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Weekly Digest (18th-25th October 2013)

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– Idea Cellular: 15.6M Accessed Facebook, 4.3M WhatsApp, 8M YouTube in Q2FY14
– HT Media Digital Revenues Up 34% YoY To Rs 17.8 Cr For Q2-FY14; Rs 10.3 Cr Loss
– Microsoft Q1-FY14: 2M Office 365 Subs, 1.2M Xbox 360 Sales; $400M Surface Revenue
– Free Messaging Apps A Threat To Non-Data VAS Revenues – Idea Cellular; Q2-FY14 Results

– Eros International Profits Up 41% To Rs 37 Cr In Q2-FY14; Revenue Down 13% YoY
– Dish TV Adds 0.16M Subscribers in Q2-FY14; Lowest In 24 Quarters
– Rediff Reports $1.06M Profit On Sale Of Investment; India Advertising Down In Q2-FY14

Investment & M&A

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– The Biggest Venture Capital Sector Investment in India is…
– Updated: Intel Capital Invests In Savaari Car Rental; $65M In 16 Companies
– Komli Media Raises $30M From Peepul Capital & Others
– HomeShop18 Raises $14M From GS Home Shopping, Others

– Publicis Groupe Acquires Mumbai-Based Ad Agency Beehive Communications
– Pegasystems Acquires Mobility Solutions Provider Antenna Software
– It’s Official: Tencent & Naspers Go Their Separate Ways In India; Restructuring

Other Updates:

– On The Social Media Guidelines From The Election Commission Of India
– eBay Brings Firefox OS Powered ZTE Open To India; Exclusive Tie-up?
– Instamojo Has An Answer to PDF Piracy That’s Better Than DRM
– MTS Launches Dongles On EV-DO Network; LTE Under Testing

– Updated: Reliance Jio Gets Pan-India Unified License; Financials
– Micromax All Set To Launch In Russia
– Axis Bank And Visa Rolls Out eKYC Facility In 1000 Branches
– Shotformats Plans Offline Retail Network For Content, Apps, Games; Biscoot

– Gmail & Google Drive Gets Hindi Handwriting Support
– SmartMumbaikar To Launch Ridesharing On Missed Call
– Saavn Launches Saavn Remote As Widget For Web Publishers
– GSMA Says India Has Only 350 M Mobile Subs, 107M 3G + 4G; We Disagree

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– The Lowdown: Apple Introduces New Retina MacBook Pro Lineup; Mac Pro In December
– Sachin Tendulkar Backed Travel Website Musafir.com Enters India
– The Lowdown: Apple Unveils iPad Air & New iPad Mini; Debuts New iLife & iWork Suite
– Ad: You wouldn’t want to miss the first ever TechCrunch event in India! Here’s why…

– Francisco Varela On Why YouTube Wants To Work With DTH Players In India
– WiFi Enabled Taxi Service GoCarz Shuts Down After Running Out Of Funds
– InMobi Releases New Version Of AppGalleries
– Disney India MD Ronnie Screwvala To Quit; Siddharth Roy Kapur Takes Over

– Nimbuzz Wants To Become A Marketplace For VoIP Providers
– Microsoft India appoints Anil Bhansali As MD R&D Operations
– Google Impact Challenge Finalists: Breakthrough, Pratham Books, SANA, Agastya & More
– Yash Raj Films & 99Games Tie Up For Mobile Games On Dhoom Film Franchise

– Greater Usage Of YouTube In India From Features Phones, 3G Only 10% – Francisco Varela, Global Director of Platform Partnerships, YouTube
– Gaana Gets A New Design And Adds Features
– Changes At The Hindu: Arun Ananth Removed As CEO, Siddharth Vardarajan Resigns
– Zee Entertainment To Invest $5M in Asia Today-Voddler JV

– BrizzTV Brings Live Tweets To Airtel DTH
– IMRB & Kantar To Relaunch MarketPulse In 2014; Clarity Or More Confusion?
– Updated: Reliance Retail To Foray Into E-Commerce In 6-8 Months: Report
– Google Hotel Finder Adds Indian OTAs

– 2G Mobile Internet Rates Hiked In India; Consumer Consent For Plan Changes?
– Indian Govt Looking To Setup WiFi Hotspots In Village Panchayats; Cybercafe Rules?

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Useful Lists:

– Deals: VC, PE & M&A In Internet, Mobile, Media in India
– Short Code Services in India
– Circlewise List Of Telecom Operators in India
– Statewise Broadband Subscribers In India
– Digital Payment Companies in India
– Advertising Networks in India

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