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Credit information bureau Equifax today said it has completed the acquisition of Bangalore-based analytics and business intelligence provider Nettpositive.

Equifax India had acquired a majority interest in the company in 2012, and has finished picking up the residual stake now, the company said in a statement. The acquisition will help Equifax give a combination of data and analytics on consumer behaviour to its customers, the statement said, without disclosing the size of the deal.

“It (Nettpositive) has proven to be a tremendous asset thus far. The combination of robust data and cutting-edge analytics has led to a successful business model as well as leading solutions for our customers,” Equifax’s managing director for emerging markets, Shahid Charania said. Nettpositive was founded in 2007 and has operations in Mumbai and Dubai as well, it said.

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Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands – due to be completed in 2017 – will be supplied by renewable energy from the start. The wind project is also still under construction at nearby Delfzijl, with turbines both onshore and off the coast in the North Sea.
Google did not disclose terms but said it has signed a 10-year contract. The U.S. search giant has inked similar deals in Finland and Sweden in the past two years.

 

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Visitors to Connaught Place can now enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity. Telecom company Tata Docomo has joined hands with the NDMC for providing the service in the commercial hub in the heart of the national capital.

“NDMC has partnered with Tata TeleservicesBSE 0.00 % to provide Wi-Fi service, which will cover the inner and outer circles of one of the most significant business and leisure centres in the city,” Tata Docomo said in a statement.

The first 20 minutes of the service would be free of cost and after that one has the options of buying a recharge card, starting from Rs 10 for 30 minutes, Rs 20 for 60 minutes and Rs 50 for 180 minutes, it said.

Launching the service, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said: “These initiatives are in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a Digital India, which would enable greater transparency and better governance”. Tata Docomo already provides such facilities in other public areas including T3 International Airport.

“The deployment of Wi-Fi services in one of the biggest public open-areas in the city is a nod to the emerging trends of data consumption, especially by millennial. For us at Tata Docomo, public Wi-Fi access is an important step towards digitisation in the city,” Tata Teleservices MD N Srinath said.
 

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Kaspersky Lab and Mensa are inviting Internet users to take part in a very special challenge over the summer with the help of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Formula One’s most successful racing team Scuderia Ferrari.

The Global Think Test is made up of a series of online brain games, quizzes and puzzles, specially created to let participants hone their combination and calculation skills.

As the online world is increasingly populated with threats, common sense plays an extremely important role. Users need to be able to identify a potentially dangerous situation quickly – and often that means acting contrary to our normal instincts. As social beings, we are led by basic principles such as trust, authority, helpfulness, curiosity and reciprocation, all of which can be abused by cybercriminals. Therefore, we need to train our brains to make the right decisions fast, and Kaspersky Lab has designed the Global Think Test to see if users have what it takes.

“Being alert and focused can help you win computer games, but can also help you keep cybercriminals at bay. We can avoid so many threats by simply being alert,” says Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO Kaspersky Lab. “If something is too good to be true, it most probably is. And in most cases there are tell-tale signs that a website is fake. If you’re not distracted by other things and are trained to stay focused, you should be able to spot them.”

The Global Think Test website is packed with all sorts of brain-training games, puzzles and IQ tests to help participants flex their mental muscles. And it also gives everyone the chance to register for our big competition – Global Think Test Day – and win the grand prize.

September 6, 2014 is Global Think Test Day, when a worldwide online challenge invites all participants to put their brainpower to the ultimate test and go head-to-head with some of the best brains in the world. The winner of this challenge, the person who gets the highest score in the shortest time, will become the Kaspersky Global Think Test Champion and win the grand prize of US $25,000 in cash. The name of the winner will be announced on September 7, 2014.

The unique content for Global Think Test has been created by world recognized brands.

Mensa, the oldest high IQ society in the world, brought intelligence to the platform. Dozens of challenges, brain-teasers and IQ questions were created with the support and accreditation of Mensa and will help to test the participants’ cognitive skills.

