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Weekly Digest (17th-24th June 2016)

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– Broadband connections in India grew by 11.1% during quarter ending Sep-15
– Active Mobile connections in India declined by 2.4 million in April 2016: TRAI
– 4.90M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in April 2016
– Data: mobile wallets transactions declined 9% in April 2016

Other Updates:

– Eight years after its Mobile TV reccos yielded nothing, TRAI tries again
– Uber wants users to pay upfront fare in some parts of US and India
– Funding: OneWay.Cab, GrabOnRent, Staqu, FarEye
– Video streaming platform VOOT ties up with Turner India for kids’ shows

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– YouTube will be adding live streaming to all users on its app
– Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik as India head
– Quick Heal acquires Junco Technologies, launches cyber security consulting
– Microsoft has launched a wallet and here’s why it won’t work in India

– Times Internet plans to invest $100M in its ad network Colombia
– Almost done: RCOM, Aircel wireless business merger to await regulatory approval
– Cabinet approves India’s costliest telecom spectrum auctions
– India’s Data consumption grew 46% year-on-year

– How personalization will change a user’s experience of Zomato
– Ecommerce tax is spreading like a virus
– Visa has issued over 1 million NFC cards and 100,000 terminals in India
– Yahoo’s Nitin Mathur has joined TE Connectivity

– Idea allows giving 100 MB of free data to non-data users, but that shouldn’t fool you
– InMobi fined $950k by the FTC for tracking users without their consent
– What we’re reading: On ad transparency, internet, Facebook & more
– BloombergQuint appoints former #fame CEO as business head for digital & marketing

– TRAI paper looks to regulate VoIP apps that link to regular phone networks
– Times Group and Vice Media are partnering to launch Indian edition of VICELAND
– GoIbibo’s social network is right now nothing like a social network
– Sri Adhikari Brothers to launch comedy shows exclusively for digital

– PayPal appoints Anupam Pahuja as managing director and manager for India
– GreyOrange to expand into Middle East markets
– Imagine a billion creators without shackles
– Union government wants to link SC/ST certificates with Aadhaar

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– Ola gets license to operate in Karnataka but problems remain
– Google proves that we should have high-speed Public WiFi in India
– Zee Entertainment CEO & MD Punit Goenka on why Ditto TV is now for only Rs 20 per month
– MediaNama is hiring journalists

– Nikesh Arora to step down from SoftBank president and COO post
– Twitter acquires machine learning startup Magic Pony to enhance image, video features
– FDI in food retail will help online groceries to raise funding — but there’s a catch
– More FM Channels soon: Govt invites bids for second batch of Phase III FM Auctions

– Jugnoo launches Dodo Deliveries
– Yatra will integrate mGaadi products into website following acquisition
– Flipkart’s Ping was dead on arrival anyway
– Nikesh Arora given a clean chit after allegations of poor performance

– Ola launches its hourly car rental services in Mumbai
– Still no point in starting an Insurance Web Aggregator in India
– Govt relaxes mandatory 30% local sourcing norms; Win for Apple, Xiaomi & LeEco
– LYF smartphones accounted for 13% of LTE smartphones shipments in Q4 FY16: Report

– Government’s decision to scrap ‘Angel Tax’ may be useless
– HT Media expects ecommerce cos to continue advertising but does an ad for equity deal with Koovs
– Hungama partners with Sun TV and Maa TV for Telugu content
– Amazon pilots POS counters for smartphones in tie up with Vodafone

– Industry moves: Stayzilla, Yu Televentures and Flipkart
– CCI on Vodafone; Blocking websites; legal framework for cyber security and more
– India has 24.5M credit cards, 661.8M debit cards in March 2016

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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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