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NAMA Digest: Developments at Spotify, RCom, Google, Paytm and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Developments in the digital ecosystem Spotify has 1 million users in India across both free and premium within a week of its launch, reports Business Standard. SnapChat is beta-testing a version of the app which supports 5 new Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, an Urdu, per Gadgets Now. However, it is unclear as to when this version will be released.  Reliance Communications (RCom) has asked the DoT to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) to its pending spectrum trading deal with Reliance Jio, reports the Economic Times. RCom has written to the telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan, citing an order from the Telecom Dispute Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) which noted that the seller of spectrum is responsible for past spectrum-related dues. BJP and its affiliates made up over 50% of the political ad spending on Facebook, of Rs 2.37 crore, reports the Economic Times. Affiliates include party individuals, ministers, MPs, MLAs, organisational leaders, and other outfits which back the BJP, and fan pages on Facebook. BJP leaders told ET that social media will account for 20-25% of the party’s total ad spend by the time campaigning closes. Google has launched a new app called ‘Bolo’ to teach primary students how to read in Hindi and English, reports the Economic Times. The app currently offers 50 Hindi and 40 English stories from Storyweaver, an open-source platform for children’s stories run by Pratham Books. The…

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