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Weekly Digest (02nd-9th May 2014)

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Earnings-Mar14

– HT Media digital losses increase to Rs 42.51 crore in FY14
– 4G is niche and 3G is more mass market, says Airtel’s Gopal Vittal
– S Mobility posts Rs 18.67 Cr loss in Q3-FY14 due to increased brand building investments
– NDTV E-Commerce revenues at Rs 3.5 Cr for Q4-FY14; In talks to raise capital
– Airtel Q4-FY14 Concall: On Telco consolidation; 3G vs 4G & others

– Uninor ARPU flat at Rs 106 for Q1 2014; Revenues up 30% YoY
– We have no intention to hive off or sell our CDMA business – RCOM’s Gurdeep Singh
– RCOM Non-Voice revenues up 2% QoQ for Q4-FY14; DTH grows after 2 flat quarters
– RCOM had 12.9M 3G & 37.4M data connections at end of Q4-FY14
– Samsung reports $6.24B profits from mobile and communications division in Q1 2014

Investment & M&A

– So much for $35bn ad giant! Omnicom-Publicis merger called off
– Updated: Hopscotch acquires online school & educational supplies store SkoolShop
– Pegasystems acquires social listening startup MeshLabs
– After Vodafone, Sistema also wants to buy out its Indian partner

– Funding Roundup: Anchanto, CRMNext & Eventus
– Nokia to invest $100M on connected car startups in India & other countries
– LimeRoad raises $15M from Tiger Global & existing investors
– BankerBay raises under $1 million funding
– OnMobile selling VoxMobili to Synchronoss Technologies for $26 million

Other Updates:

– Delhi Traffic Police launches app, revamps website
– Google-Uber integration in India can wait, works on payment options instead
– Digest: GoJavas, Gaana, Snapdeal & Milma
– NCSSS wants ISPs to take down leaked information as part of online safety guidelines

– Updated: Non-Movie ticketing is now 40-45% of BookMyShow revenues; Starts International event ticketing
– Paytm head Harinder Takhar relocating to Canada
– Layoffs to hit Disney India’s gaming division? We’re restructuring says the company
– Operator billing coming to Windows Store in India in a few months

– Updated: OnMobile MD & CEO Mouli Raman resigns; More executives exit
– Flipkart launches subscription service like Amazon Prime
– Exponential Interactive appoints Anshuman Saha as India Sales Head
– Boomerang Commerce launches dynamic pricing optimization

– RBI puts on hold Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in PoS terminals
– BusIndia’s Venu Myneni on adding private operators, monetization & offline push
– Updated Digest: MakeMyTrip, Paytm, Tripigator & Tata Docomo
– Lenskart may sell products on other online retail websites

– IbiboAds appoints Rammohan Sundaram as CEO
– Vserv’s Dippak Khurana on India ad rates, native ads, telco tie-ups & global expansion
– Nazara has tied-up with Fluence to make games around Bollywood stars
– Airtel, Idea & Vodafone India resume 3G intra-circle roaming services

– NDTV Convergence opens up its social media engagement tool Graphity
– Reliance Money signs up as business correspondent for SBI
– Fluence brings actor Rajinikanth to Twitter & Facebook
– Indian Railways launches premium trains with dynamic pricing that can be booked online only

– Embibe receives $4 million funding from Kalaari & Lightbox
– InMobi officially launches native ads platform
– After Flipkart, ED is now looking into Myntra over FEMA

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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