In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 20th January 2019
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Ananth Narayanan quits Myntra-Jabong as CEO, Amar Nagaram to take over
Myntra-Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan has resigned from the company, after months of speculation over his exit. Myntra confirmed the development to MediaNama in a statement. Amar Nagaram, VP of consumer shopping experience at Flipkart, will now head Myntra and Jabong. He will report to Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamoorthy. Read it here
Vulnerability in NASA’s Jira setting exposed details of a thousand users
Sensitive information such as internal user details, project details, employee names and mail IDs, was exposed through Jira, a web app that companies use for tracking tasks and issues, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration aka NASA. Read it here
TRAI: Viewers can avail 100 pay and free to air SD channels for Rs 130
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has clarified (pdf) that the consumers have the option to choose a-la-carte free to air channels OR Pay channels OR bouquet of pay channels or any combination within the desired 100 SD channels, within the network capacity fee of maximum Rs 130. Read it here
Indonesian govt to collect data and charge tax on e-commerce players
Indonesia will now require e-commerce sellers to share data with authorities and pay VAT and income taxes, reports Reuters. Due to come into effect in April, the new rules passed by the finance ministry will require e-commerce platforms to give data on how much money each vendor has made while selling through the marketplace. Read it here
Shashi Tharoor introduces bill to regulate the online gambling; what about regulating promotions?
Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor, introduced a private member bill, The Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha, with an aim to “establish an effective regime to maintain the integrity of sports in India by preventing and penalizing sports fraud, regulation of online sports gaming…” Read it here
On OTT regulation, relationship with telcos, substitutability and lawful interception issues: #NAMA discussion on OTT regulation
The relationship between telecom operators and OTT services has changed, since the TRAI’s first consultation on regulation of OTT services in March 2015. Read it here
IAMAI’s regulatory code for OTT platforms outlining principles and seeking a creation of grievance redressal; will it lead to self-censorship?
With the aim to provide a regulatory code for video streaming platforms, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has released a document called “Code of best practices for online curated content providers.” Read it here
Oyo’s data sharing system with govts: Issues with real-time data sharing
Aditya Ghosh, India and South Asia head of Oyo said at a CII event that the company would be sharing information of guests staying at their hotels on a real-time basis, reports Business Standard. Read it here
Jio adds 27.8M subscribers, now at 280M at the end of Q3FY19
Reliance Industries Limited’s digital services business brought in revenues of Rs 12,302 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3FY19), up 51.2% YOY from Rs 8,136 crore in Q3FY18, and up 12.4% from Rs 10,942 in the previous quarter. Read it here
Netflix added 7 million paid members outside the US in Q4FY19
Netflix now has 139 million memberships worldwide, 9 million more than it had last quarter, and 29 million more than what it had at the beginning of 2018. Of the new paid subscriptions, 1.5 million came from the US and the remaining 7.3 million came from outside the US. Read it here