Indian American and IIT Madras alumnus Pavan Davuluri to lead Microsoft Windows and Surface teams

Microsoft has internally merged the Windows and Surface teams once again, appointing Indian American and IIT Madras alumnus Pavan Davuluri to lead development on both fronts. According to Windows Central, a news site that tracks developments at Microsoft, the decision comes after a brief separation, during which Windows briefly fell under Microsoft’s new AI organization.

Indian scientists develop new material to help conserve energy efficiently

A new material that can efficiently convert waste heat to electricity has been developed, a team of Indian scientists said on Tuesday. The team at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru (an autonomous institution under the Department of Science & Technology), in a new paper, showcased the new Thermoelectric (TE) material which shows the properties of both glass and metal.

Tata Group to announce mega investment in semiconductors: Chandrasekaran

One of India’s largest conglomerates, Tata Group will soon announce its next big investment in the semiconductor and mobile battery manufacturing businesses, a chief of its parent company Tata Sons said on Wednesday. Accepting the MMA-Amalgamations Business Leadership Award 2023 and delivering the 20th Anantharamakrishnan Memorial Lecture in Chennai on ‘India’s Leadership in a Pivotal Decade’, Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran said the group will soon announce its investment to manufacture semiconductors.

India working on draft AI regulation framework, to be released soon

The Indian government on Tuesday said it is working on a draft regulatory framework for artificial intelligence (AI) by June-July this year, amid concerns over a rise in deepfakes and user harm associated with the new technology. Addressing a Nasscom event in New Delhi, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said the government is working on a draft AI regulation framework and will release it soon.

Samsung to build flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra phones in India, begins pre-booking

Samsung on Thursday opened pre-bookings for its latest ‘Made in India’ Galaxy S24 Ultra, Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24 smartphones in the country that are powered by industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) features. The sale of the new devices will begin from January 31. “With Galaxy S24 series, we are bringing the power of artificial intelligence into the hands of the Indian consumers who can create, play, connect and find a new way to live. I am happy to announce that the Galaxy S24 series will be manufactured at our Noida factory in India,” said JB Park, President and CEO of Samsung India.

Google, Meta begin New Year with a fresh round of layoffs

Information technology giants Google and Meta have started the New Year with a fresh round of layoffs that will impact specific departments in their respective firms.  Meta said it is laying off some technical programme managers (TPMs) at Instagram and reports said that at least 60 such jobs are either being consolidated or eliminated. Google announced it is laying off hundreds of hardware employees, especially in the augmented reality (AR) division while Fitbit co-founders James Park, Eric Friedman and other Fitbit leaders are reportedly leaving the company.

Ex-Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal raises $30 mn for his AI startup: Report

Former Indian-origin Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has entered the artificial intelligence (AI) race, reportedly raising $30 million for his startup. Vinod Khosla’s VC firm led the funding for Parag Agrawal’s new AI company. Agrawal, who was sacked by Twitter (now called X) owner Elon Musk in late 2022, raised $30 million in funding for an AI startup, reports The Information. Vinod Khosla-led Khosla Ventures, an early backer of OpenAI, (the company that made ChatGPT) “led the funding in Agrawal’s company, which hasn’t been publicly disclosed,” the report noted.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella named ‘CEO of the Year’ by CNN

Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella has been named CEO of the Year by media network CNN. “In 2023, the company’s (Microsoft) CEO Satya Nadella made a multi-billion dollar investment in AI, commercialized and added AI tools like ChatGPT into its suite of products before rivals, and stunned industry onlookers with his ability to handle a crisis quickly, calmly and thoughtfully,” wrote CNN in its analysis of Nadella’s performance this year.

Global Partnership on AI nations adopt New Delhi declaration, equitable access to critical resources

The 29 member countries of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) unanimously adopted the GPAI New Delhi Declaration to enable the alliance to shape the future of AI in terms of both innovation and creating collaborative AI between the partner nations. The countries agreed to create applications of AI in healthcare, agriculture, and many other sectors.

India’s Gen Z to lead key trends on Instagram in 2024: Report

Gen Z in India will lead the key trends on Instagram next year, from prioritising careers to being super on point with meme preferences, and exploring a variety of food flavours, the Meta-owned company said on Monday. In various realms, including food, beauty, and fashion trends, Indian Gen Z have shown a heightened inclination to embrace and explore emerging trends, according to the ‘2024 Instagram Trend Talk’ insights.

Apple iPhone maker Foxconn to invest $1.54 billion in India

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn plans to invest $1.54 billion in India, as the country doubles down on local manufacturing. In a stock exchange filing, Foxconn said that the investment will help it fulfil “operational needs.” The company, however, did not provide further details. Foxconn is the main assembler of Apple iPhones and both companies are keen to move away from China and create alternative supply chains.

Biden honors Indian American scientists Subra Suresh and Ashok Gadgil with National Medals

President Joe Biden has honored two Indian American scientists — Subra Suresh and Ashok Gadgil — with National Medals for their pioneering contributions in the fields of science and technology innovation at a ceremony in White House. “We’re determined to return great science to America,” Biden said in remarks at the ceremony in the House’s East Room on Tuesday.