In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 6th November 2016
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Call drops still likely between Airtel and Jio, because of one way interconnection
Reliance Jio is once again complaining about its users not being able to properly communicate with those on an Airtel network. A Reliance Jio spokesperson explained to MediaNama that currently (for example), the way interconnection points have been opened up by Airtel for Jio, if there are 100 calls taking place, the capacity to carry calls has been split in a way that half will be incoming and half will be outgoing calls. Read it here
Android developers can now set introductory prices for apps on the Play Store
Chromebooks, Daydream VR headsets, and Android Wear devices will soon have Google’s Play Store, the company announced in a blogpost. This was part of Google’s Playtime series of developer events. In Playtime, Google also said that developers could create an “introductory price” for new subscribers for a period of time, before the usual subscription price kicked in. Read it here
Pharmacist body calls for nationwide bandh protesting online pharmacies
The All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) has called for a nationwide bandh to protest the regularizing sale of medicines through internet and online pharmacies. The industry body, which represents over 8 lakh members, has called for a strike on November 23. Read it here
Why online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending should not be regulated – Probir Roy
Online lending marketplace is the latest innovation to hit the consumer finance world. It goes by its more popular name “peer-to-peer lending”.
It directly connects an individual lender and borrower using a simple online platform. It links one who has a capacity to invest and the other a need for finance. Read it here
Uber is the new social: to sync contacts, calendar & news
Uber has redesigned its app “ground up” to inculcate shortcuts which predict where its users are headed taking into account previous trips. It will also let users merge their calendars with the app. The calendar merge will let users see their appointments as shortcuts on the Uber app instead of manually filling out destination addresses. Read it here
Deepak Abbot joins Paytm as SVP of product growth
Deepak Abbot, who quit Times Internet about 2 weeks ago, has joined Paytm as Senior VP Product Growth. Abbot confirmed the development to MediaNama. Abbot was Times Internet’s head of Smartapp and mobile growth and worked with Times Internet as the head of mobile growth for 2.2 years. Read it here
HT Media’s digital director Amit Garg quits the company
Amit Garg, HT Media’s executive director of digital, has quit the company. Garg will be “pursuing other opportunities” but it is currently unclear as to where he will work. Zairus Master and Vishal Chaddha, the co-CEOs of Shine.com, the jobs portal, will be filling in Garg’s shoes at the company. Digital Quotient or DQ, which is the company’s digital marketing agency, will be led by the current head Anurag Patnaik who will report to Chaddha for the time being. Read it here
Telenor rolls out Aadhaar eKYC verification for SIM cards
Telenor India has rolled out Aadhaar-based eKYC (Know Your Customer) verification facility across its six circles. The facility is now live across 700 stores as a pilot phase and allows instant SIM activation for new customers. The company plans to expand this to all 2,000 retail outlets by end of November 2016.
Telenor also plans to extend Aadhaar based SIM activation to 10,000 Point of Sales (PoS) by tying up with distributors and small retailers in the country. Read it here
Amazon acquires Westland’s publishing unit
Amazon has acquired the publishing arm of Westland Ltd for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will let Westland authors expand their physical and digital book businesses in India and globally. Westland is owned by Trent Limited, a Tata company, which operates clothing retail Westside, hypermarket Star Bazaar and Landmark, the book stores. Read it here
Apple lets developers distribute free promo codes for paid apps
Apple will now allow developers to distribute promo codes for paid apps and in-app purchases, the company said in a blog post. The codes will allow developers to distribute their app to reviewers or as a sample to potential customers, without having to pay for it.
Developers can request up to 100 promo codes for each platform they have the app on, or for each in-app purchase. The total limit is of 1,000 in-app purchase codes per app every 6 months, resetting on 1 January and 1 July. Read it here