This 21-year-old Delhi boy got a Rs 1.25 crore placement offer from Uber

21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

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A student of Delhi Technology University (DTU) has received a placement offer of Rs 1.25 crore from Uber.


21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

“It was a delight to have received the job offer and I am now looking forward to move to San Francisco,” Sidharth.

“I had actually done a seven-week internship with Uber earlier. So this is a pre-placement offer that I have received. Along with me, I think there is someone from one of the IITs,” he said.

Sidharth is an alumnus of Delhi Public School and had cleared the class 12 examinations with a glaring marks of 95.4 per cent. After clearing theJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, he took admission into Delhi College of Engineering.

Sidharth told HT, “From the beginning, I wanted to do computer science engineering and with my score I was not getting the subject at any of the IITs. Moreover, I love Delhi and did not want to move from here,” he said.


Silicon Valley leaders slam Trump travel ban, offer employees legal aid

(L-R) Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower December 14, 2016.

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(L-R) Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower December 14, 2016.

Tech companies on Saturday expressed concerns over President Donald Trump’s order to restrict migration from several countries, with leaders saying the move could directly impact their own staffers.

Silicon Valley’s chieftans provided emotional support, as well as offers of legal assistance to employees affected by an executive order that banned all non-citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

The ban, which came only weeks after Trump sat down with Silicon Valley’s top executives to express support for their innovation efforts, extends to workers who have visas and green cards and are currently out of the country.

A federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday to temporarily allow people with valid visas who landed in the U.S. to stay in the country. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates it will affect between 100 and 200 people detained at or in transit to U.S. airports. It will not, however, stay the president’s entire order.

In an internal memo obtained by CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees, “There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them.”

Cook concluded by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King: “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”

Executives from Microsoft, Google, Netflix, and Y Combinator, as well as educators at MIT and Carnegie Mellon, were among technology leaders who condemned President Donald Trump’s wide-reaching order. The decision effectively blocks travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer wrote on LinkedIn that there are 76 Microsoft employees from the 7 countries who have work visas, and are affected by the new order. It is offering those employees legal support regarding immigration.


Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith addresses shareholder during Microsoft Shareholders Meeting December 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington.

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Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith addresses shareholder during Microsoft Shareholders Meeting December 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington.

“We share the concerns about the impact of the executive order on our employees from the listed countries, all of whom have been in the United States lawfully, and we’re actively working with them to provide legal advice and assistance,” Microsoft told CNBC.

Facebook also told CNBC that it was assessing how to protect its workers from adverse effects.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the first to address the ban publicly. “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook on Friday.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tweeted his disapproval of the ban Saturday.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a memo to employees that nearly 200 employees abroad would be affected by the move. “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families,” a spokesperson said in a statement released to CNBC.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote on Facebook that “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.”

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky also advocated for “open door” policies said that


Icahn sweetens offer for Federal-Mogul for third time

Billionaire Carl Icahn’s investment firm, Icahn Enterprises, sweetened its offer for a third time to buy shares of Federal-Mogul Holdings it does not already own.

The latest offer of $10 per share represents a discount of 3 percent to Federal-Mogul’s Friday close but is double the closing price on Feb. 26, the day before Icahn made his first offer of $7 a share.

Federal-Mogul’s shares were down 2.7 percent at $10.03 on Tuesday.

Icahn Enterprises raised the offer for the first time to $8 per share in June and to $9.25 per share in September.

The latest offer comes after Icahn failed to get enough Federal-Mogul stock owners to tender their shares in favor of the deal.

Icahn Enterprises, which owns about 82 percent of the auto parts maker, said the $10 per share offer was its “best and final” price.

The investment firm will pay about $304.3 million for the 18 percent stake under the latest offer, according to Reuters calculations.

Icahn Enterprises, which bought auto parts retailer Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack for $1 billion in February, is bidding for the remaining stake in Federal-Mogul as it builds on its holdings within the auto parts supply chain.


London still has a lot to offer fintech companies despite Brexit uncertainty: UK minister

Tech entrepreneurs work at the Rise London accelerator in London.

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Tech entrepreneurs work at the Rise London accelerator in London.

London has a lot to offer to financial technology firms despite the uncertainties hanging over Brexit negotiations, the economic secretary of the UK Treasury told CNBC on Wednesday.

Simon Kirby, who is in Singapore to attend a fintech festival, said the UK’s geographical location made it possible to conduct business with Asia in the morning and the United States in the afternoon. Its independent legal system and a fair and effective regulatory system made London stand out as the leading fintech hub in the world, he added.

“(London) is also one of the world’s biggest financial centers,” the official said. “If you are interested in financial services technology, then being close to capital markets is key.”

