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Persistent to acquire US-based Capiot Software for $6.34 million
Capiot, founded in 2014, specializes in enterprise integration with expertise in MuleSoft, Red Hat and TIBCO. It also delivers enterprise modernization, with advanced proficiency in key partner platforms, frameworks and industry data models.

Revise royalty definition to include software payments by subsidiaries to parent: Developing countries tell UN tax committee
Many developing countries including India want to tweak royalty definition in upcoming tax treaties

Springworks joins hands with Cure.fit, Plum, YourDOST, Mindhouse, Clinikk, Nova, GoodHealth to launch Employee Wellness bundle for startups

Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently: Report
The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and the company doesn't expect to reopen its US offices until January of next year at the earliest.

Tata Technologies, GKN Automotive set up global e-mobility software engineering centre in India
The centre will leverage Tata Technologies’ expertise in electric and embedded systems to work on GKN Automotive’s next-generation e-Drive technologies. There are currently 42 engineers at the lab, which will increase to over 100 by the end of the year.

IIT Kharagpur launches telemedicine software
​​The system iMediX which is accessible by any standard internet browser and also from a mobile device, has been developed by researchers at IIT Kharagpurs Department of Computer Science and Engineering, an institute spokesperson said.

HCL, IBM expand alliance to help organisations with digital transformation
HCL Technologies, in a statement on Thursday, said the IBM Ecosystem Unit (IEU) at HCL will assist clients, including enterprises in regulated industries such as financial services, telecommunications, life sciences and healthcare and energy and utilities.

Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub reach 7.74 lakh learners in India via digital skills initiative
India accounted for close to 7.74 lakh learners - ranking second globally after the US that had ranked first with a reach of 2.5 million learners.

Many Apple services hit by outage, glitches
Some users were affected for a majority of the services, Apple said, adding that for two of the services — AppleCare in iOS and Apple School Manager — "all users were affected". In its latest update on the situation, the company gave the list of services that have now been restored.

India's external storage market sees 37 pc decline in growth on COVID-19 woes: IDC
The majority of the y-o-y decline is due to the impact of COVID-19 resulting in delayed demand for storage across organisations during the quarter, IDC said in a statement.

Microsoft Corp says disruption to Teams, Outlook resolved
The company said it has rolled back an update to its services, which had likely caused the disruption. Microsoft did not disclose details on how many users were impacted, but outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed that at its peak nearly 8,000 individuals reported issues with Teams and Outlook on late Monday.

Ban on Chinese apps: Indus OS turns profitable, targets new smartphone users
The company has become profitable on the basis of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, and has an annual recurring revenue of $10 million. Indus OS claims to have more than 100 million users. It monetises the app store by charging apps for premium placement on the page as well as promotional activities.

Judge rules in favour of Oracle in Labor Department’s $400 million pay bias lawsuit
The matter dates back to 2014, when the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audited the California-based firm and later sued it in 2017, alleging that the company owed women and minorities $400 million in unpaid wages between January 2013 and December 2016.

Snowflake Unveils Your Data Exchange Potential

SpringPeople partners with California-based Udacity to address Indian IT industry's skill gap
The training will address accelerating digital technology adoption across enterprises through in-demand technology learning paths.

India won't ease ban on TikTok post Oracle deal in the US, say officials
On Monday, global media reports said Oracle had emerged the winner for TikTok’s US operations, with the company likely to be named TikTok’s ‘trusted tech partner’. The deal is unlikely to be structured as an outright sale, the reports said.

STPI plans to have 25 centres of excellence in emerging technologies
The government is planning to support 1500 startups through these CoEs and has created a budget of Rs 400 crore, said Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI, at the CII Innovation Summit. He added that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is working to create a technology startup ecosystem to promote the development of software products in the country.

Wipro, US-based ProcessMaker ink pact to deliver workflow management solutions
This collaboration will leverage Wipro's proprietary technology platform iCaaS (Intelligent Content as a Service) along with ProcessMaker's Workflow automation platform to deliver Cognitive Content Automation solutions to customers, a Wipro statement said.

Overcoming challenges, Tamil Nadu software exports at Rs 25,000 cr in last 6 months: STPI
Over 90 per cent of employees in the Information Technology industry, working from home due to the outbreak, fulfilled the commitments made to the clients,Software Technology Parks of India Director, Sanjay Tyagi said. This figure was actually more than last year's exports during these two quarters, he said.

'We provide operational visibility around people, processes & tech'
Q&A with Rohit Singla, EVP, Sapience Analytics

Sonata Software partners with Treeni Sustainability Solutions
“Sonata recognizes the urgency and importance of addressing climate change, and they have shown their commitment towards effective climate action by investing in an innovative startup like Treeni. We view the synergies from this strategic relationship magnifying our ability to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our generation and future generations,” said Ankush Patel, CEO and Founder of Treeni Sustainability Solutions

Analytics for informed decisions - Innovation and insight in action
Analytics plays a vital role- it helps study patterns, understand the trends, improves the quality of decision making and helps governments fight the pandemic & businesses serve clients better.

