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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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Apple Inc., launched its iPhone 11 lineup on September 10th 2019.  The launch happened in San Jose, where the headquarters of the Company are located.  The iPhone 11 lineup includes the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.  The price of the new iPhones ranges from $ 699 to $ 1099, with the iPhone 11 being the cheapest.  During the launch, Apple also introduced other devices like the next gen Apple watch, the 7th gen iPad and the Apple Arcade.

The new iPhone 11 is an upgraded version of the iPhone XR, while the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are upgrades of the iPhone XS and XS Max respectively.  The iPhone 11 is directed at the price sensitive Indian market.

During the launch, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said, “iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the most powerful and advanced smartphones we have ever made. They are packed with sophisticated technology that pros can count on to get their work done, and for anyone who wants the very best device made, even if they are not a pro.”

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iPhone 11

The new iPhone 11 will be available in three storage variants of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.  The iPhone 11 will be powered by A13 Bionic, which is a new processor designed by Apple. The smartphone will have a 6.1 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1792 X 828 pixels.  The rear camera of the iPhone 11 consists of two lenses and both have a 12 megapixel image sensor. The iPhone 11 is dust and water resistant and will be available in black, green, yellow, purple, red and white variants. 

iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max

The Pro and Pro Max versions are quite expensive compared to the iPhone 11.  They are priced at $ 999 and $ 1099 respectively. The smartphones will be available in three storage variants of 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.  The rear camera of both the smartphones consists of three lenses. The OLED display of iPhone Pro and Pro Max are 5.8 and 6.5 inches respectively.  Just like the iPhone 11, these models are also dust and water resistant. 

 

The iPhone 11 lineup will be released on September 20th 2019 in the United States of America and on September 27th 2019 in India.

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Jack Ma retired from Alibaba, the Company he built 20 years ago, on September 10th 2019 as its Chairman.  Ma announced last year he would retire from Alibaba in September 2019.

Jack Ma co founded Alibaba in 1999 as a B2B marketplace site, at his apartment in Hangzhou, China.  Alibaba Group Holding Limited is now one of the biggest and most valuable companies in the world. The Company owns and operates businesses in numerous sectors around the world.  With a market value of $ 420 million, Alibaba made Jack Ma one of the richest people in China, with a net worth of $ 35.6 billion. He is also considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world.

Jack Ma decided to retire from Alibaba in order to pursue educational and philanthropic work.  Daniel Zhang, who is the CEO of the Company since 2015, will step into Jack Ma’s shoes as the executive chairman of Alibaba. 

To bid farewell to Jack Ma, the Company held a four hour celebration at an Olympic sized stadium in Hangzhou with a capacity to accommodate 80,000 people.  Jack Ma, who is known for his colorful personality and performed at a Chinese music festival, did not disappoint anyone this time either.  Ma, dressed as a rockstar with a fake wig and holding an electronic guitar, gave a powerful performance in front of his employees. 

Speaking about his retirement at the event, Jack Ma said, “After tonight, I will start a new life. I do believe the world is good, there are so many opportunities and I love excitement so much, which is why I will retire early.

Even though Jack Ma retired from Alibaba as its Chairman, he will stay on the Company’s board till 2020 and will remain a lifetime partner of Alibaba Partnership. 

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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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