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Investment & M&A

– Snapdeal acquires gift recommendation site Wishpicker
– Updated Digest: AnyCommerce, Lycos TV, YouTube Audio Library and Tata Docomo
– GiftCardsIndia secures funding from Blume Ventures and Rajan Anandan
– Mobile used cars marketplace Zoomo secures $1M seed funding from SAIF Partners

– OnMobile gets buyback approval upto Rs 49 Cr at max Rs 86 per share
– Big data firm Qubole raises $13M funding led by Norwest Venture Partners
– Grofers secures seed funding from Sequoia Capital & Zomato’s Deepinder Goyal
– Hotel distribution platform RezNext raises $5 million from NEA

Other Updates:

– Some Gionee & Karbonn phones reportedly come pre-loaded with viruses
– Poonam Pandey on cracking the social media celebrity angle in India – Yahoo India
– YouTube’s India 2014 trends dominated by indie creators
– Updated: What’s being said about Uber case: Uber, TaxiForSure & Carzonrent banned in Karnataka

– IMImobile’s India & SEA gross profit down 19% to £2.47M in H1-FY15
– Industry moves: GroupM, Zee Digital and Maxus India
– On 66A, “Palghar was not an abuse of power. The law itself is abusive”; Notes from the Supreme Court
– A look at Twitter India & Facebook India’s 2014 trends

– Updated: Uber suspends Delhi operations; What about others?
– TRAI starts allowing two-way transactional SMS
– Fullscreen partners YouTube MCN Qyuki to expand into India
– YouTube is now available offline on iOS & Android in India

– HyunChil Hong takes over from BD Park as Samsung India MD
– Cisco to jointly develop IoT solutions for smart cities with ILFS Technologies
– “If a law requires a person to be careful, it is not violative of free speech”; Notes from the Supreme Court
– Court stops Xiaomi from importing & selling handsets in India after Ericsson complaint
– Sandeep Lakhina appointed as Mint CEO

– DQ Entertainment raises $50 million to develop content for kids
– One97 & Glo to launch audio story portals and subscription services in Africa
– Digital publishing firm Newgen KnowledgeWorks secures $32.8M from Carlyle Group
– Updated: No Cyanogen software updates for OnePlus One users in India

– IIT Kanpur developing its own MOOC platform MOOKIT
– Hungama to offer free PRO subscription to Aircel subscribers
– Google’s Chromecast finally launches in India; Is it worth buying?
– Indian Govt advises banning online taxi service providers across India

– You can make small online transactions with single authentication soon
– What TaxiForSure, Ola & Uber told about driver verification, training & addressing driver issues
– Yahoo India 2014 trends: Most searched personalities, financial events, cricketers, movies & more
– LINE to extend its mobile payment service LINE Pay globally

– Updated: Not just Uber, Delhi bans all unlicensed taxi services, including Ola, TaxiForSure
– On the responsibility, accountability and liability of platforms, marketplaces and aggregators
– Media agencies are going to start looking like newsrooms – CVL Srinivas, CEO (South Asia) at GroupM
– Why radio taxi guidelines are not applicable to Uber

– Karnataka Govt’s m-governance platform M-One goes live
– Gruner+Jahr exits India after selling Maxposure stake back to founders
– Why Delhi Govt is right in considering legal action against Uber
– India Post (Karnataka) generates Rs 50 Cr revenue on the back of e-commerce deliveries

– DoT selects mjunction Services Limited to conduct spectrum auction
– E-commerce roundup: Paytm, Snapdeal, Cleartrip and Walmart India
– Digest: Wi-Fi at Delhi station, Airtel Money Africa, RCOM-mCarbon tie-up & more
– Huffington Post India goes live

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