Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [25th-30th March]


Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.Top 10 Tech news of the week


Ericsson sues Micromax for about Rs. 100 crore

Ericsson has reportedly sued Gurgaon based Micromax for patent infringement. The Swedish mobile network infrastructure manufacturer is claiming about Rs. 100 crore in damages. Both the companies failed to come to a license agreement after three years of negotiations.

“Indian courts respond swiftly and with speed, if a strong case is made out. This case marks the arrival of big ticket patent litigation in India” said Pratibha Singh, Ericsson’s counsel.

Apple files a patent for iPhone with wraparound display

Apple has reportedly filed a patent for an iPhone with a wraparound display which expands the viewable area. The design also removes the need for physical buttons. The patent allows for ‘functionality to extend to more than one surface of the device’. Commentators are looking at the patent application as a sign that Apple plans to consider a new generation of display options for its iconic iPhone.

RIM reports $98 million in quarterly income, sells 10 lakh Z10 smartphones

Research In Motion Ltd (RIM) reported $98 million in quarterly income as compared to a $125 million loss in the same quarter the previous year. The company reportedly sold 10 lakh units of its latest Z10 smartphone as it returned to profitability in the latest quarter.

TCS chosen by Southern Water for Customer Service and Revenue Management transformation

IT services provider TCS was chosen as a partner by Southern Water to implement a customer services and revenue transformation program which will combine front and back-end IT with internal process redevelopment.

“Southern Water supplies water across some 4,450 sq km, and TCS has provided us with a roadmap for more flexible and efficient service delivery within this extensive area. Our customers will benefit from a highly consistent experience over web, mobile and interactive voice response channels” said Darren Bentham, Chief Customer Officer, Southern Water, in a press release.

VMware to invest $120 million in India

American software company VMware will reportedly invest $120 million in India over the next few years. The investment includes a long term lease for a 4.2 lakh square feet building in South Bangalore which is currently being constructed. VMware is a leading player in cloud and virtualization software and services.

“India’s world-class IT expertise, impressive talent pool and industrial development make this country crucially important to VMware’s global growth strategy” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware.

Oracle Unveils SPARC Servers with SPARC T5 microprocessor

Oracles announced the launch of SPARC T5 and M5 servers for enterprise computing. The new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, which the company claims to be the world’s fastest microprocessor.

“Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server has a 7x price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database on a server-to-server basis” said a press release.

Worldwide internet slowdown after cyber attack on spam blocker

Worldwide internet speeds dropped after an attack targeted a London and Geneva based non-profit anti-spam group known as Spamhaus. Analysts worldwide largely termed this as one of the largest cyber attacks. “It is a small miracle that we’re still online” said Vincent Hanna, researcher at Spamhaus.

Tata Sons win legal battle over

Tata Sons Ltd won a legal battle over a domain name in the Delhi High Court. The court barred the defendant from using the domain or the word ‘tata’ to conduct any business. The domain was registered in 1998 however it was reported that the Tata Group came to know about it only in 2005.

Yahoo buys mobile app maker Summly

Yahoo has bought mobile app startup called Summly, a mobile app developed by a 17 year old school kid. The app reportedly searches for news snippets to make them better equipped for mobile devices.

“We’re excited to share that we’re acquiring Summly, a mobile product company founded with a vision to simplify the way we get information, making it faster, easier and more concise” said a Yahoo statement.

Nokia issued Rs. 2,000 crore tax notice

The authorities issued Finnish mobile handset manufacturer Nokia with a Rs. 2,000 crore tax notice. The notice is reportedly for tax that should have been deducted at source.

“Nokia reiterates its position is that it is in full compliance with local laws as well as the bilaterally negotiated tax treaty between the governments of India and Finland, and will defend itself vigorously” said the company. Nokia has secured a temporary stay on the demand from the Delhi High Court.

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