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India becoming a Website Wasteland

With app usage in India growing by 43% in 2016 according to some, content creators are targeting the mobile app market now. 
YouTube has been recognised as the fastest-growing online creators in India on the eve of fourth edition of YouTube FanFest in Mumbai, on Thursday, reports Times of India. With over 14 independent creators hitting the one-million subscribers mark across Entertainment, Music, Tech and Food, YouTube is continuing to see massive growth in online video viewership in India, reaching over 180 million users per month in India on mobile alone, according to App Annie. With over 300 million smartphone users now in the country, creators are finding audiences beyond the top metros thanks to improved access to the Internet, as well as more Indians coming online in tier 2 cities who are discovering new content in their languages. This demand is driving more hunger for YouTube content across all genres, the company said in a statement. 
These trends are driving YouTube's …

It's All About the Digital Content

Social media companies are considering charging money to users for premium services. And digital content providers, who already charge fees for their content, are entering social media. Users are willing to pay for good digital content. Subscription social media is really like Netflix entering social media.
Twitter is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time, reports Times of India. Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported it had 319 million users worldwide.
But unlike the much-larger Facebook, Twitter has failed to attract enough in advertising revenue to turn a profit even as its popularity with US President Donald Trump and other celebrities makes the network a constant cent…

Where is the AI Talent headed?

Tech giants are investing heavily in AI (and AR, VR) and searching the globe for the best AI and cutting edge technology talent.
Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng said on Wednesday he will resign from the Chinese search engine company after three years of leading its drive into artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) projects, reports Times of India. 
Ng, who announced his departure in a blog post on online publishing platform Medium, did not say where he would be heading to next, but said he would continue to be involved in entrepreneurship and research in the AI space. "As the principal architect of Baidu's AI strategy, I am proud to have led the incredible rise of AI within the company," he said in the post. "I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change."
His resignation comes as Baidu has been ramping up its focus on cutting edge technology to revitalise the company's shrinking profits, and after the company hired…

Data Giants

When interviewed about the Idea-Vodafone merger in India, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao is reported as saying that the main reason for the merger is data - "More than Jio or Airtel, I think it’s the arrival of data which is the key reason. Data, as you know, is very capital-intensive and requires a lot of spectrum".

Digital infrastructure is needed to allow millions of users access to greater amounts of data use and higher speeds. Users want more and more mobile content and this is creating huge data rich companies that have access to huge amounts of users' data.

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IoT Police

An Ohio man claimed he was forced into a hasty window escape when his house caught fire last year, reports Times of India. His pacemaker data obtained by police showed otherwise, and he was charged with arson and insurance fraud. In Pennsylvania, authorities dismissed rape charges after data from a woman's Fitbit+ contradicted her version of her whereabouts during the 2015 alleged assault. Vast amounts of data collected from our connected devices -- fitness bands, smart refrigerators, thermostats and automobiles, among others -- are increasingly being used in US legal proceedings to prove or disprove claims by people involved.
In a recent case that made headlines, authorities in Arkansas sought, and eventually obtained, data from a murder suspect's Amazon+ Echo speaker to obtain evidence. The US Federal Trade Commission in February fined television maker Vizio for secretly gathering data on viewers collected from its smart TVs and selling the information to marketers. The mak…

Music, Art and Literary Events in India

Music, art and literary events are catching on in India in a big way. They are there for brand promotion and for tourism development. India may not boast world famous music events just yet, reports Economic Times. What the country can take pride is music festivals that can attract huge crowds. Say hello to music tourism, which in the Indian context includes music and dance events at popular — and not so mainstream — cultural, heritage and tourist destinations.
To be sure, Indian music lovers can now look forward to a packed calendar of annual events that kick off with Nariyal Paani, a multi-genre event in January in Alibaug, right up to Sunburn in Pune (which was shifted from Goa in 2016), the popular electronic music carnival in December. In between these two popular fests are a few less mainstream events such as the Ziro Music Festival of Arunachal Pradesh. Every fall, music enthusiasts head towards India’s far east to the mystical Ziro valley at a height of 5,800 feet. Nestled dee…

Using universities to attract global startup talent

Using universities to attract global startup talent

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that five Chicago-based universities will launch the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program, reports Times of India. The universities -- Columbia College, DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University and Northwestern University -- will work with the city of Chicago and sponsor between 10 to 20 visas for start-up founders in the first year of the programme, American Bazaar online reported on Thursday. "We want entrepreneurs to see Chicago as a place where their ideas dreams their companies can happen," Mayor Emanuel said in a press conference on Wednesday. "I believe this initiative ... is saying yes to entrepreneurship, yes to diversity and most importantly, yes to the future of the city of Chicago."
The universities will sponsor entrepreneurs based on their company's growth. Early stage entrepreneurs will be employed part-time for…