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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook has announced the launch of, a global partnership with the goal of making internet access available to the next 5 billion people. The founding members of -- Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung -- will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online.

On the launch of Mark Zuckerberg said, "For nine years, we've been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don't have access to the internet.

I'm focused on this because I think it's one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I've attached a rough plan I've written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.

India’s IT-BPO Industry In Forefront Compared To China, Philippines
According to a recent report by Cushman & Wakefield, globally India continues to be the forerunner in the IT–BPO industry. However, a number of other South and South-east Asian countries are increasingly gaining share in the global IT-BPO Industry.

India continues to outperform its counterparts - Philippines, China, Malaysia and other South Asian countries in the IT-BPO industry due to abundant availability of English speaking and qualified talent pool, good network infrastructure, higher cost arbitrage, rapidly growing domestic market, high quality of services delivered, reliable power network, stable political system, positive business environment that fosters Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the IT-BPO sector and global expansion of Indian IT firms. India’s advantage also lies in its strong domestic demand, the geographical diversity and the growth potential in Tier II and Tier III cities.

Sanjay Dutt, Executive Managing Director – South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield, said: “India, China and Philippines are expected to continue building their strengths and keep pace with the technological advancements in the industry to maintain an edge over other emerging competitors in their core areas. However, India will continue to maintain its status as the ‘IT powerhouse of the region’ in the coming years due to its advancement in the sector and value for money delivery.”

“The strength of the Indian IT industry lies in its stronghold over the outsourcing industry worldwide and the rapidly growing domestic market. The Indian domestic market registered a growth of 14.1% year on year while the exports grew by 10.2 per cent year on year. Apart from the key cities, in India Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in India such as Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kochi are amongst others offer significant growth potential and provides a sizeable domestic market and are the new emerging centers for IT businesses.”

The IT-BPO industry continues to command the majority share of the total Grade A office space leasing in India. Meanwhile, in the Philippines and China the share for the same has been rising significantly. Cushman & Wakefield’s research shows that most international IT-BPO companies are looking at opportunities to locate their operations within multiple Asian countries. They are keen on setting up their first offices in the country best suited, for their nature of business activity and expanding through branch operations in other Asian countries to draw on their advantages too. A number of IT-BPO companies such as IBM, Convergys, Thomson Reuters, Genpact, TCS, Infosys, amongst others that have their regional or head offices in India also have large offices and operations in the Philippines and/or China.

Though India is poised to remain the key location for most global software development and BPO companies, the Philippines is expected to attract some of the BPO activities such as global call centers/voice-based outsourcing activities. Similarly, though China is expected to remain the global leader in manufacturing, including IT hardware manufacturing, it is expected to grow mainly in the R&D, advanced IT technologies and high-end analytics businesses and not offer serious competition to India in most of the IT-BPO services as it still needs to develop significant capability to do so.

Vodafone Business Services’ Drive Into Big League Season 3
Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has thrown open the floor for medium sized enterprises to prove their mettle at Vodafone Drive into the Big League (DiTBL) Season 3.

The call for entry starts from August 19, 2013 and will be open till September 15, 2013. So if you have already carved a niche for your brand, now is the time to take it to the next level and showcase it to the world.

Naveen Chopra, Director, Vodafone Business Services, said: “Vodafone Drive into the Big League Season 3 is our effort to partner medium sized enterprises in their next phase of growth and help them take their brand to newer heights. It’s a platform that will give an opportunity to these already successful enterprises to have their logo displayed on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race cars propelling them towards an easier path to growth. We have received overwhelming response during the past two years and are taking this initiative forward in an attempt to give more enterprises an opportunity to showcase how they have used technology to enhance growth.”

DiTBL Season 3 extends an enviable opportunity to medium sized enterprises to get their logo placed on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars that will race at the Indian Grand Prix 2013 to be held in Delhi from October 25 to October 27, 2013. This year, Vodafone is inviting companies with a turnover between INR 100 crore and Rs 500 crore to come and be a part of this contest. It will provide a platform for companies with big dreams for their logos to let their already established brand grown even bigger by bringing it to the limelight. Shortlisted participants will get to present their case to an esteemed panel of experts where they will debate on a television reality series for the coveted top spot. Participants can register themselves by going to\bigleague.

