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Tech Giant Google Declares Second Batch For Startups Programme in India

Similar to the first class, the 10 startups will undergo an intensive one-week mentorship bootcamp, followed by in-person engagements over the next three months

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Google on Tuesday announced the second batch of 10 startups, which will be part of its Launchpad Accelerator mentorship programme in India.
Launchpad Accelerator India is dedicated to support Indian startups that use technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to create solutions that address the nation’s core needs.
The final 10 selected startups are based out of cities across the country, including Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi, Google said in a statement.
The second batch will be provided a targeted programme, designed around the challenges of India, and how technologies like AI and ML can be leveraged to address their scale and complexity.
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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA
The startups part of the new class are Opentalk, THB, Perceptiviti Data Solutions, DheeYantra, Kaleidofin, FinancePeer, SmartCoin, HRBOT, Savera.ai, and Adiuvo Diagnostics.
Similar to the first class, the 10 startups will undergo an intensive one-week mentorship bootcamp, followed by in-person engagements over the next three months.
“Given the growing maturity of India’s startups, our programme focuses on providing startups with incremental knowledge and tools, gleaned from our experience of building products for users around the world,” said Paul Ravindranath G, programme Manager, Launchpad Accelerator programme, India, Google. (IANS)

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Google Now Lets Users Order Food via Search, Maps, Assistant

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Saving people the trouble of having to download an additional app, Google is now letting users order food directly via Search, Maps, or Assistant using its partnerships with delivery companies.

Google has added a new “Order Online” button on Search and Maps which would appear when users would search for a supported restaurant, The Verge reported on Thursday.

Users can pick between pickup and delivery and select which service they want to order their food through.

If the restaurant supports it, the ordering selections would be made entirely through Google’s interface and Google Pay.

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Users can ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order as well.

However, it remains unclear whether or not the feature would work on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers or smart displays.

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The new functionality supports five different delivery services at launch – DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow – and Google plans to add support for Zuppler and others in the future, the report added.

Recently, the search-engine giant revamped the Search interface for mobile with a new design that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for. (IANS)