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Slack hit with outage as people returned to work on Monday

Slack said its workplace messaging service was hit by an outage on Monday, disrupting remote work as users returned from the holidays. The company is investigating the issues affecting users. Over 15,000 users had initially reported issues on Downdectector which had come down to 4,000, till the last report. Slack has added more than 20,000 paid customers in the last six months, bringing its total number of paid customers to over 142,000.

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PIL alleges G Pay accessed Aadhaar data without authorisation

A PIL had been filed against G Pay claiming unauthorised access to Aadhaar data in alleged violation of the Aadhar Act of 2016 in addition to, Payments and Settlement Systems Act 2007 and Banking Regulations Act 1949. A response from the UIDAI mentioned that no permission had been issued to G Pay to access, use and store citizens Aadhaar details. It also violated the fundamental right to privacy. The petition directed UIDAI and RBI to take relevant action against G Pay.

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Tech billionaire, Jack Ma disappears after criticising Jinping

Chinese tech billionaire and the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, had criticized financial regulators and state-run banks for hampering opportunities, angering the Chinese government. Thereafter, Ma was nowhere to be seen for two months. He also vanished from his own talent show, excusing it to be a schedule conflict. Ma received advises of staying in China till the anti-monopoly investigation was launched and also to scale back his Ant Group fintech company.

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Infosys’ Saudi JV partner files lawsuit against it in US court

Infosys’ JV partner in Saudi Arabia has filed a lawsuit in a USA court alleging that it violated US law on corruption. Saudi Prerogative Company said Infosys had violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and alleged that Infosys falsely claimed that it didn’t make money from certain contracts and requested it to reduce or wave-off its 8% commission. The Saudi firm claimed that Infosys had made substantial money on the same contracts.

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VMware files lawsuit against Nutanix CEO Rajiv Ramaswami

VMware had moved legally against its former COO Rajiv Ramaswami for material and ongoing breaches of contractual and obligations duties. Ramaswami, recently, had quit VMware to join Nutanix as CEO after 48 hrs. “Mr. Ramaswami demonstrated poor judgement and had a clear conflict of interest. He should have disclosed this to VMware so that the company could have taken steps to protect itself.”  VMWare said in a statement.

U.S. govt appeals order blocking TikTok restrictions

The Trump administration appealed a federal judge’s order blocking restrictions of barring the use of TikTok in the country. The govt, citing national security, argued that the personal data of US citizens could be obtained by Chinese govt. TikTok has over 100 mn users in the USA. A USA District Court, in a Dec 7 ruling, issued an order that prevented authorities from barring services that would have prevented the use of the app in the country.

China begins antitrust probe into Alibaba

China has launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group and will summon the Ant Group affiliate to meet. The probe is part of a crackdown on monopolistic behaviour in the country’s booming internet industry, and the latest setback for Ma, China’s most famous entrepreneur. Last month, China suspended Ant’s planned $37 bn IPO, which was on the track to become the world’s largest, just two days before the official launch in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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IBM to pay $24.25 mn to resolve FCC probes

IBM has agreed to pay $24.25 mn to two FCC investigations over the alleged violations of “E-Rate” program rules in two districts. The tech giant, under the agreement, will return $24.25 mn to the Universal Service Fund that funds the E-Rate program but did not admit any wrongdoing. The FCC had found IBM not satisfied the competitive bidding rules in New York for 2005- 08 and provided ineligible equipment and services in El Paso for 2001.

Now Telegram reports outage

Telegram, joining the ranks with tech giants facing outages in the recent past, reported a downtime in few geographies across the globe. The instant messaging platform acknowledged the issue through a series of tweets. “Some of our users, primarily in Europe and the Middle East are currently experiencing connection issues. We’re working to bring them back online. Please hang on, and sorry for the inconvenience!” said one the company Tweet.

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