United Nations experts on Wednesday called for an "immediate investigation" by the United States and others into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account.
Saudi Arabia has already shown that it cannot be trusted with powerful cybertools such as those developed by the NSO Group. Technology that is vital to combating jihadist groups should never be used to target dissidents — or the owners of U.S. newspapers, for that matter.
Jeff Bezos has announced investments of USD 1 billion over the next few years in India. He could not reportedly get an audience with Indian PM Modi, while Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal stoked a controversy by stating that the e-commerce giant which is being investigated for predatory pricing is not doing India any favour by the investment.
Ecommerce marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart have been accused of flouting India's foreign investment rules and are also the subject of an investigation by the antitrust agency. The companies have maintained that they fully comply with Indian laws.
In a letter to Commerce minister Piyush Goyal dated January 24, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) alleged that the common phenomenon in these companies of incurring huge yearly losses and earning revenues is not a healthy business practice.
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Ahead of Bezos’ visit, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) had launched a investigation into Amazon and its competitor FlipKart to look at allegations of deep discounting and discrimination against small sellers.
India’s plan to work on human moon mission comes at a time when there is revival of interest globally for a return landing of a human on earth’s satellite. US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to return to the moon with a man-woman team in 2024.
Amazon.com Inc will invest $1 billion in digitizing small- and medium-businesses in India and expects to export $10 billion worth of India-made goods by 2025, its founder Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday. Speaking at a company event in New Delhi, Bezos also said he feels the 21st century is "going to be the Indian century."Jeff Bezos says Amazon to invest $1 bln in digitizing SMBs in India
Addressing the audience and talking about his entrepreneurial journey, he said, “I had this idea and I knew that if I don’t try I would regret it. Last 25 years, what happened is beyond my expectation.”
It’s not the first time WhatsApp’s been drawn into a hacking controversy. WhatsApp in November sued Israeli spyware maker NSO Group, accusing it of infecting phones of some users through the messaging app.The lawsuit said that NSO Group used a vulnerability in WhatsApp, since patched, to secretly deliver its surveillance software to users.
Vijay Chauthaiwale, the chief of the BJP's foreign affairs department, said there was "a lot of problem" with the newspaper's coverage of India, but did not give any specific examples.
Bezos, dressed in an Indian attire, paid his regards at a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, a video posted on Bezos' Twitter account showed. The billionaire e-commerce magnate, who is on a three-day visit, will attend a company event in New Delhi and is also likely to meet senior government officials, sources have said.
Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos on Tuesday started his three-day visit to India by paying floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi.Jeff Bezos arrives in India, pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
Bezos faced opposition during his tour to India intended to underscore its importance as Amazon's growth driver.
On his first day in India, Bezos visited Rajghat and paid his tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
The encrypted message from the number used by the crown prince is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone Bezos had used and extracted large amounts of data within hours, the Guardian reported.
A forensic analysis by technical experts retained by Bezos after a leak of his personal information in early 2019 suggested that the Bezos iPhone was compromised by "tools" procured by a close associate of the Saudi de facto ruler.
Stating that he believes failures through experiments can sometimes lead to innovation of new things, Bezos also pointed out that operational excellence failures exist and those should be avoided.
The world's richest man hobnobbed with Bollywood in Mumbai.
Bezos, clad in a vibrant blue-coloured Nehru jacket, talked of the world’s largest democracy leaping ahead.
Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos will kick off his India tour tomorrow. A mega SME event in Delhi to a glitzy Bollywood event in Mumbai has been lined up for his visit. Here's Nayantara Rai with more detailsAmazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos to kick off 3-day India visit on Jan 15
Amazon, which has seen significant growth in its business in India, has also witnessed protest from a section of traders in the country who claim that e-commerce giants including Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart offer deep discounts and engage in unfair business practices.
His net worth is $117.2 billion.
The fact is that the government has not just made life unnecessarily difficult for foreign-owned e-commerce players, but it also changed the rules of the game after Amazon, among others, had made big investments here. It wouldn’t have been surprising if Bezos had cut and run instead of putting in another billion. And that would have been a tragedy.
The 'Zero' actor took to Twitter to share pictures of his son's victory.
Amazon is looking to build large delivery hubs in Bengaluru and Hyderabad for its Amazon Fresh two-hour grocery and fresh produce retailing service, a person aware of the development said, as the company increases its bet on daily essentials ordered online.
