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Hyderabad start-up launches news app Veooz in 40 countries in 10 languages

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Hyderabad-based start-up, promoted by a former top executive of Microsoft, has
built a news app, Veooz that promises to make it easier for users to get to the
news that is most relevant to them. Veooz brings real-time news in 10 languages,
including English, Hindi, Telugu, others.

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Hyderabad-based start-up, promoted by a former top executive of Microsoft, has
built a news app, Veooz that promises to make it easier for users to get to the
news that is most relevant to them. Veooz brings real-time news in 10 languages,
including English, Hindi, Telugu, others.

According to a Hindu Business
Line
report, besides offering news, the app give the users the buzz
around top news – what people are saying about it in social media.

Srini Koppolu, who led a small team from Redmond to build a development
centre for Microsoft in India, said the start-up wrote algorithms that cull out
the most talked about, most current news from a particular geography to suit
users from that geography. It is currently available in 40 countries.

“Users can just go to the next news item by swiping the screen or can go
to the more detailed version of the story,” Srini Koppolu told the Hindu Business Line.

Few years ago, Srini, who built MSIDC into an important development
centre for Microsoft, had quit to pursue his entrepreneurial ventures. He has
invested in a few start-ups since then, besides taking part in activities to
build the start-up ecosystem in the city.

The founders of Veooz included Vasudeva Varma (Dean R&D
IIIT-Hyderabad) and Prasad Pingali are experts in search, machine learning and
natural language processing. The start-up has a team of 16 people, all working
out of its Hyderabad office.

“With a vision to provide easy access to relevant news to the widest
audience across the world, we are making the Veooz app available in 10
languages in India along with the English versions for 40 countries,” Srini
Koppolu, Founder CEO, was quoted in the report as saying.

“A majority of the people from India can use the app in their language
and stay current with important stories,” he added in the report.

“Veooz alogirithms skim through the headlines, read a short summary, or
the full story. Using the 360 feature, they can get in-depth coverage with
related stories, pictures, videos, and live buzz. It can filter out noise and
show relevant and meaningful posts from influential people from social media,”
he was quoted in the report as saying.

Prasad Pingali, Chief Technology Officer of Veooz,
added that users can choose from 1,00,000 topics and 1,000 cities to get
personalised feed.

The app is available in Android, iOS and desktop versions.

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