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73% of software developers willing to invest Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling: TechGig survey

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TechGig survey of 1,057 IT professionals reveals that most (73% IT professionals) willing to spend Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling.
Most (56% respondents) read about new tools and technologies regularly to stay updated about new developments.

New Delhi, Jan 23, 2020: With new-age skills gaining preference at the technology firms, Indian IT professionals are gearing up to spend on learning emerging technologies. TechGig’s latest survey reveals that about 87% of survey respondents are looking to learn or adopt a new software development technology in the Year 2020. Of these, about 73% of IT professionals are willing to pay Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling.

India’s largest technology community, TechGig surveyed 1,057 IT professionals to understand their preference for learning new-age software development technologies. Most respondents (57%) of this survey belonged to the 25-34 age group.

“This is a critical finding because it shows the seriousness of software developers towards staying relevant at work floors,” said Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig. “In today’s disruptive work environment, especially in the IT domain, anyone who is serious about his career will consider learning as a long-term approach. As the TechGig survey says that most respondents are ready to spend Rs 10,000-20,000 per year for upskilling, this reveals that people are indeed very focussed on learning new tools to grow in their career,” he said.

Python most popular technology that IT professionals want to learn

TechGig’s survey asked the respondents to name the technology that they would like to learn for software development. Python emerged as the top choice for learning, with as many as 35% of respondents saying that they would learn the language. This was followed up by Java, as voted by 15% of respondents and C++ as voted by 12% of respondents.

Python preferred for ease of use

In another question, most respondents (26%) said that they already work on Python, in comparison to other languages as Java (voted by 21%), JavaScript (voted by 13%) and SQL (voted by 11%). When asked the reasons for working on Python, most IT professionals (41%) said that it is ‘user-friendly’. This was followed by other practical reasons such as ‘technological fit’, as stated by 17% of respondents and ‘ease of development and maintenance’ as voted by 13% of respondents.

Technology news sites most preferred medium to know about IT trends

About 56% of respondents said that they read about new tools and technologies regularly to stay updated about new developments, which hints that most technologists are keen on knowing about the trends that are impacting the IT domain.

Answering another question, the respondents said that technology websites sites like TechGig were their most preferred medium to get updates on the IT domain. About 21% of respondents voted for ‘technology sites’, followed by options as ‘reading tech blogs’ voted by 20% of people and ‘subscribe to tech Youtube channels’ as voted by 15% of respondents.

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Private WhatsApp group chat links available on Google Search

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San Francisco, Feb 22 (IANS) Google has indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups (including several porn-sharing groups) with a simple search.

According to a report in Motherboard, invitations to WhatsApp group chats were being indexed by Google.

The team found private groups using specific Google searches and even joined a group intended for NGOs accredited by the UN and had access to all the participants and their phone numbers.

Journalist Jordan Wildon said on Twitter that he discovered that WhatsApp’s “Invite to Group Link” feature lets Google index groups, making them available across the internet since the links are being shared outside of WhatsApp’s secure private messaging service.

“Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are,” Wildon tweeted on Friday, adding that using particular Google searches, people can discover links to the chats.

According to app reverse-engineer Jane Wong, Google has around 470,000 results for a simple search of “chat.whatsapp.com”, part of the URL that makes up invites to WhatsApp groups.

WhatsApp spokesperson Alison Bonny said: “Like all content that is shared in searchable public channels, invite links that are posted publicly on the internet can be found by other WhatsApp users.”

“The links that users wish to share privately with people they know and trust should not be posted on a publicly accessible website,” Bonny told The Verge.

Danny Sullivan, Google’s public search liaison, tweeted: “Search engines like Google & others list pages from the open web. That’s what’s happening here. It’s no different than any case where a site allows URLs to be publicly listed. We do offer tools allowing sites to block content being listed in our results.”

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Facebook, Twitter divided over Bloomberg’s video removal

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New York, Feb 21 (IANS) A video posted by Michael Bloomberg, the aspirant for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, has left Facebook and Twitter divided on whether it violates their policies.

According to The Verge, former New York Mayor Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign posted a video to Twitter that was edited to make it appear as “though there was a long, embarrassing silence from Bloomberg’s Democratic opponents after he mentioned that he was the only candidate to have ever started a business”.

While Twitter said the video would be labelled as manipulated media under the platform’s new deepfakes policy, Facebook said the same video would not violate the platform’s deepfakes rules.

Facebook’s policy “does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words”.

Earlier this month, Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube refused to pull down an edited video posted by US President Donald Trump that showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of the former’s State of the Union address.

The five-minute video, posted on Trump’s social media accounts, shows Pelosi tearing up the speech after Trump honoured several Americans and saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience.

The fact of the matter is that Pelosi ripped up the speech after Trump concluded his address on an earlier date.

Facebook and Twitter had refused to remove an earlier “deepfake” video of Pelosi that was edited to give the impression she is slurring her words.

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AGR an unprecedented crisis, sought cut in taxes for industry: Mittal

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New Delhi, Feb 20 : Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal on Thursday met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the current AGR payment to be made by the telcos, saying he suggested that for the overall health of the industry, taxes needed to be brought down.

Mittal, however, said the issue of AGR payment per se did not figure in the talks. The discussion was on the overall industry, he said.

“Adjusted Gross Revenue has been an unprecedented crisis for the telecom industry. I made certain suggestions on the overall health of the industry. Industry has been heavily taxed and taxes need to be looked at. The issue of very low revenues left in the kitty of the industry needs to be addressed and the AGR also need to be dealt with”, he said after the meeting with Prasad.

He said Airtel will make the balance payment expeditiously .”The demand for reduction in taxation for the telecom sector has been for a long time. The regulator has been supporting it”, he said in response to a query if he has sought any cut in levies.

Mittal met the minister amid reports that said government was looking at some form of relief for the sector in view of huge AGR dues to be paid by telcos.

The telcos, particularly Vodafone Idea, which is severely hit by the AGR payment, has sought a bailout. The options here before the government are limited. There could be a cut in licence fee and spectrum usage charges, staggered payment of AGR over long years with interests, a waiver of interest and penalties on AGR dues.

So far the Government has neither stated nor indicated any relief for the telcos. On Wednesday, Mittal met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought sustainability for telcos in the stressful times. He had said Indian telecom industry has been under stress for the last three-and-a-half years and the government should ensure sustainability of the sector.

“The only thing government needs to do is to focus on how to ensure sustainability of the sector,” he said after meeting the FM.

Airtel faces Rs 35,500 crore AGR dues. The company has already announced its plans to pay the dues that arose from the Supreme Court ruling.

Earlier this week, Bharti Airtel had paid Rs 10,000 crore to the telecom department as part of its AGR dues. The company plans to pay the balance amount before the next date of Supreme Court’s hearing which is on March 17.

Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has said in a blog that telecom crisis is not limited to AGR and that the problems are much deeper.

Vodafone Idea Chairman Kumar Managalam Birla, had also met the Finance Minister on Wednesday. The troubled telecom major has also paid Rs 2,500 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) earlier this week and paid another Rs 1,000 crore on Thursday.

Vodafone Idea has an AGR bill of Rs 53,000 crore. The company has sought relief from government to remain a going concern.

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