BSNL lost 2 crore subscribers in 2014-15

NEW DELHI: State-run BSNL lost about 2 crore subscribers in the last financial year as the telco could not match aggressive marketing by private operators besides persisting issues related to coverage and quality of its services. According to an official in the Department of Telecom, BSNL lost about 1.78 crore wireless and over 20 lakh wireline subscribers between March 2014 and March 2015. Stating the reasons responsible for the loss of wireless subscribers, the official said BSNL was not able to match the aggressive marketing of services by private telecom…

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IBM launches Linux-only mainframe system LinuxONE

NEW DELHI: International Business Machines has launched Linux-only mainframe servers called LinuxONE. The severs include LinuxONE Emperor for large enterprises and Rockhopper for mid-size businesses. IBM claimed LinuxONE Emperor can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or thousands of containers, which would be the most for any single Linux system. The Linux One Empire system will be based on IBM’s z13 mainframe computer, which had been designed for high-volume mobile transactions. LinuxOne system will work with open software such as Apache Spark, Maria, Posture and Chef, according to the company….

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Facebook: Cancelled Indian-origin techie’s internship for misusing data

NEW DELHI: Facebook has dismissed reports that an Indian-origin Harvard student Aran Khanna’s internship was cancelled for pointing out the privacy flaws in the social media’s messenger service. “We don’t dismiss employees for exposing privacy flaws, but we do take it seriously when someone misuses user data and puts people at risk,” Facebook said in a statement. “We began developing improvements to location sharing months ago, based on inputs from people who use Messenger. His (Khanna’s) mapping tool scrapped Facebook data in a way that violated our terms, and those…

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Aran Khanna refutes Facebook claim, says complied to company’s requests

NEW DELHI: A day after Facebook claimed that Indian-origin Aran Khanna did not remove the code from a malicious app despite requests, Khanna said that he had complied with all requests of the social media giant. “I complied with Facebook’s requests, as they pertained to both my interactions with the media and the handling of the code, every step of the way,” Khanna told IANS in an email response, adding: “My intentions were never malicious; I simply sought to draw attention to a privacy issue that I knew many people…

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Falling rupee to boost earnings of TCS, Infosys and other IT companies

The rupee’s sudden fall in the past few days may prove to be an added advantage for software exporters who are betting big on the improving outsourcing demand in the US and Europe. The rupee traded at 65 per US dollar on Friday. This is 2.5% depreciation from the average rupee level of 63.4 at the end of the June 2015 quarter. Industry trackers point out that every 1% fall in the rupee may improve operating margin of software exporters by 30-50 bps. Indian IT exporters are witnessing a strong…

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Over 50,000 recommend full net neutrality on government portal

NEW DELHI: A huge surge in public response has pushed the number of comments on the telecom department panel’s net neutrality recommendations well past the 50,000 mark, with almost all seeking free and equal access to the web. At last count on Sunday, the responses to the report on the mygov.in portal were 52,172, a far cry from around 700 comments posted on August 14, and increasing by the minute. The deadline for submitting comments has been extended to August 20 from August 15. Net neutrality is a principle that…

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Egypt seeks 50% internet penetration by end-2016: Minister

CAIRO: Egypt is looking to add 500,000 new internet users by the end of 2015 and increase its internet penetration rate to 50% from 34% by the end of 2016, communication minister Khaled Ali Negm said. The communication and information technology ministry mandated reduced prices at the start of August as part of its plan to expand internet access across Egypt and improve speeds. “Every 10% increase in internet penetration increases Egypt’s gross domestic product by 1.8%,” the minister told Reuters in an interview. The ministry hopes to add 1.5…

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Amazon employees reveal company’s brutal work culture

SEATTLE: On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working. They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual…

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White models rule Indian e-commerce sites

BENGALURU: Maya Rai shops online when she’s bored at work. She clips through the fashion pages of e-commerce portals, between assignments and accounts, pausing only to focus on an outfit, zooming in on details, carefully reading descriptions before cross-checking the writing with the accompanying picture. Until recently, when she added an extra click to her online shopping sprees. READ ALSO: E-commerce may dominate marketing trends in 2015 While buying a kurti, she noticed that the model was Caucasian. She clicked on the next picture, a different model, but also white….

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The new social network: Friendships win on QuizUp

Over the past year, Delhi-based entrepreneur Kavita C has found a friend in Massachusetts. She chats with the 15-year-old schoolboy twice a week, showing him the mango and banana trees that shade her farmhouse and the occasional dancing peacock on her webcam. He turns to her for advice on dinner and to boast about his family vacation to Venice. Theirs is an unlikely friendship, made stranger still by its origins — QuizUp, a trivia game that has questions on everything from Bajrangi Bhaijaan to crime literature. Like Kavita, many Indian…

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