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Weekly Digest (18th-25th September 2015)

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Investment & M&A

Helpchat acquires mobile-only offers platform Niffler
Practo acquires Qikwell; claims 40M yearly appointments
Internet digest: Jugnoo, ShopClues, Future Group and gazeMetrix
Housing continues buying spree as it acqui-hires Plat & BigBHK
Internet digest: DesiDime, HomeLane, TinyOwl & ShopClues
Zealot Networks acquires MCN Nirvana Digital

Other Updates:

Funding roundup: Amigobulls, EasyFix, SilverPush & more
Jammu and Kashmir suspends Internet services in state for two days over beef controversy
RailYatri relaunches RailRadar with GPS train tracking
A change of name to Free Basics doesn’t make Facebook’s Zero Rating service neutral

“Our content consumption trends more towards films as compared to TV” – Karan Bedi, Eros Now
125k citizens provide inputs for Pune Smart City development plan
AP Parigi quits as Network18 Group CEO; moves to advisory role
80% of digital content payments over mobile phones in India: Fortumo report

Vodafone to offer free WiFi at Ahmedabad Railway station
Uber adds 2-way number masking to address privacy concerns
PayU appoints Aakash Moondhra as its global chief financial officer
CommonFloor’s Smart Guard app to replace logbooks in gated societies

Juggernaut Books looks to tap into mobile publishing
Funding roundup: Licious, Furdo, Virtual Logic & others
Quintype secures $3.25M from Raghav Bahl & other investors
Facebook to add 360 degree videos to news feed

Times Group’s journalists’ tweets linked to salaries in new social media policy
Zapak to raise $15M from China-based Lead Eastern
Surobhi Das, Zomato: We’re the first ones to know when a restaurant shuts or opens
UAE Exchange launches FOREX services wallet

LogiNext secures $10M from Paytm
Spice Digital’s new mobile wallet to focus on remittances
Lenovo Vibe Shot comes preinstalled with 13 apps from Jio
Funding Roundup: DishCo, MediAngels & Connectabank

Ola to launch ridesharing service on the heels of UberPOOL
Paytm to launch movies & entertainment ticketing; BookMyShow implications
Lycos and Apollo International form JV to start e-commerce venture
Facebook adds new features & publishers to Instant Articles

Video streaming platform Spuul adds more content from UTV
Draft National Encryption Policy paper withdrawn, says telecom minister R S Prasad
Google launches IT courses and scholarships in India with Udacity and Tata Trusts
Porn ban: SC Women’s lawyer association moves Apex court to block all porn sites

Qwikcilver ties up with Citrus Pay to enable payment on Woohoo
Funding roundup: Paintcollar, LafaLafa & CureJoy
Aircel to launch mass market 4G by end of this year
UIDAI control shifted from Niti Ayog to IT ministry

Uber to launch its ridesharing UberPOOL product in Bangalore
Industry Moves: Line and Snapdeal
AB Kinnevik and Rocket Internet looking to sell Jabong to Paytm: report
Funding roundup: Briston Technomach, XSTOK & Bueno

Amid TRAI paper on call drops, Airtel shifts all prepaid users to per second billing
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Aadhaar, Payments Banks, Over-Invoicing, Spectrum Auctions & More
Portea Medical secures $37.5M from IFC and existing investors
Ola’s number masking feature hides rider contact details: Privacy

Updated: India’s draft encryption policy puts user privacy in danger
Hindujas launch NXT Digital platform targeting Phase III & IV cable digitisation
Infibeam launches Guj.ooo – a confused multipurpose website
Saregama launches a new app for Indian classical music

Industry moves: Snapdeal, Paytm and Housejoy
Funding roundup: Skillveri, Plabro, LabStreet , WedMeGood & others
HOOQ appoints Flipkart’s Ravi Vora as CMO; new CEO, CFO & other hires
BlaBlaCar raises $200M from Insight, Lead Edge and Vostok
Facebook launches discovery and curation tool called Signal for journalists

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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