Neha Alawadhi

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Will data protection Bill finally see daylight?

Will data protection Bill finally see daylight?

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

After the first draft of the Bill was submitted under a committee chaired by Justice B N Srikrishna in 2018, there were objections raised by businesses, especially on the broad restrictions on cross-border data flow.

India saw 2nd highest phishing hosting attacks in Q1 2019

India saw 2nd highest phishing hosting attacks in Q1 2019

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

Phishing attacks could either be in the form of an email from a trusted source asking for personal information such as passwords, bank details and personal details, or it could mimic an existing website or webpage and trick a user into entering confidential information on the page.

Yatra ends merger pact, sues Ebix in US for breach of terms

Yatra ends merger pact, sues Ebix in US for breach of terms

Rediff.com7 Jun 2020

Ebix had signed the agreement last year to acquire Gurugram-based Yatra Online for an enterprise value of $338 million (about Rs 2,327 crore) in an all-stock deal. The deal was supposed to conclude in the October-December quarter after regulatory approvals but went through several extensions, according to regulatory filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Why Google took down TikTok clone Mitron

Why Google took down TikTok clone Mitron

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

Mitron probably would have continued with the free run for quite some time, had it not come to light that the source code of the app was actually developed by a Pakistani developer, reports Neha Alawadhi.

Govt makes Aarogya Setu a must for all office workers

Govt makes Aarogya Setu a must for all office workers

Rediff.com2 May 2020

The ministry of home affairs has made the use of Aarogya Setu app mandatory for all employees, both private and public, and pinned the responsibility for compliance on the head of respective organisations.

COVID-19: How WhatsApp is tackling spread of fake messages

COVID-19: How WhatsApp is tackling spread of fake messages

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

WhatsApp limited the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be sent further to only one chat at a time. This resulted in 70% plunge in viral forwarded messages globally, WhatsApp told GoI.

Aarogya Setu tops charts with 75 million downloads

Aarogya Setu tops charts with 75 million downloads

Rediff.com25 Apr 2020

The exponential number of downloads can be attributed to a call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking people to have the app on their mobiles, combined with the government's push for downloading of the app through other channels, reports Neha Alawadhi.

Zomato may buy Grofers in all-stock deal

Zomato may buy Grofers in all-stock deal

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

Sources said a merger could benefit both as Grofers' private labels business would be a draw for Zomato, as well as its experience in the online grocery delivery space.

Post COVID-19: 'IT industry will emerge stronger'

Post COVID-19: 'IT industry will emerge stronger'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

'We have to plan for whatever the new normal is.'

Coronavirus crisis: What start-ups must do

Coronavirus crisis: What start-ups must do

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

'If many start-ups lose in this environment, there will be less number of people willing to start new businesses.'

What kind of telecom services do Indian users like?

What kind of telecom services do Indian users like?

Rediff.com17 Feb 2020

44 per cent Indian respondents say that bundling media services with their telecom plan was the main reason they were willing to spend more on their mobile and fixed broadband bills.

What brands must do to weather troll-storm

What brands must do to weather troll-storm

Rediff.com19 Jan 2020

From consulting firms to tech and detergent companies, brands are busy swatting away online crusaders. In the fraught times we live in, it is not just religion that stokes the fires of controversy. In such instances, it may be best to take the trolls head on.

India lost over $1.3 billion to internet shutdowns in 2019

India lost over $1.3 billion to internet shutdowns in 2019

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

The total cost of internet shutdowns across the world stood at $8.05 billion in 2019, an increase of 235 per cent since 2015-16.

Outrage over tech honchos' presence at RSS event

Outrage over tech honchos' presence at RSS event

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

Zoho's co-founder and CEO Sridhar Vembu is set to be the chief guest while Accenture's managing director and head of operations (Chennai) Rama S Ramachandran is to be the guest of honour at the 'Resurgent Bharath' event to be held in Chennai on February 2, reports Neha Alawadhi.

Nutanix bets big on govt clients, defence projects after Nasdaq debut

Nutanix bets big on govt clients, defence projects after Nasdaq debut

Rediff.com31 Dec 2019

In India, the company serves customers such as stock exchanges, brokers, non-banking financial companies, financial services and insurance, IT and IT-enabled services.

Data Bill: Why Nasscom, mobile body are worried

Data Bill: Why Nasscom, mobile body are worried

Rediff.com28 Dec 2019

The Bill says that the central government, in consultation with the Data Protection Authority, can direct any data fiduciary or data processor to provide non-personal data to enable better targeting of delivery of services. The government can also ask data processors to provide data for formulation of evidence-based policies for its own use.

Tharoor's House panel on I-T meets cyber experts

Tharoor's House panel on I-T meets cyber experts

Rediff.com14 Dec 2019

People familiar with the proceedings said independent cybersecurity experts from a private consulting firm, technology lawyers, government officials and WhatsApp representatives were asked questions about the Pegasus spyware and the larger issues surrounding surveillance, hacking and remedial measures.

Could have done more: WhatsApp on snooping row

Could have done more: WhatsApp on snooping row

Rediff.com20 Nov 2019

In a communication to the ministry of electronics and information technology, the messaging service said it was committed to protecting the privacy of its over 400 million users in India.

Why users are logging out of Twitter and joining Mastodon

Why users are logging out of Twitter and joining Mastodon

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

Recently, several Twitter users began migrating to the social networking platform after a protest that began with Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde's Twitter account suspension, and moved on to a larger conversation about Twitter's policies being allegedly anti-Dalit and certain castes and religion.

