Foxconn to make electric cars in India for Fisker

Foxconn, the maker of the iPhone in India for Apple, is set to manufacture electric cars in the country, for NYSE-listed Fisker Inc., in the next couple of years. Promoted by Henrik Fisker, renowned designer of models like BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Fisker Inc will initially set up a technology centre in Hyderabad, with a roster of over 300 engineers, and within two years, in a manufacturing alliance with Foxconn, make the electric ‘global vehicle’ Pear in India.

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India’s Zomato invests $20M to acquire minority stakes in AdOnMo, UrbanPiper-Business Journal

February 3, 2022

Food delivery unicorn Zomato has signed definitive documents to acquire minority stakes in two start-ups — UrbanPiper and AdOnMo — for an aggregate value of $20 million, according to the company’s latest filing with the BSE. The restaurant aggregator said it will invest $5 million in UrbanPiper for a 5% stake as part of a larger $24-million round. UrbanPiper operates a B2B software platform that acts as a middle layer between restaurants and food ordering and delivery players.

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Bharat Petroleum unites all businesses through a single, shared customer view with Salesforce

February 3, 2022

Bharat Petroleum Corporation India Limited (BPCL) is powering India’s economy in multiple ways. Over 8.5 crore families depend on the company’s 6,500+ LPG distributors to supply their homes with cooking gas. About 1 crore vehicles tank up every day at one of BPCL’s 18,000+ petrol pumps. And more than 50 airports use the company’s high-quality products to fuel their aircraft. The Fortune 500 ‘Maharatna’ conglomerate also serves 8000+ industrial and commercial customers across multiple sectors like Cement, Railways, Paints, and Petrochemicals. In short, its scale and reach are immense.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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