“The Global Think Test is an innovative way to engage with people who are passionate about solving challenges and think in unconventional ways. Mensa is extremely happy to be involved with this project and hope that many of the participants will discover their potential and consider joining the Society, wherever they are in the world,” commented Michael Feenan, Executive Director at Mensa International.

Ferrari, which last year chose Kaspersky Lab as IT security provider, prepared specially designed Ferrari Formula One related content in the form of games, puzzles and video tests so participants can stick with their favorite motorsports team even while honing their thinking skills. Ferrari also offers some fantastic prizes, including a pair of racing gloves signed by Fernando Alonso and Kimmi Räikkönen and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

Much like the unrelenting competition in Formula One, being safe online is an ever changing landscape as the threats become ever more complex. As the percentage of time we spend online continues to increase, we need to be even more alert to the potential threats that this environment lends itself. New skills are needed for this environment in which base human instincts are exploited for criminal gain. Kaspersky’s Global Think Test combined with its Ferrari Formula One content is an engaging way in which the online community can challenge themselves whilst learning to protect themselves, so when it comes to online security, you can be in Pole Position for Protection!” commented Neil Martin, Head of Operations Research Department at Scuderia Ferrari.

Sachin Tendulkar, Kaspersky Lab Brand Ambassador, also supports the Global Think Test and presents his own tasks and video questions. The winner of Sachin’s personal Sudoku challenge – ‘Tendulko’ – have the chance to win a signed bat from “The God of Cricket” by earning enough points to top the leader boards.

Everyone who takes part is guaranteed at least one prize – a trial version of the new Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device security solution. It’s an easy-to-use, one-license, multi-platform solution that protects virtually any combination of PCs, Macs, Android smartphones and Android tablets.

All Global Think Test content is in English, but the competition is open to participants all over the world.

You can find more information about the Global Think Test on TwitterFacebookYouTube and share your best moments with the hashtag #GTT.

To register for the Global Think Test Day visit the website – http://www.globalthinktest.com

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Advanced Mobile Networks To Provide More Capacity: Researchers at University of South California and Samsung developed a prototype that shows how small cell or other wireless devices can collect and store energy. The model will also take into account how much power each cell holds when active. This would require less no of cells to handle the capacity.

This model was prepared as to avoid the usage of electricity problem by mobile communication networks. Mobile communications require more fuel and electricity in order to function without fail, in some place there are huge fuel tanks connect to the towers.  The new invention will use small transmitters which are called as small cells; they will provide the backup of these networks. The concept of these small cells is they can be attached to windmills, solar panels or batteries.

IEEE transactions on wireless communications have accepted to publish the model which is lead by USC postdoc Harpreet Dhillon. Jeff Reed the director of wireless research center at Virginia tech said, the model still had theoretical base and need to prove it practically. One of the complications this model is facing to implement in emerging countries is to find a steady power source.

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Innominds Software, US-headquartered with engineering innovation centers in Hyderabad and Bangalore and, a leading provider of outsourced software product engineering held an annual event Innofest here in Hyderabad recently.

Innofest marks fifteen long years of its journey in the business focusing on the product engineering services.  To mark and celebrate the same it invited guest speakers who spoke about their journey conquering heights against enormously stiff challenges. “Those stories truly motivated our employees as they collaborate and move forward to scale new heights” informed Ms. Lakshmi Achanta, Vice President of HR, of Innominds.

On the occasion, the company launched its business lines and vision to its employees. In the last two years we have won several large client engagements and also invested in creating solutions specifically in the areas of ‘Connected Devices’ and ‘Contextual Analytics’, informed Divakar Tantravahi, Chairman and CEO of the company while addressing the gathering at the fifteenth anniversary.

Divakar Tantravahi has stressed on the vision of becoming a GO-TO product engineering company that helps product companies and enterprises across all stages of the product life cycle from Ideation, Version 1.0 to Commercialization with Agility, Flexibility and Relevance.

