AOL may buy TechCrunch, according to GigaOm. Techcrunch execs appear to be offering no comment, and there is skepticism about the deal given that it’s around a Techcrunch conference. Peter Kafka at MediaMemo says that AOL had approached AllThingsD as well. Staci Kramer at Paidcontent explains how this doesn’t quite fit with the AOL strategy. But, who knows…
India’s Department of Telecom has said that the UAS licenses issued in 2008 according to an arbitrary ‘First Come First Served’ basis were according to policy decisions taken by the Government in November 2003. Apparently, since 2003, the DoT has issued 51 UAS licenses prior to January 2008 under the same process. [release] Doesn’t make it right, though.
Blackberry has launched its own tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook. A Preview:
Windows Live switches to the WordPress platform, with 3o million bloggers in tow [The Windows Blog]
Yet another handset/device manufacturer, Olive Telecom, is looking to raise Rs 150 Crore. Olive is aiming for the moon – targeting Rs. 5000 crore revenues by 2012. Details at VCCircle.
Amazon will launch its own App Store for Android [Techcrunch]
The Supreme Court has rejected Vodafone’s plea to stay a Bombay High Court judgement on taxation issues following the acquisition of Hutchison’s sake in the telco now called Vodafone Essar. So there may be a tax demand of Rs. 12000 crore. All the details at Business Standard
Nielsen Introduces New Ad Measurement Product – Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings [Nielsen]
TRAI to audit metering, billing system of telcos [Deccan Herald]
Sea TV Network Limited, an Agra-based MSO plans to raise Rs. 50.2 crore from the capital markets. Details at India Infoline
Sony, Warner and Disney are in talks with cable TV firms in the US to offer films at as high a price at $30 per showing. [Bloomberg]
BSNL plans to launch Fixed Mobile Convergence, which will allow a single device to switch between mobile and fixed line networks for connectivity. This will require a special handset, though. Details at CIOL