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Huawei Forays Into Smart Home With HiLink, Honor Lite OS

Foraying into home automation or the smart home arena, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has announced it will launch an open source Operating System (OS) ‘Honor Lite OS’ and ‘HiLink’ a communication protocol for Internet of Things (IoT) products. The twin products under the company’s sub-brand “Honor”, are expected launch in the second quarter of 2016 in China. ... Read More »

Disney Teams With Alibaba to Stream Films to Chinese Viewers

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the e-commerce giant headed by billionaire Jack Ma, and Walt Disney Co. announced a multiyear licensing agreement for a device that will deliver Disney and Pixar movies, games and travel services in China. Called DisneyLife, the Mickey Mouse-themed system is available through Alibaba’s online shopping site for $125 (roughly Rs. 8,358), according to a statement ... Read More »

British Police Arrest 21-Year-Old Man in VTech Hacking

Police in the UK say they’ve made an arrest in the hacking of kids’ technology maker VTech, which compromised the personal information of more than 6 million children around the world. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a regional task force made up of a handful of English police departments, says its cybercrime unit arrested a 21-year-old man was ... Read More »

Donald Trump Seeks Shutting Down the Internet in Isis-Controlled Areas

Donald Trump, the frontrunner US Republican presidential candidate, has called for closing down the Internet in areas controlled by the Islamic State (IS) to prevent the terror outfit from using social media to recruit fighters. “I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don’t want to let people that ... Read More »

Facebook Launches ‘Save Free Basics’ Campaign in India

Facebook’s has launched a campaign that shows up on the top of its feed for Indian users, exhorting them to send a message to the Trai in support of Free Basics in India. Claiming to support digital equality, the Save Free Basics campaign page provides users with a pre-written response to Trai saying the initiative could connect a billion Indians ... Read More »

Sundar Pichai Says Mumbai Central to Get Free Wi-Fi by January; 100 Stations by 2016-End

At the Google for India event in New Delhi on Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai talked about the company’s plans for supporting the Digital India initiative. Among the announcements, one of the highlights was the confirmation that Google will be working with Indian Railways to bring free Wi-Fi to 400 train stations. This had already been announced, but the specific ... Read More »

Broker-Free Rental Aggregator Grabhouse Confirms Layoffs

Sequoia-funded broker-free real-estate aggregator Grabhouse, confirmed the news of its recent layoffs at the company. In an emailed statement, the Bengaluru-based startup wrote that it is shifting its focus on creating better technology solutions, but declined to share the extent of the layoffs at the company. “We have been forced to layoff employees due to restructuring of our business. This ... Read More »

EU Approves New Data Protection Rules

The European Union on Tuesday reached a “strong compromise” on data protection, after four years of talks, though members failed to agree on a 13-year age limit for parental consent for social media, a statement said. “A ‘strong compromise’ on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in ... Read More »

ASCI Upholds Misleading Advertisement Complaints Against Airtel, Flipkart

Continuing its drive against misleading commercials, advertising industry watchdog ASCI has upheld complaints against 54 campaigns in September, including those of Godrej Consumer, Marico, Philips Electronics and HDFC Bank. Customer Complaints Council (CCC) of Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) upheld 13 complaints of misleading advertisements from personal and healthcare category, seven in telecom and broadband category and six in ... Read More »

Twitter to tap people without Twitter accounts for money

Twitter will start showing ads to its people who visit Twitter every month but who don’t have active user accounts, the company has announced. The number of such “logged out” users is somewhere around 500 million. The change means that if you click on a tweet that appears in a Google search, for instance, you may see ads on that ... Read More »