Amazon, led by a man who is always pulling new rabbits out of his hat, could soon disrupt on a mammoth scale.
Business leaders say such statements may drive away foreign investments.
“Not at all,” he told ET when asked if his statement would send a wrong signal to global investors. India welcomes, values and respects foreign investment, Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal added. The minister restated that it is expected that large companies will respect the law of land.
"Amazon and Flipkart have caused huge GST and income tax revenue loss to the government and CAIT will soon meet the finance minister and urge her to institute a investigation into avoidance of GST and income tax liability on both Amazon and Flipkart," CAIT said. CAIT also said the visit of Jeff Bezos on Wednesday to India will be greeted with strong protest.
Amazon.com Inc chief Jeff Bezos had on Wednesday announced USD 1 billion (over Rs 7,000 crore) investment in India to help bring small and medium businesses online and committed to exporting USD 10 billion worth of India-made goods by 2025. "We are investing to create a million new jobs here in India over the next five years," Bezos said.
The jobs – created both directly and indirectly – will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing, and are in addition to the 700,000 jobs Amazon’s investments have enabled over the last six years in India.
Amazon hopes to export goods worth $10 billion from India by 2025.
There will be up to 70% on from small businesses that includes up to 50% off artisan handloom and handicrafts. Up to 75% on 'interesting finds' from startups, 40% off on women-made products, up to 80% off on fashion, accessories and home products.
Amazon Pay India has received Rs 1,355 crore from Amazon Corporate Holdings and Amazon.com.incs.Limited, while Amazon Wholesale (India) allotted shares worth about Rs 360 crore to Amazon Corporate Holdings and Amazon.com.incs.Limited, regulatory documents filed with the corporate affairs ministry showed.
Bezos will participate in an Amazon event in capital New Delhi aimed at connecting with small and medium-sized enterprises, three sources told Reuters. Details of Bezos' visit, including his arrival date and the duration of his stay are not known.
FISME maintains that the technology-driven retail is way forward and one cannot be oblivious of the benefits it brings to consumers but at the same time the local industry can also not be ignored given its role in job creation.
Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has scored another successful spaceflight. Blue Origin launched and landed the same rocket for the sixth time Wednesday in West Texas. The suborbital flight exposed the capsule and its contents _ including NASA experiments, artwork and a commercial grape vine study _ to several minutes of weightlessness. The capsule reached a peak altitude of 65 miles (104 kilometers), just above the official threshold for space.Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin launches same rocket record 6 times
Biyani, in a fireside chat at Amazon's SMBhav event, said physical and digital retail started in different eras but will eventually come together in the next 3-4 years. "Physical has its own advantages and nuances and digital has its own advantages. Both of them came in different eras and they will meet, I think in next 3-4 years it will be 'phygital',".
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is on a visit to India, said on Wednesday that Amazon will invest another $1 billion in the country to help small and medium businesses sell their products, seen as an attempt to bridge differences with brick-and-mortar retailers. The amount adds to the $5 billion Amazon has pumped into India since 2013.
The brand has plans to establish Digital Haats to enable businesses to integrate into the digital economy.
Handset retailers plans to meet the FM with the demand of a probe into GST and I-T return filing by etailers.
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Zomato is stable, sound and solid. We are happy to hold on to a good company forever. It also has a lower cost of customer acquisition which gives it the flexibility to cut burn and still not drop in volumes. It can go public overseas but if it has to go public in India, it has to make profit first .
Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi, Goyal had on Thursday said that Amazon is not doing a favour to India when they invest a billion dollars in the country.
Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, committed investment worth $5 billion in the Indian market in 2016.
India's competition watchdog has ordered its investigative wing to probe Amazon and Flipkart over their discounting practices, exclusive brand launches on the platforms and the preferential treatment they have allegedly offered to certain mobile phones sellers.
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief is said to be worried about the changing eCommerce rules in India.
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Your neighbourhood store is changing with canny store owners realising the benefits of going digital.
Bill Gates is just $4.1 billion behind Bezos at number two richest, worth $105.8 billion.
Microsoft has surged 38 per cent this year boosting the value of Gates’s 1 per cent stake.
The Amazon boss had ended Gates's 24-year run as the richest man in 2018.
