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Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

 

He took over charge from FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer Kunal Shah.

MakeMyTrip Chairman & Group CEO Deep Kalra has taken over as vice chairman from music app Saavn co-founder and President Vinodh Bhat.

Facebook’s Managing Director – India & South Asia, Umang Bedi has been elected as the new Treasurer of the Association. Subho Ray continues to be the President of the Association, IAMAI said in a statement.

The tenure of the new council is for two years.

“Anandan assumes office at a time when the industry is going through a growth trajectory with more than 400 million Internet users and with more than 300 million mobile Internet users,” the statement said.

In rural India, with an estimated population of 906 million, have only 156 million Internet users.
“Thus, there are potential 750 million users still in rural heartlands; if only they can be reached out properly. Thus, the new council will work towards increasing the Internet users’ base, especially in rural areas,” the statement said.

Another key focus area of work for the new council would be the promotion of local language content. Currently, much of the content on the Internet is in English. English language accounts for nearly 56 percent of the content on the worldwide web, while Indian languages account for less than 0.1 percent, the statement said.

Enabling Indic content on the Internet will lead to a growth of 39 percent with the current Internet user base of India.

IAMAI, which helps Internet based firms in handling industry and policy issues, said that the new council would also work towards promoting the digital startup ecosystem in India.

“The Council believes that apps economy in India will drive the next level of Internet growth, along with Indic. With over 300 million mobile Internet users and more than 200 million local language consumers on the Internet, the growth trajectory for apps development is bound to be exponential,” IAMAI said.

The companies in the new council include Times Internet, OLX, Policy Bazaar, Yatra, Paytm, Hungama, Mobikwik, Indiamart, Itzcash and Pepperfry.

 
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Google Inc Wednesday told the Delhi High Court it has not earned any revenue out of the agreement with the government or any other monetary benefit from content uploaded on the YouTube platform under the deal.

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The company also told a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva that petitioner K N Govindacharya has “failed to establish that the content provided by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the agreement has been monetized by Google Inc”.

“Any allegation in this regard is absolutely denied as being unfounded and baseless.

“…based on verification of records maintained by Google Ireland in relation to agreement and made available to its parent entity i.e. Google Inc, that Google has not monetized the content owned and uploaded by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the YouTube platform under the agreement,” Google Inc, the parent company of Google Ireland which operates YouTube, in its affidavit said.

Google Inc’s submission was opposed by advocate Virag Gupta, representing former BJP leader Govindacharya, saying the court in its March 14 order had directed for clear cut affidavit on the line, which Google India had filed.

Earlier, Google India Pvt Ltd had submitted that it has not earned any revenue out of the agreement with the Centre.

The court recorded the statement of Google Inc that it did earn any revenue or any other monitory benefit out of the agreement with the government and disposed of the petition.

Earlier, the Centre had told the court that it has no “customised agreements” with Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

There are no customised agreements with YouTube (Google) either, except the one (with Google Ireland/ YouTube) mentioned above”.

These submissions were made by the authorities concerned on a PIL filed by Govindacharya raising questions on social media usage by the government.

On January 27, the government had filed the content licence agreement entered into with Google Ireland in 2013 regarding content put up on YouTube.

The petitioner had said the social networking sites are not paying due taxes on their Indian operations as per provisions of double taxation avoidance agreement and the government is not taking any action to safeguard the national interest and sovereignty of India.

The petition had also said social networking sites should be directed to ensure verification of all existing and future users and refrain from allowing access to children below 13 years, which against law.

 
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Google India remained as the most attractive employer in the country followed by Mercedes-Benz in the second place, according to leading human resource consultancy Randstad.

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According to the 6th edition of Randstad Award 2016, Google India emerged as the most attractive employer for a second consecutive year.

The sectoral specific special recognition awards this year was awarded to Dell India for IT, Samsung India for consumer electronics and Amazon India for e-commerce.

“In today’s fiercely competitive job market, recruiting top talent, engaging and retaining them is fundamental to a company’s ability to grow. It is also a proven fact that companies that are capable of attracting the right talent for the right job simply perform better,” Randstad India Moorthy MD & CEO K Uppaluri said.

Randstad Award, instituted globally by Randstad, is hosted each year to encourage best practices for talent attraction and to identify the best ‘Employer Brand’ in the country based on perceived attractiveness of a company.

In India this year, the survey captured the views of around 7,500 respondents, who chose the nation’s most attractive employer brand for 2016.

