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Weekly Digest (30th-06th February 2015)

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– Onmobile Global Q3-FY15 concall: Headcount down to 1180, Reworking Content Costs
– Onmobile reports Rs 7.4 Cr profit for Q3-FY15; India revenues down to Rs 51.5 Cr
– Vodafone M-Pesa reports 78,000 transactions per day in Q3-FY15
– Vodafone India Mobile Internet connections increase to 59M in Q3-FY15

– Airtel reports $2.9 Bn in mobile money transfers in Africa in Q3-FY15
– Airtel’s Mobile Internet usage increased 98.4% YoY in India; 42.25 M mobile Internet connections in Q3-FY15
– Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Q3-FY15 loss at Rs 159.38 Cr
– Amazon Prime subscriptions increase 53% YoY globally in Q4 2014– Our Earnings Coverage for January 2015

– Google revenues at $18.1Bn for Q4 2014; Paid clicks up 14% while CPC dips 3%
– Google Q4 2014 Concall: YouTube has over 1 bn users; Programmatic usage doubles
– Nokia operating profits up by 66% to €454 million in Q4 2014

Budget 2015

– Budget 2015: IAMAI wants Ecommerce Tax issue fixed, Income Tax holiday, 150% salary deduction & More

Investment & M&A

– Rocket Internet’s FoodPanda acquires JustEat’s India operations
– Funding roundup: Manthan System, Aisle Network and Kobster
– NewsHunt owner Ver Se’ Innovation secures Rs 120Cr from Falcon Edge Capital
– FreeCharge raises $80M from Valiant Capital, Tybourne Capital & existing investors

– Alibaba’s Alipay picks up 25% stake in Paytm parent One97
– Culture Machine raises $18 million from Tiger Global and existing investors
– NowFloats raises funds from Omidyar Network & existing investors
– Exotel acquires voice-based media startup Croak.it!

– Updated: Mahindra Group acquires Accel Partners & Tiger Global backed Babyoye
– Holachef raises Rs 2 crore from India Quotient
– Funding roundup: SmartPocket, Graphene Semiconductor & More
– FirstCry raises $26 million from Valiant Capital and existing investors
– Tripda raises $11 million from Rocket Internet and an undisclosed VC firm

Other Updates:

– Twitter introduces Promoted Tweets on Flipboard & Yahoo Japan
– Gujarat Handloom to launch e-commerce website; Ties-up with eBay
– Ericsson accuses Xiaomi of violating court order on handset sales
– Update: Manoj Kohli steps down from Bharti Airtel board

– AIB row: Pune FIR names YouTube for distributing “obscene” video; Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, among others – named
– OneChannel Media to livestream the Mahindra Blues Festival globally
– Payments Bank applicants include Telcos, Kishore Biyani, Khosla Labs backed Novopay, Mobile Wallet co’s
– BJP in Telangana launches new offline-online content distribution platform

– Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle & Spencer’s to start selling on online marketplaces
– India Post looking to set up an e-commerce portal in six months
– PriceBaba introduces online price comparison & extends service to 4 new cities
– Updated: AIB roast videos pulled down after Maharashtra govt goes after actors, organizers

– Twitter to open R&D centre in Bangalore following ZipDial acquisition
– Micromax beats Samsung as top smartphone maker: Research report
– Vodafone files for Payments Bank licence
– IRCTC introduces cash-on-delivery for railway ticket bookings

– Tata Sky appoints new members to senior management team
– Idea Cellular announces its payments bank aspirations
– 20 Charts on Advertising in India – Estimates for 2015
– Infibeam launches logistics services marketplace ShipDroid

– Whatsapp is testing out voice calls in India: Report
– Mobikwik’s Mrinal Sinha on their Payments Bank application, strategy and financial inclusion

– RIL and State Bank of India form Payments Bank JV
– Singtel to launch video streaming service HOOQ in India & other Asian countries
– FINO PayTech enters the race for payments bank licence
– Top MediaNama posts in January 2015: HomeShop18, Zomato, Flipkart, Idea, Vuclip

– Former IBNLive CEO Rajan Srinivasan launches content marketplace Scatter
– Mad Street Den raises $1.5 million from Exfinity and GrowX

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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