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Intel Wants JV With ITI Intel is planning to participate in bids invited by Indian state-owned telecom equipment maker ITI Ltd to set up joint ventures. The loss-making ITI intends to be a minority partner in the proposed joint ventures with a 26 percent stake according to the bid proposals. Other global players that have showed interest include Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung and Hitachi. (Read more at Reuters) Accentium Web Launches Taaza.com Accentium Web, which runs SecondShaadi.com, Gaadi.com and StudyTimes.com, has launched Taaza.com, which aggregates content across different verticals such as news, videos, loans, insurance, photos and videos from multiple sources. According to the company, users can also submit news and other content and other users can vote and comment on them. (Read more at Alootechie) (By Preethi) Our Take: There's nothing very "taaza" about the portal, it is just a me-too initiative. Accentium's attempt to put up such properties in a market already flooded with options reveals the lack of farsightedness by top management. Disclosure: Accentium has been founded by MediaNama editor Nikhil Pahwa's cousin Vivek Pahwa. DoT Asks BSNL To Hurry 93M Line Tender The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has suggested a quick re-tendering of the 93-million GSM line order, from BSNL. The equipment order has already been delayed for nearly a year. Currently, BSNL is already involved in price negotiations with Ericsson for the two zones and for the southern zone with Huawei. It has also given advance purchase orders to both. The problem arose after the…

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