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Just like how the apple fell on Newton’s head and gave him the idea of gravity, so did necessity give rise to the Google Doodle. As a result of the incorporation and all that would come with Google being Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided the time had come to take a much needed break. With the Burning Man festival right around the corner, there was no other place the two could unwind at in a better way! However, they had to let their steadily growing user base know they were not at their office. They had the same idea as you: to use a quirky combination of the Burning Man logo and the Google logo! When they placed a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ in Google to signify they were not available, little did the founders know they were walking on the roads of creative history!

The logo culture mark was born

Users really enjoyed the new interactive change made to the Google logo. Calling it Google Doodle, users loved the idea of forming a connection with the great creators. This gave rise to the turkey in the doodle on Thanksgiving Day. With two turkeys on the o’s in Google, the first ever Thanksgiving Day doodle came to be in October, 1999!

The day was Bastille Day (in France) and Page and Brin wanted to make their presence felt through a doodle dedication. Enter Dennis Hwang, a designer who quite literally changed the face of doodles as people knew them then.

The Google Doodle team

On the 14th of March, 2001, Google’s first doodler, Dennis Hwang, gave the logo an impressionist look for Claude Monet’s birthday and this set the path for celebrating birthdays and important days in history! The initial doodles were simplistic in their design and style of drawing. The first change in design happened when they honoured the DNA and users discovered an incorrect double helix!

When this happened, Dennis realised there needed to be a massive change in the kind of doodles they were working on. January 2010 marked the first time Google experimented with animations by celebrating Isaac Newton. This created a brand new path for doodles and created change like never before! Over the years, Google has created over 2,000 unique illustrations.

The most popular Google Doodles

While the Burning Man doodle was the most creative doodle to come into being, there have been a lot more popular ones. Check them out here!

  • Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday

Google celebrated Freddie’s 65th birthday in the most creative way possible. If you hit the play icon, the doodle generated a truly special tribute to this great man!

  • 50th anniversary of the first man in space

If you hover with your mouse over the rocket, Google gave you the simulated experience of launching a rocket into space! A true dedication to Google, right? We think so!

  • Discovery of X Rays 

If you hovered your cursor over the rocket, Google gave you the simulated experience of launching a rocket into space! A true dedication, right? We think so!

  • 30th Anniversary of Pac Man 

Probably one of the most popular Google Doodles to date, Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac Man by letting you play the game for as long as you want. What made this so popular was it let people play with others, thereby creating a two player situation!

Google Doodles are a brilliant way to let people know that the company is not an evil corporation, but a company with a social connection. What are your favourite Doodles? Comment and let us know!

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Binny Bansal Sells ₹531 Crore Worth Flipkart Shares To Walmart

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Binny Bansal, an Indian billionaire, entrepreneur and co founder of the e-commerce website Flipkart, sold $ 76.4 million worth of his shares in Flipkart to Walmart’s Luxembourg entity FIT Holdings SARL.

Binny Bansal, along with his partner Sachin Bansal, co founded the Flipkart and served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2016.

Walmart, a multinational retail corporation, bought Flipkart in 2018 and back then, Bansal sold a small portion of his shares and held 3.85 % of stake.

Now, according to the documents filed by Flipkart with the regulators, Binny Bansal transferred 539,912 equity shares to FIT Holdings SARL.  These shares are valued to be $ 76.4 million (approximately Rs. 531 crores.)  This latest deal left him with only 3.52 % stake in Flipkart.

Vivek Durai, the founder of Paper.vc, a business intelligence platform, said, “With this transfer, Binny Bansal has monetised a small portion of his shareholdings. He had sold 1,122,433 shares for about $ 159 million during the Walmart takeover.”

According to his contract with Walmart, Binny Bansal is entitled to sell more than half of his shares to Walmart by August 2020 and he could gain around $ 400 million from this transaction.

Bansal, who is mostly based in Singapore, is now an investor in India’s  startup ecosystem and is also the co founder of xto10X Technologies, which was launched last year.

In December 2018, Binny Bansal invested a sprawling $ 25 million dollars in the online insurance startup Acko.  He also invested in several AI and healthtech startups.

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On the 18th of June, Facebook revealed details of its brand new cryptocurrency called Libra.  An alternative to cash, this cryptocoin can be used to buy things or send money to people with close to no fees.  The cryptocurrency is going to be launched by an association called The Libra Association, which consists of a group of companies interested in getting Libra out into the world.

You can use Libra to buy or cash out your Libra at local stores like grocery stores and through third party wallet apps.  To make using Libra an easier task, Facebook owned Calibra Wallet will be built into WhatsApp and Messenger, thereby simplifying transaction processes.  Although certain countries have banned the use of cryptocurrencies, Facebook is trying to break new ground with the launch of Libra.

While Facebook is launching Libra, the social media giant is not going to be in complete control of the cryptocoin.  The coin will be controlled by a consortium consisting of its founding members, Visa, Uber and Andreessen Horowitz. The three companies have invested at least $ 10 million each into the creation of this cryptocurrency.

Customers interested in holding or transferring the newly acquired token will be given multiple options to do what they wish.  To further simplify matters, Facebook will let customers access transactions through this cryptocurrency via a special app designed for iOS and Android.

To protect the identity of its users while making transactions through the new app, Facebook won’t require you to share personal details.  “The advent of the internet and mobile broadband has empowered billions of people globally to have access to the world’s knowledge and information, high fidelity communication, and a wide range of lowercost, more convenient services,” the Libra Association said in a paper announcing the cryptocurrency.

Libra will be made available to the world during the first half of 2020.  As of now, Facebook is focusing on building relationships in international waters.

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On the 13th of June, social media giant Facebook announced, it invested an undisclosed amount in Indian startup Meesho.

A Bengaluru based startup, Meesho works with resellers and emerging brands using social media.  This is the first time Facebook invested in a startup based in India. Through this investment, Facebook aims to increase its commitment to the Country’s vibrant internet ecosystem.

“Facebook is an ally for India’s economic growth and social development. We are excited about India and its rapidly rising Internet ecosystem. With this investment in Meesho, we want to fuel a business model that can result in rapid job creation and the rise of a female entrepreneurial class in India,” Ajit Mohan, the Managing Director of Facebook India, said in a statement.

It was two primary factors which made Facebook invest in Meesho.  The first reason was how the startup is growing outside the Tier II and III cities, where new users are present.  The second reason is, Meesho has a larger user base, 80 % of which are women.

So far, Meesho has raised $ 50 million from a Series C funding round in November last year.  According to industry reports, the startup helps people using its service earn close to Rs. 25,000 every month!  With WhatsApp playing a crucial role in the app’s growth, it comes as an added blessing that Facebook invested in this particular startup.

Through investments like these, Facebook is capitalizing on the social media boom happening in India.

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