Meanwhile, Randstad Award survey, that covered over 2,00,000 respondents across 25 countries worldwide, said salary and employee benefits continue to be the top driver among the Indian workforce while choosing an employer, followed by long-term job security, financial health of the company, working atmosphere and work-life balance.

However, the importance of salary has decreased from last year as it has seen a decline of 6 per cent from 2015.

The survey findings also reflected that the Indian workforce prefers to work or move to sectors like IT & Communication, followed by Automobiles and FMCG, retail & e-commerce.

 

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Online search related to changing passwords has grown by 20 percent, while those related to two step verification jumped 97 percent over the last year as an increasing number of Indians are becoming cautious about online security and protection of their data, technology giant Google said on Wednesday.

Google India, which has rolled out new features and resources to protect users online, said India is adding five million new users every month and is expected to have a userbase of ‘connected’ Indians at 500 millions online by 2018-2019.

“With an increase in the number of users coming online and rise in the penetration of smartphone users in India, we at Google are committed to offering users a safe Internet experience,” Google India Director Trust and Safety Sunita Mohanty said in a statement.

It is more important now than ever before to ensure the data and profiles of these users are safe online, she added.

Google will be driving multiple initiatives to drive awareness about online safety among Indian internet users, including allowing them to take quick security check-up and allow review and management of Google Account’s security settings, it said.

According to Google Trends, in the past year, there have been 20 percent more searches for ‘Change Password’ and 97 percent more searches for ‘Two Step Verification’.

Also, there has been 591 percent more searches for queries like ‘How to track a lost phone’, the statement said.

To spread awareness and encourage the users to utilise the existing tools to ensure a safer internet experience, Google is offering its users 2GB of extra Google Drive storage on completion of the security check-up by February 11.

This storage can be used across Google Drive, Gmail, and Photos.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited the Google campus where he was given a tour of some of the latest products and forward-looking researches being done by the search engine giant.

PM Modi asked that Khagaul to be pinpointed on Google Earth when he was given a glimpse of the unique tool. Khagaul near Patna is where the great ancient astronomer Aryabhatta had an observatory.

“Projects for progress,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said of the various projects which were shown to Modi by Google CEO Sunder Pichai.

Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to Prime Minister Modi.

“It is a visit to Google Guru,” PM Modi said as he reached its campus from nearby Facebook headquarters. PM Modi was given a tour of four critical projects and their value for the Digital India campaign.

Another project that was shown to PM Modi was Project Iris, smart lens that measure glucose levels. Later, PM Modi participated in a hackathon at Google. Many youngsters in their 20s had come from India to participate in it.

Before leaving Google, PM Modi had a group photo with its top officials.

In his brief remarks, Modi stressed the need to “encourage Hackathon culture” in India so that the youth are inspired to find solutions to the country’s problems. With social media becoming a part of today’s lifestyle, Modi said people spend a significant amount of time on it.

“This is just the beginning,” PM Modi said, adding that in the years to come he expects this to bring qualitative change in life of people. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO announced that Google would provide high-speed Internet services at 100 Indian railway stations by the end 2016, and expand it by another 400.

Social media, he said, has become a strong and new power of democracy.

He urged Google employees to help him meet the challenges being faced by India including poverty. 43-year-old alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur, Pichai said the Wi-Fi services will be provided to support PM Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign.

He also announced that Google will launch an Android keyboard next month enabling users to type in 11 Indian languages, including Modi’s mother tongue Gujarati.

Appreciating Google employees for their hackathons, Modi hoped that such a culture develops in India also.

Noting that technology has given new power to democracy, he urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that technology will bring qualitative change in life with time and through its proper utilisation.

In a lighter vein, he said technology was born to save time but what happened was just the opposite.

“Today, everybody spends maximum time on the internet…

Even when a child asks his mother to give milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.

Pichai said that there was immense “hunger” for technology in India which was reflected when Google launched Chrome browser some time back and India was the first country to adopt it in major way.

During his tour of Google campus, PM Modi asked that Khagaul in Bihar to be shown on Google Earth when he was given a glimpse of the unique tool. Khagaul near Patna is where the great ancient astronomer Aryabhatta had an observatory.

Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to PM Modi.

Another project that was shown to PM Modi was Project Iris, smart lens that measure glucose levels.

Before leaving Google, Modi had a group photo with its top officials.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)