ZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.
Enterprise Innovation — Amazon Web Services, (AWS), a global cloud computing platform, has launched two data centres in Mumbai recently, taking the total number of Availability Zones (AZs) to 35 across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally. With these data centres, Mumbai becomes the sixth region in Asia Pacific.
Business Insider — The next generation of cellular technology, 5G, will power networks at speeds far greater than the current 4G can handle. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects 5G, when fully deployed, to increase network capacity to handle the increase in data that will be transmitted by the more than 34 billion connected devices on the planet by 2020. And 24 billion of those will be IoT devices.
Networks Asia — If you think of LinkedIn as a social network or an online recruitment service, then you may well be scratching your head about why Microsoft would spend more on it than it has on any other acquisition. But consider that Microsoft has a graph that covers how you’re connected to people by email, documents, messages, meetings and address books, while LinkedIn has a graph that covers jobs, skills, colleagues, and professional connections.
The Guardian — Indian police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video that mocks cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression. Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted the clip, which also lampooned famous Indian movie singer Lata Mangeshkar, on Snapchat and Facebook on Thursday, angering rightwing politicians in Mumbai who complained to police.
Nation Multimedia — CAT Telecom and Indian telecom giant Tata Communications will sign a memorandum of understanding for a submarine cable partnership today. This is part of the government’s plan to seek more strategic partners in the telecom industry during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s three-day visit to India that ends tomorrow.
ZDNet — An underground marketplace has been found to be selling information of more than 70,600 compromised servers in both government and private networks, located across 173 countries including Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Australia. Available for sale from US$6 each, access to these servers was being hawked at a cyber black market called xDedic, which appeared to be operated by a Russian-speaking group, according to Kaspersky Lab.
Korea Times — KT has opened an undersea network control tower in Busan, amid the growing importance of managing cross-border data flow. The Submarine Network Operation Center (SNOC) will be used as a key facility to control timely and stable bulk data transfers in such areas as ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcasting, data roaming and the fifth-generation (5G) network systems, according to KT, Thursday.
China Business News — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, has expanded its Singapore’s data center operations by developing a new availability zone, the Chinese e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday.According to an official release by China’s largest e-commerce network, Alibaba Cloud data center in Singapore is responsible for providing superior data services across the Southeast Asian region.
Telecom Asia — Five banks in Singapore may have been quick to announce their respective credit and debit cards’ compatibility with Apple Pay last month, but Citibank Singapore appears to be going against the tide. The bank has yet to announce when its card offerings will be Apple Pay-supported, but instead appears to be focusing on mobile e-wallet payments via the Android platform in its bid to grow its credit card business.
Times of India — BENGALURU/MUMBAI: As the Seattle-based e-commerce juggernaut Amazon closes in on the pole position of the Indian e-commerce market, its founder & CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that his company will pump in an additional $3 billion investment into India, taking its total capital commitment here to $5 billion.
Datacenter News — Cloudways has secured integration rights into DigitalOcean’s new Bangalore data center in India, which the company says will extend its reach in India and into other Asian markets. Cloudways Cloud Platform provides a base for the deployment and management of business websites, blogs, e-commerce businesses and web applications.
Mobile World Live — Chinese internet giant Tencent is partnering with Japanese social data provider Hotto Link to roll out its WeChat Pay service to 10,000 stores in Japan by the end of the year. According to Nikkei Asia Review, only a few Japanese stores have adopted WeChat Pay, which is targeted at Chinese travellers who account for a quarter of all visitors to Japan and spend a lot more than other groups.
Telecom Asia — Smartphone and tablet-based mobile point-of sale (POS) terminals will handle 40% of all retail transaction value by 2021, up from an expected 12% in 2016, a new study from Juniper Research showed. The research firm forecasts that the use of mPOS systems will account for more than 1 in 3 POS terminals by 2021, driven by larger retailers adopting mPOS as part of an array of point-of-sale options.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.
Datacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — Alibaba Group Holding said that revenue growth will accelerate this fiscal year as China’s largest e-commerce company provided its first financial forecast since going public in 2014. The company predicts sales will rise at least 48 percent in the year ending March 2017 as it pushes into new markets and businesses beyond e-commerce.
Enterprise Innovation — Singapore is conducting trials on the world’s first Tropical Data Centre (TDC), which could reduce energy consumption by data centers by up to 40 percent. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said the trial would test how data servers react under various “live” situations, such as peak surges or transferring of data, and in diverse conditions, such as with no temperature or humidity controls.
Last night’s outage to an Amazon Web Services Sydney availability zone is prompting some of AWS’ biggest local customers to reconsider their architectures to mitigate future damaging downtime. AWS has built its brand on reliability as well as flexibility and cost, but yesterday’s storms in Sydney showed that even the public cloud powerhouse isn’t immune to nature.
Enterprise Innovation — More CIOs in China (40%) report directly to the CEO than any other country in the region, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. The role of the CIO has never been more relevant or influential, with 67% of China’s CIOs now sitting on a board or executive management team, 14 percentage points higher than the regional average.
Times of India — TOKYO: SoftBank Group said on Friday it was selling a further $1.1 billion of its shares inAlibaba Group Holding, bringing the total it has sold in the Chinese e-commerce company to $10 billion. Separately, SoftBank agreed to sell most of its remaining stake in mobile gaming company Gungho Online Entertainment back to the company for 73 billion yen ($685.38 million), Gungho said.
Times of India — The CEO of SWIFT , the interbank messaging system embroiled in a global bank-hacking controversy, says to expect more information about breaches to emerge as fully armouring the network’s defenses is likely to take years. “We don’t think this is going to be solved overnight, so we’ll be looking for a number of quick wins to improve things in the near term,” Gottfried Leibbrandt, SWIFT’s CEO, said on Wednesday.
IT News — Large Australian websites including Domain, Channel Nine, Foxtel Play and Domino’s went down on Sunday afternoon after Amazon Web Service’s Sydney zone suffered a two-hour power outage. AWS first warned of the outage affecting Elastic Compute via its status page at 3:47pm, and an hour later confirmed the issue was related to a power problem. Sydney spent Sunday struggling through severe storms.
BBC — India has rejected Google’s plans to collect images for its Street View service in the country after objections from security agencies. Officials told the BBC there were concerns that the service would compromise the country’s security. Google Street View collects high definition images to give its users 360 degree views of streets, tourist spots, hills and rivers.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb , part of Alibaba Group, today launched its news aggregation app called UC News. The company also announced an update for its popular UC Browser, which claims to have 80 million active users in the country and a market share of 58%. UC Browser reportedly has 400 million monthly active users globally. It is the largest mobile browser in Asia and the second largest globally.
The Blockchain. — IBM has opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore – an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, Blockchain and design capabilities. IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.