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Weekly Digest (01th-08th January 2016)

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– #Outlook16: What Indian online video companies plan to do in 2016
– #Outlook16: What Indian Online Music Companies Plan To Do In 2016
– #Outlook16: What Indian Online Property Companies Plan To Do In 2016
– #Outlook16: What Indian Mobile Payments Companies Plan To Do In 2016


– 5.10M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in October 2015
– India added 8.53 million active mobile connections in October 2015

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Other Updates:

– Ministry of Culture has collected info on 5.5M artists in the country
– Barkha Dutt’s multimedia startup ThePrint to produce content in digital & events space
– Updated: How Netflix’s Indian entry affects video players in the Indian market
– Directi’s Bhavin Turakhia launches Zeta app to digitize meal vouchers

– Facebook’s Messenger app crosses 800M active monthly users; ads in the pipeline
– Counter view: Netflix may not be violating RBI’s guidelines … yet
– Unicorn India Ventures raises Rs 40 Cr for its Rs 100 Cr startup fund
– Government plans to provide SIM cards to e-tourist visa holders on entry

– China’s CTrip invests $180 million in MakeMyTrip
– Sony Music’s original video series to be broadcast on Verizon’s Go90 app
– QuikrHomes CommonFloor announce their merger … finally
– Internet digest: Uber, WudStay, Welcome Cure & dPronto

– Times Internet acquires micro content app Viral Shots
– #calldrops: TRAI tells HC that courts should not transgress into policy
– Netflix is violating RBI’s two-factor authentication and forex rules for payments
– Paytm appoints Varun Khullar as head of payments bank partnerships

– nexGTv hires Abhesh Verma as chief operating officer
– The NetFlix for India is now…Netflix
– Tinder launches India operations, hires Taru Kapoor as country head
– BSNL to set up 40,000 WiFi hotspots to make up for the lack of 4G

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– Alef Mobitech raises $5 million from Tata Capital Innovations Fund
– #NetNeutrality: NASSCOM suggests terms under which TRAI can allow Differential Pricing
– Yahoo Screen shuts down; videos now in digital magazines
– GirnarSoft to launch multiple auto related portals in the coming months

– Blueshift Labs raises $8M from Storm Ventures & existing investors
– IAMAI appoints FreeCharge’s Kunal Shah as chairman
– Ad: Startup money transfer app Chillr features as Best Finance App of 2015
– Funding roundup: Careers360, Bumper, Town Essentials & more

– Malini Parthasarathy resigns as editor in chief of The Hindu
– MobiKwik opens Power Wallet API to all retailers
– Facebook releases new set of responses in support of Free Basics
– Reliance Jio pushes commercial 4G operations to March: report

– Flipkart digest: Book cars & bikes, international brand licensing and more
– Uber launches carpooling for private car drivers in Bangalore
– Grofers stops operations in nine Tier II cities; now operational in 17
– IAMAI says Differential Pricing violates net neutrality; offers alternatives

– Internet.org’s India growth head Abhishek Nag joins Uber India
– What we missed: Developments around Net Neutrality in India
– ErosNow partnership to offer cheaper subscription for Idea customers
– Airtel launches Wynk Games in beta on Android

– Juggernaut Books appoints Priya Ramani as editor at large
– NASSCOM says differential pricing for services in public interest should be allowed
– Foodpanda lays off 15% of its staff citing order automation
– Meru Cabs launches ridesharing services in Delhi

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– Private: To delete Airtel beta launches mobile app gaming platform, ‘Wynk Games’
– Ola launches carpool service in Delhi NCR & Ola Share in Mumbai
– DCGI places temporary ban on sale of medicine online
– Paytm acquires Shifu to better its consumer experience

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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