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Top 10 Indian Tech News of the Week [25th Feb- 3rd Mar 2013]

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

Top 10 Tech news of the week

Nokia unveils Nokia 105 and Nokia 301

Nokia unveiled Nokia 105 and Nokia 301 handsets. Nokia 105 has a colour screen, FM radio, flashlight and is claimed to be dust and splash proof. It also has a company claimed battery life of 35 days and is priced at EUR 15 or approximately Rs. 1,100.

“The Nokia 105 is the ideal device for the first-time phone buyer” said a press release. Nokia 301 is an affordable handset featuring internet access, email and camera. It has been priced at EUR 65 or approximately Rs. 4,650.

InfoEdge acquires MakeSense Technologies for Rs. 8 crore

InfoEdge, owner of portals including naukri.com, 99acres.com and jeevansathi.com announced the acquisition of MakeSense Technologies Pvt Ltd for Rs. 8 crore. InfoEdge plans to enhance naukri.com’s search capabilities with the help of semantic search software developed by MakeSense Technologies.

Facebook to buy Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft

Facebook announced that it had agreed to acquire Microsoft’s Atlas Advertiser Suite which will help the company to measure the effectiveness of advertisement campaigns on its website. The social network also plans to improve the capabilities of the platform by enhancing its available tools, interface and functionality.

“Ultimately, Atlas’s powerful platform, combined with Nielsen and Datalogix, will help advertisers close the loop and compare their Facebook campaigns to the rest of their ad spend across the web on desktop and mobile” said a press release.

ITC Infotech partners with Camouflage Software Inc

ITC Infotech, a fully owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd announced its partnership with data masking firm Camouflage Software Inc. Under the partnership, the companies will jointly promote, market and implement the Camouflage data masking solution with initial focus on financial services and healthcare sectors.

“ITC Infotech has a leading Testing & QA Services practice and we believe our partnership with Camouflage can extend and enhance our value-proposition in testing across the vertical markets that we serve” said L N Balaji, President – North American Operations, ITC Infotech.

Yahoo shuts down seven products including app for Blackberry

Yahoo will be shutting down seven products including Yahoo! app for BlackBerry. Other apps facing the axe are Yahoo! Avatars, Yahoo! Clues (beta), Yahoo! App Search, Yahoo! Sports IQ, Yahoo! Message Boards website and Yahoo! Updates API.

“The most critical question we ask is whether the experience is truly a daily habit that still resonates for all of you today. Ultimately, we’re making these changes in an effort to sharpen our focus” said an official blog post.

Wipro and Axeda form global alliance for M2M solutions

Wipro announced a strategic alliance with Axeda Corporation, a provider of cloud based services and software for managing connected products. Wipro and Axeda aim to provide end-to-end machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that will help organizations enhance business processes and develop innovative enterprise applications.

“Our alliance with Axeda ensures that organizations in every geographic region, serving a variety of vertical industries, have the ability to launch a M2M offering that is easier, faster and significantly more cost effective than creating their own” said Ayan Mukerji, Sr VP and Global Head, Media and Telecom, Wipro Technologies.

HP sells webOS to LG Electronics

HP announced the acquisition of its webOS operating system by LG Electronics. The mobile operating system will be used by the South Korean electronics giant to support its next-generation Smart TV technology. “It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices” said Skott Ahn, President and CTO, LG Electronics.

Asus launches MeMO Pad in India for Rs. 9,999

Asus launched its MeMO Pad in India for Rs. 9,999. The 7 inch tablet runs on Android 4.1 and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. MeMO Pad has 1 GB RAM and 1 GB internal storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD. It features a 1 MP front camera and is reportedly available in white, grey and pink colours.

“With an ultra-light, minimalistic and anti-slip design, the MeMO Pad will not only help you to keep in touch with friends, but will also fulfil all your entertainment requirements – and all this at the irresistible price of Rs. 9,999 only” said Peter Chang, Regional Head, ASUS India.

Intel launches software to manage big data

Intel launched Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop software, aimed to help organization effectively manage big data. The platform will allow organization to process and analyze large volumes of data.

“Intel is committed to contributing its enhancements made to use all of the computing horsepower available to the open source community to provide the industry with a better foundation from which it can push the limits of innovation and realize the transformational opportunity of big data” said Boyd Davis, VP, Datacenter Software Division, Intel.

Meritnation.com raises Rs. 30 crore from InfoEdge

InfoEdge announced increasing its investment in Applect Learning Systems Pvt Ltd from 31.5 crore to 61.5 crore. Applect Learning Systems owns online education portal meritnation.com and this is reportedly InfoEdge’s fourth round of funding in the company.

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