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Digest: Hike 15 million registered users; Google adds more heritage sites to Street View; Bigcommerce starts India operations

Hike hits 15 million registered users, but no data on active users

Bharti Softbank backed mobile messaging service Hike has hit the 15 million registered users mark, growing its base from 5M to 15M in just 9 months, according to its founder Kavin Bharti Mittal. The company says that 90% of its users are from India, and the split between users across telecom operators “reflects the market share of telcos”. In response to a query from MediaNama, Mittal declined to disclose its active user base, saying only that “We’ve got a large MAU but we’re not disclosing it just yet along with any other specific stats”.

We had also asked about messaging volume and sticker usage on Hike. The most popular platforms on which is used are Hike are Android, Windows Phone & S40, in that order, with iOS at number 4. The company declined to share platform-wise usage. Hike offers two interesting features: Last Seen Privacy where one can choose to share their ‘Last Seen’ and ‘Status Updates’ with a chosen set of friends, and Hike Offline, which is an India-centric feature that lets users send free messages to their friends who’re offline.

Google adds 30 new sites to street view in India; how many private sites?

In partnership with the Archeological Survey of India, Google has included the Taj Mahal and 29 other Indian heritage sites in its Street View offering. Google’s is making available on street view at total of 100 sites, out of a total 3678 monuments declared as protected by the ASI. The company has also begun adding private properties on street view, but declined to disclose how many sites are on Street View, in response to a query from MediaNama.

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Sites added today: Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra Fort, Krishnagiri Fort, Rajagiri Fort, Muvar Koil & Aivar Koil, Muchu Kundesvara Temple, Perumal & ShivaTemple, Rock Cut Jain Temple, Thirumayam Fort, St. George Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Amaravati Buddhist stupas and remains, Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Stupas, Guntupalli Caves, Kanheri Caves, Lenyadri Caves, Shanirwada Fort, Aga Khan Palace, Raigad Fort, Hirakota Old Fort, Pandulena Caves, Bibi ka Makbara, Shahi Quila, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb. Google also has other monuments as a part of Street View, including Charminar.

Bigcommerce starts India operations

DIY e-commerce platform Bigcommerce that powers over 50,000 retailers around the world, has entered Indian market and partnered with marketing company Iksula that offers end-to-end e-retail solutions for businesses for its launch. The company offers three packages to retailers and the cost varies from $34.95-$199.95, with the cheapest tier offering 5GB of storage space and unlimited product listings. The costlier tiers offers products such as loyalty marketing, omni-channel sales support if you also want to sell your products on other marketplaces such as eBay, no transaction fee etc.

A lot of companies are offering such a service in India now. Payment gateway CCAvenues* recently said that it will start focusing on such DIY solutions, then there are companies that specialise in this sector such as ShopifyKartrocketMartjack and Buildabazaar.

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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