Ax Sharma, writing for BleepingComputer:

A large BGP routing leak that occurred last night disrupted the connectivity for thousands of major networks and websites around the world.

Although the BGP routing leak occurred in Vodafone’s autonomous network (AS55410) based in India, it has impacted U.S. companies, including Google, according to sources.

You should also read Anurag Bhatia’s fantastic analysis here.

Time and again, these companies prove that initiatives like this one and this one need to be taken a lot more seriously for the Internet to become a better place.

Airtel India has today launched pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone XR on the Airtel Online Store. The phones will start shipping on October 26th, just in time for the Diwali festivities.

The iPhone XR can be purchased from the Airtel Online Store in two ways — either at Full Price or in Easy Installments with an Airtel Postpaid connection.

If you opt for Easy Installments, you can grab the 64GB iPhone XR model with a one-time down payment of ₹14,999 and then monthly payments of ₹3499. This takes the effective price of the phone to almost ₹99,999. As part of the Postpaid connection, you get:

  • 100 GB Data per month
  • Netflix for 3 months
  • Amazon Prime
  • Free Handset Damage Protection
  • Unlimited Calling

If you are looking to purchase an iPhone XR this year, but are unable to purchase one using your banking finance options, this is a good option for you to consider. Unfortunately, though, the pricing set by Airtel is much higher compared to the other phone models available on the Online Store.

Airtel Starts Offering Complimentary Amazon Prime Membership for its Postpaid and V-Fiber Customers

Airtel — one of the largest telecom operators in India — has started offering complimentary Amazon Prime memberships to its postpaid and broadband customers in the country. Airtel and Amazon have partnered to offer these free Prime memberships to Airtel customers who’re either subscribed to the company’s Infinity Postpaid plans or are using Airtel’s V-Fiber broadband services.

For Airtel Postpaid customers, you can claim this complimentary benefit if you’re subscribed to a Infinity postpaid plan of ₹499 or higher. For Airtel V-Fiber broadband customers, you need to be on a ₹849 or higher plan to be eligible for the complimentary one-year membership to Amazon Prime.

Unfortunately, Amazon users who already have an existing Prime memberships cannot take advantage of this offer, as the offer is valid for new users only.

To claim the offer, you need to download the Airtel TV app available for iOS and Android and click on the banner in the app. You’ll be asked to sign into your Amazon account, or you can sign up for a new Amazon too.

This offer is not currently available for Airtel’s Prepaid customers.

People familiar with the matter said the company levied a penalty of around 50 times the commission paid on several retailers who violated the guidelines for the first time, and removed repeat offenders from the network besides imposing a fine on them.

This is in response to the massive Aadhaar-related fraud that came to light a few weeks ago.

[…] UIDAI imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 crore on Airtel for allegedly opening payment bank accounts for its mobile subscribers without consent. The report also notes that Airtel routed the LPG subsidies of 31 lakh users (payments worth Rs 190 crore) to their Airtel payment bank accounts instead of the beneficiaries’ original bank accounts.

It still boggles my mind all the crazy shit that Aadhaar has enabled to happen, so easily.