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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.

Hit by Covid, IT firm Sonata looks for new business opportunities
The company had reported a 26% drop in profits for the quarter ended June 30 on account of the impact of the global shutdowns. This was better than what the company had initially anticipated – in March it had said that it expected an impact of upto 40% on its profits in the first half of the year owing to reduction in business from the travel and retail businesses.

Actifio, Persistent Systems form global alliance for digital transformation
The company’s global resources and experience give it the ability to scale quickly to meet the needs of enterprise clients. Actifio’s multi-cloud copy data management platform will help Persistent deliver modern data protection and instant data access that reduces time to market for new applications while improving security, compliance and governance.

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.

PUBG Mobile's player revenue from India almost negligible
PUBG Corp’s player revenue from India, its largest market in terms of users, is only 1.2% of what it rakes in globally, according to a market analysis of the Korean firm which is trying to get its mobile game 'PlayerUnknown's Battleground' unbanned in the country.

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.

Business, social networking, e-learning and health top areas for Indian app developers
This is a reflection of the kind of app development happening currently in the Indian startup ecosystem, said government officials. Under a first-of-its-kind contest -- called Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge -- the government shortlisted 24 companies from close to 7,000 entries from across the country.

'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".

Indian gamers upset over PUBG ban as community faces career loss
The move is expected to severely hurt India's small but fledgling game streaming and the professional gaming community. India's top game streamers and professional players earn up to 30 to 40 lakhs per month while mid-level ones earn 2 to 20 lakhs a month.

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.

Coronavirus pandemic: Half of KPIT employees to permanently work from home
The company, which primarily provides software solutions to automotive firms said that it expected to start growing again in the second half of the year, even while some impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continued in this quarter.

LTTS expands collaboration with Microsoft to offer workplace transformation solutions
The cloud-based smart buildings/campus/spaces solution helps monitor and manage building operations and optimise business metrics leveraging advanced IoT based Edge Analytics and machine learning algorithms, the engineering services company said in a statement.

India blocks top Chinese apps Baidu, Weibo, to be taken off from app stores
Baidu Search and Weibo, among the most influential apps of China and dubbed as the country’s answer to Google search and Twitter respectively, have been blocked in India. Weibo, launched in 2009 by Sina Corporation, has over 500 million registered users globally. Baidu has been testing waters in India. One of its significant products here is Facemoji keyboar

After case against Cisco, US group gathers evidence against caste discrimination in Silicon Valley
Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC) in California is collecting evidence following the US State’s lawsuit against networking tech company Cisco Systems for allegedly denying professional opportunities to an unnamed engineer.

IMD launches weather app for real-time updates and warnings across India
Called "Mausam", the app is aimed at the urban population and will provide realised weather features and forecasts for upto a week across the listed 450 cities. It will also show radar and satellite images, which were earlier visible only on IMD's website.

Wipro may offer AI tool Ethica to clients as the CEO looks to revamp digital technology-based solutions
New CEO Thierry Delaporte looks to ramp up internal tech offerings, hence Wipro's Ethica can help companies ensure that their consumer-facing solutions are transparent, ethical and unbiased. It will also help in unbiased revenue forecasting for companies.

2nd digital strike targets clones of banned China apps, Google and Apple Inc directed to remove these apps
Google and Apple Inc, which run popular mobile operating systems Android and iOS, respectively, were directed to remove these apps from their app stores, and they are expected to comply with the order

Govt bans 47 more Chinese apps citing risks to national sovereignty, integrity and defence
The source privy to the development said that the 47 additional Chinese apps that have been banned now were clones and variants of the apps which were blocked earlier.

Strengthening cybersecurity: Government to write a code for apps to run on
The exercise is likely to be done in consultation with the ministries of home, electronics and IT and I&B besides the department of telecommunications (DoT), sources said.

Sterlite Tech says BSNL's outstanding dues now below Rs 100 cr, expects substantial settlement this year
The pending dues were for optical fibre cable sales to BSNL, the supplies for which happened in 2018, he said, adding that the payment issue was limited only to telcos' capex-related maintenance and upgrade work, and not state rural broadband and other projects.

JioMart app now available on both Google's Android Playstore and iOS
Within a few days of its launch, JioMart app crossed the 10 lakh downloads mark on the Google Play Store and is one of the top three apps in the 'Shopping' category. With the launch of the app, JioMart now enables increased omni-platform interface bringing seamless and enhanced accessibility to consumers.

Digital technology: Indian SaaS industry to grow six times by 2025, says Nasscom
For India to take advantage of this untapped market share, Indian SaaS companies need to ensure business continuity during times like COVID-19, enhance their existing value proposition and identify growth opportunities, among others.

Not just the Chinese, govt should look into all global apps: Kavin Mittal, Hike founder
"This ban on Chinese applications and promoting the ‘atmanirbhar’ mentality, I think is a great step forward for India's interest. And my question is, you know, if we truly want to do that, let’s look at applying the same guidelines for security in national interest to all apps across the globe," he said.

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