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Morning Digest 8-11-10

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India
– Dilip Venkatraman has been appointed CEO Of CNN-IBN
– Deadline for reverification extended till 31st December 2010. Of course, given that it’s been a 2 year reverification process, it’s already redundant.
– The Supreme Court is allowing the prosecution of Motorola in a case around a joint venture formed with Iridium India – Sify
– Videocon is looking to restructure its business, which might lead to their telecom business demerged into a separate company, reports Times of India. Remember that Datacom, as Videocon’s telecom business was previously known is among the few new telcos to not have raised foreign investment.
– Vodafone may sell its tower business, which has around 7,000 telecom towers. Valued at $1.2 billion, GTL Infrastructure, Srei Infra and American Tower Corp are being seen as potential buyers – Financial Express
– Incumbent telecom operators have reportedly asked for Mobile Number Portability in India to be delayed till January, saying that networks are at peak usage during the festive season, so implementation would be difficult – BusinessLine
– Telcordia has received approval from India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board, to be one of the clearing houses for Mobile Number Portability. The approval had been delayed due to security concerns – Financial Express
– SaharaNext has launched a mobile based microfinance MIS system – IndiaMicroFinance
– Toonz Animation has inked a joint venture with Canada’s Mediamax International to set up a production unit in Montreal, Canada.- Economic Times
– Essar’s MobileStore is close to buying a Mobile retail chain; it is currently in talks with two companies – DNA
– A termination charge battle between Indian telecom operators and those in the UAE appears to be brewing. Details at – The Telegraph

International

– ISPs on net neutrality: TV networks are the real villains – Ars Technica
– Google points finger at Facebook hypocrisy, blocks Gmail import – Ars Technica
– WikiLeaks defectors working on alternative whistleblower site – Ars Technica
– AOL Eying Yahoo – Wall Street Journal
– Amazon buys Diapers.com for $540 million – TechCrunch
– AOL’s Patch Has Hired 600 Journalists in 2010 – Has Big Traffic Night for Midterm Elections – Beet.tv

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