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YouTube secures exclusive rights to broadcast major esports leagues. YouTube secured the exclusive rights to broadcast some of the biggest esports leagues, giving Google a boost in its efforts to push into the lucrative world of video games.

YouTube secures exclusive rights to broadcast major esports leagues

The deal, signed between Alphabet Inc.’s Google and video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc., gives YouTube the rights to broadcast the new Call of Duty League and the already-popular Overwatch League, which was broadcast on Inc.’s Twitch for the past two years at a reported cost of $90 million. As part of the agreement, Google will provide cloud infrastructure for Activision’s online games.

Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed. Gaming is a significant new frontier for Google. Last year, it released a game-streaming service called Stadia, which lets people play games through the internet without having to buy a console or high-powered computer. The deal offers a strong boost to the central thesis of Activision’s esports efforts. Best of BS Opinion: Climate change, structural reforms in tax rate, more. The economy holds out the hope that it can be pulled back from the brink.

Best of BS Opinion: Climate change, structural reforms in tax rate, more

But the environment seems to be in interminable decline. Uddalok Bhattacharya sums up Long-term, durable structural reforms in tax rates are required to sustain the Indian economy, says Ajay Shah No part of the world is immune from the deleterious impacts of climate change, says Sunita Narain. NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash. Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas of southern California on Sunday.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

"It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas," the City of Calabasas confirmed on its official Twitter account, the Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 a.m. Nobody on the ground was hurt, the city tweeted. IIM Bangalore, XLRI feature in global top thirty list for positive impact. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur have been ranked among top thirty global business schools in the first edition of Positive Impact Rating (PIR) 2020.

IIM Bangalore, XLRI feature in global top thirty list for positive impact

The rating was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Modi creating Hindu nationalist state in India: Billionaire George Soros. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "creating a Hindu nationalist state" in India, said US financier and philanthropist George Soros on Thursday in a speech attacking "would-be and actual dictators" in the world.

Modi creating Hindu nationalist state in India: Billionaire George Soros

Soros, who was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said nationalism was making further headway around the world, and the "biggest and most frightening setback" was in India. Soros criticised rising populism internationally and picked out US president Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping, Modi and Brexit. He described Trump as a "conman and the ultimate narcissist" but said the current surge in economic strength for the United States may have come too soon for the US leader as he faces re-election later this year.

Data privacy must be seen as human right and needs to be protected: Nadella. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday said data privacy must be seen as a human right that needs to be protected and have full transparency.

Data privacy must be seen as human right and needs to be protected: Nadella

Speaking here at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Summit 2020, Nadella said it also needs to be ensured that the huge data being used with consent is for the good of the society. During a conversation with WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, Nadella also favoured a debate on CEO pay and all kinds of remuneration, including return on capital. Asked what was his recipe for doing good and at the same time doing well as the most valuable company in the world, Nadella said, "It comes down to having that core business design: when you do well, the world around you does well. " "People and institutions are all part of our society, so if you don't think about the broader systems, it's not stable," he added. "The question ultimately goes back to what is the market saying and what is society saying?

" Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite pre-orders begin, sale starts from Feb 3: Know more. Samsung on Thursday launched another flagship Galaxy S10 Lite smartphone for Rs 39,999 in India that can be pre-booked across Flipkart, and leading retail stores from January 23 till February 3.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite pre-orders begin, sale starts from Feb 3: Know more

The 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 Lite with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory will go on sale from February 4 and those who pre-book the device would get one-time screen replacement at Rs 1,999, covering accidental screen damage within one year of purchase. The company also offered an additional Rs 3,000 cashback with ICICI Bank credit cards on the device that will be available in Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue colours.

"We're confident that Galaxy S10 Lite's Pro-Grade Camera, flagship performance and uninterrupted visual experience will excite consumers and create a huge demand for the smartphone," said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Division, Samsung India. Mumbai bets on all-night shopping to boost jobs and India's economy. Residents of Mumbai will be able to shop and dine out until dawn from late this month as the Indian city plans to lift restrictions on retail trading hours in order to boost the local economy.