For many retailers, Amazon has the power to control their destiny. Then there’s the fact that Amazon both serves as a platform for companies wanting to sell things and sells things itself, meaning it competes with the same companies it enables.
A capital structure similar to that of global technology peers provides Reliance the flexibility to monetise either the consolidated ecosystem or individual platforms — telco, fibre, digital, payments etc. A private fundraising ahead of a public one seems likelier than that of both.
The world’s second richest man and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez present a united front, at least style-wise.
The winds of change driven by tech have become a storm of transformation. Change is neither new nor unique.
Regulations for face recognition technology did not go well with the civil rights groups.
Conventional nuclear power plants use a different technology, fission, which generates energy as a large, unstable nucleus is split into smaller elements. Unlike fusion systems, they also produce deadly, radioactive waste
Today, Amazon holds 30% of the e-commerce market and has become the most-visited shopping site in India.
A few weeks ago, the couple spent time on billionaire David Geffen's $200 million yacht.
The surge in Ambani’s fortunes this year was fueled by a 40% jump in the shares of his conglomerate RIL.
The Amazon founder seems to have mastered the art of an effortless 'date night' look.
“The most important thing is to be customer obsessed,” Bezos told the audience.
Amazon has been flirting with a trillion-dollar market cap, but Bezos isn’t resting on dominating earth.
Campbellsville’s warehouse was among the first of what are now an estimated 477 Amazon fulfillment centers, delivery stations and other outposts around the country. That makes Campbellsville, with 11,415 inhabitants, a case study for what may happen elsewhere as Amazon continues expanding.
In 2013, Elon Musk outlined his vision for a new “fifth mode of transportation” that would involve zipping people through tubes at speeds as fast as 800 miles per hour. Several tech entrepreneurs heeded Musk’s call and went to work on such systems inspired by the billionaire’s specifications.
Various NASA centres will partner with 13 companies to provide expertise, facilities, hardware and software.
Emergence of atypical fortunes underscores how much money the uber-rich accumulated in 2019.
Instagram has altered the look and nature of products people buy and the physical spaces where they shop.
According to Forbes' 'The Real-Time Billionaires List', Ambani's 'real-time net worth' stood at $60.8 billion on Thursday.
On a year-to-date basis, Mukesh Ambani's wealth increased by $13.70 billion to $58 billion.
Challenges like rising inequality and pompous populism are testing the tenacity of capitalism.
Meanwhile, US defence secretary Mark Esper said on Friday the Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft after a fair competition. “I am confident it was conducted freely and fairly without any type of outside influence,” Esper told a news conference in Seoul.
With the settlement, MacKenzie lands at the 22nd spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index
Tesla is worth 37% more than General Motors and is almost twice the value of Ford Motor Co.
The Amazon CEO and Sanchez were spotted together for the first time since news of their romance broke.
Being a leader isn’t just about winning elections. It is also about performance. And while you can make this as complicated as you want, in simple terms, this performance can be judged on two simple criteria. A good Indian leader is someone who can keep everybody together and deliver great GDP growth.
Bezos would be far richer if he and MacKenzie Bezos hadn’t divorced.
Bezos laid down the challenge in his annual shareholder letter, published on Thursday.
Pichai will assume the CEO role at parent firm Alphabet in a shakeup at the top of the Silicon Valley titan.
The charitable organisation, founded in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, listed MacKenzie Bezos.
The listing secures vital new funding for Branson as her competes with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Nooyi got a place along with Jeff Bezos in recognition of their accomplishments.
India has the potential for "very rapid" economic growth over the next decade, Bill Gates has said.
On Thursday evening, the company will launch orbital objects of its own in a key step toward creating a space-based constellation that beams broadband to underserved areas across the globe.
Bezos attended the event without his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
US President Donald Trump has cancelled the White House's subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has instructed all federal agencies to do the same. Trump had hinted of the move in an interview with Fox News earlier this week.
In after-hours trading on Thursday, Amazon stock dropped nearly 9 per cent to $1,624 per share on missing financial estimates.
Bezos hopes that his company’s launch systems will serve as a crucial first step toward making that vision of the future a reality.
Amazon has come a long way in the smart speaker market and the third-gen Echo is a testament to that.
Here’s a count of 23 Amazon’s shareholder letters that fared better than the others.
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