unicorn club

Lenskart, a Faridabad-based start-up providing a platform to buy eyewear online, has reportedly raised $231 million in a Series G round of funding led by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank.

Paytm raises another $669.5 million from existing investors

13 Dec 2019

Paytm raises another $669.5 million from existing investors

Just a couple of weeks after raising a whopping $1 billion, One97 Communications, the parent of digital payments giant Paytm, has raised $669.5 million (roughly Rs. 4,724 crore) in another round of funding.

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog joined a police bomb squad

02 Dec 2019

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog joined a police bomb squad

Boston Dynamics' highly-capable (and scary) range of humanoids and robo-dogs have drawn a lot of attention lately.

Logistics start-up BlackBuck raises Rs. 56 crore from Trifecta

27 Nov 2019

Logistics start-up BlackBuck raises Rs. 56 crore from Trifecta

BlackBuck, a Bengaluru-based logistics start-up, has raised Rs. 56 crore (approximately $7.83 million) in debt and equity round from venture debt firm, Trifecta Capital.

T-Mobile's John Legere could be WeWork's next CEO

12 Nov 2019

T-Mobile's John Legere could be WeWork's next CEO

From an imploded IPO to allegations of sexism, unprofessional culture and layoffs, WeWork has faced a lot of flak lately.

Insurance aggregator Policybazaar raises $150 million from Tencent

11 Nov 2019

Insurance aggregator Policybazaar raises $150 million from Tencent

Insurance aggregator company Policybazaar, which compares financial services from major insurance companies for instant purchases, has raised $150 million in a funding round led by Tencent Holdings Ltd.

True Balance raises $23 million from Korean investors

16 Oct 2019

True Balance raises $23 million from Korean investors

Fintech start-up True Balance has received $23 million in Series C round of funding.

OYO raising $1.5 billion from founder Ritesh Agarwal, SoftBank, others

07 Oct 2019

OYO raising $1.5 billion from founder Ritesh Agarwal, SoftBank, others

In a major development, India's second most valuable start-up, OYO Hotels & Homes, has confirmed its plan to raise $1.5 billion in fresh funding.

SoftBank just launched $108 billion megafund for AI development

26 Jul 2019

SoftBank just launched $108 billion megafund for AI development

In a major move, SoftBank Group has announced a humongous megafund for the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI).

Soon, this 'robot-dog' from Boston Dynamics will go on sale

08 Jun 2019

Soon, this 'robot-dog' from Boston Dynamics will go on sale

Boston Dynamics' robots can do some insane stuff, including things like backflips, parkour, even warehouse jobs.

Reliance Jio to launch WeChat-like Super App with 100+ services

01 May 2019

Reliance Jio to launch WeChat-like Super App with 100+ services

Reliance Jio is working to launch a Super App which will provide over 100 services under one platform, according to a Business Standard report.

Watch: Boston Dynamics' army of 'robo-dogs' hauls a real truck

17 Apr 2019

Watch: Boston Dynamics' army of 'robo-dogs' hauls a real truck

SoftBank-owned robotics giant Boston Dynamics has long been showing off capabilities of its machines in some hilarious, sometimes even creepy, videos.

This dino-like robot can do warehouse jobs better than you

29 Mar 2019

This dino-like robot can do warehouse jobs better than you

From Atlas to SpotMini, Boston Dynamics' 'robotic children' are known to leave a mark with their impeccable skills.

MIT's scary 'Mini Cheetah' robot can do backflips, resist kicks

05 Mar 2019

MIT's scary 'Mini Cheetah' robot can do backflips, resist kicks

In a major development, researchers at MIT have unveiled 'Mini Cheetah', a smaller counterpart of their four-legged Cheetah robot.

Ola reportedly receives funding from Sachin Bansal, nears $6bn valuation

14 Jan 2019

Ola reportedly receives funding from Sachin Bansal, nears $6bn valuation

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has reportedly invested $21 million (approx Rs. 150 crore) in Ola, India's famous ride-hailing company.

OYO offers to buy Rs. 50cr shares from current, ex-employees

28 Dec 2018

OYO offers to buy Rs. 50cr shares from current, ex-employees

OYO Rooms, India's second-most valuable startup, has offered to buy back shares from current and former employees to the tune of Rs. 40-50cr.

This billion-dollar start-up is using robots to make, deliver pizza

24 Nov 2018

This billion-dollar start-up is using robots to make, deliver pizza

In early November, California-based food start-up Zume raised $375mn from SoftBank, taking its valuation past $1bn.

I-T Dept issues notices to Sachin, Binny Bansal over Flipkart-Walmart-deal

22 Nov 2018

I-T Dept issues notices to Sachin, Binny Bansal over Flipkart-Walmart-deal

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have been issued notices by the Income Tax Department, asking them to disclose their total earnings arising out of Walmart-Flipkart deal.

This terrifying robot by Boston Dynamics can now chase you

12 Oct 2018

This terrifying robot by Boston Dynamics can now chase you

Boston Dynamics' super robot Atlas is back. And, this time it's not just strolling or doing backflips, but also leaping over obstacles like a real commando.

Reportedly, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal to invest $100mn in Ola

11 Oct 2018

Reportedly, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal to invest $100mn in Ola

In what could mark the largest personal investment in the Indian internet space, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal is reportedly in the process of finalizing a whopping $100mn (around Rs. 740cr) investment in ride-hailing start-up Ola Cabs.

OYO Rooms raises $1bn, enters unicorn club

25 Sep 2018

OYO Rooms raises $1bn, enters unicorn club

Budget hotel chain OYO Rooms has entered India's unicorn club, having raised a whopping $800mn in a round led by Japan's Softbank Vision Fund.

BSNL pens deal with Softbank, NTT Communications for 5G roll-out

23 Sep 2018

BSNL pens deal with Softbank, NTT Communications for 5G roll-out

BSNL has penned a deal with Japan's Softbank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and internet-of-things (IoT) technologies in India.

OYO looking to raise $1bn, valuation might cross $4bn

16 Aug 2018

OYO looking to raise $1bn, valuation might cross $4bn

It seems that budget hotel network OYO Rooms is getting ready for yet another round of funding, and is reportedly looking to raise an amount between $500mn to $1bn.

Workplace messaging service Slack is raising $400mn in new round

08 Aug 2018

Workplace messaging service Slack is raising $400mn in new round

On the back of acquiring its rivals just a couple of weeks back, workplace messaging service Slack is reportedly raising more funding, this time around $400mn.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman begins vacation in $500bn, unbuilt mega-city

31 Jul 2018

Saudi Arabia's King Salman begins vacation in $500bn, unbuilt mega-city

According to state media reports, Saudi Arabia's King Salman is taking a holiday in the as-yet-unbuilt $500bn futuristic mega-city, NEOM, that his son, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has pledged to build from scratch.

Grofers has shut down vegetables/fruits delivery in NCR, Bengaluru

16 Jul 2018

Grofers has shut down vegetables/fruits delivery in NCR, Bengaluru

It has been confirmed that Gurugram-based online grocery delivery service Grofers has shut down its vegetables and fruits delivery segment across NCR and Bengaluru.

Baidu to launch self-driving buses in Japan next year

09 Jul 2018

Baidu to launch self-driving buses in Japan next year

Chinese internet giant Baidu has announced a new partnership with SB Drive, a subsidiary of Japan's SoftBank.