In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 28th April 2019

MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support.

Jio added 10 million net subscribers every month in FY18-19: Q4FY19 earnings

Reliance Industries’ digital services business reported operating revenues of Rs 13,609 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 (Q4FY19), reporting a 62% year-on-year increase and 10.6% growth over the last quarter. Read it here

Reliance Industries acquires majority stake in Indic language business Reverie

We missed this earlier: In what is an important development for Indian language enabling of India’s Internet, Reliance Industries has acquired a majority stake in Reverie Language Technologies: RIL, India’s largest business conglomerate, has acquired an undisclosed majority stake for Rs 190 crores (around $27.3 million a current conversion rates), and will invest Rs 77 crores (almost $10 million) by March 2021. Read it here

The TRAI has no grounds for recommending regulation of OTTs

The TRAI Chairman, RS Sharma, told the Economic Times that the authority’s focus, when it comes to OTT regulation, is to fix the regulatory imbalance between OTT players and telecom operators, where telecom operators say that they are licensees and have law enforcement compliance burdens, while apps that provide similar services don’t. Read it here

Nepal’s Supreme Court stays PUBG ban, citing right to freedom

The Supreme Court of Nepal last week stayed the government countrywide ban on mobile game PUBG, stating that the game was simply used by the general public for entertainment, and allowing the ban to continue could adversely impact people’s right to freedom, per the Himalayan Times. Read it here

Twitter’s MAUs fall by 6M, monetizable DAUs increase to 14M, 38% of abusive content is detected via machine learning: Q1FY19

Twitter’s monetizable DAUs were up by 11% year-on-year to 134 million from 120 million in the same quarter last year and 126 million last quarter. Of the total mDAUs, 105 million were users outside of the US. Twitter claims mDAUs is a more accurate representation of how the business is growing, as opposed to MAUs, which have been stagnating over the last few years. Read it here

Spotify will remove all of Saregama’s music within 10 days

Spotify told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday it will remove all content that belongs to Indian music label Saregama from its platform within 10 days, reports Bar And Bench (see order copy). Saregama had been in talks with Spotify and had given it the copyright for its library a month before Spotify launched in India in late February. Read it here

Xiaomi exports personal data of Indian users to foreign third parties: Report

Deccan Chronicle reports, based on Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi’s privacy policy, that the company transfers personal data of Indian users to third-party service providers outside the users’ jurisdiction. Read it here

Madras High Court lifts ban on downloading TikTok, with a no-porn condition

The Madras High Court on Wednesday lifted its ban on downloading the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, subject to a condition that pornographic videos would not be uploaded on it, NDTV reported. Read it here

Mobile Number Portability requests in India decreased to 5.3M in February 2019

Porting requests were submitted for 5.3 million connections in the month of February 2019, according to the data released by the Indian telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 10% from 5.86 million porting requests reported in January 2019. Read it here

The Great Firewall didn’t help Chinese startups says VC Hans Tung; how Chinese startups beat those from the US

Chinese startups won against their US competitors despite their government, and not because of it, Hans Tung, Managing Partner of GGC Capital said yesterday at the India Internet Day conference organised by TiE Delhi. Read it here