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News Digest: Sunil Mittal, Yatra.com, DoT-HC, Murdoch, Google, PhotoWall, Microsoft

Sunil Mittal On MTN, Tariff Wars

Sunil Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Group,  is not very optimistic about the future with South African telco MTN after the deal fell out last month and believes that there are very few and limited options for international expansion. On the tariff  wars plaguing the company at present, he said that the company is prepared for the long haul and will come out unharmed. (An interview is on WSJ)

High Court Wants Answer From Government

The Delhi High Court has pulled up the government for its decision to advance the cut-off date for allotment of telecom licences to new operators in January 2008 on a first-come, first-serve basis. A division bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah asked Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati the reasons for which the Department of Telecom advanced the cut-off date to September 25, 2007, from October 1, 2007. The attorney general submitted that it was done to handle the large number of applicants and non-availability of spectrum. (Read more at The Economic Times)

Pratik Mazumder Moves To Yatra.com

Yatra.com has appointed Pratik Mazumder as head of marketing and strategic relations. Before Yatra.com, Mazumder was a director with a boutique marketing and brand consultancy firm Trojan Horse. Pratik Mazumder has also worked as head of marketing at Bharti Airtel. (Read more at Alootechie)

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No News Index On Google From Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and managing director, News Corporation, plans to block Google from indexing stories from newspapers in his media empire, including the Sun, the Times and the Wall Street Journal, once they had enacted plans to charge people for reading their stories on the internet. The move is aimed at encouraging people to pay for online content. (Read more at Alootechie)

Microsoft To Manage PhotoWall In India

US-based AirMe has launched PhotoWall, an online photo sharing service that allows users to upload pictures from mobile phones, tag them and send to their Flickr or Facebook accounts. Microsoft will promote PhotoWall in India and also manage advertising sales on a co-branded site MSN.PhotoWall.com. (Read more at Alootechie)



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