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Now, you can get discounts at restaurants through Google Maps

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Google Maps on Thursday introduced three new features for Indian users to help them discover local experiences and get recommendations that are personalised for better dining experience, including an “Offers” section to help users find deals and claim them at restaurants in 11 cities.

Users will be able to find deals and claim them at restaurants across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Hyderabad, Google said.

The “Offer” feature is being launched in partnership with Eazy Diner, where users can now find offers from over 4,000 restaurants, with more categories and partners coming soon, Google said.

To use this feature, users can simply tap the “Offers” shortcut in the “Explore” tab or filter for restaurants with offers.

Starting from Thursday, Google Maps users will get exclusive access to Eazy Diner Prime offers for 15 days, across over 1,500 restaurants, with a guaranteed discount of at least 25% on all of them, Google said.

The other two new features introduced by Google Maps include a redesigned, India-inspired “Explore” tab and a new “For You” experience.

“We’ve heard that Indian Maps users prefer a more assistive and visual browsing experience that is easy to access. To reflect this, we have a redesigned, India-focused Explore tab, the For You feature, and dining Offers,” said Krish Vitaldevara, Director, Google Maps.

“This will help Google Maps users discover a new side to their city, whether looking for things to do around town, getting offers on dining out, or getting recommendations that are personalized to their unique tastes,” Vitaldevara added.

The “Explore” tab has been a one-tap route to getting suggestions on dining, events, and things to do in the area being viewed in Google Maps.

Now, based on top queries and the way people interact with Google Maps in India, seven new shortcuts have been added to the Explore tab: restaurants, petrol pumps, ATMs, offers, shopping, hotels, and chemists. Using Machine Learning, Google Maps automatically identifies the top suggestions across these categories in every city.

Users can now explore popular neighbourhoods in their city by simply tapping the arrow beside “Explore Nearby” and making a selection. Apart from exploring their own city, users can also look up other Indian cities by searching the city name.

The ‘For You’ tab serves users information on new restaurants, trending places, and personalised recommendations tailored to their interests.

This feature also uses the ‘Your Match’ score, which uses Machine Learning to combine what Google Maps know about millions of places with the information a user has added like restaurants rated, cuisines liked, and places visited.

The first time a user launches this feature they can select areas/localities they are interested in, and get more personalized and relevant recommendations over time.

Users can now also follow a business and get relevant updates, news on events and stay on top of offers they post to the For You tab.

The “For You” tab offers a simple, assistive experience to help discover the city with a single tap — and it will continue to improve over time, Google said.

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Govt blocks several social media handles circulating fake, inciting content

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In the midst of the enormous lockdown on contemptuous posts, sources said that the hostile substance actioned related to the counterfeit video of a cupboard instructions, an enlivened phony video showing viciousness against the Prime Minister, and disparaging posts focusing on Hindu ladies transferred via web-based media handles.

The public authority has hindered a few web-based media handles that were coursing “counterfeit and affecting” content on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, Minister of State for IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday.

Proprietors of these records are being recognized for activity under the law, he added.

“Taskforce on Safe and Trusted Internet at @GoI_MeitY at work. Handles that attempted to push counterfeit/inducing content on twitter, youtube, fb, insta have been impeded,” Chandrasekhar Tweeted on Saturday.

The pastor said proprietors of such records are being distinguished for activity under the law, and declared that stages will be investigated on their due steadiness.

On Friday evening, the pastor had reacted to a tweet that encouraged him to make a move against the “makers of an exceptionally fierce video that includes the PM”, which “has been in the public area since December 2020”.

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PhonePe will now charge upto Rs 2 per transaction for mobile recharges

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Walmart-owned digital payments app PhonePe will now charge processing fees for every transaction. This means that you will no longer be able to transfer money or recharge your phone without shelling out a little extra money for every transaction. The company has said that it would charge fees in the range of Re 1 to Rs 2 per transaction for mobile recharges for value above Rs 50. PhonePe is the first payments’ app to have started charging for UPI-based transactions

“On recharges, we are running a very small-scale experiment where a few users are paying for mobile recharges. Recharges below Rs 50 are not charged, recharges between Rs 50 and Rs 100 are charged Re 1 and above Rs 100 are charged Rs 2. Essentially, as a part of the experiment, a majority of users are either not paying anything or paying Re 1,” a PhonePe spokesperson told PTI.

PhonePe s charging processing fees for UPI-based transactions for value above Rs 50. If you don’t spend upto Rs 50, you will not be charged any amount by the digital app. Like other payments apps, PhonePe will also begin charging processing fees for payments made through credit cards. PhonePe is one of the most popular, widely-used payments app in India along with Paytm and Google Pay. It has recorded over 165-crore UPI transactions on its platform in September, clocking over 40 per cent share among the app segment, the PTI report stated.

“We are not the only player or payment platform charging a fee. Charging a small fee on bill payments is now a standard industry practice and is done by other biller websites and payment platforms also. We charge a processing fee (called a convenience fee on other platforms) on payments with credit cards only,” the spokesperson added.

For the unversed, just like Paytm and Google Pay, PhonePe can be used to transfer money with BHIM UPI, manage multiple bank accounts, check account balance, save beneficiaries across multiple bank accounts like SBI, HDFC, ICICI & 140+ banks. Recharge prepaid mobile numbers like Jio, Vodafone, Idea, Airtel etc, recharge DTH like Tata Sky, Airtel Direct, Sun Direct, Videocon etc, pay various bills and more. You can also buy or renew insurance policies using PhonePe.

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Bitcoin crosses $59,000 after sharp rally, Ether up nearly 5%

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Cryptocurrency prices were mixed on Friday with Bitcoin and Ether witnessing gains while Stellar and Dogecoin were trading weaker. Check the latest cryptocurrency prices and trends.

Cryptocurrency prices were mixed on Friday with Bitcoin and Ether witnessing gains while Stellar and Dogecoin were trading weaker.

Bitcoin hit a six-month high on October 15, as it rose nearly 3 per cent and was trading at $59,694.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency is approaching April’s record high of $64,895.

The most popular altcoin, Ether, was trading at $3,827 or more than 5 per cent higher.

The global cryptocurrency market cap is $2.43 trillion, a 1.93 per cent increase in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the total crypto market volume over the last 24 hours is $102.5 billion, a decline of 11.63 per cent.

Here are the latest prices and trends of popular cryptocurrencies:

Cryptocurrency Price (US Dollar) 24-hour change Market cap Volume (24 Hours)
Bitcoin 59,694.90 3.44% $1.12 trillion $1.56 billion
Ether 3,827.94 5.51% $449.38 billion $1.28 billion
Dogecoin 0.232463 -1.44% $30.58 billion $1.22 billion
Litecoin 183.76 2.37% $12.63 billion $118.28 million
XRP 1.14 0.57% $114.17 billion $4.77 billion
Cardano 2.19 0.67% $71.17 billion $190.15 million

DISCLAIMER: The cryptocurrency prices have been updated as of 12:30 pm and will change as the day progresses. The list is intended to give a rough idea about popular cryptocurrency trends and will be updated daily.

 

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