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Earnings Sep-15

– Eros’ digital and ancillary business jumps 60.43% to $14.6 million in Q2FY16
– MTNL losses narrows to Rs 730.44 crore at the end of Q2FY16
– Lycos’ digital marketing revenues up 17.92% QoQ to Rs 458.38 Cr for Q2-FY16

Other Updates:

– HeyPillow raises $3M in Series A funding from Hampton Capital
– Hello Curry ties up with IRCTC to provide meals on trains
– CloudFlare adds 3 new data centres in India to speed up content delivery
– Lalitesh Katragadda invests in BetterPlace; joins as board member

– Ola partners with MapmyIndia for mapping data
– NDTV under Enforcement Directorate scanner for FOREX violations
– Facebook testing crowdfunding with nonprofit organizations
– Sales productivity platform MindTickle raises $12.5 million

– Apple India sales cross $1 billion in FY15: report
– Facebook & Airtel to launch Free Basics in 17 African countries; philanthropy?
– Content creators can now buy translations for their YouTube videos
– Transerv appoints Asutosh Upadhyay as chief product & marketing officer

– Google Maps lets users save regions for offline use in India
– Paytm is pushing users to update their KYC details to increase their wallet limit
– 52% of Indian users not connected to the internet: Ericsson Report
– Persistent Systems acquires Akumina

– Six ecommerce companies being investigated by Indian govt for FDI violation
– Facebook blocks certain news articles; transparency?
– Google search will let users use apps without installing them
– Govt sets up panel to implement id proof and norms for matrimonial sites: report

– Meritnation crosses 1 crore students
– Online marketplace UrbanClap raises $25M from various investors
– HomeLane appoints Jayanth Mysore as chief product officer
– OYO Rooms partners with Airtel to provide WiFi and DTH services in its rooms

– Video blog platform lays off 40 employees
– 25% of India’s population uses the Internet: IAMAI-IMRB Report
– Google tries to woo Indian startups with free cloud and work app offers
– Times of India Group links journo salaries with breaking news on WhatsApp groups

– ScoopWhoop raises $4M from Kalaari Capital
– OnMobile will launch new products in March-June 2016: CEO Rajiv Pancholy
– Saurabh Varma promoted to CEO of South Asia at Leo Burnett
– TRAI consultation paper looks at private sector for BharatNet

– Ola raises $500 million of Series F funding from multiple investors
– Mahindra Comviva launches deals app Zerch
– Spice Digital launches contextual marketing platform for telcos
– Talwalkars acquires 51% stake in Inshape Health & Fitnez

– Funding Roundup: Renowala, Absentia, Flashdoor & Octathorpe
– Ecommerce platform Styletag raises $7.5M from Jitu Virwani
– Indian products marketplace Craftsvilla raises $33M
– Sminq lets users wait out queues virtually

– SBI will launch a mobile wallet for feature phones called Batua
– Jharkhand Government launches 15 mobile apps under m-governance
– LocalOye lays off 60 employees; to focus on automation
– Pandora to buy Rdio’s assets for $75 million; Rdio files for bankruptcy and close service

– Ixigo launches search engine for budget hotels
– RIL appoints Sundar Raman as head of sports
– Feeding the beast: Five Indian publishers sign up for Facebook’s Instant Articles
– Practo users can now get an Uber cab to get to their appointments

– Oyo Rooms to aggregate hotel food; on demand housekeeping services
– Snapdeal launches mobile website which works across all browsers
– Times Internet invests $15 million in Taskbucks for majority stake
– Cortana comes to India; in public beta for Android and iOS

– Sandeep Girotra to head Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent in India
– Smart cities to submit plans by December 15; first batch selection
– Interconnection issues emerge in Digital Payments
– Cashkaro raises $3.7 million from Kalaari Capital
– Wallets may be required to maintain reserves in commercial banks

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– Digital Payment Companies in India
– Advertising Networks in India