Internet digests

Google to warn users about malicious websites

Google has started to flag and warn users of what it calls as “social engineering advertisements”— ads that misleads users into doing something unsafe, like installing unwanted software or ads asking for personal information. These include Deceptive browser notifications, fake download links, banner ads, or the website itself. Whenever a user as user visits these sites, Google will display a red error page with a ‘back to safety’ button. Google says that new development is a part of its ‘Safe Browsing’ feature that helps protects users from hackers, malwares, adwares, etc.

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Fortumo signs carrier billing deal with Zong

Mobile payments company Fortumo has signed a direct career billing partnership with Pakistan based telco Zong to let Zong’s customers to access and pay for content offered by the online merchants and app stores on Fortumo’s platform. Earlier in March, online video streaming application HOOQ partnered with Fortumo for direct carrier billing in India, which would let HOOQ users charge payments to their mobile phone bills. Fortumo had also signed a similar deal with Sony LIV earlier in December 2015. It said that the payment method was available to 584 million subscribers of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in India on both prepaid and postpaid plans.

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Ola Auto extended to 12 new cities

Online cab aggregator Ola has expanded its auto-rickshaws service Ola Auto in 12 new cities across India. The new cities that includes Tier 2 cities like Bhopal, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Kota, Surat, Madurai, Guwahati, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Jodhpur, Visakhapatnam and Udaipur. Ola Auto is now available in a total of 23 cities across India. This month Ola extended its economical cab category, Ola Micro (Rs 6/Km) in 6 new cities: Jaipur, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Bhubaneshwar. In the same month, Ola said that it would be will be launching 5,100 Ola electric rickshaws on its mobile app in partnership with Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC) across Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.

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RSRTC customer can now pay through Oxigen Wallet

Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has partnered with payment solutions provider Oxigen Services to allow travelers to pay for bus tickets using Oxigen’s payment gateway. Users can also book tickets through the Oxigen Wallet app. Oxigen claims to have processed over 2 billion transactions until February, along with a transaction volume rate of 600 million per year. The company claims to have more than 20 million registered wallet users. Earlier In February, Big Bazaar Direct, the ecommerce arm of retail provider big Bazaar, tied up with Oxigen to let its retailers sell goods from Big Bazaar Direct through Oxigen’s platform at physical stores.

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Zerch app expands operation to Pune and Hyderabad

Mahindra Comviva’s Zerch app, which offers local deals and product discovery has expanded its operations in Pune and Hyderabad. The app was launched in November last year in Bangalore and Delhi-NCR. It offers deals from nearby merchants in food and beverages, spas, salons and apparel, accessories, books, gifts and electronics among other categories. Currently it claims to have over 3,50,000 unique users and 6000 merchants

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