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Microsoft Teams Now Has 20 Million Daily Active Users, Up 7 Million From July

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Microsoft said on Tuesday its workplace messaging app, Teams, has more than 20 million daily active users, up from 13 million in July.

The software maker offers the app as part of some Office 365 business packages, as well as a free version. Teams allows users to chat, share files, make calls and hold web video conferences.

Microsoft Teams, used by companies such as General Electric and SAP, competes with Slack Technologies.

Slack, whose customers include Electronic Arts and Nordstrom, reported more than 10 million daily active users in the second quarter ended July 31.

Slack’s shares fell 8.4 percent following the news, to $21.18. They are down 45 percent from the close of their first day of trade in June.

Microsoft Teams also competes with Workplace by Facebook and Cisco Systems’s Webex Teams.

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The Basics of Business Intelligence [Infographic]

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Take large amounts of data. Refine it. Analyze it. Then make decisions based off the resulting information.

That, in a nutshell, is business intelligence, or BI. BI is not a single tool, but a variety of resources, from hardware to software, and anything that provides data, including the treasure trove available from your social media channels.

Business intelligence software organizes the data, and users create reports, dashboards, and data visualizations. As a term, BI now includes advanced and augmented analytics, and while traditional BI focuses on what happened in the past and what’s happening in the present, business analytics (BA) identifies current trends in order to predict future trends.

Essentially, business intelligence software takes your company’s data and helps you better understand what happened, why it happened, what will happen, and what you can do about it. And the advantages for business are clear.

To learn more about business intelligence, check out this infographic.

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Cabinet Approves Personal Data Protection Bill, to Be Introduced in Parliament This Session

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the much-anticipated Personal Data Protection Bill and the government will now introduce the bill in Parliament in the ongoing winter session. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, however, did not give any details of the bills to the media, saying details will be discussed first in Parliament.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) moved the Bill in the Cabinet and Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently informed the Upper House that the work on Data Protection law is in progress and would be introduced very soon in Parliament.

The bill is an attempt to set up a framework for the handling of citizen’s personal data in the country. It includes conditions on how organisations should receive, handle, and process users’ personal data

The proposed law may have a considerable impact on MNCs operating in India, whether with or without a physical presence, due to its data localisation requirements and cross-border data transfer restrictions.

Toeing the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the government had last year introduced a draft personal data protection bill to regulate the use of individual’s data by the government and private companies.

The draft bill, titled The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, was prepared by an expert group headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna. Now there will be norms on collection, storage and processing of personal data, consent of individuals, penalties and compensation, code of conduct and an enforcement model is likely to be a part of the law.

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DuckDuckGo Is Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Default Search Engine

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Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey recently revealed that he has stopped using Google and moved to its rival DuckDuckGo.

In a Twitter post, the CEO professed love to DuckDuckGo and said he had made it his default engine.

It read: “I love @DuckDuckGo. My default search engine for a while now. The app is even better!”

Soon, DuckDuckGo responded to Dorsey’s compliment with a witty tweet, writing: That’s great to hear @jack! Happy to have you on the on the Duck side,” followed by a duck emoji.

Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo’s search engine is far behind the US based search engine giant Google, with its average number of searches per days at close to 50 million, while Google processes more than 3.5 billion search queries a day

to recall, Dorsey recently trolled social media giant Facebook, when the company rebranded its logo from lower case to all caps in order to distinguish it self from the company’s subsidiaries such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

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