In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 15th April 2018

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Offline vs Online: Retailers seeks action against Flipkart and Amazon for violating FDI rules

On behalf of a group of offline retailers in India, The Retailers Association of India (RAI) Retailers Association of India (RAI) has sent a letter to Ministry of Commerce & Industry seeking action against e-commerce players Flipkart and Amazon for apparently violating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules in India by “influencing prices and illegally funding abnormal discounts” on their platforms, reports The Economic Times. The publication said that it viewed a copy of the same letter. Read it here

Facebook will label political ads, verify users who want to run them

Amid ongoing backlash against Facebook for the use of its platform for fake news, meddling in election, and for unauthorised access to users’ data, the company has announced new controls for building transparency on its site.

Facebook will label all political and issue ads, and include information about who paid for them. It will also mandate verification of identity and location of anyone who wants to run such ads. Read it here

Facebook Watch: Zuckerberg’s Q&A, political ads, health data and more

Here is an overview of all the important news about Facebook from the previous week as it deals with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media giant is attempting to make some sweeping changes to its platform with a focus on privacy and attempting to give more information to its users. Read it here

WhatsApp is seeking an India head to focus on its payments service

WhatsApp is looking for a country head in India, according to a job posting on Facebook’s career page. Note that, this is first such position for WhatsApp in India. The job description focuses on its payments service. The Facebook-owned instant messaging app had launched its UPI-powered payments service in India in February,

In the posting, the social network company writes that WhatsApp is looking for someone to lead its efforts in India including products for people and businesses along with its interest in peer-to-peer payments. Read it here

Key highlights from Mark Zuckerberg’s US Senate appearance

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally testified in front of a Senate joint committee in an event that was followed closely by both tech and political circles. The interaction which lasted a massive five hours saw forty-four US senators from various states question the Facebook boss about the company’s failure to guard user privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg appeared calm as the line of questioning from most senators was mostly polite and deferential as they sought to understand how Facebook had inadvertently allowed the profiles of up to 87 million people to be collected by the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Read it here

Google files appeal in NCLAT against CCI’s charges of ‘search bias’

Google has filed an appeal in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) after Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s charged the company for abusing its dominant position in the market in February this year. The development was first reported by Reuters. The report adds that CCI will defend its verdict at the NCLAT. Read it here

Zuckerberg in Congress: Facebook’s ‘Shadow Profiles’ show that users don’t really have control

‘Your Facebook data belongs to you and you have complete control over it,’ that was the line that Mark Zuckerberg kept pushing over and over, both times he testified before US legislators this week. But everyone wasn’t buying it. Congressman Ben Luján, a Democrat from New Mexico pressed Zuckerberg on what information Facebook collects beyond what people knowingly hand over. Read it here

Ola enters Melbourne, to expand in Queensland, Canberra, Adelaide, and more

Following its expansion in Australia with Perth and Sydney last month, cab-hailing company Ola has launched its service in Melbourne. The company said that, it will further continue its rollout in Australia, with future launch cities including Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart. Read it here

IMF stresses privacy for Aadhaar, cautious about claims of savings

Chapter 2 of IMF’s Fiscal monitor for April 2018 is about Digital Government. The document describes various efforts at digital governance across the world and makes observations about the opportunities and risks presented by them and discusses “how digitalization can change the way governments design and implement current policies, including by improving tax policy and administration, increasing spending efficiency and enhancing fiscal management”. Read it here

Telecom tribunal orders DoT to approve Airtel-Telenor merger without bank guarantees

The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ordered the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to approve Telenor’s merger with Bharti Airtel without bank guarantees, against its earlier demand, reports PTI.

The order comes as Airtel had approached the tribunal against DoT’s order to it, which asked for submitting bank guarantee of around Rs 1,700 crore as a condition to approve its merger with Telenor. Read it here