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Weekly Digest (08th-15th April 2016)

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February 2016: India Added Over 7.25 Million GSM Connections

Other Updates:

Microsoft sues US Govt over right to inform users of surveillance
Average online monthly spend Rs 9,500 – Amex-Nielsen survey
Internet Digest: Paytm, Google, Ola, LoanZen & more
Google and RailTel extend free WiFi across nine more cities

Magzter now allows interactive ads on its mobile app
What we’re reading: Facebook, streaming, economics & more
Every tweet landed a 2 digit sum in Vinayak’s bank account – Mint
How the Unified Payments Interface will (actually) affect digital wallets

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Airtel is using a web filtering software: Netsweeper
Apollo Life & Jiyo to launch corporate wellness platform
BharatMatrimony launches encrypted chat app 2gether
ShopClues & 9XM tie up to air Sunday Flea Market

IBNLive to be rebranded as News18
Amagi launches ad insertion platform for live sports and news feeds
An overview of India’s cyber security agencies
Funding Roundup: HashLearn, eKincare, PriceRaja, Horntell & more

Faasos starts aggregating restaurants and chefs around localities
Mobile internet suspended in 5 districts of Kashmir
India to pilot test online agricultural trading facility for farmers in 8 states
Micromax inaugurates manufacturing plant in Telangana

Viacom18 makes Narayan Ranjan chief of staff; Soumey Ray new CFO
How the Unified Payments Interface will affect payment gateways
Why surge pricing is only one of Uber’s troubles
Facebook testing terrestrial tech for Internet

EdTech startup Claned secures $1.4M to expand to India
Freshdesk acquires Airwoot for an undisclosed amount
Oxigen Services appoints Saleem Mobhani as new COO
Star India reshuffles top management; Ajit Mohan made CEO of digital unit

Flipkart’s chief product officer Punit Soni resigns
#AppReview: smartbro Range tracks call drops on your phone
Users spend 8 hours monthly on Facebook: smartapp report
What info Uber discloses to US regulatory & law enforcement agencies

T-Series crosses 10M subscribers & 7B views on YouTube
38% of debit cards issued in India are on RuPay card network: report
Lyft users can now get a cab in China & Southeast Asia; India plans?
Video production startup 90 Seconds raises $7.5 M led by Sequoia India

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Facebook’s live video debuts in Groups and Events
F8 Conference: App analytics, custom push notifications, Account Kit & more
Facebook opens bot development on Messenger; are apps irrelevant?
F8 Conference: Internet.org releases new tools for Free Basics

AI startup MagicX raises $1 million from multiple investors
BitGiving will now allow crowdsourcing across categories
BloombergQuint appoints Menaka Doshi as managing editor
What payment companies & banks are saying about the Unified Payments Interface

Only India will be able to compete with US in net & tech innovation – Rajeev Mantri
India ranks 44th among 50 countries in the Global Connectivity Index: Huawei
Housing now lets users take a Uber cab to new housing projects
Flipkart files case against discounts site for copyright violation

IvyCap secures Rs 300 cr to invest in IoT, AI & other startups
Updated: Zoomcar program to let car owners lease their vehicles
Uber makes rides cheaper by up to 22% in 10 non-metro cities
Indus Towers appoints Hemant Kumar Ruia as CFO

Airtel Money gets payments bank license from RBI
UIDAI asks ecommerce companies to stop enabling Aadhaar data collection
Girnarsoft confirms layoffs; 60 affected by the move
Transactions in prepaid cards declined by 48% in February 2016

VegFru secures undisclosed funding from Wingify
Facebook will allow branded and sponsored content
No action to be taken against Ringing Bells following FIR: Allahabad HC
PressPlay appoints Rajesh Vashista as new CTO

Telenor to launch 4G services in six circles by fiscal end
Zee Media appoints Rohit Gandhi as Chief Editor for DNA
IPL 2016: No live scorecards, ball-by-ball coverage without license, IPL tells app developers
Wallets will look to be a part of NPCI’s Unified Payments Interface
Airtel buys Aircel’s 4G spectrum in eight circles

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