All stories by Sourabh Lele
GACs to have wider scope, will hear all types of grievance appealsRediff.com9 Jan 2023
MeitY had stated there was a need to set up GACs as grievance officers hired by the platforms often did not address issues satisfactorily.
CoinSwitch holds Rs 1,083 cr of users' assetsRediff.com7 Jan 2023
CoinSwitch has 7.21 times more cash holdings in rupees, compared to that held by its users on its platform.
Know More About Data Privacy JobsRediff.com6 Jan 2023
Data privacy as a career option is gaining ground with thousands of open job positions, swelling salaries, and rising compliance requirements across the globe, finds a report by data privacy and cybersecurity provider Tsaaro.
Indian crypto exchanges stay put in business after 'a year to forget'Rediff.com29 Dec 2022
The price of bitcoin, the bestselling cryptocurrency, has shrunk nearly three times this year to mark the fate of such digital assets. Crashing prices, regulatory uncertainty and taxes have put Indian crypto exchanges in troubled waters. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's budget for FY23 announced a 30 per cent tax on any income from the transfer of virtual digital assets.
Aadhaar's next goal: Financial inclusion in rural areasRediff.com19 Dec 2022
Since the first Aadhaar number was issued in September 2010, more than 1.33 billion Aadhaar cards have been generated till June 2022. With the Aadhaar enrolment of adult Indians nearing 100 per cent, the main objective of the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), which was to give Unique Identification numbers (UID) to all residents of India, is almost achieved, said a senior government official. "Enrolment will now be much more update-based, because people keep updating their mobile numbers and addresses.
Amazon's Black Friday: Unions to join protestsRediff.com25 Nov 2022
Several Indian traders, hawkers, as well as transport and gig workers' unions will join a global campaign by Make Amazon Pay coalition happening across close to 40 countries on Black Friday to protest alleged exploitative practices by the tech giant. Employees in the US, the UK, India, Japan, Australia, South Africa and across Europe are demanding better wages and working conditions as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, as part of the campaign. Trade unions, including Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, Hawkers' Joint Action Committee, Gig Workers' Association, and All India People Science Network, will join the campaign.
AWS to invest $4.4 bn in India by 2030 through new Hyderabad region serviceRediff.com23 Nov 2022
Amazon Web Services (AWS) will invest nearly $4.4 billion (Rs 36,000 crore) in India by 2030 and support more than 48,000 jobs externally through a new regional service launched on Tuesday, said the on-demand Cloud computing company. AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) is the company's second infrastructure region in India, six years after it opened its first Cloud region in Mumbai in 2016. The Hyderabad region will give customers access to AWS technologies for data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Two-thirds of Indian technology enterprises hiring gig workersRediff.com4 Nov 2022
Two-thirds of organisations in the Indian technology sector are hiring gig workers as they respond to a changing business landscape, said a report by industry organisation NASSCOM and others on Thursday. Focus on requirement for specialised skills, employee demand and cost optimization enabled organisations to use the gig model for technology roles traditionally restricted to HR and support functions. Software development, UI/UX design, and data analytics were the top three gig skills the technology sector needed.
TCS set to win $2-billion deal from BSNL for 4G and 5G roll-outRediff.com4 Oct 2022
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to secure a $2 billion deal from Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) to roll out its 4G and 5G services across the country. However, the final approvals from the publicly-owned telco may take a couple of months, sources in the know said. As part of the deal, TCS will develop 4G core and Radio Access Network (RAN) technology for BSNL's telecom services.
Admins, beware of WhatsApp's new feature!Rediff.com20 Sep 2022
Group admins may now face legal consequences for failing to delete any "objectionable" content posted on the group.
Infosys cuts average variable payout to 70% for Q1 on margin pressureRediff.com23 Aug 2022
India's second-largest information technology (IT) firm Infosys has decided to reduce the average variable payout of employees to 70 per cent due to falling operating margins in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022-23 (FY23), said people in the know. "The margin impact in the current quarter has reflected on the performance bonus for this cycle," the company told its employees over email. "While 70 per cent is the correct figure, an important point is we have been told that the company will not defer any variable payment. "It is being paid according to schedule," said a person.
Everything you wanted to know about Google Street ViewRediff.com23 Aug 2022
In other countries, Street View's content comes from two sources -- Google and individual contributors. However, in India, these will be collected by the tech giant's new local partners.
BGMI Ban Stuns Gaming CommunityRediff.com17 Aug 2022
'Banning a game is not the solution, rather, there should be laws that restrict the number of hours spent a week playing a game.'
India sees sharp rise in cyber attacks as internet base continues to widenRediff.com15 Aug 2022
Even as India's internet base continues to widen, with the country set to have over 900 internet users by 2025, a parallel rise in cyber threats has become a matter of huge concern. Experts say that the sudden surge in digital adoption left little time to develop a cybersecurity backbone for the country. This has put large amounts of data at risk.
India's smartphone market sees 1% decline in the first half of 2022Rediff.com9 Aug 2022
India's smartphone market has fallen by one per cent in the first half of 2022, as shipments of Xiaomi - the top-selling brand - declined 28 per cent due to weak consumer demand in the quarter ended June. According to the International Data Corporation's (IDC's) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 71 million smartphones were shipped from January to June this year. The highest decline was in the below-$100 segment, which lost its market share by 5 per cent.
Internet usage grows faster in rural India; knowhow still a deterrentRediff.com29 Jul 2022
The number of internet users in rural India increased 18 percent last year, faster than growth in urban areas and continuing a trend that started two years ago. Internet users in urban India increased 5 percent in 2021. Rural India has 351 million users, or 37 percent of people there, according to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and data analytics company KANTAR.
Tech startups raise $6 bn in April-June, fintech leads the packRediff.com16 Jul 2022
Two sectors, fintech and media & entertainment, attracted 45 per cent of total funding by value, led by large ticket deals such as CRED and Dailyhunt.
12,000 Aadhaar enrolment personnel suspended for tech glitchRediff.com16 Jun 2022
Protesting staff demand that UIDAI upgrade its software with an option to verify the documents submitted by residents.