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Simultaneous Digital & Physical Launch Of Music For Blue

T-Series and Hungama will be releasing music for the film Blue on both digital and physical formats, including pen drives and microchips. In case of physical distribution by CDs, how difficult is it to convert music in to MP3 format anyway. Music companies should have begun simultaneous digital distribution a long time ago, particularly given the Caller Ringback Tones phenomenon.

A couple of questions come to mind:
— Do people download ringtones anymore, or is that industry dead?
— Are pen drives and memory cards (mobile) a form of physical distribution or digital distribution? Not both? Who owns those rights – T-Series or Hungama?

RML Partners Biostadt India For Gujarat

Crop information provider Reuters Market Light has entered into a distribution deal with Biostadt India Limited to reach farmers in Gujarat. Biostadt provides agricultural, human care and veterinary services to the farming community through its Biostadt Aastha Clinics. Its promotional strategy to market the RML card is an “Aastha Rath” of  vans. RML has also partnered with Aga Khan Foundation‘s rural support program to extend its services to Gujarat farmers.

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Datacom In Tower Sharing Deal With Aircel

Aircel has been looking to sell part of its passive infrastructure network and shortlisted tower companies American Tower (in India through XCEL Telecom), Bharti Infratel, Tata-Quippo andCrown Castle International. The Maxis-owned operator was previously in talks with Tata-Quippo for selling its 12,000 towers, estimated to be worth about $1.5 billion. Finally, it appears to have chosen to share 5000 of its 15,000 towers with the yet-to-be-rolled-out telco by Datacom Solutions. The deal is said to be worth $400 million. (via Wall Street Journal)

Another new telco Unitech Wireless owned by Telenor will share 40,000 sites with Tata-Quippo. Reliance Infratel also signed on S-Tel and Etisalat DB Telecom for tower-sharing.

eYantra Launches Logoprint.in

eYantra, a Hyderabad-based e-commerce company, has launched a new portal for corporate gifting needs. Logoprint.in offers  customised merchandise with logos and gift vouchers for Diwali. A year ago, eYantra received $3.1 million in first round of funding from Times Private Treaties, Venture East and Argonaut Private Equity. It claims to have 8 physical stores and 25 plus online stores. It also offers online solutions for corporates such as RetailX and LoyaltyX.

Mint’s Blogs Redesigned, Ported Onto WordPress

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Mint’s blogs have a new address Blog.Livemint.com (from Blogs.Livemint.com). Okay, we are delighted to have caught the change to singular in the URL, but it has also been redesigned. It now looks like it has been cleanly separated from the Livemint.com news site, with the left navigation column absent. The new logo makes no mention of the association with Wall Street Journal, they have got rid of the awkward looking header Bl-o-gs.

Instead of a grid of all the blogs (such as First Cut, A Daily Download, Play Things, Lab Rats etc) greeting the reader on the landing page, blogs have been shuffled into three categories – news, leisure and opinion with a few posts beside the images. The site is now hosted on WordPress 2.8.4 (the latest version). It appears to be planning to add videos too. Posts on blogs begin from the left, making for easier reading. (via a tweet by Sruthijit)

Ack Media Launches The Ideas Box For TV And Film Content Production

The Ideas Box is a content creation and activation company for ‘Kids & families’, founded by Anil Sanjivan and Sudipta Dhruva, and will specialize on fiction and non-fiction shows, large-scale school contact programs, and films. They’ll look to leverage ACK Media brands like Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle and Karadi Tales, develop new shows and characters that can be distributed through broadcast as well as other ACK Media platforms like comics, DVDs, and online services. More here.

BSNL Bids For Sri Lanka’s Millicom

After Bharti Airtel, state owned PSU BSNL is showing interest in bidding for the Sri Lankan operations of Millicom International S.A (which goes by the brand Tigo). Etisalat DB has also bid for the network; it is yet to roll out in India as Etisalat DB Telecom India (Swan Telecom). Millicom has operations in in S.America, Africa and Asia. The operator has over 2.2 million users. Recently, media reports claimed BSNL and sister PSU telco MTNL was eying a stake in Zain Telecom to enter Africa. (Reuters)

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Aircel And Rim Launch BlackBerry Services In India

Aircel has launched Blackberry services in India, offering the services through its strong local presence and Redington’s retail distribution channel. The handsets being retailed: BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry Curve 8310 and BlackBerry Pearl 8110.

Aircel will offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server to corporate customers that manage their own email servers, and also offer Aircel will also offer BlackBerry Internet Service, allowing customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from a BlackBerry smartphone. [more here]

MeritNation Adds ICSE Learning Content

Info Edge funded Applect Learning Systems, in addition to CBSE content, has added learning content for ICSE students of classes VI-X in the subject areas of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English. The site features multimedia learning modules, practice tests, videos and animations for Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English. According to the company, 2 lakh users are using their CBSE solutions. [more here]

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