Since the U.K. voted in June to exit the European Union (EU), concerns have hung over London’s long-term status as one of the world’s leading fintech hubs. A report from consultancy EY, commissioned by the U.K. Treasury, published in March said in 2015, UK’s fintech sector generated 6.6 billion pounds ($8.22 billion) in revenue and employed 61,000 people.

Prior to the referendum, lawyers, venture capitalists and start-ups had told CNBC the city’s status as a fintech hub could be under threatif the UK voted to leave the EU. Technology companies have benefited from the free movement of labor and the ability to do business within the trading bloc – this is known as “passporting.”

“We are listening very carefully to fintech businesses’ concerns about access to capital, access to high-skilled labor and also their concerns about Brexit,” Kirby said. He was confident the UK would get a good deal from its Brexit negotiations and reiterated that it was open for business.

Investors appear unconvinced. In October, a fintech non-profit industry group, Innovate Finance, reported that venture capital funding for UK technology companies fell 33 percent on-year in the first half of 2016 to $386 million. In contrast, global funding rose from $5.32 billion to $13.18 billion. The industry group urged the government to negotiate access for UK financial services sector companies into the EU single market by maintaining the current passporting rights.

Kirby acknowledged that access to capital was an issue. Last month, the UK Treasury announced London would hold a fintech conference in April 2017 to attract investors into the UK’s fintech sector.

The government, along with regulators and the Bank of England, has already implemented initiatives to help fintech businesses grow in the UK. The Financial Conduct Authority, for example, has set up a regulatory “sandbox” where companies could test their products with customers in a safe environment.

Kirby added that building relationships with other fintech hubs was also crucial, despite industry concerns of a possible brain drain from the UK to hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong.

“It’s fair to say competition is good. What businesses want is more of a parity between regulation so that they can move easily from one country to another… (and access to) customers.”


PG diploma in banking and finance: UBI, NIIT to offer the course

The probationary officers will join UBI on successful completion of the program

A 12-month post graduate diploma course in banking and finance will be offered by United Bank of India (UBI) and NIIT Institute of Finance Banking and Insurance Training (IFBI), a subsidiary of NIIT Ltd.

NIIT University will offer the course that will help to equip newly recruited probationary officers with robust skill sets and vital insights needed to undertake various roles as versatile banking professionals, NIIT IFBI said in a release.

The course will equip newly recruited probationary officers with robust skill test: More on the report

  • “The 12-month post graduate diploma in banking and finance aims to develop and empower professionals with necessary skills and knowledge in the context of modern-day banking and financial services,” it added
  • It aims to develop competencies in four dimensions, domain knowledge, technology, application and customer service
  • On successful completion of the program, the probationary officers will join the United Bank of India.

About United Bank of India:

It is one of the largest public sector banks of India (the government has 55.43 per cent of its share capital invested in it). All the bank’s branches have been networked with its ATMs. UBI was set up in 1950 and was nationalised on July 19, 1969.


YouTube Unplugged joins the frenzy to offer live television streaming, with projected debut in 2017

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We’re barely into 2016 and already it appears the destiny of television will truely take off in 2017. Afterreviews, and a confirmation, that Hulu might offer a broadcast television bundle through on-line streaming in early 2017, Google’s YouTube seems to be gearing up to do the identical thing. the brand new carriercould be reportedly referred to as YouTube Unplugged and debut in some unspecified time in the future in 2017, consistent with Bloomberg.

YouTube has but to comfortable an awful lot inside the manner of agreements for actual content, Bloomberg says. despite the fact that, the agency has met with predominant networks inclusive of NBCUniversal, CBS, and Fox, in addition to Viacom the company behind channels like Comedy principal, MTV, and VH1.

It’s no longer clean what kind of service YouTube hopes to roll out in 2017. One wish is to offer a so-calledthin package deal’ with the main networks and a bunch of different forte channels. until YouTube can strike a few surprising offers, Unplugged will likely include something just like Sling tv, with content such as AMC, CNN, the Disney Channel, ESPN, numerous Fox residences, the records Channel, TNT, and others.

Bloomberg says YouTube is hoping to provide a provider with a charge tag around $35 a month or less. That’s extensively better than Sling’s $20 a month rate. after you add area of expertise channel f9ef7d9e905d1a4504697a5c6dd610d7 to Sling together with HBO ($15 per month), however, it’s quite cleanto pay $35 or more for Sling.

Unplugged might be YouTube’s 2nd subscription service following red, the web site’s adfree revel in, inoverdue 2015. crimson’s original incarnation turned into as a song streaming service referred to asYouTube song Key.

