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Weekly Digest (06th-13th March 2015)

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Data

– 842M Active Mobile Connections In India in January 2015; BSNL Loses 1.23M Connections

Investment & M&A

– Funding Roundup: Orobind, Daily Rounds, Qyk and Paytm
– Food delivery startup foodpanda raises $110 million from Rocket Internet, others
– Mobile game developer Moonfrog Labs raises $15 million from Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital
– Funding roundup: Bite Club and Process9 raise $500,000 and undisclosed funds respectively

– Blume Ventures to invest in over 15 startups this year
– E-learning startup Embibe acquires competitor 100Marks
– Murdoch’s push in India: Star India buys Screen from Indian Express Group
– Groupon India reportedly raises $20 mn from Sequoia Capital

– Travel planning startup Routofy raises funding from Snapdeal founders and Nikunj Jain
– Samsung & Sony looking to setup manufacturing bases in India
– Following Flipkart, Snapdeal to buy an advertising firm?
– News Corp buys VCCircle

Other Updates:

– MobiKwik partners with Payback in a bid to expand customer base
– Delhi Government to hold consultation meet to discuss free Wifi implementation
– Datawind’s low-cost smartphone with free internet to launch on March 17
– Turner International India appoints Rohit Bhandari as network head and senior director

– GoI body National Mission for Manuscripts has digitised 3 million manuscripts
– Mobile marketing company Tune to increase focus on India in 2015
– Going once, going twice…. SBI plans massive online auction of 300 properties
– Social crowdfunding startup BitGiving appoints co-founder Ishita Anand as CEO

– Tamil film industry to sink its own ship to starve pirates
– 2015 Spectrum Auctions Day 8: Bids cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark
– Paytm mobile marketplace to sell Gujarat handlooms and handicrafts
– Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 and MiPad on their way to India this month

– GigaOm powers down after eight years as it is unable to pay its creditors
– FabFurnish launches logistics arm FabOne; Operational in 7 cities
– Government may shut down MTNL: Is there an alternative?
– Updated: Surprise surprise, govt asks YouTube to remove BBC documentary

– 2015 Spectrum Auctions Day 7: Bids rise to Rs 96,000 Cr after slight dip yesterday
– Twitter bans nonconsensual and pornographic images and videos
Investors considering removing Housing.com Rahul Yadav as CEO: report
– Deepinder Goyal Reddit AMA: Home delivery next week from Zomato

– Govindraj Ethiraj’s IndiaSpend.com launches Hindi site
– Updated: Biting in the Facebook mobile pie, Google looks to buy InMobi: report
– Eddy launches tablets for kids in partnership with Cartoon Network
– Google launches new dedicated online store for devices called Google Store

– Recurring billing solutions startup ChargeBee raises $5 million from Tiger Global and Accel Partners
– Update: Cashless payments for autorickshaw and kaali peeli cab rides on Ola now
– 2015 Spectrum Auctions Day 6: 83% of spectrum has been provisionally allocated so far
– Bangalore based regional news aggregator NewsHunt acqui-hires Vauntz

– Cyber Wars: Pakistani firm stealing info from Indian govt & defence establishments
– Railways apps roundup: RailYatri gives fog alerts and a new app for complaints
– After carrier billing, Fortumo looks to integrate wallets for mobile transactions
– The Lowdown: Apple Watch, Apple Pay, HBO tie-up, Researchkit, Macbook & More

– Funding & M&A Roundup: LocalBanya and YouTellMe + Priceburp
– Hyperlocal marketplace Zopper plans to expand to 30 more cities
– Interoperability, user experience key for the Internet of Things – Notes from MWC15
– Wikimedia Foundation files lawsuit against NSA over mass surveillance

– Ortel IPO duds; only 81% of offered shares subscribed to
– Facebook looks to monetize developing countries with ‘Creative Accelerator’
– mGaadi ties up with Bangalore police to take a crack at prepaid autos again
– iCouchapp relaunches Android app with new features

– Crowdfire raises $2.5M from Kalaari Capital
– YuppTV enters Trinidad & Tobago with TSTT partnership
– Cool car chases? Delhi Police adds AV recording equipment to car windshields
– SMC’s Indic Keyboard crosses 100,000 downloads on Play Store

– Updated: Mobile security firm claims Xiaomi Mi4 carries pre-installed malware
– Sunil Mittal calls it right: what Zuck is doing with Internet.org isn’t philanthropy
– Fewer likes on your Facebook page? Here’s why that’s happening
– NPCI links 15 crore bank accounts to Aadhaar numbers
– Mobile and Internet services blocked in Nagaland following lynching videos
– General Atlantic looking to invest up to half a billion dollars in India

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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