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Moneylife Digital Team 21 October 2021
Edible oil inflation in India will remain in double digits in the near term, even with the recent steep cuts in the import duty by the government due to the country's high import dependence on edible oils, says a research note. Vegetable oil has been among the top 10 principal commodities in...

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A smartphone spyware has put personal data of hundreds of thousands of users at risk, like call records/recordings, text messages, photos, browsing history and precise geolocations, the media reported.   The personal data can be pulled from a person's phone because of a security issue...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 October 2021
A trove of internal documents from Amazon reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign to create knockoff goods and manipulate search results to boost its own product lines in India—practices it has denied engaging in, says Reuters.   According to the report, the...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 12 October 2021
Several bottled-water brands, including Dasani and Poland Spring, may think they have figured out a way to make consumers feel better about drinking water out of single-use plastic bottles that are harmful to the environment: label the products “100% recyclable.”   The problem,...

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As leading e-commerce platforms gear up for record revenues in the festive season, several fake and malicious e-commerce platforms have proliferated in the country, selling smartphone accessories to luxury watches. The cyber authorities have failed to protect innocent users, who are falling...

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday issued a notice on a plea seeking direction to the Centre to frame a 'model builder agreement' and agent-buyer agreement in the real estate sector to infuse transparency and fairness, restraining builders and agents from indulging into unfair and restrictive...

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Saksham Malik (The Leaflet) 04 October 2021
As the Competition Commission of India investigates Google and now Apple for anti-competitive conduct in the app store market, SAKSHAM MALIK explains what the issues at stake are and potential implications for app developers and consumers.   Last month, the Competition Commission of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 September 2021
Bank customers, especially in India, are being targeted by a new mobile banking campaign using Drinik Android malware under the pretext of refund from the Income Tax (I-T) department. Drinik, a primitive SMS stealer in 2016, has evolved into a banking trojan now and persuades customers to...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 28 September 2021
TINA.org files a complaint with the US federal regulators over shoemaker's deceptive made in the USA claims.   For more than a decade, New Balance has defied the law when it comes to marketing its athletic shoes as “made in the USA,” brazenly ignoring the legal definition for the term...

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Craig Silverman, Chris Morran  and   Maya Eliahou (ProPublica) 27 September 2021
From suspiciously low prices to sellers who demand payment in gift cards, there are multiple warning signs a Marketplace listing might be fraudulent.   Even though Facebook Marketplace is backed by the power of the social networking giant, buying and selling items through the service...

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IANS 14 September 2021
Apple has released iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 for iPhone as well as for iPad users with an important security fix. Citizen Lab caught zero-click, zero day iMessage .gif files used by NSO Group's Pegasus spyware to exploit Apple's image rendering library   The iOS 14.8 update provides...

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IANS 11 September 2021
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC) decision upholding state consumer forum order, which directed HDFC Bank to pay for Rs 30 lakh to a customer, who claimed fraudulent withdrawals from his account.   HDFC Bank counsel...

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IANS 11 September 2021
Over 1,800 home buyers of Amrapali housing projects in Noida, including former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have been asked by the Supreme Court-appointed receiver to fill their data on his website and begin clearing their respective dues within 15 days.   As per...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 September 2021
In a significant order, the Supreme Court, while holding the Railways liable to pay compensation for delays and late arrivals of trains, has asked the North Western Railway to pay Rs30,000 to an aggrieved passenger. In its order, the apex court stated, "These are the days of competition and...

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IANS 08 September 2021
The Principal Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry, Sanjeev Sanyal, on Tuesday took to Twitter to say that he has been receiving harassing calls from the Vodafone Idea customer care service to pay his dues after porting his number to some other operator, although all dues have already...

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IANS 01 September 2021
Registration of new cars may come to a screeching halt on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu with the state Transport Department directing Regional Transport Officers (RTO) and others to ensure the vehicles are covered under bumper-to-bumper insurance for five years.   The Transport Department...

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Moneylife Digital Team / IANS 31 August 2021
In a major blow to real estate company Supertech, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday directed the demolition of its two 40-storey buildings in one of its housing projects in Noida. The apex court also observed that home buyers suffer the impact of "unholy nexus of builders and planners", when...

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Vishal Raghavan (The Leaflet) 31 August 2021
Companies like Byju’s, Bigbasket, MobiKwik and several others have had a data breach, at least once. None of them were penalised due to the lack of a specific provision against data breach in the Information Technology Act of 2000 and a separate comprehensive statute on data protection laws,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 August 2021
In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court (HC) has said that a builder or developer cannot deduct tax at source (TDS) on the amount being refunded to home-buyers.   In a judgement earlier this month, the bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice Milind N Jadhav says, "...we are...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 26 August 2021
How close to the beach do you have to be to be “near the beach”? A mile? A couple hundred feet? Less than that?   For Hotels.com, the answer is as much as (if not more than) 10 miles.   That’s how far the Mondrian Los Angeles is from Santa Monica State Beach, the closest beach...

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