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Google's plan to bring the internet to the world through balloons is ready for the next level
In the world of win-wins, Google's Loon project has got to be a top candidate. 3.4 billion people around the world still don't have internet. The cost of covering this population with traditional cellphone towers or broadband is prohibitive. Enter, Google's Loon project, which uses hot air balloons to provide connectivity to hundreds of thousands of people. Of course, Google can serve more ads and make more money once these people join the web, but the internet itself can potentially be free and net-neutral. This project has gone through several generations of R&D now within Alphabet and is beginning to look promising. Case in point, the company managed to connect over 250,000 people to the internet in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria last year - some who had never been connected in the first place - and kept a balloon in the area for 98 days. (It hopes, in the future to be able to keep balloons in the air for 200 days.)

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Zomato Acquires Drone Delivery Startup TechEagle

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Outgoing Unilever Chief Paul Polman Regrets Not Jumping On The E-Commerce Bus Earlier

Unilever’s e-commerce business will very soon hit the euro 5 billion mark, says Paul Polman.

How Amazon and Flipkart Have Transformed India's Online Landscape

Who will be the winner in the war of two online retail giants? Amazon vs Flipkart, the stakes are heating up… Amazon and Flipkart have been in a tussle to be the number one online retail marketplace in India. The competition between Amazon and Flipkart has transformed India’s online landscape in many ways. The scrimmage …

Real estate ecommerce platform BuildSupply raises $3.5 million from Venture Highway

BuildSupply plans to expand from its current digital footprint of 50 million square feet to 300 million square feet of real estate projects over the next 18 months.BuildSupply, an online Saas and real...

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, govt wants online retailers to go desi

The government has started meeting e-commerce companies like Snapdeal and Amazon and asking them about ways in which they can promote local manufacturers on their platforms

Amazon India Receives $311.5 Mn Shot In The Arm As Ecommerce Battle Continues

The company has already received $3.86 Bn (INR 27,290 Cr), which includes $1.38 Bn (INR 9,450 Cr) in 2018 itself.

CarMax Shifts Into eCommerce

eCommerce news: National used car retailer CarMax has announced the launch of a new omnichannel car buying experience that will debut in Atlanta, Georgia.

MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, OYO face backlash from some Indian hotels

270 hoteliers in Ahmedabad as not accepting bookings from MakeMyTrip and Goibibo.

Should I Keep Dagcoin as a Payment Method for my E-Commerce Business?
Should I Keep Dagcoin as a Payment Method for my E-Commerce Business? - People hardly have time to go to land-based stores for shopping. With a majority of the world’s...

With the holidays fast approaching, are you looking to buy presents online? The holiday season has become synonymous with online shopping. This isn't really surprising as physical stores usually attract crowds of deal hunters. This often conjures up images of throngs of people waiting in line outside the store, some even camping out. This activity is tolerable for some and even fun for others.

Swadeshi Jagran Manch raises concern over Chinese ecommerce apps bypassing laws, duties

RSS affiliate has red flagged the issue to commerce ministry and prepares to take it to the prime minister.

Startup funding: 2018 was the year of Fintech startups, ecommerce investments slipped to second place

2018 saw Fintech lead the funding charts as investments in Lending surged and Payments held its own. The early-stage continues to see great momentum and funding has increased in almost every sector ac...

Retail E-Commerce: The 'Channel' Forward

Retail e-commerce (or e-tailing) is perhaps the most written about retail topic in recent days. But unlike the sudden spurt in attention it has received, this has not been an overnight phenomenon. In the mid-90s VSNL introduced the Internet to India, and the 2000s were the years when Internet penetration increased steadily, technology advancements enabled better online interfaces with safer transactions, and e-commerce inched into the common man's life through travel retail, financial services and e-tailing. Now that the critical mass has been achieved, the 2010s are taking this phenomenon to the next level where it can no longer be ignored.

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