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Investment & M&A

– Altruist acquires Big Data analytics solutions provider iConnectiva
– Funding roundup: FirstRide, Nanobi, Cubito and PropTiger
– Reliance Jio secures $750M from Korea Exim Bank to buy goods & services from Samsung
– CommonFloor raises $30 million in its fifth round of funding from Tiger Global

– Wingify buys website design consultancy marketplace Concept Feedback
– Zomato acquires restaurant guide Gastronauci to enter Poland
– Micromax buys IPTL Tennis Franchise Indian Aces
– Real Teen Patti raises funds from Matrix Partners India
– Yahoo acquires document viewing solution provider Bookpad for Rs 50 crores: Report

Other Updates:

– Visa to open technology development centre in India by 2015
– MySmartPrice now allows users to compare prices on WhatsApp
– GetActive launches personal health and activity tracker GetActive tapp
– GroupM & Google tie-up to launch virtual shopping platform this Diwali

– TRAI wants private sector entry in NOFN, promote cable broadband & others
– Myntra using transaction pipe for promotional SMS
– Vodafone India appoints P Balaji as the Director of Regulatory and External affairs
– US universities to offer online courses through HRD Ministry’s MOOC platform

– Now passengers can SMS ‘Meal’ & PNR Number to 139 to book meals on trains
– Twitter India appoints Anupam Dikhit as its Industry Manager
– IMImobile deploys its mobile & social audience engagement platform on BBC
– Directi founder launches business chat service Flock

– Startup incubator Rocket Internet to become an operating company post its €1.48B IPO
– Ybrant Digital clarifies it had no knowledge of the fraudulent trading penalised by SEBI
– Japanese messaging app LINE decides against an IPO this year
– Amazon launches Release Day Delivery service; Delivery innovations only USP in e-commerce?

– Naukri: Hiring in telecom sector up 36% YoY in August 2014
– India Cements to demerge IPL Franchise Chennai SuperKings
– Lakshmi Narasimhan leaves Network18 for big data firm Crayon Data
– Datawind to launch smartphone with free internet for life; No mobile operator onboard yet

– Quikr hires Vineet Sehgal as its chief marketing officer
– Tech Mahindra, Bosch Software Innovations to set up an Internet of Things ecosystem
– Micromax, BSNL partner to offer free data bundles with 6 Micromax devices
– MyDala launches grocery vertical; To offer coupons for grocery items from local stores

– Instamojo launches Appstore to provide sellers greater control over payments
– Telecom digest: BSNL-MTNL merger options, content regulation, lack of spectrum & More
– Reliance Jio signs tower sharing agreement with Indus Towers
– Ad: Maels 2014, 16th October 2014, Le Meridien, New Delhi

– Too little, too late: The Hindu launches real estate site
– On making Carrier Billing independent of Carriers in India
– Tinder dating in Delhi: “I right swipe everybody” –
– Bombay High Court restrains Apeejay Surendra Group from using Candy Crush Saga images – Spicy IP
– AIR adds five Indic languages to its free news alerts via SMS service; More planned
– Newshunt raises Rs 100 crore from Sequoia Capital India; On Ver se’s pivot

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