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Play store billing paused by Google in India

After the penalty of Rs 2273 crores imposed by CCI, Google has announced that they are pausing the rule of the requirement to use Google’s play store billing service by the developers. They plan to review their legal policies and options while maintaining the safety of Android users, a Google spokesperson issued a statement. Meanwhile, actions to reverse other anti-competitive practices by Google are still to be relooked at by the company.


Key events of the Elon Musk – Twitter saga


Since a lot has happened in the last week since Elon Musk has taken over Twitter, it is difficult to put everything in one paragraph. So here are the key highlights of the sage:

  1. Twitter fires key employees all around the world. 90% of the employees also face mass layoffs. However, here is the fun part, after the company fired roughly 50% of the employees, they are now reaching out to dozens of employees asking them to return. The company officials say some were laid off by mistake. 
  2. Anyone can now get verified on Twitter by paying $7.99. Having said that, a few more checks like identity proof are still in place. While the ‘pay-to-get-blue-tick’ plan sounds easy, you just can’t open a Twitter account and pay to get the Blue Tick immediately. The payment feature could be rolled out in a month in India, according to sources.


Elon Musk’s owned other app, Vine, might make a comeback

TikTok’s rival, Vine, a short video app launched in 2012 and acquired by Twitter in the same year, might be revived by Elon Musk. By 2015, Vine had a userbase of 200 million active users, competing with apps like Instagram and Pheed in an ever-evolving social media sphere. The app got lost after the popularity of Facebook. In a tweet poll, Musk’s 4Mn+ followers voted for its revival. 


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Koo clocks in 50 Mn downloads

The multi-lingual social media app, Koo, clocked 50 Mn downloads, as per Reuters. It now has 10 Mn+ MAU (Monthly Active Users) and is available in 12 Indian languages. The platform gained popularity after being endorsed by several ministers of PM Modi’s government. You can download the app from Indus App Bazaar.


Dish TV India launches Watcho app

A super OTT app called Watcho is launched by Dish TV India in collaboration with Disney+Hotstar, ZEE5, Sony LIV, Lionsgate Play, Hoichoi, Hungama Play, EpicOn, Chaupal, Klikk, and Oho Gujrati. You can watch the content from all the above-mentioned channels through Watcho subscription. The app was launched in 2019 and had many original shows. In addition to more than 35 original shows, the app also has more than a hundred live channels.

Download the app from Indus App Bazaar.


Amazon Prime Music offers 100Mn+ songs at no additional cost

From 2Mn+ songs to now 100Mn+ songs, now Amazon prime members can access its entire catalog at no additional cost. Users can also subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for access to features like on-demand playback and spatial audio by paying an extra amount. You can access the app from Indus App Bazaar here.


WhatsApp launches its new discussion feature, Communities

Designed to help larger groups of people communicate better and stay organized, WhatsApp officially launched its communities feature. Communities bring new features including admin controls, support for sub-groups and announcement groups, 32-person voice and video calls, larger-file sharing, emoji reactions, and polls. The feature can support groups of up to 1,024 users and offer end-to-end encryption. Update your app from Indus App Bazaar. 



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