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Top 10 stories of the week: November 26th to 2nd December 2018

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 2nd December 2018

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UIDAI says user biometrics can be locked; No Aadhaar opt out available

The UIDAI has said that a user can block their biometrics instead when asked about opting out of Aadhaar. The UIDAI’s response came in a query filed through the Right to Information (RTI) by Mahedihasan Aliarajak Patel, a Gujarat resident. Read it here

Updated: Amazon data breach exposed users’ email addresses and names: report

Amazon suffered a data breach which exposed customer names and email addresses on its website, reported the Guardian, just two days before the Black Friday sale in the US. Amazon’s statement said that it has “fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted” but did not provide any further details. Read it here

Spotify to launch in India in 6 months: Variety

Spotify could launch in India in the next 6 months, with an extended trial period, reports Variety. This comes right after Spotify launched in 13 new countries in the Middle East and North Africa – it is now present in 78 countries. In India, it will offer a trial period longer than the 30-day free trial it usually offers. Read it here

New regulations on OTT players will curtail innovation: Broadband India Forum President

Over-the-top (OTT) service providers should not be subject to fresh regulations since they are not comparable to the services offered by telecom operators, said TV Ramachandran, Broadband India Forum (BIF) President, reports PTI. Read it here

COAI writes to CBFC against the 2.0 movie ‘falsely depicting mobile phones’

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has filed a complaint to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) against the Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0, reports NDTV. Read it here

Drivezy raises $20M in Series B equity financing, $100M in asset financing

Bangalore based self-drive car and bike rental company Drivezy has secured $20 million in a Series B equity financing round led by Das Capital, with participation from Axan Ventures, Yamaha Motor and IT- Farm. It has raised an additional $100 million in an asset financing deal through which it plans to add 50,000 vehicles to its platform via a Special Purpose Vehicle. Read it here

TRAI: Prepaid Airtel and Vodafone-Idea users’ service will not be suspended over minimum recharge plans

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has pulled up Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel for warning their subscribers that their service would be suspended if they did not do mandatory minimum recharges, reports Mint. Read it here

Truecaller Pay onboards Bharat Billpay, to go live in December

Truecaller’s UPI service Truecaller Pay will go live with the Bharat Bill Payments System in early December, reports Mint. The app has already begun testing the feature with 54 billers and will go live with all the billers soon. Read it here

BSNL employee union to strike over the non-allocation of 4G spectrum

The employees and officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are going on an indefinite strike starting December 3 against the non-allocation 4G spectrum to BSNL among the other demands. The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), which has called for the strike, believes that the government is doing this in order to help Reliance Jio to wipe out all its competition. Read it here

UrbanClap raises $50M from Steadview and Vy Capital: report

UrbanClap has raised $50 million in primary capital funding led by Steadview Capital ($30 million) and Vy Capital ($20 million), reports the Economic Times. There will be an additional fundraise of $4 million in a secondary sale of shares and ESOPs for angel investors and employees, the report added. Read it here

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