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Investment & M&A

– Ngpay parent acquires JiGrahak; Flipkart now holds 65.71% stake in ngpay
– Jagran Prakashan to acquire Radio City 91.1 FM
– Livspace secures $4.6M from Helion & Bessemer Venture Partners
– Reliance MediaWorks sells multiplex chain Big Cinemas to Carnival Cinemas

– raises $90M from Softbank Group & others
– Khosla Labs & Unitus to incubate and fund Aadhaar-based startups
– Updated: OnMobile gets buyback approval upto Rs 49 Cr at max Rs 86 per share
– Video learning solution provider Linksteet raises investment from Faering Capital

Other Updates:

– Paytm ropes in Milaap co-founder Sourabh Sharma for expansion to Singapore
– SBI, Amadocs, Triotech, BSNL to provide mobile financial services to the unbanked
– Amagi rolls out its ad monetization platform in Europe & Middle East
– Samsung to shut ChatOn in Feb 2015, except in US

– Idea subscribers can now buy apps from Windows Store via carrier billing
– “It’s inevitable to go off the grid” – Firechat CMO Christophe Daligault on the off-network future of connectivity
– Ozone Media partners with Forensiq to fight online ad fraud
– Zomato acquires Italian restaurant search service Cibando

– LINE acquires Microsoft’s music streaming service MixRadio
– P Sainath to launch rural India focused news portal PARI on December 20
– Vserv partners XL to enable customer targeting for mobile entertainment cos in Indonesia
– E-commerce roundup: Amazon India, Bata, FoodPanda & Snapdeal

– Spice launches a Hindi Android One smartphone
– OnePlus vs Micromax in India: How Cyanogen repeatedly changed its stand
– Facebook has 112M monthly active users in India; 90% of them on mobile
– Google 2014 trends: Moto G was top searched device, Elections, Sunny Leone, IRCTC

– Supreme Court asks govt and petitioners to submit their versions of Internet regulations to find common ground
– Tata Docomo launches Wi-Fi Photon device with power bank & SD card slot
– 35% of Mobikwik’s transactions during GOSF 2014 were on mobile
– Skype allows free calls to US & Canada landlines and mobiles till March

– Airtel sells 1,100 towers in Zambia and Rwanda to further reduce debt
– Certus Technologies launches PRO version of its parental control app eKavach
– Amazon India and Microsoft launch online branded store
– 10 Cr Aadhaar cards linked to bank accounts: Planning Commission

– How to find out the real cost of an App Install – Deepak Abbot
– OnePlus India sales stopped by Delhi HC after Micromax complains
– Xiaomi registered a profit of $56M last year
– Updated: Survey of India files case against Google Maps for misrepresenting Indian borders

– Xiaomi can sell Redmi Note 4G & Redmi 1S in India until January 8
– Funding roundup: Vaave, PriceTree, Youth4Work and YouTellMe
– Believe Digital’s Zimbalam music distribution platform launches in India
– Google Translate adds support for Malayalam on the web

– MapmyIndia to provide GPS navigation on Tata Bolt
– Indian Ministry wants all users of matrimonial sites to be authenticated with Aadhaar
– Tamil daily Dinamalar launches music streaming website for live concerts
– Soon you can book tickets for the Taj Mahal online

– Google introduces Hindi keyword targeting, Hindi ads on its Display Network
– CBSE launches online self-review tool for schools called Saransh
– On Mehdi Biswas’s alleged involvement in terror with @shamiwitness
– Netcore launches an Internet of Things platform called Cloud4One

– Indian Railways nearly doubles its budget for Wi-Fi on trains
– Video learning solution provider Linksteet raises investment from Faering Capital
– Updated: Only 9 fraud complaints against e-commerce firms in the last two years

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