The tale at the back of the tale: reviews of Google wanting to provide live tv packageshave been around for awhile. but, with different add-ons such as Amazon andApple reportedly seeking to create their very own tvprograms for on-line streaming, YouTube’s effort appears to be getting closer than ever.


vehicle side windows offer low safety from UVA rays, examine unearths

[Sun shining through a car window]
study author Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, of the Boxer Wachler imaginative and prescient Institute in Beverly Hills, CA, publishes his findings in JAMA Opthalmology.

preceding research has related publicity to ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation to extended danger for pores and skin most cancers and cataracts.

in keeping with the skin cancer foundation, at the same time as UVA radiation is much less extreme than ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, it can reason sizeable harm to the pores and skin‘s DNA over the years.

UVA radiation is as much as 30-50 instances greater prevalent than UVB; it’s far gift at a fairly identicalintensity at some stage in all hours of daylight hours, and it could skip thru clouds and glass.

Dr. Boxer Wachler notes that, inside the u.s.a., the level of UVA protection inside the windows of vehicles isdoubtful.

but, he points out that previous research have advised that cataracts and pores and skin cancer aregreater common on the left facet of the face – the facet of the face that is most exposed to sunlight in U.S. drivers.

could loss of UVA safety from the glass of automobiles be a contributing component for those conditions? Dr. Boxer Wachler set out to investigate.

UVA safety in aspect windows of cars need to be improved
To attain his findings, Dr. Boxer Wachler used a d1e51e9fa45a0b179488752ec4930123 UVA light meter to evaluate the extent of UVA blockage inside the front windshields and aspect home windows of 29automobiles – with years ranging from 1990-2014 – from 15 car manufacturers.

The researcher measured external degrees of ambient UVA beaming onto the vehicles, as well as stages of UVA behind the the front windshield and the driver‘s aspect window of each vehicle.

Dr. Boxer Wachler then calculated the proportion of UVA blockage in every window.

He determined that the average UVA blockage at the front windshield of the cars become ninety six percent, with every car ranging between 95ninety eight percent UVA blockage.

however, Dr. Boxer Wachler found that UVA blockage inside the motive force‘s facet window was muchdecrease, with a median of seventy one percent. facet window UVA blockage become also incrediblyvariable, ranging among 4496 percent. handiest four vehicles had facet window UVA blockage over ninetypercent.

Dr. Boxer Wachler says his effects might also help provide an explanation for in element why costs of cataracts and skin most cancers are better on the left aspect of the body.

Mozilla will offer Firefox as a Snap package deal for Ubuntu,

firefoxlogoMozilla introduced this in a weblog submit. On windows and Mac, you get Firefox from Mozilla andmaintain receiving updates from Mozilla. On Linux, matters are extraordinary. Your Linux distribution ships with a single model of Firefox (along side different software programs) and you often continue to becaught with that model till a new version of the Linux distribution is launched.

This isn’t technically the manner matters paintings for Firefox on Ubuntu nowadays, because the modernversions of Firefox are furnished by Ubuntu as a security update. however they’re supplied by means ofUbuntu, not Mozilla—Ubuntu’s builders have to assemble Firefox’s supply code for Ubuntu and check theensuing software program, making sure it doesn’t smash another applications that depend uponFirefox.

Snaps help resolve this trouble. Snaps are self-contained, like containers, and include the whole lot apackage deal needs to run. They don’t tamper with the relaxation of your system, so nothing will destroyas it depends on an vintage version of the software you put in. Snaps are also sandboxed, so there’s alarge security advantage—it’ll help save you flaws in Firefox from being exploited to assault the relaxationof your machine.

Mozilla is ready to cut out the intermediary and supply Firefox to Ubuntu users itself. “Later this 12 months, we can offer Firefox in Snap layout, making it less complicated to push the browser directly tousers in place of counting on an middleman to just accept updates before they attain users,” reads Mozilla’s assertion. this indicates faster updates and a browser coming immediately from Mozilla itself, as on windows and Mac—not one that needs to be compiled, tweaked, and examined by way of Ubuntu’sdevelopers.

If greater software program developers pursue this course, it’ll be a massive trade for the mannersoftware is introduced on Linux. Linux distributions will offer a base machine, with developers handing over their software at once to customers. That’s Canonical’s purpose.

Mozilla’s is likewise crowing approximately the reality that Firefox has been the default browser in Ubuntu for over a decade. This wasn’t a completed deal—Ubuntu’s developers had been once “leaning towardsreplacing Firefox with Chromium, the open-source model of Google Chrome. Firefox hung on, and now it’sready to guide the manner forward.

Microsoft woos small businesses to Office 365 with new offer

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Microsoft really wants small businesses to pick up its Office 365 productivity suite, and the company unveiled a new offer Monday aimed at drawing them into its cloud.

