In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 29th July 2018

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Number of Internet Shutdowns in 2017–18 higher than previously reported: RTI

In response to an RTI application filed by the Software Freedom Law Centre, the Rajasthan government’s home department revealed that there were nine shutdowns in 2017 that were previously unreported. The SFLC runs an internet shutdowns tracker based on news media reports, and has updated its numbers retroactively to reflect the change, they revealed in a blog post. Read it here

Justdial reports net profit of Rs 38.5cr in Q1FY19, marginally up from previous year

Online classifieds and e-commerce company Justdial has reported a net profit of Rs 38.5 crore for the quarter ended 30th June 2018 (Q1 FY19). Profit was marginally up 1% on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, and down 1.1% on a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) basis. Read it here

Info Edge reports net profit of 63cr; On year growth muted

Info Edge, which runs multiple Internet companies such as Naukri, Jeevansathi, and 99Acres, has reported a net profit of Rs 62.9 crore for the quarter ended June 2018(Q1 FY19). Net profit was down 1.9% from Rs 64.2 crore in the same quarter last year. Read it here

Paytm wants govt to implement local payment data storage norms

In a move that will likely irk all international payment firms operating in India, Paytm wants the central government to push for storage of payment system data within the country and not allow mirroring of the data overseas, reports the Economic Times citing a top executive of the company. Read it here

Netflix to produce new show with Dice Media

Netflix has partnered with Pocket Aces’ content studio, Dice Media, to create scripted shows for subscribers, starting with the second season of Dice Media’s production, ‘Little Things’. The show’s first episode garnered 10 million views. Netflix is yet to announce a release data; a comedy series is also planned with Dice Media. Read it here

“All data encrypted”: CBSE denies personal data breach of NEET candidates

The CBSE has denied any breach of personal data of 2018 National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) candidates saying the allegations “appears to be the handiwork of certain unscrupulous persons with the objective of duping the gullible public.” The CBSE issued the statement in response to a letter Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to the board asking it to act on multiple media reports on the data leak of NEET candidates. Read it here

PepsiCo gets John Doe order to take down thousands of tweets and posts on Kurkure; even jokes

PepsiCo has obtained an interim order from the Delhi High Court to delete hundreds of posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, documents obtained by MediaNama reveal. PepsiCo confirmed the development in a statement to MediaNama. These posts, PepsiCo said in its petition, furthered the myth that PepsiCo’s Kurkure corn puffs product contains plastic. Read it here

Lok Sabha and Supreme Court websites’ SSL certificates invalid

The Supreme Court of India and the Lok Sabha’s websites have invalid SSL certificates. While accessing the Supreme Court’s website results in a Privacy Error on most browsers, accessing the Lok Sabha’s website just results in a “Connection Closed” error. An SSL certificate encrypts the content of a webpage being delivered to users, and is usually indicated with a green padlock in a browser’s address bar, followed by https://. Read it here

Justice Srikrishna data protection draft bill is now public, highlights and what happens next

The panel headed by retired Justice BN Srikrishna has submitted its bill on data protection to the IT Ministry on Friday. The draft bill, titled the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, now has to be tabled in Parliament. Read it here

Amazon Web Services grew by 50%, profit exceeds expectation: Amazon Q2 2018 earnings

Amazon Inc. reported its Q2 2018 earnings, exceeding Wall Street expectations and posting a profit of $2.5 billion, a 1200% rise from the same quarter last year when the company reported a net income of $197 million. Amazon also reported earnings per share of $5.07, which is more than double of what analysts estimated ($2.50). Read it here