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Google's plan to bring the internet to the world through balloons is ready for the next level
In the world of win-wins, Google's Loon project has got to be a top candidate. 3.4 billion people around the world still don't have internet. The cost of covering this population with traditional cellphone towers or broadband is prohibitive. Enter, Google's Loon project, which uses hot air balloons to provide connectivity to hundreds of thousands of people. Of course, Google can serve more ads and make more money once these people join the web, but the internet itself can potentially be free and net-neutral. This project has gone through several generations of R&D now within Alphabet and is beginning to look promising. Case in point, the company managed to connect over 250,000 people to the internet in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria last year - some who had never been connected in the first place - and kept a balloon in the area for 98 days. (It hopes, in the future to be able to keep balloons in the air for 200 days.)

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Swadeshi Jagran Manch raises concern over Chinese ecommerce apps bypassing laws, duties
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Curefit may foray into online retailing of sportswear, health and fitness startup, may enter online retailing of sportswear soon. The Bengaluru-headquartered firm has already started hiring key executives for ...

Amway bets big on India for herbal personal care before going global
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Outgoing Unilever Chief Paul Polman Regrets Not Jumping On The E-Commerce Bus Earlier
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Walmart India to open 15 stores in Maharashtra

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Apple shifts marketing staff to boost sagging iPhone sales

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How Bangalore Bookshop Atta Galatta Keeps Itself Going In A World Of E-Books

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Global Consumer Electronics B2C E-Commerce Market 2018-2023: China and the USA Lead in Online Purchases of Consumer Electronics
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Airport Retailing Market
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Retailers Eye Industry-Shaking Innovation With Accelerators

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Indian retail market is a $100 million opportunity for us: Samson Khaou, Dassault Systemes
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