App ban fallout: PUBG Corporation cancels India franchisee with Tencent Games
PUBG MOBILE is the mobile version of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company.

PUBG ban brings opportunity for Indian gaming firms to boost their domestic market share
The PUBG ban also opens up more opportunities in India for other global firms. It will boost the popularity of games like Sea’s Garena Free Fire and Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Mobile among India’s 628 million mobile gaming users, said the report.

India's answer to PUBG? Akshay Kumar announces the launch of action game FAU-G
Kumar is a big supporter of PM Modi's Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and this launch is also a part of that.

American Express sets up data analytics, risk & technology lab in IIT Madras
The lab would focus on risks that originate from human behavior and decisions. The overarching goal of the lab is to engineer technologies to best manage risk by developing a science-based understanding of humans’ strengths and weaknesses.

India labs play key role in developing cloud innovations: IBM
Citing examples of work done by the India team for the US Open, SBI YONO and Watson AI, Patil said "there's a lot more innovation in the pipeline".

Enterprise workforce analytics provider Sapience Analytics in pact with Redington India
Sapience Analytics’ workforce analytics technology is used by more than 200,000 users worldwide. Sapience Vue is the company’s next-generation advanced business analytics platform powered by business intelligence and machine learning that provides visibility into the effort and utilization of people, processes, and technology.

After PM Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat, desi apps in top 10 on Play Store
Several indigenous apps have raced to the top 10 on Google Play Store in their respective categories after PM Narendra Modi mentioned innovative apps on Mann Ki Baat last Sunday. In ‘social’ category, the indigenous apps trending in the top 10 are - Josh, Snapchat, Sharechat, Moj, Roposo and Chingari.

Cyient to acquire Australian consulting firm IG Partners to strengthen business in energy and mining industry
Cyient said it continues to invest in expanding its footprint and creating sustainable value for stakeholders with rapid sectoral growth in the region. The acquisition will enable the development of a unique customer proposition that allows customers to take full advantage of the growing convergence between operational and information technologies, it said.

CII launches Artificial Intelligence Forum chaired by IBM's Sandip Patel
The CII AI Forum will focus on building a strong AI ecosystem in India by building awareness at scale and enhancing capabilities by skilling/reskilling workforce for the future, CII said.

ABB Turbocharging ties up with Kongsberg Digital for common data collection, analysis
"ABB Turbocharging and Kongsberg Digital have signed a cooperation agreement on edge data collection and ship engine performance analysis," an ABB statement said.

SpringRole joins Matic Developer Support Program, offers $250K boost to blockchain cos

Snowflake Enables Business Success

Himanshu Singh beats 2.52lakh+ coders to win CodeGladiators2020 crown

Small towns steal the show in Government's home-grown video-conferencing contest
The VC Solution called Vconsol will be given financial support of Rs 1 crore with additional Rs 10 lakhs towards operations and maintenance for the next three years and will be deployed by the government for its internal use through a contract. Over the last few months, the ministry of electronics and IT has launched several contents to promote home-grown companies including those for semiconductors and mobile applications.

Triller registers around 40 million downloads in India
Los Angeles-based social video app Triller has seen around 40 million downloads from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India within a month and half of its launch, after the ban on Chinese short-video platform TikTok.

Apple, Google drop Fortnite from app stores over payments
Fortnite is free, but users can pay for in game accoutrements like weapons and skins. Its developer, Epic Games, said in a blog post Thursday that it was introducing Epic Direct payments, a direct payment plan for Apple's iOS and Google Play. Apple and Google said the service violates their guidelines.

Buzz of TikTok return causes uncertainty; investors now in a wait-and-watch mode
Most investors who were looking to bet on homegrown short-video apps which have proliferated in the past one month, may hold out before there is further clarity. Things have been changing every few days. ​The high-stakes sale of TikTok in the US and in India has changed the course of events, say investors.

Facebook Gaming finally clears Apple hurdle, arriving in app store
Games are the largest source of revenue for Apple on the App Store, and many tech executives have concluded that Apple blocks game services that could compete with its own products and sales. Apple, without directly addressing Facebook Gaming, said its App Store policies were designed to protect consumers.

Microsoft introduces 'Power Platform Return to the Workplace solution' in India
Designed for fast deployment and customisation, it is a comprehensive, end-to-end set of modules built on a secure and compliant platform, the company said.

Indian software product companies write to government requesting reforms
About 120 large product companies, including prominent ones such as Zoho, Freshworks, Tally Solutions and Quick Heal Technologies, have written to Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting that the government should do away with tax deducted at source (TDS) on local software products and Softex forms that assess the value of a product each time it is exported.

A timeline: Chinese apps face the heat everywhere over security concerns
A look at the timeline of such events in India and around the world

List of banned Chinese apps gets 15 new entries, most are 'lite', 'pro' versions
Among the new apps included in the list are photo editor AirBrush, short video and prediction tool Meipai and camera app BoXxCAM, which are owned by China’s Meitu, which makes smartphones as well as many popular selfie apps.

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