Businesses with more than 50 employees can now get access to Microsoft’s FastTrack service, which helps companies move over to Office 365. Businesses can get resources from Microsoft’s online FastTrack Center, and work with an engineer on the FastTrack team whose job it is to help businesses move over to their new productivity software.

The service was originally only available to companies buying more than 150 seats of Office 365. According to Microsoft, the change was at least partially motivated by two interesting shifts the company saw as businesses reach 50 employees.

“The first is that we know that around 50 employees, a company tends to get their first full-time IT professional, and it becomes their really full-time job to make sure that the company’s IT infrastructure is stable, and robust, and basically fulfills the needs of the business,” Bryan Goode, a senior director of product marketing for the Office team, said in an interview.

Second, businesses that grow to more than 50 people tend to gain more robust IT needs, which means that a paid Office 365 business subscription makes more sense for them.

FastTrack will now also be available to companies subscribed to Office 365 Business and Business Premium, in addition to Office 365 Enterprise, Government, Kiosk and Non-Profit customers. Those two additional product lines are Microsoft’s offerings aimed at small and medium-size businesses – exactly the companies that it wants to reach with this offer.

Microsoft said that more than 50,000 new small businesses subscribed to Office 365 every month for the past 22 months. Furthermore, the company reported last week that the number of commercial seat licenses of Office 365 increased almost 60 percent during the last quarter of 2015 over the same period in 2014.

In addition, Microsoft will pay IT vendors and consultants who work to move small businesses over to Office 365 when the companies they help migrate reach certain usage milestones. That should encourage Microsoft partners to go after those smaller clients, in addition to the larger businesses that Microsoft already provides monetary incentives for helping.

The news comes as Microsoft faces increased competition from Google, which is pushing hard to get businesses onto its Apps for Work productivity suite, which brings consumer-friendly products like Gmail and Google Docs into a business context with enhanced management capabilities and administrative controls.

Google took a swing at Microsoft’s business last year, offering companies that have a contract for Office free access to Apps for Work for the remaining term of their agreement, so long as they agree to pay for a year of Apps after that.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this new push from Microsoft, and whether the company will be able to accelerate the pace of businesses coming over to its productivity software-as-a-service offerin

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Windows 10 usage skyrocketed in January

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Windows 10’s user share jumped in January by its second-largest one-month increase since its launch, data from analytics vendor Net Applications showed today.

At the mid-point of its first year, Windows 10 powered approximately 196 million systems, according to Computerworld’s calculations using Net Applications’ numbers, close toMicrosoft’s current claim of 200 million machines, made in early January.

The jump in user share—an estimate of the portion of all personal computers worldwide that ran the OS—was an impressive 1.9 percentage points, second only to the 4.8-point gain that Windows 10 recorded in August, the first full month of availability. January’s increase was almost double that of December’s.

While Net Applications does not attribute cause to an operating system’s changes in user share, one obvious explanation for Windows 10’s growth would be from recently purchased new devices that were put into service in January. Those new PCs replaced Windows 7 systems for the most part: The 2009 stalwart’s user share plunged 3.2 percentage points to 52.5%, the largest one-month decline in Net Applications’ tracking, which goes back to the operating system’s 2009 launch.

Windows 10 accounted for 11.9% of all personal computer OSes and ran 13.1% of all Windows devices: The second number is higher because Windows powered 90.6%, not 100%, of all systems tallied by Net Applications.

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Windows 10’s user share passed the 13% milestone last month, with a month-over-month growth spurt second only to August’s explosive increase.

The 13.1% mark of Windows 10 meant that the new edition had not yet supplanted Windows 8/8.1 as the second-most-popular version of Microsoft’s OS. Windows 8/8.1’s combined user share in January was 14.5% of all Windows devices.

Another data source—Ireland’s StatCounter—also showed that Windows 10’s growth increased in January. StatCounter, which tracks global usage share—a proxy for activity rather than users—pegged Windows 10 at 13.7% for December, a 1.8-point gain. That was the largest single-month increase since September, when StatCounter booked Windows 10’s growth at 2.3 percentage points.

Windows 10’s resurrected growth put the new operating system slightly ahead of the pace that Windows 7 exhibited after its first six months on the market, according to Net Applications. Windows 7 had accumulated a 12.8% share of all Windows PCs through its sixth full month.

With about 200 million PCs running Windows 10, Microsoft is one-fifth of the way toward meeting its self-set goal of putting the OS on a billion devices by mid-2018.

Still presumably to come: Microsoft three months ago said it would begin to automatically serve the Windows 10 upgrade to most consumer and small business Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs in early 2016. While Microsoft outlined the plan in late October and at the time said the two-part scheme would kick off “soon” by adding the Windows 10 upgrade as an optional item to Windows Update—the precursor to listing the upgrade as an automatic download—by all evidence neither step has yet been taken.

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