In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 03rd February 2019

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The regulation of OTT services: What Airtel, BSNL and Vodafone-Idea said in their submissions

In this report, we outline what telcos Airtel, BSNL and Vodafone-Idea said about TRAI’s public consultation on the regulation of OTT services. OTT Service Providers are abbreviated to only OTTs in the report. Some of these points have been edited and paraphrased, while those quoted are as is from the submissions. Read it here

Karnataka HC refuses anticipatory bail to WhatsApp group admin for “grievous” message

Mustafa, an admin of a WhatsApp group, in which some members allegedly shared “Pakistan Zindabad” messages has been denied anticipatory bail by the Karnataka High Court, reports LiveLaw. Mustafa’s first anticipatory bail was denied on 6 December 2018, and his second anticipatory bail was dismissed on 27 December 2018 due to “change in circumstances.” Read it here

Info Edge profit up by 39% to Rs 74.3 Cr, 99Acres halves losses to Rs 4.5 Cr in Q3FY19

Internet company Info Edge has reported operational revenues of Rs 281 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2018, which is an increase of 23.7% YoY from Rs 227 crore in Q3FY18. Revenues have also increased 5.8% over the preceding quarter. The company recorded net profits of Rs 74.3 crore this quarter, 39% higher than the profits of Rs 53.3 crore in the same quarter last year. Read it here

Intermediary Liability: MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar for removing safe harbour, says platforms must take down unlawful content

Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s submission towards the IT Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018, outlines that while intermediaries ‘must be liable for unlawful and illegal content on their platforms, the approach to regulating them should be carefully thought through’ as more and more Indians get online. Read it here

The regulation of OTT services: What ZEE5, ALTBalaji and STAR India said in their submissions

In this report, we outline what streaming services ZEE5, ALTBalaji and STAR India said about TRAI’s public consultation on the regulation of OTT services. OTT Service Providers are abbreviated to only OTTs in the report. Some of these points have been edited and paraphrased. Read it here

My platform, my rules: What Uber’s community guidelines really mean for Uber, its drivers and its users

Earlier today, Uber published a set of updated community guidelines laying out as explicitly as is possible (for private companies and platforms anyway, given the opaque manner in which they function) what would lead to a driver and rider being kicked off the platform. Read it here

The regulation of OTT services: What COAI and IIM-Ahmedabad Idea TCOE said in their submissions

In this report, we outline what industry bodies COAI and IIMA-Idea TCOE said about TRAI’s public consultation on the regulation of OTT services. OTT Service Providers are abbreviated to only OTTs in the report. Some of these points have been edited and paraphrased. Read it here

Industry moves roundup: Paytm, PayU, Uber, Oyo and more

PayU India CEO Amrish Rau will now head financial technology partnerships and investments at PayU’s South Africa based parent company Naspers, reported the Economic Times. Rau will look for fresh acquisitions for Naspers, and will report to PayU CEO Laurent le Moal. Read it here

What all the government implemented in the digital ecosystem from the 2018-19 Indian Budget

Earlier today, the finance Minister announced India’s Interim Union Budget for 2019-2020 while touching on several aspects of technology, finance, startups etc. We combed through the Implementation of Budget 2018-19 (pdf) to highlight the government’s execution with projects in technology and the digital ecosystem in India. Read it here

Facebook’s 1.5B daily user growth was driven by India, Indonesia, and Philippines in Q4FY19

Facebook reported a 30% year-on-year increase in revenues to $16.91 billion, of which ad revenue was $16.6 billion (or 98%), while revenue from payments and other fees was $2.7 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Mobile ad revenues accounted for 93% of ad revenues, up from 89% in Q4FY18. Read it here