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Daily Digest of Tech Policy News and Updates (April 27, 2021)

Bringing you quick updates on the tech space, policy making and digital rights from India and across the globe. Global tech giants and Indian startups join fight against COVID-19 tsunami Global tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are stepping up their efforts to help India's healthcare workers and administration deal with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While startup founders and entrepreneurs have been working on providing logistical support and information about hospital beds, oxygen suppliers and other resources, many of these companies are making product changes to raise funds and provide logistical support. Google announced that it would donate Rs 135 crore to Give India and UNICEF. "We’re increasing our support today with an additional Rs 112 crore in Ad Grants to local health authorities and nonprofits for more language coverage options," it said. Google has integrated COVID-19 information features into Google Search, Maps, Youtube and Ads. In a tweet, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said that the company will use its resources and technology for relief efforts and support for buying oxygen devices. Amazon is airlifting over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. "Amazon India is also procuring over 1500 oxygen concentrators and other critical medical equipment that will be donated to hospitals and medical facilities in partnership with multiple non-profits including Swasth, Concern India and impact organizations like ACT Grants and Sattva Consulting," it said. Industry-led efforts Several startup founders have pledged to raise Rs 75 crore for home health management, oxygen…

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