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Google’s ‘Brotli’ Wants to Make the Web Faster and Lighter

Amid the ad-blocking controversy, wherein more users than ever are using ad-blocking tools to make webpages cleaner and lighter, Google has announced a new compression technology which can make the websites load faster. Called Brotli, the compression algorithm is said to be about 20 to 26 percent more efficient than Zopfli, the existing compressing technology that fuels the vast majority ... Read More »

Mega Founder Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing Opens in New Zealand

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s long-awaited extradition hearing opened in New Zealand Monday with the flamboyant founder of now-defunct Megaupload confident he can avoid being sent to the United States to face online piracy charges. The German insists he is a legitimate Internet entrepreneur, while US authorities allege his Megaupload empire promoted online theft on a grand scale. They claim Megaupload ... Read More »

Brazil to Boost Internet Speed Through Europe: Telebras CEO

Brazil will boost its Internet communications to reduce dependence on U.S. hubs and be able to host global data centers for heavy users like YouTube and Netflix, Jorge Bittar, head of state-run telecoms company Telebras, said in an interview. At present, all submarine fiber-optic cables connect Brazil to the Internet through the United States. That’s a security risk in a ... Read More »

Amazon India to Help Merchants Sell Through Own Website

Global e-commerce major Amazon today launched a new offering which will enable merchants with logistics and payment services to sell through their own website. Using the new integrated payments and logistics offering, brands and businesses who want to sell through their own website can use ‘Pay with Amazon’ for order management and ‘Amazon Easy Ship’ for delivery and fulfillment, the ... Read More »

Google Probe Report Only a ‘Beginning’, Says CCI Chief

Competition Commission today said its investigation arm has submitted its report on the alleged anti-competitive practices of Internet major Google and the regulator is awaiting comments on it from concerned parties. “The case has been going on for sometime. The investigator (Director General) has given the report,” Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairman Ashok Chawla said in New Delhi. His ... Read More »

Comcast Agrees to Pay $33 Million in California Privacy Breach

Cable operator Comcast has settled with California authorities and agreed to pay $33 million (roughly Rs. 218 crores) for accidentally publishing the names, phone numbers and addresses of about 75,000 people who paid to keep the information private. Of the total, $25 million (roughly Rs. 165 crores) will go to state agencies. Each customer affected will receive $100 (roughly Rs. ... Read More »

Arms Firms Do Business With New Buyers as Cyber Fears Grow

A broadening wave of cyber-attacks is drumming up new clients for defence companies as anxiety about the loss of sensitive data spreads from military chiefs to company bosses. Banks, utilities and media groups are the new customers of defence companies who are generating a growing proportion of their revenues from cyber-security, helping to offset lower spending by Western governments on ... Read More »

Microsoft Targeting SMBs in Punjab, Haryana for Cloud Services

Tech giant Microsoft India on Wednesday said it is targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Punjab and Haryana by offering them cloud-based solutions at cheaper rates. “Our solutions are developed to address SMBs needs and Punjab and Haryana have strong pool of businesses, which can benefit from cloud solutions Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online. We are working closely ... Read More »

Optical Fibre Laid in 68,000 Village Panchayats: Telecom Minister

The government has laid down 90,000 kms of optical fibre network for high speed broadband connection, covering about 68,000 village panchayats till date, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. “We are connecting about 2.5 lakh village panchayats. We have made it BharatNet. Only 2,000 kms (of OFC) was laid under the previous government. “In last 14 months, we have ... Read More »