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News Digest: Essar, Uninor, National Geographic Channel, Oracle-Google,Yahoo India, UK Mobile Payments JV

– Essar is winding-up its African operations. It has decided to return the telecom service operations it had acquired from Walid Telecom and is currently looking for a buyer for its Kenya operations which it had bought for $150 million. Read More at The Economic Times.

– Uninor announced that it has reached 25 million subscriptions within 18 months of its launch. Uttar Pradesh accounts for the maximum number followed by Bihar and West Bengal.The telco operates in 13 circles and is currently ranked at 8th position in terms of subscriptions. Via Press Release.

– National Geographic Channel has launched its Tamil feed. Apart from English and Tamil, NGC is present in 4 different languages: Bengali, Telugu and Hindi . Read Press Release.

– Solutions Digitas has been split into 2 stand-alone firms namely Digitas India and Solutions India. Although both the companies will be a part of Publicis Groupe and will operate under the VivaKi portfolio, they have will independent set-ups and teams with separate financial statements. Read More at afaqs.

– Oracle has filed a patent and copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google, stating that the company uses Java related technology and violates copyrights on the code, documentation and specifications in Android. Read More at Bloomberg.

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– Loop Telecom has said that it has got a clean chit from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, ruling that the company was not an associate of Essar, which had a 2.15 percent stake in the company, when it obtained a license in 2007. Read More at MSN.

– Navteq has announced the opening of its second production facility in Mumbai. It has a workforce of 600 workers in its existing facility in Mumbai and intends to employ a similar number of people in the upcoming one. Read Press Release.

– Yahoo India intends to collaborate with schools in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to provide internet education to school students. Read More at Business Standard.

– UK’s major telecom operators including Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2, are entering into a joint venture to speed up deployment of mobile payments and marketing, which will let shoppers pay with phones instead of cash or cards and also get coupons and advertising. Read More at Reuters.

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