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Microsoft launches the third cloud R&D centre in India

Microsoft is building the right cloud infrastructure for enterprises across the globe using its R&D centres in India. The centres are driving three areas of research — right Cloud infrastructure, productivity for enterprises and education, and collaboration and productivity. On Thursday, it has announced the launch of a new centre in the NCR, third after Bengaluru and Hyderabad. This will be Microsofts first R&D centre on the gaming business in India.

WhatsApp adds new security layer for web users

WhatsApp has announced that it has added a new security layer for its desktop and web app. Users will now need to use biometric authentication to link their WhatsApp account to a new laptop before scanning the QR code from the phone. One needs to use either their face or fingerprint unlock to authenticate WhatsApp Web or desktop. It has also updated the UI by replacing the ‘+’ icon with “link a device”. The plan is to also add multi-device support.

Airtel becomes India’s first telco to demonstrate successful 5G services

Airtel has successfully deployed live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. The telco’s 5G services would deliver 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency. It used liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA network technology. It would be available for commercial purpose when the adequate spectrum is available along with govt approvals. Airtel’s 5G network would be efficient across Radio, Core and Transport.

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Walmart to build more robot-filled warehouses at stores

Walmart is planning to use robots to keep up with a rise in online orders. It is planning to build warehouses at its stores where self-driving robots will collect groceries and build the order in an hour to less to make them ready for shoppers to pick up. A year ago Walmart has started testing the robots at a store in Salem, New Hampshire. The retailer aims to speed up orders that are brought outside to shoppers’ cars as virus-weary shoppers avoid going inside stores.

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World’s most dangerous malware botnet Emotet taken down

The world’s most dangerous malware botnet ‘Emotet’ has been taken down by a collective operation, which lasted for over two years. The botnet first appeared in 2014 as a banking Trojan to become one of the most powerful malware ever created. The global participation to take down Emotet involved  Europol, UK’s National Crime Agency, FBI, and law enforcement of six countries were involved in the operation to take down Emotet.

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Facebook will permanently stop recommending political groups to users globally

Facebook would no longer recommend civic and political groups to users of the platform. The social media company, in October, temporarily halted recommending political groups for US users in the run-up to the presidential election. Mark Zuckerberg, on Wednesday, said it would be making this policy permanent and would roll-out globally. He also said that FB was considering steps to reduce the political content in users’ news feeds.

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Google Maps now support 10 Indian languages

Google Maps will now be able to ‘transliterate’ names into local language with more ease. It has built an ensemble of learned models to transliterate names of Latin script places into 10 Indian languages — Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Odia. Using this ensemble, Google has added names in these languages to millions of places in India, increasing the coverage nearly 20x in some languages.

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IT minister to launch ‘Work from Anywhere’ portal, Virtual Intelligence tool today

IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to launch virtual intelligence tool Tejas and ‘Work from Anywhere’ portal today in function to celebrate 25 years of foundation of NICSI. Tejas is a virtual intelligence tool that extracts information from data to make it meaningful for policy decisions and improving efficiency in government services and citizen delivery.

13,000 malware threats detected per hour in 2020: Seqrite

A new cybersecurity report said that 13,733 malware threats were detected every hour in 2020, with Trojan leading the YoY and QoQ charts followed by other malware. Seqrite, the enterprise security solutions brand by Quick Heal Technologies, in a report said that a total number of 113 mn malware were detected in 2020, the first quarter clocked the highest at 36 mn detections, with January witnessing maximum malware attacks.