Spyware row: WhatsApp downloads in India drop by a staggering 80%

Spyware row: WhatsApp downloads in India drop by a staggering 80%

Rediff.com6 Nov 2019

On October 29, WhatsApp announced it was suing NSO Group for selling its software, Pegasus, which has the ability to compromise a device and get access to all of a target's data. Spooked by revelations that activists and journalists were spied upon by using NSO Group's spyware, many have moved to alternative messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram.

Once a $1-billion brand, ShopClues sold for just about $100 mn

Once a $1-billion brand, ShopClues sold for just about $100 mn

Rediff.com1 Nov 2019

After multiple attempts at selling itself, including to larger e-commerce player Snapdeal, ShopClues has found a buyer in Singapore-based e-commerce platform Qoo10 in an all-stock deal.

Genpact wants grads as leaders!

Genpact wants grads as leaders!

Rediff.com7 Oct 2019

"We made a conscious decision that we will not get influenced by the years of experience," says Piyush Mehta, chief human resource officer, Genpact.

Shashi Tharoor to head Parliamentary Committee on IT

Shashi Tharoor to head Parliamentary Committee on IT

Rediff.com15 Sep 2019

The panel will likely play an important role as the Personal Data Protection Bill gets tabled in Parliament.

Infy co-founder 'Kris' Gopalakrishnan heads govt data panel

Infy co-founder 'Kris' Gopalakrishnan heads govt data panel

Rediff.com14 Sep 2019

'The idea is to have a separate and independent consultation on non-personal data, and decide the contours of how it should be regulated, whether as guidelines, rules, or a separate policy,' said a senior official at MeitY.

Anand Piramal invests undisclosed sum in e-commerce firm Snapdeal

Anand Piramal invests undisclosed sum in e-commerce firm Snapdeal

Rediff.com24 Jul 2019

Snapdeal chief executive officer Kunal Bahl said Piramal's investment was a significant endorsement for the firm and the transformation the company has undergone over the last couple of years.

The riddle behind Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal's $2-bn deal

The riddle behind Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal's $2-bn deal

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

A deal, where a founder has brought back stake from early investors before an initial public offering, is unheard of in India or pretty much anywhere else, analysts pointed out.

TikTok parent plans international data centre in India

TikTok parent plans international data centre in India

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

The company has set an internal target of 6-18 months to set up the data centre. The plan is part of the $1 billion ByteDance has recently committed to the Indian market over the next three years.

US firm to buy Yatra Online for Rs 2,327 crore

US firm to buy Yatra Online for Rs 2,327 crore

Rediff.com18 Jul 2019

Ebix said the acquisition of Yatra would lend itself to significant synergies and the emergence of EbixCash as India's largest and most profitable travel services firm.

OYO forays into co-working spaces with two brands

OYO forays into co-working spaces with two brands

Rediff.com17 Jul 2019

Each of the centres will have facilities such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, free housekeeping services, locker facilities, and CCTV surveillance

How to tackle facial recognition fraud

How to tackle facial recognition fraud

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

IIIT-D team builds algorithm that will help identify synthetic images.

IT cos gung-ho as ministry eyes software products policy

IT cos gung-ho as ministry eyes software products policy

Rediff.com10 Jun 2019

The ministry of electronics and information technology is working on creating a software product council, including members from the government, academia and industry that will work on implementing a software products mission.

The tech-armed fortress that are our data centres

The tech-armed fortress that are our data centres

Rediff.com9 Jun 2019

From round-the-clock surveillance of people and equipment to choosing the right materials for the building that contains the servers that store data, these facilities are truly state-of-the-art.

Snapdeal keen to buy smaller rival ShopClues

Snapdeal keen to buy smaller rival ShopClues

Rediff.com23 May 2019

Snapdeal is conducting due diligence on ShopClues, a move that may lead to a potential acquisition of the latter, which may bring in a fresh infusion of funds for the new entity.

How Spyware was installed on phones through WhatsApp calls

How Spyware was installed on phones through WhatsApp calls

Rediff.com15 May 2019

The spyware gained access to a person's phone even if the attacker's WhatsApp call wasn't answered. The calls also often disappeared from call logs, and affected Android, iPhone and Tizen-based phones.

Politicians have a long way to get tech-savvy

Politicians have a long way to get tech-savvy

Rediff.com13 May 2019

Several candidates have a low level of literacy, but know just enough about social media to know it is important to have a presence there.

Tighter rules for Indian H-1B applicants

Tighter rules for Indian H-1B applicants

Rediff.com29 Apr 2019

It has been the preferred visa for Indian IT companies and has helped them keep costs down and gain a margin advantage over multinational players by sending engineers to the US.

Why ShareChat removed 400,000 pieces of content

Why ShareChat removed 400,000 pieces of content

Rediff.com21 Apr 2019

The removal of over 54,000 accounts was the largest such removal yet.

At end of first phase, Modi wins hashtag war over Congress

At end of first phase, Modi wins hashtag war over Congress

Rediff.com13 Apr 2019

The top five most mentioned Twitter accounts in tweets as on Thursday were those of Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) with 16,395 tweets, followed by @BJP4India (BJP's verified Twitter account) with 11,875, @RahulGandhi with 5,398, @INCIndia with 4,202 and @AmitShah with 3,496.

Will BPM firms' plan to change pricing model succeed?

Will BPM firms' plan to change pricing model succeed?

Rediff.com11 Apr 2019

As more and more businesses move towards digital technology-enabled solutions such as chatbots to increase interaction with their own customers, BPM companies have seen a significant chunk of their revenue proceeds shifting towards business outcomes.

India Inc slams draft e-commerce policy, calls it vague

India Inc slams draft e-commerce policy, calls it vague

Rediff.com3 Apr 2019

Data localisation, an overarching theme across recent government policy proposals, has been a thorny issue with industry

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