Miscellany

Miscellany

With Alphabet, Google faces a daunting challenge

Google’s self-professed mission is to organise the world’s information. But a company known for engineering excellence is still trying to solve the very human problem of how to organise itself.
Nearly two years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page announced the tech giant would be remade as Alphabet, a holding company whose units would include Google and an array of unrelated pursuits in areas such as healthcare, self-driving cars and urban planning.

Getting right tutor

GenextStudents, India's first hybrid tutoring platform combining the best of private tutoring with technology enabled learning for CBSE, ICSE and state boards, floated by two London School of Economics alumni - Ali Asgar Kagzi and Asad Daud, is now gearing up to have 80,000+ ‘TUTORPRENEURS’ onboard providing 10 million tutoring sessions by 2020. It has also drawn up an ambitious plan of reaching tier-2 and 3 cities and towns along with Lucknow and Bangalore, where it has recently launched its operations and Jaipur, Hyderabad and Chennai.

Software testing complete, ready for smooth GST rollout: GSTN

GST Network, the company providing technology backbone for the new indirect tax regime, today said it has completed all software trials and testings necessary to successfully rollout GST from July 1.
Over 66 lakh taxpayers have enrolled on the GSTN portal, Chairman Navin Kumar said.
"GST IT system has undergone all mandatory tests and has been opened for new registrations and enrolments on June 25. We would like to assure everyone that the system is functioning smoothly," he said.

Will continue focus on India's premium smartphone mkt: OnePlus

Chinese handset maker OnePlus will continue to focus on the premium handset market in India, a segment that is dominated by Samsung and Apple, to drive its growth in the country.
"India is a very important market for us. We have seen our market share growing here and we will continue to focus on the premium segment (USD 400 and above) here," OnePlus General Manager India Vikas Agarwal told PTI.

EU likely to slap 2b euro fine on Google this week

The EU’s powerful anti-trust regulator will slap Google with a record fine as early as Tuesday in another European blow against a US tech giant, sources said.
Led by hard-charging European Commission competition chief Margrethe Vest­a­ger, the EU will impose a massive penalty against Go­ogle that would break the previous record of 1.06 billi­on euros set in 2009 against Intel, the US chipmaker.

Banks turn to cybersecurity experts to help get deals done

Executives and investors are hiring an unlikely crowd to help them do deals: computer geeks.
Companies and investment funds are adding an extra layer of scrutiny to acquisitions by screening targets for cybersecurity risks, as global computer attacks raise awareness. That’s pro­mpting offers specifically tailored to takeovers by a variety of players, from consultants like Deloitte to software providers including Intralinks Holdings.

DoT working on stricter rules for tracking lost cell phones

The Department of Telecom is working on rules to make tampering of IMEI number -- a unique 15-digit serial number of mobile devices -- a punishable offence with up to three
years of imprisonment.
The move will help curb issues pertaining to fake IMEI numbers and also ease tracking of lost mobile phones.
"It is difficult to track mobile phones because of duplicate IMEI numbers. The DoT is working on rules to make tampering of IMEI numbers a punishable offence under Indian Telegraph Act," a government official said.

Russia, upping pressure on Telegram app, says terrorists use it

Russia's FSB security service said on Monday that the Telegram messaging app had been used by terrorists to plot atrocities on Russian soil, increasing pressure on the service days after the authorities accused it of violating Russian legislation.

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Friday it would block Telegram unless it handed over information about the company that controlled Telegram, something it said Telegram had so far refused to do.

COAI opposes plan for mandatory testing of telecom products

Cellular operators body COAI has opposed a proposal for mandatory testing of telecom products, saying the move will "cripple" the debt-ridden sector and increase cost of telecom services hurting end-consumers.
In a letter to the Telecommunication Engineering Centre, which is proposing compulsory testing and certification of telecom gears, the COAI said the proposal should be "abolished" as it may act as a "technical barrier to trade".

Financial year likely to be changed from 2018; Budget in Nov?

Come 2018 and the financial year in India could commence from January instead of April as the Centre appears set to make the historic transition to end the 150-year-old tradition.
Accordingly, the next Budget could be presented by the Centre in November this year, high level government sources told PTI here today.
The sources said the government is working on aligning the financial year with the calendar year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for a change.
This would be another historic change after advancement of the Budget

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