ShareChat – Short Video Platform

ShareChat is an Indian social media short video app developed by Bangalore-based Mohalla Tech Pvt Ltd which helps to communicate with friends, and share jokes, videos, quotes, and images in 15+ languages. Now they are in an advanced stage of discussions with Google, Temasek, and other investors to close a $300 million funding round at a valuation of $5 billion and the deal is expected to be closed by June 2022 according to the report from Reuters

Mohalla Tech also raised $266 million in December 2021 at a valuation of $3.7 billion.

Google, Temasek, and others back ShareChat

Short video platform giant TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) came into existence in India due to the banned of Chinese apps, there are lots of new alternative short video apps entered the market. This Sharechat platform changed the video creation process to a whole new level when compare to other apps so that it hits 100M+ downloads in the play store and App store. 

With the popularity and increasing views of short videos, other social media giants like Youtube and Instagram came up with their alternatives – Shorts and Reels. While these international tech giants were growing all over the world, Indian startups like ShareChat, MX TakaTak, and Moj were also coming into the picture. As of today, ShareChat has over 180 million users, and Alphabet Inc’s Google appears to be enthralled by its popularity, as it does its second backing for an Indian short video platform. Google also invested in Josh, another Indian short video platform that competes ShareChat.

When contacted, Google and Temasek declined to offer any comment on the matter, terming it speculative information. “As a matter of policy, Temasek does not comment on market speculation and rumors,” a Temasek spokesperson said. The email query sent to Mohalla Tech did not elicit any reply.

In February, the company merged Times Group’s short video platform MX Takatak with its Moj platform, claiming that Moj and MX TakaTak will create the largest short-video platform for Indians. Because both platforms will have over 100 million creators, over 300 million monthly active users (MAU), and nearly 250 billion monthly video views.

Elon Musk was shown very much interest to buy a stake of between 6% and 8% in ShareChat, if the bid by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk to buy Twitter would not happen. 

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US Presidential Election

The World’s eyes are on the US election 2020 is scheduled on Nov 3rd which will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election between current USA President Donald Trump and Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Both candidates starting their campaigns and done their first presidential debate last month. But Trump has refused to participate in the second US presidential election debate after it was announced the event would be held virtually due to his diagnosis.   

Google’s Find Nearby Polling Location Feature

So voters who want to know the nearest polling place or ballot dropbox to register your vote? Tech giant Google Inc, recently in a new blog post says launched a new feature for US voters to find nearest voting locations by their search engine, Google assistant, and maps. 

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People who go to Google Search to find voting information, now they can easily find details while search ‘early voting locations’ or ‘ballot drop boxes near me’, providing voters with details on where they can vote in-person or return their mail-in ballot. 

This feature is also extended to Google Assistant. If you’ve got an Assistant-powered device nearby (An android phone, Nest Mini, or Nest Hub), so voters can ask ‘Hey Google, where do I vote?’ and they get details via an Assistant-enabled smartphone, smart speaker, or smart display.      

Same as if someone searching for “voting locations near me” in the Google Maps in a mobile app, it shows results based on location by tapping the “Directions” button will get the nearest voting place details. 

Google product manager Yunhan Xu says the reason to highlight polling locations directly in Search in Maps comes after searches for “how to vote” in the US reached record-highs this year.

Google says, they pulling its nearby polling location information from the Voting Information Project as partnered with Democracy Works and state election officials. The company says they’ll be adding more polling places until US Election Day, expecting to have more than 200,000 in the system when all is said and done.

Official Website for US Election 2020

If you feel don’t want to get your polling place details from Google search, maps, and assistant or just want more clarification about polling locations? There’s an always official site like Vote.org and usa.gov/voting also provides info on checking your voter registration status, becoming a poll worker, etc.