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TikTok, WeChat to be taken off US app stores from Sunday

The US Department of Commerce has announced that it would be prohibiting TikTok and WeChat from being available on app stores in the country from September 20 (Sunday). This means both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store will have to remove the apps from their library. Additionally, US companies have been prohibited from […] ...

National Informatics Centre hit with hack, police suspects Bangalore firm: Report

The National Informatics Centre, which performs several crucial technology and networking duties for the government, was the victim of a cyberattack early this month, The Print reported on Thursday. The NIC provides services for the government like email, video-conferencing, website hosting, and even enables internet access for universities and some...

DoT committee recommends that BSNL 4G core be Indian, with source code audits: Report

A Department of Telecommunications-constituted committee has said that BSNL’s 4G network should be built by Indian companies and be subject to source code audits, the Economic Times reported. BSNL, which does not offer 4G nearly anywhere, had a tender for its 4G infrastructure cancelled in the aftermath of the Indo-Chinese border skirmishes, and a newer...

Hoichoi has 13 million viewers, with 40% of revenue being international

Hoichoi has 13 million subscribers, the Bengali-language streaming service said on Friday. This is the first time the company has revealed a subscriber count for its service, three years after launching. While Hoichoi didn’t disclose how many of these viewers are direct subscribers, it is interesting to note that 40% of the company’s revenue comes […]...

Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure increased during pandemic: Ajit Doval

“Various advanced persistent threat [APT] groups became more active targeting our critical infrastructures,” National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said. Phishing campaigns that used COVID-19 related themes to target government, defence and critical infrastructure surged during this period. A number of accounts of Indian government officials and government...

Paytm restored on Google Play Store, after being removed for gambling policy violations

Popular payments app Paytm was today removed from Google’s Play Store for “repeated” violations of its gambling policies. The app has been restored as of Friday evening, but Paytm First Games, a separate app which offers fantasy gaming, remains absent from the Play Store. Google said this morning that it removes apps that offer unregulated […] ...

‘National Cyber Security Strategy awaiting cabinet nod, will hopefully be released in October’: Rajesh Pant

India’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 is ready and is now just awaiting cabinet approval, National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen. (Dr) Rajesh Pant said on Friday. He hopes that the Strategy — which will “cater to the entire [cybersecurity] ecosystem” and discusses “how to strengthen existing systems” — will be released in October, the […]...

Apple to launch online store in India on September 23

Apple will launch its Indian online store on September 23, CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Friday. This is the first time the company will sell its products and services to Indian customers directly instead of through third party resellers. The move is in line with Cook’s February announcement that said an online store will be […] ...

Uber launches public transport feature with Hyderabad Metro

Uber has partnered with the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited and L&T Metro to let users plan their public transport commute within the Uber app. The partnership will let riders “plan their commute” by reviewing HMRL and Telangana State Road Transport Corporations’ (TSRTC) bus service information, the company announced. The Hyderabad Metro resumed services...

More than half of BSNL equipment acquired from Huawei, ZTE

More than half of state-run BSNL’s telecom equipment is from Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) revealed in Parliament on Thursday. Additionally, more than 10% of all of state-owned MTNL’s — to be merged with BSNL — network equipment comes from Chinese manufacturers, though it’s unclear whether...

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