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Digital NE scheme for jobs

The government is set to unveil the ‘Digital North East 2022’ plan in the next budget with an allocation of about Rs 3,700 crore in the first year with an aim to create employment opportunities for the region’s youth in the electronics and ICT sectors.After several rounds of inter-ministerial discussions, a blue print has been prepared to fund the programme in a mission mode, a government official said.

Car companies Want Silicon Valley’s Tech Without Patent Wars

As automakers turn their vehicles into app-laden computers on wheels, the­re’s one habit they don’t want to acquire from Silicon Valley: fighting over patents in court. Manufacturers are trying to learn from the smartphone wars, which cost technology companies hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, as they prepare to revolutionise their vehicles.

“No sane automaker wants to repeat these wars, where the lawyers were the only winners,” said William Coughlin, chief executive officer of Ford Global Technologies, Ford’s intellectual property arm.

Demand for AI talent intensifies

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, “Intel Inside” stickers displayed on their foam torsos. 

This was one of many attempts by Intel Corp. and other giant corporations to curry favour with artificial-intelligence researchers attending one of the world’s biggest AI conferences, turning what was once an academic event into a recruiting frenzy more akin to the National Football League’s draft day.

Big tech faces onslaught from all sides

Shakespeare said “It is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.”

Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and other technology juggernauts are in the fight of their lives over accusations they failed to heed the Bard’s warning. A backlash is building that threatens to tie the companies’ hands in powerful ways.

More and more Indians now queuing up for EB-5 visa

It’s Uncle Sam calling for many rich individuals in India. The number of rich Indians who are exploring the EB-5 visa route to relocate to the US for business expansion, career prosperity or for their children’s better education is on the rise.

More and more Indians now queuing up for EB-5 visa

It’s Uncle Sam calling for many rich individuals in India. The number of rich Indians who are exploring the EB-5 visa route to relocate to the US for business expansion, career prosperity or for their children’s better education is on the rise.

VW unveils electric minibus to take on Uber in app-based rides

Volkswagen AG’s Moia division unveiled a six-seater, battery-powered minibus to enter the market of app-based ride hailing and car-pooling, taking on the likes of Uber Technologies Inc.

The modified van will begin roaming the streets of Hamburg in the second half of next year, although Moia aims to roll out the service internationally, Ole Harms, chief executive of the division, said on Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin. He expects services using Moia minibuses to replace 1 million cars across European and U.S. cities by 2025.

Internet must have security & humanity, Tim Cook tells China

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook  (in pic) made his first appearance at China’s World Internet Conference, using the surprise keynote to call for future internet and AI technologies to be infused with privacy, security and humanity. Cook made the comments on Sunday at the opening ceremony for the conference -- an event designed to globally promote the country’s vision of a more censored and controlled internet. It’s the second Chinese appearance in two months for the executive, who met with President Xi Jinping in October.

EasyGov entitlement engine catches eyeballs

EasyGov, the cloud based solution that provides Indian citizens an easy and convenient access to welfare schemes and services from the government, generated a lot of interest at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017, held at Hyderabad.

New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

Research-ers anounc-ed the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time.

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