Facebook expands Internet.org basic services to everyone in India

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has taken another step in expanding the reach of its Internet.org, now called Free Basics, platform in India. In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through Internet.org’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.”


Indian IT giants struggling to meet Nasscom’s growth target

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI/DELHI: Big four IT companies may not be able to meet Nasscom’s growth target for FY16, and the industry may just be able to meet the lower end of the guidance even as a tough second half looms. The growth guidance of 12-14% will now depend on captives and BPOs pulling their levels up. Nasscom was waiting to see how the third quarter plays out before taking a call on cutting the outlook, said a person with knowledge of the matter.


Can’t connect world without connecting India: Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — At his first townhall event in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is committed to net neutrality, but lent his support for zero-rating plans, which violate the principles of free internet. When asked if Facebook supports net neutrality, Zuckerberg said, “Absolutely. We do a lot to support net neutrality. In terms of regulation, countries are figuring out what rules they want and we are supportive of that.”


Facebook continues fight for ‘free internet’ in India, hands $1.2M to local startups

IndiaTech in Asia — Facebook tried to bring “free” internet to India several months ago and was shot down for its violation of net neutrality. Internet.org was seen as the company’s way of endorsing specific sites for those who were signed up for the scheme. Essentially, critics explained, Internet.org would turn the internet into a series of subscription-based channels and the grand, utopian vision that the 21st century held for the possibilities of the world wide web would be gone.


ITRI reaches 85% yields for flexible electronics production

TaiwanDigi Times — The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has reached over 85% yields for flexible electronics production including comprehensive solutions ranging from touch modules and screens as well as electrode films. The organization has high hopes for the segment due to rising demand for curved and flexible applications.


Facebook teams up with Nasscom to mentor startups in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Industry body Nasscom has partnered Facebook to launch a new initiative to support developers building apps and mobile websites for “new-to-internet” users. Under the ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion Program’, Nasscom will invite developers and students through an application process.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to hold townhall in New Delhi on October 28

IndiaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will hold a Townhall Question and Answer session at IIT-Delhi later this month to connect with Indians, whom he described as “one of our most active and engaged communities” on the social media.


Quanta Pitches OCP-Inspired Hyper Converged Infrastructure

TaiwanDatacenter Knowledge — Quanta Cloud Technology, subsidiary of the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Quanta Computer, has introduced a hyper converged infrastructure offering that combines its hardware, including Open Compute servers, storage, networking switches, and racks, with virtualization and cloud software options by VMware, Canonical, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Mirantis, among others.


Indian IT industry to touch $350b in revenue by 2025: Nasscom

IndiaDeal Street Asia — The Indian information technology (IT) and services industry is set to more than double its revenue to touch $350 billion by 2025, riding on the global digital disruption due to rise of SMAC (social, mobility, analytics, cloud), the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics, among other things, according to the new projection released by software lobby Nasscom based on research conducted by McKinsey and Co. on Monday.


Advancing the cloud in South East Asia, from KL

MalaysiaBCN — Today is the first day of Cloud South East Asiain Kuala Lumpur, and the attendance alone testifies to the enthusiasm and curiosity around cloud development in the region in general and in Malaysia in particular. One great authority on the topic is the chair of today’s event, Mike Mudd (pictured), MD at Asian Policy Partners LLC. Following keynotes from the likes of Amazon Web Services and the Asia Cloud Computing Association, Business Cloud News sat down with Mudd to discuss the significance of cloud computing standards in the region, something touched upon by a number of speakers.


Trans-Pacific Partnership: TPP Rewards Apple, Facebook, Google, Others With Unrestricted Flow Of Cross-Border Data

APACIB Times — ATLANTA: Companies as diverse as tractor-maker John Deere, turbine-manufacturer General Electric and search-engine behemoth Google rely on the free flow of bits and bytes to keep customers happy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation agreement completed in Atlanta this week, reflects this imperative by including the world’s first comprehensive set of trade rules aimed at preventing governments from blocking data flows across national borders.


Net neutrality: RCom bats for Internet.org

IndiaTimes 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.


Global 2Q15 semiconductor equipment billings reach US$9.4 billion, says SEMI

TaiwanDigi Times — SEMI has reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.4 billion in the second quarter of 2015. The billings figure is 1% lower than the first quarter of 2015 and 2% lower than the same quarter a year ago.  Worldwide semiconductor equipment bookings were US$10.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015, SEMI disclosed.


GSMA: Smart city tech could save Bangkok $1B per year

ThailandRCR Wireless — In a new report, the GSMA projects the city of Bangkok could save some $1 billion per year by implementing intelligent transport systems common in so-called smart cities. Researchers found that introducing intelligent transport systems would yield economic benefits equivalent to $1 billion each year through a combination of reducing traffic congestion and travel time, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions and helping avoid traffic accidents.


Big benefits for Bangkok if Intelligent Transport Systems used: GSMA study

ThailandDigital News Asia — DEPLOYING Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and road accidents, driving social and economic benefits of up to US$1 billion per year, according to the GSM Association (GSMA). Citing its new research report, Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter, the association said that ITS can also potentially result in long-term positive changes in commuter habits and encourage citizens to use safe and environmentally friendly ways of commuting.


Net neutrality: IAMAI opposes zero-rating plans

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Opposing zero-rated plans of any type, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said such plans will harm online content and also allow telcos to discriminate certain web services over others.  In its submissions to a Department of Telecom (DoT) report on net neutrality last week, IAMAI said it clearly and unambiguously opposed zero-rated plans of any type.  Thursday was the last date to submit comments on the DoT report.


GSMA’s low-power network initiative to boost IoT growth

APACDigital News Asia — THE GSM Association (GSMA) has established the ‘Mobile IoT Initiative,’ a new project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators including Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), Ooredoo and Telenor, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), as well as chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The project is designed to address the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum, the GSMA said in a statement.


Citizens fight for net neutrality on mygov.in

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: There is widespread support for net neutrality on the government’s citizen engagement platform mygov.in where a majority of people have voiced their concerns against zero-rated plans.  There are nearly 70,000 comments on the website with just a day to go before the end of the participative process and most of these seek unfettered and non-discriminatory access to the internet.


AsiaPac telco community gets a spectrum slap from GSMA

APACDigital News Asia — The GSM Association (GSMA) said it is disappointed that the Asia Pacific telecommunications community has not identified sufficient spectrum to meet growing consumer demand. This comes after the final meeting of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG) in Seoul, ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).


Facebook India goes to users to keep Internet.org alive

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook is mustering support of its users in India to defend its platform Internet.org, with just a week left for public comments on a DoT panel’s report, which says free internet services like that of the social network’s violate net neutrality principle. Facebook has started the public campaign to make a case before lawmakers for allowing free internet access platforms like Internet.org.