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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.