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Top 10 stories of the week: August 21st to 27th August 2017

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 27th August 2017

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TRAI revises call drop rate benchmark, imposes new penalty structure

Telecom regulator TRAI said that operators will be liable to pay up to Rs 5 lakh in fines if they fail to meet TRAI’s new call drop benchmark, in a new amendment (pdf). Read it here

Facebook will allow advertisers to run mid-roll ads for longer videos

Facebook will now allow advertisers to place mid-roll ads while streaming longer format videos, the company announced in its blog post. Read it here

PhonePe signs up 25,000 offline merchants; to add 15 large retail chains soon

Flipkart-owned payments app PhonePe, which entered the offline commerce space, now has over 25,000 merchants, the company said. Read it here

Airtel in talks with domestic handset manufacturers to take on JioPhone: report

Bharti Airtel is in talks with handset manufacturer Lava and Karbonn to launch a new 4G smartphone at a price range of Rs 2,500 by October, to take on JioPhone, reports Economic Times. Airtel’s 4G feature phone might come bundled with unlimited data and voice minutes, similar to JioPhone packs which were unveiled at the time of launch. Read it here

Update: VICE Media India appoints heads for video and content

Update: Speaking to MediaNama, Pragya Tiwari also said that she will be heading editorial functions for VICE in India and as such, VICE does not have an editor-in-chief and follows a similar structure in other countries as well. Read it here

Google is testing tools for subscription for news websites: reports

Google is testing out new tools which will help news publishers to increase their subscriptions, report Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Read it here

Supreme Court rules that Privacy is a fundamental right in a unanimous ruling

The Supreme Court of India ruled that Privacy is a Fundamental Right in a unanimous 9-0 ruling, finally addressing a long pending and much-debated issue, and in a way, addressing the issue of the relationship between the state and the citizen. Read it here

Govt looking to modify IPC sections instead of bringng back Section 66A: report

The Indian government is looking at amending IPC sections 153A and 505 to include provisions specified under Section 66A, that were struck down by the Supreme Court in March 2015, reports DNA. Read it here

Telcos will continue to link Aadhaar to mobile phones despite SC order: COAI

Telecom operators will continue to link mobile phones to Aadhaar for e-KYC for subscriber verification despite the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Right To Privacy, Cellular Operators of India (COAI) said in a statement. Read it here

Dish TV writes to BCCI and CCI to stop Star India from monopolizing cricket broadcasts: Reports

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd-owned Direct-to-home (DTH) platform Dish TV has written to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to prevent Star India from being the sole holder of the telecast rights of all the major cricketing events. Read it here

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