US Senate hearing of tech firms turns into a ‘political scuffle’

AS US lawmakers attacked each other, the Senate tech hearing of big tech firms has turned into a political scuffle. During the hearing, lawmakers were split on ways to hold Big Tech accountable under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – which protects companies from liability over content posted by users but also lets […]

India-born Judge to hear case against Google in the US

INDIA-BORN US district judge Amit Mehta will preside over the justice department’s crucial lawsuit against Google in which the internet search giant’s business model based on free services and advertising will be put to the test. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday(20) accuses Alphabet’s Google of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals like Microsoft’s […]

India,US authorities take action against a fraud scheme targeting ‘elderly’ in the US

INDIAN and US authorities have started investigation into a fraud scheme operated from call centres in India targeting elderly in the US. India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the US Department of Justice took simultaneous actions against a technical support fraud scheme, officials said. California-native Michael Brian Cotter, 59, has provided support to his […]

US strong partner in transforming India’s development aspirations into reality: Ambassador Sandhu

India sees the US as a very close friend and a strong partner critical to transforming the development aspirations of the country’s people into reality, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu told Indian American leaders in the IT sector. In a roundtable with The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Global and TiE DC on Thursday, he said the scale […]

Trump criticised for declaring ‘sweeping changes’ to the H-1B visa programme without ‘public scrutiny’

US president Donald Trump was criticised by the Democratic Party for announcing “sweeping changes” to the H-1B visa programme without a public scrutiny with only less than 30 days left for the elections. The department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday(6) announced the interim final rule, which Trump said is aimed at ‘protecting American workers’. […]

Indian-American couple pleads guilty to laundering over $500,000

An Indian-American couple has pleaded guilty to laundering over $500,000 on behalf of India-based phone scammers, the US Department of Justice has said. US Attorney Byung J “BJay” Pak said while posing as federal agents or tech support, the call centres instructed victims to mail packages of cash that Mehulkumar Manubhai Patel, 36, and Chaitali […]

US to tighten rules for visas used by tech firms

President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled a tightening of rules for immigration visas used widely by technology firms, claiming the new system would be better for American workers. The Department of Homeland Security announced the new regulations for so-called H-1B visas for highly skilled workers, which allow up to 85,000 immigrants annually. The move […]

Trump says he paid “millions” in taxes after report alleges he paid just $750 in two years

US president Donald Trump on Monday(28) said that he paid “many millions of dollars in taxes” but was entitled to depreciation and tax credits, and was under-leveraged, having more assets than debt. He took to Twitter to respond to the news report which said he paid ‘very low’ tax in many years. The New York […]

US proposes fixed time limit for various visas to defend ‘national security’

THE US has proposed a fixed time limit on visas of students, researchers and foreign journalists to avoid ‘abuse’ and to defend the ‘national security’. Though these proposals are not country-specific data showed that people from China have benefitted the most from these visas in the past. Under the proposed rule, ‘F’ (students visa) or […]

US announces $150 million for H1B One Workforce training programme

The United States announced $150 million (over Rs 1,100 crore) on Thursday (24) to invest in training for middle-to-high-skilled H-1B occupations in key sectors in the American economy. Prominent among these sectors are information technology, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, transportation, wherein the H-1B One Workforce grant programme would be used to upskill the present workforce […]

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