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India made 139 account information requests in 2016: Twitter
Between January and June this year, the Indian government made 139 account information requests and requested for 42 accounts to be removed from the micro-blogging website, Twitter's biannual transparency report revealed on Thursday.
 
Twitter is, however, yet to remove any account requested by the Indian government or court order.
 
According to the report, the US government made 2,520 Twitter information requests -- comprising 44 percent of the total requests received by Twitter. 
 
Other countries that made the most number of information requests were Japan (732), the UK (631), France (572) and Turkey (280).
 
"We have received 2 per cent more government requests for account information, affecting 8 per cent more accounts during the first half of 2016 than in the previous reporting period," the report said.
 
This includes requests that originated from seven new countries -- Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malta, and Mongolia.
 
"Since the inception of Twitter's Transparency Report, we have received government information requests from 76 different countries," it added.
 
In the first half of 2016, Twitter received 13 per cent more removal requests compared to the previous reporting period.
 
Removal requests originated from 37 countries, five of which are appearing in the report for the first time: Azerbaijan, Chile, Israel, the Maldives, and the Philippines. 
 
The largest volume of requests came from Turkey (2,493) and Russia (1,601), the two countries that have historically submitted the highest volume of removal requests. 
 
"Overall, removal requests affected a total of 20,594 accounts: 2,600 had some content removed for violating our Terms of Service, 2,799 accounts had some content withheld (account-level or Tweet-level), and no action was taken on the remaining 15,195 accounts," Twitter said.
 
The data includes all instances where Twitter employed its Country Withheld Content (CWC) tool. 
 
Since its first report in 2012, Twitter has used CWC in 12 countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan, India, and for the first time during this reporting period, Australia, Ireland and Spain.
 
"Over the first six months of 2016, we received legal requests for content removal from 37 different countries, resulting in content being withheld at the Tweet or account level in 11 of those countries," the company said.
 
For the first time, Twitter received a request from Pakistan that was accompanied by a court order. 
 
"This request and others submitted by Pakistani officials related to impersonation of the office of President Mamnoon Hussain. We suspended the account in question in accordance with our Impersonation policy," the report said.
 
Between January and June, the company received 1,283 preservation requests, affecting 3,311 accounts, from law enforcement requesters around the world. This number does not include preservation extension requests. 
 
Out of the 5,680 total global information requests Twitter received during this reporting period, 1,155 were emergency requests. 
 
The top requester was the US with 385 requests and the second top requester was Japan with 169 requests. 
 
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Apple acquires Hyderabad-based machine learning startup
US tech giant Apple has acquired Tuplejump -- a Hyderabad-based machine learning startup that helps companies to store, process and visualise big data with its unique software.
 
Founded in 2013, Tuplejump's two co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu have already joined Apple while third cofounder, Deepak Alur, joined Anaplan - a Cloud-based business modelling and planning platform for sales, operations and finance.
 
According to a Tech Crunch report, Apple is on a machine learning company buying spree and recently bought two well-known startups Perceptio and Turi.
 
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a company spokesperson told Tech Crunch.
 
Apple was particularly interested in "FiloDB" -- an opensource project that Tuplejump was building to efficiently apply machine learning concepts and analytics to complex data.
 
The Tuplejump team was well acquainted with open source big data tools such as the Apache Spark processing engine, the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database, and the Apache Kafka distributed high-throughput publish-subscribe messaging system, Venturebeat reported.
 
"Tuplejump also built an open source search indexing system called Stargate that works with data stored in Cassandra and relies on the fundamentals of the Apache Lucene full-text search software," the report added.
 
Tuplejump's website has been shut down following the acquisition, the details of which are yet to be disclosed.
 
In May, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company's first development centre in Hyderabad to work on Apple Maps during his visit to the country.
 
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Rajasthan plans ordinance to curb fraud by financial establishments
The Rajasthan government on Thursday gave "in-principle" approval to the Rajasthan Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Ordinance, 2016, at a cabinet meeting held here.
 
Rajasthan's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said that the main aim of the ordinance is to protect the interest of depositors in case of fraudulent default by any financial establishment.
 
"The ordinance will be sent soon to the President of India through Governor for his consent," said Rathore in a statement.
 
According to the provision in the ordinance, if financial establishment defaults any repayment of deposit on maturity along with any benefit as promised or fails to render service as assured against the deposit, owners/operators of such financial establishment shall be punished with imprisonment for a term from three to seven years and with fine from Rs 2 to 5 lakh.
 
Provision has also been made regarding attachment of properties on default of return of deposit.
 
The cabinet also approved the proposal to establish Nirwan University on 34 acres of land at Jhar Bassi near Jaipur by Shri Nirwan Charitable Trust, Sri Ganganagar.
 
The university, which is likely to entail an investment of Rs 250 crores, will provide courses and research facility in subjects like medical, dental, nursing, physiotherapy, life sciences, pharmacy and homeopathy etc.
 
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