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ACT Fibernet, Jio unveil offers with Google ‘Home’ devices

Internet service provider ACT Fibernet and Reliance Jio on Tuesday partnered with Google

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Jio’s sharp discount postpaid offer may hit ARPU of other players.
Jio’s Sharp Discount Postpaid Offer May Hit ARPU of Other Players. IANS

Internet service provider ACT Fibernet and Reliance Jio on Tuesday partnered with Google to provide bundled offers with the newly-launched Google “Home” smart speakers.

“When buying a Google ‘Home’ at Reliance Digital or MyJio stores, you get a free JioFi router with 100GB of high-speed 4G data (worth Rs 2,499),” Google said in a statement.

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Google Home is now available. VOA

Smart home assistants are becoming an integral part of our homes. However, to ensure they function seamlessly, it is imperative that high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity back them.

ACT Fibernet, with its future-ready fiber-optic technology, will ensure an uninterrupted and incredible internet experience to all its customers using Google “Home” devices, the company said.

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The company also introduced special plans for all its existing and new customers and those who subscribe would get a complimentary Google “Home Mini” device. IANS

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Facebook Building its Cryptocurrency in Switzerland: Report

Facebook has over 2.38 billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin

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FILE - A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

Giving its cryptocurrency dream a firm beginning, Facebook has reportedly set up a company called Libra Networks in Switzerland that is developing payments and Blockchain systems for the social networking giant.

According to a report in CNET quoting Swiss publication Handelszeitung, the Facebook cyrptocurrency would be tied to the US dollar and could, therefore, remain stable unlike Bitcoin which has crashed.

“Facebook set up Libra Networks in Geneva several weeks ago. Libra is the social network’s internal project name for the digital currency,” the report said late on Saturday.

The Swiss company would focus on developing the software and hardware for currency-related functions like payments, Blockchain, analytics, big data and identity management.

Facebook declined to comment on the new report.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, the social media giant is “recruiting dozens of financial firms and online merchants” towards its cryptocurrency-based system that would use a digital coin similar to Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York. VOA

The New York Times reported in February that Facebook had a team of 50 people working on its virtual currency project.

“Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of Blockchain technology,” Facebook had insisted.

In a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain in February, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the Blockchain technology.

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“I’m thinking about going back to decentralised or Blockchain authentication. Although I haven’t figured out a way to make this work out but this is around authentication and basically granting access to your information and to different services,” Zuckerberg told Zittrain.

According to Zuckerberg, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps.

Facebook has over 2.38 billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin. (IANS)