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It's been no secret that India's Jio Platforms has very big ambitions, but now it's getting support from some of the biggest tech heavyweights in the world, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Driving the news: In less than a month, the company has raised nearly $9 billion from private equity firms Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, and General Atlantic, as well as Facebook — which invested more than the three others combined — bringing Jio's total valuation now to $65 billion.
Why it matters: Tech investors looking for big returns and tech giants looking for new markets have fewer places to turn than ever before, and China, the biggest market of all, has been difficult to access. India is the next biggest prize on the planet.
The big picture: Jio Platforms is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, created in 2019 to house the industrial and retail conglomerate's digital and telecom business.
By the numbers: Jio Platforms now has 388 million users in India, according to Reliance Industries' most recent financials, representing about 35% of market share.
Between the lines: Unlike most telecom companies in the world that control only one portion of the chain, "Jio is the only company that is omnipresent across all of them," Counterpoint Research senior analyst Hanish Bhatia tells Axios.
Facebook's motives for forging a close partnership with Jio are not hard to imagine — that is, further solidifying its presence in the Indian market.
Yes, but: Jio still faces some challenges — namely, that it's still only getting started.
What's next: Expect the company to take on a few more large investors and to go public within a couple of years.
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Apple and Google said on Wednesday that they have finished the initial version of their exposure notification technology and are making it available to health authorities to build their apps. Both companies pushed the technology out through operating system updates.
Why it matters: The Bluetooth-based technology is designed to augment human contact tracing and offer a way for people to find out when someone they have been in close proximity with has tested positive for COVID-19.
Where it stands: Apple and Google said they have provided access to a number of U.S. states and 22 countries and expect more health authorities to take advantage of the technology in the coming weeks.
Between the lines: The key question now is how broadly people will adopt the apps that use the technology. Apple and Google have sought to maximize privacy, in part to get the critical mass of users necessary to make the technology effective.
How it works: Under the Apple-Google technology, each participating user's phone will send out a random and frequently changing key to identify itself. If someone later reports they tested positive, their phone broadcasts out the keys it came in contact with, allowing those other users to be notified.
Separately: The same update that adds support for the exposure notification technology, iOS 13.5, also brings another COVID-19 related update. Apple has made it easier for users wearing masks to bypass the iPhone's face recognition technology and just enter a passcode.
For months now, AT&T has used the label "5G Evolution" and a 5GE logo on phones to describe a version of its LTE network. On Wednesday, the U.S. ad industry's review board found the designations misleading and recommended AT&T stop using the terms in advertising.
Why it matters: The designation was long bemoaned by journalists, analysts, competitors and even quietly by some at the company. AT&T said it has already stopped using the term in its advertising.
Background: T-Mobile had complained to the National Advertising Division about the ads and an initial review came down against AT&T. AT&T then appealed to the National Advertising Review Board, which upheld the earlier decision.
What they're saying: In a statement, AT&T said it respectfully disagrees with the ruling, but says that "as a supporter of the self-regulatory process" it will comply with the group's decision.
Yes but: It's unclear whether it will also stop displaying the 5GE logo on consumer devices. My iPhone still shows "5GE" as the network type when connecting here in San Francisco, for example.
Our thought bubble: It is not uncommon in the wireless industry for one or more companies to jump the gun and try to market something incremental as "the next G" — but the entire industry suffers when that happens. It will be hard enough for consumers to sort out the multiple flavors of 5G that really are 5G.
A new consultancy run by former customs and homeland security officials is teaming with Dcode, a government tech accelerator, to help spur new technologies to modernize security in air travel.
Why it matters: As they look to return to more typical volume, airlines face the tricky task of needing to securely screen passengers for both security and health risks, while also ensuring they don't create long lines and crowds that themselves are a risk for coronavirus transmission.
How it works: Trade & Travel's first cohort will consist of companies with technology approaches focused on passenger health and safety.
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