Grocery War: Jio+WhatsApp Vs Amazon

Indians can now use WhatsApp to order groceries from billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s JioMart via a new “tap and chat” option, as his Reliance Industries Ltd challenges the domination of Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart.

Delivery is free and there’s no minimum order value, according to JioMart users who got WhatsApp shopping invites with a 90-second tutorial and catalog. Among the daily essentials on offer are fruits, vegetables, cereal, toothpaste and cooking staples like paneer cottage cheese and chickpea flour. Customers can fill their shopping baskets within the app and pay either via JioMart or in cash when receiving their order.

Times Of India

Amazon is good. Very good. But this is grocery delivery and Groceries are not delivered from China. Amazon has a well oiled fine tuned supply chain machine from China to America for stuff.

If I had to bet 1 Rupee, I would put it on Jio+WhatsApp winning the Grocery War…..Time will tell.

Talking about Amazon Supply Chain, read this excellent excellent article from Ben Thompson.

Tim Cook China Deal

Inside Tim Cook’s Secret $275 Billion Deal with Chinese Authorities

Apple’s iPhone recently became the top-selling smartphone in China, its second-biggest market after the U.S., for the first time in six years. But the company owes much of that success to CEO Tim Cook, who laid the foundation years ago by secretly signing an agreement, estimated to be worth more than $275 billion, with Chinese officials promising Apple would do its part to develop China’s economy and technological prowess through investments, business deals and worker training.

Then Information

Sab Ganda Hai Par Dhanda Hai.


On Thursday (December 9th), a 0-day exploit in the popular Java logging library log4j (version 2) was discovered that results in Remote Code Execution (RCE) by logging a certain string.

Given how ubiquitous this library is, the impact of the exploit (full server control), and how easy it is to exploit, the impact of this vulnerability is quite severe. We’re calling it “Log4Shell” for short.

The 0-day was tweeted along with a POC posted on GitHub. It has now been published as CVE-2021-44228.

This post provides resources to help you understand the vulnerability and how to mitigate it.


Lord have mercy.

“We expect the vulnerability to be widely exploited by sophisticated actors and we have limited time to take necessary steps in order to reduce the likelihood of damage,” she said of the Apache Log4j flaw. The issue is an unauthenticated remote execution vulnerability that could allow an intruder to take over an affected device.

Hundreds of millions of devices are likely to be affected, said Jay Gazlay of CISA’s vulnerability management office in the call with critical infrastructure owners and operators.


Hundreds of millions!

Magnus Carlsen

It was the first time in five years that a championship classical game—the format played under long time controls—didn’t end in a draw. The chess world could hardly believe what it was seeing. In the age of supercomputer-trained super grandmasters, there were widespread fears that world championships were becoming dull and predictable. Preparation seemed to trump inventiveness.

What even his rivals marvel at is how Carlsen, 31, has weaponized the computer revolution against them. He does it not by overpowering opponents with calculation, but by harnessing that digital knowledge to turn games into more human battles.

“Magnus is proud of saying that he’s probably the top player who works the least with the computer and is the least influenced by the computer,” said Carlsen’s coach, Peter Heine Nielsen. “He wants to trust his own evaluation, his human touch and to keep that.”

Wall Street Journal


Bob Biswas

Abhishek Bachchan’s best movie was Guru. Where he played a Gujarati

Few years later, he again played a Gujarati in Big Bull. Excellent role.

Now he is playing Bengali in Bob Biswas. I wish him good luck. Junior Bachchan might get better luck in acting in 40s than 20s. He certainly have become a mature actor for sure.

For India and Pakistan, Cricket Is Never Just a Game

For India and Pakistan, Cricket Is Never Just a Game

The event will be watched by hundreds of millions around the world, on televisions in remote villages, jumbo screens in crowded cities, phones in migrant labor tenements and flickering monitors in the living rooms of a diaspora spread across the world’s time zones.

New York Times

Even here in california, Indians are ready to watch the game on their TVs or iPads or iPhones.

“We need to maintain a cricketing bond,” Ramiz Raja, who leads the Pakistan Cricket Board, said after meeting his Indian counterpart. “Our stance is, ‘The further politics remains from cricket, the better.’”

New York Times

I belong to the camp that thinks, no cricket until all political issues are resolved. The day Indians don’t care about India-Pakistan match, is the day we will be able to solve political issues with Pakistan.

But that ain’t happening soon.

Who Are America’s Billionaires, Anyway?

Who Are America’s Billionaires, Anyway?

Sam Bankman-Fried, 29, is a prime example of a new kind of billionaire. In 2011, during the Occupy Wall Street protests, he was a student at M.I.T., considering becoming a physics professor and interested in effective altruism, a philosophy that supports applying data and evidence to doing the most good for the many.

That led him to trading on Wall Street for a few years after graduation and then into the cryptocurrency field in 2017. He started Alameda Research, a crypto trading entity in California, and in 2018 moved to Hong Kong, where he later launched FTX, a crypto derivatives exchange that offers products unavailable to U.S. traders.

Today he is worth $26.5 billion on paper. He is not a fan of the proposed billionaire tax, which would tax unrealized gains in the value of liquid assets, such as stocks, bonds and cash. For founders whose wealth is tied up in their companies, that could pose a dilemma.

“I think my biggest worry is that, especially when someone’s stock ownership far outstrips their liquid cash, taxing unrealized gains would cause massive forced selling of holdings, constant churn and cause companies to decide not to go public,” Mr. Bankman-Fried said in a statement to The New York Times. “I think this could cause hugely negative collateral damage, significantly reducing the amount of innovation and taxable base in the first place.”

New York Times

2011: Student at MIT
2021: Billionaire. ($26 Billion)