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Telecom Minister Seeks PM’s Intervention On BSNL GSM Tender

Telecom minister A Raja has written to the Prime Minister about the BSNL GSM tender that was floated in 2007 to buy 93 million GSM lines. Raja seeks the PM’s intervention to protect market share as the tender is very important for the future of BSNL. (Read more at News Center)

Indian Company EC Media To Launch e-Reader

After Infibeam announced the launch of its e-reader Pi, another Indian company EC Media, owned by Kerala-based DC Books, has said that it will launch an e-reader by late March or early April. The new EC Media e-reader will cost around Rs 8000 to Rs 18000. (Read more at Livemint.com)

Wikipedia To Launch Indian Edition

Wikipedia has plans to launch the Indian edition of the website. Similar to country specific portals in China, Germany, US and UK, the Indian edition will be Wikipedia.in. At present Wikipedia is available in India languges like Hindi, telegu, Kannada, Punjabi and Bengali, but the number of articles are limited. (Read more at The Economic Times)

Zoom Launches IVR And SMS Service

Indian TV channel Zoom has launched an interactive voice response portal for its audiences. Users can dial 58888901 for updates on movie reviews, gossips, star interviews and contest. The channel has also started a movie SMS service, where a user can get information on movies by sending a text message with the name of the movie to 58888. (Read more at Indiantelevision.com)

Crest Animation’s Director Resigns

Crest Animation Studios Ltd has announced through a filing with BSE that Noah Fogelson, director of the company has resigned. No further details are available.

NetworkPlay.in Sign Deal With OneIndia.in To Monetize India Trafiice

Capital18 funded NetworkPlay.in and OneIndia.in have signed an agreement, to let NetworkPlay monetize the entire India traffic of OneIndia.in. According to comScore,  OneIndia claims to have 3  million unique visitors from India and 100 million page views a month.

Spice Mobiles and Spice  Televentures To Merge

Spice Group will be merging its two subsidiaries, Spice Mobiles and Spice Televentures to form Spice Mobility that will invest Rs 1000 crore over the next two years. BSR & Co valued Spice Mobiles at Rs 109 per share and Spice Televentures at Rs 862 per share. 7.91 shares of Spice Mobiles will be swapped for every one share of Spice Televentures.  (Read more at The Economic Times)

Acer’s Smart Phone Liquid In India

Acer’s Android OS-based smart phone Liquid is now available in the India market. The phone comes with a 5 MegaPixel camera, Wi-Fi  and 3G network support among other features. The phone is priced at Rs 24,990. (Read more at Ub News)

3G Auction May Be Further Delayed To Next Fiscal

The Department of Legal Affairs has told the Government that it should only have the 3G auction if it can allocate the spectrum to successful bidders by September 2010. This is likely to stall the auctions till the next financial year. At present the DoT has spectrum for two players only. (Read more at Business Line)

Urgent Need To Ban Pornography Sites : CJI

Chief Justice Of India, K G Balakrishnan ha said that there was an urgent need to ban pornography websites and sites that circulate hate speeches at a Cyber Law Enforcement Programme and National Consultation meeting. He further stated that it is important to distinguish between intermediaries such as Network Service Providers, website operators and individual users for the purpose of placing liability for wrongful acts. (Read more at Times Of India)

Mysore Railway Station Goes WiFi

Mysore Railway Station has become the first railway station in India to offer Wi-Fi facility for passengers and public. Mysore Divisional Railways partnered with New Zealand Tomizone to offer the internet service. (Read more at Business Standard)

Yuvraj Singh Launches Official Website

India cricketer Yuvraj Singh, in association with Hungama Digital Media has launched his official website Yuvrajsingh.co.in. The website has sections such as My World, My cricket, Foundation, Fanzone, My Store and more.

Hungama Launches Music App For Facebook

Hungama Digital Media has launched Hungama MyPlay music application for Facebook. This app will allow Facebook users to play latest music via live streaming while using Facebook. The app will also allow users  to share and dedicate music on the social networking site.

IPL Team KKR Launches iPhone App

IPL Cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders have launched an iPhone and iPod Touch application called KnightWatch, available on the Apple iTune App store for free. The app has been created by Indigo Conculting and allows users to view team news, photos, league standings and IPL 3’s schedule.

Marcellus To Power Videos In Jagran.com

Online video platform Marcellus will power video delivery on Jagran.com. Marcellus will leverage Amazon’s Cloudfront Content Delivery Network, to provide high quality, buffer-free video at Jagran.com.

Makaan.com Launches Property Index

Online real estate service Makaan.com has launched a Property Index, for home buyers and real estate industry on information related to movement in residential property prices. The index that is based on minimum database size of 20,000 data points every month and tracks price trends for major metros and tier II cities of India.

Sify And Solar Living Institute Launch Online Course On Solar Energy

Sify Technologies Limited and US based Solar Living Institute have announced the launch of an interactive online training course on solar renewable energy called PV Design and Installation Training. The course designed for the US market currently in English, will be translated and localized for India, China and Latin America.

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