President Joe Biden withdrew Trump-era orders that sought to ban WeChat and TikTok. Biden ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps. He has asked for recommendations within 120 days to protect US citizen data acquired by foreign companies. Biden has asked intelligence and Homeland security to give threat assessments on data gathered by foreign companies to the Commerce Department as it conducts its review.
Social media giant Facebook has announced that it plans to open all its offices in the USA by October along with flexible work-related options for employees. They also said all offices may be functional at 50% capacity by September, and by June 15 remote work as an option across all staff levels will be opened. Some of the EMEA and APAC offices have already opened. Facebook will keep track of its LATAM offices.
Uber announced that it is planning to hire around 250 engineers for its Hyderabad and Bangalore-based teams. The hiring of engineers aims to improve rider and driver growth, delivery, eats, digital payments, risk & compliance, marketplace, customer obsession, infrastructure, ad tech, data, safety, and finance technology teams. Uber is looking to expand its teams with engineers who can solve the mobility and delivery problem.
A new report said that 60% of companies surveyed are looking to hire fresh talent this year. During the pandemic, 81% of the surveyed took to digital platforms for hire. 53% want to hire new employees for product and tech-related jobs while 39% want to hire for sales jobs. Almost 36% of companies expressed their concerns over the lack of data-driven and tech-related hiring processes. The report surveyed C-suit executives and HR leaders of 500 companies.
IMGC has appointed Sumit Chadha as its new CIO. The former PNB Housing finance employee will be looking over the implementation of technology strategy, improving digital capabilities, and improving the company’s competitive capability with modern tech solutions. The veteran has almost two decades of experience working with companies like ICICI Bank, PNB housing finance, and Nucleus software.
Former Cognizant executive Bhaskar Sambasivan is the new president of CitiusTech. Sambasivan has over three decades of experience in healthcare, life sciences, and technology services. He has worked at Cognizant for 15 years and served Eversana life sciences as their president of patient services and chief strategy officer. His new role will require him to improve company-client relations, strengthen healthcare capabilities, and much more.
Founder of Aruba networks, Keerti Melkote is set to retire from the company he founded 20 years ago. In 2015 HPE acquired Aruba for $2.7bn and Melkote continued to be the president of the business unit. Aruba was guided by Melkote through 2007s IPO, after which HPE acquired them and he brought all HPE’s intelligent edge portfolio under the Aruba division. Melkote believes the best time to leave is when things are going good, to let new talent come in to fuel the growth of the company.
ICANN has partnered up with Nasscom CoE for a research-based contest for students on the domain name system. Students will be given an orientation to explain to them the existing and future challenges of the DNS, the current research areas, and key players. A jury will review and select the applications. The top seven teams will get a Rs 75,000 stipend per month for six months to complete their project. The winning team will show their work to a group of internet experts.
Cognizant India’s Chairman and MD Rajesh Nambiar will replace Malcolm Frank as president of digital business and tech, who is set to retire in September. Nambiar’s appointment came into effect from Friday while continuing his role as the Chairman. Earlier this year, Cognizant merged two out of three sectors into one under Frank which was appreciated by analysts. Nambiar is expected to bring his vast knowledge of data, cloud, AI, and analytics to his new role.