Rishi Sunak reimposes UK’s fracking ban; Apple confirms USB-C for iPhones; IBM India head warns against moonlighting
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UK’s new prime minister Indian-born Rishi Sunak reimposed the government’s ban on fracking, which had been lifted by his predecessor, Liz Truss, in her short-lived premiership, The Guardian reports. Apple has confirmed future iPhones will be equipped with USB-C charging ports after the EU made it a common standard, Wall Street Journal reports. And IBM’s India head has warned staff against moonlighting, according to Economic Times. Notes: UK’s new prime minister Rishi Sunak reimposed the government’s ban on fracking, which had been lifted by his predecessor, Liz Truss, in her short-lived premiership, The Guardian reports. Fracking will, in effect, remain banned under Rishi Sunak’s government, as the new prime minister was committed to the policy in the ruling conservative party’s 2019 manifesto. Apple has confirmed it will follow European Union legislation that sets a common charging standard for mobile phones and other portable electronic devices, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Obviously, we’ll have to comply,” Greg Joswiak, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said on Oct. 25 while speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference, the paper reports. Separately, Apple, yesterday, asked its global supply chain partners to take more steps to address their greenhouse gas emissions and take a comprehensive approach to decarbonisation, the company said in a press release. IBM’s India head has warned its Indian employees against moonlighting, saying critical client data and commercial assets could be at risk, Economic Times reports. “While an IBMer's time outside of work is their own, it also requires them to avoid engaging in activities that create a conflict of interest,” read an internal note from India managing director Sandip Patel sent to the employees, according to ET. Walmart’s Indian ecommerce company Flipkart is considering raising $2 billion to $3 billion at a valuation of more than $40 billion to expand its product range in India and challenge rivals, the Mint reported on Tuesday, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The world's biggest retailer is keen to bring in strategic investors for the Indian company but is also open to selling to large pure-play investment firms, according to the report which is behind a paywall but was picked up by Reuters. WATI (WhatsApp Team Inbox), a Hong Kong startup offering a customer and sales engagement tool, has raised $23 million in series B funding, led by Tiger Global, the company said in a press release. Existing investors Sequoia Capital India & Southeast Asia, and new investors DST Global Partners and Shopify joined in. Devtron, a startup that provides an open-source internal DevOps platform for Kubernetes adoption, has raised $12 million in new funding led by global software investor Insight Partners, according to a press release. Devtron will use the new capital to scale its team, drive adoption of its platform and expand into new markets. Theme music courtesy Free Music & Sounds: https://soundcloud.com/freemusicandsounds
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