Now, Pay at McDonald’s With Your Mobile via FreeCharge

Now, Pay at McDonald's With Your Mobile via FreeCharge

Digital payments platform FreeCharge announced its exclusive partnership with Westlife Development Ltd, owner of the master franchisee of fast food chain McDonald’s west and south India operations. This will allow McDonald’s customers to make offline payments using their FreeCharge wallet.

The service has gone live starting January 14, 2016 across all these restaurants, the offline integration has been rolled out across 216 McDonald’s restaurants spread across 26 cities in West and South regions of India, the company said. To encourage adoption, FreeCharge has launched a 50 percent cashback offer for customers on their first transaction, with a maximum cashback of Rs. 100. The offer will be valid till January 31, the company said.

The integration uses an On-the-Go Pin authentication method, which lets customers generate a code on the FreeCharge wallet even the smartphone is not connected to the Internet. The partnership will help strengthen its reach in F&B sector, the company said.

Govind Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, FreeCharge, said that McDonald’s implementation was the most stringent test a payment system can undergo. “We worked closely with McDonald’s to deliver a ‘built-to-order’ product as per their specifications. The transactions are done within 10 seconds in a secure manner. Most importantly McDonald’s did not have to make any extra investment to integrate our product,” he said in an emailed statement.

FreeCharge had entered into a partnership with fashion retailer Shoppers Stop in November 2015. FreeCharge claims to have over 30 million registered users and 15 million active wallet users on its wallet, launched in September 2015, and available on the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store.

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Delhi Government Launches App to Make Citizens ‘VAT Inspectors’

Delhi Government Launches App to Make Citizens 'VAT Inspectors'

To boost Delhi government’s tax collection and bring in transparency, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Siodia Monday launched ‘DVAT BILL’ app and said that people can play an important role in governance through this mobile application.

The software has been developed by Delhi government’s Trade and Taxes department.

Sisodia, who also holds finance portfolio, said that through this app, people can become a “VAT Inspectors”.

“Today, technology gives power to any citizen to be as powerful as MLAs, minister or bureaucrat. We are extending the opportunity through this app,” Sisodia said.

VAT Commissioner S S Yadav said the scheme would be for bill or cash memo/retail invoice of not less than Rs. 100 for purchases made from a registered dealer in Delhi.

“To be eligible for the reward scheme, the taxable value of the goods purchased should not be less than Rs. 100,” Yadav said.

“The customer can upload the picture of bill/cash memo in the mobile or the send the snapshot of the bill on the application. A unique ID would be generated for each bill,” Yadav.

The bill should have the registration number (TIN) of the dealer, besides full name of each item purchased, apart from the rate of tax charged against each.

The cash award would be transferred to the bank account of the customer directly after verification of the purchases from the seller through ward VAT inspector.

The winner would be selected through a computerised lucky draw on 15th of every month using the unique IDs generated against each bill received by the department.

The prize amount would be five times the value of goods purchased (excluding tax), subject to a maximum of Rs. 50,000.

However, the scheme will not be applicable on the purchase of motor vehicle, petroleum product and tax invoice taxation between dealer and embassy sales.

According to the Deputy Chief Minister, honest traders don’t need to fear from this app.

“By this app, we will catch those traders who are evading tax. I want to assure that honest traders who give tax on time don’t need to fear…we have decentralised the power from VAT officers to the entire Delhi resident,” Sisodia said.

Chief Secretary K K Sharma and Principal Secretary (Finance) S N Sansom were also present in the event.

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Facebook Adds Android App Support for Anonymity Service Tor

Facebook Adds Android App Support for Anonymity Service Tor

Users of Facebook Inc’s Android app can now privately browse the world’s largest social network through the anonymity service Tor, the company said on Tuesday.

The feature expands a collaboration that allowed Facebook users to directly access its site via Tor’s browser on personal computers. It comes as policymakers and technology companies debate whether digital privacy should be curbed to help regulators more easily thwart hackers.

Kate Krauss, a spokeswoman for the Tor Project, a group of developers that oversees development of the anonymity software, said Android support could help expand Tor due to Facebook’s large following. Facebook has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users.

“Everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost everybody is on Facebook, Krauss said via Signal, an encrypted messaging service. “This will allow people to choose whether to share their location or not. For some people, this is convenience. For others it is lifesaving.”

Tor has no plans to support Facebook’s mobile app for Apple Inc’s iPhone, Krauss said.

Facebook said in a blog post that a “sizeable community” has grown around its feature launched in 2014, which allowed users to access its site via Tor on PCs. That has prompted calls for additional Tor support, it added.

Tor is used to hide computer IP addresses, typically by concealing the identity of an Internet user. Its popularity has grown following revelations of US spying on the Internet by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

Tor was funded by the US government as a communications tool to be used by dissidents in oppressive countries, but it has increasingly drawn ire from U.S. spies who are frustrated by how difficult it is to monitor the platform’s users.

Using Tor on Android requires a download of Orbot, an app that is used to connect to Tor, and updating Facebook’s app settings.

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Twitter Says Widespread Outages Resolved; Blames Glitchy Software Update

Twitter Says Widespread Outages Resolved; Blames Glitchy Software Update

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had reversed a glitchy software update and resolved outages widely reported across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America that affected users of the social network on computers and phones.

In a status update at 1800 GMT (1 p.m. EST), Twitter said an “intermittent issue affecting some users” was related to “an internal code change.”

“We reverted the change, which fixed the issue,” Twitter said in a statement. There was no immediate way to determine whether full service had been restored for all users.

Twitter Inc shares were down almost 7 percent at market close. Wall Street has long worried about Twitter’s stagnant growth in users and advertising revenue, and analysts said the outage added to the concern.

“The current market malaise and the recent site outages are compounding the negatives and having a very negative reaction on the shares,” said Victor Anthony, Axiom Capital Management analyst.

Some users who tweeted with the hashtag #twitterdown reported they had not experienced problems or that their service had been restored. Others said they were still having problems after Twitter’s announcement.

Many pointed out that Twitter could not have been down for everyone since #twitterdown was among the top trending hashtags on the site.

Both Twitter’s Internet and mobile services began experiencing outages concentrated in northern Europe around 0820 GMT.

Users from Scandinavia to Saudi Arabia to South Africa reported outages. India and Russia also suffered performance issues, according to a Twitter technical site.

Intermittent breakdowns later spread to the United States and Canada in the early part of their working day.

Sporadic disruptions continued at 1420 GMT, six hours after they first began to spread. At approximately 1745 GMT Twitter reported that some users were still having trouble accessing the service.

Fifteen minutes later the company announced the service problems had been resolved. A company spokeswoman had no further comment.

Even during the outage, services had been restored for some affected users, only to fail again.

Twitter currently has just over 300 million users but had its slowest user growth in 2015. It was eclipsed by photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook Inc and surpassed 400 million users last year.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square Inc, was down almost 8 percent on Tuesday, though the reason for that was unclear.

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