Mumbai bets on all-night shopping to boost jobs and India's economy

With economy growing at its slowest pace in 11 years, the government of Maharashtra state believes the move will boost spending and create jobs. Malls, shops and eateries in commercial districts of Mumbai such as Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point will be able to remain open 24 hours, seven days a week from January 27 if they choose to, Anil Deshmukh, home minister in the Maharashtra state government told reporters on Wednesday after the state cabinet approved the plan. At present, all stores are required to shut by 10 pm, while restaurants are shut by 1.30 am. The new law will exclude pubs and bars, which will still be required to shut down at 1.30 am, the state government said.

The city is home to 20 million people and attracts millions of visitors each year. Forgot your password? This WEF study reveals not having one is safer. Business leaders come together, set up body for climate change action. Skullcandy Sesh earbuds review: A good product for people on the go. From Facebook to Twitter: How social media platforms handle political ads. Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misleading claims ahead of the US presidential election.

From Facebook to Twitter: How social media platforms handle political ads

In the United States, the Communications Act prevents broadcast stations from rejecting or censoring ads from candidates for federal office once they have accepted advertising for that political race, although this does not apply to cable networks like CNN, or to social media sites, where leading presidential candidates are spending millions to target voters in the run-up to the November 2020 election. Def Ministry approves procurement of military hardware worth Rs 5,100 crore. The defence ministry on Tuesday approved procurement of military equipment worth over Rs 5,100 crore from indigenous sources and gave a go ahead to construct six conventional submarines for the Navy in India under the ambitious strategic partnership model.

Def Ministry approves procurement of military hardware worth Rs 5,100 crore

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat and several top officials. It was the first meeting of the DAC after appointment of the Chief of the Defence Staff. "The DAC accorded approval for procurement of equipment worth over Rs 5,100 crore from indigenous sources.

These include sophisticated Electronic Warfare Systems for the Army designed by DRDO and manufactured locally by the Indian industry," the defence ministry said. Under the model, select private firms are being roped in to build military platforms like submarines and fighter jets in India in partnership with OEMs. GM's Cruise unveils Origin, an electric car sans steering wheel, pedals. General Motors Co's self-driving car unit, Cruise, on Tuesday unveiled an electric vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals for use in its planned autonomous ride-sharing service, but did not say when it would go into production.

The vehicle, named "Cruise Origin", was developed with Honda Motor Co Ltd, which took a minority stake in Cruise in 2018 in an effort to catch up with rivals in developing a technology with enormous costs and risk and no market-ready products. Cruise's Chief Executive Officer, Dan Ammann, said the boxy vehicle with sliding doors will be used for the company's own ride-hailing service. Ammann did not say when the new service, which would compete with Lyft and Uber, would be launched. IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians full players list, and the salary of each player. Indian Premier League (IPL) defending champions, Mumbai Indians, entered the IPL 2020 auction with one of the strongest squads, as they had retained their core team and had very few slot to fill.

The most prominent open slot for them was that of an overseas bowling all-rounder, as they had released Ben Cutting. Check 2020 IPL latest news here. IMF blames India for global slowdown, lowers 2019 growth forecast to 4.8% The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered India’s economic growth forecast to 4.8 per cent for this fiscal year owing to the crisis in the non-banking financial sector and weak rural demand. It also cut the world’s growth estimate and blamed the slowdown in India for its move. The IMF projection, 1.3 percentage points lower than its earlier estimates, is less than the 5 per cent projected by the official advance estimates.

The IMF projected India’s economy to grow by 5.8 per cent next year, which is 1.2 percentage points less than its earlier forecast. It also forecast the economy to grow by 6.5 per cent in 2021-22 which is 0.9 percentage point lower than earlier projections. The IMF estimated world economic growth at 1.9 per cent for 2019, 0.1 percentage point lower than its earlier forecast.

