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Weekly Digest (01th-08th April 2016)

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– Airtel, Idea & Vodafone have 66% of total active mobile connections in India – January 2016
– Rs 18,117 Cr transacted using IMPS in February 2016
– 5.61M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in January 2016

Other Updates:

Zoomcar program to let car owners lease their vehicles
Internet digest: LinkedIn, Kik, Practo, Google Fiber & more
– Our digital & theatre releases aren’t overlapping – Anup Kurian, The Blueberry Hunt director
– Next Orbit Ventures invests Rs 115 cr in Infibeam for 5% stake

– ‘The Blueberry Hunt’ makers offer legal movie download for Rs 350
– YouTube launches Gaming’s Android and iOS apps in India
– Zomato’s learnings from its food ordering biz – Pankaj Chaddah, Zomato co-founder
– MyGlamm raises $6M from multiple investors

– Oppo’s manufacturing unit to go live in Noida by August
– Industry Moves: Revv, Icustommadeit, IBM & Girnar Software
– Internet Digest: eKart, Cheetah Mobile, Paytm & more
– GirnarSoft acquires vehicle assistance company Help On Wheels

– Google invests in renewable energy certification programs in Asia
– Microsoft & Amazon to pick up minority stake in HERE Maps
– Funding Digest: LifCare, OneClickWash, DrivoJoy & more
– ShopClues ties up with NMDFC to sell products made by minorities

– Mumbai Police bans drones & paragliders for a month
– Cabinet approves liberalization of spectrum at TRAI rates; RCom & RJio win
– Shipsy raises $1M from DTDC
– ASCI calls out Facebook, Airtel, Vodafone & others for false advertising

– Android Auto launches in India & 17 other countries
– Future Group to buy FabFurnish: report
– Telangana Govt reveals a series of startup plans & industry policies
– Complaint against journo for tweeting morphed image of PM

– Saavn to launch nine original audio shows
– Google search to display healthcare information in Hindi
– IAMAI & Telangana Govt launch app development centre in Hyderabad
– WhatsApp end to end encryption now default for all users

– Aadhaar requires safeguard conferring right, enforceable through writ – Apar Gupta
– NexGTv expands its mobile VOD platform to 140 countries
– Ola to launch electric rickshaws on its app in Delhi NCR today
– Income Tax dept launches ‘e-filing’ portal for tax returns & appeals

– What we’re reading: Robots, AI revolution, privacy & IP debates
– Haptik secures Series B funding from Times Internet
– Internet Digest: Foodpanda, Ola, SoundCloud & more
– Indus Towers elevates Bimal Dayal to CEO as BS Shantharaju retires

– Nokia acquires Nakina Systems for an undisclosed amount
– Now vote for Indian Idol, India’s Got Talent & others from Google Search
– EVC’s $50M fund to invest in Indian IoT, wearables & gaming startups
– Hungama secures $25 million from Xiaomi & other investors

– Snapdeal now lets users donate products to NGOs
– Google to phase out Wallet Cards in the next 3 months
– Housing secures undisclosed funding from Vineet Singh
– Times Music to curate playlists on Apple Music; more in the offing?

– BSNL to launch 4G in 14 circles with BWA spectrum: report
– Reliance Jio’s fashion portal Ajio goes live
– Have Indian internet startup opportunities been wrongly estimated? – Mahesh Murthy
– Wall Street Investments acquires 55% of DEN Sports for $6.5M

– BSNL adds 50 new WiFi hotspot locations across 9 circles
– Zomato launches Android-based point of sale solution
– VCCircle Network appoints Nita Kapoor as CEO
– SwitchMe secures funding from a clutch of investors

– Mike Buckley to leave Facebook; Caryn Marooney to handle communications
– Travis Kalanick conspired with Uber to set surge pricing for rides: US Judge
– Manish Maheshwari quits Flipkart to join Web18 as CEO
– Mircosoft’s Edge browser to support third party ad blockers

– LeEco to setup cloud-based CDN networks in India: report
– Ola lets its users auto connect to WiFi in cabs; coming to autos
– Reliance Jio appoints Vishal Sampat as chief digital officer
– Tesla Motors to ship Model 3 to India, now taking pre-orders

– Portea Medical acquires Health Mantra to expand offerings
– Flipkart acquires payments company PhonePe
– #FICCIFrames 2016: How media companies look at monetizing the Internet
– Update: Paytm cuts off wallet to merchant aggregators such as Ezetap, JustPay and FTCash
– Bindass to launch original show on Facebook next month

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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