Jul 7, 2020 - India's TikTok shutdown has left careers and fortunes in tatters

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Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?

It's possible they could be vastly more efficient, but for that to happen we need to better understand the thermodynamics of computing

Microsoft is currently running an interesting set of hardware experiments. The company is taking a souped-up shipping container stuffed full of computer servers and submerging it in the ocean. The most recent round is taking place near Scotland's Orkney Islands, and involves a total of 864 standard Microsoft data-center servers. Many people have impugned the rationality of the company that put Seattle on the high-tech map, but seriously - why is Microsoft doing this?

There are several reasons, but one of the most important is that it is far cheaper to keep computer servers cool when they're on the seafloor. This cooling is not a trivial expense. Precise estimates vary, but currently about 5 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. goes just to running computers - a huge cost to the economy as whole. Moreover, all that energy used by those computers ultimately gets converted into heat. This results in a second cost: that of keeping the computers from melting.

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India and geopolitics of TikTok

Although total digital decoupling between US and China might take a long time, if it happens at all, new rules are emerging to define terms of engagement

ICICI, Yes Bank ask BharatPe to stop taking deposits in their names

Private lenders ICICI Bank and Yes Bank have asked homegrown payments startup BharatPe to stop using their names to collect deposits.

Moviegoers may come back to cinema halls sooner than expected: BookMyShow Co-founder

Ashish Hemrajani, Co-founder of BookMyShow, is confident that the entertainment industry will weather the coronavirus crisis and come back strong.

How Covid-19 Will Affect Impact Investing In India

Geeta Goel, country director, India, of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, talks about the need for responsible capitalism

Over regulation of payment entities will create greater distress in India’s fintech sector

The regulation imposes compliance costs on firms, sapping resources otherwise available for productive activities, such as innovation, or raising entry barriers, thus reducing competition and incentives for innovation.

India: Cognizant bets on M As to expand digital business

It has made five digital-based acquisitions so far this year, all of which are primarily in the cloud-computing space.

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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