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Government to discuss fake reviews on e-commerce sites

The Department of Consumer Affairs is set to address the issue of misleading reviews left on e-commerce platforms, their impact and possible solutions, in an open discussion today. Flipkart, Amazon, Tata and Reliance Retail are expected to join the discussion with industry bodies such as FICCI and CII, consumer rights activists, lawyers and more.

Google appears to be part of ONDC: report

After Amazon and Flipkart, Google is now exploring ways to join the Indian government’s open network for digital commerce, Economic Times reported citing sources. What is the ONDC? Billed as a UPI moment for the e-commerce industry, the online retail network seeks to bring more kiranas and unorganized retailers online. A pilot project is underway in some cities across the country.

India takes online gambling regulations seriously

A government-appointed committee has been tasked with making recommendations on how to regulate the online gambling industry in India, the Hindustan Times reported citing documents. The study of global best practices and the selection of a lead ministry are other responsibilities of the committee, which has three months to write a report.

Open offer rules will not apply to the government’s stake in Vi

The Indian government has been exempted from restrictions imposed by SEBI on making an open offer to Vodafone Idea shareholders, according to ET. The telecom operator’s debt was swapped for equity and as a result the government offered a 33% stake in the company.

Facial recognition could enter American schools

Clearview AI and a U.S. company that sells visitor management systems are working together to introduce a 1:1 face-matching verification tool to schools, according to Gizmodo. While Clearview AI has been the subject of controversy for its data collection methods, the company has explained how this new tool is different from what it has developed previously.

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Google is once again under investigation for advertising dominance

Google’s strong position at different levels of the ad tech stack is the subject of a second investigation initiated by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), according to The Verge. A secret deal between Google and Facebook in the advertising space is already being investigated by the country’s watchdog.

Russian hackers behind Brexit data leak

Google has discovered that Russian hackers may have played a role in emails from pro-Brexit figures leaked online, according to a Reuters report. One of the victims also told the news agency that his ProtonMail account had been targeted in the hack.

Elon Musk sued by Twitter shareholder

A new lawsuit accuses Musk of driving down Twitter’s stock value by tweeting and creating doubts about his deal to buy the company, according to a report by NDTV. Earlier, the Tesla CEO’s tweets also landed him in trouble with the US securities and market regulator. In the meantime, Jack Dorsey has completely cut ties with the platform he co-founded, leaving the board of directors.

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