Combined with the core strength of Innominds in applying UX design, technology and engineering in developing products, Innominds now has a good foundation and deep skills in developing convergent solutions combining technology, devices and analytics. This will put us in a differentiating position in the industry. Moreover, Innominds will be a place to work, as the employees will have an opportunity to work on these next generation solutions that will shape the industry in the next few years, said Divakar.

The company offers extended product engineering know-how and collaborative research support for Innominds’ growing list of customers worldwide.

The company presently has 600 employees, planned to increase the headcount to 1000 over the next couple of years. The company has already invested two million dollars in setting up two centers one each at Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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With major political parties preparing themselves for the upcoming General Elections for Parliament and State Assembly Elections, The IT & ITES Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP), an apex body of 300 IT & ITES industries in the state has come out with nine page recommendations towards accelerated growth of the Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. We have already submitted our recommendations to all the major political parties, informed Mr. V. Rajanna, President of ITsAP.

Today, the state of Andhra Pradesh as is currently the fourth largest IT/ITES exporter in the country. ITsAP strongly believes that it has Talent, Infrastructure and Business Ecosystem to make it the leader. These recommendations can be reviewed and implemented by both the new states — AP and Telangana, Rajanna said.

With this objective in mind, ITsAP submitted its recommendations to all the Political Parties for their review and consideration for inclusion of the same in their respective manifestos, informed Mr.V.Rajanna.

Some Of Itsap Recommendations Include:

Some of the key companies which visited the state recently evinced interest in investing in the state must be pursued. A delegation comprised of couple of Ministers and Secretary — IT&C must visit those 25 Senior Leaders from leading organizations who participated in CXO Conclave at the Advantage AP, the flagship IT event held in 2012. It was at this event a galaxy of national and international visionaries participated. A dialogue must be continued with them as well as a visit needs to be planned to the major markets including USA, Europe and UK.

IT industry wanted efficiency in response and clearances. The industry urged for single window clearance to expedite not only the approval of infrastructure but also other approvals.  Land allotments can be done on priority basis. Want government to intervene or set up a process of obtaining statutory approvals from HMDA, Fire Dept etc.

Wanted the Government to develop Tier II Cities and also to appoint a dedicated officer and mandate him/her with the growth of IT and ITeS sectors in Tier II Cities such as Vizag, Warangal, Karimnagar, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Nizamabad and Kakinada. Government can also consider other Tier II Cities whatever they deem fit. We can help develop other cities on par with other cities such as Pune. It also suggested to discourage use of third party email IDs and urged to make compulsory the usage of GoAP’s official email ID across the board.

Recommended to setup 24×7 Chief Minister Grievance Cell. Government can leverage technology to set up this cell, where anyone can reach through this toll free number with their grievances. Through this CM can also keep a vigil on what is reported and resolved. ITsAP urged Government to speed up other infrastructure development projects such as Metro Rail, Special Purpose Business Zones, Inter Connectivity of IT Clusters such as Hitech City — Pocharam; Hitech City – Shamshabad / Adibatla IT Cluster, etc.

The IT industry wants government to create another IT District like Cyberabad to help stimulate growth of the industry further.

The industry also want government to declare IT District a High Security Zone and also provide Rs 50crore one-time investment to strengthen security and other infrastructure to address the security concerns of IT and ITeS Sector, says V. Rajanna. We want government to strengthen the IALA (Industrial Area Local Authorities) with Industry representation something similar to Cherlapally model to resolve many issues towards Zero power cut for the IT industry and other.

The industry has also recommended the formulation of preferential policies, incentives for startups, incubation centers, tax benefits. We want a fund to be attached with Incubation Centers to provide incentives to startups from other cities to move to Hyderabad–like Startups in Chile.

Also recommended are IT & ITES Incubation Centers in Tier II and III cities, Incentives for Rural IT & ITES Hubs etc.

A new scheme to reimburse taxes paid by SMEs (that have up to Rs 10.-50crore in turnover) could be planned. The industry wants government to revise its stand on VAT, improved frequency of Airline Services, Construction of Airports in Tier II cities.  Want ITIR (The Information Technology Investment Region) to be popularized.