Vodafone received an overwhelming response in the second season of DiTBL 2012. Sequel Logistics Private Limited, the winner in 2012, had taken the center stage with the race drivers and had its logo on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars during Indian Grand Prix 2012.

Riverbed Appoints New Sales Leader For Asia Pacific, Japan
Riverbed Technology has announced that Steve Dixon has assumed the role of senior vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan Sales. In his new role, Dixon will be responsible for charting and executing the sales and distribution strategy for Riverbed in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Elaborating on the region’s strategic importance to Riverbed, Dixon commented “the rapid development in Asia has seen the fast building and evolution of IT networks and infrastructures, be it consolidated, cloud or virtualized. Over the last few years, we are excited to witness the increasing demand for application performance solutions from organizations and service providers alike. I am honored to be driving the sales efforts in this dynamic growth region for Riverbed and am fully committed to strengthening our presence across Asia Pacific and Japan to better serve our customers and partners.”

Steve has been with Riverbed for more than seven years now in various senior management roles. Prior to this appointment, Steve was the senior director and vice president for Asia Pacific Channels, where he successfully developed and strengthened the breadth and capability for Riverbed channel partners across Asia. Steve joined Riverbed in 2005 as managing director for Australia and New Zealand, where he helped Riverbed become the market-leading WAN optimization provider in the region.

Spice Storms Entry Level Segment With Two New Smarthphones
Continuing with its promise to offer best in technology products at an affordable price, S Mobility Limited, mobile internet company, has launched - ‘Smart Flo Space Mi - 354’, affordable Dual Core Jelly Bean 2G smartphone at price of Rs 3799 and Rs 5999 respectively.

The new 3.5 inch Dual Sim stylish device gives access to Spice Cloud that enables the users to access data on multiple devices. Also set to seize the consumers’ imagination is the 4 inch ‘Stellar Glamour Mi 436’ with a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, coupled with a 5 MP front camera with LED flash and a 512 MB RAM memory expandable upto 32 GB through a micro SD card.

Commenting on the launch, T.M. Ramakrishnan, CEO – Devices, S Mobility Ltd, said, “We have witnessed massive growth with low-cost offerings and delivering the best android experience without sacrificing on performance or features. These products position themselves as premium budget phones with enhanced features and better than what competition is offering.  This latest offering by Spice is a perfect amalgamation of functionality, style & entertainment. ” 

Icertis, Microsoft Team Up To Empower Governments, Citizens
Icertis, providers of enterprise solutions in the Microsoft cloud, has announced that it will collaborate with Microsoft as part of Microsoft’s global CityNext initiative.

CityNext helps cities take advantage of existing resources to build a sustainable model of innovation and support for eight critical functions: government administration, public safety, healthcare, buildings, tourism, education, transportation, and energy and water. The born-in-the-cloud Icertis PublicTransport Management product is the featured solution for the transportation function.

Transportation, especially public transport, is a key component of government spends. Icertis Public Transport Management (IPM) is a next generation, Windows Azure based, public transportation management system that addresses the challenges of cost-effectively managing and optimizing complex transit operations. This full-featured product leverages optimization capability delivering value to both commuters and operators alike. The cloud architecture of IPM allows for quick adoption without the need for operators to maintain a complex IT environment.

Enhancing transportation operations using Windows Azure enables operators to amplify their customer service, while reducing operational costs. Accessibility to reliable safer and uninterrupted bus transportation service also promotes greater use of public transportation, improves traffic conditions, and city’s environmental health.

NatSteel Celebrates 50 Years of Steelmaking & Nation-Building
NatSteel, a premier provider of reinforcement steel solutions in Asia Pacific, is celebrating 50 years of steelmaking excellence and its role in Singapore’s nation-building.

Incorporated in Singapore on 12 August 1961 and known as the National Iron and Steel Mills (NISM), NatSteel has been supplying reinforcement steel for Singapore’s industrialisation and urbanisation needs over the years. Since producing its first lot of steel in August 1963, NatSteel’s products have been used for iconic projects that define Singapore’s cityscape such as Changi International Airport, public housing estates, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network, the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa integrated resorts, as well as a host of other major commercial, civil and residential projects in Singapore and the region.

