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Microsoft flaw compromises 20K US organisations

A back door installed though the recently patched flaws in Microsoft’s email software has affected over 20,000 U.S. firms, many others in Asia and Europe. The credit unions, town govt and small businesses have been put in a vulnerable position and susceptible to a hack. Those affected appear run web versions of email client Outlook and host them on their machines, instead of cloud providers. Even though Microsoft has issued emergency patches, hacks are still on the rise.

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NHAI introduces an AI-based face recognition system for attendance monitoring

NHAI, has deployed an AI-based face recognition system for attendance monitoring of the field staff. The system comes with a real-time location capturing feature to track all the key personnel/engineers at the project site to check unauthorised absenteeism and improve the quality and speed of construction. It is linked with NHAI’s Big Data Analytics platform so that every key personnel/ engineers deployed at project can be uniquely identified and monitored.

Huawei bags a Rs 300 cr  contract from Bharti Airtel

Huawei has received a telecom infrastructure expansion contract worth around Rs300 cr from Bharti Airtel. The deal is part of  Airtel’s initiative to expand its National Long Distance network which is being run by Huawei. NLD optical transport network is essential as it carries inner-circle and international traffic and helps to manage the network capacity. This contract has taken place despite the Chinese Company being accused of cyber-snooping on behalf of the Chinese state.

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Russia introduces its first 5G network

MTS, Russia’s leading telecom operator has finally launched the country’s first 5G network for trial use in Moscow. It is being introduced in 14 locations and a 4.9 GHz spectrum band is provided for the highspeed internet network services. Unlimited 5G Internet with a speed of 1.5Gb per sec, however, is only available to a few selected users who possess a 5-G compatible smartphone.

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Twitter’s Dorsey first-ever tweet up for sale as digital memorabilia

Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey’s – “just setting up my twttr” tweet, the first one on the platform which was listed as a unique digital signature on a website for selling tweets as non-fungible tokens is up for sale. Dorsey’s 2006 tweet, gained attention and received offers that went as high as $88,888.88 within minutes of him tweeting a link to the listing on ‘Valuables by Cent’, a tweets marketplace. The 15-year old tweet is one of the most famous tweets on the platform.

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LinkedIn to stop collecting tracking data in the wake of Apple’s anti-tracking changes

LinkedIn has announced that it will stop collecting Identifier for Advertising data on iOS with Apple rolling out its anti-tracking features. The professional social networking platform said, this action is likely to affect  LinkedIn Audience Network, Conversion Tracking and Matched Audiences but there will only be a limited impact on campaign performance. They also added that it would regularly re-evaluate the collection of IDFA data.

China decides to spend 7% more on R&D in the next 5 years

Chinese govt has said that it plans to increase its annual R&D spending by 7% every year over the next 5 years. The govt is said to increase its expenditure on basic research by 10.6% in 2021 and set up more national labs to focus on the research of next-gen AI, quantum information, brain science, semiconductors, genetic. Other than that it will also support foreign-funded companies to set up R&D centres in China.

Tech Mahindra, ThoughtSpot team up to provide AI-driven analytics to enterprises

Tech Mahindra and ThoughtSpot, an AI-driven analytics firm have partnered to provide enterprises with AI-driven analytics to help them analyse data with ease. Tech M will integrate its Virtual Analyst platform with ThoughtSpot’s search and AI-driven analytics platform to drive multilevel data analysis to let firms gain real-time insights to make informed business decisions in marketing, supply chain, financial, etc to identify trends in customer behaviour.

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SAP to invest 500 cr to promote a multi-cloud strategy

SAP will invest  Rs 500 cr in India to push its multi-cloud strategy and create multiple cloud solutions in its data centres to cater to the local customers. Scott Russell, SAP’s global head for customer success said the company was looking at how businesses would start functioning in the aftermath of the pandemic. Russell said he believed that an investment in the cloud will allow the Indian firms to transform faster, greater flexibility and deal with data in an inefficient manner.

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