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Investment & M&A

– GradeStack secures funding from Times Internet; Revenue share & in-app payments
– Big data analytics company Germin8 secures $3M from Kalaari Capital
– JWT to acquire majority stake in social media agency Social Wavelength
– Big data company Indix raises $8.5M from Avalon and Nexus
– Funding Roundup: Everest Edusys, Skyfi Labs & Hyginex
– Facebook acquires virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR for $2Bn

Other Updates:

– Why is planning commission stone walling semiconductor startup investment proposal?
– An Analysis of the New Draft Privacy Bill – CIS India
– Google complied with 66% of Indian govt’s 2513 user data requests during July-Dec 2013
– Nikhil Rungta Joins Reliance Jio As CMO

– India govt requested details for 2337 Yahoo accounts between July-Dec 2013
– Competition Commission of India fines Google Rs 1 Cr for not cooperating
– Archaeological Survey of India releases an app that is not worth downloading
– Mobile Advertising: Google vs Facebook – by Anurag Singh, ad2campaign

– Anti-FDI small trade associations joining eBay India en masse
– AirSnap allows users to take pictures & videos remotely by pairing iOS devices
– Airtel launches Pocket TV with live streaming for 150 channels
– Congress (I) 2014 Manifesto: Right To Entrepreneurship, Retroactive Tax, Banking For All & More

– Vivek Anand is Uninor’s new CFO; Prasoon Sinha moves to Telenor HQ
– Updated: Sony LIV inks distribution deal with BoxTV; Experience needs to improve
– Vodafone ties up with Disney India for games service; It’s time for operators to think bigger
– Hindustan Times, The Hindu & ABP combine sales forces; Why not digital?

– US to treat Bitcoin as a commodity and tax it accordingly; Should India follow suit?
– Ad exchange Vserv Built Apps for 30 publishers: India Today, Vaartha, Rajasthan Patrika, among others
– Xiaomi launching in India soon
– MTS India Data Card Base Up 11% QoQ To 1.34M In Q4 2013

– Madrat Games launches iPad app for kids with Autism
– Bank of India allows you to withdraw cash from ATMs without any bank account
– Active Scrutiny? India’s Election Commission Doesn’t Understand How The Internet Works
– Microsoft reportedly waives Windows phone licensing fees for two Indian OEMs

– TLabs Batch 5: ParallelDots, GreedyGame, Vidgyor, Ghar360 & Others
– What the Competition Commission wants to know about Google in India
– Flipkart will soon let sellers advertise on its site
– Measuring App Install Campaign’s Effectiveness – Deepak Abbot, Paytm

– PubMatic to focus on India; opening new Pune office & hiring plans
– Aadhaar data cannot be shared with govt agencies without user consent:SC
– Mahindra Comviva launches digital wallet solution
– Nokia challenges Tamil Nadu Govt’s tax claims

– JagranJosh to offer education oriented QnA on WhatsApp
– Times Internet to launch Cricket site GoCricket
– India is an enemy of the Internet thanks to CMS and Netra

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