In Singapore, NatSteel is the principal provider of reinforcement steel, supplying to some 50 per cent of construction projects island-wide. NatSteel is also Singapore’s largest metal recycler, converting almost half of the metal scrap generated locally into quality steel. The company’s flagship plant in Singapore – which produces 800,000 tonnes of steel annually – operates one of the most energy-efficient electric arc furnaces in the world, utilising 30 per cent less energy compared to other electric arc furnaces. The plant also operates one of the largest single reinforcement steel fabrication centres globally, capable of producing over 600,000 tonnes of prefabricated steel solutions annually.

“NatSteel continues to invest in the latest technologies in steelmaking and automation to further enhance energy efficiency, productivity as well as safety. The Singapore plant has recently completed a massive upgrading across its entire operations, which will put us in good stead to better serve the buoyant local steel market,” added Mr Kamra.

In celebration of NatSteel’s Golden Jubilee, a gala event was held at the Marina Bay Sands on 19 August 2013. The event was graced by Mr Leo Yip, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and Mr Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Sons Limited.

Over 50% Of Viewers Consume Video Content Over Phones – Confirms, an online entertainment destination, owned and operated by Multi Screen Media (MSM), has released its two-quarter report.

The report establishes the fact that the maximum number of video content is consumed on mobile phones. Based on the observations, it is learnt that 53 per cent of viewers watch videos on their mobile phones, 32 per cent view them online and 15 per cent, on their tablets. The report is derived from Sony LIV user data.

Nitesh Kripalani, Executive Vice-President – New Media, Business Development and Digital/Syndication at Sony Entertainment Network, said: “We are captivated with data and analytics and believe in leveraging the insights to drive a superior world class viewing experience. We publish insights based on real data that we study every hour of the day. This is done by monitoring the consumption behavior of over 50,000 unique visitors on an average who log on to, across all platforms i.e. online, mobile & tablet.”

It is clear that today’s viewers increasingly prefer short content formats on digital platforms. They are opting for formats like Catch-up episodes, Quickisodes and Short crunch episodes. As per the report, 64 per cent of viewers watch Catch-up Episodes, whereas more than one-third of viewers consume shorter crunched Episodes, or called as “Quickisodes”.

As per the report, the average time spent by consumers per video has increased from 8 minutes to 11.5 minutes (73 per cent of average duration of content) and the maximum number of videos is being watched between, 1:00 to 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

CareerBuilder India Launches Mobile Site With CV Upload Features
CareerBuilder India has launched a new mobile site. With the number of users searching for jobs on mobile devices almost doubling every year, CareerBuilder goes one step ahead by not only providing job postings on the mobile site, but also making it easy for job seekers to directly apply to jobs and also upload resumes from their mobile devices.

“While mobile job search is increasing exponentially, the opportunity to apply for jobs from a mobile device has never been there. We have simplified the whole approach and have made it easy for jobseekers to apply to jobs from mobile devices. Users can also upload resumes to CareerBuilder from a mobile device or even pick their resumes from their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts. This is the first time such a feature has been added to a mobile site of a job portal,” said Rishabh Singhi, Product Manager at CareerBuilder India.

Premlesh Machama, MD, CareerBuilder India says,” We understand that today’s professionals are always on the go. The new mobile site offers a seamless experience for the job seekers; they can not only search, but also apply to jobs using their mobile devices. This is a game changer as such a service is offered for the first time in India. Our aim is to give our users the best experience and content, which CareerBuilder is committed to.

Now Earn While You Shop And Redeem Points, shopping portal, has launched Naaptol Reward Points, a new rewards platform for their patrons who make purchases online. The new Naaptol Rewards offers its customers the chance to earn reward points on every purchase they make via online shopping and redeem the points earned on their future purchases on items ranging from electronic goods, home and kitchen appliances, fashion apparel, books, clothing, shoes etc.

Sachin Singhal, Business Head, E-Commerce, Naaptol, stated, “We are delighted to launch Naaptol Rewards. This is our way to thank customers for their patronage, usage and loyalty. We are confident that by giving customers the unmatched experience of Naaptol Rewards, we will be able to further enhance the customers’ loyalty, their shopping experience which will definitely result in enhanced repeat buying.”

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