IRCTC warns users against 'fake' IRCTC tourism website: All you must know. The Indian Railway’s ticketing portal has filed a complaint against a fake website selling tourism packages in its name and even has a copycat digital assistant. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has warned the website ( is duping people with fraudulent transactions. "The tourism portal is the website of IRCTC where the various tour packages and services of IRCTC are displayed," says the fake website, which copies the design and features of the genuine portal. IRCTC sent an email to its registered users and even had put up a message on its portal about the fake website. World Economic Forum 2020: Weathering the forces of climate change. In its 50 years, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has seen, participated, and shaped several global trends. From a mostly business oriented forum, WEF has transformed into a platform where all stakeholders are expected to hold a dialogue on social and environmental issues.

Business leaders can’t just focus on their growth and profits. Their impact and contribution to climate and equality is being sought and questioned. Global resource consumption at 100 bn tonnes for 1st time, recycling falls. The world is using up more than 100 billion tonnes of natural resources per year for the first time ever while global recycling of raw materials has fallen, according to a report released Tuesday. The share of minerals, fossil fuels, metals and biomass feeding into the global economy that is reused declined in two years from an already paltry 9.1 percent to 8.6 today, the Circularity Gap Report 2020 found. "No country is meeting the basic needs of its citizens while also operating within the physical boundaries of our planet," said Marc de Wit, a director at the non-profit Circle Economy and lead author of the report.

Study analyses changes in diet and body weight as we grow older. A team of researchers has conducted a detailed study on how leaving school and getting a job can lead to a drop in the amount of physical activity while becoming a mother is linked to increased weight gain. The research which was published in Obesity Review was led by researchers from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge. How heart rate and sleep data from Fitbits can help predict flu outbreaks. The Fitbit on your wrist not only counts your steps and minutes of sleep, it can also help tell if you’re coming down with the flu — and warn health authorities to get ready to help.

A study in the United States has found that heart rate and sleep data from wearable fitness tracker watches can predict and alert public health officials to real-time outbreaks of flu more accurately than current surveillance methods. Yemen missile attack: 100 killed, 150 injured by Iran-backed Huthi rebels. India ranks 76th on WEF's Social Mobility Index, Denmark tops the list. India has been ranked very low at 76th place out of 82 countries on a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum, while Denmark has topped the charts. The report, released ahead of the 50th Annual Meeting of the WEF, also lists India among the five countries that stand to gain the most from a better social mobility score that seeks to measure parameters necessary for creating societies where every person has the same opportunity to fulfil his potential in life irrespective of socioeconomic background.

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Beards are all the craze among men these days, but according to a new study, their thick and luscious facial hair can sometimes work against them. According to CNN Health, women who are highly repulsed by lice, ticks, and fleas tend to find bearded men less attractive. The aversion stems from the level of the unconscious mind, as the inner animal instincts of a woman caution her against coming into contact with hairy folks who might be infested with all sorts of creepy crawlies. Nature has programmed humans to feel attraction towards those individuals of the opposite sex who display the most prominent masculine or feminine features.

Women tend to gravitate towards men whose features indicate higher testosterone levels, for instance, a beard, tall height, and well-developed muscles. Vivo U20 Review: Light on your pocket, but a strong performer indeed. Vivo U20 Review: Light on your pocket, but a strong performer indeed. No need to wait for 7 days: Razorpay unveils 'Instant Refunds' technology. Gaganyaan mission: Indian astronauts to start training in Russia next week. 7,990 business people committed suicide in 2018; up 2.7 per cent: NCRB data. Honor 9X, MagicWatch 2, Band 5i launched in India: Know price, specs, more. Microsoft's Windows 7 is officially dead: Here's what you must do next. Army Day 2020: 5 things you must know about Army Day and its significance. Bot vs man: How to beat South Korea's AI hiring bots and land a job. Temporary or permanent transfer of intellectual property attracts 12% GST.

