Hindustan Times: To check encroachment in Old Delhi, officials told to send photos daily on WhatsApp. “In a novel way to keep a tab on unauthorised occupation at sites in Chandni Chowk which were recently made free of encroachment, the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) has asked officials from North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Police to send pictures of the sites daily on a WhatsApp group created for smooth coordination among stakeholders.”
Quartz: The one-man army working to make Quora better for Q&A obsessed Indians. “It’s not quite Facebook or Twitter in India, but Quora has built up a seemingly engaged and loyal following in the country since 2010, a year after it was launched by two former Facebook employees, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever. Today, the platform gets over 20% of its traffic from India and Indians constitute the second-largest user base for the US-based company.”
Hindustan Times: Court directs Google India to remove videos on Sikh Gurus. “A Delhi court on Thursday directed the Google India Pvt Ltd to remove within a week certain videos and articles allegedly containing hate speeches and derogatory remarks against Sikh religion and its gurus on YouTube, Facebook and other websites.”
Times of India: Cops to use Google Maps to decongest roads. “Google will come to the aid of road managers in Delhi, with traffic police all set to use Google Maps to monitor traffic situations on arterial roads. The cops will employ the traffic maps, which give real-time vehicular situations, determine the congestion on roads. If any stretch is seen to be badly affected, a screenshot of the map will be sent on a Whatsapp group to the traffic inspector, ACP and DCP concerned for corrective actions.”
Economic Times: Google loses 6 year battle, must pay tax on remittances made to Google Ireland . “Bad news for the world’s favourite search engine. On Tuesday, the Indian tax office gained an upper hand in its six-year-long battle with Google India in a ruling that would set a precedence for some of the other multinational companies. The rift owes its origin to the arrangement and fund flow between Google India and the global giant’s office in Ireland — a jurisdiction known for its lax tax rules.”
The Hindu BusinessLine: Google in talks with govt to bring back Street View. “Internet giant Google has not given up on bringing its Street View services to India. The company is in talks with the Centre to see how the service can be launched in compliance with local regulations.”
The Hindu: On a mission to create an Indian answer to Google. “This is the story of 15-year-old A Suryachandra Pavan, a self-taught app developer hailing from a family of modest means, who claims to have developed five apps in a short span f five months and is now working to develop a platform similar to the Google Playstore which will feature all Indian-made apps. His ultimate dream is to create an Indian competitor to take on the world’s most powerful brand Google and in the process, get the ‘Make in India’ slogan louder.” China has Baidu, Russia has Yandex. Why shouldn’t India have a search engine specific to its country?