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Top 10 stories of the week: June 17th to 23rd June 2019

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 23rd June 2019

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RSP Watch: a running report of tech policy statements made by India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad has already made some key announcements around the data protection bill, intermediary guidelines, Digital Village, 5G, and social media usage after assuming the role of India’s new electronics, IT, Telecom and law minister on 3 June 2019. Read it here

Sri Lanka’s Centre for Journalism and Education calls for transparency in formation of new fake news legislation

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Sri Lankan media rights group Centre for Journalism and Education on June 7th called for transparency in forming the new fake news legislation proposed by the Sri Lankan government earlier this month, and a public discussion of the bill with civil society and community groups. Read it here

Microsoft releases phonetic keyboard with support for 10 Indic languages in Windows 10 update

Microsoft has announced, in a blog post, the release of of a new phonetic keyboard that supports 10 Indian languages. Part of its May 2019 update of Windows 10, the phonetic keyboard is available in Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Read it here

Reliance successfully sues a nutraceutical company for using ‘Jio’ in its branding

Nutraceuticals company True Care Life Sciences has consented to a decree to not use the trademarks “JIOFIT” and “JIOFER” in response to trademarks lawsuit by Reliance Industries, according to a Bombay High Court order dated June 10. Read it here

Summary: Facebook’s white paper on Libra cryptocurrency, blockchain, reserve and association

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After months of speculation, rumours and leaks, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it’s launching a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, which it hopes could change how money works and one day become the world’s global currency. Read it here

NSDL e-Governance to take Aadhaar-like identification projects to Africa, South Asia, and Middle East: report

NSDL e-Governance, the private registrars for Aadhaar and PAN card applications, will soon begin similar identification projects in certain African, Middle East, and South Asian countries, reported the Economic Times. Read it here

India has highest monthly data use per smartphone, 6% of subscriptions will be on 5G by 2024: report

By the end of 2024, about 6% of India’s mobile subscriptions will be on 5G, says the June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Read it here

Transport ministry proposes exemption from registration fees for electric vehicles

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The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway (MoRTH) said in a notice on Wednesday that is has proposed amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 that would do away with registration fees for battery operated or electric vehicles (EVs). Read it here

Bengaluru City Court orders Google to not divert the Milaap’s site traffic to Impact Guru

A Bengaluru City Civil Court has directed Google India to refrain from diverting the traffic of crowd-funding platform Milaap to Impact Guru, which is another crowd-funding platform , reports LiveLaw. Read it here

Walmart to pay $283M to settle international bribery charges, including in India

Walmart has been charged by US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by failing to comply with US’ anti-corruption laws through schemes in Mexico, Brazil, China and India. Read it here

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