Times of India — When Tanuj Mendiratta hit the road in December to raise money for his mobile marketing firm Appiterate, he found not many venture capital funds were keen on investing in business-to-business startups such as his. He needn’t have worried. The company’s product, already being used by online marketplaces such as Snapdeal, drew a lot of interest from Indian internet companies looking to beef up their mobile applications.
IT News — Department store chain David Jones today began informing customers of a large-scale data breach which saw attackers gain access to the retailer’s website to pilfer sensitive personal details. David Jones revealed an unnamed third-party exploited a vulnerability in its IBM WebSphere-based website to steal “limited” information about its customers.
Want China Times — Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider, has taken legal action to try to stop a special shareholders meeting scheduled by Siliconware Precision Industries to let electronics manufacturing giant Hon Hai overtake ASE as its biggest shareholder.
IT News — Retailer Kmart has revealed it is “urgently” working to address a privacy breach which saw customer data stolen by external attackers. The company yesterday informed affected customers their name, email address, delivery and billing addresses, phone numbers and product purchase details had been taken in the attack.
NASDAQ — Infosys Limited has joined forces with U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric Company and other members of the Industrial Internet Consortium (“IIC”) to develop innovative Internet of Things (“IoT”) offerings. Through this alliance with its peers, Infosys intends to consolidate its position in the global cloud market.
Inside HPC — In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing Worldreports on how China’s commercial supercomputer manufacturers are seeking export markets with the support of their Government. Big data, cloud computing, and the servers to run the internet, are all targets in an export drive by Chinese supercomputing manufacturers whose ambitions reach far beyond China and beyond high performance computing.
IUSB Preface —Nadella said: “We believe that low-priced broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes”. Google is also taking a similar step by providing free Wi-Fi at about 500 railway stations in India.
Enterprise Innovation — A heated argument over the likelihood of cloud dominance in the local enterprise space in the next 10 years took place at Computerworld Hong Kong’s Cloud Tech Forum 2015 in July. At its 6th consecutive year, the event invited CIOs from China CITIC Bank and Ageas, as well as a research analyst, lawyer, an independent consultant together with a cloud provider to debate under the motion of “Cloud infrastructure will replace traditional IT infrastructure within a decade.”
Datacenter Knowledge — Microsoft has brought online three cloud data centers in India to improve performance of Azure services for customers in the country. The Redmond, Washington, company becomes first of the top US public cloud providers to offer services in India from local data centers. Amazon Web Services does not have an availability zone in India – although it is currently building a cloud data center there, which it plans to bring online next year – and neither does Google Cloud Platform.
HTC on October 1 unveiled two SIM-free smartphones, Desire Eye and Desire 626, for launch in the Japan market at retail prices of JPY50,000 (US$416) and JPY29,800 in mid-October, according to the company. In May 2015, regulations which required handsets be bundled with SIM cards ended.
Channel EMEA — Carlos Lopes, general manager consumer channels at Microsoft APAC, will deliver a presentation as part of next week’s Smart Channels Summit, hosted by CONTEXT, at regional channel event DISTREE APAC in Singapore. The session from Lopes will focus on Microsoft’s activities and plans related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Tech In Asia — But the reality is that IoT is already in a lot of different industries, changing them slowly but fundamentally. Thailand-based startup Drvr (pronounced “driver”) is putting the technology to use in fleet management for logistics companies using telematics – technology used in devices for sending and receiving information remotely.
IT News — Telstra Apple users have been struggling with significantly slowed data speeds to and from Apple services for the majority of this week following a break in the SEA-ME-WE submarine cable. The problems come just after the Australian release of Apple’s new iPhone 6s last Friday.
Want China Times — US notetaking app developer Evernote Corp has announced the closure of its offices in Taiwan, Singapore and Moscow, creating concerns that the company may have become the latest victim of a tech bubble. A total of 47 Evernote employees were laid off, including the three full-time staff members in its Taiwan office, according to an announcement on Sept.
Times of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s Internet.org platform, the social networking giant’s Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCom) said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. “We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the internet and experience the internet,” Reliance Communications’ consumer business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.
Tech In Asia — Evernote, the startup behind the popular note-taking tool of the same name, is witnessing turbulent times. It is laying off 47 workers, piling on to the 20 it let go earlier this year. Its Singapore office is one of three global offices the startup will be shutting down. The latest layoffs were announced by new CEO Chris O’Neill, soon after he took over the role from founder Phil Libin, who cited a lack of passion in being the CEO that will take the company public.
Times of India — WASHINGTON: India may soon displace China as Silicon Valley’s next frontier, a leading American daily has said, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the headquarters of technology giants Tesla, Facebook and Google. “China may be a Silicon Valley obsession, but India increasingly is in the conversation and may soon displace its Asian neighbour as tech’s next big frontier,” the popular USA Today said yesterday in a news dispatch from San Francisco.
ZDNet — Customers on the Telstra network have complained about substantial delays in downloading Apple services for most of the week, with Telstra now acknowledging a subsea cable issue and claiming that it is working on resolving it. The issue, flagged on broadband enthusiast website Whirlpool and onTwitter, has seen Telstra customers attempting to download or update their operating systems or apps across the iTunes Store and the App Store, as well as use streaming services Apple Music and Apple Radio, experience severe delays.
Network Asia — Intel and Samsung separately announced new solid-state drives (SSDs). Intel’s boasts the company’s fastest speed to date at 5Gbps. Intel’s new P3608 Series PCIe SSD comes in 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 4GTB capacities and delivers up to 850,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) random reads and 150,000 random writes. The drive has a sequential read/write speed of up to 5,000MBps (5Gbps) and 3,000MBps (3Gbps), respectively.
The Star — SEOUL: Kakao Corp, the operator of South Korea’s largest mobile messaging app, said Tencent Holdings Ltd and eBay Inc have joined its bid for a new South Korean Internet bank license. Tencent and eBay will make their investments through subsidiaries, which are expected to take stakes of 4% or less in the bank should a license be gained, a Kakao spokesman said. He declined to comment on financial terms.