Amazon’s fulfillment center in Dupont, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon is planning to offer permanent roles to 70% of the 175,000 temporary workers the company brought on to deal with surging demand driven by the coronavirus pandemic. In June, Amazon will invite 125,000 warehouse and logistics workers to stay on with the company, opening up benefits that are not available to seasonal employees. Amazon has been hiring aggressively over the past few weeks as customers isolating at home turn to online shopping for items they need.
(University of Washington Photo / Dennis Wise) The University of Washington is launching a new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) and Microsoft is helping to fund the effort with a $2.5 million inaugural investment. “UW has truly embedded accessibility as part of their culture and we’re proud to support their next step to drive thought leadership on accessibility to empower people with disabilities.” Microsoft and the university have worked together in the space for more than a decade, driving innovation in accessibility research. (Microsoft Photo / Brian Smale) Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft, told GeekWire that the journey at the tech giant and the university has been very similar, with a commitment to thinking about accessibility as a cultural entity, driven systemically into the fabric of each institution.
As restaurants resume their operations across the country, Bengaluru-based food delivery major Swiggy is now looking to win over restaurants by solving out the supply chain gap through its new platform Swiggy Staples Plus. Swiggy Staples Plus: Swiggy’s Response To Zomato’s HyperPure Swiggy has launched this B2B delivery at a time when revenues from food orders are dwindling, majorly due to Covid-19 fear which is discouraging consumers to eat outside cooked food. While Swiggy is a new player in the B2B delivery space, Zomato claims to be delivering fresh food, spices and others to close to 7,500 restaurants across Bengaluru and Delhi.
Even as the number of digital payment transactions declined in the countrywide lockdown, the Reserve Bank of India’s go-ahead for e-mandates for recurring payments through Unified Payments Interface (UPI) could help payments apps make up for lost ground. Some of India’s most prominent UPI payments apps, and other fintech companies, are gearing up to bring recurring payments facility to users. It’s unclear whether this limit has been increased With the lockdown restricting online purchases and limited transactions from merchants, payment companies lost the UPI payments momentum in the past two months.
Founder and CEO Jordan Nathan (previously a brand manager at e-commerce holding company Mohawk Group) told me that he became interested in cookware after burning a Teflon pan and learned more about the dangers of Teflon poisoning. We’re only a few months old and growing very fast, but at the same time, we’re focused on cutting cost and making sure every dollar returns a profitable first purchase from consumers.” Image Credits: Caraway Caraway isn’t revealing any sales numbers, but Nathan suggested that the company has definitely benefited from increased consumer interest as everyone is stuck at home and doing more cooking. Nathan said his team has done work to expedite shipments, but “where we’ve put our focus has really just been communicating with customers that there will be delays.” The new funding comes from more than 100 investors, including Republic Labs, Springdale Ventures, Wesray Social, Bridge Investments, WTI, CompanyFirst, G9 Ventures, Super Angel Syndicate (
The 4-person company is led by Jim Gao and Vedavyas Panneershelvam, two former employees at DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI research hub, as well as Katherine Hoffman, a defense and HVAC industry veteran. Gao said companies usually partner with large tech companies to develop AI products — a “double-edged sword” because those companies can use the data themselves. “If you could make AI more accessible to non-experts, you can solve this problem.” Gao led a 14-person team at DeepMind focused on building AI tech for the energy sector.
Abu Dhabi state fund, Mubadala Investment Company, is looking to invest $1 Bn in Reliance’s Industries Limited’s digital unit Jio Platforms, according to a Reuters report citing sources. The Abu Dhabi based investment firm told Reuters that “Clearly Jio’s platform is attracting a wide range of world-class investors, given its enormous potential to serve one of the world’s largest marketplaces.” Reliance Jio has raised over $10.3 Bn since April. The post Abu Dhabi State Fund Mubadala In Talks To Invest $1 Bn in Reliance Jio Platforms appeared first on Inc42 Media.
Others have participated in programmes like AIS StartUp incubator, Intania Open Innovation Club, Krungsri Rise accelerator, and NIA’s Startup Growth Programme.Investors active in these startups include CyberAgent Ventures, Wellesley Partners, True Incube Thailand, recruitment firms SEEK and SCG Investments, Expara Thailand, Alibaba, Korean VC BonAngels, and Google Launchpad.II. These include formal and informal events such as the Corporate Innovation Summit, Igniter Conference, SETA, Startup Grind, and even Drinkentrepreneurs.The Digital Startup Institute was set up by the Digital Economic Promotion Agency (DEPA), a government institution responsible for fostering digital transformation in Thailand. “Buzzy, frenetic and fun, Bangkok, with its ever-improving infrastructure, a government increasingly open to foreign investment, low cost of living and a massive foreign population, ticks all the boxes as a vibrant startup hub,” the authors sign off.In sum, the book provides informati
With this funding, Swiflearn aims to become a respected learning platform for K-10 students looking for personalised learning for their school studies and competitive exams. The in-house team dedicates a lot of time on teacher training, capability building, orientation on using technology tools to deliver engaging online classes as well as to track students' learning from technology. Our support in terms of content, lesson plans, assessments, tests, training, scheduling removes all the overhead work burdens of teachers and reduces the barrier for someone to become a great teacher and deliver great classes.
Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) report, published on May 27, highlighted that the tech giant has sent out 1,755 warnings to users whose accounts were targets of government-backed attackers. Distribution of the targets of government-backed phishing attempts in April 2020 (Source: Google’s Threat Analysis Group) The fake websites feature “fake” login pages, which prompt users to reveal their Google account credentials and also encourage them to share other personal information like phone numbers. Accounts that received a “government-backed attacker” warning each month of 2020 (Source: Google’s Threat Analysis Group) “While it’s not unusual to see some fluctuations in these numbers, it could be that attackers, just like many other organisations, are experiencing productivity lags and issues due to global lockdowns and quarantine efforts,” the report added.