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Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [10-16th Sept 2012]

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Here’s a look at this week’s Top 10 tech news.

Top Tech News

Samsung building $7 billion chip plant in China

Samsung announced this week that it is building a $7 billion chip plant in Xi’an, China. The plant emerges as the South Korean electronic giant’s biggest investment on Chinese shores and is slated to start operations by 2014. "Reinforcing the company’s support for its customers worldwide, the China facility will improve Samsung’s global supply chain, making it easier for many of its customers to expand in the region" said the company, reported ET.

Apple launches iPhone 5

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, launched the much awaited iPhone 5 during a media event in San Francisco. The new version is thinner and lighter than its predecessor iPhone 4S. It also has a 4 inch Retina Display, a move up from the 3.5 inch screen on its previous model. The device is powered Apple’s new A6 chip and has an 8 MP iSight camera with panorama.

"Apple designs phones for hands, Samsung designs phones for humans," said Tim Cook.

NIIT partners with Microsoft to deliver programs in cloud technology

NIIT has announced a partnership with Microsoft to deliver more than a lakh professionals well honed in cloud technology. The partnership will see the Indian IT education provider offering a GNIIT on-campus programme, a diploma programme and a short skill enhancer programme according to G Raghavan, CEO, NIIT.

BS also reported that NIIT’s collaboration with more than 2,000 placement clients will help professionals and students find a job. Last month, Microsoft had partnered with Bharti Airtel to deliver Office 365 via the latter’s cloud platform.

GoDaddy.com hosted websites down for hours

Thousands of websites worldwide went down on Monday after an outage within GoDaddy’s internal servers. Initial rumours suggested that GoDaddy may have been the victim of a malicious hacking attempt however the company later announced that the outage happened ‘due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables’. CEO Scott Wagner later apologized to customers in a blog post and mentioned "At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised”.

Smallb.in: Website launched by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

The Finance Ministry and SIDBI launched smallb.in, a website to support young entrepreneurs and various other business start ups in micro, small and medium segments. According to Sunil Soni, Additional Secretary, Department of Financial Services, less than 50% of 2.4 crore annual university graduates were absorbed in the ‘organized sector of employment’.

"If we can create 10,000 such entrepreneurs every year, it will be a huge achievement for the country", he said. The online portal is set to help entrepreneurs with preparing business plans and gathering information regarding funding, laws and regulations among other topics.

Google blocks access to controversial anti-Islam film in India

Google blocked access to a controversial anti-Islam film which triggered widespread protests in Arab countries. The film, which led to the killing of US diplomatic personnel in Libya, was blocked in countries including India, Indonesia, Egypt and Libya.

Despite recognizing that the video did not violate YouTube’s guidelines Google decided to block it in certain countries ‘because of the exceptional circumstances’ reported ET.

Times Internet Limited launches Boxtv.com

Times Internet Limited (TIL) launched BoxTV.com, a premium video service. Introductory membership fees are Rs. 199 per month in India and $4.99/£4.99 in US and UK respectively. Users will be able to stream Bollywood, Hollywood and regional videos. TIL has partnered with a host of media houses and distributors including Shemaroo, UTV and Sony Pictures.

Infosys collaborates with AT&T to launch SpeedSolve

In collaboration with AT&T, Infosys has launched SpeedSolve, a ‘comprehensive next generation’ solution for customer service. The platform aims to resolve queries quickly and more accurately to help typical customer service environments like call centres.

"SpeedSolve combines the proven technology leadership of Infosys with AT&T’s deep understanding of telecommunications to deliver a new paradigm in real-time customer service operations across industries. This jointly developed solution with AT&T is another example of unique and innovative ways that Infosys helps companies transform as they build tomorrow’s enterprises" said Gopal Devanahalli, VP – Products, Platforms and Solutions, Infosys.

YouTube launches new app for iPhone and iPod

YouTube has launched a new app for iPhones and iPods which will be supported by ads. "The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience" said an official Google blog post. Last month Apple had announced that its license to use Google’s YouTube app in iOS had ended. Unlike its predecessors, the new iOS will not have the video sharing portal’s app preloaded.

Wipro to deliver IT solutions to Qatar Airways

On Wednesday, Wipro announced that it had entered into a long term strategic engagement with Qatar Airways. The Indian IT services company will develop competitive IT solutions for the Doha based carrier.

"Under the new arrangement, a lot of the software development will be carried out by Wipro in South India. Qatar Airways will be able to tap into Wipro’s vast pool of highly technical resources, as well as research and development centres to explore and take advantage of, new technological solutions." said the company in a statement.

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