Uber has always dodged taxi regulation with a Silicon Valley pitch that they’re not a taxi company, they’re a “platform” for connecting drivers to riders. Finally, India has gotten them to drop the shtick.
On Wednesday, Uber applied for a license under New Delhi’s Radio Taxi Scheme, according to an Uber blog post published late last night. In order to comply with the local laws, Uber is going to have to add a panic button to their app, have over 200 cars on the road and maintain a 24-hour call center.
Police in Delhi, India should have known this was going to happen when they set up a WhatsApp helpline to fight corruption earlier this summer.
A man has been arrested for allegedly sending a number of porn clips to the Delhi Police’s WhatsApp account, DNAIndia reports.
Rise of the Drones
We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.
Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination.
Today in things a third-grader probably could have figured out, it reportedly took the Indian Army six months to realize that the “Chinese aerial drones” they believed were surveilling them were actually a couple of planets.
Next month, the last telegram in the history of the entire world will be sent — unless one Indian wire fiend has his way.
India is the only country left with a government-run telegram service. Incredibly, 5,000 of the missives are still sent daily in India, USA Today reports. But state-owned telecom company BSNL hemorrhages $23 million per year on the quaint medium, so they’re bowing out of the telegram biz on July 13.
In the Valley, employees of major tech companies like Google and Facebook wear their building badges like a literal badge of honor. You don’t need to keep it attached to your belt while out on a Friday night, but it also doesn’t hurt your chances of landing a date. You should probably debadge when you bang though (just a thought).
Lately corporate empty-nester Eric Schmidt has been on an impromptu world tour, beginning with his visit to North Korea and continuing this week with a trip to several Asian nations. (Good thing he’s got $6 million in walking-around money!)
A visit to Myanmar has been confirmed, but first he’s stopping off in India, which has Read More