Budget 2020: India Inc pitches for job creation, higher infra spending. Oscar nominations 2020: Joker and Netflix's Irishman lead the nominees. Nikon launches FX-format D780 D-SLR camera in India: Price, specs, and more. Registration of 300 students blocked due to 'fake Proctor inquiries': JNUSU. Instagram introduces new SloMo, Echo, Duo effects for Boomerang stories. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite to cost Rs 39,990, pre-orders to start from Jan 23. NRC, CAA unnecessary, wasteful exercises: 106 former civil servants to govt. iPhone 11's night mode pictures can feature on Apple billboards: Here's how. CES 2020: Samsung unveils external PSSD T7 Touch with fingerprint scanner. Avg of 80 murders, 289 kidnappings, 91 rapes reported daily in 2018: NCRB. Poor nutrition to encephalitis outbreak: 2019's biggest health stories. New TV channel pricing: Trai mandates provision of 200 channels at Rs 153. At 67385, India records highest number of births globally on New Year's Day.

ISRO identifies 4 astronauts for India's manned space mission Gaganyaan. Chandrayaan-3 launch may happen next year, says Isro chairman K Sivan. Train rides get costlier from today: Here's by how much. Amber Alert to Nomophobia, 10 words that entered the dictionary in 2019. FM Sitharaman unveils Rs 102-trn infrastructure projects for next 5 years.

Reliance announces Jiomart to take on the online grocery shopping business. Sacred Games 2 to Leila: Here's what Indians are watching on Netflix. Year in Review: From CCA stir to Hong Kong demonstrations, protests in 2019. 'Man on Moon' to Jallianwala Bagh, 10 key anniversaries that fell in 2019. Future is green: 2020 may see re-birth of electric vehicles, say experts. Year in Review: From Apple iPad to Samsung Galaxy Tab, best tablets of 2019. Year in Review: Pulwama to CAA stir, 10 defining events for India in 2019. Year in Review: Meet the 10 game changers of 2019. Year in Review: Events that made biggest political news in India in 2019. Floods in north India displaced over 3 mn, killed 1,900 in 2019: Report. CAA, NRC 'may affect status' of Muslims in India: US Congressional report.

IIT-D files 150 patents in 2019 ranging from bulletproof clothes to 5G tech. Year in Review: Galaxy Fold to Moto Razr, best foldable smartphones of 2019. Year ahead 2020: A list of popular gaming titles to be launched next year. Year in Review: Amazon fire to Baghdadi killing, top global events of 2019. Year in Review: How world's top 10 business personalities fared in 2019. From cyclones to floods, 2019 was a year of record extreme weather events. Indian-American named 1st woman CTO of US' communications commission. Is it possible to keep diabetes under check? Here are a few ways to manage. Year in review: From Xiaomi to Vivo, best midrange smartphones of 2019. Jharkhand Assembly election: Exit polls predict Congress-JMM defeating BJP. Tata vs Mistry: What next in India's biggest corporate thriller? Samsung unveils technology for 144MP image sensors. New WhatsApp bug crashes users' group chats, deletes history forever. Even if you don't share you location, Facebook can track you down: Know how.

There's a 250-year wait for the economic gender gap to close: WEF report. A question worth $ 680 mn: What did Anil Ambani know about the unpaid loan? DRDO test fires two versions of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. Year in review: Best smartphones of 2019 in terms of design and aesthetics. Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane to replace Bipin Rawat as Army chief. Apple iPad, Watch, AirPods among top 10 best gadgets of the decade. Year in Review: Abhijit Banerjee to Hima Das, 11 Indians who made us proud. New AP law to replace Telugu with English as teaching language in schools.

Should you hire a financial adviser to manage all your investments? Rs 26k-crore order for building Tejas Mark 1A to open door for Mark 2. 304 killed during 3-day Iran protest crackdown in Nov: New Amnesty toll. Maxwell to Steyn: 332 players shortlisted for 73 spots for IPL 2020 auction. Jio redux: Reliance's entry into diagnostics industry may lower prices. 313,000 cyber security incidents reported till October this year: Govt. LaLiga appoints Rohit Sharma as first-ever brand ambassador in India.

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