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3i Infotech Ltd is empanelled by CERT

3i Infotech Ltd., a leading provider of IT products and services for manufacturing, retail, distribution, banking, financial services & insurance (BFSI) industry has been empanelled by CERT-In, for a period of 3 years starting 2013 to 2015. CERT-In is a government of India nodal agency for Cyber Security and is a significant part of the Government of India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology for responding to computer security incident as and when the state of affairs is noted to be irregular.

The empanelment is an acknowledgement of the expertise and domain knowledge that 3i Infotech Ltd. has built in managing IT security and qualifies it to conduct audits, including vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, of computer systems and networks of various organizations in the government, public or private sectors of Indian economy. This standalone, complete one stop shop solution enables 3i Infotech Ltd. to execute tasks with proficiency, greater reporting control, increased accuracy, better visibility, and incisive reports that set your business apart.

The 3i Infotech team provided incisive insights, and implemented best-practice-based processes that facilitate complete project management as an IT Security Auditing Organization. 3i Infotech Ltd. was awarded this significant position owing to the inventive perception, business viability, scalability, R&D investments, and seamlessly integrated approach.

“CERT-In is an established name in the industry, and with this strategic association we will be able to respond to the ever-changing need of the industry in the space of high quality end-to end auditing solutions to the industry. We are delighted to have been empanelled by CERT-In and would like to place our sincere thanks to the team at CERT-In for this empanelment. We at 3i Infotech Ltd. find this association as a key fit to our strategic intend of empowering business transformation for our customers,” said Madhivanan Balakrishnan, Managing Director & Global CEO, 3i Infotech Ltd.

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For years, Facebook has been cutting deals with telecom carriers in developing countries like India and the Philippines to offer free Facebook access to cellphone customers using simple phones with no data plans.Now, for the first time, Americans will be able to get free Facebook, too, even if they don’t have a mobile data plan.

In January, GoSmart Mobile, a little-known low-cost prepaid service from T-Mobile US, will begin bundling free access to Facebook’s social network  and instant-messaging service with all of its mobile plans, including a basic $25-a-month unlimited voice plan. The service is primarily aimed at smartphones that run Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android software, but it will also work on the cheaper, more basic devices known as feature phones.

For GoSmart, which is sold primarily through independent shops in urban areas, free Facebook is a way to differentiate itself from other prepaid cellular brands – including the more upscale offerings that T-Mobile sells under its own brand and through its MetroPCS unit.”This is something that no one else is offering in the United States,” Gavin Dillon, T-Mobile’s vice president of partner brands, said in an interview Tuesday.

“It’s really about providing more value for GoSmart’s cost .conscious customers.”As in other markets, the free taste of Facebook, including access to videos and other multimedia content embedded in the service, could also persuade some GoSmart customers to upgrade to plans that include data.For Facebook, which has 1.2 billion users worldwide, the benefits are less clear.

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Internet users may face more privacy threats

Someone is quietly profiling your every move online: snooping around what you tweet or scribble on FB or even scanning your emails to friends and family. If that sounds suspiciously close to stalking, marketers have a more polite name for the practice: mapping.

While not a new phenomenon in India, it has become more critical given the growing importance of social media marketing and increasing numbers of internet users. Chances are it could intensify in 2014. Marketers, who were earlier scratching the surface of social media marketing, are now peeling back the layers for a more nuanced understanding of people and their behaviour on the internet. Some of the leading players in the space in India include Google, Yahoo, Vizury, Ozone Media, and Tyroo.

“Mapping happens on two levels. One, when the surfer browses through various websites without logging in. In that case one monitors the time spent, type of content consumed, frequency of visit and so on. A pattern can be drawn through that,” says Atul Hegde, Chief Executive Officer, Ignitee Digital Services.

In the case of blogs or email, the identification cues are more specific: by location, gender and age. But in a bid to map online consumers are marketers crossing the line between mapping and stalking? Most tools and applications used to collect such data are privacy-invasive software and some of the most prominent ones are adware which can potentially host content hijacking programmes.