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Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [Sept 17th-23rd]

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

Top Tech News

Internet companies form lobbying group called The Internet Association

Internet companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Zynga and Amazon.com have come together to form The Internet Association. The lobbying group has been set up in Washington DC and aims to address ‘regulatory and political’ issues that internet companies face.

"Policymakers must understand that the preservation of that freedom is essential to the vitality of the Internet itself and the resulting economic prosperity." said Michael Beckerman, President of The Internet Association.

HCL Technologies bags multimillion dollar contract from Freespace Semiconductor

HCL Technologies has inked a multimillion dollar deal with US based chip manufacturer Freespace Semiconductor to provide strategic IT infrastructure services. "HCL will manage and transform infrastructure operations covering desktop support, compute, storage, database, telecom (network & security), process automation and compliance with the use of its pioneering Management Tools as a Service (MTaaSTM) framework and gold standard processes." said the company’s press release.

The deal is expected generate revenues to the tune of $60-80 million, reported ET. Freespace Semiconductor’s 19,000 users across 20 countries will be serviced by HCL Technologies.

Apple’s iOS 6 available for download

The much awaited iOS 6 became officially available to download this week. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system was released with more than 200 new features including Facebook Integration, Siri and Panoramic photo taking capabilities.

The improvements and innovations have been aimed at making everyday tasks easier and simpler. Apple’s Maps app faced significant criticism as users complained of faulty graphics and incorrect listings.

Wipro inaugurates 2,000 seater centre in Vishakhapatnam

Daggubati Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, inaugurated Wipro’s brand new 2,000 seater delivery centre in Visakhapatnam. Wipro has 10,000 staff in AP and with this centre, the company is looking to use local talent, resource and infrastructure. "We have been present in Andhra Pradesh for the last two decades, and it gives us great pride to expand our footprint to Vishakhapatnam, the second-largest city in the state." said Hari Hegde, VP & Head of Ops, Wipro, reported ET.

Facebook removes facial recognition tool in Europe

After facing a probe by Irish regulators, Facebook has decided to turn off its inbuilt facial recognition tool in Europe. The Tag Suggest feature posed as a threat to the privacy of users. The social network has decided to remove it in Europe by mid October.

Microsoft’s AppFest enters Guinness World Records

After announcing it earlier this month, Microsoft hosted AppFest in Bangalore this week which saw 3,500 developers under one roof in an 18 hour coding marathon.

The meet was noted in Guinness World Records in a brand new category as this was an unprecedented event. "I can’t wait to see some of these apps being built at the Windows AppFest. We are giving an opportunity to Indian application developers to make innovative applications that can be uploaded on to the Marketplace," said John Devaan, VP, Microsoft.

Rediff launches Rediff News app for android

India’s leading news and entertainment portal launched Rediff News, an android app.

The application has a tiled display containing pictures and videos of the latest news and updates in various categories including business, entertainment, cricket, sports and current affairs. "With this latest innovation, the most up-to-date and relevant news stories from India and around the globe are now at readers’ fingertips – instantly, when they want it" said Ajit Balakrishnan, CEO, Chairman and Founder of Rediff.com.

iPhone 5 sold out across many stores as the device is set for a 10 million debut

iPhone 5 became available in stores around US, Europe, Australia and Asia this week. Like previous launches, Apple fans queued for days altogether outside stores to be the first ones to get their hands on the new device.

As preliminary reports came in, it emerged that stock in some US stores was already sold out. "Before we were even scheduled to open, we were pretty much out" said a US store employee, reported ET. According to various analysts, the new iPhone is set for a record breaking 10 million in sales figures upon its debut.

Tech Mahindra acquires 51% holding in Comviva Technologies Ltd

Earlier during the week, Tech Mahindra announced that it had acquired a 51% stake in Comviva Technologies for Rs. 260 crore. Comviva Technologies is a Bharti Group owned mobile solutions provider and the acquisition is seen as Tech Mahindra’s bid to become a significant player in the mobile value-added-services providing domain.

"This is a significant step forward, in our vision of being a complete and comprehensive partner to our clients and, like always, we are confident of making this a successful venture for our stakeholders." said Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra.

Google buys Niks Software

Vic Gundotra, Sr. VP, Google, announced that the search giant had bought Nik Software, parent company to photo editing app Snapspeed. "Today I’m excited to welcome +Nik Software to the Google family! We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone." said Vic Gundotra, Sr. VP, Google, said in a Google+ post.

Snapspeed is seen as a rival app to Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 in a billion dollar deal. The financials of the Google-Nik Software deal were undisclosed.

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