In Brief: AI startup Gnani.ai rolls out conversational voicebot; Google Pay partners with Dunzo

In Brief: AI startup Gnani.ai rolls out conversational voicebot; Google Pay partners with Dunzo
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29 May, 2020

URLArtificial intelligence (AI) startup Gnani.ai has launched a multilingual conversational voice bot. The Gnani Collection VoiceBot will enable dialogue between customers and financial institutions using voice assistants, according to a statement. Customers can use the service on both feature phones and smartphones, in languages including Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali and Urdu, it added. 

Google Pay ties up with hyperlocal delivery platform Dunzo 

Google Pay, the payments unit of search engine giant Google, has tied up with hyperlocal delivery platform Dunzo, The Economic Times reported. Users can now place a Dunzo order through the Google Pay app as well, it said. The Bengaluru-based company, which reportedly clocks in one lakh orders a day, last raised capital in an $11 million debt funding round from Alteria Capital in February.

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Online retailer Paytm Mall mulls investment in Grofers 

At a time when the grocery segment is growing by leaps and bounds, online retailer Paytm Mall is in talks with grocery delivery platform Grofers for a potential investment, The Economic Times reported. Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, an investor in both Grofers and Paytm Mall, reportedly initiated the talks, which may result in a merger too, the financial daily said. Earlier this month, Grofers was eyeing a $70 million investment from returning investors SoftBank Vision Fund, Apoletto Asia and Sequoia Capital. 

Read: Paytm Mall partners with 10,000 stores for hyperlocal deliveries

Jio Platforms eyes $1 bn funding from Abu Dhabi state fund

Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment may infuse $1 billion in Reliance’s digital unit Jio Platforms, a report from Inc42 said. Earlier this week, technology major Microsoft was in talks with Jio Platforms to buy more than 2.5% stake in the digital company. In just the past few weeks, Jio has raised investments worth $10 billion from marquee investors, including Facebook, KKR & Co., Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, and General Atlantic.

CEO of software firm IceWarp to forgo salary till year-end 

Pramod Sharda, CEO of Springfield, Virginia-based software company IceWarp, will take a 100% pay cut for the rest of the year to avoid employee layoffs and pay cuts. The company’s staffers will continue to work from home until the Covid-19 crisis is under control, as their safety is paramount, Sharda said in a statement.

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Pegasystems launches skills training platform   

Software company Pegasystems has rolled out a training platform to allow clients and partners to upskill themselves. Pega Academy offers courses such as low-code app builder, business architect, Pega robot manager and Pega customer service foundation, as per a statement. Customers can access the courses for free and will receive a certification too, it said.

FIS rolls out global operations management solution

Jacksonville, Florida-based financial services and products provider Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has launched a desktop-based solution to help companies improve the efficiency of their global operations. The enterprise productivity, intelligence and compliance (EPIC) solution leverages advanced data analytics technology to enable personnel to monitor enterprise-wide operations from their desktops and allocate virtual and physical resources in real time, as per a statement. 

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