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Top 10 Indian Tech News of the week [Dec 10th-16th]

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

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New Google Maps now available for iOS 5.1 and higher

A new version of Google Maps was rolled out for iOS 5.1 and higher, months after its license to be used in Apple products had expired. The app will have turn-by-turn voice guided navigation and will give users direct access to Google’s massive listing of businesses and points of interest. The app is compatible with Apple’s latest iOS 6 and will work on iPhone and iPod Touch. A version for iPad is yet to be released.

TCS inks multi-year agreement with UK based Mitchells & Butlers

TCS announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Mitchells & Butlers, a leading hospitality business chain in UK. The Indian IT services provider will work to streamline the management of Mitchells & Butlers’ HR and payroll operations.

"We are delighted to partner with Mitchells & Butlers and are confident that our cloud-based Human Capital Management solution will help align M&B’s current business operations to deliver best-in-class services to their employees and customers" said Shankar Narayanan, Head, TCS UK & Ireland.

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin joins Yahoo! Board of directors

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin was appointed to Yahoo’s board of directors.

"Max is someone I’ve admired throughout my career for his phenomenal sense for great products and keen focus on user experiences. I’m confident that his strong product and technology expertise will be a tremendous asset to Yahoo! as we work to transform the world’s daily habits" said Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo. David Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel, and Brad Smith, Chief Executive of Intuit Inc, stepped down from the Yahoo board in order to focus on their respective companies, said a press release.

Facebook gives shortcuts for privacy settings

Facebook announced a major overhaul of how users can manage their content on the social network. Shortcuts to change privacy settings will be easily accessible, users will be able to untag themselves from multiple photos at once and also request friends to take down the photos that they don’t like or approve of. "We believe that the better you understand who can see the things you share, the better your experience on Facebook can be" said the release.

Infosys CommerceEdge selected by Japan’s OSG Corporation to transform its e-commerce platform

Japan’s leading cutting tool manufacturer OSG Corporation selected Infosys CommerceEdge to transform its legacy e-commerce platform, announced India’s second largest IT services provider. The new cloud based platform will reduce operating costs by up to 40% and give OSG various tools including advanced analytical features that will allow the manufacturer to track customer buying behaviour.

"Our e-Commerce portal is one of the centerpieces of our business. That’s why Infosys CommerceEdge is such a valuable tool for us" said Koji Sonobe, MD, OSG Corp.

Cloud connected eHealth Centre inaugurated in Kaithal, Haryana

Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Science and Technology, inaugurated a cloud connected eHealth Centre in Kaithal, Haryana. The centres will reportedly have the ability to be deployed at different places as they are based out of customized shipping containers.

The low-cost cloud connected infrastructure will be manned by trained medical staff and it will be facilitated with diagnostic equipments, laboratory, pharmacy and a telemedicine studio. "It is a solution that is housed in a standard shipping container which can be quickly transported to remote areas of the country by air, rail or by land transport" said Jaipal Reddy.

Khosla Ventures partners with Condoleezza Rice’s consulting firm RiceHadleyGates

Khosla Ventures has partnered with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s consulting firm RiceHadleyGates for their strategic assistance.

"We can give a lot of ideas on navigating emerging markets. As selling into emerging markets or who have development teams there. We can help them understand regulatory environment and governments in particular countries" said Anja Manuel, Principal at RiceHadleyGates. Khosla Ventures was founded by Vinod Khosla who is also the co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Twitter launches photo filters

Partnering with New York based software developer Aviary, Twitter introduced a new feature which will allow users to edit and refine photos without having to move to other apps such as Instagram. Users will be able to apply 8 different types of filters, crop pictures and add other enhancements.

"Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences" said the micro-blogging website.

Wipro launches SmartOffers with Intuition Intelligence

Wipro announced the launch of Wipro SmartOffers, a location based solution for banks, in partnership with Intuition Intelligence. The IT solution is set to leverage online and mobile channels to help banks deliver the right offers to their customers.

"We expect Wipro SmartOffers to enable banks to pre-empt commoditization by building brand loyalty and creating additional revenue streams. We are already testing the concept with several banks across the globe, which gives us a first mover advantage," said Vijay Sharma, Global Domain Head – Banking and Financial Services, Wipro Technologies.

Sutherland Global Services acquires Apollo Health Street Ltd

Sutherland Global Services announced the acquisition of Apollo Health Street Ltd (AHS), a healthcare focused BPO providing business services and Health Information Technology (HIT) based solutions. AHS is the BPO arm of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. "In Sutherland Global Services, we have found the ideal partner with a proven track-record of excellence in services, technology, and leadership. The combined capabilities of both companies will create a compelling value proposition for our clients" said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals.

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